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UPDATE: Prepare The Way For GOD!!!

Friday, December 30th, 2011





We must all do everything we can in 2012 to prepare the way for God.

Join us on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at the steps of the Georgia State Capital from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM for a prayer rally. If you can’t join us visit Prepare the Way for God for a live video feed.

GOD BLESS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!






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“The time is now” to stop abortionists like Brigham, Riley

Friday, December 30th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 30, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

Responding to the news that abortionists Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley are being held in custody for the murders of viable babies, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated:

“These two individuals are now where they belong and should be in jail for the rest of their lives. This case, as it progresses, is key for the American people to pay attention to, because it exposes the abortion industry for what it is. Abortionists have no respect for human life, much less for human laws. Even those who believe abortion should be legal can join with us to stop the out of control practices of people like Brigham and Riley. And the time is now.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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Prepare The Way For GOD!!!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011





Prepare the way for the New Year and remember to pray.

I’ll be at a prayer rally on New Year’s Eve with Prepare The Way For God prayer movement in Atlanta.

2012 will be another eventful year. Start the year off right, in prayer.






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Sharing a Friend’s Story: Sicily’s Window

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011





I received this message from a friend on Facebook. I loved the story and wanted to share it with you. It’s a long story but well worth the read. Enjoy my dear friends in Christ!

Sicily’s Window by Jeremiah Coburn

July 11th, 2008 would be the most extraordinary day of my life. My wife was being induced at Providence-Newberg, and sometime in the next twelve hours I would be meeting my daughter face to face for the first time. I had waited for this day for nine months. I had seen her through ultrasound scanners, dancing around in her mother’s womb and putting her hands in front of her face as the ultrasound technician tried to get a clear picture of her. At seven months, her small hands were wrapped around her feet as she gleefully sucked her toes (which she still does). I had talked to her through the layers of my wife’s skin and felt her jump and move with my voice. Yet with all of this excitement, there was a terrible fear that followed me from events that transpired many years ago.

In 2004 I left the occupation of firefighter-paramedic in Southern California. The prototypical burnout, I set out to find a peace I thought existed but struggled to find without my old friends and comrades. In the book “We were soldiers once…and young” by Lt. Colonel Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway, there is a quote that comes immediately to mind whenever someone asks me what it was like to be a fireman/paramedic: “We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night we will always hear the screams…” (Moore, pg.13). Unfailingly throughout my life, when I tell someone I am (or was) a firefighter-paramedic, I always seem to be asked the question, “What was the worst thing you ever saw?” The questioner, mentally salivating and rubbing their hands while preparing for some tale of gore and horror from San Diego’s highways, or maybe from a burning structure, is usually let down by my vague response: “Kids. Kids are tough to deal with.” I don’t go into detail with people; I don’t want to, and sometimes I just can’t. Some of the incidents I write about in this paper will be the first I have written or spoken of them for many years.

I have always been pro-life. That makes me no different that one hundred million Americans; but I can almost guarantee that my reasoning is different than many of them. When I was a teenager, my reason for being pro-life went along with my outlook on life: it was about responsibility and character virtue. If you were going to have unprotected sex, it was the same thing as playing Russian roulette…only while aiming the gun at someone else. If the gun goes off and kills someone, you’re going to jail for murder, or at the very least manslaughter. That was the consequence¬¬–the end game. If you were going to have sex, especially unprotected sex, and (*ahem*) your gun went off, you paid the consequences of your actions. As a sexually active teen, I understood that and was prepared to deal with it if necessary. Though my stance remained the same, my reasons began to change as I entered the only line of work I had ever dreamed of doing.

At the age of seventeen I became a cadet with a Southern California Fire Department, and two days after my twentieth birthday I got my first EMT job on a private ambulance that ran 9-1-1 calls Southern California. Two years after that, I graduated paramedic school and was hired on as a firefighter-paramedic in Southern California. By the time I was twenty I had seen more than most people see in a lifetime, and by the time I was twenty five I had seen it all twice. Everything you can imagine, from 12-member S.W.A.T teams emptying clips into violent men possessed with the superman strength that PCP offers, to a woman burning alive in her vehicle while she screamed for help that we could not give fast enough. The things I witnessed and took action in are things I will know and see forever. I learned two things at a young age while doing this line of work: 1) Life is cheap…it comes and goes quickly, and 2) death has many and faces; it can be silent, loud, surprising, expected, painless, agonizing, violent, terrorizing, or calming, and those forms are unbiased with gender, race…or age. But out of everything that I saw, nothing was more tragic than a child whose life was cut short before having a chance to experience life. The things I saw happen to small children and infants were haunting. For years my conscience screamed aloud at the unfairness of it all without being able to tell anyone about the things I saw.

The fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property…” (United States Const. Amend. XIV). Our founding fathers and those tens of thousands of Americans that fought for freedom two and a half centuries ago knew that the greatest thing on earth was to be able to live the life that God gave us. Without that value, there was nothing. Without the ability to have a chance–to get a shot at living in the first place–would have made the freedom of speech, the press, religion, or the right to bear arms, inconsequential. I mentioned above that I learned at a young age that life was cheap. Even with all of the rights we have been bestowed by this great nation, and the natural rights given to us by God, life remains cheap. Abortion makes it cheaper. You can disagree, that’s fine. But for those who disagree with me, I wonder if they would feel different if they have seen the same things I have. I wonder how people would view killing innocence before it has a chance to live if they were with my partner, myself, and four other fire-medics as we pulled the lifeless, limp body of a two day old infant out of a back alley dumpster. Mom didn’t want it. Couldn’t give it up for adoption, or drop it off on the doorstep of her local police or fire station. Nope. Instead the hour she was released from the birthing unit she tossed her baby into the trash can, no different than uneaten pizza crust or empty big gulp cups. I wish those who fail to value the very importance of life would have been there with me when Medic 18 and Engine 18 responded to a 9-1-1 call that came across as a “child with burns.” Upon arrival at what was a brand new upper-middle class home, we discovered the body of an infant placed in an oven by a father high on hallucinogens. The mother, returning home from work, called 9-1-1 in hysteria. The look of lifelessness on the mother’s face is something I will never forget; her heart and soul died on that night with her child, and she will live with it always. Later that night in a tearful rage, I screamed to myself with balled fists that the child “didn’t even have a chance.” No chance to love, to learn how to add and subtract, to eat dad’s Sunday morning French Toast, go to a baseball game, or learn how to fix cars. No chance to become the next Wolfgang Mozart, George Washington, Emily Dickinson, or Lou Gehrig. No chance to be the person that discovers a cure for cancer or ALS. I wish those who failed to understand could have been there for just one of the two SIDS calls I responded to, and I wish they could have been in my shoes when in our room at Providence Newberg, the survival of my not-yet born daughter was in issue. As her heart rate and blood pressure plummeted while in the womb, I held my wife’s hand tightly, telling her everything would be okay. Once though, I looked up to the sky, and holding back tears I pled quietly to God not to let all that I had bore witness to find its way into this hospital room and take the life of my defenseless child. It was there, at the birth of my daughter where I understood that without mom and dad–without someone to care and to love her–she would die. My life became attached to hers at that moment, and I would be lost without her now. That is what we owe to our children. That is what we owe to those who are helpless: a fighting chance, and the opportunity to be loved.

I could sit here and write all of the bible verses that condone abortion, and debate so-called “facts” that are used to justify abortion. I could go on about the scientific debate of when life begins, or recite the numbers that represent reckless infanticide. But it’s been done, and though that information is great and I have done it a thousand times, it’s also been read a thousand times. My focus on the issue is different: giving a fighting chance, a fair shake, to those who are helpless in an otherwise cruel world. Don’t just take my view points on it, though.

Four years ago my daughter interviewed Salem resident Donald G. Malarkey of “Band of Brothers” fame for a history project. Being as how this was a unique experience, and also being that I’m a history freak, I went along. The thirty minute interview turned into a five hour jab session of two men who had seen their share of horror. In our discussion, the subject of abortion arose. Mr. Malarkey sat back and stated, “I’m against abortion, period. And it’s not because I’m Catholic. It’s because in all those years of fighting in the war, and seeing all of the things that I saw…life is too fragile to throw away. It just isn’t right.” (Interview, 2006). Recently, ex-Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow made headlines when a pro-life commercial starring him and his mother appeared during the super bowl. During Mrs. Tebow’s pregnancy with Tim, her survival was in doubt. “While pregnant, Pam suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba…the fetus experienced a severe placental abruption. Doctors expected a stillbirth and recommended an abortion to protect her life” (Wikipedia). Had Pam Tebow listened to the doctors, as so many other women do, America would never have had the chance to see such a gifted athlete like the Heisman winning Tebow in play.

In July of 1991, a young woman was asked to break a fifteen and a half hand Appaloosa in Shasta, California. Things were going well until the horse bucked her off and fell on her, shattering her left leg. A cast went from her foot to her hip, and would stay there for nearly a year. The young woman was also two weeks pregnant. Doctors advised her repeatedly to have an abortion, as delivery was impossible in her condition and the life of her and the baby was in danger. The woman refused, and the following April, she gave birth to Destiny April Grandahl, now Destiny April Coburn, my step-daughter. The young woman was my wife Amy.

At 11:45 pm on July 11th, 2008, my daughter, Sicily Rose Coburn, was born in an emergency C-section. After six hours of her heart rate, blood pressure, and respirations cycling up and down, it was necessary to save her life. At 11:00 pm, as my wife and I tried to relax while watching an inebriated Cary Grant struggle to keep his car on a windy coast highway, her vitals went down again. The doctor came in, looked at me, and said, “What do you want to do, dad?” I responded with, “Get her out of there, doc.” Forty-five minutes later, I was motioned by nurses over to a warming table where my newborn daughter laid. I looked down at her and said, “Sicily…this is daddy.” She opened her big blue eyes and looked right at me. She knew who I was, and the nurses saw it, too. I had been talking with her for the past 9 months, and she knew my voice; she knew I was dad. It was then, after the fright left me, that I realized the effect this tiny, helpless being had on my life. Through her eyes, at that moment, I saw the light of those who never got a chance to see their time. It was like looking through a window. I saw that this was my gift from God to be reconciled with the past, and I also saw it as another message to me about the value of life. Even now I look at her and how full of character she is, and so often I think of the witness I bore to those still innocent beings whose lives were cut short; yet at the same time I count my prayers everyday for her. I guess that won’t ever change; I’ll probably always look upon her this way. I guess I will always be looking through Sicily’s Window.






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Either Abortion Is Legal, Or It’s Not . . .

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011





The abortion industry claims that a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body. Yet, when a woman wants to drink an over-the-counter herbal tea to induce an abortion, they are silent on the matter. I guess they only care about a woman’s rights to choice as long as they can profit from it.

So what is the difference between a woman aborting her child on her own or a woman going to a doctor to abort that same child. The difference is that the abortion industry doesn’t make any money in the latter situation.

Abortion is and has been about two things. First, it’s about money, a lot of money. Each year the abortion industry brings in over $1.1 billion in America alone. With that much money at stake, the abortion industry has a lot to lose if abortions are made illegal. That’s why they will do and say anything to prevent that from happening. Another area that would cut into their profits are regulations. They spend a lot of money (some of which is taxpayer dollars) to fight any proposed legislation to regulate abortion clinics.

Secondly, it’s about population control, more specifically, the genocide of minority groups, Blacks in particular although Hispanics are increasingly being targeted. The birth control movement and abortion industry was championed by Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger, a known racist and eugenicist. Her implementation of, at first, the Negro Project and then the founding of Planned Parenthood has perpetuated an evil so deceitful that today many accept it as a basic right in our communities.

Many pro-choice advocates cite that if abortion was made illegal women would just return to back alley abortions with hangers and that would be so unsafe. Yet many abortion clinics are not much safer. The number of reports of women being harmed by abortionists is on the rise. This increase is, in my opinion, not because abortion clinics are less safe but rather because more pro-lifers are being more watchful and reporting the clinics to authorities. And with the news of Dr. Gosnell’s Philadelphia ‘house of Horrors’ and his subsequent arrest authorities are more likely to follow up on those complaints.

A recent example is an unidentified 42-year-old woman who died after having an abortion at the Melbourne abortion clinic on December 14, 2011. She died on December 18, 2011 after being admitted to Box Hill Hospital. The clinic has been investigated on four previous occasions for charges ranging from performing a late-term abortion on an intellectually disabled woman without her consent to infecting over 50 women with Hepatitis C.

Another great example of the corruption of the abortion industry is the surprisingly common practice of Medicaid fraud. There have been cases and charges brought about in many states against Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers for inappropriate billing Medicaid for services not performed or not related to the abortions. One such case is the recent indictment and arrest of Dr. Tyrone Malloy and his abortion facility office manager right here in my home state of Georgia. Malloy and his office manager are being charged with defrauding Medicaid out of about $400,000 in payment for pre-abortion ultrasounds Malloy never did and abortions that did not qualify for reimbursement. A pro-life activist in Atlanta says of the arrest, “Oh my goodness! Praise the Lord! I got the best early Christmas gift this year, got news today that abortion provider Tyrone Malloy was indicted along with his office manager at Old National GYN for Medicaid Fraud!!! Dr. Malloy thinks he is untouchable; bet he is a wee bit nervous at the prospect of going to jail for 10 YEARS!!! YES LORD!”

In the Gosnell case mentioned above, six of Dr. Gosnell’s co-defendants have already been conviction ranging from murder to practicing without a license. Dr. Gosnell is still awaiting his trial on seven counts of murder along with other various changes.

These are not isolated incidents. They are a lot more common that people know. The reason you don’t hear about them is that the liberal media won’t report on them. Most of the incidents are reported on by pro-life organizations who struggle financially to shed a light on them. The abortion industry, with all their millions of dollars, has managed to grease the right palms and keep the pro-lifers at bay; but now their house of cards in beginning to fall apart.

So if abortion is legal why is it wrong for a woman to abort her own child? Clearly it’s not because of the safety factor since abortion mills are not safe places. Is it because of disposing of the baby is not sanitary in self-abort cases? That can’t be it either as many abortion clinics have done with same thing with their aborted babies as the woman in New York.






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There Has Been Born To You A Savior, Who Is Christ, The Lord – Luke 2:11

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011





 

From me, my assistant and everyone at Priests for Life,

we want to wish you all

a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS!






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Don’t Abort, Parents are Waiting to Adopt Down Syndrome Kids

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011





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By Matt Bowman

A friend of mine wrote this inspiring article in last week’s Washington Post Magazine, about a family that has birthed or adopted several children with Down Syndrome.

Many sources report that there are long waiting lists in the U.S. for parents who want to adopt children with Down Syndrome. This is somewhat obviously due to the medical industry and wider culture’s push to abort “less-than-perfect” children, leading to a 90% abortion rate of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

The article indicates the loving experience that families have when they welcome children with special needs (despite the task being sometimes difficult–or possibly, because of it):

Nina hopes that more people will face the fear of having a handicapped child — and come out on the other side, as she did. When she was pregnant with her other children, she says, she would think, “ ‘Oh, my God, what if I had a Down child?’” Now she says, “Why was I so afraid?”

The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network both supports parents in choosing adoption of their own children with special needs if they feel they are not in a position to parent them, and helps parents interested in adopting to link up with such families or with older children.

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Christians Must Get Involved

Monday, December 19th, 2011





A friend sent me this email about the upcoming caucuses. I am sharing this with you my friends so that together we can make a difference in the 2012 elections fro LIFE.

In addition to the video contained here, please make sure to visit our Political Responsibility page regularly to stay informed and find out what is next in this election cycle.

Please enjoy his email:

The January 3rd Iowa Caucuses are coming soon!

I would like to pass on a video that everyone could send to their constituents in Iowa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5CAHrPY2LU&feature=youtu.be

As the video clearly states, if Christians will show up on January 3rd in Iowa it can make a huge difference by setting the standard for Christians around the country.

Would you be willing to send this video to leaders that you know encouraging them to send it to their lists of people in Iowa?

With three weeks to go until the Iowa Caucus this could be a HUGE opportunity to mobilize Christians. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

The Iowa population is about 3 Million people but less than 10% actually show up to Caucus.

Imagine if we could get 2 to 3% more to show up. With those additional 40,000 to 50,000 Committed Christians going to Caucus it would send shock waves across the country and all of the News Agencies would be reporting on it. They would report that Christians”showed up” and this would encourage and mobilize other Christians around the country.

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The Infiltration of Many Good Organizations

Friday, December 16th, 2011





Recently, the Salvation Army’s official position on abortion which was approved on November 2010 was brought to my attention.

After defining what constitutes an induced or elective abortion the Salvation Army then proceeds to state how much they respect life from “the moment of fertilisation as the start of human life.” They go on to say that “life is a gift from God,” how the unborn must be protected, and how babies must not aborted just because of “genetic abnormalities” as long as the unborn child “is likely to live longer than a brief period after birth.”

Next, they give the conditions under which procuring an abortion is acceptable. Here is what they say:

The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when

• Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
• Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.

In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally. This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.

What’s troubling about their position is that on the one hand they say that all life is sacred and on the other hand, not certain lives. On the one hand, God is the giver and taker of life, but on the other hand, a woman can terminate the lives of her baby in certain situations. You can’t have it both ways. Either life is sacred and God ordained or it’s not.

Another issue is the second bullet point. Who is to determine what “a very brief post natal period” is? A perfect example is Rick Santorum. His daughter Isabella was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 late into the pregnancy. Since a large percentage of these children are still born and out of the ones that survive, 90% of them die within the first year, many in the first few weeks, by the Salvation Army’s stance on abortion, she would have been a prime candidate for abortion. The problem with their stance is that we don’t know what God has in mind for any person. Isabella has defied all odds and is now 3 1/2 years old. Thank God the Santorum’s believe that ALL life is precious and has value regardless as to how long that life is.

The Santorum case isn’t an exception, there are many such cases where the pregnancies have been misdiagnosed, and in some cases deliberately misdiagnosed where the mothers are urged to abort their children. In many of these cases, the mothers who decline to abort deliver healthy babies.

The Salvation Army does a lot of good work and they help a lot of people. Good organizations become “infiltrated” by forces that promote abortion, breakdown of marriage, sexual immorality, etc. They come as wolves in sheep’s clothing, and appear to be harmless and even helpful. Then, they begin to reveal their true or basically untrue colors. This is sadly maybe what is happening to the Salvation Army. Not for sure, but maybe.

Other organizations that do some good work but have been infiltrated by forces pushing these agendas include, the Girl Scouts, Macy’s, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, National NAACP, and Congressional Black Caucus to name a few.

The main point in all of this is that the Salvation Army and maybe other seemingly well intended groups or individuals often have what could be termed “misplaced compassion,” in that they want to help people but can’t find a way to help everyone involved in the situation. It the case of abortion, the mother and the child should both have the civil right of life.

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Another Survivor

Thursday, December 15th, 2011





The Pro-Life Movement has put forward a lot of arguments as to why abortions should be illegal. And while most are very compelling, one has always stood out to me.

Since God is the only one that knows what is going to happen in the future or what each person’s path in life will be, the argument that the baby someone is aborting could have been the next president, the next great athlete, or could have been the person that would have found the cure for AIDS is just part of the picture.

Well, what if the baby that was aborted was going to just be an average person. Not some famous person, an important person, or even someone that will find the cure of some terrible disease? What if the person who have been someone you were suppose to work with, a teller at your bank, or the person waiting on you at your favorite restaurant?

In the past I have told you about Melissa Ohden, a woman who survived an attempted saline abortion. She is now a national speaker sharing her story with anyone that will listen. She tells of how her mother’s decision to abort her has touched the lives of so many people besides herself and her mother. She is not an accomplished musician, a great tennis player, nor has she discovered the cure to the common cold. But God still had a purpose for her life.

Today, I want to share the story of another abortion survivor. Some of you may have heard of him. Some of you have not. But he has reached some level of notoriety. His name is Fred Hammond. Fred is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and musician who was a founding member of Commissioned, played bass for The Winans and founded the group Radical for Christ who has earned widespread kudos for his gold- and platinum-selling albums and songs.

Fred’s testimony is one of those that makes people say, “What would have happened if he had been aborted? We wouldn’t have all those great songs.” Or like Steve Jobs whose mother chose to put him up for adoption rather than aborting him. We would have the iPod or iPad.

Each person created by God had a purpose. That purpose may not touch your life like Steve Jobs’ did but every life touches other lives. All life is valuable and should be protected.






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