Idolatry and rage


Before today’s Jericho March in Phoenix, as we waited for a prayer gathering to begin outside the Arizona capitol building, a man dressed in a suit (probably the best-dressed man in the large crowd) came to the microphone to encourage us to focus on God’s providence during this election crisis. Drawing our attention to the winged statue atop the capitol dome (which looks like an angel), he explained that the statue actually functions as a weather vane, turning one direction or another depending upon which way the wind is blowing. As he pointed out that in God’s providence, the wind was directing this “angel’s” face toward us, a man in the crowd screamed at him, repeatedly calling the statue an idol and saying that it should be torn down. The well-dressed man at the microphone, speaking in gentle tones, invited the heckler to come to the microphone to explain his concerns. Instead, the heckler just stayed where he was, continuing to scream about idolatry.

Nehemiah bows to King Artaxerxes

A battle is raging all around us for the future of our nation. The current election is a key aspect of that battle, as the leaders our citizens are now choosing will set the agenda for our nation on many battlefields (including but not limited to abortion) which will have a huge impact on all of us in the coming years. Does God expect His people to get our hands dirty to make a difference in this battle, or does He want us to only cast our vote symbolically, choosing the most “righteous” candidate even if we have no doubt that such a candidate will have no impact on the current battles?

Everyone knows that the current major candidates do things which are often embarrassing and sinful. Is it a sin to support such a political leader whose actions at times seem to show a lack of respect for God? Or does God actually call His people to honor and serve unrighteous leaders for righteous purposes?

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Palmquists discuss pro-life history and strategies

Pastor Daniel Parks, executive director of Cities4Life in Charlotte, interviewed Tim and Terri Palmquist during their recent visit to North Carolina. He entitled the interview “Gleaning Wisdom from Pro-Life Pioneers….” Beginning with their recollections of how Christians responded to Roe v. Wade, the Palmquists explained how God led them into pro-life ministry (how He even used a girl’s lie for good). They also shared how God saved a child physically and spiritually, how God used a baby in a jar, and some personal experiences with Operation Rescue and Life Chain. The Palmquists point to their relationship with a true pro-life pioneer leading them to get involved with national efforts to end abortion, realizing how churches and politics are not incompatible. But some of the most important wisdom originated from a Charlotte-based hero. 

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Hear how God saved a child’s soul after saving his life

 

The powerful grace of voluntary suffering is integral to the essence of Christ-mas joy. From the moment that Mary first heard the angel’s greeting, she knew that she would be facing serious pain (with joy). Pregnancy at this moment in her life would not only be scandalous but even life-threatening, due to the penalty for a condition which would be seen as an indication that she had been unfaithful to her betrothed husband, Joseph. Yet Mary humbly, willingly, even gratefully (that is, gracefully) accepted this lifelong path of suffering.

Her situation was quite unique, because the Child she was graced to carry had chosen this path of suffering, from the foundation of the world. Jesus chose to clothe Himself in tender flesh and blood (even the tenuous condition of a microscopic conceptus), so that He could sacrifice Himself to favor Mary (and all others who would so humbly accept Him) with grace. He chose this path of suffering not through a morbid desire to maximize His personal pain, but “for the joy set before Him,” for the eternal benefit of His offspring like Mary.

Read more from Tim (and Terri) Palmquist…

Mary cradles Jesus in her womb.

 

You may have never met Cheryl Sullenger, but you have probably been impacted by her work. She has been an important part of our local ministry efforts for many years (even though she lives in Kansas). Next week we are flying Cheryl to Bakersfield to give you an opportunity to learn from her pro-life ministry expertise.

Cheryl Sullenger
Cheryl Sullenger

Cheryl has helped us investigate local abortionists and publish reports when we become aware of specific injuries (such as a young mother who was injured so seriously last year that she had to have her uterus removed). Attending every day of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s trial, Cheryl played an essential role in putting pressure on media and public officials to ensure that he was convicted of murder. She details her experiences in her book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell.

Sunday night at 6 pm, Cheryl will speak and sign books at Bethany Ministries, 1200 Baker Street (in the former Tejon Theater on the corner of Monterey and Baker).

Monday night at 6 pm, a Mexican dinner will be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe pavilion (on Brundage Lane just west of Oswell Street), with Cheryl as the featured speaker.  The suggested donation is $25 (with discounts for volunteers and table sponsors).

Print flyers for Monday’s dinner

Flyer to share on social media for Monday’s dinner

Finally, on Tuesday morning at 7:30 we invite you to join us for breakfast at HomeTown Buffet (on White Lane at South H Street), where we will hear some final thoughts from Cheryl before she flies back to Kansas. The suggested donation for the breakfast is $10, but pastors and leaders are welcome to eat for free (please consider inviting your pastors and church leaders).

Print flyers for Tuesday’s breakfast

Flyer to share on social media for Tuesday’s breakfast

 

Our small local outreach efforts are having an international impact! In August, a reporter from a French television station contacted us asking if she could follow us to document our ministry activities. We have no idea why the reporter chose to feature us (we had made no effort to contact anybody), but the primary subject of the report was how California pregnancy centers were impacted by the law which the US Supreme Court struck down earlier this year (the law had required pro-life ministries to inform pregnant women of the availability of taxpayer funded abortions, but we refused to comply).

Paris reporter introduces report on California anti-abortion ministry
Tap here to see the report (which was generally biased and misinformed, but treated us fairly).

God promises to do more than we ask or imagine when we follow Him. We definitely never imagined that people would be talking about us on the streets of Paris! To God be the glory!

During the Decision America Tour of California, Franklin Graham’s bold pro-life Gospel appeal impacted many thousands, coupled with powerful words and music from Jeremy Camp and Dennis Agajanian. We participated in every event, spreading the word about the Life Amendment, and recording pivotal moments each evening.

Franklin Graham talked about his goal of piercing the “blue wall” of California, Oregon and Washington. Our new video Beyond the Blue documents our experiences in California, where we helped many thousands learn how to end abortion in America.

Continue reading “Beyond the Blue: our perspective of Franklin Graham’s California tour”

Life Amendment outreach

As people pray, we seek true healing

Throughout the state of California in coming weeks, Christians will gather to pray for the future of our nation.  Lord willing, we hope to go to as many of these events as possible, encouraging those who gather to ask God to “heal our land” by not only seeking God’s face but also “turning from our wicked ways” (2 Chronicles 7:14), especially the innocent blood polluting our land. We seek to cooperate in every way possible with the organizers of these prayer events, yet our appreciation of their efforts leads us to emphasize the necessity of taking a firm stand for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Continue reading “Touring California for Life!”


Struggling to recover from a series of recent well-publicized abortion injuries, Bakersfield’s FPA abortion business has seen a variety of abortionists in recent months, with abortion days frequently changing to match each abortionist’s schedule.

For the past several weeks, longtime abortionist Gorli Harish has been ravaging Bakersfield children and their mothers on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  His horrendous track record causes us to have grave concerns: he has been sued for malpractice over a dozen times and has been disciplined by the medical board several times, even brazenly lying about his training.

Learn more about abortionist Gorli Harish…

Abortionist Gorli Harish MD Ob/Gyn
Abortionist Gorli Harish