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Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Friday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - January 20

Dear Church Family –

Today is the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday.

Every year since January 22, 1974,--the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states--thousands have gathered in Washington D.C. to remind our nation that…

  • Abortion takes a life that God has created (Psa 139)

  • Abortion takes for ourselves God’s right over life

  • Abortion desacralizes our view of all life

  • In some cases, abortion is an attempt to sin without consequences

A lot has changed since 1973. We have much better medical technology to see that a pregnancy really is life. We have decades of legal challenges that give us a better understanding of the faulty legal basis on which Roe was decided. So, last year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and sent abortion law back to the individual states.

The month before the overturn of Roe, there were 2,596 abortions performed in Texas. Two months after the overturn of Roe there were 3 abortions in Texas. (Reported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.)

Kansas has gone the other direction with a 36% increase in abortions since the overturn of Roe. (Reported by The Society of Family Planning, a research group that supports abortion rights. That statistic may be skewed upward because it is an average that includes some months before the overturn of Roe, but at least we can say that abortions in Kansas have increased since the overturn of Roe.)

Perhaps the 50th annual March for Life today in Washington D.C. could remind us to…

  • Continue to speak up and stand up for what is right and good

  • Persevere in seeking what is right, and good, and best

  • Honor God and His ways even when others around us don’t

  • Keep shining the light of truth in a world dark with falsehoods

  • Realize that we are not alone.

  • Realize that your voice, and your life, matters

  • Thank God for children and grandchildren and the beauty and goodness of life

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Psa 127:3-5)

“The Gospel Comes Home” is the theme of our 2023 Bible Conference with Dr. Scott Ardavanis starting Sunday. Because family is so significant to our lives, and because family is a picture of how God relates to us, and because family is so strongly attacked by the enemy of our souls, it is great to periodically renew our minds and spirits about God’s view of family, and guidance for our family in particular. That’s what we’re going to do Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with sessions at 10:30 in the morning and 7 in the evening.

We have over 60 Pastors, Missionaries, Christian Workers, and spouses signed up for Pastors Day Tuesday! They’ll be with us in the morning General Session, and then will have a special session from Dr. Ardavanis just for them over a nice lunch in the Hearth Room.

We do this to bless and encourage those in spiritual leadership in our area, and to share our Bible Conference with them. Thanks for praying for and greeting our guests and sharing the great joyful, godly spirit of Emmaus Church with them!

See you Sunday! – Pastor Tim

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