Next week is Sanctity of Human Life Week, marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade decision legalizing abortion in America. Southern Baptists are affiliated with some 250 crisis pregnancy centers scattered across the United States. Every time you give to the offering at First Baptist Church, a portion of your offering through our denominational planned giving effort known as the Cooperative Program is going to these Pro-Life Centers. In fact, our Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home has a mobile unit that travels the state. The unit is equipped with an ultrasound machine showing pregnant women, who might be contemplating abortion, the precious life inside of them.
Locally, there is a multi-denominational ministry called A Pregnancy Center and Clinic. The Clinic is located in the Medical Building at 913 S. College Road Suite 206, Lafayette, LA 70503. The phone number is 232-5509. The Lord may want you to be involved in that ministry at some level. I have included their address in hopes that you might send them a donation to support their ministry.
This is an incredibly important and personal issue for me. My wife and I have a 7 year old that we adopted. Our understanding is that our son’s biological mother went to one such center and “now you know the rest of that story.” I cannot bring myself to think about what might have happened to our little Dru had not his biological mother gone to that center.
For all the boys and girls like “Dru” in our world, let’s be advocates for the unborn.
Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who have no voice.” If ever there were ones who cannot speak up for themselves, it is the unborn.
Out of an abundance of caution, the church office is closed today and there will be no evening activities at First Baptist Church, Lafayette. Today is a great day to catch up on a spiritual activity. Read a good book. Read the Bible for an extended period of time. Listen to a sermon you missed. I will be working from home all day on Sunday’s message. I will be preaching from Psalm 27. As we continue our series called Facing Eighteen, I will preach Sunday on the subject of “Facing our Fears.”
In addition, this Sunday evening, we are hosting our First Look Seminar at 5:30 p.m. This fast paced seminar is a great way for new members and prospective members to get a first look at our history, beliefs, and opportunities. Please spread the word!
I have a confession. I need lots of help. Sometimes, I am slow to acknowledge that I need help, but I need help with so many things in life. And then, I read a great promise that God gave to Isaiah as recorded in Isaiah 41:10. In the midst of a string of glorious statements, God simply says, “I will help you.”
Think of that. The God who flung the stars in space, the God who set the boundaries of the land and oceans, the God who keeps His universe in motion says, “I will help you.”
Hudson Taylor was a great pioneer in missions, living between 1832 and 1905. His missionary organization was called the China Inland Mission. It is believed that at one time 1/5 of all missionaries to China were in the China Inland Mission. Taylor’s life was wrought with great difficulty. He struggled with poor health and depression. His wife died at age 33 and 4 of their 8 children died before they were 10 years old. In addition to these personal crises, there was the constant strain of finances being dependent upon others. But, Taylor trusted in God as his provider in a most radical way. At one point in the ministry, Taylor believed that God was leading him to grow the organization and invite other missionaries to China. In a letter to a friend, Taylor wrote, “We have 27 cents and all of the promises of God.”
And that is enough! Let Him help you today.
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