Gal 5:19-23 (“what side are you on?”)

13 Oct Gal 5:19-23 (“what side are you on?”)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (archive, Facebook).
The works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Gal 5:19-23 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: In standing against the Silent Holocaust (abortion), we resist the “works of the flesh” and embrace the “fruit of the Spirit.” Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen could have naturally taken the works of the flesh, but instead she chose God, receiving the supernatural fruit of the Spirit. Gianna gave a beautifully courageous 16 min speech at the Parliament House in Australia (part 1, part 2). When Gianna said, “We are in a battle between Life and death. What side are you on?”, my daughter Grace (7) whispered in my ear, “Life.” After Joe Hourigan saw Gianna speak in Colorado Springs earlier this year, he shared, “Gianna was born after being burned for 18 hours in her mother’s womb, by a saline abortion attempt. Her birth mother was 17 years old and over 7 months pregnant. Gianna’s birth certificate says “born during saline abortion.” She was born with cerebral palsy and considers it a gift from God. She has run 2 marathons [LIFE Runner!]. Gianna allows the love of Jesus Christ to shine forth for all the world to see. She has a powerful message to share, because she is alive, like God intended. You and I have a message to share as well. Be not afraid. Go forth, and spread the gospel of love [Life].”
Faith Challenge: Pray for Mom’s (and Dad’s) considering an abortion…and Mom’s (and Dad’s) who had an abortion (reconciliation, healing). There is hope after abortion.
Counter-Culture News: 40 Days for Life (ends 31 Oct), LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP), Rich Reich (cousin Tom cancer), Leslee Unruh (grandbaby Pierce recovering from brain surgery).
* Sarah Ragan (healing from the miscarriage of her baby)
Faith Quote: “I’m hated because I declare Life. My whole intent in living here is to make God smile.” ~ Gianna Jessen
In God We Trust,
Phil 4:13

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