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Best News Ever!

BREAKING NEWS: Our partners at Bethany Christian Services are on their way to meet with a birthmom who’s 22 weeks along and had been planning on getting an abortion in NYC today. Instead, she saw the Heroic Media ad on TV and called to make an adoption plan. Praise God!

I was adopted at birth (my story is here) and got to spend my 30th birthday at the shoot for this fabulous, research-based television commercial offering women the hope of adoption. Now, God is using this commercial to connect women with adoption resources nationwide!

Friends, this happens daily! We are able to connect women with resources for material and financial aid, parenting courses, prenatal care, adoption resources, medical care and more through the power of media. We are sharing the hope of life with women who may feel hopeless in the face of an unexpected pregnancy. Pray with us and consider supporting these efforts at www.heroicmedia.org/donate

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Adoption Gave Me Life

Here’s a little story about how adoption has given me life – both physical and spiritual. I’m thankful for the gift of adoption and the opportunity to promote adoption and other alternatives to abortion through my work at Heroic Media.

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Day 1 – Perfect Timing

I can’t stop sharing this great news. See below an exciting update on our first-ever National Adoption Month campaign at Heroic Media. This is just the beginning of our national tv campaign on Oxygen. Please continue to pray with us for the women who will be reached by this message!

Praise God!

From http://www.heroicmedia.org/blog:

Perfect Timing – Adoption Campaign Update

11.13.12

Yesterday was the first day of our National Adoption Month television campaign; but for one woman and her child, it was the only day that mattered.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Bethany Christian Services to air “The Adoption Option” nationwide during National Adoption Month. The new ad premiered just yesterday on the Oxygen television network and we’ve already heard about at least 30 phone contacts to Bethany in response to this inspiring message!

Here’s an example of just one of the women who was helped by this commercial, let’s call her “Claire”:

Claire is pregnant and due to deliver a baby tomorrow. She had been planning on delivering her baby and leaving him/her at the hospital after learning that this was an acceptable procedure in Florida. She saw a Heroic Media ad on Oxygen and decided to call for help. Now she is in touch with the nearby office of Bethany Christian Services where she can connect with a counselor and learn more about placing her baby with a loving family through adoption.

 P.S. – We also just heard about an additional 13 live web chats that came about in response to this great message!

You can be a part of this campaign – donate today at www.heroicmedia.org/donate/adoption

 

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Sobering

I just read something from LiveActionNews and had to share it. Heidi Miller shares a sobering post reflecting on the real impact of abortion as calculated by a World Clock that counts deaths by cause here.

Miller writes:

At the time of writing this, the estimated number of deaths in the world to date for 2012 was 8,898,646. The total number of abortions (not included in the previous number) was 6,298.662. Add these two numbers together for a total of 15,197,308. This means that abortion accounts for approximately 41% of deaths worldwide according to the statistics used by World Clock.

I suspect that there are 2 reasons that many Christians do not take a stand on abortion (aside from wanting to avoid anything so polarizing, which I acknowledge is pretty tempting). I speak from my own experience here, as several years ago I was certainly of the mind that abortion was not worth fighting over because (A) “it’s not that common”, and (B) it doesn’t really impact my life (really? Miss “child of adoption”, you don’t think your single teenage birthmom wrestled with the option of a legal abortion in 1982?).

Well, we’ve established that abortion is quite common.

  • over 50 million since 1973 = common (that’s over 1 million per year, most years since 1973).
  • More numbers that will surprise you (from the PPFA 2009-2010 annual report):
    • Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010
    • Planned Parenthood provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women
    • Planned Parenthood referred only 841 women to adoption agencies

And regarding the idea that abortion doesn’t touch our lives, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical.”

Women we know and love and sit with in church are suffering from the pain of abortion, and many are suffering in silence because they believe the lie that they are the only Christians to have faced a difficult decision and not known where to find alternatives to abortion.

Not to mention our culture! Have you heard about this???? LifeSiteNews reports:

In the wake of a new study that indicates that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada, evidence has surfaced that sex selective in vitro fertilization (IVF) is being regularly advertised in Canadian news papers.

Be sure to read the full story – it goes on: “Sex selection … puts feminists in the odd position of defending the right of women to decide against female babies on the basis that females aren’t as valuable or desirable as males….How much more discriminatory can you get than advocating the inherent value of one sex over the other?”

Up next: What are we going to DO about it???

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Looking Back: My Photographic Year in Review

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Let the waiting begin!

Friends, it’s upon us! Advent has begun!

I confess that it got away from me and I just pulled out my special advent book tonight – and as you can tell, I’m pretty fired up about it. I started using this book during advent a few years ago.

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The first reading starts with a bang as George Whitefield reminds us of how our time and energy ought to be spent during this season (and every season really). Here’s a snippet just to whet your advent-appetite:

I entreat that your time may be thus spent; and if you are in company, let your time be spent in that conversation which profiteth: let it not be about your dressing, your plays, your profits, or your worldly concerns, but let it be the wonders of redeeming love. O tell, tell eachother what great things the Lord has done for your souls; declare unto one another how you were delivered from the hands of your common enemy, Satan, and how the Lord has brought your feet from the clay and has set them upon the rock of ages, the Lord Jesus Christ…So let Jesus be the subject, my brethren, of all your conversation.

from “The Observation of the Birth of Christ, the Duty of All Christians; or the True Way of Keeping Christmas” sermon by George Whitefield.

Happy waiting and celebrating!

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Hallelujah!

A few weeks ago in church, I had to resist a pretty strong urge to stand up and shout, “Hallelujah” at multiple points during the sermon. The introduction alone had me pretty much teetering between exclaiming “amen” and crying my eyes out.

I really, really recommend you take the time to listen to this sermon. Even just the first 5.5 minutes will give you a bite-sized picture of the huge and hearty gospel that gives us hope.

Here’s what got me.

The Pastor, Tim, shared a story from the book The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson about his mother’s beloved older brother, a charming milk man at the turn of the century, who turned out to be an abusive, unfaithful husband who was killed by his wife (in self-defense on her part). The story begged the question of how we reconcile our most endearing, kind selves with our most overtly depraved actions. Here’s what Peterson said about it:

“…If the life of David, that comprised prayer and adultery and murder could be written and told as a gospel story, then no one in my congregation would be written off. For me, my congregation would become a work-in-progress — a novel in which everyone and everything is connected in a salvation story in which Jesus has the last word.”

Tim went on to remind us that “…the incongruousness of your life….can be accounted for by the gospel.  Your life … can be read as a gospel story in which the gracious and sovereign God is effusively loving toward you. And He is at work to rescue and to redeem the most unlikely of people in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Say it with me now — “Hallelujah!”

Listen Now! Sermons (The Lord Of The Plagues – Tim Frickenschmidt) | All Saints Austin.

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