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 "An Eternal Weight of Glory"

           This is one of those particularly hectic weeks for us: two sessions of prayer and public witness in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill, writing and recording radio programs, attendance at the Franklin Graham rally in Lincoln, correspondence, updates on the blog and website, my regular Panera meetings plus two other home visits, the writing and mailing of this LifeSharer letter, and 5 “When Swing Was King” presentations. Whew!...And one more item on this week’s “to do” list is to prepare the next lesson for the adult Sunday school class I’m teaching at Community Bible Church.  The topic of that class, as I’ve mentioned in a previous letter, is heaven.  And, oh my; in this wicked and increasingly wacky world, what a refreshing, exhilarating, and comforting subject heaven is.  Indeed, what I’d like to write about in this month’s LifeSharer relates very much to that subject.  It is a brief Bible passage I’ve not only used in the class but one that I’ve memorized and am using in my prayer walks.  It is 2 Corinthians 4:16-17: “Therefore, we do not lose heart but though the outer man is decaying, the inner man is being renewed day by day; for temporary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory, far beyond all comparison.” (NASB)

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This Week's Vital Signs 60-second Radio Commentaries 

 


 "The Surefire Investment Plan"

"What Does Christian Pro-Life Action Look Like?"

"There's No Denying Biology"

"10 Reasons to Read"

"George MacDonald on Heaven"


HR4828 - The Conscience Protection Act 

 

take-action-chalkboard.jpgNow is the moment to contact your representatives to urge them to co-sponsor and work to enact H.R. 4828, the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. Please tell your member of the House of Representatives that you expect him or her to uphold the right of conscientious objection to abortion by enacting this much-needed legislation. The bill, introduced on March 22 by Rep. John Fleming, MD (R-LA) and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), contains the policy of what in past years has been called the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA).

The need for federal conscience protection has only grown since 2014, when California started forcing almost all health plans in the state to cover elective abortions, even late-term abortions. This policy has no exemption for moral or religious objections. A mandate for hospitals, even religious ones, to perform abortions may be next. What is more, other states such as Washington and New York may be following California’s lead. These actions clearly violate a federal law known as the Weldon Amendment, which forbids governments receiving federal health care funds to discriminate against those who decline to take part in abortion or abortion coverage. Unfortunately, this amendment has legal weaknesses that make it largely ineffective against such challenges.

H.R. 4828, The Conscience Protection Act of 2016,  will protect health care providers from being forced to pay for or participate in abortions, and allow victims of discrimination a “right of action” to defend their rights in court. For example, nurses threatened with loss of their jobs unless they assist in abortions have found they have no right to go to court to see the law enforced. Congress should reaffirm a principle that has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support: Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering much-needed health care because they cannot in good conscience participate in destroying a developing life.