March 11, 2021

Sidewalk Training: Biblical and Effective

Sidewalk Training: Biblical and Effective

In the next several episodes we will be going through our sidewalk training and expounding on certain aspects of that training. This episode is focused on “What is Sidewalk Outreach?”


In the next several episodes we will be going through our sidewalk training and expounding on certain aspects of that training. This episode is focused on “What is Sidewalk Outreach?” 

Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.560 --> 00:00:05.759 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours. Send Me, 2 00:00:06.160 --> 00:00:10.150 Lord, I am you. Welcome to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. 3 00:00:10.349 --> 00:00:14.550 In this episode and the next several episodes we're going to go more in depth 4 00:00:14.589 --> 00:00:17.989 with some of our sidewalk training. So we hope this will be a blessing 5 00:00:18.070 --> 00:00:26.260 to you. Stay tuned. Me, Lord, I felt show Passish, 6 00:00:27.300 --> 00:00:36.890 touch your heart. Use Me. Welcome to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. 7 00:00:36.929 --> 00:00:40.649 From appreciate you guys joining us and, as always, appreciate you if 8 00:00:40.649 --> 00:00:44.850 you guys, would leave us some good reviews on whatever podcast platform that you 9 00:00:45.049 --> 00:00:48.289 use. We've got a lot of reviews. We've shared some of those in 10 00:00:48.329 --> 00:00:52.880 the past. Unfortunately, a lot of those reviews are bad reviews from our 11 00:00:52.960 --> 00:00:58.119 pro abortion friends who don't like what we do, and so I think it'd 12 00:00:58.119 --> 00:01:00.439 be great if we could counteract those with some good reviews. But, and 13 00:01:02.399 --> 00:01:06.510 you get the get it from one star or like half a star, I 14 00:01:06.590 --> 00:01:10.510 think maybe at this point to at least two stars or something. I don't 15 00:01:10.510 --> 00:01:12.590 know, be nice. Be Nice to know that we're loved and that you 16 00:01:12.750 --> 00:01:18.390 guys appreciate what we do. So please leave us a review and at the 17 00:01:18.430 --> 00:01:22.099 end of this episode, as all of our other episodes, we give our 18 00:01:22.700 --> 00:01:25.739 email address so you can reach out to us with questions you might have about 19 00:01:25.739 --> 00:01:30.739 this podcast or encouragement that you want to get of or suggestions that you have 20 00:01:30.859 --> 00:01:37.290 for other podcasts. But what we've thought to do in a couple of episodes 21 00:01:37.329 --> 00:01:42.569 of the podcast is to go through our training. So we do monthly. 22 00:01:42.609 --> 00:01:46.049 I want to mention this to you guys who are maybe praying about getting involved, 23 00:01:46.049 --> 00:01:48.719 or maybe you've been involved on the sidewalk at your abortion center but you 24 00:01:48.760 --> 00:01:53.879 want some training, some more training. If you already volunteer under love life 25 00:01:53.480 --> 00:01:57.519 or if you're one of our sidewalk missionaries, you know you've already been trained 26 00:01:57.560 --> 00:02:02.069 under this training. But for those who haven't, we do a monthly training 27 00:02:02.189 --> 00:02:06.790 what we call our sidewalk outreach one hundred and one training. We do it 28 00:02:06.870 --> 00:02:10.270 the first Saturday of every month. We do it over zoom from two PM 29 00:02:10.389 --> 00:02:15.300 to four PM eastern time. And in order for you to get plugged into 30 00:02:15.300 --> 00:02:19.460 that training, what you'd have to do as you would have to fill out 31 00:02:19.500 --> 00:02:23.340 one of our applications, our sidewalk out reach application. I'll look over that 32 00:02:23.419 --> 00:02:27.780 application, maybe ask him qualifying questions. If I don't see any red flags 33 00:02:27.819 --> 00:02:30.050 or anything like that. I'll put you in the hopper to get an invitation 34 00:02:30.210 --> 00:02:34.250 to that training. That wouldn't necessarily mean that you're a part of love life. 35 00:02:34.289 --> 00:02:36.689 If you go through that training you may already be a part of love 36 00:02:36.810 --> 00:02:39.250 life, but at least you'd be getting some training from love lives, from 37 00:02:39.289 --> 00:02:43.729 training from Vicky Myself, and so if you want to get involved in that, 38 00:02:44.479 --> 00:02:46.840 please just reach out to me, Daniel at Love Life Dot Org, 39 00:02:47.039 --> 00:02:51.879 and I'll send you along the appropriate information for you to get in that training. 40 00:02:51.919 --> 00:02:53.319 Again, we do it once a month, the first Saturday of every 41 00:02:53.400 --> 00:02:58.909 month, and we'd encourage everyone who who wants to get involved in sidewalk out 42 00:02:58.909 --> 00:03:00.990 reach to be under that training. Vicky and I have a little bit of 43 00:03:01.030 --> 00:03:05.509 experience in this world of sidewalk out reach and we think we have something we 44 00:03:05.590 --> 00:03:09.509 can impart to you and we're actually going through this next couple of episodes and 45 00:03:09.629 --> 00:03:13.460 will maybe put some other episodes in between as we go through, but I 46 00:03:13.500 --> 00:03:17.659 thought we should go through that training and maybe expound a little bit on some 47 00:03:17.780 --> 00:03:23.219 of the points that we make through that training to help further equip people who've 48 00:03:23.219 --> 00:03:25.180 gone through that training grou have not yet and the spur those who have not 49 00:03:25.219 --> 00:03:28.610 yet gone through that training to go through that training, because it would be 50 00:03:28.689 --> 00:03:31.409 very helpful for you. Yeah, because the training is a lot of information 51 00:03:31.449 --> 00:03:35.169 all at once, so we were thinking maybe just break it down and be 52 00:03:35.250 --> 00:03:38.449 able to spend a little bit more time on each area for those who wanted 53 00:03:38.490 --> 00:03:40.759 a little bit more meat, yeah, and just st are our basic points 54 00:03:40.800 --> 00:03:44.479 that we make in the training. Yeah, absolutely, and that's really what 55 00:03:44.599 --> 00:03:49.840 this podcast is about. Yeah, this podcast is about training and equipping people 56 00:03:49.919 --> 00:03:53.080 to be an effective witness at their local abortions. That's what this podcast is 57 00:03:53.120 --> 00:03:57.509 about. We do other things. We've talked about other subjects that maybe you're 58 00:03:57.550 --> 00:04:00.870 not directly associated with sidewalk out reach, but most of what we do is 59 00:04:01.069 --> 00:04:06.509 associated with sidewalk out reach and all of what we do is from a biblical 60 00:04:06.590 --> 00:04:12.060 perspective and I think can be applied in some capacity on the sidewalk right. 61 00:04:13.060 --> 00:04:18.620 So with that, the format for our training is my favorite format for anything, 62 00:04:18.899 --> 00:04:21.980 because I like to know the INS and outs, the why, what 63 00:04:23.220 --> 00:04:26.649 and how of any thing that I'm looking at, and so the format of 64 00:04:26.730 --> 00:04:30.410 the training is a what, why and how, and I say always the 65 00:04:30.529 --> 00:04:33.370 how is the meat, and right now we're going to start with the what, 66 00:04:33.810 --> 00:04:39.439 what sidewalk route reach is and kind of breakdown we're going through again through 67 00:04:39.480 --> 00:04:42.040 our training or one hundred and one sidewalk out reach, one thousand and one 68 00:04:42.040 --> 00:04:45.160 training, and just kind of expounding on the slides. So if you've been 69 00:04:45.399 --> 00:04:48.680 in that training you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. You maybe even remember 70 00:04:48.720 --> 00:04:51.949 some of the slides as we went through. But again, so we do 71 00:04:53.110 --> 00:04:57.029 a what, why and how. China lay a foundation of what is sidewalk 72 00:04:57.110 --> 00:05:00.230 out reach and one of the things that often like to say is for me 73 00:05:00.389 --> 00:05:02.670 it's helpful to understand. If I want to know what something is, it's 74 00:05:02.670 --> 00:05:06.339 help for me to understand what that thing is not. We always say, 75 00:05:06.339 --> 00:05:11.740 and we did a whole episode about this months and months ago, about how 76 00:05:11.779 --> 00:05:15.860 sidewalk out reaches not protesting and what's the difference on you remember doing that episode? 77 00:05:15.860 --> 00:05:18.379 Yeah, and so we kind of broke down again. Not that protestings 78 00:05:18.459 --> 00:05:21.329 bad or anything like that, because I don't think that protestings bad. We 79 00:05:21.370 --> 00:05:25.930 should protest things that are evil. We should protest abortion. It's just not 80 00:05:26.050 --> 00:05:29.410 what sidewalk out reaches at an abortion center. Yeah, and even though there 81 00:05:29.410 --> 00:05:32.250 are people that do protest at the abortion centers, I think to me it's 82 00:05:32.290 --> 00:05:34.879 not the best scenario, it's not the best use of our time to be 83 00:05:34.920 --> 00:05:40.319 out there on the sidewalk in kind of a typical protest stands. It's also 84 00:05:40.360 --> 00:05:43.040 got a lot of negative connotation. So I think there's that. There are 85 00:05:43.040 --> 00:05:45.480 a lot of people who really say, I don't want to be involved with 86 00:05:45.560 --> 00:05:50.110 those people that are, you know, screaming at at everybody and holding signs 87 00:05:50.189 --> 00:05:55.189 that are saying how terrible abortionist and yeah, yeah, that's so. So 88 00:05:56.670 --> 00:06:00.230 what sidewalk out reach is? Well, first and foremost, it's not protesting 89 00:06:00.269 --> 00:06:03.300 and it's not harassment, even though we're told that we're harassers and we're harassing 90 00:06:03.339 --> 00:06:08.500 the women. We're not doing that right. We're there bringing the hope of 91 00:06:08.579 --> 00:06:11.579 the Gospel and the whole help of the local church. That's what we say. 92 00:06:11.980 --> 00:06:15.259 Yeah, so, first and foremost we're talking about sidewalk out reaching. 93 00:06:15.300 --> 00:06:17.180 Again, this is a foundation for our training. What it is? Well, 94 00:06:17.379 --> 00:06:21.329 it's not harassment and it's not a protest. Again, not that protesting 95 00:06:21.410 --> 00:06:26.689 is bad, it's just not what we're doing right. Yeah, but really 96 00:06:26.730 --> 00:06:30.769 getting into the the depth of what we're doing, really getting into what sidewalk 97 00:06:30.810 --> 00:06:34.279 out reach is. We always like to say sidewalk out reaches. First and 98 00:06:34.399 --> 00:06:40.120 foremost it's it's biblical, right, so we say it's Biblical and also it's 99 00:06:40.199 --> 00:06:46.189 effective. But we have to understand that effectiveness is not is for the Christian 100 00:06:46.310 --> 00:06:51.269 is not really the highest gage of why we do what we do and what 101 00:06:51.430 --> 00:06:55.589 we actually are called to do. Right, we should. We want to 102 00:06:55.670 --> 00:06:58.389 be effective, we want to bear fruit, we're supposed to bear fruit, 103 00:06:58.470 --> 00:07:01.379 is Christians. But the effectiveness, in the mindset of the world of what's 104 00:07:01.420 --> 00:07:05.740 effective and the mindset of the Christian of what's effective can be two different things. 105 00:07:06.019 --> 00:07:11.819 Yeah, effectiveness as a Christian is first obeying God. I mean you 106 00:07:11.860 --> 00:07:15.930 can almost say in one sense, like Jesus was not very effective because the 107 00:07:16.089 --> 00:07:21.129 twelve men that he raised up abandon him at his deepest hour of need. 108 00:07:21.250 --> 00:07:25.689 Right, they when very effective in the eyes of the world as far as 109 00:07:26.170 --> 00:07:29.290 leadership goes and raising up a group. Now, ultimately, I mean I 110 00:07:29.410 --> 00:07:32.160 gide here. Yeah, he was killed. Doesn't look very effective at first 111 00:07:32.240 --> 00:07:36.720 glance, right, right, so doesn't I don't say that to say that 112 00:07:36.800 --> 00:07:40.839 we shouldn't be effective and we shouldn't seek to be effective, and I think 113 00:07:40.879 --> 00:07:46.910 there are certain methods and things that we can employ in a biblical framework that 114 00:07:46.029 --> 00:07:49.790 can be effective, and I think our methods are effective. I know that 115 00:07:49.910 --> 00:07:56.069 they are. But again, first and foremost it has to be is what 116 00:07:56.230 --> 00:08:00.939 we're doing biblical? So talk a little bit about the biblical nature of sidewalk 117 00:08:00.980 --> 00:08:05.259 outreach. Yeah. Well, there are so many verses that that would support 118 00:08:05.379 --> 00:08:07.779 what we do out there, and we have two that are, I think 119 00:08:07.899 --> 00:08:13.129 probably are kind of our mantras, the the verses that really guide us the 120 00:08:13.290 --> 00:08:18.689 most, and one of those is proverbs thirty one, eight, eight through 121 00:08:18.769 --> 00:08:22.329 nine, and so that speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, 122 00:08:22.930 --> 00:08:26.600 speak for the rights of all who are destitute, speak up and judge fairly, 123 00:08:26.720 --> 00:08:31.480 defend the rights of the poor and needy. Yeah, so that's truly 124 00:08:31.519 --> 00:08:37.240 a call to action. It's saying that we are to speak for those who 125 00:08:37.240 --> 00:08:41.669 can't speak and for those who are vulnerable, were to defend their rights and 126 00:08:41.990 --> 00:08:45.789 for the poor and the needy. And what a beautiful in my opinion, 127 00:08:45.789 --> 00:08:50.389 and I think ours, love lives. This is a beautiful description of the 128 00:08:50.470 --> 00:08:54.870 unborn. Yeah, the unborn can't speak, they can't run away, their 129 00:08:54.909 --> 00:08:58.860 rights are definitely being violated, the most basic right of all, the right, 130 00:08:58.100 --> 00:09:05.019 the right to life. They're in great need for an advocate. So 131 00:09:05.259 --> 00:09:11.809 that's one of our guiding verses, that we are to speak and and in 132 00:09:11.090 --> 00:09:16.730 that also one of, I think, one of the really important parts of 133 00:09:16.169 --> 00:09:22.370 that versus speak up and judge fairly. And I think we did a whole 134 00:09:22.409 --> 00:09:26.320 podcast on on judging, because Christians, are we here all the time. 135 00:09:26.480 --> 00:09:31.759 We well, you shouldn't judge, but that's not accurate at all, not 136 00:09:31.879 --> 00:09:35.720 biblically. Yeah, the Bible says at the righteous man judges all things. 137 00:09:35.840 --> 00:09:41.389 Yeah, yeah, and we judge with not our righteousness but with the righteousness 138 00:09:41.629 --> 00:09:48.350 of Christ. And where do we find that? Well, it's within everyone 139 00:09:48.389 --> 00:09:52.190 who has, you know, called upon Lord as their Lord and Jesus is 140 00:09:52.269 --> 00:09:56.620 their Lord and Savior. It's the righteousness of God. And but you can 141 00:09:56.860 --> 00:10:00.580 find it in the Bible, in the words of scripture. It tells us 142 00:10:01.019 --> 00:10:05.580 what is righteous, yeah, and what is wrong. And if we, 143 00:10:05.259 --> 00:10:11.330 who are called to be salt and light, cannot judge right from wrong, 144 00:10:11.289 --> 00:10:16.490 then how are we supposed to be salt and light? To the world. 145 00:10:16.529 --> 00:10:20.759 Yeah, so that's really a significant part of that. We are to judge. 146 00:10:20.759 --> 00:10:24.720 We are to judge, though, fairly and righteously. The the I 147 00:10:24.879 --> 00:10:30.600 think in the NIV it says judge righteously. Yeah. Yeah, one of 148 00:10:30.639 --> 00:10:33.399 the things you could say is, are we called a judge? Yes, 149 00:10:33.720 --> 00:10:37.470 we're called a judge, but we're not called to be judgmental. Yeah, 150 00:10:37.590 --> 00:10:39.789 there's a difference there. Yeah, we're judging. When you judge, you 151 00:10:39.909 --> 00:10:46.590 make assessments of behavior. Like when you look at abortion and the action of 152 00:10:46.629 --> 00:10:50.419 abortion, you should judge that, as a Christian, as wrong, and 153 00:10:50.580 --> 00:10:56.100 those who were involved in it you should judge as being in the wrong. 154 00:10:56.139 --> 00:11:00.179 Right. That's right. But being judgmental is just writing those people off. 155 00:11:00.379 --> 00:11:05.970 Being judgmental is from the perspective of I'm better than they are. And the 156 00:11:05.090 --> 00:11:09.289 reality is, and even some of the folks that maybe you're listening now, 157 00:11:09.409 --> 00:11:13.049 some of the folks that are involved in love life, you yourself personally, 158 00:11:13.009 --> 00:11:16.610 folks that we know closely, have been involved in an abortion themselves. Yeah, 159 00:11:18.090 --> 00:11:20.200 and so we have no right to say that we're better than they are. 160 00:11:20.559 --> 00:11:24.679 Now, by God's grace, our hearts have been changed and by the 161 00:11:24.759 --> 00:11:28.879 Holy Spirit we're better in the sense that our actions are different because we've been 162 00:11:28.879 --> 00:11:31.559 changed. But it's not our own wisdom and grace that's done that. It's 163 00:11:31.559 --> 00:11:35.629 the grace of God. It's the mercy of God. Right, and and 164 00:11:35.990 --> 00:11:41.309 with that understanding of God, as he has taught us, as he has 165 00:11:41.470 --> 00:11:45.789 entered our life, we under we can judge that what we be dead yea 166 00:11:45.870 --> 00:11:50.059 in being involved in abortion was wrong, it was evil, it was rebellion 167 00:11:50.820 --> 00:11:54.860 from God, and we can speak that. Yeah, can tell O, 168 00:11:54.980 --> 00:12:00.419 there's not, and we speak from a perspective of, again not being judgmental, 169 00:12:00.539 --> 00:12:03.690 but judging behavior, that it's wrong, that it's sinful, that it's 170 00:12:03.809 --> 00:12:07.649 destructive, and out of a love for God and a love for people, 171 00:12:07.330 --> 00:12:11.730 we got to warn, we got to make a judgment and warn that what's 172 00:12:11.769 --> 00:12:16.639 happening inside of those abortion clinics is sinful and it's wrong. It's yeah, 173 00:12:16.759 --> 00:12:18.960 the picture that I have in my mind is, and I think I've given 174 00:12:20.000 --> 00:12:22.120 it maybe on this podcast of certainly given it on the sidewalk when people say 175 00:12:22.120 --> 00:12:26.559 you shouldn't be judgmental, is one you know if you're if you're standing on 176 00:12:26.639 --> 00:12:30.909 a roadside and there's a bridge out ahead and you know that the bridge is 177 00:12:30.950 --> 00:12:35.870 out ahead, and someone comes speeding towards you in a vehicle and they're going 178 00:12:35.870 --> 00:12:37.149 to go down that road with a bridge is out ahead. If you start 179 00:12:37.190 --> 00:12:41.509 waving your arms and yelling and saying don't go that way, you're going to 180 00:12:41.590 --> 00:12:45.059 fall off the brink that's there because the bridge is out ahead. Yeah, 181 00:12:45.299 --> 00:12:48.740 are you making a judgment? Yeah, yeah, you are actually making a 182 00:12:48.820 --> 00:12:52.419 judgment. You're making a judgment that they're headed really fast toward a place that 183 00:12:52.539 --> 00:12:56.899 they don't want to go, that they need to stop right and you might 184 00:12:56.980 --> 00:13:01.490 even raise your hands and you might even raise your voice. You're not being 185 00:13:01.529 --> 00:13:07.250 judgmental, but you're making a judgment and the motivation is, and this can 186 00:13:07.289 --> 00:13:11.129 be the difference between making a judgment and being judgmental. Being judgmental in a 187 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:16.639 motivation is tear others down to build yourself up. Making a judgment and assessment 188 00:13:16.679 --> 00:13:22.120 of behavior is to point out a truth so that others won't be torn down. 189 00:13:22.360 --> 00:13:24.000 Right you want to be you want to see these MOMS going into the 190 00:13:24.039 --> 00:13:26.990 abortion center. You don't want to see him being torn down by abortion and 191 00:13:28.110 --> 00:13:31.389 ultimately under the judgment of God. You want to warn them that the bridge 192 00:13:31.429 --> 00:13:35.309 is out of head. Don't do that way exactly. You're protecting your action, 193 00:13:35.549 --> 00:13:39.990 then, is is protective. Yeah, it is not to rip apart 194 00:13:41.029 --> 00:13:45.019 or to condemn. We're not condemning from the judgment. I thought. I 195 00:13:45.100 --> 00:13:48.620 love the word warning. We're warning you are going down a dangerous and destructive 196 00:13:48.740 --> 00:13:52.740 path, not only for the baby, which is quite clear, yeah, 197 00:13:52.740 --> 00:13:56.289 but it is a dangerous and destructive path, yeah, for the mother as 198 00:13:56.409 --> 00:14:01.769 well. Yeah. So there's clearly a call to speak, a biblical call 199 00:14:01.889 --> 00:14:09.250 to speak, a biblical call to judge rightly and to defend those, those 200 00:14:09.330 --> 00:14:13.600 babies through your speech. Absolutely what prayer is great. We've said that so 201 00:14:13.679 --> 00:14:16.799 many times. Prayer is great, it's essential, it's critical, but we 202 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:20.360 do believe we're called to do more than that. Yeah, that the Bible 203 00:14:20.639 --> 00:14:26.190 is a call to action. Absolutely, not only prayer and word in his 204 00:14:26.350 --> 00:14:30.750 prayer is and the second verse that I think is one of our kind of 205 00:14:30.789 --> 00:14:35.509 our guiding principles, is proverbs twenty four, eleven and twelve. I think 206 00:14:35.509 --> 00:14:39.899 it's also on. It rescue those being led away to death, hold back 207 00:14:39.059 --> 00:14:43.620 those staggering to the slaughter, and then it goes on. That's the call 208 00:14:43.740 --> 00:14:46.700 to action. Yep, that we are to rescue, in that we're to 209 00:14:46.820 --> 00:14:50.659 hold back those even that are still struggling towards the slaughter. But in verse 210 00:14:50.700 --> 00:14:54.970 twelve it says, if you say, but we knew nothing about this, 211 00:14:54.570 --> 00:14:58.809 does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does Not he who guard 212 00:14:58.850 --> 00:15:03.769 your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have 213 00:15:03.970 --> 00:15:09.279 done? So that's first the call to action what we should do, and 214 00:15:09.559 --> 00:15:15.320 then saying now you know, basically it's written, now that it's in the 215 00:15:15.559 --> 00:15:18.039 word. Now you know. You know what God says that we are called 216 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:24.029 to do. You know what's happening out of the abortion centers, because there 217 00:15:24.110 --> 00:15:28.389 are people standing in front of the abortion centers telling you. And to now 218 00:15:28.549 --> 00:15:33.110 claim ignorance, that is not okay, God. God says, you can't 219 00:15:33.590 --> 00:15:39.100 pretend that you don't know just by saying we knew nothing about this. You 220 00:15:39.259 --> 00:15:45.419 do know. And if you know, God sees that you know. And 221 00:15:45.580 --> 00:15:50.210 it says in this verse he he's going to weigh yeah, your heart. 222 00:15:50.289 --> 00:15:58.090 He weighs your heart. He knows. You knew that today there were forty 223 00:15:58.289 --> 00:16:03.049 three babies killed at the abortion center. That well, forty three that showed 224 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:07.000 up praise God for chose, for the MOM's chose life, but I think 225 00:16:07.039 --> 00:16:11.240 it was forty five, I'm sorry, forty five, and one abortion center 226 00:16:11.720 --> 00:16:18.389 out of for in one city, and for us to then say that we 227 00:16:18.629 --> 00:16:23.669 don't know that babies are being slaughtered there and now that we do know that 228 00:16:23.909 --> 00:16:30.389 we're doing nothing about it. God doesn't give us a pass that we can't 229 00:16:30.509 --> 00:16:34.580 plead. The American church cannot plead ignorance on the issue of abortion. Yeah, 230 00:16:36.139 --> 00:16:37.700 and then you know, we know that this is happening, we know 231 00:16:37.820 --> 00:16:41.779 the slaughter is taking place in our cities. Yeah, and so does not 232 00:16:41.980 --> 00:16:48.009 he who weighs the hearts know it? Doesn't he know that we know he 233 00:16:48.169 --> 00:16:52.570 does? Yeah, and so that's why it's our responsibility. Now we know 234 00:16:52.769 --> 00:16:56.809 that not everyone can be on the sidewalk, not everyone can be out there 235 00:16:56.090 --> 00:17:00.720 on a regular basis for whatever reason. Yeah, but everybody can do something, 236 00:17:00.919 --> 00:17:04.599 and that's why we're calling as a ministry, Love Life, naturally is 237 00:17:04.720 --> 00:17:11.279 calling the Church of Jesus Christ to rise up to do something about the issue 238 00:17:11.279 --> 00:17:15.109 of abortion, because we've been silent too long. We have an and there 239 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:19.230 will be repayment. That's the end of that verse. Will he not repay 240 00:17:19.470 --> 00:17:23.470 everyone according to what they have done. Yeah, every one of us is 241 00:17:23.630 --> 00:17:30.099 culpable, every one of us is responsible and in what we've done on this 242 00:17:30.299 --> 00:17:37.700 issue. So those are huge calls to action and that's why we are standing 243 00:17:37.779 --> 00:17:41.500 there, that's why we're not home just praying in our living room. Yeah, 244 00:17:41.859 --> 00:17:44.730 that, and I don't ever mean that to sound like just praying. 245 00:17:44.930 --> 00:17:52.769 Praying is incredibly important and certainly paves the way, but the the call from 246 00:17:52.890 --> 00:18:00.440 God is clearly that we are to also be taking action, especially with the 247 00:18:00.759 --> 00:18:06.880 staggering numbers and years that this has been going on. Absolutely what how? 248 00:18:07.000 --> 00:18:08.599 You know? One of the things that I think I heard you say at 249 00:18:08.640 --> 00:18:12.750 first. I can't remember, but I say it often out at the sidewalk 250 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:21.430 is today there was one kindergarten class in one single facility obliterated. Yeah, 251 00:18:21.630 --> 00:18:25.829 a whole kindergarten class, and actually now it's probably two kindergarten classes from today. 252 00:18:25.869 --> 00:18:27.819 Yeah, and that's you know, when you think about it in those 253 00:18:27.980 --> 00:18:33.140 terms, that these are little human beings that had a plan and a purpose 254 00:18:33.259 --> 00:18:41.730 before God that have been wiped out in just one facility staggered. We must 255 00:18:41.089 --> 00:18:45.609 rescue those. We must rescue we are God says, rescue, hold back 256 00:18:45.730 --> 00:18:51.009 those staggering towards the slaughter. One of the things that we often say is 257 00:18:51.130 --> 00:18:53.569 we do our one our journeys, which is a one hour look at the 258 00:18:53.650 --> 00:18:59.559 ministry, out at the abortion centers for pastors. Mainly that's focused on pastors 259 00:18:59.640 --> 00:19:03.000 and ministry leaders, and one of the things that we say to these pastors 260 00:19:03.119 --> 00:19:07.440 is, if you know, you knew when and where the next school shooting 261 00:19:07.559 --> 00:19:10.349 was going to take place, right where a shooter was going to show up 262 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:15.349 and kill a kindergarten classroom of children? Yeah, if you knew when that 263 00:19:15.430 --> 00:19:18.230 was going to take place and where it was going to take place, wouldn't 264 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:21.390 you be there? Would in the church be there? Wouldn't we try to 265 00:19:21.470 --> 00:19:23.859 do what we could to stop that? And yet that's what's happening at these 266 00:19:23.900 --> 00:19:29.660 abortion centers. We know exactly when that there killing is going to start, 267 00:19:29.819 --> 00:19:33.180 we knew where it's going to take place. Shouldn't we be there bringing the 268 00:19:33.299 --> 00:19:36.779 Gospel, pleading with these mothers not to go in there and take the life 269 00:19:36.779 --> 00:19:40.890 of their child? Yeah, we've got to be standing in the gap as 270 00:19:41.009 --> 00:19:44.529 the church. And so again the side wokoutreach thing. It's not just some 271 00:19:44.970 --> 00:19:48.450 protests. It's not just some political anks that's bound up in our hearts and 272 00:19:48.529 --> 00:19:51.089 we've got to just let it out at that place. No, this is 273 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:55.319 a biblical ministry because we are called to give a voice to the voiceless, 274 00:19:55.759 --> 00:19:59.599 we are called to protect the innocent, we are called to hold back those 275 00:19:59.680 --> 00:20:04.319 who are stumbling toward the slaughter. Yeah, yeah. And and in terms 276 00:20:04.359 --> 00:20:10.230 of is it biblical, besides those two versus, just think about all the 277 00:20:10.309 --> 00:20:17.230 verses that mention the unborn child in the Bible and the value of human life. 278 00:20:17.309 --> 00:20:21.500 And there there's hundreds of yeah, I mean they're you know, but 279 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:25.900 basically it boils down to that every human being, it's made in the image 280 00:20:25.900 --> 00:20:30.619 of God and therefore every human being being from conception bears the image of God, 281 00:20:30.779 --> 00:20:33.740 yeah, and is loved by God, and God has a plan and 282 00:20:33.819 --> 00:20:41.490 a purpose from conception. So we are to care about every human being from 283 00:20:41.490 --> 00:20:45.930 the moment of conception, and this is which we've said many times. This 284 00:20:45.970 --> 00:20:51.119 is the last moment, or the last few moments that these babies are going 285 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.319 to be alive. And so we hear all the time. Well, why 286 00:20:53.359 --> 00:20:59.200 are you out there in such an annoying, harassing manner out on the sidewalk 287 00:20:59.240 --> 00:21:03.680 speaking for those babies. Shouldn't you be, you know, stopping them long 288 00:21:03.799 --> 00:21:07.430 before they come to that point? But if we think about your analogy with 289 00:21:08.029 --> 00:21:15.029 the kindergarten class that that is is being shot and it makes national news and 290 00:21:15.390 --> 00:21:19.940 everybody rushes in to try and rescue them, they don't say will wait? 291 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:25.619 No, we should stop those shooters, you know. Yeah, it's too 292 00:21:25.700 --> 00:21:29.900 bad that those babies are being those children are being slaughtered in the kindergarten. 293 00:21:29.980 --> 00:21:33.490 But but let's go, you know, work on the mental health programs that 294 00:21:33.609 --> 00:21:36.769 that made, that that one shooter do what he did, and let's go. 295 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:40.049 Why? That's where we need to put our energy. No one would 296 00:21:40.049 --> 00:21:44.089 ever say that that's ludicrous. You run to the place where someone is being 297 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:48.119 actively slaughtered? Yeah, and you wouldn't have any question of doing that if 298 00:21:48.200 --> 00:21:52.640 it was five year olds, six year olds, but we question it with 299 00:21:52.799 --> 00:22:00.789 the unborn because we don't know or understand maybe that the Bible is very clear 300 00:22:00.869 --> 00:22:04.349 that the unborn is as precious in the sight of God. Yes, the 301 00:22:04.390 --> 00:22:07.829 five for the six year old. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. Yeah, 302 00:22:08.349 --> 00:22:15.900 another couple biblical passages, understandings that we have of these babies. Again, 303 00:22:15.259 --> 00:22:19.779 the Bible is very clear about protecting the innocent. The Bible is very clear 304 00:22:19.819 --> 00:22:26.500 about giving a voice to the voiceless, about lifting up the oppressed. and 305 00:22:26.700 --> 00:22:30.730 WHO's more oppressed in society than these unborn children? Yeah, it's well said 306 00:22:30.769 --> 00:22:36.769 that the the womb is the most dangerous place in the United States of America 307 00:22:36.809 --> 00:22:41.329 right now, since a terrible irony the womb that was so perfectly designed by 308 00:22:41.410 --> 00:22:47.440 God to be the perfect place of protection and it no longer is a safe 309 00:22:47.519 --> 00:22:49.960 place. Yeah, the statistics are what we call the tragic truth, and 310 00:22:51.079 --> 00:22:55.039 we're talking to pastors. Yeah, is that every week in the United States 311 00:22:55.079 --> 00:23:00.630 of America, about seventeen thousand babies die every week in the United States, 312 00:23:00.710 --> 00:23:07.069 every week. Wow, and that's like that should weigh heavy on us and 313 00:23:08.470 --> 00:23:11.470 you know, pastors need to understand this. If that's true, and it 314 00:23:11.630 --> 00:23:15.460 is true and these, these children are precious in the side of God, 315 00:23:15.779 --> 00:23:19.059 then these passages that apply to given a voice, for the voices, to 316 00:23:19.420 --> 00:23:23.339 helping the oppressed, to hold back those you are stumbling towards the straw the 317 00:23:23.380 --> 00:23:26.569 slaughter, rescue those who are being led away to death, these applied to 318 00:23:26.609 --> 00:23:30.809 the unborn and the there's a passage in Luke chapter ten that we share all 319 00:23:30.849 --> 00:23:33.730 the time. Yeah, we're talks about, of course, the parable of 320 00:23:33.809 --> 00:23:38.529 Good Samaritan. And the man asked Jesus, you know who's his neighbor? 321 00:23:38.890 --> 00:23:42.519 WHO's my neighbor? and Jesus and then Jesus gives the parable Good Samaritan. 322 00:23:42.640 --> 00:23:45.880 This is in Luke chapter ten. I don't have to go over it. 323 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:48.759 For many of you guys, you probably read this, maybe even memorize this. 324 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:56.470 Jesus talks about how this man who went from who was going from Jerusalem 325 00:23:56.750 --> 00:24:02.230 to Jericho, was beaten by thieves, left naked and half dead in the 326 00:24:02.349 --> 00:24:06.109 ditch and the religious people pass by on the other side of the priest and 327 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:07.630 Levite. They see the man, but they pass by on the other side 328 00:24:07.630 --> 00:24:11.339 of the road. But the Samaritan, he looks on the man with compassion 329 00:24:11.380 --> 00:24:15.059 and goes to the ditch and gets him out of the ditch, cleans off 330 00:24:15.140 --> 00:24:17.940 his wounds, puts him on his animal and takes him to an end to 331 00:24:17.980 --> 00:24:22.180 provide for his needs. And we equate this with the scenario that we do 332 00:24:22.299 --> 00:24:25.130 without the abortion center and said we say there are two in the ditch. 333 00:24:25.170 --> 00:24:27.329 There's the mom who's believe the lives of the enemy and through her sin, 334 00:24:27.529 --> 00:24:32.130 got herself wrapped up in a situation she didn't account for and she's there to 335 00:24:32.210 --> 00:24:34.250 take the life of her baby. She's in a ditch, but that baby, 336 00:24:34.369 --> 00:24:37.849 even more so, is in a ditch right. That baby is going 337 00:24:37.890 --> 00:24:41.079 to be left dead inside of that place. And so we as Christians, 338 00:24:41.119 --> 00:24:45.359 if we're going to love our neighbor as ourself, and and that's really the 339 00:24:45.440 --> 00:24:48.519 key to this, what Jesus is talking about is loving our neighbor as ourselves. 340 00:24:48.519 --> 00:24:55.750 He was dealing with some religious people, religious hypocrites really, who touted 341 00:24:55.829 --> 00:24:59.869 about their goodness and they're good works and all the sacrifices they gave and the 342 00:24:59.950 --> 00:25:03.670 tithe and stuff they gave, and yet they wouldn't even go and help their 343 00:25:03.710 --> 00:25:07.180 neighbor who is in a difficult spot. They're willing to give tithe as long 344 00:25:07.180 --> 00:25:08.900 as they could be recognized for the tide that they'd given. Yeah, and 345 00:25:08.980 --> 00:25:11.779 that's for many Christians. Listen, I don't want to I want to preach 346 00:25:11.900 --> 00:25:15.500 too much, but many Christians, you know, they attend church, they 347 00:25:15.660 --> 00:25:21.339 sing in the worship team, they teach Sunday school and in reality, if 348 00:25:21.380 --> 00:25:22.730 you boil it down, why they do it. The motivation is to be 349 00:25:22.849 --> 00:25:27.329 seen. And on a sidewalk, I mean you might get seen, but 350 00:25:27.369 --> 00:25:30.529 I'm going to tell you it's not the best place to be. You're not 351 00:25:30.569 --> 00:25:33.809 getting a lot of hand claps on the sidewalk at an abortion center. Yeah, 352 00:25:33.890 --> 00:25:37.240 get a lot of rejection from people, from from even believers, that 353 00:25:37.400 --> 00:25:38.960 thank you're crazy for being out there. That's that's a little bit of a 354 00:25:40.000 --> 00:25:42.240 rabbit trail. The point here is we're called to love our neighbor, even 355 00:25:42.279 --> 00:25:45.319 when it don't look good to other people. Were called to love our neighbor, 356 00:25:45.359 --> 00:25:51.789 to go to the ditches. That Samaritan went to the ditch and he 357 00:25:51.950 --> 00:25:56.190 loved his neighbor as himself. If you were left half dead and naked in 358 00:25:56.269 --> 00:25:59.190 a ditch, wouldn't you want someone to come to you rather than passing by 359 00:25:59.230 --> 00:26:02.029 on the other side of the road? Yeah, and and he was a 360 00:26:02.150 --> 00:26:04.500 Samaritan, who is the enemy of the Jews. Yeah, so here's a 361 00:26:04.539 --> 00:26:08.779 Jewish man in the ditch and he's a Samaritan and he was willing to help 362 00:26:08.859 --> 00:26:14.180 his enemy because the enemy was in need. Yeah, saw the need and 363 00:26:14.660 --> 00:26:19.410 helped him, and so we're called we may not like any of the reasons 364 00:26:19.609 --> 00:26:26.569 for why they're there and feel that they are may be very selfish and maybe 365 00:26:26.650 --> 00:26:32.450 very sinful people, but we are called to help them. Yeah, absolutely, 366 00:26:32.450 --> 00:26:37.920 and hopefully then lead them to a much better understanding of God so that 367 00:26:37.039 --> 00:26:41.799 ultimately they'll never be back in there in that ditch. Yeah, absolutely. 368 00:26:41.759 --> 00:26:48.710 You know, another story that Jesus gives, and it's really just a picture 369 00:26:48.950 --> 00:26:52.509 of the last days, is in Matthew Chapter Twenty Five. Is that we're 370 00:26:52.549 --> 00:26:56.430 talking about how sidewalk outreach is biblical, being at an abortion center right with 371 00:26:56.549 --> 00:27:00.789 the grace of God and the love of God, bringing the Gospel, bringing 372 00:27:00.910 --> 00:27:03.059 the hope of the Gospel and the help of the local church to the people 373 00:27:03.099 --> 00:27:07.980 going into the abortion center. Another passage that comes to mind that shows me 374 00:27:07.099 --> 00:27:11.539 this is like, this is biblical and we're motivated by what the Bible says 375 00:27:11.380 --> 00:27:15.490 comes out of Matthew Chapter Twenty Five, and this is Jesus talking in verse 376 00:27:15.569 --> 00:27:18.849 Thirty One, Mathew Thirty one, and it says when the son of man 377 00:27:19.049 --> 00:27:22.609 comes in his glory with all the Holy Angels with him, then he will 378 00:27:22.609 --> 00:27:26.049 sit on the throne of his glory and all the nations be gathered before him 379 00:27:26.049 --> 00:27:30.599 and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep 380 00:27:30.640 --> 00:27:33.079 from the goats. And he gets on to say. Then the king will 381 00:27:33.079 --> 00:27:36.640 say to those on his right hand, come you, blessed of my father, 382 00:27:36.759 --> 00:27:38.240 and here the kingdom prepared from you, from the foundation of the world. 383 00:27:38.480 --> 00:27:41.839 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and 384 00:27:41.960 --> 00:27:44.470 gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me and I was 385 00:27:44.509 --> 00:27:47.390 naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I 386 00:27:47.509 --> 00:27:49.869 was in prison and you came to me. And then the righteous answer, 387 00:27:49.910 --> 00:27:52.589 and I'll just sum up the say, well, when did we do all 388 00:27:52.630 --> 00:27:56.069 these things? And he says, whatever you've done to the least of these, 389 00:27:56.150 --> 00:27:59.140 you've done it for me. So if you close the clothes the least 390 00:27:59.220 --> 00:28:02.660 of these, if you gave a voice to the voiceless, it's like you 391 00:28:02.779 --> 00:28:06.940 identified or it's like you did it for me, and because Jesus himself identifies 392 00:28:07.579 --> 00:28:11.180 with you oppressed in society, the marginalize, the margin last, the oppressed, 393 00:28:11.259 --> 00:28:15.369 those who society cares nothing about. Right and it's funny that the Social 394 00:28:15.569 --> 00:28:22.490 Justice folks have have really capitalized on this and really jumped on this as far 395 00:28:22.490 --> 00:28:25.250 as, like, you know, some of the other stuff that's out there 396 00:28:25.250 --> 00:28:32.279 and just kind of twisted all of this around. Certainly we should look out 397 00:28:32.359 --> 00:28:36.440 for the oppressed in society, right, we should write. But if we 398 00:28:36.799 --> 00:28:41.829 ignore, because of some political motivation or whatever, the most oppressed, and 399 00:28:41.910 --> 00:28:45.869 we're talking about these babies who literally cannot give themselves a voice, who have 400 00:28:45.069 --> 00:28:52.509 literally, as society, been tagged as Nonhuman, expendable, expendable property. 401 00:28:52.750 --> 00:28:56.059 You look at the way that that Rov Wade view the unborn. It was 402 00:28:56.220 --> 00:28:59.940 somehow this, this unborn child, was property of the mother. Ye, 403 00:29:00.299 --> 00:29:03.859 YEP, if we're talking social justice and we want to push for a show 404 00:29:03.019 --> 00:29:07.779 social justice, and yet we neglect that. We hadn't neglect that group of 405 00:29:07.900 --> 00:29:11.009 people, these unborn children. Were missing the point. We're missing really what 406 00:29:11.130 --> 00:29:15.609 Jesus said here, right, and as the church, we've really got a 407 00:29:15.650 --> 00:29:18.529 champion this stuff. Yeah, we do, because, I mean think about 408 00:29:18.569 --> 00:29:22.329 who are the most vulnerable among us us, and I can't think of any 409 00:29:23.130 --> 00:29:27.000 people group more vulnerable. Yeah, and an unborn child, they're just did 410 00:29:27.119 --> 00:29:33.920 they cannot flee, they can't speak, they can't flee and and so they 411 00:29:34.160 --> 00:29:40.750 are the least of us to the nth degree. and Jesus, it's clear 412 00:29:41.390 --> 00:29:45.630 we are. When we protect and do for the least of us, we 413 00:29:45.789 --> 00:29:48.910 do for Jesus. Yeah, now he goes on to say to those who 414 00:29:49.069 --> 00:29:52.740 he judges. Yeah, he says, when I was naked, you didn't 415 00:29:52.819 --> 00:29:56.140 clothe me, when I was in prison, you didn't visit me. When 416 00:29:56.180 --> 00:29:59.779 I was thirsty, you didn't give me water, when I was hungry, 417 00:29:59.779 --> 00:30:03.299 you didn't feed me. And they say, well, when did we see 418 00:30:03.299 --> 00:30:06.299 you in such a state? And we didn't meet your needs. I'm paraphrase 419 00:30:06.380 --> 00:30:08.890 it again, right, and he says, whatever you've not done for the 420 00:30:08.930 --> 00:30:14.569 least of these, you've not done it for me. Again, Jesus identifying 421 00:30:14.650 --> 00:30:18.690 himself with the marginalize. And who is more marginalized, Yep, in our 422 00:30:18.769 --> 00:30:22.640 society than the unborn? Yeah, and so, as believers in Jesus, 423 00:30:23.359 --> 00:30:27.039 now, we don't believe in a workspace salvation. I don't believe that if 424 00:30:27.039 --> 00:30:30.920 you got to in an abortion center that somehow that makes you saved. But 425 00:30:32.039 --> 00:30:36.349 it certainly is. And again, I don't want to just say abortion center 426 00:30:36.390 --> 00:30:38.910 ministry. There's all kinds of other ministries that people can be involved in and 427 00:30:38.990 --> 00:30:41.910 there's all kinds of ways to be involved in this ministry. Everybody can do 428 00:30:42.069 --> 00:30:47.109 something. As believers in Jesus, though, when there's a marginalized group of 429 00:30:47.269 --> 00:30:52.460 people and we're refusing to do anything for them, but to ask yourself, 430 00:30:52.539 --> 00:30:56.460 is this a manifestation that my heart is not right with God? Yeah, 431 00:30:56.539 --> 00:30:59.019 because I if I love him, I'll do it. He says yeah, 432 00:30:59.220 --> 00:31:03.500 and he says go, yeah, and and and care for those who cannot 433 00:31:03.539 --> 00:31:07.450 care for themselves. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, and it's not like doing 434 00:31:07.490 --> 00:31:11.769 these things makes you a Christian, but it certainly was. is like the 435 00:31:11.930 --> 00:31:17.289 the fruit doesn't make the tree what it is. The fruit is a natural 436 00:31:17.490 --> 00:31:21.559 outflow of the trees being of what it actually is. And so, as 437 00:31:21.599 --> 00:31:26.240 a believer in Jesus, we see those marginalized in society and we find ourselves 438 00:31:26.319 --> 00:31:30.319 doing nothing to give them a voice, nothing to help them, then we 439 00:31:30.519 --> 00:31:34.349 need to assess our own hearts. Yeah, Paul says, I believe it, 440 00:31:34.470 --> 00:31:37.910 First Corinthians first or Second Corinthians. He says, examine yourself and see 441 00:31:37.910 --> 00:31:41.710 if you are in the faith. We need to make a serious examination of 442 00:31:41.750 --> 00:31:45.950 ourselves. A modern church needs to make a serious examination of herself. Well, 443 00:31:47.029 --> 00:31:52.140 the not we're even walking in the biblical framework of Christianity. That's that's 444 00:31:52.220 --> 00:31:55.859 for sure, and I think it can also be applied to as we're out 445 00:31:55.859 --> 00:32:01.609 there speaking and judging righteously. Part of that is that being able to tell 446 00:32:01.769 --> 00:32:07.769 the women that are showing up for an abortion, if you're claiming to love 447 00:32:07.970 --> 00:32:13.289 God, if your faith is a true saving faith, then you should be 448 00:32:13.609 --> 00:32:17.440 obeying you should be doing what he tells you to do, which in clutes 449 00:32:17.480 --> 00:32:23.759 that shall not murder but to protect the vulnerable. And and so we can 450 00:32:24.319 --> 00:32:29.200 and should be saying that to them as well, and I like what you 451 00:32:29.359 --> 00:32:34.549 said. It's not that that proves they are or are not a Christian, 452 00:32:34.990 --> 00:32:37.630 but if you love God, you will do what he say. It says 453 00:32:38.309 --> 00:32:43.109 and I think it's an important warning to them. If you love him, 454 00:32:44.029 --> 00:32:46.819 do what he says. Yeah, especially in this area. Yeah, absolutely. 455 00:32:47.500 --> 00:32:52.099 So I want to jump into just to finish this episode up. I 456 00:32:52.220 --> 00:32:55.539 think we've really majored on the important thing, which is talking about sidewalk out 457 00:32:55.579 --> 00:33:00.170 reach being biblical. Right. Hopefully we've shared a biblical framework with you guys. 458 00:33:00.529 --> 00:33:02.890 There's many other scriptures that we can share, but we're not going to 459 00:33:02.930 --> 00:33:06.809 Labor that point. It's Biblical to be out there that place of death. 460 00:33:06.849 --> 00:33:10.369 Yeah, and so let's just talk a little bit about the effectiveness of it. 461 00:33:12.130 --> 00:33:15.480 Is it effective to be on the sidewalk in front of an abortion center? 462 00:33:15.519 --> 00:33:16.839 And I think yeah, you can speak to that. As far as 463 00:33:16.880 --> 00:33:22.039 your experience and what really drew you out to the sidewalk. Yeah, well, 464 00:33:22.319 --> 00:33:25.440 I came to the sidewalk because I had had an abortion, I was 465 00:33:25.559 --> 00:33:31.549 post abortive, and I was friends with someone on Facebook, Lisa Mets Ger, 466 00:33:31.710 --> 00:33:38.750 who was reporting every day about all these saves, these saved babies, 467 00:33:39.349 --> 00:33:44.299 and I could not believe it, and I think that my experience is true 468 00:33:44.299 --> 00:33:47.019 of many people, that they just they feel that most people's minds are made 469 00:33:47.059 --> 00:33:51.619 up when they show an abortion center. That was what I believe to be 470 00:33:51.740 --> 00:33:54.420 the truth and that is so far from the truth. There is so much 471 00:33:54.500 --> 00:34:00.769 conflict out there. So reading on social media, she was just a facebook 472 00:34:00.769 --> 00:34:05.170 friend, reading about all these number of women who had changed their mind because 473 00:34:05.410 --> 00:34:09.119 people showed up, really impacted me and and made me feel not only because 474 00:34:09.119 --> 00:34:13.519 of my history but because of what I was seeing. I heard it was 475 00:34:13.599 --> 00:34:17.559 effective and that's what the value I think of of pointing out that it is 476 00:34:17.639 --> 00:34:22.599 effective is there are people like me who would have remained on the sideline because 477 00:34:22.639 --> 00:34:27.429 I thought it was useless. Why put my time? I loved the Lord, 478 00:34:27.909 --> 00:34:30.150 but why put my time and energy into something that, first of all, 479 00:34:30.150 --> 00:34:35.190 I did I really didn't understand the calling. Yeah, the universal calling, 480 00:34:35.710 --> 00:34:39.699 but I also didn't I didn't understand it was effective. I needed to 481 00:34:39.820 --> 00:34:44.739 know that for me to go out to the sidewalk. And I think my 482 00:34:44.860 --> 00:34:50.820 idea of what effectiveness means has changed a little bit, but at that time 483 00:34:50.900 --> 00:34:55.929 it was tangible proof that babies are saved because we're out there. And I 484 00:34:57.010 --> 00:35:00.170 have some statistics. Yeah, that that I want to share with you. 485 00:35:00.929 --> 00:35:06.809 One of them I think we've shared before on former or previous podcast. Plan 486 00:35:06.969 --> 00:35:10.880 parenthood told Abby Johnson, who was then a manager at plan parenthood, that 487 00:35:12.039 --> 00:35:16.199 when pro life people just show up to the sidewalk, the no show rate 488 00:35:16.519 --> 00:35:23.550 for abortion increases by seventy percent and that's that's a pretty huge percentage of people 489 00:35:23.550 --> 00:35:29.750 who decide not to come, maybe even come and have the abortion because there's 490 00:35:30.030 --> 00:35:36.179 pro life people simply on the sidewalk. Yeah, abortion rates in the past 491 00:35:36.340 --> 00:35:39.340 decade have decreased. Now this is hard to find the statistics, and I 492 00:35:39.460 --> 00:35:44.260 could. I couldn't even find more recent ones, but the ones that I 493 00:35:44.300 --> 00:35:47.179 did find, and there from the Gutmocker Institute, which is kind of an 494 00:35:47.300 --> 00:35:52.929 arm of the abortion industry. However, they have reported that abortion rates fell 495 00:35:53.010 --> 00:35:57.889 by nineteen percent, from two thousand and eleven to two thousand and seventeen. 496 00:35:58.849 --> 00:36:04.760 And so the pro abortion movement says this might be because of increased restrictions on 497 00:36:04.880 --> 00:36:07.320 abortion, although actually they don't like to admit that. So they say maybe 498 00:36:07.360 --> 00:36:10.400 not that. Then they say maybe birth control. But if you review, 499 00:36:10.440 --> 00:36:15.239 and I won't go into it, our podcast last time on birth control. 500 00:36:15.679 --> 00:36:20.230 Well, birth control actually has increased abortion rates as supposed to decrease to the 501 00:36:20.469 --> 00:36:28.230 the research shows. So what maybe has caused that decrease in abortion us? 502 00:36:28.630 --> 00:36:32.699 I think it's the pro life people that are showing up in greater numbers on 503 00:36:34.099 --> 00:36:38.059 the sidewalks of the abortion centers. Yeah, and and speaking for life. 504 00:36:38.739 --> 00:36:45.820 So we we have found in our city alone it through, starting with cities 505 00:36:45.900 --> 00:36:50.690 for life, now love life. Over fivezero people have changed their mind and 506 00:36:50.889 --> 00:36:55.809 chosen life's amazing today for did yeah, in just this one. For that 507 00:36:55.889 --> 00:36:59.929 we know, of Ye there may have been more and our afternoon team is 508 00:36:59.969 --> 00:37:05.400 still out there. We may hear about more even from today. And something 509 00:37:05.480 --> 00:37:12.000 like ninety this this year alone, just at this are single city. So 510 00:37:12.480 --> 00:37:16.510 those are those are good numbers. Those are babies that would have been dead, 511 00:37:16.550 --> 00:37:22.469 yeah, that instead are living and breathing and and have a future, 512 00:37:22.829 --> 00:37:28.949 the hope in a future which the Bible promises them so clearly. The not 513 00:37:29.070 --> 00:37:32.300 leaves the number for so far this year. I'm Chrissy who keeps up with 514 00:37:32.420 --> 00:37:37.739 the numbers for us, text me every Saturday and gives us, gives me 515 00:37:37.780 --> 00:37:40.860 an update of how many babies have been saved and kind of gives me a 516 00:37:40.940 --> 00:37:46.250 total for the year. And so it's up to like eighty nine babies. 517 00:37:46.289 --> 00:37:50.730 That's for this year. Yeah, and then if you add to that ninety 518 00:37:50.809 --> 00:37:53.929 three, then right, so it's it's amazing. And again we're talking about 519 00:37:54.010 --> 00:37:59.360 individual lives that have been spared from death. We're talking about women who were 520 00:37:59.480 --> 00:38:04.480 right at the moment before they were going to take the life of their baby, 521 00:38:04.760 --> 00:38:07.199 their heart was turned, yeah, and they chose life for their baby. 522 00:38:07.280 --> 00:38:13.750 That's amazing and so many have told us. If you hadn't been there, 523 00:38:14.349 --> 00:38:17.590 my baby wouldn't be here. Yeah, and knowing that, how could 524 00:38:17.630 --> 00:38:24.909 we not continue to show up? So clearly it's effective. But, like 525 00:38:25.110 --> 00:38:31.579 I said, kind of my my understanding of what it means effectiveness, yeah, 526 00:38:31.739 --> 00:38:36.579 has shifted a little bit. I love to see baby saved and to 527 00:38:36.659 --> 00:38:39.739 see the tangible fruit of our obedience. But, as you alluded to earlier, 528 00:38:39.980 --> 00:38:45.570 it is our obedience. Yeah, we we can't force someone to change 529 00:38:45.610 --> 00:38:52.730 their mind or their heart. We're not responsible for the the conviction that happens 530 00:38:52.170 --> 00:38:57.039 in their heart. Yeah, that's Scott's work. Yeah, but we are 531 00:38:57.400 --> 00:39:02.039 called to be there. And then some of the verses that that I looked 532 00:39:02.079 --> 00:39:07.760 up while I was thinking about this podcast is we are also called to so 533 00:39:07.039 --> 00:39:14.510 seat. But the effectiveness God promises us. He said it is word never 534 00:39:14.750 --> 00:39:19.550 returns, floyd and and in Galatian nine, let us not grow weary of 535 00:39:19.670 --> 00:39:23.659 doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give 536 00:39:23.820 --> 00:39:29.380 up. Yeah, so know that if we're sewing those seeds, there will 537 00:39:29.539 --> 00:39:32.940 be a harvest, there will be reaping, and I love in some one 538 00:39:34.260 --> 00:39:37.699 twenty six verses, five to six, it says he who goes out weeping 539 00:39:37.739 --> 00:39:43.010 bearing the seed for sewing. That feels like me sometimes for all of us 540 00:39:43.050 --> 00:39:46.610 on side box ministry. We do weep. It is so grievous, but 541 00:39:46.809 --> 00:39:51.369 we are sowing the seeds, sometimes weeping. But listen to the end of 542 00:39:51.409 --> 00:39:57.639 that. First shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with 543 00:39:57.800 --> 00:40:01.920 him. Will come home home being the ultimate home, in my opinion, 544 00:40:01.920 --> 00:40:08.309 and you said, to God himself, bringing these Sheaves, the harvest of 545 00:40:08.510 --> 00:40:13.190 those seats that we planted. So we may not see it now, we 546 00:40:13.349 --> 00:40:16.630 may not see it in this life, but there are sheaves that we are 547 00:40:16.670 --> 00:40:21.739 going to be carrying with us when we come before Jesus. Yeah, yeah, 548 00:40:21.940 --> 00:40:25.460 absolutely, yeah, like you mentioned, and starting this podcast I talked 549 00:40:25.500 --> 00:40:34.019 about effectiveness, and effectiveness is not gaged by the numbers, even though we're 550 00:40:34.059 --> 00:40:37.210 not wrong and keeping track of numbers and glorying in the numbers. We often 551 00:40:37.250 --> 00:40:42.610 say we don't take responsibility for the victories, and so we don't take responsibility 552 00:40:42.650 --> 00:40:45.849 for the apparent defeats. Right, but we do glory in the victories that 553 00:40:45.929 --> 00:40:50.679 God lets us see, and it's all by His grace anyway. It's all 554 00:40:50.760 --> 00:40:53.519 him doing the work. He's doing the changing of the hearts. When a 555 00:40:53.559 --> 00:40:58.599 baby is saved. God is doing the saving and of course brings to mind 556 00:40:58.679 --> 00:41:02.320 a scripture that many of you guys will know, and First Corinthians chapter three. 557 00:41:04.469 --> 00:41:08.510 Paul is talking about well a Poulos and Paul and the work that they've 558 00:41:08.590 --> 00:41:12.909 done. People were kind of clinging to one or the other. Yeah, 559 00:41:13.309 --> 00:41:15.989 and Paul says in Verse Five of First Corinthians Chapter Three. Who Then, 560 00:41:16.150 --> 00:41:21.739 is Paul and who was a paulace? But ministers through whom you believed as 561 00:41:21.820 --> 00:41:27.739 the Lord gave to each one. I planted a police watered, but God 562 00:41:27.860 --> 00:41:30.739 gave the increase. So neither he who plants as anything nor he who waters, 563 00:41:31.219 --> 00:41:36.769 but God, who gives the end increase. God gives the increase. 564 00:41:36.969 --> 00:41:38.489 Yeah, God is the one that changes the hearts. And so we're out 565 00:41:38.489 --> 00:41:45.650 there in our effectiveness is gaged in what they're not. We're planting or watering. 566 00:41:45.690 --> 00:41:49.800 Yeah, and really we can't get the cart before the horse. Like 567 00:41:49.880 --> 00:41:52.440 the effectiveness is not the most important. No, what are you what are 568 00:41:52.480 --> 00:41:57.159 you planting and what are you using too water? Are you planting the seeds 569 00:41:57.199 --> 00:42:00.519 of the Gospel? Are you watering it with the truth of God's word? 570 00:42:00.360 --> 00:42:05.030 God's going to honor that. We always make those two promises that if you 571 00:42:05.110 --> 00:42:07.469 commit to go out to the sidewalk, God will use you to say babies, 572 00:42:07.630 --> 00:42:10.670 babies will be saved. That's a promise I can give you, and 573 00:42:10.750 --> 00:42:15.070 I give you that based on God's word, based on this watering and sewing 574 00:42:15.110 --> 00:42:16.980 principle, that there's going to be an increase. God gives the increase. 575 00:42:17.059 --> 00:42:20.780 You don't, but God does. Yeah, but some of those babies that 576 00:42:20.820 --> 00:42:22.940 are saved you might not find out about until you stand before the Lord and 577 00:42:23.099 --> 00:42:27.780 your presence, just you standing there, you offering help, you proclaiming the 578 00:42:27.860 --> 00:42:30.809 Gospel, you holding up a sign, whatever it might be. God's going 579 00:42:30.849 --> 00:42:32.889 to use it and you might see an eternity, a baby that was saved 580 00:42:32.929 --> 00:42:36.329 because of your efforts, that we're there. You might be able to see 581 00:42:36.329 --> 00:42:37.809 it now. God might allow you, like we are able to see you 582 00:42:37.889 --> 00:42:40.329 today. Yeah, MOM's that said. They chose life. Praise God. 583 00:42:42.289 --> 00:42:45.159 Either way, God is doing the increasing, all right. God is the 584 00:42:45.239 --> 00:42:50.920 one that's ultimately changing the hearts. Yeah, and so just again, understanding 585 00:42:50.920 --> 00:42:55.320 are our victory is in obedience and obeying the Lord and being faithful. So 586 00:42:55.679 --> 00:43:00.670 the two promises are God will use you to say babies and also there's victory 587 00:43:00.750 --> 00:43:04.670 in the fact that you're going to grow spiritually if you go out to the 588 00:43:04.750 --> 00:43:07.789 sidewalk. That's our second promise. First, God will use you to say 589 00:43:07.829 --> 00:43:10.750 baby. Second, you will grow spiritually. You will grow in ways you 590 00:43:10.829 --> 00:43:15.539 would not otherwise grow because of you're in the battle. You're on the front 591 00:43:15.619 --> 00:43:19.179 lines of the front lines of this battle between light and darkness, and that 592 00:43:19.219 --> 00:43:24.500 also itself is effective in making you more like Jesus Right. And so yes, 593 00:43:24.619 --> 00:43:29.090 I walk out, reaches Biblical. Yes, it's effective. Go Out, 594 00:43:29.289 --> 00:43:32.250 do what God's called you to do, step into this biblical ministry and 595 00:43:32.929 --> 00:43:37.409 I'm telling you, God's going to do amazing things through you. And so 596 00:43:37.530 --> 00:43:40.090 we're going to wrap this up again. These next couple of podcast that we 597 00:43:40.170 --> 00:43:45.719 do are going to be focused on training and further training based on our sidewalk 598 00:43:45.760 --> 00:43:50.320 out reach training. If you want to get connected with us to receive our 599 00:43:50.320 --> 00:43:54.679 sidewalk out reach training, we do it live on zoom the first Saturday of 600 00:43:54.829 --> 00:43:59.110 every month. We do it from two PM to four PM eastern time. 601 00:44:00.429 --> 00:44:02.030 Reach out to me, Daniel Love Life Dot Org. What I'll do is 602 00:44:02.030 --> 00:44:06.630 I'll shoot over to you our application as our sidewalk out reach application. We're 603 00:44:06.630 --> 00:44:08.469 going to make sure. Just want to know who you are, want to 604 00:44:08.510 --> 00:44:12.539 have some kind of connection to you. Doesn't necessarily mean you're a part of 605 00:44:12.619 --> 00:44:15.059 love life when you do this this training, but we want to make sure 606 00:44:15.059 --> 00:44:20.099 we're training people that you know, are in line with the spirit of the 607 00:44:20.219 --> 00:44:22.900 Ministry, which is the Gospel that are going to be coming on our training. 608 00:44:22.980 --> 00:44:25.369 So if you want to get plugged into that, Danuelt Love Life Dot 609 00:44:25.409 --> 00:44:30.130 Organ I'll get you the appropriate information that you need. If you want to 610 00:44:30.130 --> 00:44:31.929 reach out to us, you can reach out to her, Vicky at Love 611 00:44:32.010 --> 00:44:35.409 Life Dot Org, and reach out to me, Daniel at Love Life Dot 612 00:44:35.449 --> 00:44:38.199 Org, for any suggestions for future podcasts and things like that. We'd love 613 00:44:38.280 --> 00:44:43.639 to hear feedback on this podcast on the other episodes that we've done. So 614 00:44:43.840 --> 00:44:54.469 until next time, God bless give me our love for love, give me 615 00:44:55.230 --> 00:45:07.460 our love for gratitude. I know it will cost me my life. Nothing's 616 00:45:07.579 --> 00:45:10.219 too precious in some you