This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness…. This is my favorite Easter story, I weep every time I read it.

Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. Still, his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible and had sent him to St. Theresa’s elementary school. At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. 

His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him.  He would squirm in his seat, drool and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy irritated his teacher. 

One day, she called his parents and asked them to come to St. Teresa’s for a consultation. As the Foresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, “Jeremy really belongs in a special school.  It isn’t fair to him to be with younger children who don’t have learning problems. Why, there is a five-year gap between his age and that of the other students!” Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue while her husband spoke. “Miss Miller,” he said, “there is no school of that kind nearby.  It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here.” 

Doris sat for a long time after they left, staring at the snow outside the window.  Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul.  She wanted to sympathize with the Foresters.  After all, their only child had a terminal illness.  But it wasn’t fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read or write.  Why spend any more time trying? As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. “Oh God,” she said aloud, “here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared with that poor family!  Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy.” From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy ‘s noises and his blank stares.

Then one day he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him.  “I love you, Miss Miller,” he exclaimed, loudly enough for the whole class to hear.  The other children snickered, and Doris’s face turned red.  She stammered, “wh-why, that’s very nice, Jeremy.  Now please take your seat.”

Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. “Now,” she said to them “I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life.  Do you understand?”

“Yes, Miss Miller!” The children responded enthusiastically – all except for Jeremy.  He just listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus’ death and resurrection?  Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.

That evening, Doris’ kitchen sink stopped up.  She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it.  After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy ‘s parents.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller’s desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris found a flower. “Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life,” she said.  “When plants peek through the ground we know that spring is here. “A  small girl in the first row waved her arms. “That’s my egg, Miss Miller,” she called out.  The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real.  Doris held it up.  “We all know that a caterpillar changes and turns into a beautiful butterfly.  Yes, that is new life, too” little Judy smiled proudly and said, “Miss Miller, that one is mine.”

Next Doris found a rock with moss on it.  She explained that the moss, too, showed life.  Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom.  “My daddy helped me!”  He beamed.  Then Doris opened the fourth egg.  She gasped. The egg was empty!  Surely it  must be Jeremy ‘s, she thought, and, of course, he did not understand her instructions.  If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another. 

Suddenly Jeremy spoke up. “Miss Miller, aren’t you going to talk about my egg?” Flustered, Doris replied, “but Jeremy  – your egg is empty!”  He looked into her eyes and said softly, “yes, but Jesus’ tomb was empty too!”  Time stopped.  When she could speak again.  Doris asked him, “Do you know why the tomb was empty?”  “Oh yes!” Jeremy exclaimed.  “Jesus was killed and put in there.  Then his Father raised him up!”  The recess bell rang.  While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.

Three months later Jeremy died.  Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket, ……………….all of them empty.

If this wonderful story has touched you, pass it on.  Take care and treasure the times with those you love…

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Throwback Thursday – Maundy Thursday

Today is the ultimate #throwbackthursday #tbt it is Maundy Thursday as we remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

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My Heart Is Broken As Our Stand True Missionary Apartment Has Been Trashed

Recently Stand True was given the opportunity to help a single mother and her two small children while they worked through a very difficult situation. Though we are low on funds, we do have an apartment that is usually reserved for our Missionaries. We thought this would be a perfect fit for this small family in need. While the mother continued to look for work, our bills began to accumulate. What started as a three month stay was nearly doubled, and the utility bills alone are more than $500. Eventually the electricity service was terminated.

This small family recently moved out, and while we are thankful for the opportunity to help them, we are saddened to find that the apartment is no longer livable. This has to be improved immediately so that we can prepare the apartment for our incoming Missionaries. The apartment will require far more than a deep cleaning: we will need to replace appliances, change locks, and much more.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we simply won’t be able to continue to do so without your help. We are blessed that a friend who does house cleaning professionally will be taking on the task for a minimal fee ($250). On top of that there will some replacement items and over $500 in back utilities to be paid. We will need a couple new mattresses and linens also. I am hoping to get this all done for under $1,500 but know it could go higher.

With all the damage we sustained already this winter, this just puts us way behind with funds. Will you please help us get the Stand True Missionary Apartment ready for the summer missionaries?

Can you donate $25, $50, $100, $500 or any amount to help Stand True recover from this devastating winter and the trashed apartment so we can continue to educate, activate and equip this generation? – If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 540-538-2581 to donate by phone.

 

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#murderismurder

Yeah I went there. Here I go making outrageous comparisons again. #murderismurder

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The devastation of Winter 2014 on Stand True

I know devastation is a strong word, but this winter has done serious damage to the Stand True missionary house and our bank account. We have had the coldest winter in many years here in the midwest and with that came extreme problems with plumbing, heating and damage. We desperately need your help today.

Can you donate $25, $50, $100, $500 or any amount to help Stand True recover from this devastating winter and continue to educate, activate and equip this generation? – If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True

Just last month we had three pipes burst here at the missionary house / office while we were out on the road for ministry. We had to tear up the floors and walls looking for leaks. The repairs and the water bill for the last two months were close to $2,000.

Our missionary house / office is very old and heating this place during a normal winter is a challenge but this winter it was very difficult and expensive. There was one period of time when it was so cold the girls moved all their bedding into the resource room and surrounded themselves with space heaters to stay warm at night (without ever once complaining or whining about it!). The electric bills this winter have averaged over $450 a month which is more than four times what they are during the rest of the year.

We paid for some extra insulation to be added under the house which did help a little but we must do much more this summer to winterize the house better for next winter.

As the snow melted from the front steps to the house, the steps began to crumble and are so badly deteriorated they will have to be repaired as soon as possible.

We have exhausted our reserve funds that usually last us into the summer and our bank account is running extremely low. We need your help today.

We are over $400 behind on the water bill and $500 behind on the electric bill and we need to get these paid.

Can you donate $25, $50, $100, $500 or any amount to help Stand True recover from this devastating winter and continue to educate, activate and equip this generation? – If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 540-538-2581 to donate by phone.

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If a fetus is merely part of a woman’s body….

If a fetus is merely part of a woman’s body and not a unique and separate human being, then abortion is nothing more than elective amputation. Why should the tax payers have to pay for a woman to have elective amputation? Do we pay for mole removal? Do we pay for haircuts? These are vanity and convenience procedures, and should not be funded by our government. Unless of course the fetus is more than just part of her body….

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A love for enemies: Praying for Fred Phelps, the dying founder of the Westboro Baptist Church

Recently the Internet has been abuzz with news about the eminent death of Westboro Baptist Church founder, Fred Phelps. Most known for the “God hates fags” website and signs, Phelps is perhaps one of the most hated men in America. This is why it is no surprise to see comments wishing him a safe trip to Hell. However, I cannot understand this kind of behavior from those who claim to be Christians.

I have stood face to face with members of the Westboro Baptist Church and tried to have a civil conversation with them. I have been screamed at and told I am a “fag enabler” and that I was going to burn in Hell. I tried with no avail to reason with these people and show them love but was only answered with anger and hatred.

Does this mean I can hate them back? Does this mean I can celebrate when their founder and patriarch is on his deathbed about to meet his maker? NO!

I thought a lot about this for the last 24 hours and realized how heart-broken I am about this. While I do not know his heart and whether or not he actually has a relationship with Christ, I can say with certainty that I am worried about this man’s soul.

I remember sitting just a few feet away from the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell, and feeling sick to my stomach as I heard testimony about how he killed innocent children born alive following botched abortions.  I know as much as I wanted to hate him, that I was commanded to love him. I knew that my duty as a Christian was to pray for his repentance and conversion to Christ.

Fred Phelps is no different from you or me. He is a human person who was created in the image of God and is loved by God. He is someone who deserves Hell just as you and I deserve Hell. He is someone who may very well be on his way to Hell if there is no true repentance and conversion of heart.  He is someone that we must love.

Sometimes the hardest thing in the world to do is to love those who anger, disgust or hurt us. Imagine how many times we have angered, disgusted and hurt God and yet He still loves us. He loves us so much He sent His Son to shed His blood and die for us.

As Fred Phelps is on his deathbed I am issuing a challenge to all Christians: Let us commit to praying for this man’s soul. Let us commit to loving him the way Christ loves us, refusing to let hatred creep into our hearts.

Join me today as I pray for Fred Phelps and the rest of those deceived by his hatred. While we can see these kinds of hateful people as enemies of true love and Christianity, we must have a love for enemies.

Bryan Kemper

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Take Up Your Cross – How one night changed my life and started a youth pro-life revolution.

One August night in 1987 four young men stood on a stage and sang these lyrics: “the murder goes unseen, does only God and my heart hear the babies’ silent scream?”

In the crowd was a young man who only one week before had given his life to Christ after years of drug abuse and sin. This young man was in awe of this band that played the old school punk rock style music he loved but sang about God, life and real issues. As you may have already guessed, I was that young man in the audience.

After the band finished their set I walked over to their merch table and asked the girl working at the table, “what does Galatians 2:20 mean?” This was the verse they had printed on their t-shirts and it intrigued me.

Stacey, who was the drummer’s girlfriend (now Jim’s wife) walked me through the verse: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

She explained to me what it meant to give up my old life and live my life for Christ as He is the reason I have this life. She talked to me about the difference between living in the flesh and living by faith. While 27 years later this is still something I strive to do better every day, she took those few moments to share this with me. This conversation is one I will never forget.

After talking to me about Christ, Stacey gave me a copy of the band’s demo tape, “Take Up Your Cross” and a t-shirt. I spent the next few weeks listening to that tape over and over again on my Walkman and one song really stood out to me, “Silent Scream”.

This song asked me the question, “does only God and my heart hear the babies’ silent scream?” As I listened to this song over and over I began to hear those silent screams. I knew in my heart that abortion was killing babies and I wanted to say something about it.

It started for me with just getting pro-life t-shirts and stickers. I also had a baby in the womb painted on my leather jacket. I was a walking pro-life billboard wherever I went.

Fast forward a few years and I was sitting in a restaurant at a men’s prayer breakfast with the singer of the band Precious Death when he invited me to a pro-life event that day. I was excited to go but could not have imagined what I was going to see when I got there.

I got out of Chris’s car and stood in awe, as there were literally hundreds of both pro-life and pro-abortion activists standing in the street and on the sidewalk surrounding the abortion mill. I saw pro-abortion activists screaming in the faces of the pro-lifers who were praying. They were screaming vile, sexual things about Jesus and spitting. I saw a cross and a topless woman on that cross, mocking the crucifixion of Christ.

A young woman from my church and her mother saw me and asked me to stand next to them for protection. Elisa had a look of relief on her face when I stood next to her mom to shield her from those around her.

A short while later I walked off towards the crowd at the door of the abortion mill and because of my size, Mohawk and tattoos the pro-aborts thought I was one of them and asked me to go guard the door. They escorted me to the door right as a woman was being brought in to kill her child.

My friend Ruthanne used to drive me to church every Sunday and tell me stories about Operation Rescue and how they would sit and block the doors of the abortion mill and pray as the sidewalk counselors would talk to the women seeking abortion. I thought about what she said and when they put me the door I simply grabbed the handles and stood there.  The pro-aborts started screaming and yelling and punching me as they tried to remove me from the doors. A few minutes later the police were escorting me out in handcuffs.

Jeff White of Operation Rescue was able to get me out of being sent to jail that day, which did not matter to me because the young lady who was on her way in left and did not come back as far as we know. My friends later showed me a video they were taking from outside of the giant crowd. First you saw the young lady come back out and them just leave and then me being led away by police. I still can hear that voice on the videotape: “What are the police doing? Oh, they have someone, OH my G*d it’s Bryan”.

My friends explained to me that they go to these events almost every weekend and many times they see babies saved from these rescues. I called my boss later that afternoon and told him I can no longer work on Saturdays, I was going to spend them fighting abortion with Operation Rescue.

After a year or so of doing this causally on the weekends I went to see Jeff White talk at a local church about a new missionary program Operation Rescue was starting called Missionaries to the Pre-born. I thought to myself that I would take one year and do this and then I can say I have done my part for the babies. I was planning on starting a Christian punk band when I finished my year commitment.

In the fall of 1993 I was traveling to Los Angeles with the Missionaries to the Pre-born which is really the pre-cursor to The Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. I spent that morning going into abortion mills undercover with what we called truth teams. I would take a girl inside and we would ask for a pregnancy test. She would fill the back room and I would fill the lobby and magazine rack with pro-life literature.

Things started off very dark that fall morning as I approached the abortion mill. There was a man on the corner passing out coupons in Spanish for $40 off an abortion. This particular mill was geared towards illegal immigrants.  When we got inside my friend went into the back room and I started filling the magazines with Spanish literature.

She was taking way too long and I decided to walk up to the counter to ask about her when a door opened behind the counter and I saw a young woman lying on her back as she was getting an abortion. I remember the look on her face and the tears in her eyes as I was witnessing the murder of a human being and a young woman being emotionally damaged for life.

My friend came out seconds later and we ran out of the mill meeting a few other pro-life friends who were looking for us. I remember saying to Troy Newman and the others to follow me and we ran down the hall yelling “LA MIGRA!” (immigration) as all the women waiting in the hallway and waiting room ran out of the building.

One woman did not run, she was the young woman who I saw on that table; it was too late for her and her child. I wept most of that day, asking myself how could I have ever said I will just do one year and say I have done my part.

That night I cried out to God, asking Him why this bloodshed continues. I wondered where the church was? Where were His people as these precious little babies were being slaughtered? I heard a voice that night saying, “Bryan save my children”. I knew from that moment that I could no longer just live my life the way I wanted to as my neighbors where being slaughtered every day and the world and the church pretended not to see this holocaust.

From that night of prayer God gave the vision to start Rock for Life, which then became the catalyst to a youth pro-life revolution. The first Rock for Life concert was talked about on MTV and was a huge success. Mark, who was the lead singer of The Crucified, was there that night and a young woman decided to keep her baby after hearing the pro-life presentation given from stage.

Later that year my friends Robbi, Kate and Matt joined me on tour with the secular concert festival, Lollapalooza, with a pro-life booth in the center of the festival. It was an amazing trip as we saw God provide in miraculous ways and protect us when the lead singer of the band Green Day told the crowd to beat us up and destroy our booth.

I started events like the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, which saw students from thousands of campuses in dozens of countries standing up for life and thousands of babies being saved.

I started pro-life t-shirt day, which got people all over the world wearing pro-life t-shirts on the same day and sparking conversations about abortion everywhere.

I founded Stand True Pro-life Outreach, which has now become the youth outreach of Priests for Life, the largest Catholic Pro-life outreach in the world.

Countless pro-life activists have told me that it was seeing one of the first pro-life t-shirts that I created with Rock for Life that got them interested in pro-life work. Bands have told me they write songs about abortion because of seeing a Rock for Life booth at a concert festival. Leaders have told me that they have started working full time in the pro-life movement after one of these events or organization touched them.

All of this not because of anything I have done or achieved but because God used me. This happened because I was willing to listen to the call of Christ on my life when a young woman named Stacey took the time to explain Galatians 2:20 to me. This happened when Jim, Mark, Mark and Greg took up their cross and their instruments and followed Christ’s call on their lives.

Imagine what chain of events can be sparked when you follow Christ and take up your cross. Imagine what He can accomplish when you surrender your life to Him and allow Him to use you.

Will you take up your cross today? Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

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Rolling Stone must have been stoned when they published this pile of lies.

It never ceases to amaze me how much the pro-abortion industry will twist the truth, leave out facts and just plain lie to protect their blood money empire. They have created campaigns to smear the pro-life movement like “the war on women” which actually better describe themselves. They know they can only win with rhetoric and lies because truth and science just don’t support the idea that killing innocent children is copacetic.

In Rolling Stone’s recent article, “The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Debunking anti-choice misinformation about women’s health”, (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-seven-most-common-lies-about-abortion-20140226) the writer is really just trying to de-stigmatize abortion, clean up its well-deserved reputation.  But what she is really doing is just saying “nah ah” to reality in an attempt to hide the ugly truths about the destructive and damaging real war on women.

I find it very telling that they did not even attempt to refute the fact that abortion kills a human person. The writer mainly deals with the after effects of abortion, trying to make it seem like abortion is just a walk in the park, never once dealing with the reality of what an abortion directly does. This generation knows that abortion does kill a human being; the science of this is not something that can be argued against anymore. Now the pro-abortion side must attack the consequences of abortion in an effort to de-stigmatize it.

I went back and read this article again and could not find any references to the second person affected by abortion, the person being aborted. The pro-abortion industry knows that when the focus is put on the baby, they lose. They know that when a woman is shown an ultrasound of her child she will most often choose to not abort that child.

This is one of the so-called “lies” the writer tries to debunk but in doing so really exposes the truth. Why would they fight so hard against women seeing these ultrasounds if they do nothing to deter them from abortion? That is kind of like the old “nothing to see here, move along” line. When someone is saying that it is because there is something to see and they really don’t want you to see it.

One of the things this article tries to claim is that most women don’t regret their abortion or that there is no such thing as Post Abortion Syndrome.  Georgette Forney of Silent No More addresses these points in her blog at – http://bit.ly/1mHLWFV.

Using studies done by and inside of Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider and the Guttmacher Institute, which is really just the research branch of Planned Parenthood is like letting the fox guard the hen house. Planned Parenthood is a money machine, built on the blood of millions of dead babies and they need to keep that blood flowing to keep their money flowing.

With new laws being introduced around the nation that focus on the humanity of the child in the womb at different stages of life, the pro-abortion industry grows more and more worried about their empire. With the pro-life side getting younger, louder and more active they know they are in trouble and have openly talked about this fear. With the Personhood measures getting introduced to more and more states, they know that it is only a matter of time until we overturn Roe and restore personhood to children in the womb.

They know that this is the generation that will abolish abortion and our motto rings true in their ears.  We survived Roe vs. Wade, Roe vs. Wade will not survive us. Nice Try Rolling Stone, but I think you must have been stoned when you decided to publish this hack piece you call an article.

Bryan Kemper

Director, of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life and President, Stand True Pro-life Outreach

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Abortion is sin, but it is also a violent act: an answer to the “sin is sin” excuse for apathy.

I was reading a blog the other day by a Christian who was really just listing excuses for his apathy towards abortion. This person did not want to give up his Girl Scout cookies when he heard of their connection with Planned Parenthood, the largest child-killing organization in the United States.

His first excuse was that they taste too good; at least this was an honest answer. Later he pulled out the classic Christian apathy excuse, sin is sin so we don’t need to worry about abortion more than any other sin. This is just a cop out, a way to deflect our responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Without getting into the theology of “sin is sin” in God’s eyes, let’s look at the physical-world-reality of abortion. While abortion is a sin and will be dealt with as such by God, abortion is also an act of violence that ends the life of a human being.

There are spiritual ramifications and consequences to our actions but what I want to talk about are the physical ones. I want to address the duty and responsibility given to us by God to:

“Love your Neighbor as yourselves” – Mark 12:31

“Do Justly, and to love mercy” – Micah 6:8

“Rescue those being led away to death”  - Proverbs 24:11

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17

“Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed.” – Jeremiah 22:3

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” – Psalm 82:3

I could go on and on listing where God commands action not apathy.

The problem with this argument is that it ignores most of what these verses are talking about, leaving any and all action to God when we are commanded to act in cases of grave injustice. What can be more grave or more unjust than innocent babies being ripped limb from limb?

Abortion is more than just sin and we must treat is as such. If we saw two sinful situations happens simultaneously, which situation would we react to? The reality is that we would judge the severity of the situation and that is how we would decide which one to react to.

If you saw a man on one street corner littering and down the alley from that corner a man was sexually assaulting a woman, would you just say sin is sin and say a prayer for them? Would you be just as concerned with the man littering as you were with the woman being sexually assaulted?

Of course we would be more concerned with sexual assault because it is more than just a sin or just crime, it is a violent act against another human being. There is much more urgency to the situation when someone’s physical well-being or life is at stake.

Our apathy however drives us to try and marginalize abortion to simply a sin or an issue we say we oppose. We don’t want to have to deal with the fact that we know abortion is so vile, so reprehensible that if we grasp the reality of it we would be forced to actively oppose it.

When teaching a woman self defense, one of the first things you teach her is what to yell when being attacked. You teach her to yell “fire” instead of “help” because people don’t want to get involved and yelling “help” can actually get people to look and move the other way.

Christians are looking the other way when it comes to abortion; they don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to offend anyone or have to have an uncomfortable conversation. Christians seem to think they have to be nicer than Jesus and avoid clash when in reality it is the very nature of God that forces true Christianity to clash with sin.

Abortion is sin and we must oppose it as such! We must expose it and shine the light on the darkness that it is. Abortion is also a violent act that ends the life of a human being and we are obligated to actively oppose this violence with love.

When I say oppose with love, I am talking about the kind of love that pulls a drowning kid out of a swimming pool. I am talking about the kind of love that stops a bully from picking on the weakest kids on the playground. I am talking about the kind of love that pulls an elderly woman from a burning building. I am talking about the kind of love that reaches into a ditch to help the man who has been robbed and beaten. I am talking about the kind of love that rescues those being led away to slaughter as Proverbs 24 commands us.

I am talking about an active, urgent and selfless love. A love that understands that faith without works is dead and that to truly oppose something, we must do so actively.

Please pray to end abortion, but don’t stop there. If you truly believe that abortion is killing human children then act like children are being killed.

Bryan Kemper

President: Stand True Pro-life Outreach

Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life

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