Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Abortion Facility Closing in Minnesota

As some of you know, I serve on the Board of Abba Pregnancy Resource Center because I'm very passionate about the pro-life movement. So you can imagine my joy when I received this awesome news in my in-box this morning from a fellow Board member: 

Dear Friend of the Unborn,

Regions Hospital, bowing to the pressure brought by prayer and the presence of thousands of Christians, announced today that the abortuary within the hospital will close on December 9, 2011.  This comes after seven 40 Days for Life campaigns involving thousands at the hospital, petitions drives, phone calling and emailing campaigns, and millions of dollars in lost business for HealthPartners over its ownership of the hospital and the abortuary. 

I cannot express properly the waves of emotions of joy I am experiencing with this victory.   
I have little doubt the reason for this announcement on the Friday after Thanksgiving was intended to minimize the publicity of the closing and to pass a "Regions only" spin to the news.  But it matter little as to the claims of the hospital, we know how much prayer and labor has gone into convincing hospital officials to close their abortion mill.

This is the first abortion facility to close in Minnesota in more than two decades. 
We thank God first and foremost for this great victory.  It is the Lord of Life who has moved hearts and changed minds.  We also thank all those who prayers ardently, kept vigil or stood in witness at Regions, who signed petitions, sent correspondence, picketed at HealthPartners clinics and annual meetings, and who aided the boycott of HealthPartners medical insurance these past six years.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Your brother in Christ,
Brian Gibson

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

On the Passing of a Great Woman of God

Like me, it's likely that you have never heard of Evelyn Christenson before today but she was a great woman of God. She played a great role in the prayer movement of the denomination in which I serve and, indeed, around the world. She once asked the Lord to let her teach the world to pray, and God answered that prayer by sending her to teach internationally and write best-selling books on prayer.

Today Evelyn went to be with her Master and Friend, Jesus Christ. Her last words were these: "It's beautiful, it's beautiful... Jesus is holding my hand.” Evelyn has held the hand of Jesus for many years, but today she gets to see His face! 

Oh that we would live lives that lead us to speak words like that in our final moments. Oh that death would be sweet for us, not because we love death but because we love Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

The best way to honor Evelyn's life, I think, is to become a person of prayer, a person who knows what it means to be near to Jesus and commune with him and submit to him day by day. If we'll do this, then when we see Jesus we'll not be gazing upon a stranger but rather our most precious Lord, Savior, and Friend. 

Thank you, Jesus, for using Evelyn's life in our lives today.