Day 41: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow! And thank you to all of YOU!

40 Days for Life

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On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:12-14

 

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Why would anyone do this?  Why help others who have no way of repaying?  Why give of ourselves and expect nothing in return?

I think it comes down to one word:  LIBERTY.

But 933 Liberty Avenue is a location with a misnomer.

A better address might be “933 Sadness Street,” or “933 Regret Road,” or “933 Prisoner Place.”  Being a prisoner of one’s past… being a person filled with sadness or regret… this is NOT what the Lord wants for any of His people.  And yet, so many WILLINGLY step through those doors in pursuit of one thing: LIBERTY.

Perhaps they desire liberty from the shackles of parenthood… or from the guilt of an illicit sexual relationship… or from the financial burden that a new life might create.  There might be many things they want to “liberate” themselves from, but they don’t know that the very facility they are entering- with that hope of liberty- is the place that will make them forever BOUND (not free) with guilt, regret, avoidance, sadness, pain, and many other things.

At 933 Liberty Avenue, true liberty is a LIE.

Jesus, however, brings us HOPE.  He tells us that He has come that we might have LIFE, and have it to the FULL  (cf. John 10:10).  St. Paul tells us that “it is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).

 

For generations, Lady Liberty has stood as a sign of hope for those who seek freedom, who seek liberty.  So yes, she is one important sign of liberty:

 

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But…. if I may…. I think THIS one is a BETTER sign of true liberty and freedom:

 

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And because we are Christians- those who follow Jesus Christ- we follow Him and His example.  So rather than saying to the abortion-bound couple, the abortion worker, or the post-abortive couple, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed!” (cf. James 2:16), instead we must say, as the Gospel above reminds us,

“I INVITE you into true freedom.”

And while 933 remains a killing facility, that liberty will NOT be found on Liberty Avenue.

 

And so we invite.

 

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Last evening (Sunday), we held our closing rally to close our 40-day vigil.  Thank you to all who came all during these 40 days.  This was a celebration of life… and several lives (at least three) were saved this vigil alone!  Praise God!

 

Some photos from our prayer on the sidewalk:

 

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11-5-17 three pastors at 933

 

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11-5-17 beth and pray-ers (768x1024)

 

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Photos from the time of fellowship

at Catholic Charities:

 

Nikki is an amazing campaign director!! What would we do without you??
Nikki is an amazing campaign director!! What would we do without you??

 

Nikki's husband Joe as our MC. Thank you, Joe!! What a guy!!
Nikki’s husband Joe as our MC. Thank you, Joe!! What a guy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki made all the Shift Managers a beautiful gift. It was a booklet with all the stories of all the lives saved at PP in Pittsburgh from 2011-2017. What a wonderful and encouraging gift!! Thank you, Nikki!!
Nikki made all the Shift Managers a beautiful gift. It was a booklet with all the stories of all the lives saved at PP in Pittsburgh from 2011-2017. What a wonderful and encouraging gift!! Thank you, Nikki!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki gives one of the booklets to Tom and Diane. Thank you, Tom and Diane, for all of your hard work!!
Nikki gives one of the booklets to Tom and Diane. Thank you, Tom and Diane, for all of your hard work!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In return, the Shift Managers give a gift to Nikki. We can’t thank you enough, and we love you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful people....
Wonderful people….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....Thank you ALL!!
….Thank you ALL!!

 

 

 

Al and Sally, our favorite pro-life veterans, still going strong. Praise God!!
Al and Sally, our favorite pro-life veterans, still going strong. Praise God!!

 

 

Others who spoke at Catholic Charities:

 

 

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Benson, a high school sophomore, who inspired us ALL with his testimony and his love for life!! Thank you, Benson!!

 

 

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Kathy L. spoke to us about Sidewalk Advocates. Thank you, Kathy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meredith shared information about the Magee Project. Thank you for all you do!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Bryan, explaining how he holds his hand up to Planned Parenthood in prayer. Thank you for all you do on the sidewalk!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And what a lovely surprise- Pastor Bryan got married to Rose!! Congratulations!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose shares her experiences…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…. And so does Cil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al graciously reminds us of the many bumper stickers he has available for free, for any who want to take them and use them. Thank you, Al, for your generosity!!
Al graciously reminds us of the many bumper stickers he has available for free, for any who want to take them and use them. Thank you, Al, for your generosity!!

 

And last but not least, Bill shares with us about his complete HEALING from arthritis!!!! Praise God!!!
And last but not least, Bill shares with us about his complete HEALING from arthritis after his time in prayer on the sidewalk!!!! A man with the gift of healing prayed over him, and it is gone!! Praise God!!!

 

Thank you again to all who attended this special event, and especially all those who gave of their time to come and join us in prayer.  Let us remember what we are about…. PRAYER.  And let us remember Whose we are…. HIS.  And let us bring others- INVITE others- to know Him too…. especially those on the sidewalk and inside that building.  Despite Liberty Avenue’s name, the Lord Jesus is the ONLY one who can make them truly FREE.

 

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4 thoughts on “Day 41: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow! And thank you to all of YOU!

  • November 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    As always, Lisa, a spectacular job.

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  • November 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    So grateful for all of you beautiful people! Thank you for all you have done this campaign for Life! Congratulations Pastor Bill!

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  • November 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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    Pastor Bryan that is…of course!

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  • November 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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    Thank you from Punxsutawney. We supported you in prayer daily and Sunday’s by praying the Pro Life Rosary before the 8 am Holy Mass. thank you for your dedication. God bless you.

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