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Monday, January 11, 2010






Please keep Sue in your prayers.




Sue is the lady standing in between Dean and Doris (who also ministers at Cornerstone)

We've received this email at 9:10 this morning:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Cornerstone’s Executive Director, Sue Smith, has been admitted to Elmer ICU with bacterial meningitis. Please lift her up in prayer to our Great Physician, and ask that His will would be done in this situation.

Please remember her husband, Jerry, and their daughter, Jackie and her family, in prayer as well. Pray that they remain strong, and would rely on Christ for their strength and comfort at this time.

In Christ,

Cheryl S. Cashman

Business Administrator Cornerstone Women's Resource Centers

PO Box 63, Salem, NJ 08079 856-935-0300 cheryl@cornerstonewrc.org

www.cornerstonewrc.org

Friday, January 8, 2010

Opinion
Christian Science Monitor


Serious about reducing abortion? Make women see an ultrasound of the procedure.

By Zach Krajacic Zach Krajacic – Thu Jan 7, 8:58 am ET

Buffalo, N.Y. – After watching an ultrasound of an abortion last year, Abby Johnson resigned from her position as director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, and joined a pro-life group.

Ms. Johnson's story shows the potential for using technology to dramatically lower the number of abortions by changing people's hearts and minds. Imagine how many lives could be saved by passing a law that requires abortion providers to show mothers considering an abortion an ultrasound video of the procedure before they are allowed to perform the abortion.

A video would ensure that women have full knowledge of the procedure they are about to undergo. By providing women with more information on which to base a decision, the use of technology would enhance their “right to choose.”

Currently, many women who consider abortion are not fully aware of what it actually entails. Sometimes they are even under the impression that abortion merely destroys a growth of tissue – like removing a wart. How much choice does a woman have if she is not aware of all the facts?

Upon seeing what happens during an abortion, many women might choose to have their baby rather than go through with the abortion. Like Ms. Johnson, they would see with their own eyes that abortion destroys human life, not merely a growth of tissue. “I could see the baby move away from the probe,” said Johnson.

If an ultrasound of an abortion procedure had such a profound effect on a Planned Parenthood director, imagine the influence it would have on women who feel abortion might be the best way to deal with their unwanted pregnancy.


Some might object to a law that could produce such a strong influence, but abortion providers and organizations like Planned Parenthood, who profit from performing abortions, exert their own influence right now in the opposite direction. In other words, the abortion decision in its current state is not a pure one – it is tainted with various motives. Is it not better to influence women to refrain from having an abortion than to persuade them to have one?

Indeed, a lower abortion rate resulting from the free and voluntary choices of well-informed women should be welcome news to everybody.

After all, even the most ardent pro-choice advocates, including President Obama, insist that nobody is for abortion and that everyone wants to reduce the number of abortions. Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and supporter of abortion rights, described abortion in a 1995 essay as a “necessary evil.”

As a guest on Fox News’s “Hannity” last fall, Steve Murphy, a Democratic strategist, said he and other pro-choice advocates are morally opposed to abortion, but they feel it is important to ensure it remains a woman’s choice. In fact, every pro-choice advocate I have ever come across has stressed that they are pro-choice, not pro-abortion.


If pro-choice advocates are sincere with their words, wouldn’t they be happy to see fewer women choosing to have abortions as a result of technology’s ability to help ensure a fully-informed conscience?

Since pro-choice advocates want to reduce the number of abortions as long as a woman’s right to choose remains intact, they should support a law that required women to watch a video of an abortion. In fact, proponents of choice would have the best of both worlds: more information for women on which to make a personal choice and fewer abortions.


On the other hand, this proposal would not completely meet the objectives of the pro-life side, because abortion would still be legal. But pro-life advocates would be pleased that women are in a better position to make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives and their babies lives.
They would also be happy about the dramatic drop in the number of abortions that would probably occur as a result of women having more information about abortion and its long-term consequences.


If such a law passed, pro-life groups and pro-choice groups – both of whom are interested in reducing abortion – would need to step up their efforts to support women who choose to keep their baby in the midst of difficult circumstances. The two groups should ensure the availability of adoption services, financial assistance, counseling, and other services to these women.

Currently, several states have laws that require abortion providers to offer women the opportunity to view an ultrasound image of their baby before getting an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

And two years ago, Republicans introduced a bill in Congress that would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and allow a woman to see the image before getting the procedure. Although the bill hasn't gotten very far, it is a step in the right direction to finding a solution to the abortion issue.


A requirement to watch an ultrasound video of an abortion itself would do the most good. The use of ultrasound technology on a national basis would ensure that women, not abortion peddlers, are making decisions about abortion.

Like Abby Johnson, many of these women might say no to abortion after viewing the procedure – an outcome that would presumably please both pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

So let us use technology’s ability to shape hearts and minds to reduce the number of abortions and bring healing to America’s most divisive issue.


Zach Krajacic is a writer in Buffalo, N.Y.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Is your life really the "life in all it's fullness" that Christ promised in His Word?

In a world of fear and anger, economic uncertainty, self and rebellion, you can have the joy and peace of knowing Christ in a personal way, and being assured of heaven.

THE SCRIPTURES SAY:
"There is not a single man who is righteous, there is not one who understands, or who seeks for God. All men have turned away from God, they have all gone wrong. No one is good, not even one." ( Romans 3:10-12 )

But can't good works assure me of eternal life?

We may give to a worthy cause... We may attend church... We may read the Bible and pray..These are important and good, yet they by themselves can't get us into heaven... they are no solution to our problem of sin.

WHY? Because...

WE ARE ALL SINNERS BEFORE GOD:
Romans 3:23 tells us "All men have sinned and are far away from God's saving presence."

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN IS SPIRITUAL DEATH:
"For the wages of sin is death (spiritual death), but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." ( Rom. 6:23 )

WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES:
"For by grace have you been saved (from eternal death) through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
( Eph. 2:8-9 )

No one can climb their way to heaven. None of us are worthy of obtaining eternal life.

In John 3:3 , we read about a very, very religious person named Nicodemus. Yet, Jesus said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God."

YOU may respect life and probably know a great deal about being born, but do you know how to be "born again"? By going to a particular church? Being baptized? Good works? The Golden Rule? Just feeling sorry? NO!

By acknowledging your sin and rebellion to God, trusting in His finished work on the cross, and asking Him personally to take over the control of your life, you can be assured that your sins are forgiven.. and that you have eternal life!

The Bible tells us.. "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God..." ( I Peter 3:18 )

The purpose of Christ's coming to earth was to give us the way to obtain eternal life, through trust in Him.

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar." ( I John 1:8-10 )

"He that believes(trusts) not the Son (as personal Savior) shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him." ( John 3:36 )

Christ, the Good shepherd, also came "..in order that they (you and I) might have life, life in all it's fullness."
( John 10:10 )

IF YOU WERE TO DIE TONIGHT, WHERE WOULD YOU SPEND ETERNITY?



If you are unsure that you have eternal life, pray a prayer similar to this, and be sure!

Lord, I confess I am a sinner. I recognize that I can do nothing to save myself form an eternity in hell. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I now trust in you (Jesus Christ) to be my personal Savior and Lord of my life, and hereby commit my life to you for all eternity.

If you prayed this prayer, please let us know , that we may help you in your commitment to Christ) email us at: dean@gateway.org
Gateway Today January 2010
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