Psalm 139 – A Pro-life Psalm

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(A Jewish Perspective on Pro-Life)

“The pro-life issue is the most important moral issue of our day. Since the Supreme Court made killing children in the womb legal (although not legal in God’s sight), 53 million human beings have been murdered. That evil decree must be opposed because 3,000 years ago, God’s divinely inspired and authoritative Word made it clear that God is on the side of pro-life! King David, the divine poet, starts this pro-life poem by declaring that Adonai, the eternal God who is the Source Of Being, knows us completely. O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. He knows all of our physical activities. You know when I sit and when I rise. He knows all of our mental activities. You perceive my thoughts from afar. He is All-Knowing (omniscient). He knows us inside and out. He knows everything we are doing and everything we are thinking. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.

This All-Knowing God is also All-Present and All-Powerful. He uses His All-Presentness (omnipresence) and His All-Powerfulness (omnipotence) to surround each human being and control us, just as an enemy that is besieging a city surrounds it, preventing the people from doing anything they may want to do. You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. A human being can’t do anything if God, who has the power to restrain his actions, does not give him the freedom to act (Keil and Delitzsch). We can only accomplish the things the Lord allows us to. And, it is a good thing that the Lord surrounds us and controls us, since fallen and all-too-foolish human beings need to be controlled! If the Lord didn’t limit what we could do, we might do great harm to ourselves and to others and inflict much damage on the creation.

God’s infinite understanding of each of the millions of human beings and His ability to control each one of us in order to restrain us and help us and benefit us is amazing to contemplate. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

The Creator is not only All-Knowing and All-In-Control, but He is also All-Present God. Where can I go from Your Spirit? The Spirit is the non-material, not-limited-to-a-place aspect of God. Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. God will be found at the farthest ends of the universe – and beyond. If I make my bed in the depths, You are there. The Creator’s presence is found at the deepest places – at the bottom of the oceans and the core of the Earth. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea – even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. From the highest heights to the lowest depths, from the farthest east to the farthest west, God is present and in control of everything that is there! Distance or location can’t hide us from the All-Knowingness and the All-Presence and the All-In-Controlness of God. Neither can the absence of light. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. The eternal God is All-Knowing, All-Wise, All-Present and All-In-Control. Does that reality frighten you or comfort you? If you are not in a right relationship with Him, it should frighten you. If you are in a right relationship with Him, it should comfort you. If you know that He is also all-concerned about us and has a plan to do good for those who come to Him on His terms, that should comfort you.

Just as the Lord is all-present, and we can’t escape Him regarding distance, so we can’t avoid Him in time. He was with each one of us from our very beginning, at the moment of our creation and before, and He will be with us at our end and beyond! Not just human mother and father are involved in the creation of a new human life. God Himself is very much involved in our life! For You created my inmost parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Human mothers and fathers are essential for the creation of a new human life, but God is also very much involved in the creation of each human being from our earliest moments. He is part of the formation process of each human being. That means that no human being is a mistake. That means that each human being, from the moment of conception, is a divine creation. That means that neither mother nor father nor all of society has the right to end that life, since they are not the only ones involved in the creation of a human life – God is! No woman has the right to choose the death of that God-created child. It does not only belong to her.

Every human being is an amazing work of God’s creation! I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that very well! David understood that the Creator is a great designer. Everything that God makes is done with amazing workmanship. The Earth and everything on it, its diverse ecosystems, the hundreds of thousands of plants and animals, the rivers and ocean and atmosphere, the sun, moon and stars, reveal amazing design. David understood that human beings are the highest of creation! We are made in the very image of God. David knew that he was one of God’s wonderful works! The divine poet understood that the great Creator of the universe designed him for a good purpose, and that made David’s life rich and meaningful. How poor, how sad and ultimately meaningless are the lives of people who are far from their Creator, who don’t know that with great thought He has designed each one of them! No wonder they are so often so confused and depressed, even suicidal!

Again, the All-Knowing Lord is very much aware of the creation of every human being. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the Earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. God knows about every human being from the moment of conception, and is watching over him and caring for him. The Lord wants that new human being – even if his parents don’t.

And, God has a unique plan for the life of every human being – even before birth! All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. The All-Knowing Creator has a plan for each one of us before we are born. He knows how long we will live and the day our life will be over. He knows what we will do with the opportunities presented to us and what we will accomplish. He knows who will respond to Him and who will continue in their rebellion against Him. God has a plan for each one of us! This means that the life of every human being is pregnant with divine purpose. This means that no human being is a mistake. This means that no human being has the right to end the life of a child who is being formed in the womb. Anyone who is involved in abortion is ending a God-ordained, God-created, God-planned life. No human being has the right to do that!

The Creator is constantly thinking about us and protecting us and limiting our actions and moving us in the right direction so that we will fulfill the purposes He has for us! How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with You. It’s nice when those who love you direct their thoughts to make your life safer and more enjoyable. How much better it is to have the All-Knowing and All-Loving and All-Sufficient God direct His infinite thoughts toward you!

A human being who has come to know the Three-In-One God has been created by God from his earliest moments. He is loved by God, protected by God, given a plan by God for his life in this world followed by eternal life in the World-To-Come! But those who stubbornly refuse to come to the Creator on His terms, who will not bow their knees before the Most High and end their wicked rebellion against Him nor yield their evil wills to His good will – fallen human beings who reject the Creator and benefit themselves by harming others – they will find that the Eternal, All-Knowing, All-Wise, All-Present and All-In-Control God will become their enemy.

A time will come when He will finally have enough of them and He will end the life that He gave them. The divinely inspired prophet, who shares the Lord’s dislike for the unrepentant and the God-ignorers and God-defiers, prays: If only You would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of You with evil intent; Your adversaries misuse Your name. Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against You? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. The unrepentant and the God-ignorers and God-defiers will not experience eternal life. David does not want to be one of those unrepentant God-defiers and he does not want to share their final destiny, and so he prays: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the “derech olam” – the everlasting way. There are two ways, and only two ways, through life; and each way leads to a very different destination. There is the everlasting way, and there is the way that leads to death. Only those who take the way of turning from their wicked ways and thoughts and coming to their Maker on His terms and trying to live a God-honoring life will be rewarded with eternal life. They alone are the ones on the eternal way. Everyone else, no matter his religion or lack of religion or level of morality, is on the way that leads to death. He is not headed to everlasting life and peace and joy, but to the first death, physical death, followed by the Second Death, everlasting death.

Which way are you taking? Which path are you on? Do you know that the eternal God is All-Knowing, All-Wise, All-Present and All-In-Control? That He knows us? That He created us? That He protects us? That He has a plan for our lives that spans eternity from the moment of our creation in our mothers’ wombs, and even before, to eternity future? If you know this and you respond to Your Creator, the Three-In-One God, by coming to Him on His terms and removing the spiritual and moral filth from your life, turning away from everything that He does not like, and consistently doing the things that are pleasing to Him, then you are walking on the “derech olam” – the everlasting way. You will live forever! If that is not you, I urge you to turn to Him today and start walking down that good and eternal path. Choose the everlasting way, the way of life! You are crazy not to! You have everything to lose and nothing to gain!

Shalom,

Rabbi Loren Jacobs”

Loren Jacobs is the senior rabbi and founder of “Congregation Shema Yisrael” (which means “Hear O Israel”).

For more information on pro-life issues, click on https://www.rtl.org

Governor Snyder Vetoes Choose Life license Plate Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that would have created a Choose Life specialty license plate in Michigan. Funds from the license plates would have gone to pregnancy help and suicide prevention programs.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2017:

“29 states allow production of “Choose Life” license plates.

15 of the states donate a portion of the proceeds raised to specific antichoice organizations or CPCs.

18 of the states donate a portion of the proceeds to agencies or organizations that provide adoption assistance, counseling, training or advertising.

1 state uses the funds raised by the plates to pay for roads and road repairs.

10 states specifically prohibit the allocation of funds raised by the sale of “Choose Life” license plates to agencies or organizations that provide abortion services, counseling, referrals or advertising.”

Even with this setback Right to Life of Michigan remains dedicated to making sure that Michigan will have a Choose Life license plate and they look forward to working with the next governor to make the license plate a reality.

 

Calling Christians and Jews to Send a Pro-Life E-mail to Rabbi Weiner

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Since I do not have a Jewish Pro-Life group in my area, I try to work as much as I can with my local Christian brothers and sisters, BUT NOW I NEED THEIR HELP, as well as the help of other Jewish Pro-Life activists.

There is a protest going on against one of our misguided Rabbis who is working with Planned Parenthood. I try not to ask too much of my friends, but this is important to me and to the Pro-Life movement. I ask that you take a few moments of your time and send an e-mail to: RabbiWeiner@TINR.ORG.

I’ve included my e-mail below, but of course you can choose to write whatever you want to. We MUST ALL STAND TOGETHER, as abortion is an abomination to all people of every faith that follows the words of the Creator. If it is easier, just copy and paste one of the following pictures and e-mail it to him.  One picture is worth a thousand words!

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“Your biography says: “Judaism is not a spectator sport. One must engage Judaism in every way possible: from prayer to learning, from protest to visiting the sick, from visiting Israel regularly to feeding the homeless.” He believes that “Judaism is at its best when spirituality and action are paired.”

(Excerpt from the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation)

Judaism emphasizes the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, making it incumbent upon Jews to find alternative life saving ways to deal with unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. Adoption and single parenthood are much better choices for Jews than the intentional killing of an innocent life. Indeed, Judaism insists that a Jew break all the Sabbath rules to save the life of a fetus. Judaism prohibits desecrating the human body, but abortion destroys a human body, and the harvesting of baby parts for profit runs contrary to Jewish respect for the dead.

Our Jewish tradition provides clear guidelines to follow regarding the protection of unborn human life. From Genesis 9:6-7, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood through man, shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man. And you, be fruitful, and multiply; swarm in the earth, and multiply therein“, to Deuteronomy 30:19, where our Heavenly Father clearly declares, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed.“

In the Zohar, our mystical sages warn us of disturbing human unborn life, “For there are three [persons] who drive away the Shekkinah (indwelling of God ) from the world, making it impossible for the Holy One, Blessed be He, to fix His abode in the universe and causing prayer to be unanswered…..{The third is} he who causes the fetus to be destroyed in the womb, for he destroys the artifice of the Holy One, blessed be He, and His workmanship…… For these abominations the Spirit of Holiness weeps.”

AS A JEW AND A PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST, I am embarrassed for and by this Rabbi, who in  my humble opinion, shouldn’t even have the title of “Rabbi” in front of his name.  He is not a good example of a Rabbi, or of Jewish Law.

Despite the fact that the Rabbi’s e-mail said he was on a month long vacation and could  not  respond, he managed to respond to my e-mail within a half hour or so, in the most disrespectful way possible, a way that NO RABBI would ever talk to a fellow human being, let alone a fellow Jew.  Apparently the money he gets for being on Planned Parenthood’s Board of Directors has outweighed his humanity and his training in Jewish Law when it comes to the sanctity of life.  I find it very interesting that when the Jewish Pro-Life Federation sent him e-mails and literature about abortion, he failed to take them on, but decided to take me, as a single individual on with his insults and disrespect.

 

Industry Watchdog Reinforces Call for New Leadership at USDA National Organic Program

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(Excerpt from Cornucopia)

Read Cornucopia’s letter to USDA Secretary Perdue.]

“Non-organic corn and soy, labeled as organic, are flooding U.S. ports, undercutting legitimate U.S. organic farmers, due to the USDA’s negligence. The organic industry’s most aggressive industry watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, reinforced their call for USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to correct the chronic pattern of gross corruption at the National Organic Program (NOP) by replacing the incompetent management.

Cornucopia’s letter to Perdue follows the release of a new investigation by The Washington Post documenting massive shipments of fraudulent organic grains entering the U.S. from China and Eastern Europe. The May 13 article, The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t, details how easy it has been for exporters to sell gross amounts of fraudulent “organic” commodities to U.S. markets.”

To read the entire article, please click on:  https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/05/washington-post-investigative-report-uncovers-massive-fraud-organic-grain-imports/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=7.1.17&utm_campaign=WAPost

Elected Official Leads Class on Christian View of Politics beginning July

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Can a sincere Christian, or any person of integrity, participate in politics? And why do politics seem to turn up even in the office, the church, or the family? These and other questions of immediate concern will be discussed in an evening study of First and Second Samuel at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Taylor beginning Wednesday, July 19, from 7:00 p.m. To 8:30 p.m., and continuing for 12 weeks.

The class is unique and timely as it will be led by a statewide elected official, Dr. Richard Zeile (“Dr. Z”), who serves on the State Board of Education, currently as Co-President. The Old Testament books of Samuel chronicle Israel’s shift from a federation of tribes led by judges to a monarchy under Saul and David. David is the traditional exemplar of God’s man in the fields of war and government, and his conduct offers many suggestions as to how the Believer, the sincere adherent of the Christian faith, ought to approach the complexities of war and politics.

Beginning with a basic analysis of politics as any process dealing with conflicting agendas, Dr. Zeile will explore with the class the differing perspectives that give rise to conflicting agendas, the role of loyalties an individual may owe, the ethics of truth-telling and truth-concealing, the creative power of our words in determining relationships, what we praise and blame, integrity, the relation of the divine and the political, of church and state, ethics of war, violence and force, changing social conditions, institutions, and values. These will be illustrated by examples from ancient and American political history. Participant questions and comments are an important part of this class. Various perspectives will be noted and dealt with respectfully, but the class perspective is that of traditional Christianity which regards David as God’s approved exemplar of a political leader.

Attendance at all sessions will be valuable but not mandatory. Participants may register by calling 313.802.1146, but drop-ins are welcome. No one will be called upon to read or speak without volunteering beforehand. This class will meet at the St. John’s Lutheran Church School building, 13115 Telegraph (corner of Northline Road), Taylor. Enter the Northline-facing double doors. Parking is free and cost of the class is provided by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Taylor, a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

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Dr. Richard Zeile studied political theory at Valparaiso University, Indiana, earned a master’s degree from the Rackham School of the University of Michigan in education, and a master’s degree in church history from the Harvard Divinity School, before completing studies for Lutheran ordination at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He earned certification as a Specialist in Educational Administration from Wayne State University, and a doctorate in ministry from Detroit’s Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He is the author of several articles in educational and religious journals, Sunday school curricula for Concordia Publishing House, and a study on Detroit school closings in the 1990’s entitled, When Lutheran Schools Close (Lambert Academic Publishing 2014). Dr. Zeile has served as Headmaster at several Lutheran schools, notably at St. John’s, Taylor (2001-214), and Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Taylor. He was elected in 2010 to Michigan’s State Board of Education where he was elected by his colleagues as Co-President for the 2017-18 biennium. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education, and chaired their Study Group on Rural Education (2014). Dr. Zeile has taught adjunct courses at Concordia University Ann Arbor in education and theology.

Help Save the Lives of Uncontacted Tribes

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For years I’ve been a member of Survival International.  Please join us in our quest to save the uncontacted tribes around the globe, as governments, logging and mining corporations are burning down their villages, killing the people, and all for money, profit, and control.

These people have endured since the beginning of mankind and they have a right to live on their land.  They are innocent and do not bother or hurt anyone.  If you believe in the sanctity of life, then add them to your group of people to stand up for.

It only takes a few moments to send an e-mail to the various government leaderships.  Your e-mails help put pressure on the people and governments who are more concerned with money than they are human life.

To learn more about Survival Internationals, please click on the link below:

http://www.survivalinternational.org/

Winning Billboard Designs – Upper Downriver Right to Life

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Each year UD-RTL holds a fund raising and awareness raising Life Walk with most walkers bringing donations from sponsors and pledges from some who are not able to join us as we walk with our signs along a major roadway.  The event is followed by a potluck and pizza picnic.  In 2016 we raised about $1500.

The Board of Directors and interested members suggested that we should use the money to purchase billboard space in strategic areas of Detroit’s Downriver area.  After research, we found out that for $1500 we could get two billboards for four weeks in July when there would be a lot of traffic coming to the Fourth of July Parade and annual four day Street Art Fair in Wyandotte.

At the February meeting the possibilities were being discussed when a visitor suggested that a billboard design contest be held for youth ages 13-24.  It would serve as a means to get the art work, but more importantly would engage the youth in the pro-life concept and give them cause to consider the consequences and alternatives to abortion.  They will be the ones who might hear of a young woman who is pregnant and considering abortion.  They can offer the help available from Right to Life of Michigan’s 800-57-WOMAN help line.

So Alicia Kwalton, a busy mother of 11 children offered to organize the contest, contact local high schools, and raise $1000 so that two prizes of $500 could be awarded to two winners.  She did all of that!  The contest information was publicized in our local newsletter, churches, and the Downriver News Herald newspaper.  She even contacted and was interviewed by Teresa Tomeo one morning on Ave Maria Catholic Radio.

There were 59 entries, mostly from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School students.  Using a five point judging criteria system, the winners were chosen.

A wide-eyed baby and the caption “Don’t let lives end before they begin.” and 1-800-57-WOMAN, was designed by Isabella Kandes and Francesca Vitale, from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School was chosen as a winner.  The other winner was Mackenzie Fortener, 23 years old and from Our Lady of the Scapular parish in Wyandotte who used a patriotic theme and her photograph of her niece with the caption “Freedom includes the freedom to live.”

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Pius X Catholic Church, Gabriel Richard High School, and six individuals who donated $1000 of prize money which was  awarded at the June monthly meeting of UD-RTL.  The winning billboards may be seen for four weeks from June 26 to July 23 in Wyandotte on Northline Road at the railroad tracks and in Southgate on Eureka a few blocks west of Fort Street.

Upper Downriver Right to Life affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan serves Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge and Southwest Detroit.

Young Men Proudly Wear the Hezbollah and Palestinian Terror Flag in Central London Without Fear of Arrest.

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Hezbollah and Palestine supporters staged a sit-down protest that brought part of central London to a standstill on Sunday afternoon (June 18, 2017). 

“Hezbollah supporters call for Israel’s annihilation at London rally. A few hundred people marched down Regent Street, behind the Palestinian and Hezbollah terror flag, before staging a sit-down protest on Oxford Street…

Speaking to Jewish News after addressing the counter-demonstration in Grosvenor Square, Matthew  Offord MP condemned the flying of Hezbollah flags in Central London.

 

He said: “There are Hezbollah flags being flown. When they were flown in 2015, outside Number 10 (Downing Street – office of the Prime Minister), I spoke with the then Home Secretary who agreed with me, that as Hezbollah is proscribed under the Terrorism Act, they should not be doing so.

 
The Police have a different legal opinion, and they feel that the political wing of Hezbollah is different from the paramilitary wing, and as such they allow them to do so.”
 

Addressing what action he think can be taken, Offord, who was re-elected in Hendon two weeks ago, said: “I’m going to continue to press the new HS to have this proscribed under the terrorism act, so that Hezbollah flags, as with ISIS flags (also should include the terror flag of Hamas), should not be flown on the streets of London.” 

While multiculturalism may sound good on the surface because it acknowledges various cultures, it tends to separate, not bring together people with different ethnocentric ideology.  One only has to look at Europe, and the multiple terror attacks in London, to see the harmful affects of multiculturalism, rather than assimilation.

To read entire article: https://www.facebook.com/JewishNewsUK

 

2017 INFOGRAPHIC CONTEST FOR MICHIGAN PRO-LIFE YOUTH 13-22 YEARS

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(Last year’s winner of the Infographic Contest was Leah Boerkel of Ada.)

Would you or someone you know, ages 13 to 22 years old, like to spread the pro-life message and have the chance to earn scholarship money?  If yes, they should participate in Right to Life of Michigan Annual Youth Infographic Contest!

Not to worry if you have never made an Infographic before, easy to follow directions are included in the registration form. Contestants create and submit an original Infographic, and contest finalists have their works shared on Right to Life of Michigan’s  Facebook page where the public will like and share the Infographics to help determine the winners.  The winner will receive $400, and the runner up $100.

Submissions are presented on a local, state, and national arena.

Scholarship awards.  Prolife youth aged 13 to 22 who reside in Michigan are eligible to participate.  DEADLINE TO ENTER IS JULY 7, 2017.

 Please click on the following link for additional  information.

https://rtl.org/faith_school/infographiccontest.html

 Please share with students, schools, friends and family members,  including  churches, youth groups, pastors.