Dear Friend of Life,
I’ve been asked this question a few times over the years: “If you could point to one Bible verse to support your For Life position, what would it be?” Here it is: “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:31 ESV). (Actually, I would be satisfied with just the first half, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb …”)
Speck to Spectacle to Spectacular
Think of the value Jesus’ conception gives to all human life from that moment. The God who cannot be contained by the “highest heaven” (1 Kings 8:27) chose to become a speck in a fallopian tube! Before there could be a God-man hanging on a cross, there needed to be a God-baby lying in a manger. Before there could be a God-baby in a manger, there needed to be a God-embryo in a womb.
Our salvation depends upon it—as our beginning was not so holy. “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5 NIV). But the holy embryo, Jesus, took our place from the very beginning of life, giving value to the very beginning of life. There is more. Jesus needed to develop in a womb. He needed feet to walk among us. He needed hands to touch and heal the sick. He needed a mouth so He could teach. He needed a heart to be filled with compassion for the lost. He needed a body so He could take little children in His arms and hold them close and bless them.
There are even deeper reasons for Jesus’ human development in the womb. He needed those hands and feet to be pierced as He was nailed to the cross in our place. He needed a mouth to utter that forsaken cry so we never have to. He needed a heart to pump the blood that would be shed and bring cleansing for sin—and then be stilled in death. He needed a body to be buried in a tomb—and then to rise again victorious over death and the grave!
Before there could be the “spectacle” of the cross (Luke 23:48) and the “spectacular” of the resurrection (Matthew 28:6), there needed to be a “speck” in a womb and a baby in a manger. As you consider this during the Christmas season, rejoice in the value it gives you! Rejoice in the value it gives to all human life.
There are many ways you can support LFL!
You will have several membership and donation options.
If you prefer, you may also call 888.364.LIFE to contribute by credit card.
Please send your check, made payable to “Lutherans For Life,” to:
Lutherans For Life
1101 5th Street
Nevada, IA 50201-1816
Other Ways to Give Now
Abundant Life Giving Society - The Abundant Life Giving Society recognizes individuals, families, congregations, church groups, and businesses that donate $1,000 or more annually to support the mission of Lutherans For Life.
Life Legacy Society - The Life Legacy Society is our way of recognizing dedicated donors who help LFL share the Life message. There are several gift-giving opportunities that allow you to make a lasting impact on LFL.
Real Estate for Life makes it easy for you to help Lutherans For Life by using funds a real estate company has already earmarked for commission fees at no extra cost to you.
Wish List - Most of these items are not included in our annual budget. Please prayerfully consider how you could support one of the projects. A gift of any amount is welcome. We also encourage you to organize a fund raising project with your Bible study, state federation, chapter, Life Team, or another group from your congregation to assist us.
Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees and military personnel)
The CFC identification number for LFL is 11508.
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LFL Endowment Fund - The interest income from LFL’s Endowment Fund will be used to educate through printed and published materials, production of videos, and provision of speakers; to provide scholarships to pastors and lay people in order to attend LFL conventions; to help advance our use of technological opportunities through audio-visual equipment, computers and the internet; and to reach out through Word of Hope to women and families after an abortion with the hope of Jesus Christ. You are free to specify a particular area of outreach.
Planned Gifts and Estate Planning - The work of Lutherans For Life—equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life—can be helped through various planned gifts, life-income agreements, endowments and memorial funds.
LFL Financial Information
GuideStar (report includes most recent 990 -- you will need to register)
Christian Preamble - Include a Statement of Faith In Your Will or Trust (LCMS Foundation)
5 Myths About Wills, and What You Should Do (USA Today)
Thank you for your ongoing and often sacrificial support of Lutherans For Life! Your prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial support allow Lutherans For Life to continue to Bring the Good News For Life to children, youth, and adults. You are examples of Christ’s love in action. Your partnership with Lutherans For Life is needed today more than ever before.