Life Quotes

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  • "Life Quotes" are quotations on life issues—many from LFL resources and publications—for use in weekly congregational bulletins. You are also free to use the quotations in your monthly newsletter. 

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"Life Quotes" 2014

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January 5 “What work has God prepared for you? (Ephesians 2:10) Is it helping a woman who is pregnant and alone? Is it ministering to someone who has had an abortion and can’t believe that God would forgive her? Is it feeding the hungry? … Whatever God has called you to do, do it with joy.” Kay L. Meyer, former director of development for Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

January 12 “Yes, children are sinful—just like their parents and grandparents. But baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God sees us as His adopted sons and daughters in Christ. Jesus won for God’s children the privilege of becoming heirs of the heavenly kingdom. This not only bestows value but defines purpose.” Linda D. Bartlett, www.titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

January 19 – Sanctity of Life Sunday “From a pagan perspective, that which is in the womb is something. From a moral perspective, it is someone. But from a Christian perspective, it raises that which is in the womb to someone created by God, someone for whom Jesus died, and someone the Spirit desires to call into eternity. The same could be said of the embryo in the Petri dish or the elderly in the nursing home.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

January 26 “Pro-life parents should never compromise on the truth, but we should never neglect compassion, either. I believe it is very important to bring our children along and involve them in pro-life work. In the end, if pro-life parents are truthful, passionate, creative, caring, prayerful, and active, I believe we will go a long way in leading our children to life.” Kristi Burton Brown, stay-at-home mom and pro-life attorney (volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and also as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

February 2 “What we see as a burden, God sees as an opportunity for service. To shortchange a life that we determine as a burden is to shortchange opportunities for the love of God to be manifest in others.” Evan S. McClanahan, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

February 9 “The world increasingly sees death as a friend, just another part of life, a compassionate way out of suffering. We know better. We believe better. We live in victory. We endure suffering. We suffer with one another. We turn to promises, not death, in the midst of suffering. We have a better refrain to sing than touting death as friend. So sing it! ‘What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!’” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

February 16 “‘All life is not equal’ is the lie that upheld slavery for so long in this great land … is the lie that upholds racism still today … was the lie that drove the obliteration of six million Jews … is the lie tyrants still today employ for ethnic cleansing … is the lie told by the greatest monsters ever to arise from the race of men … is the lie that the powerful have more rights than the powerless … is the lie that one person’s convenience trumps another’s most basic human right: the right to life.” Rev. Christopher Esget, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

February 23 “We don’t need to take charge of death; Christ has given us the victory over it. In facing death, whether our own or another’s, the only real and lasting comfort is in our relationship with God in Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ we come into the presence of God in the midst of all of this world’s threats and fears knowing that although, ‘in Adam, all die! … in Christ, shall all be made alive!’” Rev. Dr. Richard Eyer, director emeritus, Concordia Bioethics Institute – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

March 2 “We limit the power of God if we say He can accomplish things only in people who are healthy and up and around. He’s God! He can work in your life as well as in the life of Paul. He can work in the life of the chronically ill or the terminally ill or the bed-ridden grandma unaware of her surroundings. Christ isn’t honored because of what we do. He is honored because of what He does in us! In fact, you could say that the less we are able to do, the more Christ is exalted as He works through us!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

March 9 “Like other bonds—friendship, relationships between siblings, parents and children—marriage involves a union of hearts and minds … it’s all-encompassingness refers to its distinctive feature, that is, in addition to being a union of hearts and minds, it’s a bodily union, where the bodily union is made possible and intelligible by the sexual reproductive complimentary-ness of man and woman … an all-encompassing union … that is pledged to permanence and to sexuality fidelity, that which strengthens marriages when respected. Marriage unites husband and wife holistically.” Dr. Robert George, is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

March 16 “Noah lived in a wicked generation and was often ridiculed and made fun of as he continued to build the ark as commanded by God. But Noah was ready to meet God, and so life went on as usual. It is only when we are ready to meet the Savior, either in His second coming or in death, that we are ready to live and enjoy each day. What a comfort to know that we are ready. Our fears, though they come, are under control. Our values, though influenced by the world, are corrected as we live with the Savior and learn what is really important in life.” Rev. Homer Larsen, Christian Crusaders radio program – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

March 23 “We see the magnitude of God’s love for us in that His Son laid aside His Godhood and became a speck, an embryo in Mary’s womb. This divine humiliation was necessary so that our God could further magnify His love by taking on human flesh, walking among us, and then becoming a bloody and forsaken spectacle on a cross for the sins of the world. This would all be for naught of course if it had not been for the spectacular—the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

March 30 “Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul …” From “A Psalm of Life,” 1838, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

April 6 “We must help the weak first by repenting of our selfishness. We must help the weak by speaking for the defenseless—the unborn child, the infirm widow … We must help the weak by supporting the local crisis pregnancy center. We must help the weak by forgiving their sins as we wish to be forgiven. We must help the weak by welcoming the difficult, the different, the strange, the abused, the lonely into our churches.” Rev. Christopher Esget, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

April 13 – Palm Sunday “Like the myrrh-bearing women, on their grief-shrouded mission to the tomb, we must bear the weight of earthly sorrow and simply do what love and devotion demand of us. Our hearts break, but in their breaking we discover a path to another world where joy heals the broken heart and love wipes away every tear. We have heard the voice of the angel, greeting us with living words like lightning, ‘He is not here; he is risen. Come, and behold the place.’” James M. Kushiner, executive director, Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

April 20 – Easter Sunday “Death is not our friend who frees us to be with Jesus. The defeat of death—our enemy—does so! (1 Corinthians 15:26) Death does not carry us into eternity. Christ and His victory over death carry us into eternity. ‘When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ (1 Corinthians 15:54).” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

April 27 “‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him’ (Psalm 103:13). His love for us moved Him to sacrifice His Son on the cross that we might receive forgiveness and everlasting life through faith. There is no greater love. His love is the source of our love. ‘We love because he first loved us’ (1 John 4:19).” Daily Devotions email, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sister Lakes, Michigan – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

May 4 “Babies are a gift from God—from the moment of conception. Every life is precious to God because He is the Creator of life (Jeremiah 1:5a)” Kay Meyer, former director of development for Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

May 11 – Mother’s Day “God knows and evidence proves that if a man and a woman have a child, that child will do better when raised by a father and mother who are committed to one another in the life-long relationship of marriage … If a man and woman are married but cannot bear their own or adopt children, they remain an example to nieces, nephews, and neighboring children that marriage is a meaningful union that strengthens society. It is one man committing to unselfishly love, partner with, and guard one woman under God. It is one woman committing to unselfishly respect, partner with, and complete one man under God. It is intimacy—far beyond the sexual.” Linda D. Bartlett, www.titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

May 18 “It’s time for men to stand courageously in the Lord. Real men change diapers, as Luther was fond of remarking, and real men also instruct their families in the Christian faith. And real men support their wives, daughters, and sisters so well that they render abortion unthinkable in their midst. When men lead, provide, and protect, women will not feel vulnerable, afraid, or alone. When men are men, children have their needs met.” Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

May 25 “Yet this God, also a man, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Moreover, He has promised to be with us to the end of age. And so He is, in the breaking of the Bread. For we shall find God Incarnate when we come to be fed by Him, the Bread of Life. He is the One whom the shepherds found in the feeding trough (manger) of Bethlehem, the ‘House of Bread.’” James M. Kushiner, executive director of the Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

June 1 “Jesus is the One who defeated every enemy that overwhelms people. He is the success of God for fallen sinners, and His name Jesus (which means ‘He will save’) is most certainly the name of hope, the name above all names. This is why, even now that He is risen from the grave and is ascended, it is impressive that Jesus sits at the right hand of God. Here, God’s ‘right-hand Man’ who is also true God prays for us and brings our needs before God. He is God’s strength, God’s skill, God’s Deliverer who now gives fallen sinners victory.” Rev. Robert Mayes, pastor at Immanuel and Zion St. John Lutheran Churches, Beemer and Wisner, Nebraska – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

June 8 “Marriage, from a biblical worldview, is the practice of generational faithfulness. It is the union of one man and one woman with all that they uniquely bring into partnership for the benefit of family and community.” Linda D. Bartlett, www.titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

June 15 – Father’s Day “The Book of Proverbs offers the best advice the world has ever received on fatherhood. First, seek wisdom from God, not from man (Proverbs 1:7). Second, learn from what God has taught your own father (2:1; 3:1; 4:1; 5:1; 6:1, 7:1). Third, guard your chastity, whether single or married (chapters 5 and 7). Fourth, actively train and correct your own children (13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15, 17). Above all, confess your sins and receive God’s mercy (28:13). Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

June 22 “The Bible contains much guidance for men, so turn to it regularly. Ask God to help you mature into a role model for the young men in your midst. And while you’re at it, ask Him for what He desires to give you more than any other gift: forgiveness through Jesus Christ for all of your failures as a man.” Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

June 29 “Father’s Day has come and gone … If you were able, did you take your Dad out to dinner? Did you give him a card or talk to him on the phone? Fathers are intended to be blessings from God. They are to be His representatives in protecting, caring for, and leading the family. They are to bring up their children ‘in the training and instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4 NIV). It is God pleasing, therefore, to honor them for the role they have been given.” Daily Devotions email, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sister Lakes, Michigan – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

July 6 “The Declaration of Independence … claims … the ultimate source of authority by stating … they were … ‘appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of’ their ‘intentions’... The foundations of our independence and our Government rests upon basic religious convictions. Back of the authority of our laws is the authority of the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom we still appeal. It seems to me perfectly plain that the authority of law, the right to equality, liberty and property, under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that to be swept away, these institutions of our American government could not long survive.” President Calvin Coolidge, September 21, 1924 – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

July 13 “God has put us into community, into church and family and state precisely so that we will learn to love our neighbor, so that we will set aside the delusion of autonomy and our selfish desires to serve our neighbor … (Romans 14:7) … To be the Lord’s, to belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, is to love the weak, the wretched, the burdensome, the annoying, the stinking, the foolish.” Rev. Christopher Esget, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

July 20 “We all live with dying. We also live in a culture that does not know how to live with dying and turns to death as a solution to the problems of life. Paul reminds us that as we live with dying, Christ comforts us with the certainty that it would be ‘far better’ to depart and be with Him. But he also reminds us that the timing belongs to God. If He gives continued life it is ‘more necessary’ that we go on living. But whether we live or die, Christ is at work and He will be honored!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

July 27 “Yes, fathers today need godly models, but more than that, we need forgiveness. Thankfully, God has provided us with both.” Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

August 3 “It is to the Christian home that God’s Word speaks telling those who are fortunate enough to live in this environment to share their values … God can use your family’s witness to build a new creation. Imagine what differences there could be in our society if the Christian home would make its witness felt. Remember, culture can be changed, and we can have a part in changing it. Isn’t that exciting and challenging?” Rev. Homer Larsen, Christian Crusaders radio program – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

August 10 “In Scripture, fathers are told to emulate the Savior; they are told to give as Jesus gave. That means giving when it’s not wanted, giving when it’s not appreciated, giving when it is not applauded. It means putting the welfare of others above that of yourself. It means giving until it hurts, giving even to the point where you are ready to sacrifice yourself. We are to give because that is what Jesus has done for us. From start to finish, from beginning to end, Jesus’ life was dedicated to us. And we fathers with our families can honor our Lord and impact the future by doing as He did.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

August 17 “When boys and girls see themselves the way God does, the way they view each other will improve. Relationships will take on new meaning. Think about it. If boys see themselves in light of their baptism as sons of God and girls see themselves as daughters of God, then all baptized people become brothers and sisters in Christ.” Linda D. Bartlett, www.titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

August 24 “Children are never too young to learn that life is precious. And teaching our children the value of life will lead them not only to reject abortion. It will also lead them to reject suicide and other unnecessary violence. If life is precious, no one has the right to destroy it to make his or her own life easier.” Kristi Burton Brown, stay-at-home mom and pro-life attorney (volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and also as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

August 31 “Just as God forgave Saul, the great persecutor of the early church, transforming him into Saint Paul, the great evangelist to the Gentiles, so also God redeems men who have been entangled by the sin of abortion. Some of these men have become, like Saint Paul, powerful spokespersons who proclaim, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1). Other men are still waiting to hear comforting words like these—might you be the one to tell them?” Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

September 7 – Grandparents Day “[M]y grandchildren need me to remind them of what happened at the baptismal font. Their baptism is ‘an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God … (1 Peter 3:21-22).’ I can literally tell my grandchildren that their Lord and Savior rules! This means that someday, when they are teenagers, they won’t have to be subject to raging hormones or made foolish by lack of judgment. In remembering who they are, they will know the source of their wisdom and strength. This will affect their choices and behavior.” Linda D. Bartlett, www.titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

September 14 “Why should the Church speak out for life? Because people in the Church are not immune to the problems of life and it is the obligation of the Church to equip them through the Word of God to make God-pleasing decisions. The reality is if the Church fails to speak, it leaves its people vulnerable to the siren song of personal autonomy that says ‘think about yourself … you can do whatever you want.’ But Christians know differently. We are not our own, we were bought with a price! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

September 21 “Every human life is someone for whom Jesus shed His blood. Every human life is one He wants to call to faith in this redemptive event.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

September 28 “The world says, ‘All life is not equal,’ but God says, ‘All life I made.’ The devil says, ‘All life is not equal,’ but God says, ‘All life I love.’ The flesh says, ‘All life is not equal,’ but God says, ‘All life I desire be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.’” Rev. Christopher Esget, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

October 5 “There is nothing political about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts of those men and women crushed by an abortion decision in their past. There is nothing political about proclaiming that the blood of Christ, the blood on our altar, was shed for the sin of abortion. It is the ONLY message that can possibly bring healing to hearts broken by the sin of making a decision to have their own child killed. Indeed, it is a horrible offense to the Gospel to have this precious news and never apply it to the sin of abortion, never speak it for fear of being ‘political.’” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

October 12 “We are not the ones to determine if a life has value or not, if it is a burden or not, if it should be lived or not. To live is Christ and to die is gain. God, through His creation, through the incarnation of Jesus, through His redemptive death, and His resurrection from the dead has proven again and again that His Word in the face of death is life. When the world says ‘no,’ God says ‘yes,’ no matter how helpless or desperate the situation. For that, all we can say is, ‘Thanks be to God!’” Evan S. McClanahan, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

October 19 “Usually, when people think of life issues, they think of ‘political’ or ‘social’ or ‘controversial’ issues and come to the erroneous conclusion that we should not be talking about them in church. But do you know what I call issues of life and death, pain and suffering, fear and anxiety, sin and guilt, regret and grief, and end-of-life decisions? I call them ‘spiritual’ and ‘biblical’ issues! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is tailor made for such issues.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

October 26 “There is no such thing in God’s economy as an ‘adopted child,’ only a child who was adopted into the family. ‘Adopted’ defines how you came into the household, but it doesn’t define you as some other sort of family member. In the book of Romans, Paul defines all Christians, both Jew and Gentile, as having received a common ‘Spirit of adoption’ (Romans 8:15; 9:4).” Dr. Russell D. Moore – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

November 2 “In the pagan first century, Christianity was the catalyst that moved the Roman world from killing to caring. It didn’t happen overnight. Now, in the pagan 21st century, let us again be that catalyst. We have so many footsteps of faithful saints to follow. God gave them purpose and success and He gives it to you, too. Go! God will bless your efforts as you continue to serve Him.” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

November 9 “[A]s long as God gives life, then God is at work giving life meaning and purpose. As long as God gives life, life has value and it is ‘more necessary’ to keep on living.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

November 16 “Adopted children, like all children, are a blessing from God, and we are privileged indeed to be granted the honor of raising one of His precious kids.” Solid Answers/Bible Gateway – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

November 23 “These blessings have not descended upon us in restricted measure, but overflow and abound. They are the blessings and bounty of God … In accordance with the wise custom of the civil magistrate since the first settlements in this land and with the rule established from the foundation of this Government … do appoint … a day of National Thanksgiving and Prayer, enjoining the people upon that day to meet in their churches for the praise of Almighty God and to return heartfelt thanks to Him for all His goodness and loving kindness.” President William Howard Taft, November 5, 1910 – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

November 30 “As you are reading this, Thanksgiving will ‘be in the books’ for another year. Family will be back home. Leftovers will hopefully be eaten or frozen. The scale will be WRONG! Before your thoughts shift toward Christmas—if they haven’t already—take a few more minutes to consider how good God is to you and how much you have to be thankful for. Then consider how you can share that goodness during the holiday season. (Matthew 25: 37-40)” Bonnie Berrey, Clemons Lutheran School, Clemons, Iowa – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

December 7 “The step He made in leaving heaven’s high throne to be born in Bethlehem is a descent we cannot imagine, replacing the perfection of paradise with a world soured by sin and sadness. Jesus’ birth gives us an indication of the amount and quality of His love and commitment … No other faith can tell its followers: ‘Look into the manger and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord has done to save you’ (see Luke 2:15). Christianity—and Christianity alone— says, ‘We have a Redeemer who not only felt sorry for sin-sick souls, He actually took that sickness into Himself and carried it until it was gone and He could say, ‘It is finished.’” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

December 14 “In the Christmas story, God descends to reascend. He comes down … down to the very roots and sea bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.” C.S. Lewis, from “Miracles” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

December 21 “God is a person, and in the Church, He offers Himself to you. Jesus has promised that where two or more are gathered He is here Himself. Though we can’t detect this with our eye, it is nevertheless real. Jesus was born to Virgin Mary [and] … This very Jesus gives Himself to you in His holy Word and Sacrament. He will not abandon you …” Dr. Harold Senkbeil, executive director for Spiritual Care for DOXOLOGY – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

December 28 “[T]he very hand that formed us in the beginning and shapes us in our mother’s womb, came to seek us in these latter days, when we were lost, laying hold on His lost sheep and placing it on His shoulders and joyfully restoring it to the sheepfold of life.” Irenaeus, second bishop of Lyons (second century) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

Life Quotes 2015

January 4 “If you sit silently alone in the darkness, know that God loves you. He enters the very depths of your darkness and shines upon you with the light of His forgiveness. In that light you can find hope and begin the path toward healing. ‘Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears … there is hope for your future, declares the Lord’ (Jeremiah 31:16-17).” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

January 11 “We can’t stop all evil in this fallen world, but we can fight it in our own neck of the woods with love. Love never ends. Love can save lives. Love declares that there is no such thing as an unwanted child.” Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

January 18 “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

January 25 “Roe is a radical decision and a legally indefensible one. But what really makes Roe unbearably wrong is its consequences. The result of Roe and Doe has been the legally authorized killing of nearly sixty million Americans since 1973. Roe v. Wade authorized unrestricted private violence against human life on an almost unimaginable scale, and did so, falsely, in the name of the Constitution.” Michael Stokes Paulsen, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 1 “The danger of Roe [v. Wade] is that it legalized the idea that MIGHT makes RIGHT.” Dr. Jean Garton, past president of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 8 “Time and experience have taught me a priceless lesson: Any child you take for your own becomes your own if you give of yourself to that child. I have borne two children and had seven others by adoption, and they are all my children, equally beloved and precious.” Dale Evans, writer, film star, and singer-songwriter – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 15 “[W]e can set an example in purity by honoring God’s plan for sexuality and relationships. For those of us who are single, we do this by living a pure and chaste life and not being ashamed of it. This can be a daily challenge and struggle but, by living differently, we show others how different, and wonderful, love in Christ can be!” Laura Davis, director of Y4Life (Y4Life.org) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

February 22 “Be strong and courageous, the Lord goes before you every day. Be strong and courageous, the Lord went before you, even before you were you. His For Life work through you becomes clearer every day. Hearts and minds are changed. Our life-affirming younger generation inspires us all. More pastors connect the Gospel to the life issues. More educators teach our children to value every life. We have the most powerful and positive For Life message in the universe and nothing can stand against it! Be strong and courageous!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 1 “As baptized persons, we are sons and daughters of God in Christ. That makes us holy. Holy means being set aside for noble purpose. We are not common, but uncommon. As such, we are usable not just by anyone but by God. What a difference it makes to see ourselves this way.” Linda D. Bartlett, titus2-4life.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 8 “Christians do not permit the lifestyle modeled by the world to limit their compassion, but rather they imitate Christ, who willingly gave of Himself to serve others. When the world cries, ‘Inconvenience—not now, that’s not my job, no, not for me,’ imitators of Christ say, ‘Heavenly Father, not my will, but Thine be done.’” Ryan C. MacPherson, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 15 “God does not give His truth and grace to speak generically and say that sin is bad and Jesus died for sin. He gives us truth and grace to speak to matters of people’s hearts. He gives us truth to call wrong things wrong, to call killing babies and embryos a sin, and to call assisted suicide a sin. He gives us His grace to ‘speak tenderly’ to the hearts of people crushed by such sins.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 22 “In America, we removed the religious moral compass from our children and now we are shocked when some sad soul murders his classmates. We removed morality from our youngster’s education, and we are surprised to see high schoolers ‘sexting’ … This is why we say we can do no better than to listen to the Lord.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus on “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

March 29 “A Christian father will also serve as spiritual priest of the family. As such he is to nourish the souls of the children, teaching them about the Lord, His will for their lives, and about His loving, gracious, and merciful ways.” Rev. Mark Gullerud, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bowdle, South Dakota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

April 5 – Easter – The Resurrection of Our Lord “Today we remember the fulfillment of God’s promise, the story of how our forgiveness and salvation was won. Today we hear the story of humanity’s God-given, blood-bought gift of forgiveness, redemption and renewal. It is the story of good news of great joy. It is the story of the Babe of Bethlehem, the Christ of the cross, the Savior of the empty tomb.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus on “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

April 12 “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” Clarence W. Hall, pastor – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

April 19 “The Gospel is not a picture of adoption; adoption is a picture of the Gospel.” John Piper, pastor – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

April 26 “[W]hen we faithfully proclaim God’s grace and truth and apply it to matters of the heart, we give Satan a bad day. People are ‘struck by the heart’ and realize their sin. People experience ‘evil of the heart’ because of their sin. Then the comforting Good News of ‘warfare ended,’ ‘iniquity pardoned,’ and boundless grace can restore that heart to ‘leaping’ once again. The Gospel is tailor made to speak to matters of the heart!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

May 3 “The Apostle Paul seemed to have thought that giving thanks was front and center in the life of the Christian: Give thanks in all things (1 Timothy 5:18) … always and for everything giving thanks (Ephesians 5:20) … in everything by prayer … with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). And be thankful … with thankfulness in your heart toward God … do everything … giving thanks to God the Father (Colossians 3:13-17). Continue steadfastly in prayer, with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2).” James M. Kushiner, the Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

May 10 – Mother’s Day “As I think back, I feel so blessed with the experiences God has given to me. Adoption is a particular blessing in so many ways. I am so thankful that I chose the gift of life and that my adoptive daughter’s birth mom chose the gift of life—for life is indeed a sacred gift from God.” Sandy Nielsen, adoptive mom – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

May 17 “Christian fathers will want to keep in mind that the threats and demands of the Law can never transform a child’s attitude. Rather, we want them to be motivated by the love of Christ. We will teach and remind our children of their Lord’s redeeming love and His wonderful merciful kindness toward them and all sinners.” Rev. Mark Gullerud, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bowdle, South Dakota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

May 24 – Memorial Day Weekend “You and I will one day die. But the truths of Scripture we uphold when it comes to the sacredness of life will never die. That is why it is so important to not only protect and defend God’s gift of life, but also to protect and defend His truth about what gives value to life. If we lose the latter, the former will quickly erode. Thank you for being people who are ‘holding fast the word of Life’ (Philippians 2:16)!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

May 31 “With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the oppressor because his hunting grounds are smaller.” Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

June 7 “[A]s a Christian worldview teaches, encouraging someone to break God’s law is to engage in cruelty, not compassion. God defines love. Hanging the word ‘love’ on a counterfeit does not make it authentic.” Warren Cole Smith, vice president of WORLD News Group – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

June 14 “We can be a witness to the world around us by simply living the lives God has called us to live. By doing so, we show the world there is a reason to be For Life, that there is something different and good about it.” Laura Davis, director of Y4Life (Y4Life.org) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

June 21 – Father’s Day “The primary goal in fatherhood is to help children grow in the Lord so that throughout their lives they will look to the Savior in faith and follow Him in Christian love. Our most fervent hope and prayer is that they will be and remain members of God’s eternal family. May God bless our fathers in carrying out their crucial role in Christian fatherhood!” Rev. Mark Gullerud, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bowdle, South Dakota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

June 28 “There is no future in gay marriage, nor in any sexually permissive culture—not for very long, despite new drugs and technologies. Christians are called to sexual purity. It’s there in Genesis, right on through to Revelation (see 22:11, 15). Fortunately, God is able to forgive and heal us of our failings when we repent. He is merciful and gracious. No need for despair, but always hope in the Lord!” James M. Kushiner, the Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

July 5 “All law is enacted morality. Every criminal law says that a certain thing is right, and another wrong. Every law is thus a piece of legislated morality. Moreover, all morality represents a religion, as every system of law is an establishment of religion. Thus, there can be a separation of church and state, but there cannot be a separation of religion and the state because every system of law is a religion and a morality in action.” R. J. Rushdoony, philosopher, historian, and theologian – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

July 12 “Is the church today perhaps something like it was in the sixteenth century with all the corruptions that have come in, all the adjustments that have been made to fit into the lifestyle of the day? If it is, we need a reformation so everything contrary to the Word of God can be swept up, and we can start again. If there is any other teaching than the only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ, then it has to go. Anything that cheapens grace has to go.” Rev. Homer Larsen, “The Christian Crusaders” radio program – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

July 19 “Though the rain and snow of tribulation in this life is allowed to come upon us, God’s Word is profoundly refreshing, life-giving, and powerful enough to accomplish His will for our lives. As we speak words of life in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to this culture of death, God’s purpose will be achieved.” Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

July 26 “Are you ‘pro-life’ or ‘life-affirming’? Undoubtedly your answer is ‘Yes!’ However, I believe we will have a greater impact on our congregations and culture if we see ourselves as ‘life-affirming.’ But this must be more than changing an adjective. It must also reflect a change in perspective—affirming life because that is precisely what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

August 2 “Parental love is vital. In homes where children are not adored by at least one parent (or a parent-figure), they wither like a plant without food.” The New Dare to Discipline – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

August 9 “Sadly, our culture has reverted to the pagan practices of old. Nevertheless, through the Messiah’s unfailing love, God turns our hearts to Himself as our Heavenly Father. To preserve this Gospel heritage in future generations, God turns the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. May God in Christ forgive us our failings and preserve us in His saving truth unto life everlasting.” Ryan C. MacPherson, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

August 16 “As Man alone, Jesus could not have saved us; as God alone, He would not; incarnate, He could and did.” Malcolm Muggeridge, British journalist – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

August 23 “Should there be a line that determines when humans have value? Some say it’s at viability, others say when there’s a heartbeat, and others say at birth. Some even argue that the ability to reason should be the dividing line, which would making killing infants ok, too. These lines we draw are so arbitrary, meaningless. My seven-year-old sister gets that. Human beings are valuable because we are human beings. And it’s as plain and simple as that.” Micaiah Bilger, education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

August 30 “I find it impossible to subscribe to a philosophy that believes that the destruction of human life is a legitimate solution to a problem that is mostly social, economic, and psychological … In reality, most women ‘choose’ abortion because they believe they have no other choice.” Patricia Heaton, actress (“Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle”) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

September 6 – Labor Day Weekend “[A]s you go about your work for the Lord of Life, use Jesus as your example. He proclaimed truth but had compassion on the sinners who surrounded Him and so should we. Let the light of your compassion shine through in all that you do and say. It will make a difference.” Diane Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

September 13 – Grandparent’s Day “Compassion is the hallmark of our discipleship and the sign of God’s care for us … [See Psalm 145:8-9] … This includes all ages and stages of life. Being compassionate means being open to share another’s burden, being a burden bearer.” Rev. Donald L. Wilke, vice president of Spiritual Care of Good Shepherd Community and pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

September 20 “Christian fatherhood goes beyond merely ensuring that children are well cared for and provided for. A Christian father will also be actively engaged in the rearing of his children. The apostle Paul gives divine counsel both on how to—and how not to—go about this parental function, when he exhorts, ‘Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4 NIV).” Rev. Mark Gullerud, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bowdle, South Dakota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

September 27 “We can set an example in love by showing love for our neighbor, compassion for those in need, and forgiveness for those who have made mistakes in the past. No sin is too great for God to forgive and we have the awesome opportunity to share this love and forgiveness with others, especially those who have a sin against life in their past.” Laura Davis, director of Y4Life (Y4Life.org) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

October 4 “So the next time you see some fading flowers, remember how short life is and then remember how eternal God’s Word is and pray, ‘Lord, more than anything else, help me uphold the truth of Your Word and the value You give to life.’” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

October 11 “If anybody understands God’s ardor for His children, it’s someone who has rescued an orphan from despair, for that is what God has done for us. God has adopted you. God sought you, found you, signed the papers, and took you home.” Max Lucado, pastor and author – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

October 18 “We simply need to see no child as unwanted. We need to focus on others, rather than ourselves, and be open to visiting orphans—that is, be open to wanting the ‘unwanted,’ helping the child in need. And it can start with just one. One life loved can make all the difference. After all, one life changed the entire world.” Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

October 25 “Luther looked back to the days of the apostles and saw the same thing that happened to them happening in his day: Christians standing up for the truth getting blamed for everything. We can see history repeating itself again. Conservative Christians today are being blamed for being ‘seditionists’ and intolerant of abortion, homosexuality, living together outside of marriage, etc. Throughout the history of the world, the minority is often set apart and blamed for the ills of the land or time. God has truly set us apart; He has called us to be holy to humbly proclaim His Word of truth and the Gospel that has redeemed the world from its sin! … May we ever repeat history in being willing to speak our faith with all boldness and confidence in Christ Jesus our risen Lord and Savior!” Daily Devotions email from www.redeemerclc.info/devotional.html – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

November 1 “Dear ones, in a culture and society increasingly divided by ideas and behaviors, let us never forget that we have no human enemies. Our God came to a ‘hostile’ people to win them with His love, not His ‘correctness.’ Let us do the same with those who are their own worst enemies. Today … let us overcome darkness not with rhetoric and force, but with humility and faithfulness. Love one another, even those who hate you.” Father Barnabas Powell, Cumming, Georgia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

November 8 “Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.” Mother Teresa (on adoption) – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

November 15 “The entire canon of Scripture throbs with God’s commitment to the fatherless and to the widows, His wrath at the shedding of innocent blood. Just as every Lord’s Day should be Easter, with the proclamation of the Resurrection of Jesus, and Christmas, with the announcement of the Incarnation, so every Lord’s Day should highlight the worth and dignity of human life. I pray that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will grow up in an age when abortion is not just illegal but unthinkable.” Dr. Russell D. Moore, pastor and author – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

November 22 “If you keep thinking of your life—which is utterly unique in the entire universe!—as a true gift, you will draw nearer to the Giver of that gift. So, Happy Thanksgiving!” James M. Kushiner, the Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

November 29 “After you have thought about your earthly blessings, take some time and meditate on your spiritual blessings from the Lord. Think of your baptism where the Lord adopted you into His family and gave you forgiveness of your sins, life, and salvation.” James Schroeder, LCMS Foundation – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

December 6 “Why was God’s Son in a manger, a feeding trough for animals? Because He is the Bread of Life, spiritual food for starving mankind. So the True Bread from Heaven is first encountered by humble shepherds in a place where food is placed for animals, in Bethlehem, which means ‘House of Bread.’ What’s more, the Good Shepherd was found by the shepherds!” James M. Kushiner, the Fellowship of St. James – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

December 13 “He whom nothing can contain has been contained in a womb. He is in the Father’s bosom and His Mother’s embrace. How can this be, but as He knows and willed and was well pleased. Fleshless as He was, He willingly took flesh. And He Who Is became what He was not, for us. And while departing not from His own nature, He shared in our nature’s substance. So Christ was born with dual natures, wishing to replenish the world on high. Christ is born! Glorify Him!” Father Barnabas Powell, Cumming, Georgia – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

December 20 “I encourage you to look upon the little hands [of baby Jesus] and remember they will be pierced to save you. See His beautiful brow and recall how it will be crowned with thorns. Listen to His first cry and hear that cry echo, 33 years later, upon Calvary’s cross as He proclaims our salvation is finished.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus on “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

December 27 “Satan would love us to believe that the Herod-like destruction of unborn children and the abuse of women through this destruction are political issues and do not belong in the Church. But that is precisely where they do belong! We have the Gospel, the only message that can shatter the darkness and bring hope.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org