February 19, 2009

Dear Justice Friends,

This newsletter has four key elements. First is a call to prayer warriors. If you’re not a prayer person, this may not be for you, but you can send it to your intercessor friends. The second is a short video that demonstrates honor like nothing I’ve ever seen. The third is a call to prayer and action for a pro-life pastor in California who may face jail. The last is a call to action to pro-life Christians to contact their Senators and Congressmen.

A Call to Prayer Warriors

My trusted friend, Rev. C. L. Jackson, called me the other day from Houston. He was concerned about President Barack Obama’s safety, especially since President Obama made Abraham Lincoln such a prominent figure in his life. You know that President Obama chose Lincoln’s Bible to place his hand upon to take the oath of office. You may not know that Lincoln was the first President to be assassinated. Pastor Jackson asked me how many days from Lincoln’s inauguration was the assassination. It was 42 days after his second inauguration. I told pastor, “I don’t think we should wait four years to pray.” He agreed. Forty-two days from President’s Inauguration is March 3, 2009.

Pastor Jackson shared that the International Sunday School Lesson for this past Sunday was about Esther. “You may have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” He had been pondering the call to pray and fast for three days as Esther did. The three days for prayer and fasting that we’re asking you to do are March 1-3. That’s a Sunday through Tuesday. Tuesday, March 3, is 42 days after President Obama’s inauguration. We’re lifting up a shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16) around our President and we’re intercepting any death strategy against the President.

It’s one thing to pray, it’s another to pray and fast for three days. That’s quite a commitment. It’s possible to complete, however, if you know it’s an assignment from the Lord. Is God speaking to you? If this request strikes a chord with you, please email us at JusticeAtTheGate@aol.com and let us know your commitment -- whatever it is. If you have a prayer group that will commit to pray, if you’re an individual that will fast one day, if you’re committing to pray and fast the three days – whatever – just let me know please.

This Is What Honor Looks Like

My favorite book of all time is Honor – What Love Looks Like by Fawn Parish. I got to know Fawn by telephone and email because her book impacted me so much. The other day I got an email from her. It said, “Loved friends, I rarely send these kinds of things on, but this made me cry. I have a new illustration in case I ever teach on honor again. It makes me happy for God, to see Him so well represented.”

I agree. At a time in our nation when emotions run high and honoring one another is at low ebb, be blessed by this short video CLICK HERE to see a video of a football coach who understands honor. Giving honor is one of the most powerful things we can do.

Pro-Life Pastor Faces Jail

Please read Paul Steven Ghiringhelli’s important article on Charisma News Online about African American Pastor Walter B. Hoye, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation. You may read the full article CLICK HERE

A Call to Action for Pro-Life Christians

In the first segment of this email, there is a call to pray and fast for President Barack Obama. We must pray for his protection as well as blessing prayers and prayers for wisdom for him. At the same time, we must exercise our responsibility as citizens to let our elected officials know how we feel about moral issues facing our nation. The Stakes are High

Right now, pro-abortion forces are lining up in Washington to turn back the clock on every pro-life gain made in America over the past 36 years. President Obama told pro-abortion groups that the first bill he wants to sign is the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), a federal law that would overturn every current restriction on abortion, including:

  • laws in 44 states that preserve a parental role when minor girls seek abortions;
  • laws in 40 states that restrict late-term abortions;
  • laws in 46 states that protect the right of conscience for individual health care providers;
  • laws in 27 states that protect the right of conscience for institutions;
  • laws in 38 states that ban partial-birth abortions;
  • laws in 33 states that require counseling before having an abortion (Informed Consent laws);
  • and laws in 16 states that provide for ultrasounds before an abortion.

    It is important that our Texas leaders not only stand firm against abortion but also against FOCA. We encourage you to read the comparison below, and then act on the three steps at the bottom of this piece.

    Sincerely,
    Kerby Anderson (POINT OF VIEW RADIO SHOW)
    David Barton (PRESIDENT, WALLBUILDERS)
    Mark Cole (CHAIRMAN, HOUSTON AREA PASTORS COUNCIL)
    Richard Ford (PRESIDENT, HERITAGE ALLIANCE)
    Rick Green (NATIONAL RADIO HOST; FOUNDER OF PATRIOT ACADEMY)
    Dr. David Guel (PRESIDENT/CEO, CHE – CONCERNED HISPANIC EVANGELICALS)
    Ann Hettinger (STATE DIRECTOR, CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA)
    Stephen F. Hotze (PRESIDENT, CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS)
    Colleen Parro (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COALITION FOR LIFE)
    Allan Parker (PRESIDENT, THE JUSTICE FOUNDATION)
    Alice Patterson (PRESIDENT, JUSTICE AT THE GATE)
    Joe Pojman (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE)
    Rick Scarborough (PRESIDENT, VISION AMERICA ACTION)
    Kelly Shackelford (PRESIDENT, FREE MARKET FOUNDATION)
    Dave Welch (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, U. S. PASTORS COUNCIL)
    (* The groups listed are for identification purposes only. The names appear in alphabetical order.)
    Download the attached file for the remainder of The Stakes Are High. This is VERY important.
    Thanks for praying and for acting on your faith.

    Gratefully,
    Alice Patterson
    President
    Justice at the Gate

  • January 20, 2009

    Dear friends,

    Today is a momentous day with the inauguration of our 44th president and first black president in the history of our nation. Today Barack Obama will place his left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and raise his right hand to take the oath of office that ends in “so help me God.” We will each watch the proceedings today or the news about them tonight through our own personal lenses. For mine – I’m a believer, a worshipper, a reconciler, an American, the granddaughter of a former Ku Klux Klansman, a pro-life, pro-marriage voter, a former grassroots organizer for the Christian Right and a Republican. Should I be angry? Afraid? At war with our new president?

    I’ve tried to watch the news through the eyes of black Americans. Senior citizens and children alike – who never thought this day would come in their lifetime. Tears steamed down the faces of little children waiting to get a glimpse of President Elect Obama when he made his train ride into Washington DC this weekend. Bill Cosby related on Meet the Press that he took the pictures of his mother, his father and his brother, who had all passed on, into the voting booth with him. He closed the curtain, laid the pictures out and said, “Now we’re going to vote.” Hope is at an all-time high for some Americans, especially black, Hispanic and young Americans.

    For others – especially pro-life, pro-marriage activists, there is concern that campaign promises to undo every pro-life bill through the Freedom of Choice Act will be fulfilled. We’re standing on both sides of the Grand Canyon of breaches in America – between white and Hispanic evangelicals who are mostly Republicans and black evangelicals and Hispanic Catholics who are mostly Democrats. It’s racial and it’s political. If we let it, it will cause us to be bitter against each other.

    I don’t have to tell you that we are admonished in I Timothy 2:1 to pray for “kings and all who are in authority.” I’ve been meditating on Hebrews chapter 12 lately. It’s a good time to “lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, to run the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, who endured the cross, despising the shame…who endured hostility from sinners against Himself, lest [we] become weary and discouraged in [our] souls.” Many are weary and discouraged. There’s something worse than weariness and discouragement, however. It’s bitterness. Hebrews 12:14-15 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord, looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by this many become defiled.” We watched bitterness over the election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore grow into anger and hatred against President Bush. The same thing must not happen against President Obama. Bitterness is a horrible thing that infects the soul of the bitter person as well as those around him. It’s infectious and deadly.

    Some of you may have seen the FOX News special aired several times recently about the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader from Gaza. Yousef had his eyes opened about Hamas in an Israeli prison when he witnessed Hamas killing their own people. When he got out of jail, he accepted an invitation to a Bible study by a young man he met on the streets of Jerusalem. During the Bible study, he was struck by the words of Jesus, “Love your enemies…” Those three words led to a study of the Koran and the Bible side by side for several months and his eventual acceptance of Jesus Christ as his savior. Love your enemies!

    I was Field Director for Texas Christian Coalition in 1992 when Bill Clinton was elected president. I wept and wept on the floor of my bedroom as I watched the election returns. I couldn’t believe God would let him be elected. The fact is, God didn’t choose Bill Clinton. The American people did, but God let them. Bill Clinton’s lifestyle and political beliefs were the opposite of mine. I despised him. I would never say, “President Clinton.” When I spoke his name, it was through clenched teeth and a hiss – “Clinton.” I remember the day God convicted me of my heart attitude toward the president that I would never call my president. I was leading Pray Texas by that time. I had left the political arena (or so I thought) and was encouraging pastors to pray together across denominational and racial lines for transformation in their city. It was at an Ed Silvoso City Reaching conference in Houston around 1998. I was teaching about repentance and forgiveness yet I hated my president! God took notice and convicted me of it. I confessed my sin with brokenness before the group of about 1,000 pastors, and Ed opened the altars for corporate repentance. God broke many that day. “But President Clinton was an adulterer. He was pro-abortion, enacted ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the military and was even impeached for lying under oath.” True. At that point, he was my enemy. And God commands us to love our enemies and pray for them.

    Luke 6:27 Jesus said, “But I say to you who hear: ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

    Today is a day to rejoice with black Americans, especially senior citizens who lived through Jim Crow and were one or two generations removed from slavery. We can and must stand against policies that are against the Word of God. But we must be careful to not curse any person.

    In Romans 12:9-21 Paul exhorts us to let love be without hypocrisy, to be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. He says to “bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Here’s a word from Paul about today – “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Our role is to bless. It’s God’s role to dispense vengeance. In fact, if we bless someone who deserves judgment, our act of blessing -- even feeding our enemy or giving him drink -- will heap coals of fire upon his head.

    It’s important for us today to watch the proceedings – to rejoice with the millions of black Americans – young and old alike – who see today as a 2009 Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery is over. The sky’s the limit. It’s important for us to pray for President Barack Obama – to bless him. President Elect Obama has already received several security briefings. He’s changed some of his campaign promises because of what he’s learned. Thank God for that. Although he believes all roads lead to God, he has confessed Jesus Christ as his savior. Ask the Lord to build upon that confession.

    Join me in prayer.

    “Dear Father, we come to Your throne of grace today in the name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ. We worship You as King of all kings, the Righteous Judge and the Lawgiver. Lord, I ask you to give us clean hands and a pure heart so that we can be intercessors – so that we can answer Your call to stand in the gap -- the wound, the breach – before You for our land. Forgive me and my ancestors for racism, bigotry, hatred and pride. Forgive me for not loving and honoring men who are made in Your image. Cleanse us from feelings of superiority and insensitivity.

    I lift up soon-to-be President Barack Obama to you. I pray that as he places his hand upon Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and lifts his other hand to swear an oath in Your name, that You would fall upon him. I ask you to bless him, Michele, Malia, Nasha and Michele’s mother who will be living in the White House. I pull on the confession from his own lips that he is a Christian. I ask You to speak in a way that he can understand, dear Father. In the name of Jesus I break every curse spoken against him and prayed on him. I ask You to flood him with Your presence, Lord. I pray that the mantle of Abraham Lincoln would fall upon him. I pray that the prayer of Abraham Lincoln would be President Obama’s prayer, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.” And Father, I pray that these words will be true our lives as well. Let us see the right. Let us be known by Your love. Love this president through us, Lord. Let us be encouragers. Let us be repairers of the breach. Let us be the ones who lift up the arms of our leaders, to bless them, encourage them, and pray the best for them.

    Father, I pray for the safety of President Obama and his family. With the increase in the KKK and white supremacist organizational membership on the night of his election, we ask You to forgive us for hating each other – especially in the name of Christ. Together with thousands of Christians around this nation and the world, we lift up a shield of faith around the Obama family that Satan’s fiery darts cannot penetrate it. We intercept any plan for assassination and harm to this president. We pray that President Obama’s life will be modeled after Abraham Lincoln but that he will not die in office. We pray for Your protection, for Your wisdom, for Your grace, for Your strength and for Your blessing upon our president. Be good to him, Lord. Let your goodness lead him to You. I pray for an encounter with You deeper and stronger than anything he’s ever experienced. I pray that you keep us watching and praying for this man. We pray for change, Lord. As we bless him, we ask that You would rearrange his thinking and his plans on key issues of concern to those who are agreeing in prayer at this moment. We pray that the gains to protect human life and marriage will not be overturned.

    We release blessings upon our new president, but we turn our eyes upon You. We worship You, Lord. Our trust and hope are in You. Our worship is toward You, the Lord of Glory, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer – in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

    Thank you for agreeing in prayer with me. As you watch history in the making, continue to bless. A blessing is more powerful than any curse. Let’s be blessers.

    We are blessed to live in a nation whose transfer of power is peaceful. We pray that America will continue to be blessed, that she will stand for righteousness and justice and with Israel.

    Gratefully,
    Alice Patterson President Justice at the Gate

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • Apology for Slavery Passes in New Jersey
      On January 7, 2008, the New Jersery Legislature approved a resolution expressing "profound regret" for New Jersey's role in slavery from Colonial times to the Civil War. The resolution (ACR270) passed the Assembly on a vote of 59 to 8 and in the Senate 29 to 2. It is our prayer that similar resolutions will be passed in other state legislative bodies across the nation. This is an answer to many prayers that God would forgive our sins and heal our land.
    • President Bush signs bill to restore "In God We Trust" to the face of U.S. coins.

    Juneteenth is a day of celebration from bondage, and its meaning in 2004 can be extended to a celebration of bondage from sin of all kinds which mar, maim and destroy the body and minds of people in the same way that slavery in America injured both the slave master and the slave. The time, resources and energy used to put men, women and children in bondage of all kinds can be transformed to release and free people to come to know the teachings of Jesus Christ which liberates men, women and children.

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    My Perspective on Abortionist's Murder in Kansas By Alice Patterson Most of you will have already heard the news that yesterday a gunman murdered late-term abortionist, George Tiller, at his church, The Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. A suspect, Scott Roeder, is now in custody. Tiller was shot as he served as usher and his wife, Jeanne, was in the choir. This is tragic for the Tiller family as well as for the pro-life community. Many pro-life groups have issued statements condemning the action of the lone gunman, including one of the most radical pro-life groups, Operation Rescue, who have picketed abortion clinics and gone to jail for attempting to rescue babies about to be aborted. Operation Rescue denounced the shooting in this official statement, "We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," said Troy Newman, Operation Rescue's president. "Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ." We join the denunciation and the prayer. Upon hearing the report on the news my mind went back to Odessa, Texas, where we lived for 30 years, and the local abortionist’s office was one parking lot over from our Pray Texas office. I had been a part of the pro-life movement for over 10 years and had resigned as Field Director for Texas Christian Coalition to form Pray Texas to encourage pastors to pray and work together for city transformation. On a sunny Saturday morning in 1998 pastors and intercessors stood at every highway entrance to our city and “staked the gates.” We painted in red “Jesus is Lord over Odessa” on wooden stakes along with some scripture verses. We read Psalm 24:7-10, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in…” We welcomed Lord Jesus, His kingdom, His rule and His authority into Odessa and we worshipped Him together at the gates of our city. As we drove back to the office and passed the abortionist’s office just one parking lot down from the Baptist Building where our office was located, we realized we had some stakes left over. So we decided we’d stake the abortionist’s office. The office building was empty with no cars in the parking lot. My husband John hammered in the stakes in flowerbeds at either end of the small office complex. We claimed that territory for the Lord declaring that Jesus was Lord over it. When he finished, the stakes were not visible in the flowerbeds. Then we went to the window outside the office building and began to bless the abortionist. Yes, you read that right. We blessed an abortionist. We had learned from Ed Silvoso at Harvest Evangelism that God wants us to bless the lost. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out 70 disciples as “laborers into the harvest.” He sent them out “as lambs among wolves.” He gave them simple instructions beginning in verse 5: • Speak peace to the house • Eat and drink whatever is set before you (fellowship with them) • Heal the sick (pray for their needs) • Then say, “The kingdom of God has come near you.” If you need a little more scripture to validate blessing an abortionist, Jesus also admonished in Luke 6:27-37 to “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you…judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” We (my husband John, Cathe Halford, Heather Holder now Blackman, and I) placed our hands on the window of the doctor’s office and we blessed him like Jesus admonished us to bless the wolves. We blessed him every way we think to bless him. Of course, we wanted him to stop doing abortions, but we prayed according to the new insight Ed had given us. You have to understand. Before I heard Ed teach on “blessing the lost,” my limited theology didn’t allow me to even pray for a sick unbeliever. I thought the only thing God would do for an unbeliever is to save him. I didn’t realize that Jesus ministered to sinners so they would know that he had power to heal and to forgive sins. Sure I had read it – it just didn’t sink in. Mark 2:9-11 Jesus said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins…I say unto you, arise, take up your bed and go to your house.” None of the four of us who staked the office building and blessed the abortionist realized we were doing anything strategic. We just had some stakes left over. It wasn’t part of a strategic plan. However, a couple of months later, Heather came into the Pray Texas office with some startling news, “The abortionist has been evicted for not paying his rent!” Heather’s dad knew the owner of the office building and had heard the news firsthand from the landlord. Later the IRS filed charges against the abortionist for nonpayment of taxes. The last we heard he was serving time in federal prison for tax fraud. Odessa had become an abortion-free zone. True story. Paul admonished us in Romans 12:17-21 “Repay no evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men….Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” When we bless the lost, the sinner and even the murderer, the act of blessing removes judgment and vengeance from our hearts and allows the Lord to work His justice and vengeance. Pray with me. “Dear Father, we come to You in Jesus’ name. We ask You to purify our hearts and cleanse our hands so that we can ascend Your holy hill and voice prayers that You will hear and answer. We ask for Your justice and righteousness to be released throughout our land. We pray for Jeanne Tiller and for the family of George Tiller. We ask You to bless them, to comfort them and to release Your light and love in their behalf. We pray for Scott Roeder, the man arrested for Tiller’s murder and for his family. We pray Your blessings upon them as well. Father, we pray for the millions in the pro-life community who pray and work for life to be protected from the womb to the grave. We ask for Your mercy and for Your favor. We bless those in the media who would try to use this tragic death as an indictment against the pro-life movement. We ask for discernment for the American people to see through the smoke screen to see the truth. We ask You to show us how to stay humbled under Your mighty hand so that You will be exalted and Your kingdom will be established in America in Jesus’ Name.” Three doctors who performed abortions have been killed in the past 16 years by gunmen acting alone. That in no way constitutes a pattern. Mr. Tiller’s murder is the first in 11 years. We condemn the murders and at the same time affirm that the pro-life movement in America is made up of law-abiding, God-fearing citizens who are moved by the shedding of innocent blood and for the millions of women’s lives that have been devastated by abortion in our nation. They are praying and working through the legislative system in our nation to protect babies before they go the way of the 50 million who have lost their lives since the US Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 in Roe v. Wade. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14