VA Abortion Rule, Bike Accident Turned Life Saving & Disciples make Disciples
An alliance of 15 attorneys general have warned Secretary Denis McDonough they will “act decisively” if the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a new rule to violate their states’ restrictions on abortion. Tan Flippin is grateful for a serious bike accident that may have saved his life. And, disciples make disciples (who in turn make disciples who make disciples). To follow Jesus is to teach others to follow Him. But such disciple-making does not occur randomly or by osmosis.
An alliance of 15 attorneys general have warned Secretary Denis McDonough they will “act decisively” if the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a new rule to violate their states’ restrictions on abortion.
Led by Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, the coalition wrote McDonough Nov. 17 to object to a VA interim final rule (IFR) that provides abortions in certain cases for military veterans and family members.
The attorneys general told the secretary they will not permit him to use the rule, which was issued by the VA in September, “to erect a regime of elective abortions that defy state laws.”
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) filed public comments Oct. 11 that called for the VA to revoke the rule, which explicitly lifts a 30-year-old restriction on abortions by the department. The ERLC said the IFR forces taxpayers to fund the taking of preborn human lives, disregards a congressional ban on abortions by the V.A. and violates the religious freedom of health-care workers.
Tan Flippin is grateful for a serious bike accident that may have saved his life.
Flippin’s front tire found an uneven patch of asphalt near his home in Granbury, Texas and he – yes – flipped over the handlebars with his shoes coming unclipped from the pedals.
His wife, Janet, came to resuce taking to the hospital. He had four fractures in his hip and what medical staff believed to be a concussion.
Turns out he had a brain tumor that had been hiding…and growing.
He’s faced a couple of surgeries since the discovery in 2018 and more than two dozen radiation treatments.
He’s still fighting the cancer but is at a good place right now.
He gives God the credit for the accident that saved his life. He says if it hadn’t been for the bike wreck, he might not have discovered the cancer in time for treatment.
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Disciples make disciples (who in turn make disciples who make disciples). To follow Jesus is to teach others to follow Him. But such disciple-making does not occur randomly or by osmosis. Jesus intentionally engaged His disciples, and if we are to make disciples, we must be intentional as well.
A Lifeway Bible study offers the following questions for disciple-makers to focus on:
1. How will I fill my mind with truth?
2. How will I fuel my affections for God?
3. How will I share God’s love as a witness in the world?
4. How will I show God’s love as a member of a church?
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