Thursday, December 7, 2017

O.U.R. Fundraiser | LIFE

LIFE Members Raise Over $800,000 for Operation Underground Railroad!

“Use your money to make your life count.” – Chris Brady

On October 14th, 2017, LIFE completed its largest charitable Life on Life Initiative to date. Thousands of LIFE Members gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to participate in a push-up contest to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates children from sex trafficking.
The Life on Life project began in July of 2017, when All Grace Outreach spokesman, Chris Swanson, teamed up with O.U.R. Founder, Tim Ballard, and announced LIFE’s mission to raise $100,000 over the next 3 months. Despite being the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, child sex trafficking has received little attention in the media and public eye. That all changed when Ballard exposed the evils of this disgusting enterprise to thousands of caring and determined LIFE Members. After the announcement, it didn’t take long for LIFE Chairman of the Board, Orrin Woodward, to personally commit to supporting this cause and propose a fundraising challenge to the entire LIFE community to (instead) raise $1,000,000 for Operation Underground Railroad!
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Finding Gratitude

"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar 
"Reflect upon your present blessing, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." - Charles Dickens
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Gratitude is an increasingly rare commodity in today's world. It has always struck me as strange, and honestly quite sad, that within hours of a holiday that we set aside for giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, that we go into a commercial "holiday" dedicated to consumerism. A day no longer dedicated to gratefulness for what we have been blessed with but rather dedicated to the coveting of things that we have convinced ourselves that we "need."

Before the family has even had a chance to leave town, we are camping out at the store (this year I happened to catch an ad that stores would be open at 4PM, on Thanksgiving night, so no more camping necessary!-but that's another rant, for another time). Before the turkey has even had a chance to cool, we are clamoring for the latest deal on the hottest electronics. Before the pumpkin pie has even settled in our stomachs, we are in a mad dash to make sure the kids have the latest round of plastic that will surely be forgotten and discarded by next Thanksgiving.

We rush around town, we neglect time with family, we leverage our futures into the bondage of debt slavery (again, another rant for another time), and we're perfectly willing to step on our fellow man in order to save a few bucks. Simply put, we spend Thursday giving thanks and move right on into Friday, forgetting to be grateful.

Now there is nothing wrong with us having stuff, but all too often, it is the stuff that has us.

But what if we switch it up?
What if we spend our busy holiday season in service to our fellow man?
What if, instead of worrying about buying another round of plastic junk to keep the little ones happy, we instill in them a love of giving? After all, a wise man once said, "it is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35).
What if, instead of going out for that expensive meal, we volunteer at a local rescue mission?
What if, instead of treating ourselves to that new gadget, we donate to help save children?

If we were truly thankful for the blessings that we've already received, and if we decided to be conscious of looking out for someone else's needs rather than looking out for ourselves, I truly believe we'd find that we are a lot more grateful.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Prayer for Thanksgiving

O Lord my God, my Savior, I pray for a heart overflowing with thanksgiving. Father, you are my constant reason for joy. You are faithful when I am unfaithful. You promise heaven when I am consumed by the next hour.
Protect me from my own selfish desires. I confess that I want what cannot satisfy. I confess that I complain about what is not done rather than be grateful for what I can do. I confess that I am easily disappointed by those I love, even though you continue to love and bless me. I confess I cling to bitterness more than I rush to praise. I confess that I am not satisfied that the nearness of you is my good.
O Lord, renew within me the joy of thanksgiving. Encourage my spirit with ... (read the full article at Shepherd Press).