This is a new recording (and new video) of my song Broken For Me, inspired by the movie The Passion of the Christ. The audio-only version is available on our ReverbNation.com page.
In this 13 minute video, Tim Palmquist (flanked by two City Council members) speaks at the Victorville March for Life, which was held on January 19, 2014 in front of the new Victorville Planned Parenthood mega center. (For the best experience, please consider watching the video with captions turned on.)
The wide spectrum of points covered in this brief pep talk include:
- Why there is hope for the future of our cities and nation
- Why pastors can’t dismiss their responsibility to confront abortion deaths
- Why God will not only judge individuals, but also cities — and churches!
- Why it is so dangerous to look at abortion as a “personal” issue of “choice”
- How we have been a part of changing the landscape of the pro-life movement
Tim sent this message to local pastors on January 6, 2014:
Our Lord has charged us with the divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). But all too often it seems that Christians in our community are reinforcing demonic strongholds instead of seeking to tear them down.
“A stronghold is a mind set impregnated with hopelessness that causes the believer to accept as unchangeable something that he/she knows is contrary to the will of God.”
Do we believe that it is God’s will for babies to be aborted in Bakersfield? Do we believe that God wills that those who attend our churches participate in abortions? Do we believe that God wants His people to speak up for the innocent children who cannot speak for themselves? Do we believe that we honor God by enabling members of our congregation to “sin that grace may abound”? Do we accept as “unchangeable” the continuation of the carnage of abortion (nationally, locally, and in our own congregations)?
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A commentary by Tim Palmquist appeared in today’s Bakersfield Californian under “Community Voices.” It was written in response to last week’s Bakersfield Californian editorial opposing the Human Life Ordinance.
The original unedited version of the commentary appears on the LifeSavers Ministries blog.
On Monday, July 8, 2013, a little over a year from the time that we first learned that Planned Parenthood was building a mega-abortion center in Bakersfield, I spoke to a group of pro-life supporters who gathered outside the new Planned Parenthood building. (It coincidentally seemed to be the first day that Planned Parenthood had switched their operations from their old building at 2535 16th St. to the new building at 2633 16th St.) The following is a summary of comments I made that day:
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good….” (Genesis 50:20)
In early June of 2012, when we first learned that Planned Parenthood was building a new mega abortion center in Bakersfield, we were daunted by the prospect of confronting this abortion “giant,” even though we had just heard an inspiring sermon on facing the giants. Driving by the construction site that first day, we immediately noticed the three olive trees near the sidewalk. Seeing the branches of the trees filled with olives, we identified this as being somehow an additional answer to prayer (similar to the olive tree outside the Bakersfield FPA abortion center), but we still didn’t understand how this could be true.
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What is even more tragic to me is the reason that they left.
A few days before the beginning of this campaign, we met with a pastor who explained why he will no longer participate in 40 Days for Life. The essence of his concern related to doctrinal purity: the importance of focusing on saving souls and not just saving babies. Continue reading →
I only met you through your mother, about nine months ago
She is a voice who cries out for those we may never know
Your mom excitedly shared the news of the gift that grew
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I have often had the opportunity to hear life-changing phone calls over our decades of ministry, as God uses Terri in amazing ways to help women decide against aborting their babies. But I wish that every Christian leader could have heard what Terri said on a phone call last Thursday, because it contained such important seeds of transformation.
This story begins on June 7, when we learned that a Planned Parenthood mega abortion center — over 10,000 square feet — was being built in Bakersfield. The name of the contractor working on the project was familiar: he was a family member of a longtime supporter of ours (who has now gone home to be with the Lord).
Then I remembered that years ago, our supporter had given me the contractor’s personal cell phone number. I dialed the number and asked if he could meet Terri and myself for dinner.
“What is this about?” he asked.
“Someone told us something about you that I hope is not true,” I explained. “I would rather not discuss it over the phone.”
At dinner that night, the contractor quickly acknowledged that he had won the bid for the Planned Parenthood project and that he knew that it was an abortion chamber. “I really believe that God wants me to have this job, or I wouldn’t have won the bid,” he explained. “My reputation is at stake, so I can’t back out now.”
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A news report last night on KGET TV-17 focused on how a 14-year-old girl was allegedly traumatized when Terri told her that she was naming her baby “Britney” and put up a cross in memory of her baby. The true scandal, however, was that this girl told Terri that her father was forcing her to abort her baby, and that Bakersfield Police came out to talk to the girl’s father but apparently took no action.
For those who saw the report and want to know the other side, here is Terri’s report on what really happened.
Do pro-life pastors offer pro-life counsel to women who are experiencing difficult pregnancies?
Certainly, pro-life pastors would unequivocally answer “yes” to that statement. Yet I also believe that a significant number of babies are aborted because of the counsel provided by many of these same pastors.
A recent case in point is the counsel provided last week by Pastor Chuck Smith on his radio program Pastor’s Perspective. (Some apparently don’t recognize his name, but as the founder and leader of the Calvary Chapel movement for over four decades, Pastor Chuck has undoubtedly been one of the most influential Christian leaders of the last half-century — I doubt that there are many churches in our nation which have not in been influenced in some way by the ministries born under his leadership.)
After a week of mounting controversy, Pastor Chuck still maintains that the counsel which he provided to “Nicki in Riverside” was consistent with his pro-life stand. This is clearly not a case of a mental slip-up by an elderly pastor as some are suggesting. No, the problem is much bigger than that. Few have detected how this reflects upon counsel typically provided by other pro-life pastors.
|Nicki: “…We learned that we have conjoined twins who share one body but have two heads. The life expectancy is not very good….”
Pastor Chuck: “…if you go ahead and decide to allow the doctors to perform an abortion on this fetus that is just not developing right and has no chance of living, that I’m sure the Lord will say, Neither do I condemn you….”
After being given repeated opportunities to clarify his original counsel to Nicki, Pastor Chuck continues to insist that he did not counsel her to abort her baby, and that Christians across the nation are guilty of falsely accusing their brethren (himself and Pastor Don Stewart, host of Pastor’s Perspective). But we don’t even need to argue this point. Even if we assume a pure, life-affirming intention in the hearts of pastors Chuck Smith and Don Stewart in handling Nicki’s call, could it be that their counsel had a deadly result? Could Nicki be expected to respond to their counsel by deciding to end her babies’ lives? Could she have done so while stating honestly her belief that these high-profile pastors advised her that it was permissible to do so? Could it be that the counsel of these pastors gave her courage to commit abortion when she would have otherwise continued to maintain that she did not want an abortion? Furthermore, would their counsel have led her to assert that she could be confident in God’s grace even while willingly walking into a dangerous killing center and submitting her body — her Holy Spirit-filled temple — to the knife of an unscrupulous abortionist? If so, did these shepherds (pastors) fail to fulfill their scriptural obligations to protect their sheep?
I believe that an accurate assessment of this situation would require “yes” answers to all of these questions. Furthermore, I believe that many pro-life pastors throughout our nation, if they are honest with themselves, would need to answer “yes” to these questions in relation to counsel that they themselves have offered to vulnerable pregnant women.
My belief is based not upon conjecture, but upon decades of experience with pregnant Christian women entering abortion chambers. Many times we have been told, “I talked to my pastor about this, and he recommended abortion.” We have even witnessed pastors bringing women from their church into killing centers (and even after being “caught in the act” at the abortion center, these pastors continue to insist that they are pro-life).
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