Friday Five: Good Friday, Bad Governor

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1. NC VALUES: Happy Good Friday to you and to yours

"'He himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have been healed.'" (1 Peter 2:24).

We want to wish you all a Happy Good Friday!

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2. NC VALUES: Governor Roy Cooper just vetoed babies

During Easter holy week when Christians around the world pause to remember the birth, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper instead vetoed the life of innocent babies, created in the image of God. He chose to support infanticide standing side-by-side with New York Governor Cuomo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

Roy Cooper didn’t just veto a bill, he vetoed babies—babies who are innocently born alive as the result of a botched abortion. We cannot let this fall by the wayside. 

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3. ELECTION UPDATES: NC Values endorses Dan Bishop for the 9th District; 3rd District voting already underway

We wanted to remind you that the one-stop (early) voting period for the 3rd Congressional District began on April 10th. You have until April 26th to vote early for the 3rd District Congressional primary. After that, your last chance to vote will be on election day, April 30th

The one-stop (early) voting period for the 9th district begins on April 24th. Individuals have until May 10th to vote early for the 9th District Congressional primary. After that, your last chance to vote will be on primary election day, May 14th

If you're looking for some additional research on which candidates align with your values, we encourage you to check out the voter's guide for the 3rd district produced by iVoter Guide and located here, or the voter's guide for the 9th district located here.

If you need helping finding your local polling site, visit our Find My Voting Site tool here.

Finally, we announced yesterday our endorsement of Dan Bishop for the 9th district. You can read why we've endorsed Dan Bishop here.

 

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4. LIBERTY HEADLINES: Release of 'Unplanned' inspires abortion workers to leave industry

"Despite concerted efforts to suppress the new pro-life film 'Unplanned,' writer and director Chuck Konzelman said dozens of abortion workers have approached their group asking for help to leave the industry."

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5. PREGNANCY HELP NEWS: Abortion would automatically be illegal in these states if Roe v. Wade is overturned

"The release and success of the pro-life film 'Unplanned' is being credited with an uptick in women seeking information on reversing chemical abortions.

Abortion Pill Rescue Network, run by Heartbeat International’s Option Line, has seen a recent spike in calls from women seeking to reverse their abortions since the film’s release.

Following the release of 'Unplanned' in theaters on March 29, the hotline registered a 30 percent increase in calls compared to a normal weekend."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)


Amen

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