Category Archives: Life

Pro-life: I Don’t Think That Means What You Think It Means…

My wife and I are pro-life to the core. It started with our intentional decision to hold sex until marriage, then to marry and have children that we would love and raise into adulthood, in the fear and admonition of the Lord. It extended to prayers for those considering abortion, and donations to our local crisis pregnancy center, Birth Choice in Jackson, TN.
One day in late July or early August 2013, Julie said, “We need to see how we can be more involved in pro-life work.” So I sent an email to the info email address for Tennessee Right To Life, which led to a meeting in very short order, followed by us dedicating the next year and 2 months to campaigning for pro-life Amendment 1. This state constitution amendment, which took 11 years to be approved for referendum and 3 additional years to appear on the ballot, erased a “right to abortion” that had been unilaterally decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000.
The amendment passed, and our State’s children and families are safer for it.
We Conservatives are often mischaracterized as being pro-birth, not pro-life. The reason for that is that we do not support big government initiatives that tank the economy, reduce wages, and promote dependence. Some of my earliest memories are of going with my mother to nursing homes and ministering to our elders on a monthly, sometimes weekly, basis. I learned to respect them and value their lives. I grew to join the ministry and become a counselor to at-risk young people. I counsel suicidal youth, many with severe mental health problems. Their lives matter, every last one of them.
The things government does, particularly at the state and local levels, have real-world impact on how families are able to provide for themselves. Declaring everyone “covered” at great cost to consumers and insurance companies does not mean payment will be made when you go to the doctor. I know people who found that out the hard way. My parents have changed insurers 3 times, and the out-of-paycheck amount for my group policy at work has gone up drastically. This impacts the lives of adults and children.
The price of gas and groceries impacts life on a daily basis, and both are about to go up in Tennessee, thanks to a fuel tax increase. They say it’s a net tax decrease, but it isn’t. We have been consigned to hardship, the likes of which we won’t fully know for a while, to make a slush fund a lot more slushy for politicians and special interests.
I believe with all my being that a person should not be discriminated against and marked for annihilation based on his or her age, development, location, or level of dependence on others. That’s what abortion does. I believe that people should have the freedom to secure their liberty and pursue happiness to the fullest extent, with minimum interference, in the greatest land on Earth. This is a place where charity and opportunity abound, where one may mess up, try again, and succeed. That is the Conservative viewpoint: cradle to grave, everyone should have opportunity, no one should have their rights infringed.
This land, however, also is now a land in which entitlement is out the roof and respect for the law and for others has tanked.
Allow me to ask- how is it that, especially in Tennessee, we have so many pro-birth elected employees, but so few who are actually pro-life? They want to make it harder to protect our homes, earn our livings, run our businesses, have vital services like healthcare, and drive up the costs of education, while claiming to be pro-life. I don’t think so. I know we can do better; I pray that we do.

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Early Voting ends Today in Tennessee. Vote Yes on Amendment 1. Defeat the Abortion Industry’s Special Interest.

The stat I’ve heard is that 50% of voters cast their vote during early voting. And the majority of that 50% cast their vote in the last week of early voting. Madison Co., where I’m from, has had more votes cast in the past two days than in all other days of early voting. And today promises many more.

I’m urging as many people as I can to vote Yes on Amendment 1 to restore life to Tennessee. I believe women need to make informed decisions. Amendment 1 will help accomplish that by allowing the citizens of this state through the democratize process to propose, enact, amend or repeal statues pertaining to abortion, like the requirement for informed consent obtained by a doctor.

According to the testimony of Dr. John Hammond, who spoke to a gathering at Union University on October 14th, when he was performing abortions in the ’70’s as a resident, to make extra money, he had no idea what women were told about the procedure. That was handled by someone else- social worker, receptionist, or who knows. There was no consult with a doctor. And so it is in Tennessee in 2014. And it is awful.

You need to read Kim Mayer’s perspective as a former pro-choice woman who now is pro-life and a nurse manager at Birth Choice, Madison Co.’s only crisis pregnancy center. Choice is a myth, the “rallying cry of abortion politics.” Please click the link below and understand what the abortion industry’s real interest is in defeating Amendment 1. Vote your conscience. Choose life for Tennessee. Vote yes on Amendment 1.

Kim Mayer: Vote yes on Amendment 1 http://t.co/c6u7QeLUh8 via @JSunNews

Organizing for the New Year and 10 Church Planting Tips

My Top 10 Church Planting Tips from 2013
What struck me at first about this post is the meticulous way it is presented, with the name of the person and event or article that provided each piece of advice. And it is all good advice. I personally identify with number 2- Go slow to go fast. We have had one Bible study with one household since June 2013. But we are able to do so much discipling and vision casting in this small environment with a single family, or in some cases with a few others close to the family. Next steps? Start cultivating the contacts of our host family to build the Bible study into a house church- then multiple house churches as God provides the increase. I will use much of this advice in our efforts. Thanks to both @EnergisePerth and @suerogers17 for sharing this story!

Guarding Your Schedule (and Soul) in the New Year Part 1
One quote stands out that I want to comment on. “Time is an investment. Investing is all about saving rather than spending.” I think investing is about getting a return. By being efficient with your time, you may be able to achieve more in a day or week, thus reaping a return on investment. By being more effective with your time, you may be able to develop people and processes that multiply effort, again reaping a return on investment. Asking what and who really will bring return on you investment of time, and how to best invest your time, will go a long way toward making a better year in 2014. Keep an eye out for Part 2 and anything else that comes from Thriving Pastor. And take a look at the post I did for last month on recognizing opportunity.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
This is observed on the 3rd Sunday of January as instituted by President Reagan. Go to Focus on the Family’s site for the resource guide.

Should be sacred
I have started a 365-day journey through the Bible and I am blogging God’s words on life each day. Join in the journey with this daily devotional that will build a biblical worldview of life.

God’s Preference for Life

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The Lord has a preference for righteousness. Which I belief means he has a preference for life. The dead cannot worship, and cannot be righteous. One may be righteous in death, but will cease to be so after death. Righteousness is reserved for life, and God has a preference for righteousness. He created us to live with Him in righteousness, not just in eternity, but on the Earth. Therefore, God has a preference for life. Life is His to give and take away. Enjoy these notes on a lesson on life and death I delivered to my adult Sunday school class one week ago.

God bless you!
Glen

PS. Any comments? Let me know in the comments below!

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

Hear some insights on our work

These are rough and off the cuff, but worth sharing if you want to know more about the voice and direction of this ministry we’re building online. Let me know what you think!

Insights into our work…

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

Tennessee Mothers Seeking Abortions Have Fewer Protections Than Inmates

A condemned person on death row has the benefit of a judge, jury, and endless appeals which take years in most cases to decide. A baby in the womb at risk of abortion has no impartial judge or jury, no appeal process, and in Tennessee, not even a required waiting period to allow her death sentence to be overturned.

Inmates have health care provided under basic standards of care that govern penal facilities. They also have the right to informed consent which provides them with the information needed to proceed with or refuse medical treatment. Expectant mothers have no statutory protection requiring informed consent or basic sanitary and medical safeguards in Tennessee.

I think prisoners should have the legal process, protections and services they have. I believe mothers considering abortion should be treated at least as well through common-sense protections and full disclosure of health risks, so they can make informed decisions. And the unborn children deserve the chance to be treated with the basic human respect and dignity they deserve that all living people are granted by God.

What do you think?

Facts about abortion in TN are result of State Supreme Court decision in the case of Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist. Such facts are why Tennessee is considered an abortion destination in the Mid-south. 3,000-4,000 abortions were provided to out-of-state abortion seekers according to the latest statistics.

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

Dad’s Daily Carry- What I Pack in my Pockets Almost Everyday

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Everything this dad packs on a daily basis…

Wallet- my sons, 6 & 3 years old, recently went through the stage where they had to have wallets- like me. I went through the same thing in my early years because my dad carried a wallet. His old brown leather wallet was actually a tri-fold, but he called it a “billfold” because, he said, it had more bills in it than money. I like the large, bifold variety that can dissipate a lot of bulk without putting me off-balance when I sit, or giving me back problems a la George Costanza.

Pocketknife- another “I had to have because my daddy does,” item. My oldest is already psyched for his Swiss Army knife that he will get when he turns 13. I had a collection by that age. I like the simple single blade, folding type, though a few gadgets come in handy sometimes. I’m in the market for a new one right now.

Pen- as an FFA State Officer in Tennessee, I was taught you aren’t a true leader unless you have something to write with and a way to tell time, at all times. In the event you have to schedule a meeting or prepare impromptu remarks, a pen is a necessity. Any old napkin or event program will do to make notes on.

A light- the keychain light in the picture will get me out of my office if the power were to go out. Also, there’s an app for that, so…

iPhone 4 in bubble wrap- I’m coming due for an upgrade. I’ll probably stick with the iPhone but the main thing I’m interested in upgrading is storage space- 8 gig isn’t enough. The bubble wrap isn’t waterproof but it keeps sweat and grease of (good for running with Runtastic or searching for parts when working on a vehicle.) And totally drop resistant, which is a good thing.

Paracord keychain- just recently adopted this in the event I need to pitch a makeshift tent or saw my way out of zip ties.

Glock 19 9mm and spare magazine- I’ve had my TN carry permit for 2 years now and there is rarely a time I am not armed (exceptions being in placed where it is illegal to carry or when I’m on business because being armed is against company policy.) Carrying a firearm is not for everyone but I have grown up shooting, I stay practiced up, and I’m determined to defend myself, my loved ones, or others whose lives may be in danger. A total of 30+1 rounds should be sufficient for any situation I find myself in, and in thousands of rounds, the Glock has never failed to go boom upon request. I use a simple sock-type in waistband holster for daily use.

Wide leather belt- good for the Glock, spare mag, and holding my pants up. Black matches just about anything, and if I happen to wear brown shoes, I just leave my shirt untucked.

Mini personal survival kit- was a Christmas present a few years ago. It was compiled from scratch by my brother and packs a lot in a small package. It is small enough to keep on your person if you are traveling or in the event an accident causes an injury or otherwise keeps you from reaching other tools for survival (if your car sinks in a river or lake, the emergency supplies in your truck won’t do you much good.) I wrap a good length of duct tape around it to seal the opening edge of the lid and to have several feet of duct tape available in case of emergency. To learn more about assembling the survival kit, check out this SAS survival app.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the stories behind what I carry around everyday. I’ve covered everything that goes in my jeans’ pockets except the lint… but I’ll save that for another post 🙂

What do you pack around that you can’t live without? Any interesting stories behind your selection of gear? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and Facebook.

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

I make no monetary gain and receive no perks of any kind for any brand mentions or links. I just talked about the things I like to have around. Enjoy!