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Life Issues® Institute

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Praying for Life

  • Monday, April 30, 2012

Every week at AWANA, I give our Sparkies an opportunity to close our night in prayer.  And every Sunday night, it's the same routine . . . nearly every single hand shoots up in the air! There is no hesitation to pray (and pray out loud!) in this group of 5, 6 and 7 year old boys and girls. 

We can learn a lot from children.  They remind me that I should be that eager to pray . . .  about all things - from the mundane to the significant. 

On an upcoming "Life Issues®," Brad Mattes speaks to the effectiveness of prayer as a tool ...

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Looking at Heaven Differently

  • Sunday, March 4, 2012

I've been planning the baby shower for a special friend . . . a young lady whom I've had the privilege of discipling since her high school years.  Though the pregnancy was unplanned (she is a single gal just out of college), she was looking forward to the arrival of baby Zoe Marie. 

I'd just placed the shower invitations in the mail when her dad called.  Adaiah was in the hospital.  They couldn't find the baby's heartbeat.  Nearly 7 months along . . . the baby had died in her womb. 

As I write this, I don't know the details ...

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Miracle Baby

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sleeping BabyI love how God works! On Friday, January 20, 2012, this year's Sanctity of Human Life Sunday was kick-started with a breathtaking story that was covered by news outlets across the world - the discharging of Melinda Star Guido from the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Nicknamed "California's Tiniest Miracle Baby," Melinda was born a tiny preemie of 24 weeks and weighed in at just 9.5 ounces. Thankfully, after more than 16 weeks in neonatal ICU, she was a healthier 4.5 pounds when released from the hospital. The Telegraph found this story so amazing that they titled ...

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A Crowning Achievement

  • Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sanctity of Life Sunday 2012 - A Crowning Achievement - Brad Mattes

For Sanctity of Life Sunday 2012, we are excited to share with you a brand new radio special from Brad Mattes, speaker on Life Issues®. I'm confident that this heartwarming program will lift your spirits and encourage your heart!

"A Crowing Achievement"

Let me introduce you to Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe, two
students who have Down syndrome.Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe

In this special you will hear the story of these two most beloved students and why the students at Loveland High School in Cincinnati, OH voted Drew and Toni to be the prom king and queen!

Unfortunately, not all children with ...

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A Special Thankgiving Letter from Brad Mattes

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brad MattesOnce a year, a grateful nation celebrates Thanksgiving. In addition to the turkey, ham and pumpkin pie that I'm sure we'll all enjoy this year, I wanted to share with you some things that I'm thankful for!

First (and foremost on my mind), I'm extremely grateful for the successful surgery on my heart this July. The procedure was foremost on my mind because it focused my attention on what I'm most thankful for-eternal life with Jesus.  Because of Him I went into that surgery at total peace, knowing if things took a turn for the ...

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A Second Chance

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baby's footIf you haven't already heard about Azra Karaduman, let me introduce you to this special young lady. Although she is only-2-weeks old, the internet and news channels can't seem to get enough of her! It was not what she did, however, but her survival that has attracted all the attention.

48-hours after her parent's apartment building was destroyed by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Azra's survival was unlikely - especially due to the near-freezing conditions! Only 14-days-old, thankfully, Azra was given a second chance at life. Met by applause by the rescue workers, she was immediately taken ...

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