TFL’s Capitol Connection: Talking life with guest Rep. Jon Jacobsen

Iowa State Rep. Jon Jacobsen of House District 22 joins The FAMiLY LEADER’s Drew Zahn as a special guest in this edition of TFL’s Capitol Connection. Jacobsen dives deep into strategic efforts to advance life in Iowa following the State Supreme Court’s egregious “right to abortion” decision last June:

Get the facts on the radical Iowa Supreme Court ruling that could make Iowa the next New York, and discover why a constitutional amendment is our best way to stop it – CLICK HERE!

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TFL’s Capitol Connection: Busy week at the Capitol!

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Capitol Team was so busy – with the Life Amendment, judicial reform, adoption law, gambling expansion, and more – TFL’s Drew Zahn had to catch up with the guys at the Capitol. This week was one of the busiest of the legislative session, so you’ll want to catch up with what’s going on:

Shortly after this video was filmed, the subcommittee met, and Iowa’s “Life Amendment” cleared it’s first hurdle!

Read more about Iowa’s “Life Amendment” here!

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TFL’s Capitol Connection: A constitutional amendment on abortion!

This coming week at the Iowa Capitol, the fight begins for a constitutional amendment declaring there is NO right to abortion in our state constitution and NO requirement that taxpayers fund abortion.

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats, Chuck Hurley, and Danny Carroll explain why YOU are urgently needed to come, encourage Iowa’s determined senators who are advancing this amendment.

Why is such an amendment needed? Because our state Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could make Iowa the next New York!

Bob, Chuck, and Danny explain:

Details on the subcommittee hearing TFL encourages YOU to attend:

Senate State Government Subcommittee
Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon*
Room 315 of the Iowa Capitol

*The hearing is expected to last about an hour. If you arrive by 11:30, you may be able to get a seat within the subcommittee room. At 1 p.m., immediately after the subcommittee hearing, TFL supporters are invited to stay for a debriefing on the fight for life in Iowa.

Get the facts on the radical Iowa Supreme Court ruling that could make Iowa the next New York, and discover why a constitutional amendment is our best way to stop it – CLICK HERE!

Sign up today to receive text messages when big news events break on the battle for life in Iowa.

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TFL’s Capitol Connection: Hope for Heartbeat!

The FAMiLY LEADER’s President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats sits down with TFL Chief Counsel Chuck Hurley and TFL Senior Policy Advisor Danny Carroll in this week’s edition of TFL’s Capitol Connection.

The top topic of discussion: How “We the People” can reassert our voice in the fight for life after a Polk County judge ruled Iowa’s Heartbeat Law to be “unconstitutional”:

Get the facts on the radical Iowa Supreme Court ruling that led to Heartbeat being called “unconstitutional” – CLICK HERE!

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Your donation of $20, $50, $100, or more today will have an immediate impact on our efforts to save thousands of babies’ lives in Iowa each year.




God’s incredible favor at the Capitol

“God is working in Des Moines, and – wow – we get to be a part of it!”

As the Church Ambassador Network begins another year of ministry at the Iowa Capitol, The FAMiLY LEADER’s vice president of church engagement, Greg Baker, reflects on how God is granting favor and opportunity for real ministry, right in the heart of government:




TFL’s Capitol Connection: Governor’s Condition of the State

The FAMiLY LEADER Vice President Chuck Hurley attended Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2019 Condition of the State address at the Iowa Capitol. Her speech sparked several notes of optimism for Iowa’s future, but carried the theme that the future isn’t some, distant day, but rather, “The time is now.”

With further reaction from the Capitol itself, Chuck Hurley:

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Pastor, ‘Come and See’ what God is doing

As another Iowa legislative session begins, Greg Baker invites pastors to discover how God is using church leaders to change the culture of the Capitol:

Learn more about the Capitol Project and how YOU can join this life-changing mission field today!




The challenge of our time: Restoring civility

An unexpected invitation led to an even more unexpected friendship. Now Bob Vander Plaats is continuing the legacy of restoring civility in America:

Your generosity fuels The FAMiLY LEADER’s ministry of reconciliation. Join the effort to restore civility today!




Merry Christmas from TFL!

Bob and Darla Vander Plaats (without Chelsea, this time) look back with gratitude on all God has done this year and wish you a very merry Christmas!

As you conclude your year-end giving, please consider making a gift to The FAMiLY LEADER. You are a BIG part of what we do!




Combating pornography

The Church Ambassador Network has teamed with Pastor Luke Hukee to combat pornography in the Church by working to free many people from pornography’s bondage. Check out virtual equipping meetings, resources, and interviews from Pastor Luke Hukee:

Pastors,

One of the greatest threats we are facing in our churches today is pornography. The research shows it. Our churches are filled with people who are enslaved to pornography. I wish I could say our people look different than the world, but at least in this area we don’t. Many of our saints who love Jesus, as backwards as it sounds, are addicted to porn. And here is something maybe even crazier: 93% of churches have nothing in place to combat it. But we can change that. By God’s grace we can develop ministries or implement materials already available to help our people find freedom from something that is crushing so many of their lives. Listed below are a number of resources that we have found helpful in the fight against porn in our church. I hope these resources listed can be of assistance to you.

With grace,

Luke Hukee
Pastor, Walnut Creek Church

Join Pastor Luke Hukee to learn about the blight of pornography in and outside the Church and how churches can combat pornography behind their own walls.

Pastor Equipping Seminar: Combating pornography

Listen to Pastor Luke Hukee discuss pornography and more on Faith Works Live, 99.3 FM

Research Resources:

Josh McDowell: The Porn Epidemic Portfolio
The Porn Phenomenon by the Barna Group
Fight the New Drug.org

Ministry Resources:

“Clean” by Doug Weiss
“The Game Plan” by Joe Dallas
Conquer Series
“Redeemed Sexuality” by Andrew Boa
“Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokenness” by Ellen Dykas
“Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken” by David Powlison

Accountability Resources:

Covenant Eyes
Accountable2You




VIDEO RECAP: Heartbeat faces Dec. 7 hearing

Iowa’s nation-leading Heartbeat Law was in court Friday, Dec. 7, as Planned Parenthood and friends tried to get the law struck down without even a trial.

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats and Drew Zahn were on the scene, witnessing and reporting on what happened:

Now, here’s what YOU can do next: No matter how Judge Michael Huppert rules, the losing side will almost certainly appeal to the Iowa State Supreme Court. And now, YOU will have the opportunity to have YOUR voice heard on the matter!

The FAMiLY LEADER plans to file an official, on the record, amicus brief targeted for that appeal that specifically comes from “We the People.” It’s about time America’s courts recognize they only get their power from us. So when you join with thousands of other Americans in signing the Heartbeat petition, YOUR name will be listed among “We the People” calling on the courts to defend life!

Sign the petition for life that will be entered into official court records!

In the video below, TFL’s Chuck Hurley explains why this bold move from “We the People” is so historic and so significant:

You’re going to want to be able to tell your children and grandchildren that YOUR name was counted among the Americans who stood up for life on this day!

All you have to do is fill out the petition form at the link below to add your name to this historic record:

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When you’re done filling out the petition, know that the more people who sign it, the louder our collective voice will be. So SHARE this page! Share it with your online friends, your family, your pastor, your church, your small group, your neighbors, your book club, your Christmas card list – anyone and everyone who might stand with you for life.

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Click on the image at the left for a downloadable bulletin insert your pastor or church can use to encourage your fellow church members to both sign the petition AND pray for issues specific to the fetal heartbeat law court challenge!

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Click on the image at the left for a downloadable print petition that you can use to gather written signatures. The more signatures, the better! Instructions for use are on the form itself.

 

This is a historic moment, and our leaders in government need to hear the voice of the people. They need to hear YOU … because babies in the womb have no other voice to speak for them. Sign the petition today!




Bob Vander Plaats on WOI-TV: Heartbeat Law, 2018 governor’s race

The weekend prior to the 2018 mid-term election, Bob Vander Plaats appeared on WOI-TV’s “This Week in Iowa” to discuss the election, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and the Heartbeat Law: