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CLR Position Statements on Abortion and Euthanasia
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June 26th, 2014
A Primer on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have...
January 13th, 2014
Q&A on Life Support
QUESTION: What does the Bible say aboutkeeping someone on life support if they are seriously injured in an accident? I know that the Bible says to preserve human life so I am guessing...
November 22nd, 2013
When Life Holds No Dignity
Advocates for assisted suicide have often marched under the “death with dignity” banner, but what does that word, “dignity,” mean? When did we get it, and how...
June 12th, 2013
Deprived of the Chance - A Look at the Quality of Life and a 'Duty to Die'
My travels throughout North America have given me countless opportunities to meet some rather incredible people. One of those people is Lisa Van Drese. Her attitude, optimism and unrelenting...
June 12th, 2013
Pro-Life Bible References
God is the creator of life Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them." Job 33:4 - "The...
February 5th, 2013
CLR's Official Positions and Thoughts to Ponder on Life and Family Issues
Abortion Human life exists already at conception. It is a gift from God. He also reserves for himself the authority to take human life. Aborting an unborn child for any reason, other...
December 5th, 2012
Are You Ready? - A Look at Preparing for Death
At the pinnacle of his career, Apple CEO Steve Jobs received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. As the cancer slowly robbed him of his health, Jobs spoke about his impending death at...
November 15th, 2012
Does It Hurt to Die?
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55) On a routine visit to the nursing home, I stopped by Laura’s room. She was just sitting on her...
January 10th, 2012
A Teen's Thoughts on Euthanasia
I met Beverly t wo years ago. She sat slumped in a wheelchair by a hallway window in the nursing home where my sisters and I volunteer. Beverly, a frail and motionless woman, just...
January 9th, 2012
The Conscience Side of Life
Simply speaking, Christian Life Resources divides its work into two areas – service and conscience. The service area involves the work we do in our counseling centers, the presentations...
January 9th, 2012
Predictions in Bioethics for 2011
Each year, the Center for Bioethics and Culture asks me to prognosticate about the coming 12 months in bioethics.  My record was pretty good for 2010. But the CBC refuses to let...
December 16th, 2010
Clueless Oregon Health Officials Lament High Suicide Rate While State Permits Suicide Facilitation
Oregon’s suicide rate is going through the roof.  Government health officials are suitably alarmed. From the Oregon Health Authority (that sounds vaguely totalitarian, doesn’t...
September 10th, 2010
They Shoot Horses... - A Look at Compassion at the End of Life
True Confessions: Forty years ago I took a first date to see the movie, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”Based on a 1930s novel, the movie was technically well done...
June 18th, 2010
Managing the Tough Decisions - Discussing End-of-Life Options with Loved Ones
Julie rushed to the hospital after hearing about her Dad’s stroke. Upon her arrival, Julie was greeted by David, the social worker, who immediately escorted her into a private...
June 18th, 2010
Afraid of Death? Dont Be!
Two of the most familiar Bible passages read at a Christian’s funeral are: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with...
June 18th, 2010
Still Afraid of Death? - Dont Be!
The descriptive words about heaven remain familiar to those of us who have sat in church or attended a funeral. We know about its beauty and perfection. We even know that heaven is...
June 18th, 2010
A Lingering Fear: When A Person Near Death Must Leave Loved Ones Behind
Even the strongest Christian can hold out one lingering fear about the prospect of facing death: concern for those left behind.Perhaps those nearing the end of life have become the...
June 18th, 2010
Q&A on Importance of Signing a Medical Directive
QUESTION: Why is it important to have a medical directive statement?ANSWER: We at CLR recommend every adult sign a medical directive statement regardless of his or her current health...
June 17th, 2010
Q&A on Treatment Options and Medical Directives
QUESTION: It’s been years since the death of Terri Schiavo. Shouldn’t we just leave this in the past?ANSWER: Few cases created more emotional response than the Terri Schiavo...
June 17th, 2010
Is It Time to Go Home? - A Look at Acceptance at the End of Life
 Have you ever just wanted to go home? When the concert went on too long or the movie completely bored you, didn’t you just want to head straight home? That thought,...
June 17th, 2010
The Shepherd Restores a Soul: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimers Disease
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth and final installment in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging...
June 17th, 2010
Making the Most of Time in End-of-Life Matters
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and the temperature is in the upper sixties. Spring in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. Today’s taste of summer might be followed...
June 17th, 2010
Whats So New About Love? - A Look at Christian Caregiving and Burden Sharing
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”...
June 17th, 2010
Proper Palliative Sedation Not Same as Assisted Suicides Terminal Sedation
The assisted suicide movement is ever about blurring vital distinctions and deconstructing crucial definitions.  One target has been the proper pain control technique known as...
May 11th, 2010
Treasured: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimers Disease
Editor’s Note: This is fifth in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent.Mom has lived in a...
March 18th, 2010
Alzheimers Became a Blessing? - A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimers Disease
Editor’s Note: This is fourth in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. When asked what...
February 4th, 2010
Q&A on Medical Directives
QUESTION: I’m working on my medical directive, and my attorney asked me some questions about my end-of-life wishes. He said that, legally, I have total authority over my health...
February 3rd, 2010
Parish Nurses Promote Caregiver Support
The role of parish nursing is growing and developing in many congregations, and as the growth continues, many new programs need to be created. One special project being developed by...
February 3rd, 2010
How Can I Be A Caregiver?: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimers Disease
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. The series will...
October 7th, 2009
Healthcare Reform and the Christian Perspective
A considerable amount of debate has taken place lately on the benefits of reforming the healthcare system in the United States. Many people agree that reform is needed, but not everyone...
July 22nd, 2009
Burdens and Christian Optimism
A Michigan man recently justified killing three teenagers because, in his words, “I have no hope. I have no future.” The coldness with which he gunned down these unsuspecting...
July 12th, 2009
Where Did the Time Go? - A Look at Family Caregiving
This question might be triggered by a baby picture of our 11-year-old daughter or the news that an eighth-grade nephew is now as tall as I am. Most recently it was a look at my father’s...
July 12th, 2009
Homesick for Heaven
Last summer I read Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders, by psychologist Mary Pipher. It is probably similar to dozens of other such books.Many old people...
July 12th, 2009
Q&A on Assisted Suicide and Quality of Life
QUESTION: Why are you so worked up about assisted suicide? If I don’t want to live when my quality of life is gone, why should you have the right to tell me I don’t have...
July 12th, 2009
Q&A on Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S.
QUESTION: Although I don’t live in Washington state, I’m concerned about the voter decision to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Are my concerns valid?ANSWER: Most certainly...
July 12th, 2009
Drifting: A Look at Parenting and Alzheimer Disease
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. Mom’s pinched...
April 13th, 2009
Tips to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse
Here are several important tips to help avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse:Involve people you trust in making important financial decisions.Use direct deposit for Social Security...
March 25th, 2009
Arrested Final Exit Network Activists Are Mainstream in Euthanasia Activism
The media has been abuzz in recent days at the arrests of four people for allegedly assisting the suicide of Georgia man, John Celmer.The circumstances of Celmer's tragic death cast...
March 5th, 2009
Christian Life Resources' Euthanasia Position Statement
This Christian Life Resources Position Statement on Euthanasia was adopted by the organization's National Congress to state its position on issues that are addressed by CLR, in...
February 20th, 2009
Predictions on Life and Bioethical Issues in 2009
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His most recent book is The Consumer's...
January 14th, 2009
2008 Life and Family News Review
The following compilation of major life and family issues news releases is arranged by month for the year 2008. January 2008 Same-Sex Civil Unions Begin in New Hampshire Schiavo-Type...
January 13th, 2009
Assisted Suicide: The Wind in Their Sails
Between 1994 and last Tuesday, the assisted-suicide movement in this country was moribund. After Oregon passed Measure 16 (the Death with Dignity Act) in 1994 and saw it go into effect...
November 10th, 2008
Declaring a 'Right to Suicide'
I have become so sick and tired of the baloney that swirls around assisted suicide advocacy like gruel in a blender. Assisted suicide is not really about the rare case when nothing...
August 10th, 2008
Life - Its Beginning and End
I was there, but I have no memory of the instant I became me. I know my original birthday by date, but not by experience. I don’t remember anything from before the age of four...
February 22nd, 2008
Three Things Remain: Faith, Hope and Love for Impaired Elderly Persons
I remember it perfectly, like a snapshot in my mind’s eye. A cold, grey morning in February with a new referral already staring back at me from the top of my desk.“Now what?”...
February 22nd, 2008
2007 Life and Family News Review
The following compilation of major life and family issues news releases is arranged by month for the year 2007.January 2007 Massachusetts’ Legislature Advances Same-Sex Marriage...
December 28th, 2007
Ideas to Relieve Burdens of Caregivers
The November/December 2007 issue of AARP Magazine lists the following "9 Ways to Make It Better": COMPROMISEWork to avoid family arguments and resentments if you are a primary caregiver's...
November 21st, 2007
Training to Care
Conditioning is a process by which someone trains and develops the mental and/or physical endurance to face a challenge. Intellectually, we take night courses and Internet classes,...
October 24th, 2007
The Hospice Care Option
“When is he going to get to it? Someone has to talk to Mom about dying!” Such was a part of a conversation I recently had with a friend. No one (the patient, her daughter,...
October 24th, 2007
Q&A on Effectiveness of Nursing Home Visits
QUESTION: My mother is in a nursing home with advanced dementia. She is both inactive and unable to recognize us anymore. We visit her as often as we can but are starting to feel that...
October 24th, 2007
Q&A on Aging Parents and Resistance to Living with Their Children
Q: My husband and I have talked about caring for our parents when they are unable to care for themselves. We have offered that they stay with us in our home rather than move to a nursing...
October 24th, 2007
Are Some Now Understanding What Happened to Terri Schiavo Was Wrong?
I think Bobby Schindler is right.There have been a lot of stories of late about how supposedly vegetative patients could understand, or of "miraculous" awakenings by people...
October 16th, 2007
Dead Enough? - A Look at Hastening Death and Organ Harvesting
A San Francisco surgeon named Hootan Roozrokh has been indicted for attempting to hasten the death of Ruben Navarro in order to harvest his organs. According to authorities, Roozrokh...
October 10th, 2007
Oregons Euthanasia Law - Its About Far More Than the Number of People Dying
In 1994, Oregon voters approved the (DWDA) by a vote of 51 percent to 49 percent. It became effective in 1998, surviving court challenges and a repeal effort, to make Oregon the first...
August 31st, 2007
Finally: The Mainstream Media Recognizes the Disabled Community's Role in Stopping Assisted Suicide
This L.A. Times story is relatively shallow in its analysis, but at least it finally highlights the crucial part played by disability rights activists in fighting assisted suicide....
August 8th, 2007
How Did We Get Here? - A Look at the Current View of Death
While understanding our current view of death involves recognizing the role of religion, more pertinent, today, are the secular studies of Darwinism and Malthusianism. These theories...
May 10th, 2007
The Impression You Leave - A Look at Suffering and Burden Sharing
When abortion became legal in 1973, many called it the beginning of the slippery slope. In the middle 1980s then-U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop spoke at a Christian Life Resources...
May 9th, 2007
Q&A on Spiritual Concerns of Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease
QUESTION: My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a number of years ago and is now inactive. He always said he was ready to die and go to heaven, but I wonder if I am prolonging...
May 9th, 2007
Q&A on Salvation and Heaven
QUESTION: My 93-year-old mother has been strong and healthy her entire life. I am afraid that she has a false confidence about going to heaven. She says that God must be happy with...
May 9th, 2007
A Basic Understanding of Medical Directives
Along with a growing understanding and appreciation for medical directives are many practical questions that need to be addressed. This article is meant to help you understand and...
May 9th, 2007
A Parish Nurse Visit
CLR NOTE: The parish nursing ministry is a growing effort in Christian churches, yet many questions come to mind about the exact nature and activity of a parish nurse. Here is a story...
May 9th, 2007
Facing Eternity
Although a first impression is certainly important, it is the last impression that sticks! Without a doubt, the first impression is important –in this world. Mind you, I said,...
May 8th, 2007
Heaven Talk: A Parent’s Discussion About Death With Their Child
Many mothers and fathers who will do almost anything to avoid discussing death with their children. Perhaps they fear upsetting them, or worse, leaving them emotionally scarred. It...
May 8th, 2007
Learning to Face Death
We are victims of our culture.  Despite knowing better from God’s Word, we find ourselves sucked into the thoughts and practices of the world.  This is evident when...
May 8th, 2007
Dutch Euthanasia
In his book Seduced by Death, Herbert Hendin reported that one reason the Dutch people have not turned against their euthanasia law is that doctors and the media in Holland do not candidly...
April 4th, 2007
First, Do No Harm - A Betrayal of the Hospice Movement
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has just released a position statement on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, in which it abdicates its core professional...
March 9th, 2007
Switzerland Wrongly Pushes Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill Patients
The Swiss Supreme Court recently ruled that people with mental illnesses can be legally assisted in suicide. The case came about when a member of Dignitas, an organization, which, for...
February 19th, 2007
Pushing for Death on Demand
The Swiss Supreme Court recently ruled that people with mental illnesses can be legally assisted in suicide. The case came about when a member of Dignitas, an organization, which, for...
February 14th, 2007
Q&A on Helping the Grief Stricken
QUESTION: Our elderly neighbors have lived next door to us for ten years. Last week the husband died, and his widow is rather lonely. What suggestions can you share to help her get...
January 25th, 2007
2006 Life and Family News Review
The following compilation of major life and family issues news releases is arranged by month for the year 2006. January 2006 Study Confirms Severe Depression for Women Following Abortion...
January 4th, 2007
Predictions on Life Issues for 2007
When social critic Jeremy Rifkin predicted the coming of the "biotech century" in 1998, few understood just how right he was. Consider how far biotechnology has traveled since...
January 4th, 2007
2006 Bioethics Year in Review
Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His website is www.wesleyjsmith.com.Looking back on the...
December 6th, 2006
Respectable Baby Killing
 Support builds for legalizing euthanasia for ill and disabled newborns.The push to permit infanticide has entered the mainstream. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology...
November 16th, 2006
Q&A on General Procedures Regarding End-of-Life Decision Making
QUESTION: I know CLR offers advice on many end-of-life issues. Do you have some general procedures that should be followed when making these difficult decisions?ANSWER: Many end-of-life...
November 16th, 2006
Counseling the Grief-Stricken
Grief is a strong and complex emotion. It is experienced by some after an abortion or miscarriage. Most experience it upon the death of a loved one. Here are some practical suggestions...
November 14th, 2006
Some Experts Think Experimenting With Living, Disabled Patients Is Okay
NOTE: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His current book is Consumer's Guide to a Brave...
October 23rd, 2006
Euthanasia Not About Terminal Illness Despite Advocates' Claims
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His current book is Consumer's Guide...
October 18th, 2006
Letting Go - Ways to Counsel People Nearing the End of Life
CLR NOTE: This article is the second of three articles offering comfort near the end of life. The first entitled, Can We Talk?, addressed practical ways to make a person feel comfortable...
August 11th, 2006
The Last Mile - Ways to Counsel People Nearing the End of Life
The last mile --- it is probably the most difficult distance a person takes in a long journey. It is at this point that nearly all of one's physical and mental resources are spent....
August 11th, 2006
Quality of Life - How Far Do We Go?
The priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the...
August 10th, 2006
'We Never Say No' - The right-to-die movement abandons pretense
THERE IS A PRETENSE in contemporary assisted suicide advocacy that goes something like this: "Aid in dying" (as it is euphemistically called) is merely to be a safety valve, a last...
July 11th, 2006
Top Ten Causes of Death Worldwide, 2001
Researchers at the University of Queensland's School of Population Health published the results of their Global Burden of Disease Study on global health in 2001. The results show, regardless...
June 1st, 2006
Suicide Facts and Statistics
GeneralOver 30,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.In 2003 (latest available date), there were 31,484 reported suicide deaths.Suicide is fourth leading cause of...
May 30th, 2006
U.S. Supreme Court Rulings - January 2006
Three decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2006 which were especially pertinent to life and family concerns:Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election CommissionOn...
May 3rd, 2006
Test Your Pro-Life Knowledge [Questions]
1. As of the end of 2005, how many deaths did Oregon record since it implemented their 1997 law legalizing physician assisted suicide?A. 30B. 162C. 246D. 7802. How many people did Jack...
May 2nd, 2006
Test Your Pro-Life Knowledge [Questions and Answers]
1. As of the end of 2005, how many deaths did Oregon record since it implemented their 1997 law legalizing physician assisted suicide?A. 30B. 162C. 246D. 7802. How many people did Jack...
May 2nd, 2006
Right to Die Movement is Really About Euthanasia, Not Compassion
THERE IS A PRETENSE in contemporary assisted suicide advocacy that goes something like this: "Aid in dying" (as it is euphemistically called) is merely to be a safety valve, a last...
May 1st, 2006
Terri Schiavo Case History
Click on the date links for information on the progression of events regarding Terri Schiavo. Releases are listed chronologically by the most recent date. A Word About Medical Directive...
April 25th, 2006
Danger Zone [The Next Schiavo?]
Even though Haleigh Poutre is conscious, shes not necessarily safe.In the court (and courts) of life and death, a little 11-year-old Massachusetts girl named Haleigh Poutre could be...
April 19th, 2006
Suicide Clinics for the Mentally Ill
There is an ongoing pretense in assisted suicide advocacy the euthanasia/assisted suicide is merely a medical matter of "last resort" that is to be reserved only for dying people when...
April 19th, 2006
Terri Schiavo's Death: Not About Who Decides, But What We Decide
LifeNews.com Note: Laura Echiavarria is the former director of media relations for the National Right to Life Committee.Terri Schindler Schiavo's death occurred on the anniversary of...
April 18th, 2006
Killing Babies, Compassionately: The Netherlands follows in Germany's footsteps
At last a high government official in Europe got up the nerve to chastise the Dutch government for preparing to legalize infant euthanasia. Italy's Parliamentary Affairs minister, Carlo...
March 29th, 2006
Harm Done: Codifying the Decline of the Medical Profession
In 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients being euthanized in the Netherlands sometimes experienced significant side effects (apart from death, that is), such...
March 23rd, 2006
Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia --- Understanding the Difference
As we become older, most of us will have some problem with our memory. We may forget where we placed the car keys, or have trouble remembering the name of someone we only met once or...
March 14th, 2006
Q&A on Abortion, Euthanasia Position Terminology
Q: I've heard many different terms describing the positions of those who either oppose or favor abortion and euthanasia (pro-life, pro-choice, anti-abortion, death with dignity, etc.)....
March 2nd, 2006
Q&A on Hospice Care
Q: Is hospice good or bad? I’ve heard that it is actually a part of the euthanasia movement.A: This topic has come up before and leads to a variety of emotions. To give a concise...
March 2nd, 2006
Facing Eternity - Ready and Willing
Ellen began to experience the slow passing of a generation. Her father died when all three of her children were in high school. It was sudden – a heart attack while he slept....
January 27th, 2006
The Dying Need TLC, Not Rulings - Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Be Very Risky Decision
NOTE: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a lawyer for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and a special consultant to the Center...
January 22nd, 2006
Facing Eternity - Saying Good-bye
Clarence had been married 51 years when he lost his dear wife, Clarice. “It was cancer that took her,” he said, as he clenched his jaw and tears filled his eyes.Like a bitter...
January 5th, 2006
Facing Eternity - Making Decisions
Jim knew he wasn’t feeling quite right. Though normally hesitant to even visit a doctor for life’s bumps and bruises, this time he thought he should go in for a checkup....
December 20th, 2005
Facing Eternity Without Fear
She called me with a determined tone in her voice. She wanted me to come by and talk. She did notsound panicked. Yet there was an undeniable sound or resolution in her voice. Lilly...
December 8th, 2005
Myths and Wisdom About End-of-Life Decisions
Have you discussed your end-of-life preferences with your loved ones yet? A blessing that came from the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that end-of-life issues have led to better planning...
November 23rd, 2005
Where Do You Cast? - A Look at Anxiety and Worries
Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).I dont know if you have ever been fly-fishing or maybe you have seen it on TV. When you go fly fishing you cast your...
September 15th, 2005
'Why Wait?' - A Look at Closure Before Death
  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) A speaker at our first medical ethics conference indicated that he hoped for a...
September 9th, 2005
Q&A on Terri Schiavo and Medical Decision-Making Based on Her Religious Beliefs
QUESTION: I am very upset that Terri Schiavo’s faith was not seriously considered before her feeding tube was pulled. Why didn’t the doctors follow her strong Catholic belief?ANSWER:...
September 9th, 2005
Revisiting Terri Schiavo
The news has just been announced. After years of legal battles and power plays, the struggle between parents and husband has ended. Terri Schiavo has died.Some might argue that Michael...
July 27th, 2005
Lost in the Fog of 'Rights'
To the frustration of the Clearly Caring editor I did not write this article on deadline – partially because I am particularly busy at the moment. Despite all the things on my...
July 6th, 2005
Q&A on Terri Schiavo and Other Related End-of-Life Issues
Q: Thank you for your sincere concern, and brutally frank appraisal of the utter contempt and disdain modern society shows for God's precious gift of life. First Terri Schiavo, next...
June 15th, 2005
Caring for an Aging Loved One
"God places high value on the parent-child relationship. He Himself specifies in the Fourth Commandment that we are to honor our parents. In working out this honor, we sometimes find...
April 9th, 2005
Q&A on Terminal Sedation
Question: What is terminal sedation? Is it the same as physician-assisted suicide?Answer: Physician-assisted suicide is defined as a physicians act that is meant to intentionally end...
April 9th, 2005
Q&A on 'Pulling the Plug'
QUESTION: Do you really consider “pulling the plug” to be euthanasia?ANSWER: Deuteronomy 32:39 tells us that God alone has the right to begin or end life. Exodus 20:13 and...
April 1st, 2005
How To Help Those Who May Contemplate Suicide
If someone confides in you that he or she is thinking of committing suicide or shows other signs of being suicidal, talk about it. Your interest may give your friend hope at a time...
April 1st, 2005
PRESS RELEASE: 'CLR Mourns Death of Terri Schiavo'
Milwaukee, WI March 31, 2005 --- The death of Terri Schiavo is a tragedy for the family and for society. Her death is one more reminder of society's utilitarian approach to life.While...
April 1st, 2005
The Crisis at Hand: HIV/AIDS
One would hope that after all the years spent attempting to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the year 2004 would bring some good news. Unfortunately, the news is not good. Things are not...
April 1st, 2005
'A Silver Lining' - A Look at a Christian's Life Near Its End
It was seen as one of the darkest moments for a family. The unexpected diagnosis of cancer six months previously brought a dark cloud over the family Nobody wanted to talk about the...
April 1st, 2005
Q&A on Suffering
QUESTION: My mother has multiple sclerosis and has been given only a few years to live. Our family is concerned about Mom spending the last few years of her life suffering. What can...
April 1st, 2005
Caregiving: Christian Helping and Coping
When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. You will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah...
April 1st, 2005
Q&A on Hospice - Questions to Ask
QUESTION: Do you really consider “pulling the plug” to be euthanasia?ANSWER: Deuteronomy 32:39 tells us that God alone has the right to begin or end life. Exodus 20:13 and...
November 1st, 2004
The Downhill Slide on the Slippery Slope
CLR NOTE: The following information dates back to 1994 and is included for reference purposes. Search our site for more up-to-date information.As I write the articles for this issue...
October 1st, 2004
Killing Them Softly: The Futile-Care Revolution
[CLR NOTE: Attorney Wesley J. Smith is one of the nation's foremost experts on assisted suicide and euthanasia issues and is an award-winning author of numerous pro-life books. Smith...
October 1st, 2004
The End is Near - A Devotional Thought on Christ's Return
Every age thinks that the end is near. Since at our death our fate is sealed, I have often wondered if the imminence of the Last Day has to do more with the day of our deaths, which...
October 1st, 2004
That Final Piece; Leaving with Life
Where do you start a life's story? At the beginning? Perhaps. However, in the case of my father, I feel that I must start at the end.Although Clifford Brunner's life was full of meaning...
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 2
On Entry"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." (Matthew 9:12)We weaken and become ill, or some serious problem in the body sends us to a hospital for treatment. God...
October 1st, 2004
Trouble During Holy Week [A Devotional Thought]
"He became obedient to death, even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8)As I write this devotion, we are in the middle of Holy Week. I have come to see Holy Week a little differently...
October 1st, 2004
Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders)
Two years ago a woman for whom I was a legal guardian was placed in a nursing home. Among the many questions I was asked, one caught me unprepared. Specifically, the nursing home wanted...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 21
2 Timothy 4:18 - The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.It is not a pleasant thought, perhaps, but one which has to be faced sooner...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Answers
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004
Introduction: A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues
In the early 1980s, I ran across an editorial cartoon depicting a minister standing in the pulpit of the Church of the Lukewarm. The caption read, "There is no the Christian position,...
October 1st, 2004
Living Choices: Alternatives to Euthanasia
Life is full of choices that range from the trivial to the critical. Every day one must choose such things as what clothes to wear; or whether to buy the 87 octane or the super-charged...
October 1st, 2004
The Source of Eternal Life: Questions
Read the Following Passage:John 4:5-14 - So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus,...
October 1st, 2004
To Sing With the Angels
It was snowing softly as I drove into the cemetery. The trees bent down as if bowing to let me pass, with their branches weighted down by the snow. It was so peaceful and quiet that...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: Carrying Burdens and Euthanasia
Importance of this Bible Study1) Life issues are broadening or shifting to each end of the life spectrum: beginning of life through end of life.2) Personally we are not victims of abortion,...
October 1st, 2004
Will a Doctor Refuse to Treat You?
Who should have the right to decide whether you receive life-sustaining medical treatment during a critical or terminal illness? Most would say with great confidence, "Me. Or, if I...
October 1st, 2004
Rethinking Death
In 1981 a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association, developed the Uniform Determination of Death Act. The act states, "[a]n...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 20
Galatians 3:26 - You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.The hardest part of being a parent is having to watch your child in pain or illness. It seems unfair that a child...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 1 of 3 [Questions]
Life has three purposes. This Bible study will address the first of those three purposes.Read the Following Passages: Matthew 25:1-13 - "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like...
October 1st, 2004
Non-Voluntary Euthanasia Raises Serious Questions
[Moderator’s Note: Diane Coleman of Forest Park, Ill., is president of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights organization.]Should a guardian be permitted to withhold food...
October 1st, 2004
The Source of Eternal Life: Answers
Read the Following Passage:John 4:5-14 - So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus,...
October 1st, 2004
What Do People Believe About Heaven?
International Beliefs in Life after DeathA 1991 international survey conducted by the ISSP, International Social Survey Program, approached 22,767 people around the world with this...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing in Love
Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry.Understanding the Terms:Burden:Review the following passages: Numbers 11:14; Nehemiah 5:15; Psalm...
October 1st, 2004
Warning Signs of Teens Contemplating Suicide
Warning Signs of Teens Contemplating SuicideThe Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. lists the following warning signs of suicidal teenagers: Talking about suicide; Having trouble eating...
October 1st, 2004
Terminology at Life's End
Christian ethics: The only value system in which motive rooted in the Christian faith is the first determinant of right and wrong.Christian medical/ethical decision making: A way of...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 19
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn’t seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 1 of 3 [Answers]
Life has three purposes. This Bible study will address the first of those three purposes.Read the Following Passages: Matthew 25:1-13 - "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like...
October 1st, 2004
What About the Terminally Ill?
Proponents of physician-assisted suicide frequently begin by advocating its legalization for those who are terminally ill, although they have moved far beyond that category. But, as...
October 1st, 2004
Biblical Directives, Examples, and Applications of Burden Sharing: Questions
1. Understanding the TermsBurden: Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry. Sharing: To willingly and happily assist others by giving from...
October 1st, 2004
Whose Pain Is It Anyway? - A Look at Pain Management
A while back I attended an ethics seminar in which the speaker said that 50% of pain medication requests come from family members, not the patient. In another survey, nurses estimate...
October 1st, 2004
Death
Also to be considered should be what Scripture says about death. Not only is the beginning of life in God’s power, but also the end. David prayed, “My times are in Thy hand”...
October 1st, 2004
Facts and Statistics
Facts and StatisticsEvery day, 1,900 adults attempt suicide, and 84 are successful. [4/9/99 - Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in...
October 1st, 2004
To Feed or Not To Feed...That is the Question!
As I assist people in wrestling with medical care decisions I point out the six principles of Scripture that guide us: Truly right deeds and decisions can only be made by the Christian...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 18
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn't seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind of...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 2 of 3 [Questions]
Life has three purposes. In the last Bible Study we learned that the first purpose is to come to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. This Bible study will address the second of those...
October 1st, 2004
May A Person Who Commits Suicide Receive Christian Burial?
A reader asks:Why is it we so completely condemn a Christian when he has committed suicide? Doesn’t Matthew 7:1 say: "Do not judge, or you too will be judged"?The Significance...
October 1st, 2004
What Really Happened with Nancy Cruzan?
On January 11, 1983 Nancy Cruzan was involved in a serious car accident. She was found face down on the ground. She had suffered significant oxygen deprivation which severely damaged...
October 1st, 2004
Biblical Directives, Examples, and Applications of Burden Sharing: Answers
1. Understanding the TermsBurden: Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry. Sharing: To willingly and happily assist others by giving from...
October 1st, 2004
Sympathy: Feeling With Others, Not For Them
When we sympathize with others, we are led into action, following Jesus' command to love one another as he loved us."Sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery," wrote Edward...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on a Christians Concern about the End of Life
QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one? ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about...
October 1st, 2004
Suicide Warning Signs
What To Watch For: A major change in sleep or eating patterns Increased alcohol or drug use Major personality changes - becomes impulsive, rebellious or violent Violent or rebellious...
October 1st, 2004
Dad's Story: A Look at Christian Caregiving
IntroductionMy heart ached as I watched my father's body deteriorate. He had always been such a proud and determined man. Everyone who knew him admired his gentle and caring manner....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 17
Isaiah 49:16 - See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.At any given time, there must be millions of sick people in this world. There must be hospitals, nursing homes, and...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 2 of 3 [Answers]
Life has three purposes. In the last Bible Study we learned that the first purpose is to come to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. This Bible study will address the second of those...
October 1st, 2004
Who Is At Risk for Suicide?
UnemployedA longitudinal study presented in the British Medical Journal shows a correlation between suicide, unemployment and chronic illness. The study found that "there was a strong...
October 1st, 2004
Who Will Take Care of Mother?
In 1907 Anna Jarvis began a nationwide campaign for the observance of Mother's Day. In 1908 it began with a service at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia,...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 1 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Teaching Medical Students About Bereavement is Hard
Editor - The paper by Saunderson and Ridsdale and the accompanying commentary by Jewell, about attitudes towards responding to bereavement, raise several difficult questions for those...
October 1st, 2004
Children of God, You Are Worth Something! [A Sermon Concept]
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1a)."I'm such a loser! I'm a fat, stupid, ugly, klutzy,...
October 1st, 2004
Death?
Early this morning my daughter gave birth to my first grandson. Why that would prompt me to write about the topic death is because of the work I do. As I hustled to the hospital to...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 16
1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you were 20, you...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 3 of 3 [Questions]
Life has three purposes. In the two previous Bible studies we learned that two purposes of life are to come to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and to then grow in that faith. This...
October 1st, 2004
Coffee May Lower Risk of Suicide
A ten-year study concluded that women who drink coffee are not as likely to commit suicide as non-coffee drinkers. The study was authored by Ichiro Kawachi of Harvard Medical School...
October 1st, 2004
'With Friends Like These' - A Look at Comforting Others in Crisis
When you are called upon to touch someone's life with comfort, share the genuine comfort of the cross."When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 1 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Living Wills vs. Medical Directive Statements: There Is A Difference
A great emphasis has been recently placed on the need for medical directive statements. Yet, there is also a great deal of confusion regarding these legal documents. Here is a short...
October 1st, 2004
Thoughts and Prayers for Selected Scripture Readings on Life
Psalm 139David praises God for His all-seeing knowledge of us and for His marvelous creation of us.God is the Creator of life.All life is given by God, regardless of the circumstances...
October 1st, 2004
Will to Live Wins Over the Right to Die
[LifeNews.com Note: Ian Basnett is a doctor working in the UK. He is paralysed from the shoulders down after an accident 17 years ago. Then he wanted to die. Now, he says why he is...
October 1st, 2004
Engaging Death
"Nothing can happen more beautiful than death." -- Nathaniel HawthorneIt was September, the wind had already begun to strip away the leaves, and the air was chilly. The lake breezes...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 15
1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - "The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power."This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study Series: The Purpose of Life - Part 3 of 3 [Answers]
Life has three purposes. In the two previous Bible studies we learned that two purposes of life are to come to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and to then grow in that faith. This...
October 1st, 2004
Controlling Death: Examining Society's Rush to a 'Final Exit'
Today we can seemingly have everything that technology affords us in the name of medicine to control and sustain our lives. Yet society is still perplexed by controlling the way we...
October 1st, 2004
Inconvenient People and the Quality of Life
An interview with Kenneth Schleef, a Christian with cerebral palsy.Q: Your appearance at the Life Chain-Madison this fall told me you're concerned about life issues. I also know you...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 2 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Questions and Answers for Christian Living: The Birth Control Pill
Q: I've heard that Christian Life Resources states a feeding tube should never be removed. Why is that? A: Christian Life Resources does not state that feeding tubes should never be...
October 1st, 2004
A Prayer Service
HYMN: "Lord of My Life, Whose Tender Care" (CW) #232INVOCATIONOPENING PRAYERREADING: Psalm 139PRAYER: Almighty and eternal God, who created this world and all of us in it,...
October 1st, 2004
Bioethicists: The New Grim Reapers
Bioethicists: The New Grim Reapers by Wesley Smith Source: San Francisco Chronicle; June 10, 2002 [Pro-Life Infonet Note: Wesley J. Smith is the author of "Culture of Death: The Assault...
October 1st, 2004
Focusing on the Faith
By keeping our focus on living the faith, we can better combat our loneliness and grief.A healthy, playful child. A three story home with a minivan parked outside. A long happy marriage....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 14
2 Corinthians 12:9 - My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.People used to think that sickness and accidents happened to people because they had done...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: Issues of Life and Death
Issues of life and death are often consumed with discussions and decisions involved with making correct medical decisions near the end of life. Amidst the confusion of tube feeding,...
October 1st, 2004
Depression That Leads to Death
True or False? 1) Most people trying to cope with depression simply don’t have strong enough faith.FALSE. People in the church may jump to this conclusion because many depressed...
October 1st, 2004
The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic - A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making
Gone are the days when your pastor's toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 2 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
End of Life Terminology
Christian ethics: The only value system in which motive rooted in the Christian faith is the first determinant of right and wrong.Christian medical/ethical decision making: A way of...
October 1st, 2004
Conclusion: The Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann X. Conclusion End-of-life issues are complex in that they often call for the application of many...
October 1st, 2004
Assisted Suicide, It's All About Money
When liberals ask me why they should oppose physician-assisted suicide (PAS), I always reply, "I can summarize a big reason in just three letters: HMO."That always raises an eyebrow....
October 1st, 2004
Food and Water are the Essentials of Life
Case Scenario:Mark was twenty-three, a graduate student in physical education, active in an InterVarsity group, and an inveterate jock when the tragic accident happened. While diving...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 13
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 1 of 3: Questions]
PART 1 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
A Double Standard on Suicide?
When fellow students had subdued 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel after he shot two dozen people at his high school in Springfield, Oregon, his first words were: "Just shoot me, shoot me...
October 1st, 2004
The Value of Human Life
It is becoming more difficult to know what to do in life and death situations. Advancements in medicine, challenges in the court, and changing opinions have raised questions about when...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 3 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 1)
QUESTION: What's the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia?ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have his...
October 1st, 2004
Practical Matters In Counseling on Death
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann IX. Practical Matters In Counseling on Death I have outlined for you some of the basic principles...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on Medical Decision-Making
QUESTION: After reading all the news about Terri Schiavo, I am nervous about people making medical decisions for me. How can I avoid getting into a situation like Mrs. Schiavo?ANSWER:...
October 1st, 2004
God Has Come to Help His People - A Look at Death in the Midst of Life
Jesus went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 12
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 1 of 3: Answers]
PART 1 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
Searching for a Reason to Live
In God's eyes there is no such thing as an insignificant humanWhat will be the next major public health crisis? Many people say it won't be a new killer virus or environmental toxin....
October 1st, 2004
How Small Is Too Small? - Issues Surrounding the Low-Birth-Weight Infant
My first job as a new RN in 1969 was in the special care nursery at Babies Hospital in New York City. The environment was cutting-edge. We rigged adult ventilators for babies, grappled...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 3 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Nutrition and Hydration (Food and Water)
Intravenous FeedingHow feeding is providedNeedle is inserted into a vein, usually in the hand or forearm, allowing the person to be nourished through the circulatory system.General...
October 1st, 2004
Anxious for Death
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannVIII. Anxious for DeathWe live in a time where society seems almost anxious to terminate the life of...
October 1st, 2004
My Life: Not My Own But God's
Physician assisted suicide is a controversial topic today. I once saw a report stating 66% of 998 people surveyed favored "closely regulated doctor assisted suicide." As confessional...
October 1st, 2004
Hospice Care
The Christian knows that his or her earthly life is a "time of grace" and that after death we will live eternally. The Christian will act responsibly when faced with terminal illness,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 11
Luke 11:9 - Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.There are times when it almost doesn’t seem worth it to pray. It...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 2 of 3: Questions]
PART 2 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
Standing Between Life and Death
A Gospel-Law-Gospel Approach to Helping Christians Who Are SuicidalIntroduction (1 Cor. 13)If I speak in the tongues of man and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding...
October 1st, 2004
HIPAA and Your Power of Attorney for Health Care Document
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA took effect in April 2003 and includes detailed privacy rules regarding your health information. Medical...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 4 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 2)
QUESTION: Out of Christian love and concern, am I ever able to make a decision to remove a feeding tube?ANSWER: Providing a feeding tube is what we do when a person is no longer able...
October 1st, 2004
Facing the Challenge of Suffering
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannVII. Facing the Challenge of SufferingSuffering, or the fear of suffering, is one important reason people...
October 1st, 2004
Now They Want to Euthanize Children
In the Netherlands, 31 percent of pediatricians have killed infants. A fifth of these killings were done without the "consent" of parents. Going Dutch has never been so horrible.First,...
October 1st, 2004
How Do I Tell My Child About Death?
Early this morning my daughter gave birth to my first grandson. Why that would prompt me to write about the topic of death is because of the work I do. As I hustled to the hospital...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 10
Psalm 46:1-2 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.There are times when the words of Psalm 46 seem hollow to us. After all,...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 2 of 3: Answers]
PART 2 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
Study Suggests Link Between Gambling and Suicide
A study published this week in the journal Suicide and Threatening Behavior by a University of California, San Diego, sociologist has suggested a significant link between legalized...
October 1st, 2004
An Overview of Hospice
The Idea Behind Hospice:Hospices purpose is to enhance the quality of a patients life and the lives of their families at home or in a home-like setting. Hospice seeks to enable the...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 4 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Americans Support Patient Choice for Life Over 'Quality of Life' Ethic
A February Wirthlin Worldwide notion that patients who have a so-called low "quality of life" should be denied life-saving medical care. By clear majorities -- 79 percent to 19 percent...
October 1st, 2004
Understanding the Purpose of Life
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannV. Understanding the Purpose of Life When counseling a family at a time of crisis a certain amount of...
October 1st, 2004
Can We Talk? - Ways to Counsel People Nearing the End of Life
On a cold January day my father was cleaning the driveway with his snow blower. After he had finished his driveway he went over to an elderly lady's home, and cleared off her sidewalk....
October 1st, 2004
Death and Dying: I Don't Want to Think About It!
Specializing in the arena of life issues, and especially end-of-life issues, has made me an odd conversation piece. On the one hand, people are intrigued by the many ethical challenges...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 9
Hebrews 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."Why should the Lord be my daily companion? He has every reason to abandon me. My lifestyle has not always...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 3 of 3: Questions]
PART 3 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on Young People and Suicide
QUESTION: It seems that an increasing number of our young people see nothing wrong with suicide. What can we tell them?ANSWER: We can tell them the truth. Suicide is murder; “and...
October 1st, 2004
Report Casts New Doubt on Living Wills
Tom McMillan, a clinical neuropsychologist at Glasgow University, has devised tests to establish whether people in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) have any level of understanding....
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 5 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Care, Not Suicide: Choosing a Medical Directive That Witnesses to Your Faith
You can choose a medical directive statement that will witness to your faith.Sooner or later you will face the question, "Do you have a medical directive statement?" Or more specifically,...
October 1st, 2004
Facing the Fear of Death
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannVI. Facing the Fear of DeathIt is a reality that as death near, fear increases for many people. When...
October 1st, 2004
Resurrecting Good Science: What's Wrong With Human Cloning
C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Culture executive committee, editor of the journal Ethics & Medicine, and teaches bioethics and contemporary culture...
October 1st, 2004
God's Life and Death Principle
May a Christian couple consider in vitro fertilization a God-pleasing way to relieve their childlessness? Is it ever ethical to pull the plug on respiratory equipment attached to a...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 7
Isaiah 55:8 - "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Lord.I have received all sorts of advice from well-meaning friends. One suggests...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: A Christian View of Death Series [Part 3 of 3: Answers]
PART 3 OF 3Death comes to all people, Christian and heathen alike. At no juncture in life is the distinction between Christian and non-Christian cultures more distinct than in the view...
October 1st, 2004
Terri Schiavo and Us
Background:On February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her home. Doctors believe a potassium imbalance caused her heart to stop and restricted oxygen flow to her brain. She suffered...
October 1st, 2004
When Life Seems to Have No Meaning
Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such a question concerning...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 5 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Colorado Medical Guidelines for Euthanasia
Colorado Medical Board Guidelines Regarding EuthanasiaAt its meeting on November 12, 1998, the Medical Board reviewed and adopted the following guidelines regarding euthanasia. Please...
October 1st, 2004
Facing the Changed Quality of Life
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannIV. Facing the Changed Quality of LifePerhaps the most challenging issue to face when counseling on...
October 1st, 2004
'Doc Knows Best' - Will He Choose to Save Your Life?
Itll be too late for you, if hes wrong.Who should have the right to decide whether you receive life-sustaining medical treatment during a critical or terminal illness? Most would say...
October 1st, 2004
Living Choices: Alternatives to Euthanasia
Life is full of choices that range from the trivial to the critical. Every day one must choose such things as what clothes to wear; or whether to buy the 87 octane or the super-charged...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 6
John 14:6 - "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."The way we walk in life leads to a definite end. The truth we follow and...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: End of Life Ethics Series [Part 1 of 3]
Part 1 of 3The Bible does have something to say about making tough medical ethical decisions. Life support systems -- do we pull the plug, and if so, when? Newborns with life threatening...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Passages Regarding Assisted Suicide
Acts 17:25: "...[He) himself [God] gives all men life and breath and everything else."Deuteronomy 32:39: "There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life..."1...
October 1st, 2004
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Hundreds of innocent people die in the Swissair crash. A man is struck down by cancer in the prime of his life. Tragedies such as these cause us to ask "Why would God allow such...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 6 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Countering The 'Right to Die'
The following excerpts are from Attorney James Bopp's keynote address to the Christian Life Resources convention on October 14, 1989. His points are still worthy of the reader's consideration.More...
October 1st, 2004
Establish God's Authority Over Life and Death
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannIII. Establish God's Authority Over Life and DeathIn Deuteronomy 32:39 God says this about himself:...
October 1st, 2004
Terri Schiavo's Family Releases Statement on Florida Court's Ruling
Terri Schiavo's Family Releases Statement on Florida Court's RulingChristianLifeResources.com Note: The following statement was released from Terri Schiavo's family following the September...
October 1st, 2004
My Times Are in Your Hands
Those were the words of the psalmist as they are recorded in Psalm 31:15. They certainly came to mind in January 1997 when the story of the death of Noel Earley surfaced in the press.Earley,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 5
John 3:16 - God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The word "love" has been abused...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: End of Life Ethics Series [Part 2 of 3]
Part 2 of 3The Bible does have something to say about tough medical ethical decisions. Life support systems -- do we pull the plug, and if so, when? Newborns with life threatening conditions...
October 1st, 2004
Does the Right to Life Include the Right to Die?
I recently saw Ted Koppel on a Nightline program dedicated to the subject of assisted suicide. The program included an interview with Noel Earley who was dying and was going to take...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 27
Psalm 37:7 - Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.Don't you wish you were in one of those hospitals you see on television? You come in, they cure you, and out you go...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 6 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Does the Bible Ever Speak of Euthanasia?
Euthanasia means "good death." It has meant different things to different people at different times in history. There are some who felt it meant we are to make the last moments of a...
October 1st, 2004
Begin with Faith
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannII. Begin with FaithThe challenge of training fellow Christians in the way they should go is a life-long...
October 1st, 2004
Facing Death: 'Now I Lay Me...'
A pastor who is facing his own death reminds us that everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.We often pray to God, "Take me to heaven." But seldom, if ever, do we pray,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 1
Luke 2:29-31 - Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people....
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: End of Life Ethics Series [Part 3 of 3]
Part 3 of 3The Bible does have something to say about making tough medical ethical decisions. Life support systems -- do we pull the plug, and if so, when? Newborns with life threatening...
October 1st, 2004
Key Points for Debating Assisted Suicide
1. A request for assisted suicide is typically a cry for help. It is in reality a call for counseling, assistance, and positive alternatives as solutions for very real problems.2. Suicidal...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 25
Matthew 28:20 - Surely I will be with you always...I miss my room! I miss my bed! I miss my TV and stereo! I miss my toys and my dolls and my pet! I miss my mom and dad! I don’t...
October 1st, 2004
God Alone Has the Right to Initiate and Terminate Life: Questions
Read the Following Passages:Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one...
October 1st, 2004
Don't Underestimate an Unpopular Idea
Several years ago Derek Humphry was asked to comment on the anticipated failure of a proposed referendum to legalize assisted suicide. Humphry, of course, had a great interest in such...
October 1st, 2004
The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-Making
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life IssuesPresented by Rev. Robert R. FleischmannI. The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-Making When we pastors are called upon to guide a family...
October 1st, 2004
Patient Self-Determination Act: What You Should Know
On December 1, 1991 a law went into effect called the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA). It requires all health care agencies receiving federal funding to inform patients of their...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 2
Job 14:14 - If a man dies, will he live again?No one likes to think about death. I’ll freely admit I am no exception to the rule. But as I grow older, it becomes more and more...
October 1st, 2004
Medical Decisions and the Heart
No, this is not an article about heart surgery and transplants. Rather, this article addresses the attitude of the heart when making medical decisions.
October 1st, 2004
Publicity's Role in Promoting Assisted Suicide
Experts on suicide have long known about the "copycat" phenomenon: One widely publicized suicide may touch off similar acts among other impressionable people. Recently four researchers...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 26
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.Do you know what’s frustrating? Thinking abut how easily you might NOT have had to come to the hospital. If you’d been fifteen seconds...
October 1st, 2004
God Alone Has the Right to Initiate and Terminate Life: Answers
Read the Following Passages: Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia -- Hardly a Happy Issue
The term "euthanasia" literally means "easy" or "happy death." This definition is deceiving, for euthanasia is hardly an issue we Christians can be happy...
October 1st, 2004
God Alone Has the Right To Initiate and Terminate Life
Read the Following Passages:Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one...
October 1st, 2004
A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues
Introduction The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-MakingBegin with Faith Establish God's Authority Over Life and Death Facing the Changed Quality of Life Understanding the Purpose...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 3
John 20:27 - Stop doubting and believe!At times I find myself doubting God’s many promises to help in times of trouble. It’s not that his Word is unclear. It’s me....
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on a God-Pleasing Attitude at the End of Life
QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one?ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about...
October 1st, 2004
When Assisted Suicide Becomes Legal
It will be a day just like today. It will seem like many should notice, but most will not. There will be a sort of conspiracy of silence and suddenly those lives that we were compelled...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 24
Matthew 10:29 - Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from the will of your Father.People lying in hospital beds often spend the hours...
October 1st, 2004
God is Pro-Life: Questions
The title for this Bible class is both an overstatement and an understatement. It is an overstatement for us to say that God is pro-life, if we identify God's will with the political...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Whose Decision Is It, Anyway?
In a 1988 Roper poll nearly 2000 Americans were asked about the legalization of physician-induced active euthanasia. When asked, "If a person has a painful and distressing terminal...
October 1st, 2004
Dealing with a Euthanasia-Minded Friend
How do you deal with a euthanasia-minded friend of acquaintance? The issues are so emotional, and the arguments sound compassionate. Nevertheless, we are considering ending a person's...
October 1st, 2004
Spiritual Comfort at the End of Life
We all want to bring comfort to those we love as we see them coming to a point where their end may be near. The question is, how can we do that in the most effective way?I use the example...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 4
Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Restlessness seems to be a daily companion lately. Questions about my diagnosis and prognosis...
October 1st, 2004
Is It Time for Tolerance in the Pro-Life Movement?
A strategy often used to win the public opinion for inauspicious moral positions is to refrain from arguing the position. Instead, the strategy is to argue for tolerance. In other words,...
October 1st, 2004
A Dignified Death for the Suicide Agenda?
The image of physician-assisted suicide providing a "humane and dignified death" has suffered major setbacks lately. New revelations show that the so-called "right to die" movement...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 23
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
God is Pro-Life: Answers
The title for this Bible class is both an overstatement and an understatement. It is an overstatement for us to say that God is pro-life, if we identify God's will with the political...
October 1st, 2004
Historical Look at Euthanasia
CLR NOTE: The above-named workshop was presented at the Christian Life Resources National Convention at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 12, 1996.Definition:...
October 1st, 2004
On Assisted Suicide and Abortion Laws - What You Can Do to Be Pro-Life
In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it did not find a constitutional right to assisted suicide. This ruling sharply contrasted the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. In 1973...
October 1st, 2004
Suffering at the End of Life
Many fear the unknown, especially at the end of life. We do not know when the end will come. We will not know what loved ones will do without us. We so not know if we will suffer or...
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 1
On Entry"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)We go to doctors because we need help. Our bodies hurt. In our suffering Jesus invites...
October 1st, 2004
Sharing the Hope for Tomorrow - Trusting God's Will In the Bleakest of Moments
Intentional violence accounts for one-third of all injury deaths in the United States.The suicide rate of children has more than doubled in the last 15 years.Homicide is the leading...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Passages Regarding Death
Genesis 3:3: ... but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”"Romans 5:12:...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 22
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Questions
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004


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