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Chapel Speaker Gives Timely Review of Scripture

By Amanda Morad | January 24, 2013

Toby DeBause

Continuing Regent University's "Least of These" chapel series on Wednesday, Jan. 23, Toby DeBause, executive director of Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tidewater, reviewed a familiar passage of Scripture: Psalm 139.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well," he quoted from verses 13 and 14. "Let's set the record straight: Your mother didn't make you; your father didn't make you. God made you."

This set the tone for the rest of DeBause's discussion of the sanctity of life, a cause he's devoted his life to. DeBause illustrated one of the mysteries of life with the story of his son Sawyer, who, at the tender age of four, experienced kidney failure and spent months on dialysis before it was determined his mother could give him one of hers. The healthy kidney was nearly too big to fit Sawyer's tiny frame but, DeBause reported, over the next weeks and months, the kidney shrunk to fit his body.

"We cannot even begin to process the workmanship in a kidney, much less the mystery of creating new life," DeBause said. "Psalm 139 gives us just a sneak peek at the work God does in the secret place, but you can't begin to process how intimately your God knows you."

Citing verses 15 and 16, DeBause described the biological formation of human DNA at conception. "How could we possibly interfere with that work?" he asked. Each year in South Hampton Roads alone, 7,500 abortions are performed. "That means, essentially, for every three children God makes, we snatch one away."

DeBause then referenced Isaiah 45:9-12, which asks, "Does the clay say to the potter, 'what are you making?'" Israel was being chastised for questioning God, he explained. "And we've questioned God 54.5 million times since 1973." That's the current statistic of abortions performed in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision.

DeBause closed the sobering service with a challenge to students: "You absolutely have the power to do something," he said. "Christ cared for and identified Himself with the least of these; it's our call to do the same."

Ways to do that, he explained, are easy and everywhere. "When's the last time you interceded for the children, women, families and doctors affected by abortion?" he asked. Besides prayer, DeBause also encouraged students to take part in the Regent chapter of Students for Life and invited them to attend a Crisis Pregnancy Center rally in March.

"For the glory of our creator God," he concluded, "let's not be silent anymore."

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