Flip Benham’s Bible

I’ve never been much of a bible reading plan kind of a guy. I’ve always been more into picking a book or a large section of scripture, and reading it over and over again while trying to get as much out of it as I possibly can before I move on.

A conversation I had with Flip Benham in June of 2021 changed my mind. For those who are new here, Flip was the National Director of Operation Save America just before Rusty Thomas became director. At the time of this conversation, he and I were in Arizona together at an OSA national event. I was getting ready to be installed as one of the new assistant directors, and by the providence of God, he and I happened to be eating breakfast together in a hotel lobby the morning of the last day of the event.

At a certain point in the conversation, I asked Flip if he had any advice he could share with me about how I could best serve Jason as one of his assistant directors. Out of that question Flip and I, along with Chet Galagher, a previous OSA Assistant Director who is a treasure trove of godly wisdom and experience, had a 3 and half hour long discussion. Interestingly, we talked very little about things like strategy, fundraising, organizational structure, or even ministry distinctive.

Instead, we spent the entire three and a half hours talking about spiritual disciplines, and spiritual maturity. In the discussion Flip gave me two simple, and yet profoundly important pieces of advice. First, he told me to read the bible every day, no matter what. And second, he told me to get everyone else around me to read the bible every day.

Upon giving me these two pieces of advice he handed me a stack of OSA Bible reading plans, and went on to explain to me the importance of having a plan when it comes to reading the Bible, not just for my own benefit, but for the benefit of being able to more strategically encouraging other people around me.

That day I became convinced of the usefulness of a Bible reading plan for the first time!

Today I want to give you the same encouragement that Pastor Flip gave me. As we begin to look to 2023 I want to challenge you to make an intentional plan for reading the Bible in the coming year, and I want to challenge you to be intentional about encouraging everyone around you to read the bible every day.

Additionally, I want to put the same tool in your hand today that pastor Flip put in my hand during our conversation in Arizona. Below is Operation Save America’s 2023 Bible reading plan. Our leaders have committed to using this bible reading plan as our map for reading the Bible in the coming year, and we want to invite you to join us!

Download the bible reading plan for free right here, and join us as we journey through the Word together in 2023!

Blessings to you and your family!

In His Service,

Derin Stidd

Assistant National Director
Operation Save America

Friends, 

I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving, and that you are looking forward to a Merry Christmas!

As the year comes to a close we are giving praise to God for all that we’ve accomplished in 2022 and beginning to lay the groundwork for some big plans in 2023! 

As many of you know, the first event we host every year is a National Leadership Conference, in which we lay the spiritual foundation for the work we are hoping to accomplish throughout the rest of the year. 

During this event we

  • Pray together 
  • Worship Together
  • Fellowship Together 
  • Labor on the Streets Together 
  • Seek the Lord’s will together


Also during this time, Jason Storms, our National Director, will take some time to share in the vision for the future of OSA, with a special emphasis on his vision and goals for 2023. 

Today I got word that we have nailed down a location, and dates for this event!

So I’m excited to have the opportunity to invite you to join us in South Carolina on February 22nd-25th at:


First Baptist Church of Travelers Rest

20 McElhaney Rd.
Travelers Rest, SC

29690 

More details including the speaker lineup, ministry schedule, and lodging will come in future emails! Also, please watch the Facebook Event Page for updates. 

The event itself is free to attend, but if you would like to chip in a few dollars to help cover event expenses you can do that here

Thank you for your prayer, and for your support! We truly could not do all that we do without awesome prayer warriors and financial supporters like you!

May the Lord Bless you!

Sincerely,

Derin Stidd 

Assistant National Director

Operation Save America 

10/06/2022

For Immediate Release

Operation Save America stands in full agreement with the cause of the 11 rescuers who were arrested by the FBI today for interposing at the Mt. Juliet death camp on behalf of the pre-born.

The most fundamental duty of civil government is to protect the innocent and to punish those that would seek to bring them harm. There are none more innocent among us than the helpless pre-born child in the womb. The Governor of Tennessee, the FBI, and every other government agency that has jurisdiction in Mt. Juliet should be ashamed that these private citizens had to boldly do the job of civil government by standing in the way of evil in order to protect the innocent. 

While Operation Save America was not responsible for planning these rescues, and we have not provided any other material support to these rescuers in these specific efforts, we do stand with them in prayer and praise God for their bold sacrifice on behalf of the pre-born. 

For the Pre-born, 

Derin Stidd

Assistant National Director 

Operation Save America

Sky News came out to Milwaukee to spend two days with OSA Director, Jason Storms and his family. The coverage was overall very fair. Check out the story:

https://news.sky.com/story/us-abortion-debate-action-outside-planned-parenthood-clinic-in-wisconsin-is-on-frontline-in-a-divided-america-12633602



Dear Friend, 

God is doing amazing things in Indiana! 

The week before last Operation Save America held our annual Spring Regional Event in Indiana, where over a hundred Christians mobilized to bring the Gospel to college campuses and on the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics.

Additionally, many of these brothers and sisters also had the opportunity to volunteer for several political campaigns while they were in town, in an effort to distribute thousands of pieces of literature in districts where there are candidates who are committed to criminalizing abortion! 

As of right now, 22 candidates for state representative have given their written commitment to support the Protection at Conception Act, which is a bill that would criminalize all abortion without exception or compromise in Indiana! 


In addition to the 22 newcomers, who are running hard races to unseat RINO Republicans, there are also two godly state legislators who are fighting to keep their seats. 

Representative Curt Nisly, with the help of Amy Schlichter and her grassroots no compromise pro-life group Hoosiers for Life, first drafted his bill to completely criminalize abortion in Indiana back in 2017.  The RINO establishment has had him in their crosshairs ever since then. He has repeatedly bucked the political establishment and exposed weaknesses and cowardice that exist in the ranks of the Republican Party in Indiana. 

In 2020 Nisly was joined by John Jacob, a street preacher who faithfully ministers the Gospel at abortion clinics, and who has no political aspirations whatsoever. In 2017 Jacob began going to the State Capital on a regular basis pleading with the Representatives to give Protection at Conception a fair hearing. 

For three long years, they ignored his admonition on behalf of the pre-born, so he decided it was time for him to take his message to the voters. Jacob ran a gritty, hard-fought grassroots campaign, unseated a Republican incumbent, and became the Representative for Indiana House District 93. 

For the last two legislative sessions, Nisly and Jacob have created an incredible stir in Indiana politics. They’ve forced the passage of constitutional carry, forced the passage of legislation that requires hospitals to provide life-saving care to premature babies regardless of gestation, and they’ve exposed the do nothing RINO establishment by forcing them to vote on things like protection of life from conception, medical liberty, and lawless vaccine mandates. 

As a direct result of the bold actions of Nisly and Jacob to force these legislators to go on record with bad votes, hundreds of people have now joined the grassroots efforts to oppose tyranny and fight for liberty in Indiana!

Why do I tell you all of this?

Because I believe that the grassroots mobilization tactics that are being used in Indiana can serve as a model to win the battle to abolish abortion in states all over the country. 

The liberty movement in Indiana, which includes as a top priority the effort to criminalize abortion, is actually bearing tangible fruit toward the end of abolishing abortion. The political establishment is running scared of the no-compromise Christians who are fighting to end abortion in Indiana. 

Operation Save America has adopted this model of grassroots mobilization as our strategy for the political aspect of ending abortion. 

We plan to deploy these tactics in legislative districts all over the country, including places like Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. 


I would like to invite you to join me in Tenessee for our National Event on July 23rd through the 30th, where I will be teaching breakout sessions on this model of grassroots mobilization. 

During that event, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the tactics we use to bring the gospel to the sidewalks in front of the abortion mill, as well as the tactics we use to expose the evil of abortion in college campuses and various other street ministry venues.  

You can learn more about our national event here!

The best thing about the National Event is that it is absolutely free! Operation Save America does not want cost to be a hindrance to our efforts to equip Christians to faithfully serve the Lord in the battle to end the slaughter of the pre-born. 

However, while we do not charge for these events,  they do cost a substantial amount of money for our ministry to put on. 

If you have the financial means to chip in $15, $10, or even $5 to help us have the financial resources for this event we would tremendously appreciate your support!

You can contribute here.

Thank you so much for your prayer, and for your support of Operation Save America!

Sincerely,

Derin Stidd
Assistant National Director

Operation Save America

operationsaveamerica.org

PS.

Join me in Nashville, Tennessee on July 23rd-30th for our National Event to learn more about the grassroots political tactics we are using to win the battle to abolish abortion! 

You can find out about our National Event here, and you can chip in a few dollars to help us fund the event here!

Thanks again!

As a new leadership team takes over Operation Save America, what will be our focus and mission?

First and foremost, we want to get back to the foundations

We need to be grounded theologically in the gospel of the Kingdom. Christ is Lord of all, and His Word and Law touch on every aspect of life. We must bring the teaching and the wisdom of Scripture to bear upon all areas of life. 

Strong Family

The most important aspect of this is the family. Central to a healthy society is healthy families.  

Abortion was born out of the soil of broken family life in America. Never has there been more abused, abandoned, and aborted children in America than today. 

Healthy family life necessitates godly men leading and serving in their homes. The virtues of manhood are at an all-time low in American society today, and the family unit is breaking apart as a result. Abortion, homosexuality, gender confusion, drugs, suicide, and depression that plague our youth, are all the fruit of the breakdown of healthy masculinity.

Radical feminism would have never gained a hold in our public institutions if manhood had not first begun to wane, opening a door of vulnerability in our family structures.

Strong Men

Men were created to be protectors, not predators. Godly men honor, respect, and protect women and children, the weak and the helpless. 

A godly man understands how to love and cherish his wife and to patiently guide and instruct his children, being an example of Christ to his home. 

Godly men embrace challenge, hardship, difficulty, and danger. Godly men are prepared to protect their families and if necessary lay down their lives for them.

Godly manhood is characterized first and foremost by the simple word, responsibility. Men take responsibility; for their own actions, for their own failures, for the well-being of their families, their communities, and their congregations. 

Men serve. Men stand. And when necessary men fight. 

Godly men, following the wisdom of Scripture, prepare, discipline, and train themselves for the physical and spiritual battles God has called them to in this life as soldiers in Christs’ Kingdom. 

As the ancient codes of chivalry affirm, fitness of body, keeness of mind, and strength of heart should characterize a godly man.  

When a godly man, seeking Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, is leading his home, there is love, order, and harmony. That family will be a blessing strength and bulwark in their church and a beacon of light in their community. 

Conversely, a man cannot endeavor to reform his society, if his own home is in disorder. And a man cannot properly order and govern his home if he cannot first govern himself. 

Building godly character and virtue in our young men is where the reformation of our society must begin. 

And so we will be making this a primary focus of our ministry. By creating resources, gearing our teaching and training toward this end, we hope to disciple the next generation of young men into godly manhood. 

OSA is hosting our annual Leadership Conference, February 3rd-5th in Nashville, TN!!
We are privileged to be partnering with Brother Scott Hord of Operation Saving Lives, a gifted sidewalk counselor and former Pastor who recently stepped into full-time ministry in front of the abortion clinic in Nashville.
Brother Scott and his team, by God’s grace, have been able to save over 360 babies through their labors! We are honored to come alongside this faithful brother and serve.
This will be an exciting three days of outreach at the two area abortion clinics as well as gospel ministry on the streets and campuses of Nashville.
We will also be having strategic meetings with local leaders as well as with our OSA people.
This is an important time to discuss and lay out our vision and mission for 2022 and to prepare the way for the ongoing work we will be doing in Tennessee as we build and invest in the work of the Kingdom in the Volunteer State.
This is also an especially needful time to prepare the way for our summer National Event, which will be held July 23rd-30th in Nashville. Mark your calendars and begin to pray and make preparations to partner with us in this great work!
See our FB Event Page Here:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1074877759750097?ref=newsfeed

DETAILS FOR LEADERSHIP MEETING IN NASHVILLE – February 3rd-5th

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport

1111 Airport Center Drive Nashville, TN 37214

Phone: 615-883-1366

On the event block rate, you can book either a room with either one king bed or 2 queen beds for $110 a night.

The block rate runs from 2/3-2/5.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Host Churches

The Foundry (Friday)

1419 Clinton street Nashville, TN  37203

Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (Thursday)

210 Battle Rd, Antioch, TN 37013

[NOTE: There are two Lighthouse Churches in this area, be sure to check the correct address!]

Abortion Clinics

Planned Parenthood
412 Dr DB Todd Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203

Carefem
5002 Crossings Cir #260
Mt. Juliet, TN  37122

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Feb 3rd

[Optional Outreach – Visiting Legislators and Touring the Tennessee Capitol 2-4pm]

5pm – Doors Open for Registration Official Conference Start. (Coffee, refreshments, and fellowship from 5-6pm) 

6pm-9pm – Opening Service @ Lighthouse Christian Fellowship 

Speakers: Jason Storms, Lucas Childresss, Scott Hord, Bo Linam, Paul Vaughn, Chet Gallagher

Friday, Feb. 4th 

Team 1 – 8am-10am Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Nashville

Team 2 – 8:45-10am – Wilson County Courthouse, Rally in Support of Rescuers, Cal Zastrow, Chet Gallagher and Team

11am-12:30pm – Tract Distribution and street and campus evangelism

Team 1 – Nashville Farmers Market

Team 2 – Shopping Malls – lit distribution, evangelism and prayer

Team 3 – University

Team 4 – Busy intersection sign display team

2pm – 5pm – Afternoon Meetings and Discussion @ The Foundry

Speakers: Rusty Thomas and OSA leaders from around the country

Break For Dinner

7pm – 9pm – Evening Worship, Prayer and Street Evangelism with The Foundry Church @ The Foundry (Evangelism locations Broadway bar district in Nashville and the Pantheon Tourist Area) 

Saturday, February 5th

8am-10am – Carefem Abortion Clinic 

11:30-1pm – Busy Intersection Sign Display in Mt. Juliet. 

Concluding Prayer after Intersection Display


Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Friends,

Good news! Operation Save America’s Bible Reading Plan for 2022 is ready to go!

It is our genuine conviction that reading, understanding, and applying the Bible is an essential discipline in the spiritual life of all believers.

To that end, we want to share this resource with you as a tool that you can use to help you draw closer to the Lord in 2022!

May God richly bless you as you endeavor to draw near to Him through the study of His word!

 

OSA Bible Reading Plan 2022

Special shout out to Handel Humphrey for putting together this brief, powerful video from our challenge to pastors at our recent OSA event in AZ, Further up and further in. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!

 

Here is Pastor Jeff Durbin‘s foreword to our newest book, Biblical Strategies to Abolish Abortion. It is somewhat embarrassing and humbling at parts, but a powerful Biblical admonishment to get back to Christ, His Word, and fight this battle His way.
If you want a copy or copies send me back your address, and I’ll send them out to you. Enjoy!
Foreword by Pastor Jeff Durbin:
The history of Christ’s Kingdom in the world is filled with examples of giants of the Faith. Every century has its heroes with names that mark the timeline of human history. These are points of power and examples that provide encouragement and hope to God’s people throughout the ages. To be sure, there are many heroes of the faith whose names we may never know on this side of glory.
However, God does raise up men and women that He speaks through in such a way that puts them in His hall of fame. The Book of Hebrews testifies to a hall of fame reserved for some Old Testament saints. If the resurrected earth has halls with memorials and artifacts of God’s glory, I am confident that Rusty Thomas’ life and ministry will have a central placement.
We have endured about a half a century of slaughtering pre-born Image-bearers in the United States of America since the fallacious and evil Roe vs. Wade iniquitous decree. This systematic slaughter, now totaling in the dozens of millions, can only occur in a nation at war with God and His Word.
Child sacrifice has a long and dark tradition amongst mankind. Christians have spoken against this evil and worked to end it since the earliest days of the Christian Church. Nations influenced by the Gospel of our Lord have not only created the atmosphere wherein abortion is “unthinkable,” they also penalized it by law. Christian nations, transformed by the Gospel and God’s Word, see abortion for what it is: murder. It is the unjustified killing of a human being; a creature made in God’s Image.
According to the Christian Worldview, abortion is not merely a sin, but something far more abominable. A cursory look at the history of the United States (pre-Roe) demonstrates that when the Christian Worldview permeates and becomes the primary influence, society views abortion as a CRIME. This explains why many State laws (some still on the books) criminalized abortion for the doctors who commit this shameful act as well as the parents who paid them to have their children executed.
Transformed Christian Nations never tolerate the murder of the pre-born. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland serve as recent examples. It took several decades and an incredible effort by the forces of darkness to thrust upon them this national sin, which brings national calamity. Ireland’s defense of the preborn when so many Western nations caved reveals the inescapable truth that Christendom will not tolerate child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood.
The murder of pre-born human beings is primarily a Gospel issue. This is the key point. It is the hinge upon which the entire issue turns. Abortion is a problem of the human heart that is bent toward sin, evil, and destruction. People who are in a hostile relationship with their Creator will go to war with Him at every point of contact. They will distort their own humanity, erase the borders of what constitutes a beautiful, harmonious, and intimate relationship with other humans, become a law unto themselves, and, if given opportunity, kill their own offspring. Even the gracious gift of life given by the hand of God, in the midst of this conflict with Him, will end up in the trash heap. That is how truly depraved we are when left to ourselves. Sin is undeniably irrational.
So, what is the solution? The Pro-life industry believes that they can fight this battle for the lives of pre-born humans by adopting a posture of neutrality. They are confident in their confession that they are not explicitly Christian. “We are about the science!” they proclaim. They are equally committed to portraying mothers, who hire an assassin to dismember their little boys and girls, as abortion’s second “victim.”
In other words, the Pro-life industry has not engaged this vitally important issue Biblically, with both feet firmly planted on the authority and consistency of the Word of God. They often proclaim that they want to make abortion “unthinkable.” However, this proposition neglects the fundamental assertions of Scripture: There is none good, there is none who seeks for God, and the heart is deceitful above all things.
They, as well as those who advocate for abortion, must understand that there is no neutrality with Christ. Whoever does not gather with Him scatters and whoever is not with Him is against Him. There is no transformation of the human heart without the gracious work of God, by His Spirit and Gospel. This alone removes the heart of hostility toward Him and His Word, which causes people to love His ways, His beauty, His glory, and His Law.
Rusty Thomas has known this throughout his decades of faithful ministry and witness. Rusty has saved countless children from death, directly and indirectly through his witness. His teachings have led countless other believers into this fight. For Rusty (and the many believers involved now because of him) this issue is first-and-foremost a Gospel of the Kingdom issue.
It is an issue of fidelity toward the One Who has all authority in heaven and on earth. For Rusty, Christ is King, His Law is good, and the nations are Christ’s inheritance. Rusty has raised his voice for the fatherless outside of abortion-mills while the ashes of these recently slaughtered children were falling on his head. He has lost time with his family, friends, and church through many trials in jail. He has labored and suffered across this nation, sacrificing time and money, to speak prophetically to legislators who have the duty to abolish and criminalize the slaughter of the pre-born.
What you will find in this book is a consistent, Gospel-centered, biblically grounded approach to ending child-sacrifice in our nation. We do not need the compromised, inconsistent, and failed neutral approach to ending abortion. We need Christ. We need His Word. We need His Gospel. This is what Rusty has fought for, taught, and learned over and over again through his life of sacrifice for these fatherless children. The Christian Church will benefit from listening to a man who knows the problem, is keenly aware of the solution, and understands the macro and micro issues.
We need to listen to Rusty Thomas. His commitments are to Christ, His Gospel, and to the faithful God-centered approach to every sphere of life. This is what changes the world.
Always has and always will.
Jeff Durbin
Lead Teaching Elder of Apologia Church