Illinois Baptist 12 18 2017 E Edition Page 1

Illinois Baptist DECEMBER 18, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 17 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Online all the time IB SYLVAN KNOBLOCH 38 great years At retirement, memories and wisdom from four decades P. 10 NATE ADAMS Prison visit Draws me to Bethlehem P. 2 ERIC REED Jesus & women A Christian response to sexual harassment P. 14 P. 3 Springfield Illinois officials are facing a lawsuit aimed at halting the planned Jan. 1 implementation of taxpayer- funded abortions in the state. The Thomas More Society, a Chicago- based law firm, filed suit in December on behalf of several legislators and pro- life groups who oppose House Bill 40, which provides for coverage of abortions through Medicaid and state employees' health insurance plans. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law in September after initially pledging to veto it. The lawsuit argues that the General Assembly has not set aside funds in the state's budget to pay for the abortions and remain within the Balanced Budget Baptist Camp celebrates 75 years of ministry P. 8 Windows on a better way of life P. 5 mission HEAVEN CAME DOWN: Illinois family's salvation shows how God reached down to man. P. 11 sinners & RECONCILED in focus God Legal challenge Pro-life groups sue to stop abortion bill Merry Christmas from all of us at IBSA Celebrating the season P. 13

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