Presbyterians Pro-Life
Our view of God impacts end of life PDF Print E-mail

Fotolia dyingrose SAlthough we may be influenced in ethical decision-making by talk of "the patient's rights" to do whatever he/she wants to do, or the "financial burden" of caring for patients, or the "quality of life" that a patient has or doesn't have—none of these considerations really leads us any closer to the question of what to do in a given case that is both right and faithful in our life with God.

Richard Ayer, Lutherans for Life article 2005

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Autumn Campaigns of Prayer and Fasting Announced PDF Print E-mail

Prayer-graphic March16sqPriests for Life and the National Pro-Life Religious Council have announced two upcoming fall prayer campaigns.

Following upon a week of prayer and fasting that mobilized thousands of Churches across denominational lines from August 22-29, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-life Religious Council announced that there will be two more similar campaigns in September and October, with the specific intention of ending abortion in the United States and ending the evils perpetrated by Planned Parenthood. Details and registration.

The first of the two new campaigns will be from September 12 – 20.

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A Call to Prayer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Lowell Avery   

Prayer-graphic March16sq"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses."
– Psalm 107.6

Sometimes our troubles are of our own making, plain and simple. Sometimes the root lies elsewhere. Frequently it's a mixed bag. Accordingly, I find it is almost always appropriate to include some time of reflection before opening my mouth in prayer, and to make sure I not only praise and thank God and talk to Him about folks' needs, but also to confess whatever sins the Spirit brings to my attention.

When praying about Pro-Life matters in our congregations, our denomination, and our world, my temptation is to think of such issues in terms of "them" – the folks who openly advocate for abortion, the ones who try to hush those of us who speak of fetuses as children, the people in the church who are indifferent to what the Holy Spirit has clearly said about human life in the womb. But when I reflect on my own life, the Holy Spirit has a way of reminding me that I do not approach God without my own baggage.

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Conspiracy and Apostasy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Crouse   

Sermon Given at Tilden Presbyterian Church in Tilden, IL on 8/9/15

Text: Proverbs 24:1-12, Exodus 21:22-25

Proverbs-24Recently I was looking for a movie to watch and came across one on Amazon from 2001 called Conspiracy. It was listed under the military and war section which I like, but I had never heard of it before and decided to give it a try. Conspiracy is, at least in my opinion, a great piece of cinema, it is one of those movies where all of the aspects come together and instead of just entertainment you get art. It's not a movie with spectacular special effects, or magnificent cinematography and definitely not a film that makes you feel good when it's over.

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Should we talk about Abortion in the Church? PDF Print E-mail

These words from Terry Schlossberg & Elizabeth Achtemeier (1994) ring true for the Church today. Excerpt from the introduction of Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church, p. 7-8

©imabase - Fotolia.comThe Centrality of the Subject

The heat generated by the abortion issue in our culture has led many pastors and lay people to consider it an inappropriate subject for the church. They believe that discussing abortion is like deliberately setting a torch to the church because, in their minds, it divides believers and diverts their attention from the primary role of the church to preach the gospel, pastor the sheep and teach the faith. "Let us put this abortion debate behind us," urged the wife of one pastor, "and get back to what the church is supposed to be doing."

That is sheer blindness to what is happening, because abortion expresses our society's increasing cheapening of and careless disregard for human life.

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