SOHLS: Remembering 40 Years and over 50 million lives Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) will be celebrated in churches across the nation this Sunday, January 20, 2013. In sermons, prayers, and songs, worshipers will acknowledge God as our Creator and affirm our identity as persons made in his image and set apart for his glory and service.

Motte Brown wrote this account of the establishment of SOHLS in 2007. It is currently posted on Boundless Line:

In 1983, an organization named Christian Action Council (now known as Care Net), founded with the help of Francis Schaeffer and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, asked President Ronald Reagan to "create a special day to focus on the intrinsic value of human life."

2013 PPL Sanctity of Human Life Bulletin Insert Print E-mail

SOHLSpromoSunday, January 20, 2013, churches all over America will hold special services of remembering the 50 million lives destroyed by abortion in America since the legalizing of abortion by the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 40 years ago. The somber 40th anniversary is a time to mourn and remember innocent lives taken from the wombs of their mothers. It is a time to grieve, a time to pray, a time to repent on behalf of our nation's callous indifference to the treasure of human life.

There is only life in the Kingdom of God Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Lowell Avery   

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the Gospel of God. "The time has come," He said. "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel." — Mark 1.14f

I, for one, am looking forward to the day when the Kingdom of God is fully come and there is no more death of any kind, especially abortion. I know that before God all sin is horrible, but I cannot imagine any worse crime against a fellow human being. We all bear the mark of sin from conception, but there is no human more helpless and less worthy of death than a child in the mother's womb. If there is any motivation for me to ask the Lord Jesus to come quickly, even while working to call more into the kingdom and to help us all become more and more transformed into the likeness of Christ, seeing abortion end is it.

The Biblical meaning of '40' Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Justin Lee Marple   

This is the fortieth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. In Scripture the number forty signifies a time of testing or temptation. The most famous time of testing in the Old Testament was when the Hebrew people wandered in the desert or wilderness for forty years until an entire generation of the tribes counted in the census had died (save Joshua and Caleb). And so forty years has come to mean a generation. A generation of legalized abortion has meant that an estimated fifty five million children or more have been killed before they had a chance to take a breath on their own.

Peace, Joy, and Love at Christmas! Print E-mail

candlePeace, Joy, & Love, are words we read often in this Advent Season--in cards received, in carols sung and in the promises of Scripture. We who know Christ experience the wonder of those words at work in us because of Him. Our everyday realities rarely measure up and often, especially at Christmas, we are consumed with busyness, anxiety, and envious greed--and the peace, joy, and love of Christmas are far from us. 

Sorrow, violence, and grief are close instead. In this 2012 Advent those darker realities are much too near as the news of 20 children and 7 adults murdered in senseless violence invades our peace, floods us with grief, and tempts us to anger. In our celebration of Christmas we rarely remember that sorrow, violence, and grief were present at the first Christmas too.

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