Pastor, your congregation wants you to talk about abortion! Print E-mail

MFLpers camera 019webA recent study shows that abortion tops the list of issues conservative Christians want to hear about more often from the pulpit—bioethical issues too!

Abortion: Christian Doctrine and Public Policy Print E-mail
Written by Richard John Neuhaus   

MFLphone photos 329web"The question is what, on the basis of the Word of God, does the Church believe, and what are the moral implications of that belief." ---Richard John Neuhaus

Life Support Prayer Ministry of PPL Print E-mail

The God of the Universe wants to talk with you about life!

Imagine the world’s most compassionate and powerful leaders assembling just to delight in and celebrate your staggering beauty as God’s image-bearer and your supreme worth as one robed in Christ’s righteousness. Aware of your weakness and confusion, imagine these leaders joyfully raising pleas and resolutions toheal your hurts andpurify your heart.

Well, this is not an imaginary conversation. It’s real.

“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

Our Prayer Calendar reflects this good news. It is first a call to delight in being prayed for, not by compassionate and powerful human world leaders, but by The Compassionate and All-Powerful Divine Leader of the Universe: God. And in that place of delight and privilege, this Prayer Calendar is a call to invite others to join you as you join in God’s conversation.

__Your friends at PPL

Life Support Prayer Calendar, May - August, 2018

Pray for the spiritual fruit of gentleness

by Craig Kephart

Alexis wasn't sure what to do about her pregnancy. Abortion seemed like the better way out, but Alexis feared the caustic crowds who gathered at the local clinic. She had volunteered there herself, just a couple years ago, and never quite got used to the militant Christians chanting slogans and pressing hard after the women who came for help.

So Alexis monitored the pro-lifers protests and deliberately slipped in late on a Tuesday, when no one was around. "I just didn't want anyone giving me any trouble," she later told a friend. "There was just all of this shouting," she recalled. "I suppose things might have been different if someone had been willing to just talk to me instead of talking at me." And then with sorrow in her voice Alexis acknowledged, "I suppose I might be here with my baby now, if someone had only done that."

In a chapter entitled "Abortion and Church Discipline" authors Terry Schlossberg and Elizabeth Achtemeier remind Christians of our gospel instruction to be gentle in dealing with those caught up in abortion.

Some women confess their sin in contrition, while others demonstrate hardened or deadened consciences in defending their decisions. The church should approach every woman with gentleness, extending to her the forgiveness available in Christ, as well as the hope of complete restoration to fellowship with God and with the church, and of new and obedient, joyful life in Christ.

(Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995. pg. 101)

This season let's sprinkle our prayers with a desire for the spiritual fruit of gentleness in our ministries and witness. Desiring to be like Christ, we are called to be apt reflections of the Savior's love and grace, displaying the "wisdom from above that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere" (Jas. 3:17 ESV).

Rev. Craig Kephart is the Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery and a member of the Presbyterians Pro-Life Board of Directors

A Call to Prayer

Scripture, Christian tradition, and history have constantly provided evidence that God answers prayer. PPL is seeking Presbyterians who will commit themselves to Life Support, the ministry of prayer.

We encourage you as a member of the Life Support prayer ministry team to make the following four commitments:
  1. Pray for PPL concerns at least twice a week. We encourage at least once in the hearing of other Christians, such as small groups, Bible Study, Prayer partners, teams, or chains.
  2. Encourage other individuals in your congregation to join in the Life Support prayer ministry.
  3. Encourage public prayers by the church for the efforts to protect human life at every stage, including unborn children and their mothers and families.
  4. Renew your commitment yearly. Prayer calendars will be sent to all Life Support members on a regular basis upon renewal notice.

Statement of Commitment

To receive the Life Support Quarterly Prayer Calendar, print, complete, and mail this section to
PPL Life Support; PO Box 461, Glenshaw, PA 15116, or complete the form below.

Life Support Prayer Calendar Commitment

I commit myself to become a Presbyterians Pro-Life Life Support prayer team member, praying at least twice a week for the sanctity of human life, using the quarterly Life Support Prayer Calendar.

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2016 PPL Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Insert Print E-mail

SOHLS2016 web Page 1PPL resources for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS)

PPL invites your church to join PPL in raising a distinctively Presbyterian and Reformed voice for life on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, or any Sunday throughout the year. PPL's 2016 bulletin insert proclaims, "God is the Lord of Life!".

Christmas Greetings from PPL Print E-mail

Fotolia 95882558 MAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only "Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Glory! There is a certain glory in the face of a newborn infant. No wonder! Each human child bears the imago dei--the image of God! We can only imagine what glory, wonder, and awe Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men experienced as they crowded around the newborn Jesus. Did they comprehend that this "newborn" child was the Alpha and Omega? Did they understand His eternal existence--that He was indeed, God? Probably not. And neither, truth be told, do we really grasp the awesome truth of all that it means that the Son of God came in the flesh.

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