The Gift of Life in the Gospel of John Print E-mail

Fotolia 56327284 XSChristians value human life differently than the secular world and Marianne Meye Thompson put a spotlight on the reason for the difference in her Bible Study, August 19th at the National Gathering of the Fellowship Community in San Diego, CA.

Thompson, Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary, pointed to the theme of life and the meaning of life throughout the Gospel of John. That theme is encapsulated in John 3:16.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Our view of God impacts end of life 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

Conspiracy and Apostasy 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.

Autumn Campaigns of Prayer and Fasting Announced 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.

A Call to Prayer 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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