I just learned something wonderful about God from my grandsons and Michael Card Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

© NOBU - Fotolia.comNothing satisfies me at the deepest level of my being like spending time with my grandsons. Grandpa and Grandma spent Thanksgiving weekend with a two-year-old grandson who lives just a few hours from us. He greeted us at the door with a “Well, hello! Come right in!” It was my greatest joy to spend most of our three-day visit on the floor in various kinds of play with him. My delight meter was over the top as he fell into my arms in estatic giggles at something as simple as rolling and chasing balls (several of them at once) across the living room floor.

Confessing the Faith Print E-mail
Written by Don Elliott   

John-1-14Excerpted from Presbyterians Pro-Life NEWS, Winter 2002

This time of year offers a unique opportunity for confession of our faith

The Advent season. . . allows the church a unique time to confess the faith and be broadened in that confession.

"For unto us a child is born unto us a son is given."

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

"His name shall be called Jesus for he will save his people from their sins."

"When the fulness of time came, God sent forth his son, born of a woman."

"I believe . . . .in Jesus Christ. . . who was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary.

Let us also remember to confess Jesus: God made embryo among us

Light in the Darkness Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Matthew Weldon   

Original post by LIFE ISSUES FORUM November 7, 2014. Re-posted here by permission.

Aaron Matthew Weldon (USCCB)A person might choose to have an abortion, or to commit suicide, for a variety of reasons. A single woman may not feel that she can afford to take care of a child. A terminally ill husband may not want his wife to watch him suffer. People are driven to these tragic acts for deeply personal reasons. But there is more going on here. In these painful stories, where people choose against life, a pervasive emptiness, a spiritual darkness, comes into view. That emptiness is not limited to individuals, but is a part of our contemporary culture. An underlying despair threatens to permeate our modern secular society today.

Have we lost hope in God? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 50907112 SWhat do cultural conflicts over abortion and assisted suicide reveal about the state of Christian faith?

On my mind this week has been the overwhelming need for the Church of Jesus to walk out the hope of the Gospel which lives in us! Hope in God is needed precisely in the issues that cause conflict—abortion and assisted suicide are two--where the Christian message of hope in Jesus Christ and the secular value of autonomy collide.

The Good News -- that the Son of God came into our world, entered the womb of Mary, was born, lived a perfect life, taught radical life changing truths, willingly submitted to an excruciating death, and took your sin and mine and our death penalty to give us life—has changed everything on the planet. It is our best, and really only, reason for hope. Without Jesus the nothingness of death is everyone's future. But simply believing in Him nets life forever! Despair during suffering is inevitable unless I believe God is greater than my circumstances and then Love's comfort, Love's hope is more real than the data input of my five senses.

When abortion hurts Print E-mail

Fotolia 52601999 XSIs your church prepared for ministry to those who have experienced abortion?

Is it possible for a church to take a strong stand against abortion and still create a safe place where women and men can share their abortion stories and find grace and healing for past abortions? One PCUSA church whose stand against abortion was posted in a statement on their website also had a vital ministry to post-abortive women and men. Creating a safe place for grace began by including in their abortion statement the words: "...always seeking to convey God's pastoral forgiveness, acceptance, and healing to any who have already participated in the trauma of abortion."

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