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

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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!".

Life Support Prayer Ministry of PPL Print E-mail

Prayer-graphic March16sqPrayer should be our first and best effort in the fight for life.

It is to our shame that many of us do not connect abortion and prayer. For us who are so outraged by the church's position on abortion, we are prone to jump into a proactive mode that either kicks us into the high gear of politics, preaching, and picketing; or knocks us into the depths of despair, depression, and defeat. We need to hear the words of our Lord as he taught the disciples:

"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." And then he tells the parable of the persistent widow who was seeking justice from an unjust judge, and because of her constant plea, she was given justice. And Jesus applied the teaching, "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." (Luke 18:1-8)

Let us be persistent in prayer for this fight for life in the church. Please join PPL in this prayer effort. We believe our crying to God will bring about God's intervention all to His glory and honor.

September - December 2016 Life Support Prayer Calendar

A Call to Prayer: "You have to ask."

by Scott Wiest

"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13)

Jason came into my office for a chat that lasted the usual couple of hours. God had been working on him to make a confession of faith for over a year. On that day he cried out to God and asked Jesus Christ to save Him.

He had been married for 9 years and had no children. I asked if he wanted children.

"Yes!" he said. "But we haven't been able to have any."

And then I asked a stupid question, if there is such a thing: "Well, have you ever prayed for children?" Remember, he'd only prayed to receive Christ a few moments earlier.

And so with a sigh and quick wit he responded, "Why, no. It never occurred to me."

I pressed on, "Would it be okay if we prayed that God blesses you with children?" I asked.

He said very quickly in a positive tone, "Fine." It was his way of taking the challenge, sort of like saying, "I'm ready. Let's do this."

And so I prayed with him. I began telling God the things he already heard us say and finally got to the meat of the prayer. "Lord, if it be your will would you bless Jason and Portia with children. We trust your wisdom in this matter. May it all be for your glory and honor. In Jesus name, amen!"

"Amen!" he said.

We opened our eyes and I noticed something different about him. He had hope. It was as if there was a gleam in his eye and a glow upon his skin, like a child beginning to believe that it was truly possible that he might get the gift he really wanted.

"Do you really think God will give us children?" he asked with anticipation.

Without any hesitation I responded, "Jason, with God all things are possible. He healed our daughter. I've seen Him do many marvelous things. Trust Him."

In the back of my mind I thought of Jesus in the upper room telling Philip and the others "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." And then Jesus repeated the promise. "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13)

"If you ask." That's where so many fall short. You have to ask.

I thought of another time when Jesus said, "You have not because you ask not." (James 4:2)

I also thought of the time when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane pouring his heart out to the Father, sweating blood and yet coming to the place where he could say, "nevertheless not my will but Thy will."

For the first time, Jason really poured his heart out to God in faith. He was truly open to God's leading. For the first time He asked in "Jesus' name." For the first time He was willling to accept God's plan for His life. He knew it was all going to be okay. Jesus was now the Lord of his life.

God was glorified on that special afternoon and continues to be some two years later. One week after we prayed together, God's answer became evident. The answer was a resounding yes. And since we prayed for "children" and not "a child" he did that too, but in an unexpected and unplanned way. There was no doubt that God did this.

Within a week of that prayer, this dear couple received a call to become foster parents with the hope of adoption. Within a month they took in a 9-year-old girl (Kenta) and adopted her earlier this year. Just last week they adopted a nine-year-old boy (Shawn).

God is working through this couple. They are growing in Christ and sharing His story. They are making such a positive impact on these children. Both children needed stable homes and loving parents. Both of the parents needed children to invest in.

They prayed. God provided. It's all for the Gospel and His glory.

May God answer your prayers according to His will for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Trust Him. He is able.

Rev. Scott Wiest is pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church (EPC) in St. Marys, PA and a member of the PPL 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 Supportprayer ministry.
  3. Encourage public prayers by the church for the efforts to protect unborn children and for the care of 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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The best gifts may not be immediately visible Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen, Executive Director of Presbyterians Pro-Life   

Fotolia 93207686 SOne Christmas gift from my Dad stands out—not as much for the gift itself, although it was great—but more for the enduring nature of its lessons that continue to teach after more than 50 years.

It was a big box in a plain brown wrapper with a tag for the three oldest children in our large family. We couldn't have been more excited! We tore into the wrapping only to find another box and another. Crumpled newspapers stuffing each box flew in all directions as we eagerly sought to find the gift inside. Somewhat deflated we finally came upon a really small box with a folded note inside. A note is what we are getting for Christmas? I swallowed my disappointment and hoped that the note would lead us outside to something really big that couldn't be wrapped. I don't remember the exact words, but the note informed us that we could choose one male calf from the barn, raise it for a year, and then sell it at auction and buy bicycles with the money. oh. . .OH!

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.

Dark Side of Christmas Narrative Reverberates in Roe v. Wade Print E-mail
Written by Tadashi Agari   

Fotolia 66007559 SStockton, CA, December 2, 2015

Today is the first day of December, and we are heading into the Christmas season culminating in the celebration of the birth of Christ. Luke 2 is often read concerning the Christmas narrative. There is a darker side to this story that is often overlooked.

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