Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS, March 2016
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has set aside March 18 for celebrating six million very special people worldwide. They are participants in our churches, families, workplaces, and schools and when allowed to be born they are living longer and healthier lives. In 1983, those born with Down Syndrome had a life expectancy of only 25 years. Today, those allowed to be born can expect to live 60 years. Last week the oldest living man with Down Syndrome, Kenny Cridge, celebrated his 76th birthday!

Sadly, many babies, diagnosed with Down Syndrome before birth, are aborted.
Texas abortion provider, Hagstrom Miller, was asked in an interview if there was a "spiritual dimension" to her work. She described her background in a "liberal Christian tradition," and imagined Jesus supporting a woman during abortion. Here is what she said:

"The Jesus that I was taught about would be holding the hands of women inside the clinic; he wouldn't be screaming at them. Acting on Christian principles is holding the hands of people at difficult times in their lives, and being supportive and nonjudgmental and kind." Hagstrom Miller in Alternet Interview

Miller's view of Jesus is distorted by her desire to promote abortion as "a normal part of women's reproductive lives" as she describes it on her clinic's website. She is in the business of abortion and her rhetoric is designed to cloud the ugly reality that abortion destroys a human life in a bloody and painful procedure. She casts it instead as something positive for women. The picture of Jesus that Miller paints as someone who would sit passively in an abortion clinic and be 'nonjudgmental' demands a response from the Christian community.

Written by The Rev. P.J. Southam   
 Several years ago I committed to praying daily for an end to abortion both in the United States and around the world. I found a helpful resource on the website of Priests for Life.

These prayers written by Father Terry Gensemer have helped me be focused and specific, rather than just vaguely general. (Though I think there is great power in the prayer: Father, stop this evil, now!)

The seven prayers are on these themes:
Sunday: Rescue the Pre-born
Monday: Spiritual Warfare
Tuesday: Kingdom Prayer (let your Kingdom come on earth)
Wednesday: Forgiveness
Thursday: Restoration of the Holiness & Protection of the Womb
Friday: For Governments (and those who govern)
Saturday: For an End to Abortion

I have each of these seven prayers in my daily prayer notebook. Seeing them (and my other prayer commitments) on a page before me helps me to keep my promises to pray. This morning I had a small inspiration. I had been offering regular prayers for Presbyterians Pro-Life. Very occasionally I have prayed for other Pro-Life organizations and people. Today, I have written them down on the page of my seven daily prayers to remind me to be praying more often for them, and for their ministries and work.
Please pray for the work of Presbyterians Pro-Life. As you know of other Pro-Life ministries please pray for them also. And may God give us renewal that we not grow weary in our commitment to prayer.


Items of Note
PPL recommends two pro-life sermons for your edification & example:

The Gospel & Dignity choice, Craig Hardinger, Sr. Pastor of Arcade Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA
Contagious Compassion, Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons, First Presbyterian Church (ECO) of Greenville, SC

Juxtaposition of two feast days sheds light on God's plan in Christ 
The date of the Catholic celebration of Annunciation (Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she would carry the Son of Go) falls on March 25, 2016--same day as Good Friday! Because the Annunciation is never celebrated by Catholics during Holy Week it will be marked on April 4, 2016. But isn't it incredible to think that from the moment Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary God had Good Friday in mind!
Churches for Life sponsors 2016 Life Summit

CFL's 2016 Life Summit!
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm 
Location: St. Paul's Evangelical Church, St. Louis, MO
Join us on April 2, 2016, for this half-day of wonderful, gospel-centered inspiration and information for all champions of life! GET INFO AND REGISTER.

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Philippians 4:10-13
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