| | God freely offers forgiveness & restoration to the repentant
from a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Mark D Atkinson
"...If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
I John 1:9
Is abortion a sin? Does God forgive abortion?
I remember a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy is looking out a window, watching the rain, and worrying that it might rain enough to flood the whole world. Linus tells her that that will not happen, because of the promise given by God symbolized in the rainbow. Lucy tells Linus, "You've taken a great load off my mind." Linus replies, "Sound theology has a way of doing that."
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by The Rev. Andrew Nagel
When we set out on the journey of international adoption, we knew we were in for an adventure and a challenge, but little did we know how complicated it would become.
After 14 months filing paperwork in the US, in October of 2012 my wife and I traveled to St Petersburg Russia, where we spent a week filing more paperwork, getting medical evaluations, and most importantly spending time in an orphanage with Timofei, a four-year old boy with Down Syndrome who we were planning to adopt.
|The Clark Family with Pastor Nagel at Ellie's Baptism|
From the opening strains of the Schumacher/Ward hymn, "Though I was Born an Orphan
," the Nov. 3rd service at Neelsville Presbyterian Church
brought awareness of the plight of the orphan in tandem with the amazing truth that God redeems us through Jesus so that we may be adopted into his family as sons and daughters!
The Sacrament of Communion was celebrated and the Baptism of Ellie Yao-Hua Clark, daughter of Jon and Nina Clark was part of the worship.
Two years ago, PPL shared the story
of the Clark's adoption of older sister Abby (left front) in our February, 2011 newsletter. Rev. Andrew Nagel conducted the baptism and preached from Galatians 3:26-4:7, proclaiming that we are "Orphans No More
". His sermon audio is available on the church website