Connecting man to man to God
For week of February 28, 2010
Issue 293


The Men’s Ministry newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
Our mission is to lead men to Jesus Christ and provide opportunity for Christian men to grow in their faith and minister to others.

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Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
[who] is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.”
- Joel 2:12-13


    
CONSIDER
God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.”
J. H. Jowett



    
THE CHALLENGE OF THE LENTEN SEASON
Lent constitutes both a challenge and an embarrassment to Protestantism. Each year as the season approaches it brings with it the temptation to equivocate. We do not know where we stand because our feet seem to be stuck in both camps.

On one side, our conscience serves to remind us that (if we are the practicing Christians we claim to be) we had better "do something" about observing the most sacred season in the Christian calendar. We are reminded further of what we know all too well, namely, that we have been over-indulgent, and that it would be an excellent idea to place ourselves under some kind of spiritual and physical discipline. It would not hurt us to "give up something for Lent." On the level of personal habits we could stand a more rugged Christian discipleship.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/marchweb-only/33.0.html


    
JESUS IS PREPARING A PLACE -- AND WAITING FOR YOU TO ARRIVE
by Max Lucado
In one of his Far Side cartoons, Gary Larson depicts a winged man seated in heaven on a cloud. No one near. Nothing to do. Marooned on his celestial post. The caption witnesses his despair: "Wish I'd brought a magazine."

I can relate. Eternal life? Clouds in my midst, a harp on my lap, and time on my hands, unending time. An endless sing-along -- a hymn, then a chorus, then still more verses. "Whatever the tortures of hell," declared science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, "I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse."

You might have similar reservations, quiet yet troubling. Will eternity meet expectations? Jesus gives an assuring response: Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (John 14:1-2, NLT)

Forget the movies' images of knee-high fog banks and floating spirits. Jesus has gone to "prepare a place." Heaven is tangible: as real as the soil in your garden, as physical as the fruit in your orchard. In fact, your garden and fruit might look familiar in heaven.

You probably assume God will destroy this universe and relocate his children. But when God created the heavens and earth, he applauded his work (Genesis 1:31). God never denounced his earth, just man's mistreatment of it. Besides, he's the God of reclamation, not extermination. He restores, recovers, renews. Expect him to reclaim every square inch of what's rightfully his (Matthew 19:28).... Read this in full at
http://www.kyria.com/topics/spiritualformation/biblestudyanddevotions/youreexpected.html


    
TRUE FOCUS
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.”
Proverbs 3:5



    
CHURCHILL” BIOGRAPHY BY PAUL JOHNSON
Review by John Wilson
Yes, there are already far too many books on Churchill, but there is always room for another good one, and you might just gobble up Paul Johnson's biography, slim and wonderfully readable, in a single sitting. Johnson himself has entered his 80s, and I think that gives him an angle on Churchill's long life that he would have lacked had he written this book 40 or even 20 years ago. Among the lessons Johnson extracts is this: ‘Churchill wasted an extraordinarily small amount of his time and emotional energy on the mean-nesses of life: recrimination, shifting the blame onto others..., harboring grudges, waging vendettas.’”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/february/28.62.html


    
POLL: MISSISSIPPIANS MOST LIKELY TO ATTEND CHURCH FREQUENTLY
Mississippians are more likely to attend a religious service on a weekly or almost weekly basis than the people of any other state, according to the second annual Gallup poll on religious service attendance.

The people of Mississippi were also found in 2008 to be the most frequent servicegoers, but last year were even more likely to attend service weekly with 63% saying they "attend church, synagogue, or mosque” at least once a week or almost every week. In 2008, 60% said the same.

"Church attendance levels are widely dispersed across the states, with the highest levels generally occurring in the South and the Midwest, and the lowest in the Northeast and the West," the Gallup organization noted in announcing the latest figures, which were based on more than 350,000 interviews conducted among national adults, aged 18 and older, across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2009.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100218/poll-mississippians-most-likely-to-attend-church-frequently/index.html


    
STUDY ON RELIGION FINDS YOUNG ADULTS LESS AFFILIATED BUT NOT LESS BELIEVING
Is faith losing its grip on the young? That would be one way to read a new report by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which found that more than one-quarter of Americans age 18 to 29 have no religious preference or affiliation, and fewer than one in five attend services regularly. That makes them easily the least religious generation among Americans alive today, perhaps the least religious ever.

Or does it? The Pew study found that, although young adults -- the so-called Millennial generation born after 1981 -- are shunning traditional religious denominations and services in unprecedented numbers, their faith in God and the power of prayer appears nearly as strong as that of young people in earlier generations.... Read this in full at
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs22-2010feb22,0,7143343.story


    
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? MOST AMERICANS DO
A survey from the Pew Forum on Religion showed that a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80%, believe in miracles. The results are from a wider study, "Religion Among the Millennials." Greg Smith from the Pew Forum on Religion talks about the widespread belief in miracles.

An extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment - that's Merriam Webster's definition of the word, miracle. But it goes on: An event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence. And from that alone, you might conclude that our understanding of miracles is murky at best. A new study from Pew complicates things a bit further.

The study shows that young adults, the so-called millennial generation, don't attend church services regularly, are less inclined to express religious preference or affiliation than their elders, but profess widespread belief in the afterlife, in heaven and hell and in miracles. Nearly 80% of all Americans, in fact, say they believe in miracles.... Read and hear this in full at
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124007551


    
WHAT TO DO WITH EMPTY CHURCH BUILDINGS
Amid the closings of Catholic churches across the Northeast and Midwest, local officials -- vexed by visions of vacant buildings in struggling neighborhoods -- might want to take a look at what’s happening in Buffalo, NY.

Despite a weak real estate market, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has found surprising success in selling its closed churches -- often hulking, high-maintenance, heat-draining structures. To date, the diocese has sold 38 of the 77 church properties it closed during a three-year downsizing plan that began in 2005.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/buffalo_finds_success_in_new_life_for_old_churches/


    
BLACK CHURCHES TEAM UP TO TACKLE PROBLEMS FACING BLACK MEN
The leaders of three black Methodist denominations are joining together -- for the first time in 45 years -- to address unemployment, crime and other problems that disproportionately affect black men.

When people talk about us being in an economic downturn, that’s nice talk for the general community, but for the African-American community, we are in depression,” said Senior Bishop John R. Bryant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Our people are hurting. They’re hurting financially and we want to put our heads together and our hearts together to see what we can do to try to ease that kind of pain,” he said.

Bryant’s church, along with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, are planning a “Great Gathering” for March 1-3 in Columbia, SC that is expected to attract thousands of church members.

The meeting, organizers say, will spearhead projects such as minority mentoring programs in local congregations across the country.... Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/02/black-churches-team-up-to-tack.php


    
ECO-CONSCIOUS GO GREEN WHEN THEY GO UNDER
In a world that is increasingly renewable, recyclable and energy-efficient, many Americans already spend much of their lives in an eco-friendly environment. Now they can spend eternity there, too.

That’s what the late Paul Magalhaes Sr. wanted, so when he was considering burial plans last October, he settled on a new “eco option” at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J.

After his death on Jan. 7 at age 78, Magalhaes was interred in Maryrest—the first person to be “ecologically buried” in one of the country’s first Catholic cemeteries with an environmentally sensitive section.

My father always loved nature,” said his son, Paul Magalhaes Jr. “He was the kind of guy, if there was an ant crawling, he’d say, `Don’t step on it; it has a purpose.’”

People in the funeral industry say more Christians are embracing the idea of burial in cemeteries striving to contain their own carbon footprint.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/eco_conscious_go_green_when_they_go_under/


    
CHURCHES TO PRAY WITH ONE VOICE FOR JUSTICE
Thousands of people will join with one voice to pray for an end to poverty as they connect with God’s heart for justice. Beginning March 1, churches and individual Christians worldwide will spend time with God and pray about issues of poverty and justice as part of the One Voice prayer campaign led by Tearfund, 24-7 Prayer, and CompassionArt.

The ministries have developed prayer resources for the week, including material giving guidance on prayers for Haiti following the January 12 earthquake that left more than 200,000 people dead and another 1.5 million homeless and in need of aid.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100224/churches-to-pray-with-one-voice-for-justice/index.html


    
ECUMENICAL HEAD: OUR CALL IS TO CARRY THE CROSS
A Norwegian theologian has been formally installed as the new head of the World Council of Churches. During his installation service, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit pronounced "Nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified" as his first unity call to the worldwide ecumenical fellowship.

"The cross is and will forever be the sign of the church," the new general secretary said. "This is the symbol that we have together, the symbol of what we have together, the symbol of what the churches have to give to the world. From the beginning to the end." It's the symbol that churches need to return to in order to be one, he said.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100224/ecumenical-head-our-call-is-to-carry-the-cross/index.html


    
Q&A: PHILIP RYKEN, WHEATON'S NEXT PRESIDENT
Wheaton College chose from one of its own when it appointed Philip Ryken, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, as its next president. Ryken graduated from the college in 1988 and has served on its board of trustees since 2006. Ryken received his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. He is on the board of trustees at Westminster Theological Seminary, and a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the Gospel Coalition. Ryken will begin on July 1 after president Duane Litfin retires in June. Ryken spoke with Christianity Today about his plans for the college.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/februaryweb-only/18-21.0.html


    
WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE DVD
Phil Vischer here. I want to tell you about What’s in the Bible? -- the first new DVD project I have conceived from scratch since VeggieTales, and a project I can’t wait to share with the world. The first 2 DVDs, In the Beginning and Let My People Go!, will be available March 1, but I wanted to take the time to tell you a little bit about why I am so excited about this series.

What’s in the Bible? is, in a nutshell, an attempt to address declining biblical literacy in the North American church. VeggieTales was an amazingly effective way to teach individual Bible stories, but not abstract concepts like sin, redemption, or God’s grace. Yet these concepts are the core of a meaningful faith. Christian colleges report that incoming freshmen -- even those from Christian homes -- know less about the Bible each year. And partly as a result of a lack of meaningful knowledge about their faith, 65% of Christian kids are walking away from the church as soon as they leave high school.

So, What's in the Bible? is a new 13-part series that will walk kids all the way through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Call it “Christianity 101” -- a crash course in our faith, presented with the same wit and whimsy as VeggieTales.
http://www.whatsinthebible.com


    
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN WHO LEFT
by Neil Wiegert
* If you haven't been walking with the Lord, start; if you are walking with Him, walk closer.
* Pray for her. She may not stay, but you will be a stronger man when it all ends.
* Even though life is far from normal at this time, keep life as normal as possible by keeping/maintaining your routines.... Read this in full at
http://www.maninthemirror.org/weeklybriefing/wb361.htm


    
LAUNCHED: NATIONAL MULTIMEDIA PROGRAM TO HELP PARENTS PROTECT KIDS FROM CYBER SEX
Enough Is Enough (EIE), a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping children safe online, announces the national launch of Internet Safety 101, a comprehensive program for parents, educators, and other caring adults who need knowledge and resources to protect kids from dangers on all Internet-enabled devices.

"Internet Safety 101 is the only multimedia program on the market specifically designed to educate, equip and empower parents to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect children from the very real dangers that exist in a Web 2.0 world," said Donna Rice Hughes, president and chairman of EIE. "While the Internet provides many extraordinary opportunities for children, the sad reality is no child is immune to online threats, which is why parents must be the first line of defense," Rice Hughes added.

Today's kids are exposed to the online dangers of pornography, sexual predators, cyber bullies, and other Internet threats. While children can engage in risky behavior via computers, cell phones, gaming systems, and social networks, many adults are uninformed, overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with online threats. Internet Safety 101 provides a means for adults to educate, equip and empower themselves to ensure that children under their care have a safe and rewarding online experience.
http://www.internetsafety101.org/


    
TIGER GETS RELIGION?
by Rusty Wright
Tiger Woods publicly apologized (http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/201002198096934/news/) to his family, friends, and fans for behavior he labeled “irresponsible,” “selfish,” and “foolish.” He confessed to unfaithfulness, affairs, and cheating, calling them “wrong.” He expressed remorse and took responsibility. “It's up to me to start living a life of integrity,” affirmed the Associated Press’ Athlete of the Decade.

Debates about his scripted, no-questions-allowed announcement method aside, I must admire his admission of blame and commitment to change. I wish him success and hope (http://amyfound.org/writing_resources/amy_internet_syndicate/articles/rusty_wright/rw88.html) he and his family get the space and support they need to heal.

Matters of belief and faith figured prominently in Tiger’s statement. His request of friends and fans who once believed in him: “I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.” Central to his recovery, he explained, would be Buddhism, learned at his mother’s knee, from which he admitted drifting:

Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2010/s10020120.htm


    
WOODS SAYS HE'LL TURN TO BUDDHISM FOR HELP
In the theater of American public apologies, it's common for celebrities to invoke their faith. Disgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods did it Friday, in fact, with a twist. He cited the role of Buddhism in his life -- and will look to it to help him recover from serial infidelity.

"People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years," Woods said during Friday's televised apology, his first public appearance in nearly three months. It was Woods' most direct reference to his beliefs yet.

In a few previous interviews, Woods said he had practiced mediation and had attended temple with his mother. He has credited her, and her Thai Buddhism, with giving him the focus needed on the golf course and throughout his life.

His latest comments reflected the Buddhist teachings about desire, craving and attachment -- and balance.... Read this in full at
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_sp_ot/us_tiger_woods_buddhism


    
NCAA REMOVES CONTROVERSIAL FOCUS ON THE FAMILY ADS
Two weeks after CBS and the National Football League endured criticism from women's groups and gay rights advocates for letting Focus on the Family run an advertisement during the Super Bowl while blocking an ad from a gay dating service, the controversy has extended to singe the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The national college sports group on Tuesday dropped advertisements from Focus on the Family from its championships website (which, unlike the association's main .org website, is a .com site that takes advertising and is managed by CBS College Sports). According to a spokesman for Focus on the Family, the ads had been included on several CBS-managed Web sites (including ncaa.com) as part of the conservative advocacy group's purchase of the Super Bowl ad.... Read this in full at
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/02/24/ncaa


    
40,000 HAITIANS PROFESS FAITH IN CHRIST SINCE JAN. 12 QUAKE
A reported 40,127 Haitians have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ since a major earthquake hit the impoverished nation in January, according to pastors and directors of missions within the Confraternite Missionaire Baptiste d'Haiti (CMBH).

"Haiti is ripe for a spiritual movement from God," said Craig Culbreth, director of the Florida Baptist Convention's partnership missions department, which coordinates the work of the CMBH, upon his Feb. 22 return from Port-au-Prince.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32370


    
REPORT: US FOREIGN OFFICERS NEED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The US government needs to enhance the religious literacy of its foreign service officers and diplomats so that they can better address foreign policy challenges, a report advised.

Task force members of the report “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for US Foreign Policy,” sponsored by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, said for too long the government has ignored the fact that religion plays a large role in the lives of the people its officers interact with overseas.

It is imperative that representatives of America engage with local religious communities and receive training on how to relate to these religious groups in order to fulfill its foreign interests, the task force said.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100224/report-u-s-foreign-officers-need-religious-education/index.html


    
CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAME COMPANIES TO MERGE
Newark’s Digital Praise, which makes Christian video games, plans to merge with Murrieta’s Left Behind Games Inc. Left Behind said Digital Praise “has generated approximately $4.89 million dollars selling Christian video games over the past two years.”

Digital Praise, led by CEO Tom Bean, started selling the “Dance Praise” game, which uses a mat and Christian music, in 2005. The company’s biggest hit has been “Guitar Praise,” released in late 2008.

Left Behind gave Digital Praise a no-interest short-term loan of $50,000 in December “to assist them with their working capital requirements.” By the end of the year, Digital Praise had paid back $10,411 of that loan.... Read this in full at
http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/stories/2010/02/22/daily18.html
also see the news release at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1111913137.html


    
VERSE TO PONDER
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22-23



    
CONSIDER
Man, like the bridge, was designed to carry the load of the moment, not the combined weight of a year at once.”
William Ward



    
THE SIX PERCENT SOLUTION
by Will Willimon
When I was at my first church, I was complaining to a wise, experienced pastor that I had “too few talented lay persons” in my little church to change the downward course of the congregation. (Even forty years ago I was trying to change the church!) “I have no more than five or six folks who show any ability to move forward,” I whined.

Well consider yourself fortunate,” replied the wise pastor. “My congregation is twice the size of yours and I can count no more than five or six Spirit-filled, innovative leaders. Fortunately, God rarely needs more than that to get the ball rolling.”

What? Jesus changed the whole world with twelve (only eleven of whom panned out) disciples. Malcolm Gladwell’s, The Tipping Point is a study of how human organizations change. How does a system reach the “tipping point” whereby an organizational culture is transformed? Gladwell documents that it takes no more than six children in a school to begin wearing a certain brand of sport shoe to reach the tipping point whereby in just a few days a hundred children will begin wearing that same brand of shoe.

I believe Gladwell is right. In all of the churches I have served as a pastor only six percent of the members gave nearly two-thirds of all the financial gifts to the church. I’ve served some wonderful churches but I’ve never served a church that wasn’t being led by six percent of the members. Only six percent of the congregation are people to whom God has given the passion and the position to lead the whole church.... Read this in full at
http://willimon.blogspot.com/2010/01/six-percent-solution.html


    
DISSIDENTS UNVEIL NEW RIVAL NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH
Saying they're done with efforts to reform the nation's largest Lutheran body, dissidents unveiled blueprints Thursday (Feb. 18) for a rival denomination, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

The new body, which will hew to a more traditional line on issues of human sexuality, is expected to be formally launched in August as a conservative alternative to the 4.6 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

So far, at least seven ELCA congregations have voted to leave after the Chicago-based denomination lifted restrictions last summer on non-celibate gay clergy. An additional 28 congregations appear poised to leave.... Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/02/dissidents-unveil-new-rival-no.php


    
OLYMPIC ATHLETES WHO PUT THEIR FAITH FIRST
"For me, the only thing that keeps me going is ... striving to do my heavenly Father's will," says skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace, who lives with her husband and 2-year-old daughter in Orem, Utah. "That lightens my burden so it's not all about me. It's about trying to be a good example to those around me and ... showing an example that Christ would have shown."

Pikus-Pace may be an anomaly, but she's not alone. In a testament to the diverse religions represented at the Winter Games, Vancouver's multifaith center provides "spiritual services" to adherents of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism.

In recent years, Jewish athletes, such as Michael Phelps's 2008 gold-medal relay teammate Jason Lezak, have used their fame to promote Jewish causes. Muslim Olympians have stood up for their religious beliefs in debates over clothing and fasting, even at the price of sacrificing their athletic goals. It's an issue that is likely to come into sharper focus at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which will coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

After Beijing was harshly criticized for banning foreign chaplains from serving in its understaffed multifaith center at the 2008 Olympics, Vancouver is striving to support the spiritual needs of athletes. Required by the International Olympic Committee, the center highlights an often-hidden dimension of athletes.... Read this in full at
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Olympics/2010/0218/Olympic-athletes-who-put-their-faith-first


    
HEDRICK TO RETIRE FROM SPEEDSKATING
US speedskater Chad Hedrick finished sixth in the men's 1500 meters Feb. 20 in the last individual race in his speedskating career. Hedrick announced he is retiring from speedskating after Vancouver.

"I think you can watch on video and know that my race looked a lot different than it did in the 1000 meter," Hedrick said of his 1000 meter bronze medal performance. "I am so shocked that I did better in the 1000 meter than in the 1500 because I don't even practice it, and that's what's tough for me to swallow right here."

Hedrick's mission in Vancouver was to show the world that he is a different person than he was in 2006, when he won three medals. Once considered to be the "Paris Hilton of speedskating" for his active nightlife, Hedrick has since married and had a daughter; in recent months he also had become a Christian and was baptized. On the top of his skating blade he has written the letters "CGIM," which stands for "See God in me," as a reminder to himself that the world is watching.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32348


    
GETTING THE DEVIL OFF THE MOUNTAIN
Arthur Mijares never saw it coming when he filed the federal paperwork to change the name of Contra Costa County's most famous landmark from Mt. Diablo to Mt. Reagan.

It's not that he's such a big fan of the 40th president of the United States. It's just that he believes, as a devout Christian, that naming a peak of such beauty and importance after the devil -- even in Spanish -- is "derogatory, pejorative, offensive, obscene, blasphemous, and profane."

"I just happen to be an ordinary man that worships God," Mijares said by way of explanation. "He gave me this task in my prayer time. I said, 'Lord, they're going to think I'm a loon.' " Mijares didn't know the half of it.

In less than a month, more than 80,000 people have joined a Facebook group called "People AGAINST Re-naming Mt. Diablo to Mt. Reagan!!" The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has been flooded with email; the heated response runs nine to one against the idea, said Supervisor Susan Bonilla, whose district includes the beloved mountain.... Read this in full at
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-diablo-reagan23-2010feb23,0,7854021.story


    
MORALITY IN MEDIA SAYS PARENTS SHOULDN’T BE THE ONLY LINE OF DEFENSE IN PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ONLINE P*RN
MIM President Robert Peters has advised the FCC that while parents are the "first line of defense" in protecting children from harmful content online and elsewhere, a reliance on parents is "not the whole answer." This was in response to an FCC "Notice of Inquiry" [MB Docket No. 09-194)] seeking comment on "how to empower parents to help their children take advantage of the opportunities offered by evolving technologies while at the same time protecting children from the risks inherent in use of these technologies."

Mr. Peters points out that, "For a variety of reasons, many parents cannot or will not use available technology." Some parents, he writes, "do not read or speak English fluently." Others lack "literacy skills." Many are "chronically ill or disabled." "A technology gap also separates most parents...from their children...Parental controls can be difficult to use...Furthermore, as children get older many will find a way to circumvent the technology and no technology is perfect...And while it may come as a surprise to some federal court judges, many parents are not part of the solution; they are part of the problem...And it isn't just dads...it's moms too." .... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/7139213136.html


    
MULTI-SITE CHURCHES SPREADING IN POST-CHRISTIAN EUROPE
Amid decreasing church attendance in Western Europe, multi-site churches have still managed to take root and spread, one group reports.

Leadership Network released a brief report providing snapshots of the various kinds of multi-site churches growing in Europe.

"While some people have questioned whether the multi-site model works in the more post-Christendom context of Europe, there are European churches, who organize themselves as multi-site churches," states the report by Joanne Appleton of the European Church Planting Network -- a project of Dallas-based Leadership Network.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100224/multi-site-churches-spreading-in-post-christian-europe/index.html


     5 THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPIER
Here are 5 things that research has shown can improve happiness:
1. Be grateful
2. Be optimistic
3. Count your blessings
4. Use your strengths
5. Commit acts of kindness.... Read this in full at http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100222/sc_livescience/5thingsthatwillmakeyouhappier


    
CONSIDER
Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward things we are.”
Edwin Chapin



    
VERSE TO PONDER
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2



    
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: AWHILE IN SPIRIT, LORD, TO THEE
Words: Joseph F. Thrupp, 1853
Music: Geistliche Lieder, 1543

Awhile in spirit, Lord, to Thee
Into the desert we would flee;
Awhile upon the barren steep
Our fast with Thee in spirit keep.

Awhile from Thy temptation learn
The daily snares of sin to spurn,
And in our hearts to feel and own
Man liveth not by bread alone.

O Thou once tempted like as we,
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Be Thou our Helper in the strife,
Be Thou our true, our inward Life.

And while, at Thy command we pray,
Give us our bread from day to day,”
May we with Thee, O Christ, be fed,
Thou Word of God, Thou living Bread.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/w/awhilein.htm


     ON PRAYER
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6



     PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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     DAILY BLESSING PACT
Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

PERSONAL
Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

FINANCIAL
Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Benefits
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Settlements
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut. 28:2).

[As you travel on business or vacation, let me know if you'd like the church guys to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness. I'll add your name to the list for the time you'll be away.]


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Get your domain name here!
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It's as easy as 1-2-3!


     SHARE YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITES
Tell us what sites you find enjoyable and why.

Baptist Press coverage of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

http://www.bpnews.net/BPCollectionNews.asp?ID=166

Watch a man pile bricks on top of his head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KWBSf3buwE

Dribble paint like Jackson Pollock
http://www.jacksonpollock.org/

Extensive list of phobias
http://www.phobiaguide.com/

Flower maker
http://www.zefrank.com/flowers/

All links to websites are provided as a service, and do not imply endorsement by this ministry.

(BTW: whenever the URLs in this newsletter are too long to turn into links on your e-mail program, just copy the entire URL (two lines or more) and paste it into a temporary email message. Then delete the return in the middle of it and copy it again. Then paste it into your web browser and hit enter.)


What if there were no hypothetical questions?

Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com


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Path Of Life Ministries is located in Chicago, IL.
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