Connecting man to man to God
For week of March 7, 2010
Issue 294


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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“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
     1 Corinthians 13:1-3


    
CONSIDER
“I want to keep my soul fertile for changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it's time for them to die. I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not read the same page recurrently.”
     Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts


    
AFA FOUNDER DON WILDMON RESIGNS AS CHAIRMAN
The Rev. Don Wildmon has resigned as chairman of the American Family Association, a Christian political movement he founded that now boasts millions of followers in a fight against what it considers indecency.

Wildmon, 72, said his resignation follows months of health problems, including hospitalizations for treatment of encephalitis, which he got from a mosquito bite, and cancer on his left eye.

Wildmon’s son, Tim, is expected to lead the organization. Don Wildmon said he will continue to work at AFA, but not in a leadership role.

Wildmon, a retired Methodist minister, founded the group in 1977 in his Tupelo home as the National Federation for Decency, promoting family values and waging boycotts to combat what it deemed pornography and violence on television and in magazines.

The group changed its name in 1988 to the American Family Association. It has grown to an organization with a $20-million budget, 180 radio stations, a monthly magazine with a circulation of 170,000, and an Internet presence of more than 2 million supporters.... Read this in full at
http://www.newsok.com/afa-founder-don-wildmon-resigns-as-chairman/article/feed/138269


    
JAMES DOBSON SIGNS OFF, FOR NOW
Everything has its season, the Bible says. For Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, one season has ended. But another will soon begin.

An estimated 200 million people worldwide tuned in recently to Dobson’s final turn as host of the “Focus on the Family” radio show. After 33 years, Dobson finally said goodbye to the Colorado Springs-based ministry he founded.

From a modest weekly radio show in a two-room rented office in Arcadia, Calif., it grew into a multimillion-dollar empire, and Dobson grew from an unknown child psychologist to one of the most influential evangelical leaders of our time, advising presidents as casually as he advised moms.

But the send-off has been muted by Dobson’s announcement in December that he’s starting another Christian ministry and radio show similar to the Focus enterprise.

Dobson, 73, has said he formed the new ministry because the traditional family model is breaking down. “I have asked myself how I can sit and watch the world go by without trying to help if I can,” Dobson wrote. “That is what motivates me at this time.”

Dobson and his 39-year-old son, Ryan, hope to launch their new ministry May 3 with the airing of their co-hosted radio show, “Family Talk With James Dobson.” Dobson has said "Family Talk" was not created to directly compete with Focus on the Family.... Read this in full at
http://www.gazette.com/articles/dobson-94788-today-season.html


    
ST. PATRICK’S DAY IS MARCH 17
http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/stpatricks/


    
PASTOR SAYS THERE ARE 'PRACTICAL ATHEISTS' AMONG CHRISTIANS
Most Americans claim belief in God but many are living as "Christian atheists," according to some pastors. "I'm sick and tired of the fact that people can attend church for ten to 20 years and never change," said NewSpring Church Senior Pastor Perry Noble.

"Here's the deal: we believe in Jesus enough to get us out of hell but not actually enough to change the way we live and that's a problem in the church," the S.C. pastor said Sunday to his mega-congregation.

Noble launched a new series titled "Practical Atheist," borrowing the term from fellow pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv who preached on a similar series years back and has a book on the subject coming out this month.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100302/s-c-pastor-exposes-practical-atheists-among-christians/index.html


    
STUDIES: BELIEF IN GOD RELIEVES DEPRESSION
The "Big Man Upstairs" is getting accolades from mental health specialists who say they are finding that a belief in God plays a positive role in the treatment of anxiety and depression. University of Toronto psychologists reported last year that "believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress," their research showcasing "distinct brain differences" between believers and nonbelievers.

A new study by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago took the idea a step further. In patients diagnosed with clinical depression, "belief in a concerned God can improve response to medical treatment," said the new research, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.... Read this in full at
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/25/research-indicates-belief-in-god-relieves-depressi/


    
SHANE CLAIBORNE: FAITH NOT EXCUSE TO GET INTO HEAVEN
Shane Claiborne is a "recovering redneck," as he calls himself, who grew up immersed in the church in the Bible Belt. He doesn't own a car, but if he needs one he has a dozen on his block that his neighbors will let him use.

Claiborne, 34, simply lives life convinced that Jesus came to earth not just to prepare people to die, but to teach people to live. That means, taking up the countercultural call of the Gospel to move closer to suffering rather than away from it.

"[T]here is a pattern in the gospel, and the pattern is that when we live in proximity to those who are suffering and spend our lives caring for the 'least of these,' not only does it give life to others, but it also gives life to those who choose this crazy gospel way of living," he states in his latest book, Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical (co-authored by John Perkins).... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100301/shaine-claiborne-faith-not-excuse-to-get-into-heaven/index.html


    
DAILY READINGS FOR LENT
66 Love Letters: A Conversation With God That Invites You Into His Story is the newest book by author Larry Crabb. The book is an ongoing dialogue between Dr. Crabb and God, discussing each of the 66 books of the Bible. The book seeks to weave together each of the 66 "love letters" to illuminate the story of God's encompassing desire to have a relationship with mankind and Jesus' role of redeeming us to himself. Here’s a sample:

Love Letter One: Genesis
God says, I want you to realize that I never underestimated how thoroughly you'd mess up your life or how painfully you would struggle and suffer, and I don't want you to underestimate your failures or struggles either. They're all part of the story I'm telling.

But neither have I underestimated My determination or ability to enter the mess you've made and the pain you feel and turn everything around. I can, and I will, make everything good again. Never, never underestimate Me. I have a plan, a very good one, and it will move ahead to completion. Guaranteed! Trust Me. Why? Because I love you even when you're messing up badly. I love you in the middle of your pain even though I don't relieve it as quickly as you wish. I am worthy of your trust, no matter what happens in your life. I have a good plan, and nothing will stop Me from carrying it to completion. You must live now in the tension between anguish and hope.

Read these at
http://www.newwayministries.org/66loveletters-lent.php


    
ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND CRUCIFIXION-STYLE NAIL FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST AMONG RELICS
A four-inch crucifixion-style nail dating from the time of Christ has been discovered in an ornate box at a fort thought to have been a stronghold of knights who occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades, The Daily Mirror reports.

The Knights Templar, featured in The Da Vinci code, conquered the Holy Lands a thousands year after Christ and claimed to be guardians of the Holy Grail, the cross and other relics.

The iron nail, similar to the type used in thousands of crucifixions across the Roman Empire, was found during excavations of the fort on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off the Portuguese island of Madeira.... Read this in full at
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/03/archaeologists-find-crucifixion-style-nail-from-the-time-of-christ-among-relics/1


    
THE MAN WHO CAN’T SAVE HIMSELF SAVES OTHERS
“In the same way [that is, with similar mockery] the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.’” (Matt. 27:41-42

“What do we mean today by the verb ‘to save’? Ask someone at random on the streets of Seattle what the verb ‘to save’ means, and what will be the response? Someone who is worried about his financial portfolio may reply, “‘Save’ is what you’d better do if you want money set aside for a comfortable retirement.” Ask a sports fan what the verb means, and he may reply, “‘Save’ is what a fine goalie does; he stops the ball from going into the net, and thus saves the point.” Ask computer techies what the verb means, and they will surely tell you that you jolly well better save your data by backing it up frequently, for otherwise when your computer crashes you may lose everything.

“The mockers in verses 41 and 42 do not mean any of these things, of course. They are saying that apparently Jesus ‘saved’ many other people -- he healed the sick, he exorcised demons, he fed the hungry; occasionally he even raised the dead -- but now he could not ‘save’ himself from execution. He could not be much of a savior after all. Thus even their formal affirmation that Jesus ‘saved’ others is uttered with irony in a context that undermines his ability. This would-be savior is a disappointment and a failure, and the mockers enjoy their witty sneering.

“But once again, the mockers speak better than they know. Matthew knows, and the readers know, and God knows, that in one profound sense if Jesus is to save others, he really cannot save himself.”
     D. A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus


    
AT CARTER’S CHURCH, FORMER PRESIDENT'S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS STILL A DRAW
With its aging storefronts and small train depot, its graceful pecan trees and clipped fields of peanuts, cottons and hay, peace still seems possible in this tiny town of Plains, Ga.

And nowhere is that peace protected more fiercely than at Maranatha Baptist Church, where former President Jimmy Carter teaches an adult Sunday school class two or three Sundays of every month.

Jan Williams, who taught Amy Carter when she was in fourth grade, is the head peacekeeper at the simple country church set in a grove of pecan trees. At 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, Williams -- known universally as ”Miss Jan” -- steps out the church’s front doors and encounters a line of visitors already forming.

Even though Carter left office 30 years ago, security remains tight at the church, which is open to anyone who wants to come to Sunday school. But first they have to get past Miss Jan and the Secret Service.... Read this in full at
http://www.religiousherald.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4003&Itemid=53


    
OPINION: EVANGELICALS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
by Nicholas D. Kristof
For most of the last century, save-the-worlders were primarily Democrats and liberals. In contrast, many Republicans and religious conservatives denounced government aid programs, with Senator Jesse Helms calling them “money down a rat hole.”

Over the last decade, however, that divide has dissolved, in ways that many Americans haven’t noticed or appreciated. Evangelicals have become the new internationalists, pushing successfully for new American programs against AIDS and malaria, and doing superb work on issues from human trafficking in India to mass rape in Congo.

A pop quiz: What’s the largest U.S.-based international relief and development organization?

It’s not Save the Children, and it’s not CARE -- both terrific secular organizations. Rather, it’s World Vision, a Seattle-based Christian organization (with strong evangelical roots) whose budget has roughly tripled over the last decade.

World Vision now has 40,000 staff members in nearly 100 countries. That’s more staff members than CARE, Save the Children, and the worldwide operations of the United States Agency for International Development -- combined.

A growing number of conservative Christians are explicitly and self-critically acknowledging that to be “pro-life” must mean more than opposing abortion. The head of World Vision in the United States, Richard Stearns, begins his fascinating book, “The Hole in Our Gospel,” with an account of a visit a decade ago to Uganda, where he met a 13-year-old AIDS orphan who was raising his younger brothers by himself.... Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html
Also see “Your Comments on my Evangelicals Column”
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/your-comments-on-my-evangelicals-column/


    
WILL ‘THE DAWN TREADER’ FLOAT?
The filmmakers behind the Narnia movies, admitting they "made some mistakes" with 2008's Prince Caspian, believe they have righted the ship for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, coming to theaters in December.

After the first Narnia film, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, earned almost $750 million worldwide in 2005, Prince Caspian -- a big disappointment to many fans of the beloved books by C. S. Lewis -- earned about half as much. Domestically, Caspian made just $141 million, far short of its reported $225 million production budget.

But since then, Walden Media (which produced the first two films) and Disney (which distributed them) have parted ways; Walden is now partnering with 20th Century Fox for distribution. A new director, Michael Apted, replaces Andrew Adamson, who helmed the first two Narnia films (and is a producer for Dawn Treader). Those changes, and a renewed commitment to the message of the books, have filmmakers optimistic.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/news/2010/willdawntreaderfloat.html


    
ATHEISTS MEET WITH WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS
The White House has been known to confer with religious leaders on important political and social issues -- for instance, a meeting on torture with several religious denominations in June or Obama's recent meeting with Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama. On Feb. 26, however, White House officials met with 60 members of atheist advocacy group the Secular Coalition for America, to discuss problems that they believe are fueled by religion. The coalition's press release notes that this is the first time an administration has met with a non-theist community.... Read this in full at
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/02/atheists-meet-with-white-house-officials/1


    
THE KNOTS PRAYER
Dear God,
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots, and
might nots that find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and should nots
that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the am nots
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.

Amen.
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com


    
HOW DO -- AND SHOULD -- CHURCHES DIE?
Not unlike humans, churches have a natural life cycle. But when a church realizes it is nearing the end of its life, what are its options to revitalize and carry on its ministry -- or die with dignity in a way that honors the cause of Christ?

Peter Bush, author of In Dying We are Born: The Challenge and the Hope for Congregations, believes every church must “be prepared to die” because each will die in one of two ways. Each church must die to “deeply held understandings of life and the purpose of the congregation” or it will close its doors.

Congregations are organisms, subject to an organism’s life cycle -- birth, development, plateau and aging -- and that cycle is inevitable, Bob Dale, author of To Dream Again, Seeds for the Future and Cultivating Perennial Churches, believes. “Living things don’t live forever, but there are some living things that last a long, long time,” he said.

Les Robinson, vice president of interim-ministry resources for the Center for Congregational Health, also sees the cycle of life. “Churches are human institutions. Why shouldn’t they complete the same cycle?” he asked.... Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/4888/53/


    
VERSE TO PONDER
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
     Philippians 2:3-5


    
CONSIDER
“After Calvary, God has the right to be trusted; to be believed that He means what He says; and that His love is dependable.”
     A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), In the Secret Place of the Most High, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947


    
THIS ADVENTURE
“Healing is surely to come. It may be the healing of my body. I expect so with all my heart. Or it may be the healing of my weary spirit, which has not always been peaceful in the run and the muck, the thistles and the sweats of this worldly existence. This last rest I do also expect with all my heart. I won't be surprised to hear the voice of the Lord at the end of things physical. I believe in both. It is not reasonable. Even to myself I cannot make these pieces fit. A paradox.

“Nonetheless! In spite of the paradox this must pose, I repeat what I've written before: I am completely at peace with this drama. This adventure.

“Even the seeming of my body's loss -- that swift invasion of allergenic symptoms caused by the chemicals last week -- hasn't stolen from me the blessings of my adventure. God does not cause human misery, nor does he desire the death of any person on earth. But he can and does participate in the complexities of human life. He takes, therefore, advantage of our weaknesses to love our spirits and to prop up our weary bones.”
     Walter Wangerin Jr., Letters From the Land of Cancer


    
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS MEETING REVIVES CHURCH-STATE DEBATE BETWEEN OLD FRIENDS
As president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rev. Barry Lynn often is seen as an enemy by religious conservatives like the group NRB, whose annual meeting recently concluded. Their mission is to spread Christianity to every part of society. That includes public policy. But Lynn's mission is to keep religion as far away from the government as possible.

Lynn squared off with Craig Parshall, general counsel for NRB, during the group's annual public policy debate. While they both are First Amendment lawyers, and old friends, they disagree upon just about everything.

Parshall says that pastors should be able to endorse political candidates. And he believes that the government has no right to tax churches or other religious groups.

Lynn says that church exemption is a privilege — not a right — and that if they don't want to pay taxes, churches have to abide by government rules.... Read this in full at
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100303/NEWS06/3030361/Religious+Broadcasters+meeting+in+Nashville+revives+church-state+debate


    
WAS TIGER SINCERE?
by Cal Thomas
If Tiger Woods confesses to private acts after they became public -- and takes three months to do so -- should the public accept his confession and forgive him?

Some media critics think his staged event with a friendly audience that included Woods’ mother, his friends, and selected journalists was too perfect, too scripted, and too much. Others want to wait and see if he can put his family back together and get his golf game back on track.

No one can fully know the human heart, but to be believable Woods must lead a new and consistent life in which he demonstrates he has acquired the character and integrity he confessed he failed to embrace. Woods noted that his wife, Elin, “pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time.”

....So, was he sincere? A better question might be: was he demonstrating remorse, or repentance? Remorse is regret for getting caught at something one should not have done. Repentance is an acknowledgement that one’s behavior has offended an authority higher than one’s self and a commitment to turn from that behavior with the intention of never engaging in it again.... Read this in full at
http://www.calthomas.com/index.php?news=2842


    
THUMB WARS
by Tyler Charles
One would be hard-pressed to go an entire day without bumping into someone (sometimes literally) with their phone out and their thumbs punching buttons. It used to be limited to teenagers at the mall, but now text messaging is commonplace, as is its sister technology, Twitter. And for many churches, this is great news because these technologies provide opportunities to foster community -- even during worship.

One of the first churches to incorporate text messaging into a worship service was Mars Hill Church in Seattle. "When our church plant was small, our young and unchurched crowd would routinely interrupt my sermons to ask questions," says Mark Driscoll, preaching pastor at Mars Hill. "But as the church continued to expand, it became impossible to continue serving people by answering their questions."

So Mars Hill began encouraging people to submit questions via text messaging during the service. The questions were screened, and at the end of the sermon, Driscoll answered the most relevant questions.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/preachingworship/worship/thumbwars.html


    
REUNION OF ANCIENT SCROLL FRAGMENTS ILLUMINATES MISSING LINK IN BIBLE'S EVOLUTION
Two parts of an ancient biblical manuscript separated across centuries and continents have been reunited for the first time in a joint display, thanks to an accidental discovery that is helping illuminate a dark period in the history of the Hebrew Bible.

The 1,300-year-old fragments, which are among only a handful of Hebrew biblical manuscripts known to have survived the era in which they were written, existed separately and with their relationship unknown, until a news photograph of one's public unveiling in 2007 caught the attention of the scholars who would eventually link them.

Together, they make up the text of the Song of the Sea, sung by jubilant Israelites after fleeing slavery in Egypt and witnessing the destruction of the pharaoh's armies in the Red Sea.... Read this in full at
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-ml-israel-reunited-scroll,0,2738113.story


    
TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR DENYING WICCAN ALTAR
A teacher in Iowa received a five-day unpaid suspension for insubordination for not allowing a student to build a Wiccan altar in his shop class -- discipline he said he still doesn't agree with. Dale Halferty, who has taught industrial arts at Guthrie Center High School for three years, said he was asked to meet with the school district superintendent and high school principal when he returns to work.

Halferty said he still doesn't understand why school officials are forcing him to act against his own beliefs as a Christian and allow the student to disrupt his class with a project based on a religion he believes is wrong and bad for youth.... Read this in full at
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100304/NEWS/3040352/Teacher-suspended-for-denying-Wiccan-altar


    
EU MOVES TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
The European Union has reportedly formed an association to protect the rights of Christians in countries where they face persecution. "We’ve set up a working group and are defining what bilateral action can be taken between Europe and the individual countries where Christians’ rights are in danger,” said Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, welcomed the move, commenting, "Christians are facing increasing persecution mainly in Muslim countries. We urge the international community to join Italy's effort in promoting religious freedom and protecting Christians from persecution in Muslim and other Christian persecuting countries."

The EU is studying which international initiatives it can adopt to bring the problem of persecution "more clearly into focus," Frattini said.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100301/eu-moves-to-protect-rights-of-persecuted-christians/index.html


    
BIBLE-BASED PROGRAMS FOR THE DEBT-RIDDEN SURGE IN POPULARITY
Can the Bible help you pay off your credit cards? Christian debt-elimination programs, which use Old and New Testament passages as a framework to encourage financial responsibility, are surging in popularity, with seminars offered at churches across the United States.

In South Florida, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University has proven especially popular. Nine Palm Beach County churches and 15 in Broward are offering the course. Across the country, 4,000 churches started classes between Jan. 1 and Feb. 6, said Meg Alcorn, a Dave Ramsey spokeswoman.

Alcorn said the average family that completes the program pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 within three months.... Read this in full at
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/religion/fl-biblical-finance-20100301,0,3243633,full.story


    
A LAWNMOWER PAVES THE WAY FOR BIBLE TRANSLATION
When the new airstrip was dedicated and opened in Megamanau, Papua New Guinea, the villagers celebrated. All around, men robed in traditional warrior dress and makeup were a testament to the fact that something important was taking place.

If planes don't have a safe place for landing, then anything requiring transport comes to a screeching halt. Since it takes a three-day walk to reach the nearest road, the airstrip is critical to getting translators, volunteers, and supplies in and out. 

In this case, Wycliffe Associates partners caught the vision. They provided a heavy-duty commercial lawnmower and training to help complete the airstrip. The mower will be vital in controlling the tall grass and other vegetation in order to keep the airstrip safe for takeoffs and landings.

Since 2006, a pair of translators, Marcus and Lisa Mellinger, have been working on completing the four Gospels and the Book of Acts. The new airstrip will provide a tremendous boost as they work toward the completion of the Scriptures.
http://mnnonline.org/article/13933


    
ANTHEM WARS
by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
A private college in Indiana will soon begin playing the National Anthem before sporting events for the first time. The most solid news coverage of this decision comes from the Goshen News and Associated Press. Here’s the AP take on how the college recently announced that it will begin play an instrumental version of the “Star Spangled Banner” before campus sporting events: “The decision to reverse the ban on the anthem is aimed at making students and visitors outside the faith feel more welcome, but it has roiled some at the 1,000-student college who feel the song undermines the church’s pacifist message and puts love for county above love for God.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.getreligion.org/?p=27403


    
STUDY LINKS VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES TO VIOLENT THOUGHT, ACTION
A study in the March issue of Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association, shows that playing violent video games increases violent thinking, attitudes and behaviors among players. And it does nothing to promote positive social behaviors.
Psychologist Craig Anderson of Iowa State University and his team analyzed existing studies of 130,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Japan. His findings held for players in Western and Eastern cultures, for male and female players and for players of various ages. They also contradict some earlier studies, whose findings the current authors say are tainted by "selection bias" -- the method by which they selected studies to analyze.

The new study notes that while violence in movies and TV shows has long been examined for its potential impact on viewers' proclivity for violence, video gaming, a much newer phenomenon, has not yet been so fully explored.

In its review of data, the new research found that exposure to violent video games was associated with aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition and aggressive "affect." It desensitizes users and is associated with lack of empathy and a lack of "prosocial" behavior.... Read this in full at
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/03/study_shows_violent_video_game.html


    
TODAY
Each day is a storehouse given you
Fresh every morn from God's hand;
Do you stop to think of this
When at its door you stand?
Twenty-four empty, waiting hours,
All ready for you to fill with
Worthwhile thoughts and worthwhile deeds
And service, if you will.

You're given a chance to store
Away treasures of love and joy,
And satisfaction of work well done
That time cannot destroy.
So put your best into all your day
With eyes opened wide to see, and
Eager hands stretched out to grasp
Each opportunity.
     Unknown Author


    
LET MEN DECIDE ON PROSTATE SCREENING, CANCER SOCIETY SAYS
Most men 50 and older should seriously consider the potential risks of treatment before deciding whether to be screened for prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday in revised guidelines.

"What we are trying to say to men is the harms (of prostate screening) are better proven than the benefits," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Prostate cancer screening consists of the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, blood test or a digital rectal examination.

While these tests can detect cancer, they also can produce false positive results that lead to unnecessary and uncomfortable biopsies and treatments that carry undesirable side effects such as impotence and urinary incontinence.

On the other hand, tests that appear normal can overlook existing cancers.

The American Cancer Society estimates 192,000 men were diagnosed with cancer last year. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer in men, killing about 27,000 in 2009.
The cancer society now recommends that beginning at age 50, men with no special risk of prostate cancer discuss the pros and cons of screening with their doctors and decide together whether it's worth doing.... Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/03/prostate.screening/index.html?hpt=T2


    
CONSIDER
“The founders of the world's religions say, ‘Do! Do! Do!’ but Christ says, ‘Done! It is finished!’"
     Steve Kumar


    
VERSE TO PONDER
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”
     Psalm 28:7


    
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: THE FAST, AS TAUGHT BY HOLY LORE
Words: Unknown author. This hymn is found in two 11th Century manuscripts in the British Museum, and in Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, printed from an 11th Century manuscript by the Surtees Society (Durham, England: 1851). Translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale, 1854.
Music: Jesu Corona, Rouen church melody

The fast, as taught by holy lore,
We keep in solemn course once more;
The fast to all men known, and bound
In forty days of yearly round.

The law and seers that were of old
In divers ways this Lent foretold
Which Christ, all seasons’ King and Guide,
In after ages sanctified.

More sparing therefore let us make
The words we speak, the food we take,
Our sleep and mirth, and closer barred
Be every sense in holy guard.

In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge’s feet,
And His avenging wrath entreat.

Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins, O God, which we deplore;
But pour upon us from on high,
O pardoning One, Thy clemency.

Remember Thou, though frail we be,
That yet Thine handiwork are we;
Nor let the honor of Thy Name
Be by another put to shame.

Forgive the sin that we have wrought;
Increase the good that we have sought;
That we at length, our wanderings o’er,
May please Thee here and evermore.

We pray Thee, holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/f/t/ftaugbhl.htm


     ON PRAYER
Enable me, Father, to realize that words once spoken, like coins in circulation, pass from person to person along an uncharted course. Grant me the insight so to speak that any words of mine may be repeated without giving hurt. Help me not to criticize but rather to stress the things that are pure, lovely, and of good report. Make my habit of thought gentle and eager to pass along news of kindness and work well done. May my words build, never destroy, faith and confidence. To this end I pray that Thou wilt lead me in the ways of understanding. Amen.”
     Unknown Author


     PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
http://christiansincrisis.net/


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

How Millennial Are You? Quiz
http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/intro.php

BBC video: The Amazing Bouncing Pebble Toad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwNCaYZ9faw

BBC Wildlife channel on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/bbcwildlife1

The Circular Life
http://www.theircircularlife.it/frameset.htm

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Optical Illusion: Strange False Head Photo
http://www.ourstrangeworld.net/index.php/main/article/strange_false_head_photo/

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.)


You don't stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing.
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com


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