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week of April 25, 2010
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mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to
strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without
knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were
in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you
yourselves were being tortured.”
believe that every right implies a responsibility; every
opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.”
John D. Rockefeller
DAY OF PRAYER IS MAY 6
National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first
Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the
nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United
States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is
to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It
exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal
repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to
mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s
leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo
Christian expression of the national observance, based on our
understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in
reverence for the God of the Bible.
National Day of Prayer Task Force’s mission is to
communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance
and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for
America and its leadership in the seven centers of power:
Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and
WISDOM OF THE BODY
the late Dr. Paul Brand
used to think of the body and the soul as being two separate
entities that just shared the same accommodation. The pastor takes
care of the soul at church, and I take care of the body in the
hospital. But, no! I know now that the mind and the spirit and the
body are all one. I know that bodily sickness profoundly affects
the mind and spirit. I know that soul sickness hinders healing of
the body. Perfect health cannot exist where there is fear or
hatred or bitterness in the mind.
is a wonderful word in the Hebrew tongue that is used as a synonym
for peace and also for health and well being. It is SHALOM. It is
used as a greeting and expresses a hope that all is well. It means
wholeness, or peace within the body. In medicine we use the word
HOMEOSTASIS, and it means much the same thing. It means that all
the cells of the body are in harmony and following a single rule
sometimes look at a hand that has come to me for reconstructive
surgery, and I feel it. It looks a little swollen and it feels
warm or hot to the touch. I turn to the hand therapist and suggest
that it needs more time to settle down. The heat suggests that
there has been infection or trauma, and many defensive cells have
rushed to the area, looking for trouble, with finger on the
trigger. With a little rest, the temperature will come down, the
swelling will be reduced, the inflammatory cells will disperse to
their barracks. When the hand is at peace, I will operate with
confidence that healing will be smooth, and the hand will work
well afterwards.... Read this in full at
Air Force and the space authorities track hundreds of thousands of
the largest pieces of "space junk," but there are
millions out there. The only way to be safe is to get out of their
way. As Christians, we are called to do the same with temptation,
to avoid it, run from it.... Read this in full at
W. COLSON’S HOUSE & PERSONAL INFO
Occupation: Commentator and prison activist
Next Project: Writing a book with his daughter about her autistic
Self-Indulgence: When you get to be a Christian, and you are
serious about it, all the pleasures of the flesh disappear. If I
had an indulgence, it would be sports cars, but I can’t
afford to be seen driving one. I had one, but I sold it.
Misconception About Christians: That we are intolerant.
Christianity has deep convictions about what is true, but I don’t
think Christians should impose themselves on people. My greatest
concern is theocracy.
of Easter: I go into prison on Easter Sunday, because the prison
is filled with people who are condemned to a living hell, yet the
power of Christ resurrects them.
Favorite Bibles: I’ve got a Bible that I travel with and one
that I work with at home. They are both the New International
Morning Routine: I am not an early riser. I get up at 7:30. I
enjoy breakfast with a newspaper and my wife, Patricia. Then we
often do a Bible study. I go to my office by 9, pray and start
working.... Read this in full at
SURREAL, SOMETIMES COMICAL STORY BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF THE JESUS
1986, two Israeli fishermen from a kibbutz near Mary Magdalene's
hometown made a remarkable discovery: an ancient wooden boat that
had plied the Sea of Galilee during the time of Jesus. It had been
buried in mud and thus protected from oxygen and hungry
Yigal Allon Museum now houses the Jesus Boat. The current exhibit
is attractive, but unfinished. To attract more visitors (and to
help maintain and improve the museum), Christian media executive
Don Stillman joined forces with the family of Gonny Kossonogi,
daughter of the famous Israeli general Yigal Allon, to form Jesus
Boat Inc. In 2009 the group produced a book (The Jesus Boat, by
Christian Stillman), a DVD (The Jesus Boat Revealed), a website
(JesusBoatMuseum.com), a replica of the boat at the Holy Land
Experience in Orlando, and a multimedia tour of American
church presentations, which have continued into 2010, include
talks by Kurt Raveh, one of the specialists who supervised efforts
to excavate and preserve the boat. On Raveh's recent visit to the
United States, David Neff, editor in chief of the Christianity
Today Media Group, talked about the discovery with the marine
archaeologist, who excavates ancient shipwrecks for the University
of Haifa's Department of Maritime Civilizations.... Read this in
TEMPTATION TO MAKE A RULE WHERE GOD DOES NOT
I understand why good Christians want to make rules of conduct for
clothing, hair, body piercings, movies, music, language, drinking,
smoking, dancing, and other elements of popular culture.
problem, though, is to make a rule of conduct where Jesus does
regularly hear from people whose faith has been shattered by
legalism and moralism. They were convinced they had to do
something to be good enough to merit God's grace -- they had to be
a "good boy." Salvation was free, but now they have to
prove God didn't make a mistake. It's "saved by grace,
sanctified by works." That may clean up a person's behavior
for a while, but it is not Christianity.... Read this in full at
COURT SAYS CHURCH BELLS ARE CONSTITUTIONAL
federal court has ruled a Phoenix city ordinance trying to limit
the sound of church bells is an unconstitutional impingement on
religious expression. In 2007, one day after Christ the King
Cathedral moved to a space near a fire station, neighbors
complained the church's electronic bells -- rung every hour, from
8 am to 8 pm -- violated the city's noise ordinance. Although the
church attempted to appease neighbors by erecting a buffer on its
speakers and passing out informational flyers, the city filed a
misdemeanor complaint last year. The church's pastor, Bishop Rick
Painter, was found guilty in city court and sentenced to 10 days
in jail and three years probation, though he never served time in
jail. On April 19, the federal court ruled in favor of the church
bells, saying the city cannot prohibit "sound generated in
the course of religious expression.".... Read this in full at
CONTROVERSY LINGERS, SHROUD OF TURIN STILL DRAWS A CROWD
Italy (RNS) As hoteliers and souvenir vendors from Lourdes to
Mexico City can readily attest, a sacred pilgrimage can quickly
morph from a spiritual event into a commercial bonanza. And
although religious tourism has recently become a booming global
industry, it's still rare for religious leaders themselves to
sanction a pilgrimage for explicitly economic motives.
the Shroud of Turin has always known how to draw a crowd. The
shroud, long venerated as the actual burial cloth of Jesus, was
last displayed to the public in 2000. Its next exhibition wasn't
expected until 2025, in part to protect the shroud's mysterious
image -- the front and back of a 5-foot-11-inch man -- from the
fading effects of light.
when civic leaders in the automotive powerhouse of Turin, italy
sought to boost their crisis-stricken economy with an influx of
tourism, the Catholic Church was ready to help.... Read this in
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STOTT RELEASES HIS FAREWELL BOOK: THE RADICAL DISCIPLE
News Service) - Commenting on the idea of "leaving a legacy,"
Billy Graham once said, "Our days are numbered. One of the
primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day.
The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the
quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now?
The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled
or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each
for the evangelical church, John Stott has followed his friend Mr.
Graham's advice. He has left the contemporary church a legacy: a
host of books, sermons, and individual lives touched for God's
kingdom. We should be thankful that Stott's time on earth was not
wasted-it was spent in the pursuit of God. In one way or another,
John Stott has exemplified what it is to be a follower and true
disciple of Jesus Christ.
in 1921, educated at Rugby and Cambridge, John Stott was pastor at
All Souls Church in London from the late fifties until the early
seventies. He spent the remainder of his life as iterant preacher,
pastor, bird-watcher, and author.
Stott has become one of the most influential men in the Christian
world today (even in the "secular" media he has garnered
some attention-by both Time Magazine and The New York Times).
a day when the "celebrity-pastor" is the norm, John
Stott remains a gentle reminder that the mark of a man is not his
fame or fortune, but the makeup of his character and the quality
of his life and work. All of this stems from his unwavering trust
in the One he serves: Jesus Christ.
as I picked up John Stott's recent book, The Radical Disciple, my
heart sank. Not because the book is bad (it is absolutely a
"must-read"), but because it is touted as his "farewell
address to the worldwide Church." In and of itself, this
should cause great pause, with the end result being a run to the
bookstore to pick it up and digest its contents.
can be said of Stott. I have written other articles expressing his
influence on my life, but besides my personal interest in his life
and ministry, I believe this new book should be required reading
for all Christians. Why? Simply because it is hued from 70 years
of ministry and Christian living, underlined with the same message
Stott has always chimed: Jesus is Lord!
short book is broken up into eight chapters: non-conformity,
Christ-likeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance,
dependence, and death. As you can see by the topics, even as a man
in his 90's, John Stott is still relevant in subject matter and
fresh in his approach toward a broad array of issues.
even more insightful is the title, Radical Disciple. In the
introduction, Stott clarifies the use of these terms by stating,
"Let me explain and justify the title of this book, The
why disciple? ... My concern in this book is that we who claim to
be disciples of the Lord Jesus will provoke Him to say again: "Why
do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say. For
genuine discipleship is wholehearted discipleship."
why "radical? ... because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to
pick and choose the areas in which we will submit to his
one-two punch. John is not candy-coating the Christian life. In
two words he summarized the gist of the book: radical and
disciple. The Christian is called to be a passionate follower of
the One he or she calls Lord. Nothing less will do.
Stott is still a man with a mission. As the book states, "Stott
here conveys what he has displayed throughout his life: to follow
Jesus is to let Him direct the agenda for our lives. We don't set
the parameters of His lordship or avoid the costs of our
commitment. He calls. We follow."
Stott's voice is still needed in the world. Listen to it with
MASCULINE MANDATE: GOD'S CALLING TO MEN, BY RICHARD D. PHILLIPS
is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But
competing visions for what a man is to be—some growing out
of popular culture and others arising from flawed teaching in the
church—are exacerbating the problem.
D. Phillips "gives us an accurate picture of what it means to
be God's man. The reader will come away reassured that even though
he may possess none of the attributes that the world deems
essential for a 'man's man,' nevertheless he can be one of God's
men." — Jerry Bridges, from his foreword
Bible alone has the answer to what men are to be in the eyes of
their Creator. In his newest book from Reformation Trust
Publishing, Rev. Richard D. Phillips carefully avoids the
stereotypes and legalistic rules while unfolding with clarity and
practical simplicity the biblical vision of men. Here is sound
biblical exposition of the most practical sort—teaching that
reveals not only what men are to think but what they are to be.
the first chapter at
SCRAMBLE TO RESCUE SACRED BOOKS
a locked reading room atop a staircase at the Salem (Mass.)
Athenaeum, hundreds of theological books -- including some that
are nearly 500 years old -- are once again stirring up debate.
not the subject matter that’s contentious this time, since
most modern-day readers have little interest in centuries-old
treatises. At issue now is how to save these religious texts, and
others kept in cash-strapped private libraries, from the ravages
a 1564 biblical commentary by Protestant reformer John Calvin and
collections of 18th-century sermons require delicate handling as
threads peek through thin, brittle bindings.
New York’s General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen,
librarian Melanie James says “a lot of the religious books
haven’t been touched (in preservation efforts). They’re
kind of falling apart.”
the Portsmouth Athenaeum in Portsmouth, N.H., centuries-old books
on holy topics cry out for repair in a bindery, but the library
can only afford to mend a few books—and not necessarily
theological ones—each year, according to research librarian
some custodians, preservation means the expensive prospect of
building climate-controlled environments, where temperature,
humidity and lighting are set to optimal conditions for extending
shelf life. One such project at the Boston Athenaeum in the early
1990s cost about $33 million.... Read this in full at
one of the greatest surprises of the biblical story is that imago
dei (the image of God in humans) is never extinguished. Even more
surprisingly, despite the ups and downs and wicked twists of
humanity, neither is God's desire to live in intimacy with men and
women: "He will live with them. They will be his people, and
God himself will be with them" (Revelation 21:3).
undying Gardener and Nurturer that he is, has not relinquished the
dream and vision of another Eden where unity between himself and
what he has made -- all that he has made -- will be restored. His
quest for a second Eden is all-consuming -- just as that same
quest for paradise, for all the wrong turns it has taken, is
all-consuming for the human heart. Not only will there be a garden
at the end of the world, just as there was at the beginning; there
will be many lesser gardens and oases along the way to refresh and
reinvigorate the human spirit and to keep the hope alive. Eden is
a symbol of what will be again and of what was always meant to
Murray Andrew Pura, from
his book Rooted
DO BUSY LEADERS FIND TIME FOR SOCIAL MEDIA?
you see engaging in social media as simply one more thing you must
add to an already overwhelming list of responsibilities, it won’t
happen. Blogging, Twitter, or Facebook, can’t simply be
another add-on activity. You and I both know that you don’t
have time for one more thing. (In fact, if you are honest, you are
struggling to keep up with what you have on your plate now.
you have to see the use of social media as an integral part of
your job. It has to be a tool that enables you to accomplish your
work -- your real work -- more effectively and more efficiently.
But what is your real work as a leader?
probably includes a dozen things. It will be a little different
for everyone. But here are five that probably should be on every
your organization’s visibility. You can do this the
expensive way by employing traditional, interruption-based
marketing. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people are paying
attention. They are very selective about who they give permission
to speak into their lives. This is why the use of social media is
so effective. The only people listening are people who choose to
follow you and become part of your tribe.... Read this in full at
Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact
representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful
word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at
the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."
is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”
A WHEELCHAIR, BILLY GRAHAM CELEBRATES REOPENING OF HIS NAMESAKE
and silent, Billy Graham probably couldn't hear the cascading
applause that greeted his April 20 entrance in a wheelchair.
Surrounded by hundreds of donors, family members and friends, the
91-year-old evangelist -- his hearing nearly gone, his eyesight
fading -- had come home to Charlotte to help celebrate the
reopening of the library bearing his name.
was his first public appearance in Charlotte since May 2007, when
three former presidents - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George
H.W. Bush - joined him in dedicating the barn-shaped Billy Graham
Library, which traces his trek from son of a dairy farmer in
Charlotte to preacher to presidents and millions around the world.
About 288,000 people have visited the library.... Read this in
SPARK BUOYED TV SERIES
the TV persona of British chef Jamie Oliver has added nationwide
attention to the topic of nutrition, there was a spiritual spark
to his "Food Revolution" in Huntington, W.Va.
addition to a local Baptist pastor saying God sent Oliver to this
Ohio River city, Yvonne Jones has no doubt the Lord arranged the
executive director of the Huntington-based Ebenezer Medical
Outreach, saw Oliver discussing healthy cooking on the "Today"
show two years ago. She said she prayed, "Lord, it sure would
be great if he came to Huntington."
Pastor Steve [Willis] was saying he was talking with his
congregation about the need to eat healthy and [Oliver's]
production company called him," Jones said. "Why his
church [the Huntington-area First Baptist Church of Kenova] of all
the churches in this area? Because God planned it that way."
the six-week mini-series concluded April 23, the revolution it
started will continue at the local storefront kitchen venue that
Oliver used during filming last fall.... Read this in full at
STUDY: TEENS NOW NEARLY TWICE AS LIKELY TO DONATE MONEY TO CHARITY
earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have brought devastation, death and
left thousands homeless, but according to a new study commissioned
by World Vision, most US parents of teens say their teenagers are
now more aware of the needs of others because of these natural
disasters. The survey, conducted by phone by Harris Interactive,
examines parents' perceptions of their teenagers.
to last year, parents are nearly twice as likely (46% in 2010 vs.
26% in 2009) to report that their teens support charitable causes
by donating money despite fewer parents (39% in 2009 vs. 26% this
year) reporting that their teen spends his or her free time at a
part-time job. According to parents, volunteering time at a
"fasting event" such as World Vision's 30 Hour Famine
remains the number one way (61% in 2010 and 56% in 2009) teens
support charitable causes.... Read this in full at
man can break any of the Ten Commandments. He can only break
himself against them.”
believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of
the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take
courage; wait for the Lord!”
WEEK'S HYMN: CHRIST IS RISEN!
Fanny Crosby, late 19th Century
George C. Stebbins
hath risen! Hallelujah!
morn of life and light!
the grave is rent asunder,
is conquered through His might.
is risen! Hallelujah!
fills the world today;
the tomb that could not hold Him,
the stone is rolled away!
hath risen! Hallelujah!
of Jesus, dry your tears;
the veil of gloom and darkness,
the Son of God appears!
hath risen! Hallelujah!
hath risen, as He said;
is now the King of glory,
our great exalted Head.
is a common religious practice in America, with nearly six-in-ten
adults in the US saying they pray at least once a day. However,
frequency of prayer differs significantly by religious tradition,
age, gender, and income. See the graphic at
FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother
or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
God and man
Be in God’s will
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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