Connecting man to man to God
For week of June 13, 2010
Issue 308

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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My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
     Proverbs 3:11-12

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
     Billy Graham

Christian rock pioneer Dana Key died from a ruptured blood clot June 6 at the age of 56. The co-founder of rock band DeGarmo and Key was serving as senior pastor of The Love of Christ (TLC) Church in Cordova, Tenn., at the time of his death.

Credited as one of the early innovators of the Christian rock genre, Key and longtime friend Eddie DeGarmo founded DeGarmo and Key over 30 years ago, having wanted to "communicate a clear, honest Christian message through straight-ahead rock 'n' roll."

Not long after their first album, This Time Thru, hit stores in 1978, the band emerged as one of the biggest names in the growing CCM field in the 1980s. Together, they recorded 17 albums, picked up seven Grammy nominations and 17 Dove Award nominations.... Read this in full at

Excitement is reaching fever pitch as South Africa begins the first football (soccer) World Cup to be held on African soil.

The FIFA World Cup is currently encompassing 30 days of football (soccer) played in 10 stadiums scattered over 9 cities. They are expecting over 300,000 visitors from all parts of the world. This will translate into 2.74 million spectators with a TV audience of some 40 billion watching the 200 hours of football.

Half the world will be able to watch the final which expects to see 3.3 billion people glued to their sets. In addition a further 14 million visitors will be watching games on Big Screens at the fan parks.

Christian groups and churches have been mobilized to take advantage of the opportunity for evangelism present by the World Cup.... Read this in full at

Also “Global Baptists ministering at World Cup soccer tourney”

by Joel Edwards
The 18th and 19th centuries were not all bad for those who received missionaries. Missionaries were invariable people propelled by a passion for people -– not just their mission. Christian mission is quintessentially fuelled by the idea that God loves everyone, offers life through Jesus Christ and that that life carries with it the gift of spiritual and social wellbeing. And usually missionaries believe this so much that for 2000 years they have been prepared to leave comfort and family, risking disease and death to offer others a better way to live. Sixteen hundred years ago Christian bishops would send the parabolani into plague-ridden communities without any expectations that they might return from their mission.

Missionaries have established healthcare, orphanages, education and built infrastructure. Like Albert Schweitzer and William Carey they have been educators, philosophers, scientists, anthropologists and humanitarian workers. Like John Wesley, Count Zinzendorf, Olaudah Equiano and John Smith of Demerara, they were at the forefront of the abolitionist movement. Despite the outrageous episodes of child abuse and the fanciful, demonising mythologies which Dan Brown has spawned in our public consciousness, the Catholic church has the longest unbroken track record for spreading the common good. Long before Coca Cola or the "McDonaldisation" of the world, missions were been a trans-cultural global movement for good –- imperfect but also impactful.... Read this in full at

Battered by the recession, the departure of its founder, and a suddenly smaller donor base, Focus on the Family suffered mightily in 2009 but appears to have finally turned the corner. The Colorado Springs-based organization had a $355,000 surplus, according to its Form 990, filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May. That’s a far cry from the $1.1 million deficit reported in the previous year. And in an even more striking turnaround, cash and cash equivalents increased during the fiscal year from $3.6 million to $22.2 million.

The 990 covers the period from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept 30, 2009, a time during which the organization went through numerous, often wrenching, changes. Among them: The organization’s iconic founder, 73-year-old James Dobson, stepped down as CEO and chief spokesman. He was replaced by 48-year-old Jim Daly.... Read this in full at

     FATHER’S DAY...
is June 20. The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration – 100 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

This free downloadable Bible chart contains a listing of the measurable benefits a father's presence can have on his children. Get it at

Driving through town just my boy and me
With a happy meal in his booster seat
Knowing that he couldn't have the toy
Till his nuggets were gone
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath
His fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap
Well then my four year old said a four letter word
That started with "s" and I was concerned
So I said son now now where did you learn to talk like that

[Chorus one]
He said I've been watching you dad, ain't that cool
I'm your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah we're just alike, hey ain't we dad
I wanna do everything you do
So I've been watching you.... Read this in full at

Hear the song at

by Todd Wilson
Dads and lifeguards are similar. Like lifeguards, our job is to keep an eye out for potential disasters, children who may be about to go under, dangerous rip tides, and vicious sharks who could easily gobble up an unsuspecting child.

The world in which we live is dangerous, and we dads must always be on duty. We must be on the watch for rip tides that can suck our children away -- rip tides disguised as bad attitudes, friends, video games, TV programs, magazines, textbooks, and other outside influences.

We don't have the luxury of sitting back and enjoying the view. We must be involved -- scanning, anticipating, and praying.... Read this in full at

"We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual."
     George Will

According to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a father's involvement with a child increases the child's IQ, the child's motivation to learn and the child's self-confidence. In addition, children with involved dads are more likely to develop a sense of humor as well as an "inner excitement."
(Victor Parachin, "The Fine Art of Good Fathering," Herald of Holiness, February 1995)

by John Trent
We busy dads are always looking for new ways to grow closer to our kids. Sometimes we think we need tons of time to make this connection -- like regular "date nights" with each child or weekend camping trips with just Dad and the kids. Dates and camping trips are great, but it's actually the little things -- done over time and with a loving heart -- that do the trick for kids. Try some of these and watch the connections happen:

Be a "Mail Man"
On your child's next birthday, cover a shoebox with wrapping paper and a label that says, "Mail from Dad." Each year on your child's birthday, write a letter that's not to be read until you give your child the box -- on his 18th birthday, the day he goes to college, his wedding day, whatever feels right for you. Use these letters to express your love, to praise his strengths and gifts, to offer specific prayers, and to share your hopes for the person he'll be one day.... Read this in full at

Joni interviews Ken about the legacy of their friend and role model, UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden. Hear this interview at

The final book by John Wooden will be released in July instead of September, announced McGraw-Hill, the publisher for the legendary basketball and life coach. The Wisdom of Wooden, which Wooden co-wrote with author Steve Jamison, was originally set to release just weeks ahead of the former UCLA basketball coach’s 100th birthday in celebration of his winning experiences, life lessons, inspirations, motivations, and memories.... Read this in full at

We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are ‘harmless,’ and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are ‘sideliners’--coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!”
     Jim Elliot (1927-1956), Shadow of the Almighty: the life & testament of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot, Harper, 1958, p. 79

A Hope College (Holland, MI) graduate from Kenya who wrote a book about his conversion to Christianity has lost his bid to remain in the USA. A federal appeals court refused to overturn a decision to send Hussein Wario back to Kenya.

Wario, who fears he will be persecuted because of his conversion from Islam, said he plans to appeal the court's decision. He said he learned of it from a friend who saw a report on television. "I've dealt with so much in life that, to be honest with you, I don't even know what to say or how to describe it," said Wario, 35. "I was speechless for a moment and then I was like, 'God has taken me through so much in life, and this is a minor bump.'" .... Read this in full at

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
     Psalm 103:13

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”
     Horace Mann

by Blake A. Hiemstra
Last Friday morning started the way most of them have for the last five years. I awoke early, got out before sunrise and went to church. No, there was no sunrise worship service being held with my local congregation. Instead, I went to Starbucks.

You might think this ubiquitous, commercialized coffee house is the antithesis of church. But make no mistake, when I sat down in the comfy chair with my decaf mocha in hand, church was in session.

I gathered at 6 a.m. with the seven other brothers of MFL (Men Following the Lord) for an hour of men being men. This group of guys is dedicated to following the Lord, cherishing our wives and raising our kids in a godly way. We're a brotherhood. We're a community. Quite simply, we're the church being the church in all its glorious splendor and power.

On a typical Friday, I arrive around 5:35 a.m. and I'm greeted shortly afterward by the Senator, as we call him. We solve the world’s problems together for a minute.... Read this in full at

1. Master interchangeability – The secret of the best dressed men is that they wear clothing that neither draws attention nor strikes observers as flamboyant; they are simply well put together. The good news is this can be achieved with very few sets of clothes, and if selected carefully a man with only two suits, four dress shirts, four ties, and two pairs of shoes has 64 different combinations at his disposal (2×4x4×2=64 ). The key here is making sure your clothing is interchangeable; a core of classic colored suits and dress shirts complimented with time tested tie patterns will yield a higher return on investment than any trendy garment that only matches one other item in your wardrobe.... Read this in full at

What was supposed to be a launch party June 6 for St. James Church in Colorado Springs turned out to be much more. Standing on a wooden riser surrounded by hay bales, Ted Haggard gave his first sermon as pastor of St. James in a barn next to his home on Old Ranch Road. About 160 people sat elbow to elbow on folding chairs to hear Haggard sermonize about sin, love and forgiveness.

This is Easter morning for me,” Haggard told the congregants, referring to his view that the establishment of St. James represents his “resurrection.” “We will be cheerleaders for good.” Haggard’s church plans have been under a microscope since he started prayer gatherings at his home in November.... Read this in full at

Maybe it was the rain pelting Balboa Park. Maybe it was the toll of so many years on the streets, measured in missing teeth and weathered skin, a deep scar running up a taut belly. Whatever the reason, the man they call Dollar Bill said he was thinking that maybe it was time to find a place to live.

"I'm tired of the streets, baby doll," he told Estreanda Fulford. "And they're probably tired of you," Fulford replied.

Fulford, a social worker for San Diego County, is in daily contact with the homeless, the formerly homeless and the soon-to-be homeless. But this encounter was not part of her job — not her paying job, anyway. Fulford spends 30 to 40 hours a week volunteering as the leader of a ministry for homeless people for the Rock Church, a fundamentalist megachurch in Point Loma that is making its mark as a powerhouse of community service as well as evangelism.

The Rock says it contributed 615,000 hours of service to the community last year, including 166,000 hours for the benefit of local government in San Diego. The Rock estimates the value of its "mayor's hours" — projects it says were identified by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders — at $2.6 million.

For 2010, it has set a goal of 700,000 hours, 200,000 of them for the city. "It's so simple," said Miles McPherson, a former San Diego Chargers defensive back who founded the Rock 10 years ago and is its senior pastor. The goal, he said, is to "just do something about the pain and brokenness of the world.".... Read this in full at,0,2688059.story

Several unpaid musicians who played for Sunday services at the Crystal Cathedral have filed complaints in small claims court in Orange County seeking payment for services provided – the latest vendors to take action against the financially troubled church.

A trumpet player who has performed for 30 years at the megachurch's "Glory of Christmas" pageant has also filed a claim saying he is owed about $3,450 for the 2009 pageant.

"I played every single show, showed up on time every single day," said trumpeter Larry Grossman. "I did my job exactly the way I was supposed to – as I had done it for the last 30 years. I just didn't anticipate any problems."

In addition, Gray Television Inc. filed a civil lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court seeking about $55,500 plus interest, attorneys and lawsuit expenses. According to the April 29 suit, the cathedral owes the television station money "for the reasonable value of the work, labor, advertising services and materials rendered."

Over the last few months, three businesses, including an equipment financing company and two television stations, have filed lawsuits against the Crystal Cathedral stating that the megachurch owes them more than $2 million for services rendered. Several vendors who provided their services during the church's "Glory of Christmas" pageant – including a woman who provides live animals, a props director, wardrobe supervisor and drycleaner -- also came forward saying they are owed tens of thousands of dollars.... Read this in full at

"Good evangelism" and "bad evangelism" came under discussion when a diverse group of Christians met in Scotland to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference.

Antonios Kireopoulos, the associate general secretary for interfaith relations for the New York-based National Council of Churches, on June 4 used his keynote address to draw a line between "good" evangelism and bad "proselytism."

Evangelism is most harmful, he said, when it "strives to make Christians from among people that are already Christians," and suffering under political difficulties.

Kireopoulos cited the experience in Russia and other Eastern European countries after the fall of the Soviet Union, when missionaries, "generally, but not only from evangelical or fundamentalist Protestant communities in the U.S., took advantage of the weak."

The Edinburgh meeting is commemorating the centenary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, which marked the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement for church unity.

The organizers of the 2010 meeting include representatives of evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions, as well as of the World Council of Churches.... Read this in full at

The world’s two largest networks of Protestant churches in the Reformed tradition are meeting in Grand Rapids, MI June 18-26 to found a new organization signaling a new level of relationship between two families of churches once divided from each other.

In these times of division and dissension in so many areas of our lives - including church life - it is highly significant that two global groups of churches based in 108 countries and representing 80 million people should be willing to come together in a higher level of union than ever before,” says Richard van Houten, General Secretary of the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC).

On June 18, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) will merge with REC to form the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). An expected 475 delegates plus a nearly equal number of observers, guests, visitors, and volunteers will gather on Calvin College Campus for the Uniting General Council (UGC) which will mark the launch of the WCRC.
The two founding organizations draw on distinctive but complementary traditions. While both draw on Reformed commitment to Biblical tradition, REC is known for its emphasis on spiritual development and faithfulness to church 'Confessions' (statements which define points of faith) while WARC is known for its stances on issues such as racial and gender justice, environmental protection and a just and equitable world economic order.... Read this in full at

Archaeologists have unearthed a cache of rare, 35-century-old religious artifacts once used in pagan rituals, Israeli officials said June 7. The items were found during an excavation ordered by the Israel Antiquities Authority along the route of a new gas line in the country's north. Excavating a rock hollow, archeologists found more than 100 intact artifacts, including a vessel for burning incense and the sculpted face of a woman that was part of a cup used in a pagan religious ceremony.

"This is my 42nd excavation in 15 years and the first time I've found more than shards," said Edwin van den Brink, the archaeologist who directed the excavation. He said he expected to find artifacts, but not the amount or quality they uncovered.

Some of the small vessels were used to carry precious liquids from Cyprus and Mycenae, Greece, 3,500 years ago. These vessels were replicated by people in those areas, illustrating a link between the regions, van den Brink said.

Van den Brink said they might have been used in a nearby temple. They were deposited in the hole either to be preserved from a fire that swept through the region at the end of the Late Bronze Age, or they were buried because they were no longer in use.... Read this in full at

Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations.

The archeological dig has found "what may be the world's only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery," the York Archaeological Trust said. Scientists have found 80 skeletons in the "unique" cemetery under the city of York, northern England, since 2003.... Read this in full at

Celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking knows more about the universe than almost any other person ever to walk the planet, but some answers still escape even him.

When asked by ABC News' Diane Sawyer about the biggest mystery he'd like solved, he said, "I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing."

Hawking, who was at the World Science Festival in New York, is famous for probing the deepest questions of the cosmos. Until he stepped down last fall , he held the post of Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton, the "father of physics" himself.

"What could define God [is thinking of God] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God," Hawking told Sawyer. "They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible."

When Sawyer asked if there was a way to reconcile religion and science, Hawking said, "There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.".... Read this in full at

After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed English scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters. Shortly thereafter, headlines in the English newspapers read: "English archaeologists have found traces of 200-year-old copper wire and have concluded their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots."

One week later, The Kerrymen, a southwest Irish newsletter, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 meters in peat bog near Tralee, Paddy O'Droll, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Ireland had already gone wireless."

by Katelyn Beaty
I was a news-oblivious kindergartener when the Exxon Valdez oil spill hit Alaska's coastline and its pristine wildlife in 1989. As such, I was somewhat unprepared to stomach a recent NPR interview with an Audubon naturalist working on the Louisiana coast. She outlined the spill's effects on bird populations around the Gulf, a major destination for waterfowl. As she described how oil stunts gulls' and pelicans' ability to regulate body temperature and breathe, bringing toxins into their bloodstream, turning usually white eggs muddy brown, I quickly changed the station, knowing more details would elicit only anger.

But hearing her description was nothing like seeing the images on The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog ( And this time, I couldn't bring myself to turn away. The pictures, of gulls and pelicans on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island, have come to embody what's being called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. One gull is so drenched in sheets of oil that it hardly resembles a bird, more a small dog, its eyes grayed over from exhaustion and slow suffocation. Another gull floats seemingly dead in oil, its feet and beak rigid in the air. A brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird, thrashes and flails in the water, its monstrous wings (which can span up to 8 feet) weighed down by layers of oil, its distinctive pouched bill open as if gasping or crying out. My initial shock turned, predictably, to anger. But anger soon gave way to a rarer, more profound emotion: grief. When I looked at these birds, collectively covered in more than 400,000 gallons of oil leaking each day, I bemoaned how one amazing facet of creation was buried in—was made to carry—a seismic mess bolstered by human greed and folly.... Read this in full at

As we begin to see the package God is putting together in our lives and discover his purposes for bringing us to our world, it will provide us with the framework we need to make wise choices. In addition, we will find that a sense of purpose gives hope in the midst of tragedy and difficulty, gives meaning to the mundane aspects of our lives, and helps us to make our lives count for God.”
     R. Ruth Barton

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
     Ephesians 6:4

Words: William Whiting, 1860
Music: John B. Dykes, 1861

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.
>from NetHymnal at

No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.”
     E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), The Necessity of Prayer [1907], Lulu, 2007, p. 19-20


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!

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

Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
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).

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