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week of August 8, 2010
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this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with
knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best,
so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having
produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus
Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
experience, every thought, every word, every person in your life
is a part of a larger picture of your growth. That’s why I
call them crumbs. They are not the whole loaf, but they can be
nourishing if you give them your real presence.”
Wiederkehr, from her book A Tree Full of Angels
ATHEIST: CHRISTIANITY REALLY DOES MAKE SENSE
Ordway was a highly educated atheist who thought Christianity was
"a historical curiosity" or "a blemish on modern
civilization," or both. "Smart people don’t become
Christians," she thought, according to Biola University.
worldview, however, began to change at age 31. She recounts her
journey from atheism to Christianity in the recently released Not
God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith.
is no light matter to meet God after having denied Him all one’s
life," she writes in the book. "Coming to Him was only
the beginning. I can point to a day and time and place of my
conversion, and yet since then I have come to understand that He
calls me to a fresh conversion every day."
a professor of English and literature at a San Diego-area
community college, wasn't raised in any religious faith. She never
said a prayer in her life and she never went to a church service.
Her exposure to Christianity while growing up was minimal and her
few encounters with Christians involved televangelists or hellfire
and damnation preachers.... Read this in full at
remorseful man, wanting to reassure his skeptical wife, said: "I'm
going to make a 360-degree turn."
Jeremiah writes: "That's the kind of change a lot of people
make. A 360-degree turn is no change at all. What we need is a
180-degree change, a reverse direction, a U-Turn.
driving, U-turns are handy when we realize we're going in the
wrong way. The same is true in life. The Lord tells us to turn
from our wicked ways and to turn toward Him in confession and true
repentance. This involves a change of heart, a change of mind and
a change of direction.
direction are you traveling right now? Don't keep barreling the
wrong way. Turn 180 degrees to Christ and start living for Him
Point Daily Devotional, 7-24-10)
Jana Chapman Gates
a wintry Wednesday night in our new Midwestern life, I wasn't
expecting anything out of the ordinary when my husband and I
gathered with a few friends from church for Bible study. We'd just
started a DVD-based study about marriage.
speaker on the DVD said certain Bible verses showed that women
should appreciate the desire of men to analyze and provide
counsel. But I had a hard time moving beyond the underlying
premise, at least as I heard it: Women are foolish. Granted, a
verse or two appeared on the following page about how a prudent
wife is from the Lord, but that didn't counterbalance the
overarching impression that women are at worst, shrewish, at best,
naïve. When we began to discuss the lesson, I was more than a
little surprised to realize my opinion wasn't the consensus view.
think men are more aware than women of their tendency to sin,"
one of the men suggested. "Maybe they can use this wisdom to
help guide their wives."
couldn't believe this was being discussed as a legitimate idea. I
wanted to ask if he really thought that women are blinder than men
to their own foibles. Instead, I stared ahead and tried to think
of a constructive response.
then I remembered. I do know a few women who might fit the
description of the "woman of folly" in Proverbs 9. I'm
usually too incredulous to speak up when they behave outrageously.
But that's also because I watch them on-screen, on the reality
show The Real Housewives.... Read this in full at
urge you to still every motion that is not rooted in the kingdom.
Become quiet, hushed, motionless until you are finally centered.
Strip away all excess baggage and nonessential trappings until you
have come into the stark reality of the kingdom of God. Let go of
all distractions until you are driven into the Core.”
Richard Foster, from his book Freedom of Simplicity
TELLS CHURCHGOERS TO SWEAR MORE
Michael Land, 67, said Christians needed to adopt swearing in
their everyday language because it is how Jesus would have
spoken.... Read this in full at
CONFRONTATION ON HOUSE FLOOR ILLUSTRATES IMPORTANT FIRST AMENDMENT
July 29 a disagreement about a health bill that would have
provided aid for people sickened by World Trade Center dust
erupted in a heated confrontation between NY Reps. Anthony Weiner
and Peter King on the floor of the House of Representatives. The
debate between the two continued the next day during a live
newscast aired on the CBS TV affiliate in New York City.
in Media President Robert Peters had these comments:
face off on the floor of the House of Representatives was heated
enough to generate significant news coverage both in New York City
and nationwide and to provide both Representatives with an
opportunity to continue their debate in a live newscast the
following day on the CBS TV affiliate.
at no time during the House floor face off or the debate the
following day on CBS TV did either the Democratic or Republican
Representative utter a "four letter" word.
both Representatives restrained themselves on the House floor
because, as the Supreme Court observed in the Bethel School
District v. Fraser case, "The Manual of Parliamentary
Practice, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the House of
Representatives to govern the proceedings in that body, prohibits
the use of 'impertinent' speech during debate and likewise
provides that '[no] person is to use indecent language against the
proceedings of the House.'"
since 1927, it has been against the law to broadcast
"any...indecent...language." .... Read this in full at
in the knowledge of service and love with one's heavenly Father
results in a unique quality of nearness to him. There is no
shortcut to getting there. There is no way to accomplish it by
just wishing it or repeating some simple formula. No relationship
is built in ten easy steps, especially if it is going to be
meaningful and lasting. True friendship comes from being faithful
through the thick and thin of the vicissitudes of life. Fellowship
with God will always be threatened by unexpected detours.
inherent danger within all of us is that no matter what God does,
someone will wish he had done it differently. The gift of faith is
precisely what makes it possible to accept that God works in his
own way (which is not always our way), in his own time, and for
his purpose. It is our assignment to lay aside our doubts and fall
in line with God's purpose, always waiting patiently for the last
link to fall into place, finding courage and strength to move
forward in the fellowship we have with the Father. It was his
fellowship with the Father, sustained by prayer, that made it
possible for Jesus to move toward the cross when every fiber of
his being was urging him in the opposite direction. God offers us
this same fellowship with him.”
Ravi Zacharias, in his
book Has Christianity Failed You?
OFF 110 WORKERS JULY 30
on the Family has cut its workforce by nearly half since 2002.
July 30’s layoff of 110 workers reduced its staff to 750.
Over the past two years, Focus has let go 385 employees. Eight
years ago it had 1,400 on the payroll.
economy continues to be in recession,” said Focus spokesman
Gary Schneeberger, explaining the latest cuts. “And people
who have given in the past are having financial difficulties of
most of the positions eliminated Friday were in service
departments, more than 15 managerial jobs, including two senior
executive positions, were also axed, Schneeberger said.
ministry’s fiscal 2010-11 budget was slashed to $105
million, a $27 million reduction from last year’s fiscal
budget. Focus’ budget for fiscal 2008-09 was $160 million.
workers affected by the latest layoffs will be on the payroll till
Aug. 20. Severance packages will be given, and counselling and job
placement will be offered.... Read this in full at
MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: OVER 200 MILITARY PHYSICIANS PROTEST
AMENDMENT TO USE MILITARY FACILITIES FOR ABORTIONS
200 physicians who have served US soldiers have signed a letter to
US senators protesting a Senate bill amendment that would use US
military medical facilities as abortion clinics. The 16,000-member
Christian Medical Association organized the letter and sent it to
the senators urging them to vote no on a National Defense
Authorization Act amendment by Sen. Roland Burris that would
remove restrictions on performing abortions in military
Senior Vice President Gene Rudd, MD, who received the Gorgas Award
for distinguished service in the American military, said, "If
enacted, requiring military physicians to perform abortions
threatens military readiness. Morale will suffer among those
already serving. Morale is a key component of military
effectiveness. Furthermore, just as we have seen a marked decrease
in young doctors entering OB/Gyn training for fear of being forced
to do abortions, this requirement will discourage young doctors
from joining the military." .... Read this in full at
FITNESS: EXERCISE GOOD UNTIL IT BECOMES A FALSE GOD
sixth chapter of First Corinthians describes the body as “a
temple of the Holy Spirit.” For many Christians that means
what they do with their body matters to God, including physical
fitness. A few, however, caution that too much focus on “temple
care” can itself become a sin.
his book Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and
Power and the Only Hope that Matters, author Tim Keller defines an
idol as “anything more important to you than God, anything
that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything
you seek to give you what only God can give.”
includes even things normally thought of as good, like exercise.
it’s easy to think about idols as statues in a temple
somewhere, Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New
York City, says idols are everywhere. “Anything can serve as
a counterfeit god, especially the good things in life,” he
defines a counterfeit god as “anything so central and
essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would
feel hardly worth living.”
Mike Higgins of Redemption Fellowship, a conservative
African-American church in Fayette County, Ga., aligned with the
Presbyterian Church in America, says he has dealt with idols of
exercise and physical appearance many years.... Read this in full
AL HARRIS A CHRISTIAN RAPPER
cornerback Al Harris -- the guy with the long, long dreadlocks --
was busy this off-season cutting a Christian rap CD with childhood
buddy and ex-convict Kevin Soto.
trying to start a movement with this music," Harris told the
South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We're trying to say that you
don't have to cuss or have to sell drugs or whatever to be cool.
You can still be cool and fly, and love the Lord."
has gone to prison three times, for aggravated assault with a
firearm, cocaine possession and marijuana distribution. He and
Harris started talking about making an album in 1997, but the
legal issues kept getting in the way.
one day, he calls me and says, 'I am going to church,' and the
conversation just evolved from there," Harris told the
paper.... Read this in full at
DEVOTION TO FAITH DIVIDES BRONCOS FANS
happy about Tim Tebow, the large evangelical Christian community
in Colorado sees him as the perfect role model for sports-crazed
children.... Read this in full at
ANYONE THINK GOD IS LIKE THAT?
was in a good mood this morning until I reached Luke 13:10 in my
daily Bible reading. What I read there troubled me.
about a Sabbath day when Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. In the
congregation was a woman, unnamed, "bent over"
(osteoporosis?), "crippled by a spirit for 18 years."
Jesus spotted her (he rarely seems to miss these kinds of people),
he called her forward, and with a touch of his hands and a simple
statement -- "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity"
-- he healed her. Eighteen years of misery: vanquished.
straightened up and praised God," the story says. For a
moment I speculated on how her praising of God differed from the
"praising" that might have been going on among the rest
of the crowd? I bet this lady had no need for a microphone or an
invitation to speak. I wonder if she danced?
would think that this healing event would thrill everyone in the
building. That everyone would dance. But that would be wrong. The
synagogue ruler for one, the writer says, was "indignant."
His comment? "There are six days for work. So come and be
healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."
you just love this guy? As I read my Bible this morning, he's the
one that got my irritability going.... Read this in full at
DUVALL'S CINEMATIC TAKE ON FAITH
call Robert Duvall's upcoming movie a mystery, some a love story.
For many, Get Low is about mortality, sin and redemption. The
Oscar-winning actor seems drawn to stories about faith — but
not to Hollywood's stereotypes.
character in Get Low is hardly a good and Godly hero. Felix Bush
looks ancient when he walks into a funeral parlor in a small
Tennessee town in the 1930s. He has a long beard, weary face and
wary eyes. He's a hermit, but in an early scene, he ventures out
to tell the funeral director that he wants a party — a
I want to be there," he says.
will be, I guarantee it," says the funeral director, played
by Bill Murray.
Felix says he wants to attend his own funeral party, alive and
kicking, the director — eager to make any money in the
depressed economy, replies: "It's a detail."
turns out, Felix Bush has a secret, one that has driven him away
from his family, cost him his friendships and sent him into
virtual exile for 40 years.
know, when I prepared for the part, I tried to find a sense of
solitude. Because that's what this character experiences ... a
great sense of solitude," Robert Duvall said in an interview
at his farm in The Plains, Va. "And within that solitude, I'm
sure he thought about the powers that be, beyond us and what's to
come and so forth. But you don't like set out to make a movie
about that. You just let those things off-handedly lay there
within the character."
character wants absolution. But when he goes to a minister to ask
him to speak at his funeral, the minister asks him if he's "made
peace with God." Felix is silent.... Read this in full at
'LOW'-DOWN ON ROBERT DUVALL
who will be 80 in January, tells Christianity Today that Get Low
is one of his favorite movies that he's made. He compares the
story with the Horton Foote-written films in which he's starred,
including To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies (for which he
won the Oscar for Best Actor).
You have a history of playing flawed, complicated, broken men.
What attracts you to these roles?
Well, they present themselves to me, and those characters make
good drama. If people don't have conflicts, contradictions, and
faults, then there is no drama there. My favorite part of all time
was probably Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove; I also played Josef
Stalin in a TV movie. I also always try to find the vulnerable
side and the positive side of the character.... Read this
interview in full at
CHRISTIANITY PLEASE, WE’RE ACADEMICS
ought to be concerned that Christians often report that the
academy is a hostile environment. Read this commentary in Inside
Higher Ed at
NEEDED THE SPIRIT, THEN SO DO CHRISTIANS TODAY, SAYS USA PASTOR
Christians need the Holy Spirit’s guidance, just like Jesus
did 2,000 years ago, an American pastor told participants at the
Baptist World Congress.
Pennington-Russell joined 26 other Bible scholars to teach
Scripture lessons in eight languages during the Baptist World
Alliance’s gathering in Honolulu July 28-Aug. 1.
lessons mirrored the conference theme, “Hear the Spirit,”
and focused on Jesus’ first sermon, recorded in Luke 4.
Holy Spirit continually accompanied Jesus as he launched his
earthly ministry, observed Pennington-Russell, pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga.
Jesus’ baptism, “the Spirit descended as a dove,”
she said, noting the Spirit’s presence signaled divine favor
the Spirit led Jesus to a desert retreat, where Satan tempted him
and tested his identity to be the kind of Messiah who would
confront the sins of the world, rather than yield to human
expectations for a religio-political leader.... Read this in full
ANNE RICE: 'WE' ARE THE CHURCH
Christian community is messy, but that does not mean celebrity
novelist Anne Rice should “quit … being Christian,”
said a California church pastor. Pastor Dan Kimball, author of
They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging
Generations, said he has met many people who have the same
negative views as Rice about the church. But he believes they have
a misunderstanding about what it means to quit the community of
am sad that Anne experienced what she did. But something so
important for Anne and anyone who wants to quit the church to
understand, is it means quitting themselves,” wrote Kimball
in an e-mail to The Christian Post. “We are the church.”
author of Interview with the Vampire, declared on her Facebook fan
page last Wednesday that she “quit Christianity and being
simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this
quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous
group,” Rice wrote. “For ten years, I’ve tried.
I’ve failed. I’m an outside. My conscience will allow
listed reasons why she perceives she fails to fit in with
organized Christianity, including that she is not anti-gay,
anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control, anti-Democrat, nor
anti-science. Rice, however, maintained that she is still
committed to Christ.... Read this in full at
Interview with Anne Rice:
RADAR OF MOST OBSERVERS A TREND IS EMERGING OF EVANGELICALS
CONVERTING TO CATHOLICISM
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
King’s College, an evangelical Christian college in New York
City, provides an excellent case study for the way this phenomenon
is manifesting itself among young evangelicals.
King’s College campus is comprised of two floors in the
Empire State Building and some office space in a neighboring
building on Fifth Avenue. The approximately 300 students who
attend King’s are thoughtful, considerate and serious. They
are also intellectually curious. This combination of traits, it
turns out, makes the college a ripe breeding ground for interest
in Roman Catholicism. Among the traits of the Catholic Church that
attract TKC students -- and indeed many young evangelicals at
large - are its history, emphasis on liturgy, and tradition of
intellectualism.... Read this in full at
OF THE DAY: TONY BLAIR
British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks about his views on faith
and his conversion to Catholicism. View this video at
GROWTH OF RELIGION IN CHINA
interest in China -- her history, her people, and her culture --
began before I was British Prime Minister. During my time in
office, I knew power was shifting East and sought to build strong
relations with this fast moving new power.
then, I have got to know the country even better still. Today, I
am a witness to a new revolution happening here; to the rapid
modernization and the opening up of borders, culture, and society
both internally and externally. And whilst power is still shifting
East, there is a fascination about what that means for China and
for the rest of the world. I hope the new partnership my Faith
Foundation is announcing with Peking University can, in some way,
help to explain.... Read this in full at
LIFE-CHANGING ORGANIZATION AND ITS BOOK
can either bless or curse. They should mean what the dictionary
says they mean, but people often redefine them.
number one Christmas gift when I was 10 years old was a dozen
hardback historical novels for young men. Three of them were
written by Zane Grey.
mother took great care to read regularly to her three children.
All of my adult life I have been surrounded by books, often in the
great libraries of Anderson University, Marshall University,
Millikin University, University of Illinois and Trinity
International University. My personal library numbers into the
thousands and would be more had I not given so many books to
is the person who has the ability to read, understand what has
been read and can retain and use a large portion of it. The person
who can read well may learn how to do most anything else.
books are a blessing and are written to inform, instruct, inspire
and build people and nations into positive examples of what they
should be. Other books are written to debunk the truth and destroy
everything that is good. Books, therefore, must be chosen
my adult years, I have had the privilege of encouraging and
motivating tens of thousands of people to give millions of dollars
for worthy causes. Not long ago I had an invitation to speak at an
area-wide fund raising dinner for The Boy Scouts of America. Among
gifts to me at the end of my speech was a brand new copy of The
Boy Scout Handbook, which I highly treasure.
strong recommendation is that every teacher, pastor, doctor,
psychologist, coach, student, boy and man be sure you own a copy
of this great book and make it a practice to read it often. This
book, if read and obeyed, could change the life of America and the
world.... Read this in full at
we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw
off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful
image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They
shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not
yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be
RACE CARS: CHRISTIAN GROUP REACHES OUT TO FANS
10 years, Pennsylvania Racing Outreach has prayed on Pocono
Raceway before the summer NASCAR season. A group of 35-50
Christians from across Pennsylvania gathered at the track for its
race in June.
walked the track and prayed for drivers' safety and then sat in
the bleachers praying for the individuals who will sit in that
seat and everyone in the section. Pennsylvania Racing Outreach
members pray for a peaceful and enjoyable weekend for fans,
drivers and workers, according to PRO director Will Fields.
is an evangelistic ministry, seeking to introduce people to Jesus
Christ. In addition to the pre-race prayer walk, they set up camp
inside gate four just outside turn three at Pocono Raceway during
NASCAR races.... Read this in full at
BROTHERS’ RIFT STARTS WITH RELIGION
England. Chatting at a coffee shop in his hometown, Peter Hitchens
is disinclined to talk about his older brother, Christopher, the
famously combative journalist.
May, Peter published the American edition of “The Rage
Against God,” a pro-Christian tract meant to counter his
brother’s 2007 book, the popular atheist manifesto “God
Is Not Great”; last month, Christopher announced that he was
starting treatment for esophageal cancer.
two brothers have never been close, and in fact are well known to
dislike each other. But Peter is obviously sad when asked about
his brother’s illness, and one can imagine that, if he had
known what was to come, he might have kept his sword in its
that is not in the Hitchens nature. Christopher is known in
England, in his adopted United States, and beyond as a mercurial
provocateur -- once a Trotskyite, now a supporter of the Iraq war,
always an atheist, author of a derisive book attacking Mother
Teresa -- while Peter’s fame is concentrated in England. But
his own books, journalism, and television commentary, all very
conservative, show the same frank ruthlessness, and the same
ability to attract enemies. For two sons of a respectable officer
in the Royal Navy, they are not very good boys.
has moved somewhat to the political right in the last few years,
thus aligning the brothers’ views a bit. But they still are
far apart on religion, and that is what “The Rage Against
God” is about. Peter got the idea for the book after a
public debate with his brother about theism, in Grand Rapids,
Mich., in 2008.... Read this in full at
PRAYER MINISTRY CLAIMS DNC PREYS
Presidential Prayer Team, a ministry that has declared itself
bipartisan, has lost members due to what it called "targeted''
advertising on its weekly prayer e-mails by the Democratic
Democratic National Committee (DNC) has targeted this Prayer
Team's weekly prayer updates on several free e-mail providers with
an advertising link that appears right above our e-mail," the
team wrote in a July 27 "member alert.''
we have experienced increased drop-out rates (people canceling
their memberships to PPT) which we believe is clearly linked to
Bolthouse, the team's executive director, said hundreds of members
have been lost due to the DNC advertising links, The Associated
Press reported.... Read this in full at
CROSS RAISED TO 'LIFT UP CHRIST'
artist Max Greiner wants to draw people to Christ. That's why he's
created huge bronze sculptures of Jesus that sit outside
megachurches and even the Trinity Broadcasting Network studios.
And he says that's why he built a $2 million, 77-foot cross that
was raised last week along Interstate 10 in Kerrville, Texas.
trying to use the gifts and talents He gave me to lift up Jesus
Christ before the world," Greiner said. "Nobody
complains when millions of dollars are spent on sports stadiums
and movies and things like that, but everybody seems to have a
problem when you want to lift up Jesus."
cross is part of a 23-acre Sculpture Prayer Garden Greiner is
building near Kerrville. The garden will include picnic areas and
walking trails but will also present the gospel through donated
artwork, including a replica of Greiner's 18-foot The Coming King
sculpture, which sits outside Trinity Broadcasting Network's
headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.... Read this in full at
THWARTS ROBBERY WITH CONVERSATION ABOUT JESUS
young woman working as a clerk at a cell phone store in Pompano
Beach, Fla., was able to persuade a man not to proceed with an
attempted robbery by talking to him about Jesus.
surveillance camera captured the entire ordeal as Israel Camacho,
37, walked into a Metro PCS cell phone store around 10 a.m. July
23 and began talking to the clerk, the only person in the store,
about the rainy weather. Then he asked about the price of a phone
before pulling a gun and asking for money.
she walked to the register, the clerk, 20-year-old Nayara
Goncalves, said, "You can do whatever you want, but I'm just
going to talk to you about Jesus, my God, before you leave."
said he was embarrassed and hated having to take money but he had
got something way better for you," Goncalves said. "I
don't know what you are going through, but all of us are going
through a hard time right now."
man said he was a Christian and the two realized that they had
both attended Calvary Chapel in Pompano Beach and both knew of
"Pastor Bob," presumably Bob Coy. Camacho continued to
apologize to Goncalves, and she offered to help him find a job.
see “Cops: Repentant would-be robber hits shoe store”
RELEASES FREE DIGIZINE WITH IPAD GIVEAWAY
a ministry of Christianity Today International, has published the
inaugural semi-annual issue of a free digital magazine (digizine)
to inspire small-group leaders.
designed the digizine to equip and support small-group leaders,
and it provides another way for those involved in small-group
ministry to connect with the site. The design incorporates
innovative uses of video, including a message from Mark Batterson,
lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC.
first issue's theme is "Inspiration for Small Group Leaders."
In the featured interview, John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo
Park Presbyterian Church and advocate of small groups, says,
"Still, for most churches, I think small groups remain the
best single vehicle that gives people the best shot at entering
into authentic community."
also reflects on the challenges of leading a small group, "[But]
it's worth it. You never know when God is going to use a moment, a
session, or a connection with somebody else. You never know when a
person is going to show up with a broken heart, and God's going to
choose you and your group to be a vessel of grace."
group leaders will gain insight and inspiration from this new
resource. To read the inaugural digizine, go to
CORPORATIONS GET RELIGION
examining globalization, what is truly vexing to many people is
the increased power of transnational and multinational
corporations. What they do not realize is that it actually is an
old institutional form that was once under the control of either
family (or clan or tribe) -- or state (or king or empire), argues
Max Stackhouse in this third installment of his 5-part examination
of globalization from a Protestant perspective.... Read this in
George Lucas accidentally create a new religion?
in the US, the National Census of Canada contains a question on
religion that is asked every 10 years. The entire census is
optional, including the religion question.
the 2001 Canadian census, however, 21,000 people put "Jedi
Knight" for their religion. This in a nation that accepted,
in 2009, the Order of the Jedi Knight, Inc., as a federally
incorporated non-profit religious entity.
seems, however, that even with all of this, Canada pales in Jedi
population when compared to New Zealand (53,000), Australia
(70,000), England (390,000 -- possibly Britain’s fourth
largest "religion"?). England even boasts the first Jedi
Member of Parliament, Jamie Reed.... Read this in full at
JOHN THE BAPTIST FOUND IN BULGARIA?
in Bulgaria claim they have found remains of John the Baptist
while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black
Sea island of Sveti Ivan.
reliquary -– a container for holy relics -– discovered
under the monastery’s basilica was opened August 1 and found
to contain bone fragments of a skull, a hand, and a tooth,
Bulgaria’s official news agency BTA reported.
tests on the fragments are due to be carried out. But excavation
leader Kazimir Popkonstantinov is convinced the relics belong to
John the Baptist because of a Greek inscription on the reliquary
referring to June 24, the date when Christians celebrate John the
Baptist’s birth, according to the website of the Bulgarian
Orthodox Church.... Read this in full at
of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in
the emotional universe which he inhabits.”
will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my
WEEK'S HYMN: HAPPY THE HOME WHEN GOD IS THERE
Henry Ware, Jr. (1794-1843); published 1846
John B. Dykes, 1866
the home when God is there,
love fills every breast;
one their wish, and one their prayer,
one their heav’nly rest.
the home where Jesus’ Name
sweet to every ear;
children early speak His fame,
parents hold Him dear.
the home where prayer is heard,
praise each day does rise;
parents love the sacred Word
all its wisdom prize.
let us in our homes agree
blessèd peace to gain;
our hearts in love to Thee,
love to all will reign.
an act of love, prayer is a courageous act. It is a risk we take.
It is a life-and-death risk, believing in the promises of the
gospel, that God’s love is indeed operative in the world. In
prayer we have the courage, perhaps even the presumption and the
arrogance or the audacity to claim that God’s love can be
operative in the very specific situations of human need that we
John E. Biersdorf, from his book Healing of
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED
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
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s
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.
[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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