Connecting man to man to God
For week of October 31, 2010
Issue 328


The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
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"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Matthew 6:24


    
CONSIDER
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa


    
LAUSANNE III CLOSES WITH RENEWED ZEAL FOR EVANGELISM
A gentle and calm spirit descended on the closing ceremony of The Third Lausanne Congress Sunday night as the 4,000 attendees soaked in the majestic music of the grand orchestra and choir and prepared their hearts to return to the mission field.

Lindsay Brown, the international director of The Lausanne Movement, gave the closing address in which he stated that the Lausanne leaders’ vision for the conference was to bear witness to Jesus Christ to this generation in every area of the world geographically and in every sphere of society. He noted that it was too early to determine what legacy the conference would have.

“We must recommit ourselves therefore to the lordship of Christ in every area of human activity,” said Brown. “One of our hopes, therefore, is that we would leave here equally committed to passionately communicate the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth and also to demonstrate the eternal truth of scripture has application to the whole of life for Christ is the Lord of the whole of creation.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101025/lausanne-iii-closes-with-renewed-zeal-for-evangelism/

See also “Complete Coverage of Lausanne - Cape Town 2010”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/special/lausanne2010.html


    
UPDATED NIV TEXT AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE VIEWING
At the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, Keith Danby, CEO of Biblica, and Moe Girkins, CEO of Zondervan, announced they have received the new update to the NIV Bible translation from the Committee on Bible Translation, the group responsible for maintaining the integrity of the NIV translation. Although the print form will not be ready for release until 2011, the text is now available to view online at www.BibleGateway.com and www.Biblica.com.

“The NIV has become part of our culture -- part of the shared experience of millions of people,” said Keith Danby, International CEO of Biblica. “This is the reason why we felt it was appropriate to make the update available online as soon as it was ready. We’re responding to the desires of scholars, pastors and Christians across the globe who are eager to experience the updated text.” .... Read this in full at
http://nivbibleupdate.com/?page_id=490


    
MOVEMENT CALLS OUT IMMATURITY IN MEN, STRESSES CHRIST-LIKE MASCULINITY
The Christian Men’s Network will be putting on a conference designed to serve as “a radical revolution calling men to a higher standard of masculinity.” Men from around the world will converge in Dallas, Texas, in November to learn how to be “a real man.”

For over 30 years, the Christian Men’s Network has been a highly effective global movement of pastors and leaders dedicated to training men toward their roles as servant-leaders in their families, church and culture. The network has so far trained over 86,000 leaders in 138 nations. This year, its Lion’s Roar Men’s Summit will focus on masculinity in men and helping men to govern themselves like Christ so that they can be leaders to others.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101028/movement-calls-out-immaturity-in-men-stresses-christ-like-masculinity/


    
PORNOGRAPHY STILL AN IGNORED SOCIAL ILL
Pornography is still “a very serious moral problem” that is being ignored during by the US Justice Department and the presidential administration, says the head of a conservative media watchdog.

At the start of this year’s White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week (http://www.wrapfamily.com/), Robert Peters, president of Morality in the Media (http://www.moralityinmedia.org/index.htm?wrap.htm), is hoping to draw attention to a looming American problem -- pornography -- and wants more action taken. “This is a serious moral problem,” Peters said.

According to the American Family Association Journal, every year the porn industry creates 11,000 new movies, compared to the 400 mainstream videos created by Hollywood. Many of those videos are published online for the public to access.

Pat Trueman, an attorney and anti-porn campaigner, noted, “Hardcore porn is now more easily available than ever before. It’s not only produced by porn syndicates, but by individuals.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101028/pornography-still-an-ignored-social-ill/


    
MISSIONARY BUILDS FLYING CAR, FAA CERTIFIES IT
by CNN Correspondent Kate Bolduan and Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi
Sparks are flying as we walk into the airplane hanger. Steve Saint is sharpening a machete on an electric grinder. He comes over to introduce himself wielding the knife he extols as both a tool and a weapon. But we've come to talk about something else he is working on, a flying car.

Saint heads i-tec, the Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center. He is working with the Waodani tribe at the edge of the Amazon in Ecuador to help them solve a transportation riddle plaguing hard to reach regions all over the world: What do you do when the road ends? His solution, build a flying car. So he and his team did.

While we were getting the tour of the workshop, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were in the back office with i-tec's engineers going over the final paperwork for the Maverick. By the end of the day, Saint held in his hand the FAA certification for special airworthiness for a light sport aircraft, the first such certification for a flying car.... Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/27/missionary-builds-flying-car-faa-certifies-it/

See the video report at
http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2010/10/27/am.bolduan.flying.car.cnn


    
AMERICANS SAY SERVING THE NEEDY IS CHRISTIANITY’S BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY
Most Americans believe that the Christian faith has made positive contributions to American society during the past few years. A new nationwide survey from The Barna Group reveals that most of those contributions fall into one of three categories. Surprisingly, the survey also discovered that Americans are even more likely to identify negative contributions to society by Christianity in recent years.

In response to an open-ended question -– meaning that survey respondents were not prompted with a list of possibilities but were asked to provide answers off the top of their head -– one out of every five adults (19%) mentioned how Christians in the United States have helped poor or underprivileged people to have a better life. Adults under the age of 25 were especially likely to cite such service (34%). Others who were more likely than average to point out how Christians have helped those in need included blacks (28%) and those who describe themselves as “mostly liberal” on social and political matters (29%). Evangelicals (11%) and those who say they are “mostly conservative” on socio-political matters (11%) were among the people least likely to list this as the greatest contribution of American Christianity.

The same poll reveals that though many Americans are quick to identify negative contributions Christians have made to society, evangelicals are even more likely to acknowledge the faults of believers. A quarter of Americans listed violence, hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and a lack of love for others as the largest negative contributions of Christians. Among evangelicals, 48% listed the same items. When broken down, one out of five Americans said violence or hatred incited in the name of Jesus Christ was a negative contribution.... Read this in full at
http://www.barna.org/faith-spirituality/440-americans-describe-christianity-contributions


    
ON HALLOWEEN SUNDAY, SOME OPT FOR ALL SAINTS’ ALTERNATIVE PARTIES
While ghouls, witches and wizards run door-to-door for treats this Halloween, St. Michael, St. Patricia and St. Lawrence will swap candy in their basement, sharing stories of their heroic exploits.

One child, wrapped in toilet paper, sticks out from the rest, not because he’s an Egyptian mummy but rather St. Lazarus, the dead man raised to life in the Gospel of John.

The festivities are part of an All Saints’ Day party hosted at the Bowie, Md., home of Sam Fatzinger, a Catholic mother of 12, who wanted a more sacred alternative to Halloween.

“It’s all about having fun in your faith. Just being a Christian and Catholic isn’t something to be embarrassed about,” she said. “We make faith come alive.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/on_halloween_sunday_some_opt_for_all_saints_parties/


    
HAPPY 400, KING JAMES VERSION
Save the date for the 400th birthday party of the King James English translation of the Bible, first published on May 5, 1611, and widely considered to be one of the most influential shapers of English language, literature, and culture. Thomas Nelson, the world’s leading publisher of King James Version (KJV) Bibles, and Oxford University Press, whose Bible publishing dates back to the original’s era, are among the shindig planners.... Read this in full at
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/religion/article/44899-happy-400-king-james-version.html


    
THE CHRISTIAN'S FAIL-PROOF ACTION
“From the pen of Charles Spurgeon: Prayer is the fail-proof course of action for a Christian, regardless the situation. When you cannot use ‘the sword of the Spirit,’ you can use the weapon of ‘all kinds of prayers’ (Eph. 6:17 - 18) ... ‘Leviathan’ (Ps. 74:14) laughs at a javelin, but he trembles at prayer. Swords and spears must be polished and sharpened, but prayer never rusts, and even when we may think it may be the most dull, it cuts the best.

“Prayer is an open door no one can shut... We can never be defeated by blockades, land mines, scaling of walls, or surprise attacks as long as the comfort of heaven can come down to us on Jacob's ladder (see Gen. 28:12), providing relief in our time of greatest need.

“Prayer is never out of season... It gains us an audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the middle of a business transaction, in the heat of the day, and in the shade of the late afternoon. And in every condition ... your covenant God welcomes your prayer and answers it from His holy place.

“Prayer is never futile, for true prayer always has true power. You may not always receive what you request, but you will always have your real needs supplied. When God does not answer His children to the letter of their prayer, He answers according the spirit of their prayer. If you ask for coarse-ground meal, will you be angered because He provides you with the finest flour? If you seek health for your body, should you complain if He uses your sickness to bring about the healing of your spiritual problems instead? Isn't it better to have your cross sanctified rather than removed?”
Charles Spurgeon & Jim Reimann, Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon


    
ORLANDO MAGIC PLAYER IS BAPTIZED
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard can bring an arena full of fans to their feet with one of his powerful dunks. But in the afternoon of Oct. 24, a crowd cheered wildly as the big man got himself dunked -- into the chilly ocean waters off Bethune Beach just south of New Smyrna Beach. Howard was baptized, along with dozens of others, as part of a beachside service held by Orlando's Summit Church.

With the sun fading about 5:45 pm, Howard waded into the cold surf, the last person in a long line of folks to be baptized. He grimaced slightly and tensed up in reaction to the water as he walked toward the pastors. Howard, who is accustomed to double coverage, was flanked by two pastors -- who had to back up with him into deeper water to accommodate his 6-11, 265-pound frame. After making a profession of faith in Jesus, Howard was dunked into the Atlantic Ocean. As he emerged from the water, about 500 onlookers on the beach cheered, clapped, and snapped pictures with cell phones.... Read this in full at
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-dwight-howard-baptized-1024120101024,0,1225249.story


    
QUOTES BY MOHANDAS GANDHI
“Live like Jesus did, and the world will listen.”

“A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.”

“Action expresses priorities.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”


    
DEBT AND DISPUTES CLOUD THE CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL
The 10,664 windows did not get washed this year at the Crystal Cathedral, the iconic glass church founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, one of the original religious broadcasters. Volunteers are tending the church’s 40 landscaped acres, now that the gardeners have been laid off. And its renowned Christmas pageant -- with live camels and horses, and angels flying overhead on cables -- has been canceled for now.

The empire that the Rev. Robert H. Schuller built may be in jeopardy, tarnished by an unseemly family feud and a $43 million debt that even by megachurch standards is serious.... Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/us/24cathedral.html

See also “Schullers Express Positive Thinking After Chapter 11”
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101025/schullers-express-positive-thinking-after-chapter-11/


    
SPEAKING OF GOD, AS SOULS HURRY BY
by James Estrin
The graffiti has been replaced by advertising. The tokens have been replaced by MetroCards. But the subway preachers are a constant. They were there before I was born and will likely be there after I die — unless, of course, their occasional prophecy of the exact date that the world will end turns out to be accurate.

Some hand out leaflets quietly while others shout passages from the Bible. Some have a strict schedule; others show up whenever they are moved to do so. There seems to be little uncertainty of mission, no sign of existential angst. Most are Christian, servants of Jesus, but there is the occasional Hasidic Jew wandering the concourses. These proselytizers do not, generally, ask for much. You don’t have to give them money to buy a sandwich, and you’re not really obliged to feel guilty if you look away. If you take a tract or ask a question, you’ve gone well beyond your civic duty. Most riders ignore them. Over the past few months, I did not.... Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/nyregion/24preachers.html


    
WHEN THE CHURCH ITSELF NEEDS SAVING
With congregations of many churches declining, houses of worship are hiring consultants to try to lure new parishioners into the fold.... Read this in full at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/23/AR2010102304108.html


    
VERSE TO PONDER
"Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters; and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
Amos 5:22-24


    
CONSIDER
“If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.”
C.S. Lewis


    
IS THIS RADIO HOST THE CHRISTIAN JERRY SPRINGER?
Steve Arterburn hosts "New Life Live," a syndicated radio program produced in Laguna Beach, CA, that airs on nearly 200 radio stations. The hour-long call-in show, on the air since 1990, provides a Christian take on inner demons of all kinds, notably sex, drug and addiction. Two million listeners tune in five days a week.

Now, with the recent debut of "New Life Live" on TV and iconic radio personality Dr. Laura set to go off the air in January, Arterburn sees a huge opportunity for his program. "If you like her, you'll love us," says Arterburn, author and founder of New Life Ministries.

Like the callers to his show, the 57-year-old Arterburn shatters the stereotype that Christians somehow are more immune from others when it comes to fetishes, addictions, and downright deplorable behavior.... Read this in full at
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/arterburn-272198-says-life.html


    
YOGA 'DEMONIC'? CRITICS CALL MINISTERS' WARNING A STRETCH
A recent essay by the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., warned Christians that yoga is contradictory to Christianity. And local megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church went even further, saying earlier this year that yoga is "absolute paganism."

"Should Christians stay away from yoga because of its demonic roots? Totally. Yoga is demonic," Driscoll said. "If you just sign up for a little yoga class, you're signing up for a little demon class."

Even as yoga has become a mainstream form of exercise and stress relief in the United States, the question of whether Christians should practice it is making the rounds once again, raising a stir among some Christians and yoga practitioners alike.... Read this in full at
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013114169_yoga09m.html


    
'BLUE LIKE JAZZ' MOVIE BACK ON TRACK
by Mark Moring
On September 16, Donald Miller wrote on his blog that the Blue Like Jazz movie, which he and filmmaker Steve Taylor had been trying to make for several years, was essentially dead. "The book that swept the country will not sweep theaters," Miller blogged that day. The main culprit was a lack of funding, especially after a key investor had decided to back out of the project.

Less than two weeks later, the film received a breath of fresh air -- and possibly new life -- when two young men from Franklin, Tenn., launched SaveBlueLikeJazz.com, a grassroots effort to raise $125,000 by October 25 to keep the film on track. The money was being raised through Kickstarter.com, an online fundraising site.

They had 30 days to raise the money; they did it in ten. Miller announced the news on his blog today with a post titled, "YOU DID IT!", writing, "I’ll blog more about all of this soon, but for now, raise your glasses friends, because WE ARE MAKING A MOVIE!"

Taylor recently told Christianity Today that once the money is raised, shooting would begin within a few weeks, mostly in Tennessee (where Taylor lives) to save significantly on costs. Originally, the entire film was to be shot in Portland, where Miller lives and where much of the story is based. Now, only portions of it will be shot in Portland.... Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctentertainment/2010/10/blue-like-jazz-movie-back-on-t-1.html


    
HARRY POTTER IS 'CHRIST-LIKE' CLAIMS THEOLOGIAN
The congregation of the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico even staged a book burning claiming 'behind that innocent face is the power of satanic darkness.' But now the boy wizard has found an unlikely ally. Theologian Rev. Dr. Stephen Holmes has claimed Harry Potter should be seen as a "Christ-like" figure because he promotes biblical values.

The acting head of divinity at St Andrews University, said some religious commentators had been hasty in their condemnation of the phenomenally successful series. He read the books after hearing them denounced as "ungodly" and concluded that they contained a very obvious Christian narrative. He said: "What do you need to succeed at Hogwarts? Courage, self-sacrifice, careful logic, and to be unselfish. It's almost a classical list of Christian values. The behavior that is recommended in the Potter books is profoundly Christian."

Dr Holmes said the biblical inspiration became most apparent in the final book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the film version of which is due to released in Nov.... Read this in full at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/8083870/Harry-Potter-is-Christ-like-claims-theologian.html


    
HOLLYWOOD PROBES SPIRITUAL SUBJECTS WITHOUT GETTING PREACHY
by Stephen Whitty
The New Testament warns about trying to serve two masters. But lately Hollywood’s ordered up a rewrite. Moviemakers would prefer to have it both ways. And so multiplexes have been crowded with films that wrestle with spiritual questions even while battling for box-office attention.

These aren’t tiny indies, like the evangelical films that sprang up after “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004. Nor are these holy terrors like “The Last Exorcism” and “Paranormal Activity 2,” a subgenre that’s replaced Freddy and Jason with demons from hell.

These are the mainstream pictures -- Woody Allen character studies like “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” audience-friendly dramas like “Secretariat,” and big star-driven pictures like “Stone” and “Hereafter,” that explore subjects like spiritual awakenings and the possibility of an afterlife.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/hollywood_probes_spiritual_subjects_without_getting_preachy/


    
MOVIE CLIP FROM 'THERE BE DRAGONS'
"There Be Dragons" is an epic film about war, tragedy, love, forgiveness, and redemption, from acclaimed director Roland Joffé of "The Mission" and "The Killing Fields." It’s the story of two childhood friends who find themselves on opposite sides during the Spanish Civil War, one a priest trying to bring peace and the other a soldier driven by jealousy and anger. The son of one of the men is a journalist in the present day who tries to find out about the relationship between his father and a man who is now a possible candidate for sainthood. Release is expected worldwide in Spring 2011.... Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2010/10/exclusive-clip-from-there-be-d.html


    
JOINING THE GLORIOUSLY RUINED CLUB
“I came back from trips to Africa convinced that it was hypocritical for me to weep for HIV-positive people thousands of miles away and to care nothing for those infected in my own community. As a result, I started the HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church...

“When I speak nowadays to small groups getting ready to go on short-term mission trips, I half jokingly invite them to become members of the Seriously Disturbed, Gloriously Ruined Club. Some of them look at me as though I'm nuts - they can't imagine what I'm talking about, but then they seek me out when they return from their trip and say, "Now I get it; I'm ruined." They are no longer content to live with the focus of their lives being on their world - themselves, their problems, their family, their career. Their eyes have been opened to new realities. They have seen how the suffering world lives, and it is now real...

“What about you? You don't have to go to Africa to prove that you're seriously disturbed and gloriously ruined. That's where dangerous surrender to God led me, but it's not a litmus test of the depth of your obedience to God. What is a litmus test of your surrender and obedience to God is how you treat the least among us (see Matthew 25:40). Will you allow God to shake up your comfortable world on behalf of those most in need, whether they live around the world or around the corner?

“I'm not just ruined; I'm gloriously ruined! I'm more vibrantly alive than I've ever been. I have discovered richness in relationships and work that had eluded me before. I have a better grasp on how to find joy and pleasure in the middle of dire circumstances. Caring for those Jesus loves draws me closer to him ... I would never go back to who I used to be. Becoming seriously disturbed and gloriously ruined is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Kay Warren, in her book Say Yes to God: A Call to Courageous Surrender


    
CADENCE INTERNATIONAL, A MILITARY MINISTRY, HAS A STORY TO TELL
Cadence International announces a new opportunity to share and learn about its ministry through videos! For over fifty years, we have shared the gospel and our lives with the military community. That is why Cadence International has developed a new series of videos that share the story of its mission, vision, and ministries. Through these new videos, those with a desire to offer spiritual and moral support to the military will have opportunities to learn how Cadence carries out this work and how they can further become involved.

The best way to learn about these videos is to sign up for email eNews at www.cadence.org. An email campaign will be announcing these videos and offering partnership opportunities through serving, praying, donating, and volunteering. Videos can also be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3580915340.html


    
SEMINARY'S DEAD SEA FRAGMENTS GO HI-TECH
In a convergence of ancient Scripture with the latest in photographic technology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary worked with the West Semitic Research Project this fall to prepare for the study and publication of its Dead Sea Scrolls collection and other artifacts.

A workshop hosted by the seminary's Tandy Institute for Archaeology featured a team from the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California that specializes in producing high-definition images of ancient texts and artifacts. The scholars made images of Southwestern's collection of Dead Sea Scrolls fragments as well as some artifacts from the seminary's Carlson Cuneiform Collection.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=33954


    
EX-MUSLIM: PROPOSAL THAT ISLAM IS TOLERANT IS FALLACIOUS, DANGEROUS
Though most Muslims are tolerant and peace-loving, Islam itself is not a religion of tolerance, a former Muslim asserted. Well-known activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali made the argument Oct. 25 at the National Press Club as security guards stood in the back of the ballroom. An outspoken critic of Islam, Hirsi Ali has been living under a fatwa, a religious ruling or in this case an order to kill, for years.

The Somali native addressed the question "Is Islam a Religion of Tolerance?" to highlight the political dimension of the widely practiced faith. "I'm frustrated with the continuous belief and, I think, self-delusion that Islam is only a religion," she said. "Islam is more than a religion. It does have a spiritual dimension ... but there is another dimension to Islam -– a political dimension."

In general terms, religious tolerance is understood to be the willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs and practices of others, she noted. But there are different levels of tolerance, she added.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101026/ex-muslim-proposal-that-islam-is-tolerant-is-fallacious-dangerous/


    
PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE RESTORATION OF CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY
The Palestinian government announced Monday it is planning an ambitious restoration project for the ancient church that marks the traditional birthplace of Jesus, an important Christian site that draws millions of visitors.

The renovation of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is expected to take several years and millions of dollars, according to Ziad Bandak, an official overseeing the restoration.... Read this in full at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/25/AR2010102502370.html


    
MY TAKE: TEARING DOWN THE WALLS
by Shane Claiborne
The church has often been better known for building walls than for tearing them down. Too often, we Christians are known by what we are against rather than by what we are for. So it was a proud moment for me, as a Christian, when leaders of the Catholic Church made an unambiguous statement calling for an end to the Holy Land apartheid. After a two-week meeting summoned by the Pope, Catholic bishops issued a statement asking Israel not to use the Bible to justify injustices to the Palestinian people. Thanks be to God.

A few months ago, I was able to take a pilgrimage through this ancient, holy land – traveling through Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Iraq. We stayed in the homes of Palestinian Christians and met with Israeli settlers.... Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/my-take-tearing-down-the-walls/


    
THE EVER-DECREASING CHRISTIAN PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Across the Middle East, it is the same story of despairing -- sometimes frightened -- Christian minorities, and of an exodus that reaches almost biblical proportions. Almost half of Iraq's Christians have fled their country since the first Gulf War in 1991, most of them after the 2004 invasion -- a weird tribute to the self-proclaimed Christian faith of the two Bush presidents who went to war with Iraq -- and stand now at 550,000, scarcely 3% of the population. More than half of Lebanon's Christians now live outside their country. Once a majority, the nation's one and a half million Christians, most of them Maronite Catholics, comprise perhaps 35% of the Lebanese. Egypt's Coptic Christians -- there are at most around eight million -- now represent less than 10% of the population.... Read this in full at
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-exodus-the-changing-map-of-the-middle-east-2116463.html


    
VIDEO GAMES TACKLE RELIGIOUS THEMES
Released in September, Halo: Reach has been a phenomenal success, making more than $200 million in its first 24 hours. In that first day, it eclipsed the opening three-day takings of the biggest films of the year so far. The millions of fans of the Halo series will be familiar with its theme and content: it doesn’t paint organized religion in a flattering light. In the series, the villainous Covenant, an alien alliance, wages a pointless, bloody intergalactic war motivated by nothing more than religious belief. They even use suicide bombers. Halo’s sombre criticism of organized religion is not atypical. Another of this year’s biggest titles, God of War III, took a different (though still negative) approach to the subject.... Read this in full at
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2010/1027/1224282070515.html


    
AMERICANS' LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
How much do we need to know about the US Constitution? Clearly, many of us are lacking even the basics. The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University has looked at Americans’ familiarity with its eponymous portion of the Bill of Rights, and the results would make Thomas Jefferson weep. While 61 percent of those surveyed this year knew that the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, just 23 percent volunteered that it also supports freedom of religion, and 18 percent cited freedom of the press. Freedom of association? Fourteen percent. Only 6 percent of those polled could cite the right to petition the government for grievances, the fifth major freedom guaranteed under the First Amendment.... Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/weekinreview/24schwartz.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y


    
CONSIDER
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost


    
VERSE TO PONDER
"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:19-20


    
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: ABLE TO SAVE
Words: R. Venting, 1907
Music: Alice E. Sumner

Look to Jesus on the tree,
He is able to save you;
Dying there for you and me,
He is willing to save you.

Refrain
Able to save a poor sinner lost,
Willing to save at a fearful cost;
Able to save: Come, trust in His pow’r;
Willing to save this very hour.

O His love will melt your heart,
He is able to save you;
If from sin you will depart,
He is willing to save you.
Refrain

Do not let Him plead in vain,
He is able to save you.
Let His blood wash every stain,
He is willing to save you.
Refrain

Let Him enter now your heart,
He is able to save you;
If you wait He will depart,
Now He’s waiting to save you.
Refrain

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/b/l/ablesave.htm


     ON PRAYER
“Prayer is something more than that which we do with our minds. It involves our hearts and spirits -- that deeper part of our personalities to which only the Spirit of Jesus has access. Prayer in its highest form requires more than conscious effort. It also requires the surrender of our innermost selves to Jesus, giving him permission to make our lives a continually flowing fountain of unceasing prayer. When we have learned how to do that, we will have discovered the secret of the prayer of the heart.”
Robert V. Dodd, Praying the Name of Jesus


     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 us to add you to our prayer chain 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.

Free National Park Service photo calendars to download
http://www.office.xerox.com/small-business-templates/calendars2011/enus.html

Amazing pumpkin carvings
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1324109/Artist-Ray-Villafane-carves-pumpkin-portraits-just-hours.html

Panoramic photos
http://cs.stanford.edu/people/hillerm/Pictures/PanoramaPics/indexYosemite.html

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.)


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks others have thrown at him.

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


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CONNECTIONS is a periodic newsletter of announcements, news, recommendations, articles, and other information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!


The CONNECTIONS Team offers a variety of activities for men to interact with other men on our journey of faith in Christ together. Large group, small group, and one-to-one events encourage relationship building and spiritual strengthening that result in maximizing the potential we all have in Christ.
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