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the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable
in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."
go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We
increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our
Anna C. Brackett, The Technique of Rest
AMERICANS CRAVE FORGIVENESS BUT ARE CHOOSY ON DISPENSING IT
Americans have a desire for more forgiveness in their lives, but
they are more critical when choosing who to forgive, according to
a new survey.
percent of American adults said they need more forgiveness in
their personal lives, and 94% wanted to see more forgiveness in
the country, according to a study by the Michigan-based Fetzer
express a near-universal desire for a more loving and unified
world," said the "Survey of Love and Forgiveness in
American Society," released on Oct. 28.
found that even though the US is composed of people who are
usually forgiving, more than half of Americans said there are
situations where people should never be forgiven, including abuse,
sexual crimes, murder and other intentionally committed crimes....
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AMERICANS ENJOY HIGHER WELLBEING
new analysis of more than 550,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being
Index interviews conducted over the last year and a half finds
that Americans who are the most religious also have the highest
levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship
between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for
numerous demographic variables. Higher levels of healthy
behaviors, life evaluation, work environment perceptions, and
emotional health affect religious Americans' high wellbeing....
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MAJORS MAY SHAPE RELIGIOSITY, SURVEY FINDS
academic majors can influence students' religiosity -- positively
or negatively -- over time, according to researchers at the
University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. According to
the story on churchleaders.com, education majors showed the most
dramatic increase in religious attendance and religious
importance. Biology, engineering, physical science and math majors
all increased their religious attendance but saw a decrease in
religious importance. Humanities and social science majors are
likely to dip slightly in religious attendance, but religious
importance plunges. "College is one of the few times you have
a neat little label about the sorts of ideas a person has come in
contact with," economics professor Miles Kimball said.
"Professions can have a profound effect on people's
attitudes." .... Read this in full at
NIV BIBLE TEXT NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ONLINE
and Zondervan have announced the online release of the highly
anticipated update to the text of the New International Version of
the Bible (NIV). The updated text is available for viewing at
along with an overview of the translation methods and approach
used by the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT). CBT is an
independent body of global biblical scholars with sole
responsibility for revising and updating the text of the world’s
most popular modern English Bible.
release of the text comes after years of rigorous translation work
by the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT). The members of the
committee represent the very best in evangelical biblical
scholarship. Its members are drawn from various denominations and
from some of the finest academic institutions in the world. The
CBT solicited and received input from scholars, pastors,
missionaries, and lay persons, and reviewed every proposal, many
of which led to revisions to the text.... Read this in full at
LAUSANNE MOVEMENT WEBSITE
LAUSANNE MOVEMENT GLOBAL CONVERSATION WEBSITE
CONGRESS CALLS FOR CHURCH REPENTANCE
of the Lausanne Movement, an evangelical Christian movement that
promotes active worldwide evangelism, have called for a new
Reformation and challenged participants in this year's congress to
repentance, renewal and integrity.
Congress in Cape Town brought together more than 4,000 evangelical
delegates from 198 countries. Despite a sophisticated
cyber-attack, many more were able to follow its proceedings on the
its themes were how to reach out to other world faiths; ministry
in the world's 10 mega-cities, each with more than 10 million
inhabitants; issues around justice and social action; and
HIV/AIDS.... Read this in full at
LEGACY LACKS PROMISE
third Lausanne congress on world evangelisation in Cape Town has
drawn to a close. It may be another 15 or 20 years until the
Lausanne movement, founded by US mega-preacher Billy Graham, meets
like this again. Over the week, more than 4,000 evangelicals
attended, while another 100,000 watched online, despite major
internet problems because of hacking -- the conference claims
millions of external hits attacked its website in an attempt to
bring it down.
conference ended in the spirit of both Lausanne I and Lausanne II
with the promise of the Cape Town commitment. A draft copy of the
first part was released and part two is expected in November. The
pledge calls upon Christians to defend the Christian gospel and to
remember both the Lausanne Covenant and the lesser-known Manila
Manifesto. In the preamble, it reads:
confess that we have not been faithful to commitments made in
those documents. But we commend them and stand by them, as we seek
to discern how we must express and apply the eternal truth of the
gospel in the ever-changing world of our own generation."
wondered what prompted this pang of guilt. Lausanne is a movement
that boasts about combining the evangelical message with radical
social action. Perhaps hosting a conference in South Africa
touched a nerve; the poverty gap is painfully present in Cape
Town. The organizer's hotels were a far cry from the suburbs where
the destitute push around trolleys laden with scrap.... Read this
in full at
CHRISTIANS: AN INTRA-CHRISTIAN GAP HAS CLOSED A LITTLE
decades ago, global Christian bodies were riven by rows over where
their main duty lay -- changing the world or saving souls. The
Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), dominated by liberal
Protestants and Orthodox churches from communist lands, stressed
“liberation” and social justice. That was one reason
why America’s Billy Graham and other top evangelicals went
to Lausanne in 1974 to set up a new body that would focus more on
winning the 2.7 billion people who, by its calculation, had yet to
hear the Christian message.
so-called Lausanne movement remains ebullient. Its gathering of
4,000 evangelicals from 200 countries, which ended in Cape Town on
October 25th, was billed as the biggest and broadest Christian
meeting in history. But coming from a body that stresses the
spiritual, parts of the meeting’s final statement were quite
earthly. Humanity must “repent of our part in the
destruction, waste and pollution of the Earth’s resources,
and our collusion in the toxic idolatry of consumerism,” it
said. Also, the WCC’s new head, Olav Fykse Tveit of Norway,
was invited to Cape Town, despite his roots in liberal Nordic
Lutheranism.... Read this in full at
CHRISTIANS TURN TO CENTURIES-OLD TEACHINGS OF CHURCH FATHERS
newest thing in Protestantism is really the oldest thing in
Protestantism: Reformed theology.
Christians are turning to the centuries-old teachings of church
fathers such as John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards -- reading their
work, watching pastors talk about them on YouTube and sporting
their faces on sweatshirts.
nationwide renewal of Reformed theology has been going on for
about a decade, and it has finally made its way to Houston. Two
Reformed seminaries opened local campuses this fall, Redeemer
Seminary, which recently broke off from Westminster Theological
Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. They are holding
classes for a couple of dozen young Christians from Presbyterian,
Reformed, Evangelical, and Baptist churches.... Read this in full
MORE THAN TALENT
John C. Maxwell
may bring to mind unmatched performance, unusual expertise, or
consistent high-quality performance. In our minds, we often
associate excellence with talent. To be the best, surely you have
to be gifted, right? Experience has taught me that talent, while
important, in no way explains excellence. In fact, the primary
pathway to excellence has three main steps, none of which depends
Find Your Passion
Never Cease Practicing
Honor Your Values.... Read this in full at
IS HOMELESS AWARENESS MONTH
of Hope calls and equips compassionate people from many Christian
faith traditions to exemplify Christ's love to homeless women and
children by creating and sustaining thriving Bridge of Hope
affiliates. Local Bridge of Hope affiliates bring together
professional staff and trained church-based mentoring groups to
empower homeless and at-risk single mothers to attain permanent
housing; financial self-sufficiency through employment;
life-changing friendships; and increased self-esteem and growth in
areas of holistic living. Pray for Bridge of Hope and for homeless
women and children during Homelessness Awareness Month and all
cross is laid on every Christian. It begins with the call to
abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old
man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark
upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with
His death -- we give over our lives to death. Since this happens
at the beginning of the Christian life, the cross can never be
merely a tragic ending to an otherwise happy religious life. When
Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death
like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to
follow Him, or it may be a death like Luther's, who had to leave
the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death
every time -- death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at
His call. That is why the rich young man was so loath to follow
Jesus, for the cost of his following was the death of his will. In
fact, every command of Jesus is a call to die, with all our
affections and lusts. But we do not want to die, and therefore
Jesus Christ and His call are necessarily our death and our life.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship,
London: SCM Press, 1964, p. 44
hosted a dinner party. One of his guests was a surgeon. While
deftly carving the roast, Harry kept up a running commentary: "How
am I doing, Doc? How do you like that technique? I'd make a pretty
good surgeon, don't you think?"
Harry had finished and the slices of meat lay neatly on the
serving platter, the surgeon spoke up: "Anybody can take them
apart, Harry. Now let's see you put them back together again."
Our words can take people apart much more easily than we can put
them back together.
GRAHAM RADIO PROGRAM, 'THE HOUR OF DECISION,' TURNS 60
of Christian radio's most beloved and longest-running programs hit
airwaves across the country sixty years ago this week. "The
Hour of Decision" with evangelist Billy Graham, which began
as a step of faith by a budding ministry, has grown into one of
the most widely distributed radio broadcasts in the world.
"The Hour of Decision" airs on 581 radio stations across
the country and on several networks. In all, the program airs in
five languages -- English, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Farsi --
in 55 countries on six continents.
Barrows, who traveled the world with Billy Graham for more than 50
years directing Crusade choirs, has been the program's only host
since 1950 and remains its host today.... Read this in full at
ASKS CHURCHES TO HOST A 'THANKS4GIVING' EVENT
the shoe charity that gives away free pairs shoes, has a simple
mission: to find brand new and 'gently worn' shoes and give them
new life on the feet of people in desperate need. The charity has
donated over 10 million pairs of shoes to victims of natural
disasters, people living in extreme poverty and even those laid
off during the current recession. One of the core groups that help
transform the Soles4Souls mission from an idea into a living
example of God's love is the church.
Fall, the charity is asking churches across North America to
participate in "Thanks4Giving," a Soles4Souls event
where individuals and communities will challenge themselves to
harvest 250,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed to those in need
worldwide. Thanks4Giving is a unique opportunity for people to be
thankful for what they have by sharing with those less fortunate
with the gift of shoes.... Read this in full at
to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle
and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they
are about being thought unjust.”
SCALIA URGES CHRISTIANS TO HAVE COURAGE
the sophisticated may deride them as simple-minded, US Supreme
Court Justice Antonin Scalia said traditional Christians should
have the courage to embrace their faith.
spoke to members of the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland who
gathered Oct. 21 at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis following the
52nd annual Red Mass, held at nearby St. Mary Church. The liturgy,
celebrated by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, marked the
beginning of the judicial year.
a hotel banquet, the St. Thomas More Society honored Scalia with
its “Man for All Seasons Award,” given to members of
the legal profession who embody the ideals of St. Thomas More.
outlined a long list of Christian beliefs that he said are greeted
with derision by the worldly -– dogmas including Christ’s
divinity, the Virgin birth, and Christ’s resurrection.
those who adhere to all or most of these traditional Christian
beliefs are regarded in the educated circles that you and I travel
in as, well, simple-minded,” Scalia asserted....Scalia said
believers should embrace the ridicule of the world. “As St.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians,” he said, “we are fools
for Christ’s sake.” .... Read this in full at
CENTERS HOPES TO SET TONE FOR CIVIL RELIGION
across from the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at
Washington University, employees have moved into a new center
named for another legendary Missouri politician.
John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, launched last
year with a $30 million gift from the Danforth Foundation,
officially opened its doors Oct. 26 with an inaugural speech at
the university's Graham Chapel by journalist and historian Jon
proximity of two centers named for former Democratic Congressman
Richard A. Gephardt and former Republican Sen. John C. Danforth is
emblematic of what Danforth anticipates the new center will do for
the tenor of political conversation in the country.
hope is that this is a place that both illuminates the
relationship between religion and politics, and also encourages
respectful but vigorous debate," Danforth said. "Respectful
does not mean wishy-washy. It means respectful." .... Read
this in full at
POLITICS GETTING TOO COZY, CARTER WARNS
a man who evangelized foreign leaders and taught Sunday school
while US president, Jimmy Carter has some strong words for what he
sees as an "excessive melding of religion and politics."
it began, he said, with the denomination he called home for more
than seven decades: the Southern Baptist Convention.
now metastasized to other religions, where an actual affiliation
between the denomination and the more conservative elements of the
Republican Party is almost official," Carter said during a
stop to promote his new book, "White House Diary."
are pastors openly calling for members to vote a certain way,"
the 86-year-old ex-president said. "That's a serious
breakdown in the principle of separation of church and state."
and his wife, Rosalynn, left the Southern Baptists in 2000 after
the denomination's long shift toward conservative politics and new
doctrinal statements that are, in Carter's view, more creed-based
and anti-woman. But the couple remain Baptists and worship at
Maranatha Baptist Church when they are home in Plains, Ga.... Read
this in full at
GROWING INFLUENCE IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
the world -- from the southern United States to the Middle East --
religion is on the rise. It is growing in countries with a wide
variety of religious traditions and levels of economic
development, suggesting that neither poverty nor social exclusion
is solely responsible. The religious resurgence is not simply
defined by the growth of fundamentalism -- rigid adherence to a
particular set of rituals and doctrines -- but is occurring
through a variety of renewed rituals and practices, both public
and private.... Read this in full at
WE ARE ALL
MEMBERS OF ONE BODY
his sermon "Blowing Your Horn," Richard Love shares
this: "Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, was
holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out, accompanied by
scores of instruments, the piccolo player -- a little pint-sized
flute -- thinking perhaps that his contribution would not be
missed amid so much music, stopped playing.
the great leader stopped and cried out, 'Where is the piccolo?'
sound of that one small instrument was necessary to the harmony,
and the master conductor missed it when it dropped out. The point?
To the conductor there are no insignificant instruments in an
orchestra. Sometimes the smallest and seemingly least important
one can make the greatest contribution and even if it doesn't seem
to make that big a difference to the audience at large, the
conductor knows it right away!
RELATIONSHIP TOPIC OF NEW ECFA PRESS BOOK
organizations will soon see a time of change and challenges as
younger leaders replace retiring baby boomer CEOs. How boards
handle the selection, transition and development of new executives
will determine the future success of these faith-based ministries,
according to a new book by ECFA press.
David McKenna, a board veteran and former top executive, has given
careful thought to the principles and practices that ensure a
successful relationship between a faith-based organization's board
and its CEO. That relationship, McKenna writes, must be built on a
sacred trust sealed by God's spirit.
of a Sacred Trust: CEO Selection, Transition and Development for
Boards of Christ-centered Organizations" offers practical and
Bible-based advice that provides boards with the confidence and
know-how to oversee the search, transition and nurturing of a
governance and CEO training are vital to the future health of
Christ-centered organizations," said Dan Busby, ECFA
president. "It is a privilege for ECFA to offer this book,
which draws on the rich experience, knowledge, and spiritual
insight of David McKenna." .... Read this in full at
THE HOLIDAYS PROGRAM: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUTREACH AND EVANGELISM
churches are providing help to people in bereavement over the
holidays through Surviving the Holidays seminars and are excited
at the number of attendees from outside the church. These
two-hour, video-based seminars, produced by GriefShare, are
designed to be hosted by churches as a care and outreach tool
prior to and during the holiday season.
grieving a death can be overwhelmed with sadness and loneliness
throughout Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Putting up decorations
alone, seeing the empty place at the holiday table, facing family
traditions -- these and more can trigger feelings of grief.
is a crucial time for churches to reach out and come alongside
grieving people in their community with the hope of the gospel.
leader Bonnie Shultzman, whose church offered Surviving the
Holidays in Wooster, OH, received positive feedback from the
attendees. "Several commented that they'd never been part of
a group like this before, where they felt so safe with their
IMPLOSION OF FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS
video attached to this article shows the implosion Oct. 30 of four
downtown buildings that belong to the First Baptist Church of
Dallas, Texas. The buildings were demolished to make way for its
new worship center, education facilities, parking garage, glass
concourse, and sky bridge. The three men who detonated the
explosives are Pastor Robert Jeffress, Mayor Tom Leppert, and
Planning & Development Committee Chairman Mark Lovvorn.
came down that morning was massive. What will go up in its place
looks to be even bigger. In fact, the plans for the new building
are pretty unbelievable. At 130 million dollars, it’s very
clear why The Dallas Morning News called it “the largest
church building program in modern history.” .... Read and
see this in full at
BIBLE WITHSTANDS THE TEST OF TIME
Waterproof Bible created and published by Bardin & Marsee
has been on QVC shopping channel twice over the last few months.
This adds to the excitement and growth Bardin & Marsee have
seen with the Waterproof Bible over the last year. "People
excited for the Waterproof Bible have not just been outdoorsmen;
it's also the active moms, teens, missionaries, soldiers, boy
scouts, and pastors," says Michael Marsee.
& Marsee have partnered with Bible Societies to produce the
Waterproof Bible in 6 foreign languages and have so far printed
150,000 Bibles. On November 1st, Bardin & Marsee added the ESV
and NLT translations to the existing NIV and KJV translations of
the Waterproof Bible. All four translations are available in 3
covers, as a complete Bible or compact New Testament Psalms &
Proverbs.... Read this in full at
CROSSES CULTURAL DIVIDES TO UNITE MULTI-LINGUAL PARISHES
and English- speaking worship communities in the U.S. now have a
way to celebrate their faith and culture side-by-side. One Faith,
Una Voz is the only Catholic hymnal featuring bilingual songs
alongside original language English and Spanish titles.
by OCP, the hymnal offers a unique blend of over 800 beloved,
multilingual songs designed to fit the needs of growing
Latino-Anglo communities in the Catholic Church.
very nature of this hymnal speaks to the profound way a community
comes together to pray -- despite differences in language or
origin," said Pedro Rubalcava, director of Hispanic
Ministries at OCP. "It provides a means for culturally
diverse assemblies to unite in celebration of each others'
journey's of faith through song." .... Read this in full at
'FLIGHT OF FAITH: THE JESUS STORY' AVAILABLE ON DVD
taking an aerial journey through the spectacular biblical
landscapes of Israel, following in the exact footsteps of Jesus of
Nazareth. Between the stunning video footage and the informative
and insightful narrative, viewers can now take the trip of their
lives across the Holy Land without ever leaving their living rooms
when "Flight of Faith: The Jesus Story" is now on DVD
across the US and Canada at a suggested retail price of $9.98.
More information about the film is available at local Christian
booksellers and at www.flightoffaithmovie.com.... Read this in
CITY” LAUNCHES NEW GIVING MODULE FOR CHURCHES
City by Zondervan today announced its new Giving Module, enhancing
how churches manage financial donations, offering easy online
giving to church attendees and providing insightful information
for churches. Combined with The City's best-in-class
communications, social networking, children's ministry, and small
group features, it creates the most comprehensive church
management software platform on the market.... Read this in full
you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the
habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the
Holy One is understanding."
WEEK'S HYMN: ABODE OF PEACE
Agata Rosenius (1814-1874)
Prince Frans Gustav Oskar (1827-1852)
of peace, my Father’s home forever!
weary soul in faith doth yearn for thee.
homeward look to Thee, my Lord and Savior,
Thine abode of peace, eternally.
is on earth no peaceful rest;
faith is weak, our souls oppressed,
vision dim and failing,
vision dim and failing.
Lord be praised that time so swiftly flieth;
promise is fulfilled forevermore.
on God’s Word and promises relieth
find at last the choicest wine in store.
then is all distress,
peace and happiness
then be ours forever,
then be ours forever.
keep my heart forever, O my Savior,
let me never, Lord, from Thee depart.
joy, in pain, in sorrow, now and ever,
only givest solace to my heart.
when, O Lord, I am with Thee,
other comforts well may flee;
Thee I’m blest forever,
Thee I’m blest forever.
like all other religious leaders, taught men to pray, that is, He
taught them to look away from the world of ordinary sense
impressions and to open the heart and spirit to God, yet He is
always insistent that religion must be related to life. It is only
by contact with God that a better quality of living can be
achieved -- and Jesus Himself, as the records show, spent many
hours in communion with God -- yet that new quality of life has to
be both demonstrated and tested in the ordinary rough-and-tumble
of plain living. It is in ordinary human relationships that the
validity of a man's communion with God is to be proved.”
B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth
Press:, 1954, p. 22.
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Be in God’s will
Raises or bonuses
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Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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