Connecting man to man to God
For week of November 7, 2010
Issue 329

The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
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"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."

Psalm 19:14

"We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties."
Anna C. Brackett, The Technique of Rest

Most 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.

Sixty-two 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 Institute.

"Americans 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.

Researchers 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.... Read this in full at

A 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.... Read this in full at

Certain 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, 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

Biblica 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;NIV1984;TNIV&multilayout=cols 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.

The 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



Leaders 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.
The 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 internet.
Among 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

by Matthew Cresswell
The 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.

The 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:

"We 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."

I 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

Four 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.

The 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

The newest thing in Protestantism is really the oldest thing in Protestantism: Reformed theology.

Young 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.

The 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 at

by John C. Maxwell
"Excellence" 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 on talent:
1) Find Your Passion
2) Never Cease Practicing
3) Honor Your Values.... Read this in full at

Bridge 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 year.

The 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

Harry 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?"

When 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.

One 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.

Today, "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.

Cliff 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

Soles4Souls, 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.

This 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

"Come 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."
Matthew 11:28-30

People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust.”
E.B. White

Although 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.

Scalia 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.

During 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.

Scalia 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.

Surely 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

Just across from the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University, employees have moved into a new center named for another legendary Missouri politician.

The 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 Meacham.

The 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.

"My 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

For 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."

And it began, he said, with the denomination he called home for more than seven decades: the Southern Baptist Convention.

"It's 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."

"There 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."

Carter 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

Around 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

In 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.

"Suddenly, the great leader stopped and cried out, 'Where is the piccolo?'

"The 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!

Christian 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.

Author 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.

"Stewards 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 chief executive.

"Board 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

Local 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.

People 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.

This is a crucial time for churches to reach out and come alongside grieving people in their community with the hope of the gospel.

Lay 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 grief."

The 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.

What 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

The Waterproof Bible created and published by Bardin & Marsee Publishing ( 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.

Bardin & 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

Spanish- 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.

Developed 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.

"The 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

Imagine 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 Read this in full at

The 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 at

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
Colin Powell

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10

Words: Agata Rosenius (1814-1874)
Music: Prince Frans Gustav Oskar (1827-1852)

Abode of peace, my Father’s home forever!
My weary soul in faith doth yearn for thee.
I homeward look to Thee, my Lord and Savior,
To Thine abode of peace, eternally.
There is on earth no peaceful rest;
Our faith is weak, our souls oppressed,
Our vision dim and failing,
Our vision dim and failing.

The Lord be praised that time so swiftly flieth;
God’s promise is fulfilled forevermore.
Who on God’s Word and promises relieth
Shall find at last the choicest wine in store.
Forgotten then is all distress,
Eternal peace and happiness
Shall then be ours forever,
Shall then be ours forever.

Then, keep my heart forever, O my Savior,
And let me never, Lord, from Thee depart.
In joy, in pain, in sorrow, now and ever,
Thou only givest solace to my heart.
For when, O Lord, I am with Thee,
All other comforts well may flee;
With Thee I’m blest forever,
With Thee I’m blest forever.

>from NetHymnal at

Jesus, 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.”
J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth Press:, 1954, p. 22.


Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut. 28:2).

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