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man finds joy in giving an apt reply-and how good is a timely
not, therefore, please yourself with thinking how piously you
would act and submit to God in a plague, a famine, or persecution,
but be intent upon the perfection of the present day, and be
assured that the best way of showing a true zeal is to make little
things the occasion of great piety.”
PROGRAM: HELPING CHURCHES GREEN UP
the new GIVER (Green Initiative for Evangelical Environmental
Renewal) program, the Evangelical Environmental Network, the
National Association of Evangelicals, and the National Hispanic
Christian Leadership Conference are selecting up to 60 churches to
receive support and funding to make their buildings energy
efficient, reduce their monthly utility bills by up to 30%, and
save thousands of dollars annually that can then be used for other
needs such as missions and evangelism. Deadline for application is
November 15th. Learn more at
EVERY MAN NEEDS TO KNOW
Patrick Morley, PhD
Abiding in Christ
means to "hold to his teaching." Jesus said that's what
really makes us his disciples (John 8:31-32). A friend had bills
piling up. He couldn't sleep. The stress was killing him. One day
he stared at a huge pile of bills on his desk. He snapped, but in
a good way. He said, "God, I apologize. I've taken over
control of what is rightfully yours. I'm grouchy and neglecting my
family. Right now, by faith, I give you back control over my
affairs." He went home and slept like a baby, and his bills
all got paid too. That's what it looks like to abide in Christ.
Are you there yet?
of our lives are lived at the cliché level. An accountable
relationship is one that gets past "news, sports, and
weather." Accountability means to be regularly answerable for
each of the key areas of our lives to qualified people. Get with a
group of men and give each other permission to ask each other how
you are really doing. Meet regularly. Weekly is good, but not less
than monthly. By phone is okay. "Key areas" mean
relationships with God, wife, children; use of time and money;
moral and ethical behavior; and any areas of personal struggle.
Wives make great accountability partners.
a huge difference between getting angry and having "an angry
spirit." Anger is "a strong feeling of displeasure and
belligerence aroused by a real or perceived wrong." An angry
spirit, on the other hand, is always on the verge of boiling over.
To have an angry spirit is to be easily provoked to anger.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, "Do not be quickly provoked in your
spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." Unresolved
anger is like walking around with a volcano inside you -- never
knowing when it might erupt, or why. Is your anger normal, or do
you have an angry spirit? .... Read all 70 at
HAMILTON TELLS MEGACHURCH 'GOD FIRST'
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton made an appearance at a
megachurch Nov. 7 to talk about his team's incredible season, his
struggles with addiction and his walk with Jesus Christ.
his team lost in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants,
Hamilton had a lot to celebrate. It was the first time in the
team's 50-year history that the Rangers made it to the World
Series. The overall chemistry, passion and determination of the
team alone was a great achievement.
made a lot of history this year," Hamilton said at First
Baptist Church of Dallas. And the better they did, the
opportunities Hamilton had to talk about Jesus Christ got bigger,
he said. "That's what I enjoyed most about the entire year
... not going to the World Series ... but it was about sharing
Christ with as many news people as I could, preferably live so
they can't cut out Jesus' name," stressed the young
athlete.... Read this in full at
BIBLE IN ONE MESSAGE
Dr. Ray Pritchard
preached a sermon at Missions Globales in Montreal called "The
Whole Bible in One Message (40 Minutes)."
how do you summarize the whole Bible in one message? It's mostly a
simple recital of biblical history with an emphasis on Christ as
the real theme of the Bible.
am putting the sermon in print because a number of people asked
for a copy. If you enjoy it, I hope you'll use it yourself.
Improve it, change it, add to it, and make it your own. Here's the
link to the sermon: The Whole Bible in One Message.
hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His
Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He
findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All
desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything
for His sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves,
but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. Many are
astonished at His miracles, few follow after the shame of His
Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them.
Many praise Him and bless Him, so long as they receive any
comforts from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself and withdraw a little
while, they fall either into complaining or into too great
dejection of mind.”
Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), Of the
Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877,
II.xi, p. 103
COLSON’S WRONGS RIGHT
Slate feature “The Wrong Stuff: What it Means to Make
Mistakes” is written by Kathryn Schulz and features Q&As
with notable folks discussing their relationship to being wrong.
recent interview was titled “From the White House to the
Jailhouse to the Pulpit: Chuck Colson on Being Wrong.” Even
though I am pretty familiar with Colson’s story, I found
this interview to be fascinating. And it’s not as if Schulz
seems like an expert on moral theology. But her interest in
letting a subject tell his own conversion story makes for a great
questions show that she is listening intently to each word uttered
by her subject (e.g. “Was that just social discomfort, or
was it an inner discomfort -- the first stirrings of your
conversion?,” “Can you recollect what you were crying
about?,” etc.). She asks him for details on the when of his
conversion and is surprised to find out that it wasn’t a
jailhouse conversion, as she’d long suspected.... Read this
in full at
WITHOUT LIMBS: I NEED GOD FOR MORE THAN ARMS, LEGS
man born without limbs said he needed God for more than arms and
legs at the Harvest event in Seattle Nov. 7. Nick Vujicic, a
Christian motivational speaker, said he gave his life to Jesus
Christ at the age of 15 when he read the story of the blind man
and Jesus in John 9. When people asked Jesus why the man was born
blind, he said it is for the works of God to be revealed through
healed the physical body of the blind man (in John 9). But what I
said to God is, ‘I don’t know what your plan is, but I
trust you. I need you not just for arms and legs, [but] I need
peace. I need forgiveness. I need purpose,” said Vujicic,
president of the non-profit Life Without Limbs, to Greg Laurie at
the Seattle Harvest event.
who was born with no arms or legs, shared his inspiring story to a
crowd of 15,000 at the Key Arena in Seattle. More than 93,000
people watched the event online and 1,692 accepted the invitation
at the end of the night to commit their lives to Jesus.... Read
this in full at
see “No Arms, No Legs, No Limits: Disabled Author Nick
Vujicic Details Faith Story in Newly-Released Memoir, ‘Life
THROUGH CHRIST ALONE NOT BELIEVED BY MAJORITY OF EVANGELICALS
RESPONDING TO POLL
Martin E. Marty
Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, a book which Sightings
glimpsed on October 18, is much on my mind and agenda. Authors
Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell are not content with
telephoned polls but believe very much in site-visits, interviews,
and experiences. So when Professor Putnam spoke in Chicago, I
braved wintry lake winds and trekked the 271 steps it took from
our condo to site-visit at Fourth Presbyterian Church, where he
held enthralled a gathering for an hour-plus and responded to a
multi-faith panel and then the audience.
high gasp-registry came when he presented a case-study of a gap
between clergy and laity, using the example of Lutherans. (The
main sponsor of this multi-sponsored event was the Wheat Ridge
Foundation, which has roots and arms in Lutheran churches.) The
question posed to interviewed individuals and groups: “Can a
good person not of your faith go to heaven?” 98% of the
Mormons said “yes,” as did 95% of Jews, 93% of
Catholics, and -- get this -- 83% of Evangelical Protestants. Even
when people of other faiths are not Christian? Catholics dropped
to 83%; Evangelical Protestants dropped more, but still, 54% gave
a free ride to heaven to other-believers.... Read this in full at
GIVING STAYS STRONG AMID RECESSION
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)’s
first Annual State of Giving Report
says charitable giving to ECFA members stayed strong during the US
recession, totaling $12.10 billion last year, just a 0.1% decline
from the pre-recession level of $12.11 billion two years earlier.
is very significant that this segment of the giving world was
resilient and maintained itself during a difficult economic time,"
said Dan Busby, ECFA president. "Our report suggests a strong
commitment of givers to the Christian faith and the generosity of
God's people." .... Read this in full at
STUDY BEGINS: DOES PRAYER HAVE A PLACE IN AMERICAN MEDICINE?
online study was recently initiated to discover if Americans
believe prayer has a place in medicine. Shannon Pierotti, a
graduate student at USciences, is using a social networking basis
for recruiting participants in a National survey to assess
attitudes regarding the inclusion of spirituality and prayer in
an era of rising health care costs and struggle over reform in the
United States, a key consideration may be a reintegration of the
spiritual component of patient care that was lost as scientific
advances progressed throughout the last century. Not finding their
needs met by the current medical system, patients have
increasingly turned to complementary and alternative medicine.
Data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey showed that
almost half of respondents used prayer for their own health....
Read this in full at
desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."
a man forgets himself, he usually does something that everyone
FOR MEN SINCE PROMISE KEEPERS
book Bond of Brothers(Zondervan, 189 pp., $16.99), by Wes Yoder,
is not a quick read. Nor should it be. If you read it in a sitting
or two, you'll miss its potentially life-changing "ouch"
and "aha" moments, and it will have been just another
Christian book. But Bond of Brothers is not just another Christian
book. It's an autopsy. Wes Yoder deftly makes the "Y
incision" and folds back the pale flesh to expose what is
inside men today. Then he directs us to the Founder and CEO of the
re-creation and resurrection business.
title, of course, is a play on "band of brothers," a
line from Shakespeare's Henry V. Prior to the historic Battle of
Agincourt in 1415, the young king encouraged his war-weary troops:
"From this day to the ending of the world . . . we in it
shall be remembered -- we few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
1798, before the Battle of the Nile, Lord Nelson referred to his
captains as "such a gallant set of fellows! Such a band of
brothers! My heart swells at the thought of them!" And in
2001, Stephen Ambrose reprised the phrase as the title of his
10-part World War II miniseries.
Yoder reminds us that we are indeed a band of brothers. But we
have lost our identities and are no longer a gallant set of
fellows akin to the victorious warriors at Agincourt.
no longer experience rite of passage into manhood, because we no
longer know what a man is supposed to be. For decades, we have
been redefined by pop psychologists and feminists and mocked by a
media that portrays husbands and fathers as fumbling, bumbling
adolescents in adult bodies whose greatest achievements are
belching and being bedded.... Read this in full at
ULTRASOUND DRAWS FIRE
like the Fruit of her womb became a target some 2,000 years ago,
the Son of God draws similar attacks today. An ecumenical
nonprofit in England has come under fire for its upcoming Advent
campaign designed to put Christ back into Christmas. The crime?
Creating billboards and posters that show a Baby Jesus as an
ultrasound, with a halo. The ads, created by ChurchAds.net say:
“He’s on His way. Christmas starts with Christ.”
gives the impression that it was politically motivated, that they
are trying to put across some sort of subliminal message,”
said Terry Sanderson, director of the National Secular Society.
“The image is too specifically associated with pro-lifers to
be seen in a benign context. They should go back to angels and
coalition of various Christian churches (including the Church of
England, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church, the
Anglican and the Methodist churches), denies that the ads were
meant as pro-life or political ads.
wanted to convey that Christmas starts with Christ,” said
Mike Elms, vice chair of ChurchAds.net. “We put a halo on it
because theologians speak of Jesus being fully human and fully
divine.” .... Read this in full at
Father never fails to cheer our hearts with sweet surprises of His
Grace. He hides them through all our fleeting years, and every day
we are finding them: friends old and new, the joys of home,
new aspirations, new tasks, new fields of labor, new knowledge,
new understandings of the heart of Christ, new experiences with
Him. Often they fall into our laps when we are least expecting
them. This is God’s antidote for weariness and dullness. We
greet each day with expectancy. We grow old gracefully, eagerly
waiting to know what is that grandest gift of all- eternal life.”
Costen J. Harrell
TO PUBLISH OFFICIAL MEMOIR BY TIM TEBOW
will publish in April 2011 “Through My Eyes”, an
inspirational memoir by one of the greatest college football
quarterbacks of all time: the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, two-time
national champion at the University of Florida and current Denver
Broncos first round draft pick, Tim Tebow.
much publicized life is one of most inspirational stories in
American sports. He captivated the country with his relentless
will to succeed on the field and his passion for others. The
memoir will reveal how this remarkable young man constantly
strives to be the best, has always overcome the odds and how he
has managed to do so while remaining true to his faith and family
the son of Christian missionaries, has a unique story to tell.
From the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots,
to his record-setting career as the most celebrated football
player in Florida Gators history and his first round draft
selection by the Denver Broncos, there's been a lot said about Tim
Tebow. Now he will have the chance to inspire readers with his
own, first-hand account of his personal story.... Read this in
PREACHES GENEROSITY — AND THEN PRACTICES IT
Rodney Gage preached to his Fellowship Orlando church congregation
Nov. 7 about the "Crazy Generosity" of God's "Crazy
Love" for mankind.
then he put his money where his mouth was: Gage handed out $5,000
to his church members so they could demonstrate their own Crazy
Generosity to those in need. "I know it's crazy," he
said. "But crazy love demands crazy generosity."
handed out the money -- in envelopes containing between $10 and
$200 -- with only a few conditions.... Read this in full at
GIVE IN TO
need to give in to contentment a hundred times a day. I need to
drop the ideal of who I think I ought to be, who I think I want to
be, and who I think other people think I want or ought to be. When
I give in to contentment, I believe that loneliness is not a
threat. It is not punishment. Giving in is a grace-laden decision
that declares that nothing -- not relationships, not achievement,
not success, not failure -- has value without trust in the
merciful love of God. Giving in is how we say, "Yes, I trust
God." The psalmist said it this way, "Blessed are you
who give yourselves over to God, turn your backs on turn your
backs on the world's 'sure thing,' [and] ignore what the world
worships" (Ps. 40:4)....
allows us to move from anxiety about our loneliness, to faith that
our loneliness can be the ground of great fruitfulness, and then
to release when we accept that growing the fruit is up to God. We
give in to contentment when we know that we have done our part and
we trust God with his responsibility. Are you waiting for fruit to
grow in some of your relationships? Are you waiting for fruit to
grow in your own life as you faithfully prepare, plant, and water
seeds of self-care and spiritual discipline? Can you move from
anxiety to faith to release?
what you are anxious about. What is keeping you from believing
that the difficulty, the waiting, or the loneliness is a good
place for fruit to grow? The answer to that question may reveal
where you need to soften your heart further by surrendering to
just being with Jesus, to practice self-care, or to plant a few
more seeds without needing to see the fruit. Can you release the
rest to God, trusting that it's his job, and his alone, to grow
Sharon A. Hersh in Begin Again, Believe
MEMOIR, FAITH A SMALL BUT CONSTANT FACTOR
President George W. Bush made no secret that his politics were
tinged by his religious faith, but now says he never would have
made it to the White House without a fateful -- and faith-filled
-- decision to quit drinking in 1986. "I could not have quit
drinking without faith," Bush writes in his memoir, "Decision
Points," released Nov. 9. "I also don't think my faith
would be as strong if I hadn't quit drinking."
497 pages, Bush recounts the ways religious faith shaped his life
and his politics. While religion is not a central thrust of the
book, it's nonetheless a constant theme.... Read this in full at
HARDER FOR MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS?
Radio invites listeners to discuss the level of Christian
persecution occurring in the Middle East. This report is previewed
at :57 into the program, again at 24:00, and it begins at
26:30.... Listen to this in full at
UNDER SIEGE IN MIDDLE EAST
Christians in the Middle East are now "legitimate targets."
That warning from al Qaeda in Iraq was issued on Wednesday coming
in the aftermath of the Oct. 31 massacre of 64 people, mostly
Christian worshippers, in Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad.
The attack by Islamic extremists was the most deadly one against
the country's minority Christians since they came under more
scrutiny in 2003.
Islamic State of Iraq, which claimed responsibility for the
Baghdad massacre, said on militant websites that "we will
open upon them (Christians) the doors of destruction and rivers of
Doors, an international Christian ministry that supports and
strengthens persecuted believers, is calling on Christians to pray
for the dwindling Iraqi community and the more than 100 million
suffering Christians throughout the world during the International
Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on Sunday, Nov.
14.... Read this in full at
SEEN IN BLOOD ON CHURCH'S WALLS
still shaken by a terror attack in a Baghdad church swear they
will not leave Iraq. See this video report at
also “In Grief and Defiance, Baghdad’s Christians
Return to Scene of Attack”
THE BURDEN OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
of us are waking up to social justice issues and activism. We can
be encouraged to see Christians advocating an end to human
trafficking or going beyond the tithe to aid earthquake victims in
Haiti. But these issues often allow us to be active by proxy.
the persecuted church, however, is profoundly different than
advocating social justice issues. Organizations such as Open Doors
and government commissions like the United States Commission on
International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have their place in
petitioning governments and smuggling encouragement. Even so,
persecution watchdogs say oppressed Christians most often request
help of a different kind -- they want the prayers of other
Christians. They want *our* prayers.... Read this in full at
OFFICIAL SPEAKS AT INTERPOL CONFERENCE
reports on an address Monday by Archbishop Carlo Maria
Viganò, secretary of the Governorate of Vatican City State,
to the 79th General Assembly of Interpol meeting in Doha, Qatar.
(Full text of remarks.) Apparently the Archbishop chose to address
the forum of police chiefs and law enforcement officers from
around the world because of the Vatican's growing concern over
violence against Christians in Iraq and other parts of the Middle
East. Vatican security forces joined Interpol in 2008. The
Archbishop said in part:
behavior is an intrinsic part of the human experience, just as the
conflict of good and evil is part of the world’s history,
and, for Christians, a part of God’s saving plan. It is
precisely this realization that inspires the Holy See to
participate, either as a member or an observer, in the meetings
and conferences promoted by international organizations to discuss
issues which ultimately deal with man himself, the human being
viewed holistically and with respect for all his complexity....
are here today to renew, in one specific area, our commitment to
cooperate in eliminating evil from the world. This is a enormous
commitment if we think of the forces at play, yet we must remain
undaunted. Indeed, we should be committed to even fuller
cooperation.” .... Read this in full at
BELIEVERS FACING TOUGH CHRISTMAS
International fears Christians in Eritrea may face a clampdown
this Christmas after receiving reports that the regime is planning
to purge ‘illegal’ believers from the country.
Christians belonging to non-traditional church groups have faced
intense persecution in Eritrea in recent years but the harassment
may only get worse in the next few months.
Kidane, director of Release Eritrea, estimates that at least 3,000
Christians have been imprisoned by authorities in Eritrea for
refusing to obey orders by the military junta to renounce their
faith. “Eritrea has declared there will be a purge of
Christians by Christmas,” she told the Release conference in
London.... Read this in full at
also “Christians in West told to ‘prepare for
'LOWEST CITY' JERICHO CELEBRATES 10 000 YEARS
(ENInews): Many people in the area believe there is little to
celebrate, but Jericho, made famous in the Bible and one the
earth's lowest and oldest inhabited cities, has begun a year-long
celebration of its 10,000th anniversary.
far it has been a quiet affair as the city that borders Jordan in
the Palestinian-administered West Bank area is not a global
tourist haven. Still a special cabinet meeting opened the
festivities on 10.10.10, a day deemed good for the
biblically-famed town that features in many popular Western songs.
10,000 year celebration launch in the city that lies below sea
level was led by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who said
the celebrations were part of a national project aimed at
completing the "building and preparation" of the
Palestinian State.... Read this in full at
CHURCHGOERS, MARATHON IS A NUISANCE
is dancing along the streets. Gospel, soul and salsa music blare
from speakers and bandstands. Spectators jockey for position on
sidewalks and side streets, while thousands of runners pass in
dribbles and waves. Crowds cheer.
Mile 21, the New York City Marathon cuts through Harlem, and
runners enter the home stretch, down Fifth Avenue from 138th
Street. Here many runners “hit the wall” and drop out,
or begin a slower hobble toward the finish line in Central Park.
here, with Harlem essentially divided east and west at Fifth
Avenue, life is seriously disrupted, especially during the midday
churchgoing hours. Attendance at many churches is cut in half on
race days, ministers and congregants said. Preachers and their
choirs have to compete with the whir of helicopters, the screaming
of crowds and loud music. The elderly and the infirm have trouble
negotiating crowded sidewalks, and even ministers have to head
down to 96th Street to get to their churches across town. Finding
parking nearby is virtually impossible. And with the congregations
so slimmed down, tithes and church offerings are minimal,
ministers said.... Read this in full at
MEGACHURCHES FALLING OUT OF FASHION?
was attending a lecture several years ago when I heard a startling
prediction: megachurches are doomed.
religion professor predicted that megachurches would one day
resemble abandoned retail stories “on the edge of town”
because they were so expensive to maintain, and a younger
generation wanted a more intimate worship experiences.
thought about that prediction after learning that the Crystal
Cathedral megachurch in California filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
after its leaders disclosed the church is close to $50 million in
bankruptcy revelation, along with recent scandals surrounding
several megachurch pastors, caused me to wonder if megachurches
will fall out of fashion in these lean economic times. Will
Americans cut back on the size of their churches while cutting
back on everything else?
Thumma, an authority on megachurches, says mammoth churches aren’t
going anywhere anytime soon. He says most megachurches are holding
their own financially amid this “great recession.” He
defines a megachurch as a congregation with 2,000 members and
above.... Read this in full at
KELLER: CHURCHES WORLDWIDE NEED TO MOVE INTO CITIES
Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in
Manhattan, told attendees of Lausanne III that if Christians want
human life to be shaped by Jesus Christ then churches need to go
into cities. Cities are where churches can reach the next
generation (young adults want to live in the city); reach more
unreachable people (people are far more open to the Gospel in the
cosmopolitan city than in their hometown); reach people who have a
big impact on the world (filmmakers, authors, and businessmen);
and reach the poor (about one-third of city dwellers live in
beings, according to Genesis 1, are made in the image of God and
reflect God’s glory more than anything else in creation,”
said Keller, whose Redeemer City to City has planted more than 100
churches around the world.... Read this in full at
FAN FINDS RELIGION AT TRACK
many things people discover at the Talladega Superspeedway, but
one Ohio man found something one would not expect to find at the
racetrack -- religion. “Outside the track, between turn one
and two, God saved my life,” Kevin Kent, 48, of Napoleon,
Ohio, said as he stood in front of his red colored 1960 school
bus. “God transformed my life -- Praise God.”
said he remembers that day, Oct. 7, 2007, like it was yesterday.
It was Wes Clark, a member of a Christian rock ’n’
roll band sponsored by Motor Racing Outreach Ministry, who helped
turned everything around for the Buckeye state iron worker. Clark
was a member of a band playing at a Talladega Superspeedway
campground, outside the 2.66-mile track between turns one and two.
Clark insisted that the Ohio man take his own personal Bible.
“Clark said, ‘God wanted me to give you my Bible,’”
Kent recalled. It was an emotional moment for the avid race fan
who once drank and partied with the best of the best.... Read this
in full at
MILITARY BIBLESTICKS DELIVERED, STILL MORE DESIRED
chaplains stationed overseas and here at home have requested over
20,000 Military BibleSticks in October alone. These compact
digital audio players are pre-loaded with the entire New
Testament. Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's largest Audio Bible
ministry, began this project in 2008 resulting in more than 70,000
BibleSticks provided to chaplains who deploy them to troops when
Faith Comes By Hearing will be able to meet about half of the
chaplains' requests. Prioritized shipments will continue to go out
through the end of the year, as supplies permit.... Read this in
DECLINE STALLS IN UK
Benedict XVI endured protests and warned of "aggressive
secularism" on his September visit to the United Kingdom. But
a survey released shortly before his arrival suggests Britain's
long-term slide away from church has bottomed out.
British number-crunching group Christian Research declared an end
to a decades-old attendance decline in the Church of England and
the Catholic Church, and a slight uptick among Baptists.
was surprising news to those who figured Christianity was still
dying in Britain, where only about 7% of people regularly attend
worship, and where atheist groups bought billboards to tell the
passing pope, "Two million Scots are good without God."
cautiously welcomed the survey. "It's not a massive upswing
by any means," said Michael Hudson of Christian Research.
"But it did look as if the decline had come to an end."
.... Read this in full at
EGYPTIANS' SPELLS WERE 'PASSPORT' INTO PARADISE
you've ever wished that there was a guidebook to get you into
heaven, no matter what your exploits in this life, you're not
fact, so strong was the desire for eternal life for the ancient
Egyptians that they took things a step further, in the shape of a
collection of spells, known as the Book of the Dead, designed to
fast-track them through the underworld into paradise.
the ancients, the journey through the underworld after death was
filled with obstacles and tests, including knife-wielding gods,
monsters and perilous gateways -- and that's where the spells came
a kind of repertoire, a pool of about 200 hymns to the gods,
magical spells. You could choose from these a number of texts to
put onto a roll of papyrus to take with you into your tomb and
that would be your passport, your guide, to the next world."
John Taylor, curator of a new London exhibition, "Journey
Through the Afterlife: Egyptian Book of the Dead," told
CNN.... Read this in full at
$220,000 FROM SALE OF RARE BASEBALL CARD
after his death, baseball legend Honus Wagner hit a home run for a
group of nuns, who will use proceeds from the sale of his
extremely rare baseball card to do charitable work. Texas-based
Heritage Auctions conducted the internet auction, which concluded
with a winning bid from Doug Walton, whose family owns seven
stores in the Southeast specializing in sports cards and
have been in the market for this card for a long time,"
Walton told CNN. "It is the Mona Lisa of baseball cards."
Walton paid $262,900, Heritage said, with $220,000 of that going
to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The card's price beat initial
estimates by $162,900.
Catholic order, which has a facility in Baltimore, Maryland,
obtained the card when the brother of one its nuns died earlier
this year, leaving several baseball cards to the congregation.
Neither of the siblings has been identified. Never mind that the
card's sides had been trimmed to fit in a scrapbook, that it was
laminated and lost some paper on the back, leaving it in poor
condition. It's an authentic T206 Honus Wagner card.... Read this
in full at
TALLEST JESUS STATUE COMPLETE
in Poland finished erecting the world's tallest statue of Jesus
over the weekend of Nov. 6-7, a 170-foot giant that towers over
the countryside near Swiebodzin.
is the culmination of my life's work as a priest. I felt inspired
to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for
allowing me to fulfill his will," Father Zawadzki said after
the head was attached by a 700-ton crane, according to a report
from the Warsaw Business Journal.
height of the plaster and fiberglass Polish statue surpasses the
133-foot Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the
130-foot Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
according to news reports.... Read this in full and see a photo at
see “Giant Jesus statue completed in Polish town”
PROFANITY UP NEARLY 70%
months after an appeals court struck down the Federal
Communications Commission's broadcast standards, a new study shows
that profanity on broadcast television has risen nearly 70% in the
past 5 years.
study by the Parents Television Council, which compared the first
two weeks of the networks' 2010 fall lineup with the first two
weeks of the 2005 fall lineup, finds that profanity increased 69%.
Movies, news programs, and sporting events are not included in the
also reports that harsher profanities are now being used, and it
added that the "greatest increase in the use of the harshest
profanities" took place during the 8 pm Eastern period --
often known as the "family hour" -- and at 9 pm Eastern.
BUREAU REPORTS MEN AND WOMEN WAIT LONGER TO MARRY
median age at first marriage increased to 28.2 for men and 26.1
for women in 2010, an increase from 26.8 and 25.1 in 2000,
according to the US Census Bureau. This increase is a continuation
of a long-term trend that has been noted since the mid-1950s. In
addition, the overall percentage of adults who were married
declined to 54.1% in 2010 from 57.3% in 2000.... Read this in full
NAMES POPE WORLD'S 5TH MOST POWERFUL FIGURE
Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world's most
powerful people, one of only two religious leaders in Forbes
magazine's list of 68 influential men and women. Benedict was
sandwiched between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The only other religious leader
on the list was the Dalai Lama, who ranked at No. 39.
which released the list Nov. 3, scored the rankings by the
person's influence over people, which for religious leaders meant
counting the followers in their flocks. The pope was named the
"highest earthly authority for 1.1 billion souls," which
represents one-sixth of the world's population. He was noted for
"healing old wounds" in September when he became the
first modern pope to visit London's Westminster Abbey, where he
shook the hand of a clergywoman.
Dalai Lama was praised in the list for "keeping China honest"
and providing spiritual leadership for millions of Buddhists and
his political leadership for 150,000 Tibetans in exile. The pope
jumped ahead six spots in this year's rankings, while the Dalai
Lama stayed put.
list is the magazine's second ranking of the world's most powerful
people. The top 10 most powerful people are:
Chinese President Hu Jintao
U.S. President Barack Obama
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Pope Benedict XVI
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation
of a gem, or even a flower, cast the gift of a lovely thought into
the heart of a friend.”
to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to
WEEK'S HYMN: WHEN ALL THY MERCIES, O MY GOD
Joseph Addison, 1712
Thomas Tallis, circa 1567
all Thy mercies, O my God,
rising soul surveys,
with the view, I’m lost
wonder, love and praise.
Providence my life sustained,
all my wants redressed,
in the silent womb I lay,
hung upon the breast.
all my weak complaints and cries
mercy lent an ear,
yet my feeble thoughts had learned
form themselves in prayer.
comforts to my soul
tender care bestowed,
my infant heart conceived
Whom those comforts flowed.
in the slippery paths of youth
heedless steps I ran,
arm unseen conveyed me safe,
led me up to man.
hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,
gently cleared my way;
through the pleasing snares of vice,
to be feared than they.
how shall words with equal warmth
glows within my ravished heart?
thou canst read it there.
bounteous hand with worldly bliss
made my cup run o’er;
in a kind and faithful Friend,
doubled all my store.
thousand thousand precious gifts
daily thanks employ;
is the last a cheerful heart
tastes those gifts with joy.
worn with sickness, oft hast Thou
health renewed my face;
when in sins and sorrows sunk,
my soul with grace.
every period of my life
goodness I’ll pursue
after death, in distant worlds,
glorious theme renew.
nature fails, and day and night
Thy works no more,
ever grateful heart, O Lord,
mercy shall adore.
all eternity to Thee
joyful song I’ll raise;
oh, eternity’s too short
utter all Thy praise!
life in prayer is a life in open hands where you are not ashamed
of your weakness but realize that it is more perfect for a [human]
to be led by the other than to seek to hold everything in [her]
Henri J.M. Nouwen
FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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
God and man
Be in God’s will
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.
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