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week of February 13, 2011
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we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us
not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one
shall you give to one small boy?
glamorous game, a tinseled toy,
fancy knife, a puzzle pack,
train that runs on a curving track,
picture book, a real live pet?
There’s plenty of time for such things yet.
him a day for his very own.
one small boy and his dad alone.
walk in the woods, a romp in the park,
fishing trip from dawn to dark.
him the finest gift you can-
companionship of a grownup man.
are outgrown, and toys decay,
he’ll never forget the gift of a day!
WEB DASHBOARD NOW AVAILABLE
the new free website SomersaultNOW dashboard
you can now turn your computer monitor into a control panel where
real-time information and news is easily and quickly scanned and
clicked on for further reading. It’s intended to be used as
an Internet start-up page, browser homepage, bookmarked favorite,
or mobile portal.
by international publishing strategy and services agency
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SomersaultNOW collects in one location the links and RSS article
and news feeds from more than 300 media sources – including
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Publishing, Editing, Innovation, Leadership, Branding,
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additional tabbed sections consist of resources to assist users
who want to monitor their organizations’ current online and
social media buzz, and selected links to content designed to be
read on mobile devices using Wi-Fi connections.... Read this in
ZONDERVAN, AND YOUVERSION TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION NIV DIGITAL
BIBLES IN 400 HOURS
hundred years ago when the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible
was published in the common language of the people, God's Word
became more accessible. Now, YouVersion's Bible App, Biblica and
Zondervan are teaming up to continue to increase access and
engagement with the Bible by offering 1 million free downloads of
the New International Version (NIV) Bible beginning Feb. 12.
of years later, our generation has benefitted greatly from the
efforts of those who made the King James Version available,"
said Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation Leader at LifeChurch.tv,
creators of YouVersion. "We are thrilled to join in the
celebration by offering free downloads of the NIV through our
partnership with Biblica and Zondervan."
Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8:00 p.m. EST, the popular NIV will be
available for download through the Bible App(tm) for 400 hours.
Once downloaded, a user will be able to access the NIV anytime,
anywhere -- not just when connected to the Internet. The time
available to download the Bible will end at 12:00 p.m. EST on
Tuesday, March 1.
NIV continues in the tradition of the King James Version by
bringing God's unchanging Word into the language of the people.
Our goal at Zondervan is to see 'more people engaging the Bible
more,' and YouVersion's Bible App helps accomplish this purpose,"
said Chip Brown, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Zondervan.
"It is an outstanding resource available on nearly every
mobile device on the market, and that makes accessing God's Word
as easy as making a phone call." .... Read this in full at
MOST REDEEMING FILMS OF 2010
movies include stories of redemption. Several of the films feature
characters who are redeemers themselves; all have characters who
experience redemption to some degree. Some are feel-good flicks;
others, a little less so. Several of the films are rated R and
PG-13 and are not intended for young viewers. But in all of these
films, redemption is certainly one of the main characters.
Toy Story 3 (Rated G)
The King's Speech (Rated R)
Get Low (Rated PG-1)
True Grit (Rated PG-1)
Winter's Bone (Rated R)
Despicable Me (Rated PG)
Tangled (Rated PG)
The Fighter (Rated R)
Letters to Father Jacob (Not Rated)
Like Dandelion Dust (Rated PG-13).... Read this in full at
GROUPS TACKLE AN X-RATED SECRET
than 300 churches are estimated to have observed National Porn
Sunday on Feb. 6, Super Bowl Sunday. The members watched a video
sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about
their struggles with pornography.... Read and hear this report
this in full at
an interview at
BOWL MVP DOESN'T SHY FROM FAITH
on a rainy Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium, just moments after
leading the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 Super Bowl XLV victory,
quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't shy away from talking about his
faith on sports' biggest stage.
know, God doesn't care who wins this game," he told reporters
after the game. "He only cares who gets the glory and He got
the glory tonight.
has always had a plan for my life and I appreciate the platform
and the opportunity to be with a great group of men with a great
group of character. We can celebrate together." .... Read
this in full at
3:16 AD AIRS UNEXPECTEDLY DURING SUPER BOWL
of Super Bowl viewers got a dose of Scripture Feb. 7 when a
Christian group’s John 3:16 commercial was unexpectedly
aired. Just before the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers
vs. Green Bay Packers game, the 30-second biblical spot popped up
to the surprise of football fans. In that hour, the Look Up 316
website that the commercial advertised drew so much traffic that
it was difficult to load the web page. “The LookUp316.com
website hit totals are soaring ...,” Larry Taunton,
executive director of Fixed Point Foundation, the group behind the
commercial was originally rejected by Fox Sports for containing
too much “religious doctrine” and for being too
offensive. Notably, the commercial features no preaching but
simply encourages curious viewers to look up John 3:16.... Read
this in full at
SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP GEAR TO GO TO IMPOVERISHED
of Americans watched the Super Bowl game Feb. 7 in which the
Packers beat the Steelers. The losing team's pre-printed
championship clothing was donated to Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua,
National Football League is continuing its more than 15-year
partnership with World Vision to put the multimillion dollar
merchandise, that would otherwise be thrown out, to good use. And
for a lot of the recipients, this was their first time having
brand new clothing, according to David Krichavsky, NFL Director of
Community Affairs.... Read this in full at
BRADFORD, MCCOY BENEFIT FROM SPIRITUAL MENTORS
2011 NFL season featured the appearance of three highly touted
quarterbacks, dedicated to honoring God with their considerable
who watched Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Sam Bradford in their first
professional year said Feb. 3 at Super Bowl XLV media headquarters
they came away impressed with their ability and maturity.
Warner, who won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and led the
Arizona Cardinals to the verge of another one before retiring,
said he was thrilled to see the faith-filled trio carrying on a
always need standard-bearers to set the ground rules," said
Warner, who wore a black and white T-shirt with the large word
"Sanctify" on the back, while making the rounds in the
media center. "To the extent I was able to make it easier for
them, no matter if you're talking about faith or football or
anything else, is great." .... Read this in full at
STARS PRAISE GOD IN UNIQUE GOSPEL CHOIR
Falcons All-Pro fullback Ovie Mughelli flew directly from sunny
and warm Hawaii, after his first Pro Bowl appearance, to snowy and
bone-chillingly cold Dallas for only one reason on Friday.
appearance was for the 12th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,
an officially sanctioned NFL Super Bowl XLV event, and one that
has grown significantly over the years.
the NFL, we gain our strength through Him and we need to sing
about it. For me, I pray through song and this is a chance to do
it," Mughelli said.
Devin Wyman, who once played with the New England Patriots prior
to a career in the Arena League, "I came here to honor my
Father. There is something powerful when men come together to
certainly was the case in a loud and worshipful three-hour concert
Feb. 4 at a sold-out Dallas Music Hall, as 40 NFL players and some
of the greats of the gospel music industry -- CeCe Winans, Donnie
McClurkin and Mary Mary -- came together for a prolonged time of
praise.... Read this in full at
BREES HONORED WITH BART STARR AWARD
Orleans quarterback Drew Brees won the Bart Starr Award Feb. 5,
selected by sports ministry leader Athletes in Action.
was the MVP of the 2010 Super Bowl as the Saints won their first
NFL title, but he was honored Saturday for his strong community
involvement and most importantly his personal faith in Jesus
heard a lot today about faith, family and football, but I've found
in my life that without the first two priorities, than the third
(football) would not be possible.
faith has given me everything and football would not be possible
story of injury in San Diego, his move to New Orleans and his
personal recovery, which mirrored the region's comeback from
Hurricane Katrina, has been told many times, but Brees said it
would not have been possible without God.... Read this in full at
NOT TOO LATE TO BE PART OF COMPASSION SUNDAY - PLAN YOUR EVENT
10, 2011 is this year’s Compassion Sunday. Add your voice to
thousands of other churches and let God use you to speak up for
the world’s most desperate children. To get started, simply
follow this list:
Order your free Compassion Sunday Planning Guide
Ask permission from your pastor or church leader
Confirm a date that works best for your church
Register your event
your free Planning Guide and register your event online or by
calling Compassion International at (888) 503-4585.
official date for Compassion Sunday is April 10, 2011. However, if
there is a date that works better for your church please feel free
to adjust the date to fit your schedule.)
put some of the virus of some dreadful illness into a man's arm,
and there is a little itchiness, some scratchiness, a slight
discomfort, disagreeable, no doubt, but not the fever of the real
disease, the turning and the tossing, and the ebbing strength. And
we have all been inoculated with Christianity, more or less. We
are on Christ's side, we wish him well, we hope that He will win,
and we are even prepared to do something for Him, provided, of
course, that He is reasonable, and does not make too much of an
upset among our cozy comforts and our customary ways. But there is
not the passion of zeal, and the burning enthusiasm, and the
eagerness of self-sacrifice, of the real faith that changes
character and wins the world.”
A. J. Gossip (1873-1954),
From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p.
BIZARRE AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE
you like me to make you rich? ... Here goes ...
exist. And you exist as ‘you,’ a unique and
irreplaceable person. This is the gift of your self, your soul ...
You could accept the entire global oil revenues of the last
hundred years in trade for it, and you'd be worse off. Or, as
Jesus put it, "What good is it for you to gain the whole
world, yet forfeit your soul?"
life is a gift. Sometimes we can't really enjoy the gift because
of pain or poverty (or, for that matter, because of busyness or
selfishness). But the gift remains. And if there's one secret to
receiving it well, it's learning to count our blessings from zero
up rather than counting down from infinity.
body is part of your riches. Your capacity to touch and move and
create and giggle and dance and rest. OK, my capacity to dance
isn't going to make anyone rich, but you get the idea.
the glory of nature. Life in all its bizarre and bewildering
beauty. Sunrises, cloudscapes, rattlesnakes, gazelles, oak trees,
teardrops, fingerprints, early morning mists, midnight stars. We
don't own any of this (even if we think we own part of it, we
don't). But we can enjoy it.
we can encounter it with other people. Love is a gift (what is
that worth?). Company is a gift. Community is a gift. Over the
centuries we've come to benefit from wisdom to understand the
world. We have culture to celebrate it. And we have language to
try to express all these privileges.”
Revd. Mark Powley
in the book Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life
can buy you a House
not a Home
can buy you a Bed
can buy you a Clock
can buy you a Book
can buy you a Position
can buy you Sex
can buy you Medicine
can buy you Blood
BEVERLY SHEA GRAMMY
53rd annual Grammy Awards will honor (Feb. 13) legendary gospel
singer George Beverly Shea with a lifetime achievement award. For
more than 60 years, Shea, who just turned 102, was the featured
soloist at Billy Graham crusades. Reporter Kim Lawton speaks with
him about music, faith, and heaven. Watch it at
STUDY ASKS: WHAT'S A CHURCH'S ECONOMIC WORTH?
is the dollar value of a marriage saved? A suicide averted? An
addiction conquered? A teenager taught right from wrong? In short:
What is a church's economic worth to the community it serves?
summer, a University of Pennsylvania professor and a national
secular research group based in Center City took up that seemingly
unanswerable question. With a list they devised of 54 value
categories, they attempted to calculate the economic "halo
effect" of a dozen religious congregations in Philadelphia -
10 Protestant churches, a Catholic parish, and a synagogue.
added up the money generated by weddings and funerals, festivals,
counseling programs, preschools, elder care. They tallied the
salaries of staff and the wages of roofers, plumbers, even snow
shovelers. They put dollar signs on intangibles, too, such as
helping people find work and teaching children to be socially
responsible. They even measured the diameter of trees on church
campuses. The grand total for the 12 congregations: $50,577,098 in
annual economic benefits.... Read this in full at
JESUS DID NOT SAY, "MARKET YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"
Bowl Sunday reminds us how much marketing permeates our life. If
Jesus is "in, with, and under" the bread of Communion
(at least according to Martin Luther), then marketing is "in,
with, and under" every facet of American life. Estimates as
to how many ads Americans view each day range widely — 250
to 5,000 — but even the low figure boggles the imagination.
We swim in the waters of advertising, we are nursed on marketing
milk, we breathe the air of the latest offer — choose your
not surprising, then, that a church immersed in this environment
would find it almost impossible to conceive of evangelism as
anything but a form of marketing. If companies have slogans that
make promises to customers, churches must have them as well. From
"The family church, where everyone is welcome," to "The
place where transformation happens," to "Every day in
every way, growing closer to God," or whatever, the message
is: Join this church, and you'll get some benefit.
there's the ubiquitous use of come-ons: Sundays when clowns or
magicians or celebrities come to church to attract visitors. And
the giveaways to first time visitors: coffee mugs, Starbucks
cards, pens, Bibles. And the marketing cards (though we call them
"Welcome Cards") for visitors to fill out so we can
follow up. And on it goes.... Read this in full at
RELIGIOUS COMPANIES (BESIDES CHICK-FIL-A)
Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
folks know that Chick-fil-A, which recently kicked up a
controversy by giving food to a group opposed to gay marriage, has
a proud Christian identity. It's been branded into the memory of
anyone who's gone salivating to one of the fast-food chain's
stores on a Sunday, only to find its doors locked and the lights
out. But there are plenty of other name-brand companies that have
intensely religious sides - even if they're not always visible to
Tom’s of Maine
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Hobby Lobby.... Read this in full at
SECURITY NETWORK RELEASES 2010 ASSESSMENT; BUT MANY CRIMES GO
the past two years, arsonists have attacked an average of 100
churches, internal theft has cost congregations an average of more
than a quarter-million dollars per incident, and almost every area
of crime against Christians and their places of worship is rising.
Security Network (http://www.christiansecuritynetwork.org),
a security organization with a mission to provide churches,
schools, ministries and missionaries with training, information
and resources to become safer and better prepared in today's world
of risks, today released its annual report. "Crimes against
Christian Organizations in the United States—2010"
contains statistics and other findings that Jeffrey Hawkins, CSN
executive director, describes as "the tip of the iceberg."
the FBI tracks hate crimes against religious institutions, "By
all indications, crime is far higher against Christian
organizations than is being reported," said Hawkins, a church
security expert with almost 30 years of experience in police and
the two years that CSN has compiled statistics, only three
categories—robberies, violence and bomb threats—have
fallen from 2009 to 2010, and those only marginally. Burglary,
thefts, arson, vandalism, internal theft, sex offenses and
miscellaneous crime all increased, the report revealed.... Read
this in full at
SCHOLAR SAYS CHRISTIANITY IS OVERTAKING THE GLOBE, LED BY
SPECTACULAR, ONGOING GROWTH IN AFRICA AND ASIA
times we live in have been called a lot of things. But perhaps the
most surprising description came Sunday from one of the country's
leading religion scholars. "The most exciting time in
Christianity ... since the 1st century." Yes, even more
thrilling than the Protestant Reformation, Philip Jenkins told
about 75 people at Charlotte's Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The reason: The staggering growth in the number of Christians in
Asia, Latin America and especially Africa - a phenomenon he called
"a global religious revolution" and one that "reverses
a trend that people had been used to for several hundred years."
.... Read this in full at
SPACES FINDING NEW HOMES
churches are finding new uses as theaters, community centers,
businesses and private homes.
once knelt and prayed near Matt Kelly's living room. Sunlight
streaming in from arched windows that once lighted people in their
pews now shines on the dining room table where Kelly, his wife,
Jennifer, and their two young children share family meals. What
was once Church of the Ascension in St. Paul is now a home for
ordinary people, and a sign of the new life that awaits church
buildings that are no longer needed as membership dwindles and
budgets tighten.... Read this in full at
ENROLLERS: WHY BOOMERS ARE GOING TO DIVINITY SCHOOL
are the fastest-growing demographic at USA divinity schools,
according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an
organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the
USA and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be the largest cohort
of students — accounting for a third of the total —
but the 50-or-older group has grown from 12% of students in 1995
to 20% in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available.
some boomers enter the ministry after being downsized or suffering
career setbacks, ATS has some other theories about what's driving
the increase. Maybe older divinity students — no longer
saddled with their children's tuition or big mortgages to pay off
— are motivated by a newfound freedom to pursue their
lifelong passions. Or perhaps the trend is yet another reflection
of a restless generation that isn't content with simply making
money or taking it easy in their golden years.... Read this in
CLOSING IN NORTH SUDAN AFTER REFERENDUM
churches, parishes and church schools in northern Sudan are
closing due to a large movement of people to the south after the
independence referendum, according to some church leaders. "This
is the trend. There are some centers in the parishes that are far
apart and the populations have decreased drastically. These are
closing," Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Adwok, the Auxiliary
Bishop of the Khartoum Archdiocese, told ENInews on 3 February.
the referendum, held in mid-January, voters in southern Sudan
overwhelmingly approved independence for their region, the site of
two long civil wars. The area is expected to become independent in
July.... Read this in full at
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of
the Holy One is insight."
a person forgives another, he is promising to do three things
about the intended wrongdoing: not to use it against the wrongdoer
in the future; not to talk about it to others; and not to dwell on
HAVE ALL THE PRESBYTERIANS GONE?
Russell D. Moore
we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations?
Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate
that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially
Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious
communion—Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal,
etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational
churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant
churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing.
and more Christians choose a church not on the basis of its
denomination, but on the basis of more practical matters. Is the
nursery easy to find? Do I like the music? Are there support
groups for those grappling with addiction?
trend is a natural extension of the American evangelical
experiment. After all, evangelicalism is about the fundamental
message of Christianity—the evangel, the gospel, literally
the "good news" of God's kingdom arriving in Jesus
Christ—not about denomination building.... Read this in full
CHURCHES FARED BETTER DURING RECESSION
First Baptist Church offers a prime example of how large churches
have weathered the current recession. The Houston Chronicle
reports that more than 5,000 people attend the church each
weekend. In early 2009, after pledges started to lag, the church
laid off 20 staff members, half of whom worked part-time. However,
donations picked up in time to fund the church's $17 million
annual operating budget. Even more incredibly, the church recently
wrapped up a $25.3 million capital campaign. First Baptist's story
matches the results of a 2010 study, which showed small churches
faring much worse during the recession. For big churches, "It's
not as bad as everybody thinks," said Dave Travis, vice
president and managing director of the Leadership Network, which
works with large churches.
EVANGELICALS SHOULD TAKE CUE FROM CATHOLIC CONFESSION APP
A Roman Catholic App" transforms a user's iPhone into a
confession coach of sorts, and walks users through a dry run of
what they might encounter in the confessional booth. For about two
bucks, churchgoers and rusty Catholics alike can go through the
steps of a confessional, from examining their consciences to
confessing their sins.
Mark Reynolds, a professor of philosophy at Biola University and
co-editor of The New Media Frontier, initially thought that the
app allowed users to confess and receive forgiveness through the
iPhone. He told The Christian Post that his first reaction to the
app was, "Arghh, another example of failing to understand
that physicality matters."
after looking more closely at the tool's features, he said
evangelicals should take a cue from their Catholic counterparts on
the practice of confessions and checking their "spiritual
temperature" with the Ten Commandments.... Read this in full
HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTEES TO FAITH COUNCIL
White House announced a dozen appointments to its faith advisory
council on Friday, with the leader of the nation’s largest
evangelical group and the head of the nation’s leading
Christian denomination serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgendered people are both on the list.
Association of Evangelicals President Leif Anderson and Nancy
Wilson, head of the and Metropolitan Community Church - the
nation’s largest denomination expressly serving LGBT
Americans - are among the appointees to the panel, which was
launched by President Barack Obama in 2009. Lynne Hybels, wife if
megachurch pastor Bill Hybels – who leads the Willow Creek
Community Church outside Chicago, Illinois – is also on the
list.... Read this in full at
ARTIST OF OUR OWN
Harold Fickett, Editor-in-Chief, Catholic Exchange
prayer campaign for Justin Bieber--complete with a church
discussion guide--initially struck me as a reach. Justin Bieber?
Isn't a teen idol who's already a jillionaire about the last
person on earth who needs prayer? Get serious.
I saw an advance screening of the film, NEVER SAY NEVER, and
reconsidered. Justin is not merely a teen idol but a musical
prodigy. Right now, as an unformed teenager, he's the creature of
his talent, driven to unimaginable heights of popularity by
musical gifts from God that he cannot yet fully appreciate.
great gifts, including musical gifts, are also spiritual burdens
because they confer the responsibility to be used for the glory of
God. Most in Justin's position simply notice that they are treated
as gods and misbehave accordingly. I'm sure the temptation to do
so must be overwhelming at times--what if seemingly every young
girl in the America worshipped you?
he were my son, I'd certainly be praying for him. And our family
as well.... Read this in full at
BIBLE TRANSLATION AND UTILIZATION COMMITTEE ENVISIONS A WIDENING
ROLE FOR THE NRSV BIBLE
National Council of Churches, which developed one of the most
respected and widely used English translations of the bible, is
moving to encourage more people to read the bible in a variety of
print and electronic formats.
NCC's Bible Translation and Utilization Committee (BTU) met in the
Canterbury Retreat Center here to make plans for expanding the
readership of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Both
the NRSV and the Revised Standard Version were translated and
updated by scholars from member communions and partners of the
NCC, which holds both copyrights.
NRSV and the RSV still remain the benchmark in scholarship for
translations," said the Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, general
secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, who chairs the BTU
committee. "I was extremely pleased to hear of new electronic
resources that will provide even greater access to the NRSV. There
is an amazing wealth of print and electronic resources for both
the NRSV and RSV versions for bible study and devotional use."
most current list of print and electronic editions of the entire
NRSV and RSV is posted online at
www.nrsv.net/about/publishing-partners. In addition, excerpts of
the NRSV and RSV are available as a component within other
products, including study and worship planning tools. The NCC is
also in conversation with several web-based bible search sites
regarding a free online posting of the RSV and NRSV.... Read this
in full at
RELIGIOUS GROUPS ‘DON’T COMPETE’ LIKE USA ONES:
innovation, and entrepreneurialism, all qualities normally
associated with business, may explain why the United States is
more religious than Canada, and also determine the future of
organized religions in Canada, says a leading sociologist.
the United States there is a lively marketplace and competition
because Americans are not worried about saying they have absolute
truths,” said Reginald Bibby, a University of Lethbridge
professor who specializes in religious trends and is the author of
the soon-to-be released Beyond The Gods and Back.... Read this in
ASK UN RECOGNITION FOR NATIVITY CHURCH
the Sydney Opera House or the Statue of Liberty, the Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem, one of the holiest places in Christendom,
is not on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. It lies inside
the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Palestinians, with no state
of their own, do not enjoy the full UN membership to secure United
7, they announced plans to rectify what the UN cultural agency
agrees is a glaring anomaly that has placed the church -- built
1,700 years ago over the grotto where Jesus is believed to have
been born -- in international limbo.
step is part and parcel of our plan to end the (Israeli)
occupation and establish a state," said Palestinian Authority
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khouloud Daibes, presenting a
formal submission to the UNESCO heritage committee.... Read this
in full at
STATE WINNERS IN LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT ANNOUNCED BY
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
50 state winners of the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored
by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage
enrichment program in this country, were announced Feb. 8.
number of years many of these couples are married is just
awesome," explained Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United
States Leadership Team for WWME. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom
Griffith, SVD, as the US Ecclesial Team.
were 312 nominations from all 50 states," the Seaborns
explained, adding, "There were three couples married 80 years
or longer nominated, along with 100 couples married 70 to 79 years
and 155 couples married 60 to 69 years. What a testament to having
a commitment to a long marriage!" .... Read this in full at
MARRIAGES AND THE DEGENERATE 'I' WORD
an alarmingly high rate of divorce continues to plague Americans
today the fact remains – Christians and non-Christians alike
are equally to blame. With National Marriage Week taking place
Feb. 6-12, many churches are giving couples tools to build a
healthy marriage and family.
Dan Allender, president and professor of counseling at Mars Hill
Graduate School, recently spoke at Willow Creek Community Church
outside of Chicago about “Marriage and Intimacy Redefined”
in the church’s 2011 Family Series, addressing the root of
the problem: the fall, the curse, and the resulting lack of
intimacy.... Read this in full at
KIDS SOCIAL SKILLS PAYS OFF IN GRADES
comprehensive analysis of 33 studies finds that teaching kids
social and emotional skills leads to an average 11
percentile-point gain in their academic performance over six
months compared to students who didn't receive the same
a big jump, equivalent to a student at the middle of a class's
performance curve moving into the top 40% of his or her peers,
Sarah Sparks at EdWeek notes. The study's authors, led by Joseph
Durlak, suggest the dramatic gain could be rooted in the
physiology of the brain; social-skill instruction "may affect
central executive cognitive functions," he notes — and
improvement there helps kids to gain greater control over their
impulses and actions.... Read this in full at
who fear God face life fearlessly. Men who do not fear God end up
who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain
of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who
stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from
looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of
defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given
him; his water will be sure.”
WEEK'S HYMN: MORE LOVE TO THEE, O CHRIST
Elizabeth P. Prentiss, 1856
W. Howard Doane, 1870
love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
love to Thee, more love to Thee!
earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
love to Thee, more love to Thee!
sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
love to Thee, more love to Thee!
shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
love to Thee, more love to Thee!
pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and
keep it. A man is powerful on his knees."
Corrie ten Boom
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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