Connecting man to man to God
For week of February 13, 2011
Issue 343


The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
Our mission is to lead men to Jesus Christ and provide opportunity for Christian men to grow in their faith and minister to others.

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"If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another."
Galatians 5:25-26



     CONSIDER
What shall you give to one small boy?
A glamorous game, a tinseled toy,
A fancy knife, a puzzle pack,
A train that runs on a curving track,
A picture book, a real live pet?

No! There’s plenty of time for such things yet.
Give him a day for his very own.
Just one small boy and his dad alone.
A walk in the woods, a romp in the park,
A fishing trip from dawn to dark.

Give him the finest gift you can-
The companionship of a grownup man.
Games are outgrown, and toys decay,
But he’ll never forget the gift of a day!
Author Unknown


     FREE WEB DASHBOARD NOW AVAILABLE
With the new free website SomersaultNOW dashboard (http://netvibes.com/somersault), 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.

Created by international publishing strategy and services agency Somersault Group (http://somersaultgroup.com), SomersaultNOW collects in one location the links and RSS article and news feeds from more than 300 media sources – including ASSIST News Service – divided into 9 tabbed categories: Publishing, Editing, Innovation, Leadership, Branding, Marketing/PR, Social Media/Word-of-Mouth, Research, and Religion News.

Two 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 full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11020054.htm


     BIBLICA, ZONDERVAN, AND YOUVERSION TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION NIV DIGITAL BIBLES IN 400 HOURS
Four 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.

"Hundreds 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."

Starting 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.

"The 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
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/170316182.html


     THE MOST REDEEMING FILMS OF 2010
These 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.
1. Toy Story 3 (Rated G)
2. The King's Speech (Rated R)
3. Get Low (Rated PG-1)
4. True Grit (Rated PG-1)
5. Winter's Bone (Rated R)
6. Despicable Me (Rated PG)
7. Tangled (Rated PG)
8. The Fighter (Rated R)
9. Letters to Father Jacob (Not Rated)
10. Like Dandelion Dust (Rated PG-13).... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/commentaries/2011/10redeemingmovies2010.html


     RELIGIOUS GROUPS TACKLE AN X-RATED SECRET
More 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
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133463774/religious-groups-tackle-an-x-rated-secret?ft=1&f=1016

See an interview at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/07/in-case-you-missed-it-porn-sunday/


     SUPER BOWL MVP DOESN'T SHY FROM FAITH
Late 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.

"You 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.

"God 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
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34607


     JOHN 3:16 AD AIRS UNEXPECTEDLY DURING SUPER BOWL
Millions 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 ad, tweeted.

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
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110207/john-316-ad-airs-unexpectedly-during-super-bowl/


     MISLABELED SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP GEAR TO GO TO IMPOVERISHED
Millions 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, and Romania.
The 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
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110206/mislabeled-super-bowl-championship-gear-to-go-to-impoverished/


     TEBOW, BRADFORD, MCCOY BENEFIT FROM SPIRITUAL MENTORS
The 2011 NFL season featured the appearance of three highly touted quarterbacks, dedicated to honoring God with their considerable ability.

Those 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.

Kurt 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 Christian legacy.

"You 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
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34591


     NFL STARS PRAISE GOD IN UNIQUE GOSPEL CHOIR
Atlanta 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.

His 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.

"In 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.

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 praise God."

That 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
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34608


     DREW BREES HONORED WITH BART STARR AWARD
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees won the Bart Starr Award Feb. 5, selected by sports ministry leader Athletes in Action.

Brees 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 Christ.

"You've 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.

"My faith has given me everything and football would not be possible without it."

Brees' 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
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34609


     IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO BE PART OF COMPASSION SUNDAY - PLAN YOUR EVENT TODAY
April 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
Order your free Planning Guide and register your event online or by calling Compassion International at (888) 503-4585.
(The 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.)
http://www.compassionsunday.com/?referer=116482


     WE’VE BEEN INOCULATED
You 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. 17



     A BIZARRE AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Would you like me to make you rich? ... Here goes ...

You 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?"

So 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.

Your 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.

There's 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.

And 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



     MONEY...
It can buy you a House
But not a Home

It can buy you a Bed
But not Sleep

It can buy you a Clock
But not Time

It can buy you a Book
But not Knowledge

It can buy you a Position
But not Respect

It can buy you Sex
But not Love

It can buy you Medicine
But not Health

It can buy you Blood
But not Life
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com


     GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA GRAMMY
The 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
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/


     A STUDY ASKS: WHAT'S A CHURCH'S ECONOMIC WORTH?
What 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?

Last 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.

They 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
http://articles.philly.com/2011-02-01/news/27092987_1_partners-for-sacred-places-congregations-churches


     WHY JESUS DID NOT SAY, "MARKET YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"
by Mark Galli
Super 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 worn-out metaphor!

It's 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.

Then 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
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/februaryweb-only/superbowlevangelism.html


     10 RELIGIOUS COMPANIES (BESIDES CHICK-FIL-A)
by Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Many 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 consumers.
1. Forever 21.
2. Whole Foods.
3. Tom’s of Maine
4. Tyson Foods, Inc.
5. Hobby Lobby.... Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/07/7-religious-companies-besides-chick-fil-a/


     CHRISTIAN SECURITY NETWORK RELEASES 2010 ASSESSMENT; BUT MANY CRIMES GO UNREPORTED
For 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.

Christian 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."

While 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 security work.

In 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
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/report_tallies_crimes_against_clergy_staff_and_churches/


     LEADING SCHOLAR SAYS CHRISTIANITY IS OVERTAKING THE GLOBE, LED BY SPECTACULAR, ONGOING GROWTH IN AFRICA AND ASIA
These 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
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/02/06/2042801/a-religious-revolution.html


     WORSHIP SPACES FINDING NEW HOMES
Former churches are finding new uses as theaters, community centers, businesses and private homes.

Churchgoers 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
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/115533374.html


     HOLY ENROLLERS: WHY BOOMERS ARE GOING TO DIVINITY SCHOOL
Boomers 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.

While 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 full at
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2043476,00.html


     CHURCHES CLOSING IN NORTH SUDAN AFTER REFERENDUM
Some 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.

In 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
http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=4697


     VERSE TO PONDER
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight."
Proverbs 9:9-10



     CONSIDER
When 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 it himself.”
Jay Adams



     WHERE HAVE ALL THE PRESBYTERIANS GONE?
By Russell D. Moore
Are 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.

More 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?

This 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 at
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703437304576120690548462776.html


     LARGE CHURCHES FARED BETTER DURING RECESSION
Houston's 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.
http://ultimatememorial.com/stories/231353-large-churches-fared-better-during-recession


     PROFESSOR: EVANGELICALS SHOULD TAKE CUE FROM CATHOLIC CONFESSION APP
"Confession: 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.

John 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."

But 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 at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110209/evangelicals-should-take-cue-from-catholic-confession-app/


     WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTEES TO FAITH COUNCIL
The 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.

National 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
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/04/white-house-announces-new-appointees-to-faith-council/


     AN ARTIST OF OUR OWN
by Harold Fickett, Editor-in-Chief, Catholic Exchange
A 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.

Then 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.

All 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?

If he were my son, I'd certainly be praying for him. And our family as well.... Read this in full at
http://catholicexchange.com/jb/


     NCC BIBLE TRANSLATION AND UTILIZATION COMMITTEE ENVISIONS A WIDENING ROLE FOR THE NRSV BIBLE
The 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.

The 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.

"The 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."

The 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
http://www.wfn.org/2011/02/msg00027.html


     CANADIAN RELIGIOUS GROUPS ‘DON’T COMPETE’ LIKE USA ONES: PROFESSOR
Competition, 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.

In 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 full at
http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/02/06/canadian-religious-groups-%E2%80%98don%E2%80%99t-compete%E2%80%99-like-u-s-ones-professor/


     PALESTINIANS ASK UN RECOGNITION FOR NATIVITY CHURCH
Unlike 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 Nations recognition.

Feb. 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.

"This 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
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110207/lf_nm_life/us_palestians_israel_unesco_church


     50 STATE WINNERS IN LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT ANNOUNCED BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
The 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.
"The 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.

"There 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
http://wwme.org/announcing-the-50-state-winners-in-longest-married-couple-project.html


     CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES AND THE DEGENERATE 'I' WORD
As 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.

Dr. 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
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110208/the-curse-lifted-christian-marriages-and-the-degenerate-i-word/


     TEACHING KIDS SOCIAL SKILLS PAYS OFF IN GRADES
A 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 instruction.

That's 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
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110207/us_yblog_thelookout/teaching-kids-social-skills-pays-off-in-grades


     CONSIDER
Men who fear God face life fearlessly. Men who do not fear God end up fearing everything.”
Richard Halverson



     VERSE TO PONDER
He 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.”
Isaiah 33:15-16



     THIS WEEK'S HYMN: MORE LOVE TO THEE, O CHRIST
Words: Elizabeth P. Prentiss, 1856
Music: W. Howard Doane, 1870

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/m/o/morelove.htm


     ON PRAYER
"Don’t 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



     PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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DAILY BLESSING PACT
Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

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

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

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

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

[As you travel on business or vacation, let me know if you'd like us to add you to our prayer chain to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness. I'll add your name to the list for the time you'll be away.]


    
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You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com


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