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children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and
1 John 3:18
love someone means to see him as God intended him.”
CHRISTIAN, JEOPARDY-WINNING SUPERCOMPUTER
Watson defeated former Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Brad
Rutter during a three-night showdown, winning a $1 million prize.
But what does a super computer do with a million dollars? He gives
it to charity. To Christian charity.
Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, gets
half of Watson's winnings. (The other half goes to World Community
Grid, an IBM-sponsored nonprofit effort to create the world's
largest public computing grid.) .... Read this in full at
CHRISTIANS AFTER MUBARAK
is much to make Christians in Egypt anxious about their
relationship with Muslims. On January 1, a suicide bomb killed 23
people at an Alexandria church, and today's resignation of
President Hosni Mubarak signals changes that may make Christians'
presence more precarious. It's no wonder that the country's
Christian minority is praying for peace more fervently than ever.
demonstrations demanding Mubarak's resignation, which began after
the January collapse of Tunisia's authoritarian government, were a
rare instance of the country's Muslims and Christians uniting in
common cause. Many pastors and church leaders had urged Egyptian
Christians, traditionally known as Copts, not to participate in
the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
things that are happening now are against God's will," Coptic
Orthodox Pope Shenouda III, 88, said on national television in
early February. But many Copts joined the protests anyway, and
even stood guard when Muslims paused for prayer.... Read this in
LED EX-KGB AGENT TO CHRISTIANITY
Tsutserov remembers well the luxurious life he once lived as a
former member of the KGB. In 1991, as the Soviet Union was
disintegrating, Tsutserov was converting to Christianity. By July
1993, he had been baptized, and the transformation was complete.
As a convert, he had to give up his salary, the traveling
allowances he enjoyed, the paid groceries -- perks that the
average Russian lived without. Yet, he doesn't regret leaving that
1917 to 1987, the KGB executed some 200,000 Christian ministers in
Russia and destroyed roughly 40,000 churches. "I feel I owe
it to Russia -- 200,000 ministers to be trained, and 40,000
churches to be planted," Tsutserov said from Moscow in a
telephone interview.... Read this in full at
BEING A GARBAGE CAN
a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but
also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for
ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an
instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and
prepared to do any good work." (2 Timothy 2:20-21)
uses everyone for something. Christian or not, walking closely
with Him or not, we all serve His ultimate purposes in one way or
another. In a sermon on this passage, Pastor Ray Stedman quoted a
sign that said, "It may be that my whole purpose in life is
to serve as a warning to others." I think that can really
a Christian, though, today's passage says you can do something
about the way God uses you in this life. If you want to be used
for noble things, you can clean yourself up. That's not about
cleaning your sin away to earn heaven (which you could never do);
it's about avoiding sin once you're a Christian and embracing
obedience to make yourself available to be used by God for great
things on earth.
metaphor is a little confusing, because the trash bucket your
house can't decide to clean up its act and become a crystal vase.
But you can decide to stop filling your life with garbage. With
God's help, you can demonstrate the beauty of His truth by letting
others see it at work in your everyday choices.
How important is it to you to have your life used by God for good
and important things? According to today's passage, what can you
do about that?
Thank God for giving you the opportunity to be used by Him to
accomplish His purposes. Ask Him to help you to keep your life
clean of sin and to obey the teaching of His Word.
Make a short list of a few people in your life that God has used
to do some good and important things.
READ A BIBLE VERSE
there was one bit of wisdom, one rule of thumb, one single skill I
could impart, one useful tip I could leave that would serve you
well the rest of your life, what would it be? What is the single
most important practical skill I've ever learned as a Christian?
Here it is: Never read a Bible verse. That's right, never read a
Bible verse. Instead, always read a paragraph at least.... Read
this in full at
FAITH: SUFFERING MY WAY TO A NEW TOMORROW
truth, about the latent seeds of creativity being planted in the
midst of suffering, takes us deep into the heart of the Christian
faith. We are invited to trust that in the moments when we are
most inclined to despair, when all appears lost and we can't
imagine any way forward - that it is precisely in those
moments when something new may be about to be birthed.
hangs naked and bloody on a cross, alone and abandoned by his
students, scorned by the crowd, and yet defiant, confident,
insistent that God is present in his agony, bringing about a whole
new world, right here in the midst of this one.
is a mystery, and one we are wise to reflect on it, because of the
countless disruptions we experience all the time.
is in those moments, grieving with us, shedding tears with us,
feeling that pain and turmoil with us, and then inviting to trust
that something good can come from even this.
keep your eyes and your heart open. Be quick to listen and slow to
make rash judgments about how it's "all going to turn out,"
because you never know when you'll find yourself miles from home,
laying in a hospital bed with a bad case of brain squeeze, all of
your plans crashing down around you, wondering how it all went
wrong, only to discover that a whole new life is just
beginning.... Read this in full at
LEVITICUS: WHO COULD DO IT? WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO?
is entirely possible to be a churchgoing Christian for 40 years
and never hear a sermon preached solely from the Old Testament
book of Leviticus.
is the third book of the Hebrew Scriptures that contains the laws,
large and small, that God gave the Israelites. Most people might
be familiar with the Ten Commandments or the really odd edicts
against, for instance, eating lobster or shaving your sideburns,
and laws ordering menstruating women to sit in a tent apart from
the rest of the community.
viewed through the lens of modernity, Leviticus seems to be an
arcane, strange and wholly irrelevant book.
no wonder, then, that many pastors, preoccupied with attracting —
not repelling — people choose to ignore Leviticus
altogether. But Daniel Harrell is not your average pastor. Call
him an ecclesial Captain Courageous or a foolhardy glutton for
punishment.... Read this in full at
TURNING TO JEWISH CUSTOMS? IT'S COMPLICATED
was an interesting article in Feb. 12's New York Times about a
trend among American evangelical Christians. Some couples are
spicing up their nuptials with ancient Jewish customs. The report
focuses on a couple whose ceremony included the joint signing of a
document called a ketubah. They now proudly display this ornately
decorated pledge on their living room wall. The report notes that
some other evangelical couples choose to marry underneath the
Judaic wedding canopy, the huppah.
going on here? Why are evangelicals so keen on Jewish traditions?
It is, of course, complicated. There is no single explanation for
the philosemitism that has blossomed in evangelical theology and
culture in recent decades. The assumption of the liberal observer
is that the key factor is Zionism, political support for Israel.
These Christians are Zionists because they believe that Christ's
second coming will be heralded by a powerful Jewish state (a
theory called premillennial dispensationalism). Maybe some
evangelicals do indeed have a rigid belief in this account of
eschatology, but I don't see this as the source of evangelical
philosemitism; it is more a symptom of it. The key point, surely,
is that evangelicals admire aspects of Jewish religion and
culture: the emphasis on the family, and community, the clear
moral precepts, and the biblical fusion of religion and
nationhood. They are drawn to the idea of religion permeating
every aspect of cultural life, rather than being an optional event
on Sundays.... Read this in full at
POST-GRAD DEGREES DON'T LEAD TO ATHEISM
wisdom: Post-graduate degrees, benchmark of the intelligentsia,
lead people astray from religion and promote atheism.
wisdom: Not so much, says a newly published study, the first ever
look at religious beliefs and behavior of people with masters
degrees, doctorates and professional degrees such as lawyers and
turns out that on Sunday mornings, "the educated elite look a
lot like the rest of America," says Barry Kosmin of Trinity
College, Hartford, Conn., author of the report published Feb. 14
at the online site of the American Religious Identification Survey
statistics.... Read this in full at
REASONS FOR UNBELIEF ARE MORE COMPLEX THAN MANY ATHEISTS LET ON
recent publication of Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's The
Grand Design has reignited debate over God's existence. The
ironically titled book proposes that the cosmos was spontaneously
generated "from nothing," with no God (or gods) required
to make sense of existence. Never mind the question-begging: How
can nothing produce something, let alone hundreds of billions of
galaxies? Many atheists celebrate this bestseller as further
grounds for dismissing religious belief.
atheists would have us think they arrived at their view through
cool, rational inquiry. But are other factors involved? Consider
the candid remarks of contemporary philosopher Thomas Nagel: "I
want atheism to be true …. It isn't just that I don't
believe in God, and, naturally, hope that I'm right about my
belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want there to be
a God; I don't want the universe to be like that." Could
Nagel's attitude — albeit in a more subtle form —
actually be common among atheists? .... Read this in full at
HEAD FOR HIGH SCHOOLS WITH NEW CLUBS FOR GODLESS TEENS
Glee shows singing geeks as high school pariahs, imagine being an
atheist on campus. Now, the Secular Student Alliance, which
promotes atheism and humanism with chapters at more than 200
colleges, is sending in reinforcements for teen free-thinkers -- a
push to launch 50 new high school clubs.... Read this in full at
MINISTRIES SIGN 'NO COMPETE' AGREEMENT
US college campus ministries have signed an agreement designed to
usher in a new era of mutual cooperation and respect.
document known as the "Chicago Agreement: Unity In Mission,"
states that the organizations will not to criticize or take
members from each other. Instead, the groups will work with each
other in order to minister to students.
spokesman Scott Wilson said there is ample room for campus
ministries that serve students in different ways.
the groups that signed the agreement were InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, The Navigators,
Reformed University Fellowship, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
see the Chicago Agreement as a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit
in our movement and in leadership of these other movements,"
said Jim Lundgren, senior vice president and director of
Collegiate Ministries for InterVarsity.
THE MOST OF OUR IN-BETWEEN TIME
a father and child in the garage, working on building something
together. The father knows the plan and could certainly build it
himself, but he delights to have his small child with him. He
hands the small child a hammer and some nails and some simple
instructions. The child does not fully understand the entire
project or how it will come together, but she happily starts
banging and hammering. The child certainly helps the father, but
it is only because the father equipped her. The father delights in
including the child because he loves the child and longs to see
her participate, but the father alone knows the plan.
Corinthians 15:58 says, ‘Always give yourselves fully to the
work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is
not in vain.’ Ultimately, in paradise, not only does the
Father know the plan, but he alone transforms and redeems the
whole project. He will ‘make all things new.’ Yet we
are still called to participate in the healing of creation - that
somehow our efforts impact the future, the overall plan, and carry
over into paradise.
T. Wright explains [in Surprised by Hope], ‘What we do in
the Lord is “not in vain” and that is the mandate we
need for every act of justice and mercy, every program of ecology,
every effort to reflect God’s wise stewardly image into his
creation.’ Creation is to be redeemed. God declared the
whole project ‘very good.’ This challenges me with the
idea of what am I to do in this in-between time - between the
resurrection of Jesus and when God makes all things new? As a
woman in the church, am I called to just wait in my comfortable
life, feeling somewhat bad about the suffering in the world, or am
I to work to bring the kingdom of heaven here and now?”
Shayne Moore in Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World is
Easier Than You Think
BIEBER: TWEEN EVANGELIST?
a smooth voice, a signature mop of hair and a string of hits,
Justin Bieber has accumulated millions of fans and sold 3.7
million albums in the United States last year.
Bieber's handlers are showcasing another side of the 16-year-old
pop sensation: Christian icon for the tween set.
faith is on display in the new 3-D concert film/documentary
"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which hit theaters
Feb. 11. Paramount Pictures has screened the movie for faith
leaders across the country and distributed spiritual discussion
guides -- the same tools used to promote "The Passion of the
Christ" and "The Blind Side" as family-friendly
will walk away (from the movie) knowing faith is very important to
him," said Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager and one of the
film's producers. "As a Christian, he's someone to look up
to. ... When (fans) are getting the real person is when they can
connect to that person."
has never shied away from faith. He was singing Christian songs on
YouTube before he became famous. His born-again Christian mother
Pattie Mallette has shared her spiritual conversion on a Christian
TV show and openly shares her beliefs and Bible verses with
281,000-plus Twitter followers.
come-from-nowhere climb to become the fourth top-selling artist of
2010 has given a higher profile to his Christian beliefs and
background, which he also addressed in last fall's autobiography,
"First Step 2 Forever: My Story."
believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins," Bieber told
Billboard last November. "He's the reason that I'm here."
.... Read this in full at
COULD BE DEFINING MOMENT FOR 'GAY MARRIAGE'
what is shaping up as a pivotal moment for the future of "gay
marriage" in America, a dozen or so state legislatures are
expected to debate the issue this year, with two or three
potentially legalizing it and at least seven states moving in the
opposite direction by possibly protecting the traditional
definition in their constitutions.
likely will be the busiest year since 2004, when Massachusetts'
"gay marriage" law went into effect and 13 states passed
marriage amendments. It is legal only in five states and the
District of Columbia.
are eyeing victories in Indiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania
and North Carolina, all of which now have legislatures controlled
by Republicans, who have generally been friendlier to conservative
arguments on marriage. Each of those states could see legislation
passed placing constitutional amendments on the ballot defining
marriage as between one man and one woman. Elsewhere, New
Hampshire's legislature might consider a bill that would reverse
its "gay marriage" law, while in Iowa -- where "gay
marriage" also is legal -- conservatives will continue to
pressure the Democratic-controlled senate to take up a marriage
amendment that already passed the GOP house there.... Read this in
CHURCHES, CHARITIES DON'T COMPETE FOR DOLLARS
of worship and other charities often aren't in competition for
dollars but instead tend to reap donations from similar donors.
Slightly more than 50% of people who financially supported
congregations also gave to at least one charitable organization in
the last year, according to a study conducted by Phoenix-based
Grey Matter Research Consulting. Researchers also found that the
more Americans give to a house of worship, the more they donate to
other groups. For example, donors who gave between $100 and $499
to a congregation gave an average of $376 to other groups.
"Americans who give to their church or place of worship are
more likely to give, period -- including to charitable
organizations," said Ron Sellers, president of the research
firm, formerly known as Ellison Research. "Rather than be in
competition for the donor dollar, it seems that giving fosters
giving." .... Read this in full at
THE WATERY NETHERLANDS, A MODERN NOAH BUILDS AN ARK
there was ever a country that understands floods, it is the
Netherlands, where one-quarter of the land is below sea level, and
it is there that a modern Noah is constructing an ark.
building contractor Johan Huibers is close to completing a
full-sized replica of the legendary boat in Dordrecht, located on
the Maas river. It all began in 1992, when Huibers dreamt of a
flood. "I saw the Netherlands disappearing under an enormous
mass of water, comparable with the tsunami in Southeast Asia,"
he said in media interviews. "The next day, I found a book
about Noah's Ark in the local bookshop, and since then, my dream
has been to build the ark."
Genesis 6:15, God gives Noah the dimensions: "The length of
the ark shall be 300 cubits, the breadth of it 50 cubits and the
height of it 30 cubits." Although there is some variation in
today's theories as to what constituted a cubit in biblical times,
one equivalent in modern times is half a metre, or a foot and
a creationist and evangelist, started out with a modest plan. He
decided to build a half-sized replica of the ark. Using modern
tools, Huibers began in 2005, working six days a week and doing
most of the work himself with occasional help from his son after
school.... Read this in full at
AND THE CHURCH AFTER GOOGLE
is difficult to describe how much the audience for systematic
theology has changed over the last few decades.1 In this article
I’ll be arguing that theology needs to change just as
radically if it’s going to communicate effectively with
Gen-Xers, Millennials, and the increasingly large group of
non-religious Americans (“non’s”2) over the
coming 10-20 years.
changes are like the shifting of tectonic plates, which means
earthquakes and tsunamis. When I arrived in Munich to study under
Wolfhart Pannenberg in the fall of 1981, German theologians still
set the tact for Christian theology worldwide. American doctoral
programs in theology accepted large numbers of entering students,
and most of those students could count on tenure-track jobs when
they graduated. Theology journals thrived, and traveling
theologians drew large crowds at universities and seminaries. When
I asked Pannenberg and other established theologians what was the
reason to do abstract academic theology, they invariably appealed
to the trickle-down effect: “Our publications influence
doctoral students and other academic theologians; their teaching
molds the next generation of pastors; and pastors’ sermons
and ministries guide the thinking and practice of the vast numbers
of people who flock to the churches.” Or something like
that.... Read this in full at
SCIENCE NOT WHOLLY EXCLUSIVE, ASTRONOMER SAYS
Christian astronomer who sued the University of Kentucky for
religious discrimination says the perceived divide between faith
and science is an "illusion." Martin Gaskell claimed he
lost out on a top science job because of his professed faith and
statements he made that were taken to be critical of evolution.
The controversy fueled the long-running debate between scientists
and Christians who believe the Bible refutes some scientific
said the two sides can find agreement. He has, as a devout
Christian who uses the tools of science to study the universe.
"That's one of the things that people like myself really want
to counter, is this idea of some sort of incompatibility between
religion and science," Gaskell told The Associated Press.
university reached a $125,000 settlement with Gaskell last month
in exchange for dropping the civil action. He said professors who
discussed his employment misunderstood his faith and his views on
evolution in interoffice e-mails that later became court
evidence.... Read this in full at
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: SOUTHERN BAPTISTS DECLINE; JEHOVAH WITNESSES
membership for more than a third of the nation's largest churches
took a hit last year while non-Orthodox Christian churches are on
the rise, a new report on denominations finds. The Southern
Baptist Convention, the nation's second largest denomination,
reported a .42% decline in membership to 16,160,088 members,
according to National Council of Churches' 2011 Yearbook of
American & Canadian Churches, released Feb. 14. Still
dominating the list of the nation's top 25 mainline churches is
the Catholic Church, which posted a .57% growth at 68.5 million
a few church bodies, regarded as cults by some Christians,
continue to increase in size. Ranked 20th in size, the Jehovah’s
Witnesses denomination reported a 4.37% gain in membership, with
1,162,686 members total. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which
didn't make the Top 25 list for at least the past two years,
squeezed in the list this year in the 24th spot. The denomination
– which observes the Sabbath on Saturdays instead of Sundays
– now has 1,043,606 members, up 4.31%.... Read this in full
not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap
destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit
will reap eternal life."
now in his cradle somewhere under the flag the future illustrious
Commander-in-Chief of the American armies is so little burdened
with his approaching grandeur and responsibilities as to be giving
his whole strategic mind at this moment to trying to find out some
way to get his big toe into his mouth.”
Clemens 1866, in Autobiography of Mark Twain Vol. 1 p. 70
University of California Press 2010
AMERICANS SUPPORT CHRISTIAN BUSINESSES AND BRANDS?
American consumer marketplace is a patchwork of niche audiences
and target markets. Many brands have achieved success by
identifying and reaching ever more focused pockets of consumers,
as marketers hone in on favorable ethnic factors, sexual
orientation, affluence, and education, among many other variables.
does faith fit in such a diverse marketplace? A new study by Barna
Group explores whether Americans are supportive of businesses and
brands that have an overtly Christian connection.
research uncovered that those who would support Christian-branded
enterprises significantly outnumber those who refrain from such
brands because of that faith connection. At the same time, most
American consumers simply reported being indifferent to
research looked at Christian-friendly consumers from two different
angles. The first query asked the nationwide sample of US
consumers if they would be “more likely or less likely to
buy a particular brand if they knew it was from a company that
manages its business according to Christian principles, or
wouldn’t it make a difference."
about two out of every five adult consumers (43%) said they would
be receptive to this type of transaction (with 27% of adults
strongly so). While most respondents claimed to be indifferent
(51%), only 3% indicated that an overt connection to the Christian
faith would make them less likely to do business with this type of
vendor. In other words, a product or service managed according to
Christian principles generated a positive-to-negative ratio of 14
to 1.... Read this in full at
US MISSIONARY RECEIVES MEDAL OF FREEDOM
family of a murdered American missionary received the Presidential
Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House Feb. 15. Dr. Tom
Little and other members of his medical missions team were killed
by the Taliban in Afghanistan last summer. He had worked as an
optometrist there for more than 30 years. President Obama
presented the medal to Little's wife, Libby.... Read this in full
FAITH, LOSE WEIGHT. BUT FIRST, CANDY.
you have ever looked in the mirror and thought, “Good Lord,
I need to lose weight,” some very cheerful people in Forest
Hills, Queens, are waiting to share the good news with you. And in
Park Slope, Brooklyn, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and in
Greenwich Village. And they’ve got snacks.
are members of the Journey Church, a modern evangelical outfit
that has expanded to four New York locations since its arrival in
2002. As part of a push to reach a wider circle of city residents,
they have recently undertaken direct mail, social networking and
just about anything else to publicize a six-week teaching series
called BOD4GOD, inspired by the writings of the Virginia minister
with its txt msg transliteration, with its mixture of spirituality
and too too solid flesh, might strike some purists — of
religion or fitness — as an irreverent, even offensive,
title. These purists would not have heeded the church’s
outreach literature. Under the heading “New to the Journey?
If so, here’s what to do,” the first suggestion is
“relax.” .... Read this in full at
CHRISTIAN DIVORCE RATE MYTH (WHAT YOU'VE HEARD IS WRONG)
Glenn T. Stanton
divorce at roughly the same rate as the world!” It’s
one of the most quoted stats by Christian leaders today. And it's
perhaps one of the most inaccurate.
on the best data available, the divorce rate among Christians is
significantly lower than the general population.
people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith -- be
it Christian or other -- have a divorce rate markedly lower than
the general population.
factor making the most difference is religious commitment and
practice. Couples who regularly practice any combination of
serious religious behaviors and attitudes -- attend church nearly
every week, read their Bibles and spiritual materials regularly;
pray privately and together; generally take their faith seriously,
living not as perfect disciples, but serious disciples -- enjoy
significantly lower divorce rates than mere church members, the
general public and unbelievers.... Read this in full at
WONDER OF AGING
older couple was perfectly healthy, but they had problems
remembering things. Their doctor recommended that they make
written notes to help them remember. So one night while watching
TV, the old man got up from his chair and his wife asked, "Where
are you going?"
replied, "To the kitchen."
"Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?"
"Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember
"No, I can remember."
"Please put some strawberries on it. You better write that
down 'cause I know you'll forget."
"I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with
"Well, I'd also like whipped cream on top. I know you'll
forget that, so you'd better write it down."
"No, I don't need to write it down! I can remember!"
he went into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes he returned and
handed her a plate of bacon and eggs.
stared at the plate for a moment and said, "You forgot my
PRESENTS TOP 100 FILMS LIST
has released its Top 100 Films list showcasing classic films and
directors from around the world and spanning cinematic history.
It’s the culmination of years of discussion and debate among
the cinephiles of the A&F community. See the list at
TRIED TO EDIT BIBLE OUT OF SONY’S 'SOUL SURFER'
Hamilton prayed for the best but expected the worst. He and his
family, all devoted Christians, thought they had lost their bid to
keep an overt reference to the Bible in the upcoming film Soul
Surfer, based on the true story of Hamilton’s daughter
Bethany, who, at age 13, had her arm chewed off by a tiger shark
in Kauai but returned to her board to pursue her dream of becoming
a pro surfer.
religious leaders were shown an early version of the Sony movie,
set for release in April, the words “Holy Bible” had
been digitally removed from the cover of the book in a scene
depicting Hamilton reading in a hospital where his daughter was
fighting for her life. Hamilton says producer David Zelon, an
executive at Mandalay Pictures, had lobbied to tone down the
film’s Christianity in an effort to broaden its appeal to
non-Christian audiences. But the Hamilton family objected, and
when they attended a subsequent screening, they were pleasantly
surprised with what they saw.
could see the words bright and clear," Hamilton says. “I
looked at my wife and whispered, ‘Thank you God, they put it
back.’” .... Read this in full at
RADIO TO THE INTERNET: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING AT 90
years ago, the first Christian program – the worship service
of Calvary Episcopal Church – went out over the air on KDKA
in Pittsburgh. Since that time, Christian broadcasting has
flourished in the United States and around the world.
only do I think Christian broadcasting is still relevant and
vibrant, I’m increasingly impressed at how the Lord is using
every aspect of media technology to get the gospel to unreachable
areas via radio, TV and Internet programs,” said Craig
Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel for the
National Religious Broadcasters, a trade association based in
approximately 2,400 Christian radio stations and around 100
full-power Christian television stations send out the gospel
message via Christian music, preaching and teaching programs, and
Christian talk shows. NRB estimates that between 300 and 400
Christian production companies produce programming for radio and
TV stations, in addition to thousands of churches that broadcast
some content, usually Sunday morning services.... Read this in
RADIO MARKS 80 YEARS, LOOKS TO NEW MEDIA
Radio, which broadcasts the pope's message in 45 languages
worldwide, is looking to a future in new media, said a top
official Feb. 10, as the station launched an exhibition
commemorating 80 years of broadcasting.
Peter Wells of the Vatican's secretariat of state said the
broadcaster must embrace new media - "from the podcast to the
iPad, from social networks like Facebook to micro-blogging
platforms like Twitter" - to take advantage of the
opportunities offered for evangelizing in the 21st century.
said the radio station must continue to be the voice that contests
those who say the church is not capable of inner renewal, "showing
instead the tireless desire for purification expressed by her
supreme pastor." It needs to be the voice that promotes
religious freedom and calls for dialogue in a world increasingly
in conflict, he added.... Read this in full at
WRESTLE WITH GUNS IN THE PEWS
way Rev. Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his Baptist church
in Thomaston, Ga., should have the right to carry guns into
worship services to protect the congregation.
Baptist Tabernacle and a Georgia gun-rights association are
challenging a new state law that prohibits weapons in houses of
worship. A lower court ruled against them in January; the case is
now headed for appeal.
we're fighting for is not that just any old body can carry guns in
church," Wilkins said. "We would be responsible. We
would want people who are trained, and so forth, to carry, people
that we designate for protective purposes."
state legislatures in Georgia, Michigan and Louisiana have been
caught in the crossfire of the debate between gun rights and gun
control as they consider allowing weapons in houses of worship....
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DEBT IS NEW HOT ISSUE FOR EVANGELICALS
economists warn that the government's huge national debt is a
looming threat to long-term prosperity. But is it also immoral?
According to a growing number of conservative Christians, the
answer is a resounding "Yes."
Washington debates President Obama's proposed 2012 budget, the
immorality of the deficit has become the hot topic on
right-leaning Christian blogs, radio programs and political
concern is not only that the estimated $14.13 trillion debt could
cripple the economy, some conservative Christian leaders say, but
also that borrowing so much money violates important biblical
tenets.... Read this in full at
church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better
men. What the church needs today is not more machinery or better,
but men whom the Holy Spirit can use. He does not flow through
methods, but through men.”
E. M. Bounds
for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty,
nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God,
who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do
good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for
the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly
1 Timothy 6:17-19
WEEK'S HYMN: MY JESUS, I LOVE THEE
William R. Featherston, 1864
Adoniram J. Gordon, 1876
Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
mansions of glory and endless delight,
ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road
ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I
really know myself and the fact that I think that I am following
your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe
that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope
I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will
never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do
this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing
about it. Therefore, will I trust you always though I may seem to
be lost and in the shadow of death I will not fear, for you are
ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils
alone.” (Thomas Merton)
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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