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week of March 27, 2011
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to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain
you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and
I will rescue you.”
has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and
needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the
sighs and sorrows of men. This is what love looks like.”
PIZZA PARTIES,' TEENS TELL CHURCHES
church. We're busy." That's the message teens are giving
about one in four teens now participate in church youth groups,
considered the hallmark of involvement; numbers have been flat
since 1999. Other measures of religiosity — prayer, Bible
reading and going to church — lag as well, according to
Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif., evangelical research company. This
all has churches canceling their summer teen camps and youth
pastors looking worriedly toward the fall, when school-year youth
groups kick in.
to God may be losing out to Facebook," says Barna president
David Kinnaman.... Read this in full at
YOUNG ADULTS FIRM IN FAITH, MORE LIKELY FAT BY 50
All those pizzas luring young adults to church activities may have
unintended consequences. The devil may be in the pepperoni: Folks
who stick with church for years often wind up fatter than their
adults who go to a religious event such as worship or Bible study
at least once a week are 50% more likely to become obese by middle
age as young adults with no religious involvement, according to
new Northwestern Medicine research based on tracking 3,433 men and
women for 18 years.... Read this in full at
BELL PUNCHES BACK AGAINST CLAIMS OF HERESY
two weeks while controversy swirled around him, Pastor Rob Bell
stayed silent. His critics said he was playing fast and loose with
heaven and hell, salvation, and damnation. The eternity of souls
was on the line, they said.
this was over Bell’s new book, “Love Wins: A Book
About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.”
Critics tore into it before the book even hit store shelves on
Tuesday, some going so far as to label Bell a heretic. The
controversy pushed the book into the third spot on Amazon’s
sales ranking, virtually assuring the book a place on The New York
Times Best Sellers list.
March 14, dressed in black and sporting his trademark black-rimmed
glasses, Bell strolled quietly into the auditorium of the New York
Ethical Culture Society. This was his chance to hit back.... Read
this in full at
CRITIQUES ROB BELL'S NEW BOOK AS 'VELVET HELL'
Southern Baptist seminary president suggested that Rob Bell's new
book Love Wins could have been alternately titled "Velvet
Hell," a play on Bell's 2005 book Velvet Elvis that offered
"a fresh take on Jesus" by one of the country's most
influential evangelical pastors.
Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said
during a 90-minute panel discussion on campus March 17 that after
reading Bell's much-anticipated Love Wins: A Book About Heaven,
Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, he toyed with
several ideas about how to sum up its message.
of the ways I thought of describing it was 'Velvet Hell,' just
because there is kind of a cushioning of the whole idea,"
said any discussion of God's love must be in the context of God's
character and the acts by which God demonstrates his love. "The
Bible says categorically, unconditionally that God is love, but
the Bible also says categorically, unconditionally that God is
holy," Mohler said. "When we teach theology we have to
remind ourselves that we are not talking about a God that is
divisible into a righteous part and a just part, a merciful part
and a gracious part. Rather he is -- to use the language that
theologians have used for centuries -- he is infinite in all of
his perfections." .... Read this in full at
BELL'S BRIDGE TOO FAR
Bell loves Jesus, and he wants as many people as possible to do
the same. Perhaps this book will help. Indeed, there are passages
in Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every
Person Who Ever Lived (HarperOne), that should give the most
stubborn pagan pause. Bell is a pastor with a substantial
following not only at his Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI
(with some 10,000 in weekly attendance) but all across North
America. And he is at his usual best here, casting fresh light on
biblical truths, engaging readers with the compelling metaphor,
turning the arresting phrase, and reminding all that the love of
God is more powerful and sweeping than we can imagine.
the way, he raises a host of theological issues upon which the
proclamation of the gospel as good news hinges. Bell also proposes
solutions, and it's those proposals that raise other questions not
just for evangelicals, but for anyone who wants to see more and
more people follow Jesus.... Read this in full at
see “Evangelical Annihilationism in Review” by James
WOULD YOU ASK GOD FOR?
early in Solomon's career God asked Solomon a question ...
Solomon, who can have anything he wants, asks for wisdom. God
answers that request by putting on the table the things Solomon
did not ask for.
Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for
yourself, nor have [you] asked for the death of your enemies but
for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have
asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there
will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
I will give you what you have not asked for -- both wealth and
honor -- so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among
kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and
commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.
what Solomon asked for and how he acted were poles apart. Solomon
brilliantly asked for wisdom, but Solomon acted like a fool as he
aged. Solomon's dream became unsustainable and it unraveled. He
was the Enron of his day.
easier to ask for wisdom than to live it.
God.Life is a life shaped by wisdom.
isn't just for 50- and 60- and 70-somethings.
wisdom now creates the Kingdom.Life now.
makes us slow down to ask the right questions.
is the hardest life to live.
your One.Life to wisdom...
need to slow down in life and let wisdom have its way with us. If
we want our big dreams to become sustainable, and if we want to
end our lives well, we will need to listen to the wise. And
perhaps thinking for a moment of what attracts you to Gandalf in
The Lord of the Rings could help you refocus on the value of
Scot McKnight in One.Life: Jesus Calls, We
NEED TO BE AWARE OF 'WOLVES' IN THEIR MIDST: EMBEZZLEMENTS ARE
UNCOVERED NEARLY WEEKLY
and their members are all too vulnerable to con men and
"scamsters," and those who prey on them are like
"wolves" in the midst of lambs. They know how to work
artists who want to fleece a church flock know that attracting the
shepherd will always lead to success," writes Pat Huddleston,
formerly with the enforcement division of the US Securities and
Exchange Commission, now in private practice. He writes about it
in the March issue of Church Executive, a business magazine for
larger and megachurches.
the very least, the scam artist hopes that a warm relationship
with the pastor, even if he does not invest, will lead him to
vouch for the honesty and trustworthiness of the scamster when
members of the congregation ask the pastor's opinion,"
Huddleston says.... Read this in full at
BETTER QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY
you’re going through a difficult, uncertain time, here are
seven better questions you can ask yourself and your team:
What if this isn’t the end but a new beginning?
What if the answer to my prayer is just over the next hill?
What if this is necessary in order for me to be prepared for the
next important chapter in my life?
What if God knows exactly what I need at this particular time?
What if God is speaking to me through means I would not have
chosen for a blessing I cannot see?
What does this experience make possible?
What will I be telling my grandchildren that I learned was so
valuable in this season of my life? .... Read this in full at
PROFOUND TRUTH I LEARNED FROM MY GRANDSON
ninth grandchild, Jonathan, holds a very special place in my
heart. Back in 1997, our younger daughter, Colleen, brought him
into the world after a normal pregnancy and a routine delivery.
But soon after his birth, the hospital visits began to multiply.
the course of the next few years, our little Jonathan continued to
struggle. Specialists diagnosed him with autism and Tourette’s
syndrome, as well as a host of other disabilities. His life —
and that of our daughter — would never be what the world
will confess to you that in that moment, I realized that my
understanding of God's sovereignty left much to be desired. Real
life has a way of poking holes in overly simplistic theology,
much study and prayer, I arrived at a simple conclusion. We live
in a sinful, broken world where suffering and pain are an
inescapable part of everyday life. But God is always in control.
Scripture tells us that He uses difficult times to "purify .
. . and refine [us] like gold and silver, so that [we] may present
to the Lord offerings in righteousness" (Malachi 3:3).
COLSON’S FINAL MISSION: SPIRITUALLY CLONING HIMSELF
Colson assembles the newest members of his Christian army at a
Loudoun County convention hall on a winter Saturday. Seated before
the aging Watergate-era felon-turned-evangelical leader are dozens
of handpicked disciples: a woman who sings at patriotic events, a
sports psychology professor, a real estate developer, a
spent the year — and as much as $4,000 — reading the
books Colson reads, watching the movies he watches, praying the
way he prays. It’s all part of an ambitious effort by Colson
to replicate his spiritual DNA and ensure that his vision of
Christianity doesn’t die when he does.
is the time for us to metastasize and impact society!” the
gravelly-voiced former Nixon aide tells his rapt audience. “And
this is a really, really urgent hour.”
decades after emerging from a federal penitentiary, Colson focused
on building what has become the world’s biggest prison
ministry. Now, at 79, he has shifted his attention to the final
mission of his remarkable life: saving what he regards as true
Christianity from American extinction. Time is running out....
Read this in full at
MAY BECOME EXTINCT IN 9 NATIONS, STUDY SAYS
study using census data from 9 countries shows that religion there
is set for extinction, say researchers. The study found a steady
rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.
team's mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay
between the number of religious respondents and the social motives
behind being one. The result, reported at the American Physical
Society meeting in Dallas, indicates that religion will all but
die out altogether in those countries.
team took census data stretching back as far as a century from
countries in which the census queried religious affiliation:
Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.... Read this in
see “Is Religion Going Extinct? Not So Fast” by Brad
IN UK ARE NOT RELIGIOUS: POLL
two-thirds of Britons say they are not religious, a poll by a
humanist group indicates. In an online poll of England and Wales
commissioned by the British Humanist Association, 61% said they
did belong to a religion but 65% answered no when asked the
question: "Are you religious?" Only 29% said yes, the
a separate poll of Scotland, 42% of respondents said they belonged
to no religion and 56% said they were not religious.
those who called themselves Christians, fewer than half said they
believed Jesus Christ was a real person who died, came back to
life, and was the son of God.... Read this in full at
DAWKINS ATHEIST RICHARD MORGAN CONTINUES TO PRAISE GOD
years later and still going strong, one man continues to prove to
atheists that his conversion was not a “temporary brain
infraction.” Nominal Christian, Mormon missionary, atheist,
and now a born-again Christian, Richard Morgan recently spoke to
Apologetics315 about his life-changing, or saving, experience on
none other than Richard Dawkins’ infamous website.
been through his share of religious inquiry at a young age, Morgan
realized that he was constantly in search of something, whether it
be spiritual or not.
answers in whatever shape they took, he found himself a Mormon at
one point in his life after meeting two Mormon missionaries. But
after becoming a missionary, he began to have some serious doubts
about his beliefs, which later caused him to abandon that religion
altogether.... Read this in full at
WORD AND OUR WONDERMENT
is not an activity. You'd never say to a guest, ‘Pardon me
for a few minutes while I walk outside in the garden and wonder.’
Rather, wonder is a capacity that grows, and will grow, given the
right encouragement and environment. It's a capacity we are born
with, and I think it is helped along by the power of the Holy
I was a child, my capacity for wonder was grown by the language of
our church and the King James Bible. The language formed me
forever. I was a child raised to understand God as an intimate
friend - so intimate that he lives in me - and this has influenced
my understandings and aspirations. Angels had charge over me,
watching my step, and I was kind to strangers because they may
have been angels unawares. I also learned that this intimacy
included certain spiritual feelings and experiences, not all of
them clear; the Lord was my shepherd; he led me beside still
waters, and sometimes, he made me lie down in green pastures; when
I was scared, his rod and staff comforted me.
1611 translators said many things exceedingly well. May this be
remaineth that we commend thee to God, and to the Spirit of his
grace, which is able to build further than we can ask or think. He
removeth the scales from our eyes, the veil from our hearts,
opening our wits that we may understand his word, enlarging our
hearts, yea, correcting our affections, that we may love it above
gold and silver, yea, that we may love it to the end. Amen.”
Jon Sweeney in Verily, Verily: The KJV - 400 Years of
Influence and Beauty
FOOTPATH TO PEACE
be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to
work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with
your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have
made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except
falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to
be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to
covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of
heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies,
often of your friends, and every day of Christ; and to spend as
much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s
out-of-doors -- these are little guideposts on the footpath to
Henry Van Dyke
BOARD APPROVES 'LOWERING THE DEBT, RAISING THE POOR' RESOLUTION
Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals
(NAE) approved a resolution at its semiannual meeting in March
calling on the President and Congress to address the national debt
in a way that protects and lifts up the poor. The NAE also
approved a new mission statement: "The mission of the
National Association of Evangelicals is to honor God by connecting
and representing evangelical Christians."
the current fiscal course is not sustainable,” said Leith
Anderson, NAE President. “We welcome the renewed attention
on the national debt, which now tops $14 trillion. At the same
time, we urge special attention to how new legislation would
impact those who are poor.”
Americans overestimate what percentage of their tax dollars go
overseas, believing that 23% is allocated for international
assistance. However, non-security aid to the world’s poor
receives only 1% of the federal budget. Even with government and
private charities working together, more than 1 billion people
struggle to survive on less than $1.25 a day. If lifesaving
foreign assistance is cut drastically, vulnerable people will
suffer and some will die. Private programs, including those run by
NAE member organizations, are unlikely to be able to make up the
difference.... Read this in full at
IS CHRISTIANITY TODAY' PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS MINISTRY'S CALLING
Today has launched a new project, This Is Christianity Today, that
throughout 2011 will showcase Christian thought leaders and church
leaders highlighting the importance and distinctiveness of the
non-profit communications ministry and its role in serving the
Smith, President and CEO of Christianity Today, says, "This
Is Christianity Today will speak to the depth and breadth of our
ministry. It will visually capture the words and experiences of
men and women whose own faith walks have been touched--even
transformed--by what we do."
project's focus is a website, ThisIsChristianityToday.com, with a
growing number of videos featuring prominent Christian leaders
discussing how Christianity Today has influenced their lives and
how the ministry serves the global church. Videos currently
available feature Scot McKnight, Leith Anderson, Kara Powell, Sam
Rodriguez, and Sara Groves.
website's dual purpose is to serve as a place to share stories and
conversations about the ministry of Christianity Today -- early
memories, ways readers have been challenged and encouraged, and
how Christianity Today is an important voice to and for the
WALDEN MEDIA PRESIDENT MICHAEL FLAHERTY ON NARNIA 4 FILM
Walden Media, a children's production company, co-founder and
president Michael Flaherty has already brought three stories from
the beloved Chronicles of Narnia series to life on the big screen.
the latest movie installment, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader,"
slated to be released on DVD in April, Walden Media is now looking
ahead at the next Narnia movie, which will likely be "The
Christian Post recently sat down with Flaherty at the National
Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tenn., to speak to
him about the Narnia 4 movie, lessons he learned from the dismal
performance of "Prince Caspian," and challenges for
family movies in the marketplace.... Read this in full at
HELPING HURTS:' INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES HOST SYMPOSIUM ON
UNHEALTHY DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN RESOURCES BY INDIGENOUS GROUPS
in America are known worldwide for financial generosity, but
sometimes "helping hurts" and actually hinders the work
of the Gospel. Such was the focus of "Unhealthy Dependency to
Faith Reliance," a symposium to generate solutions on issues
surrounding financial dependency in developing countries,
co-sponsored recently by Christian ministries TWR International
and HCJB Global.
topics at the two-day event ranged from indigenous funding and
resource mobilization to finding ways for U.S.-based ministries to
work together going forward.
dependence has been the ‘elephant in the room' far too
long," said Brett Elder, director of collaborative
initiatives for Acton Institute of Grand Rapids, Mich. "It is
learn alongside others who share a passion for the global
church—those not simply acting on good intentions, but
committed to apply sound economic and biblical principles that
foster health and flourishing of the church around the world."
.... Read this in full at
America is becoming an increasingly secular nation in many ways,
American Christians still live in relative comfort and freedom.
That is not the case for many of our brothers and sisters in
Christ who live in other nations. Note these recent news reports:
Press reports that damage surveys following recent anti-Christian
violence in Ethiopia showed at least 69 churches were burned.
Another 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage
and a church office were also burned. The anti-Christian attacks
started March 2 after Muslims allegedly accused Christians of
desecrating the Quran, the Islamic holy book. Violence continues
to affect residents of the area. During the initial days of the
attacks, 3,000 Christians were displaced; International Christian
Concern reports those numbers now have climbed to 10,000.
Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on Christians worldwide to
pray for believers in Iran, who face increasing pressure from
authorities. On March 8, five Iranian Christians were sentenced to
one year's imprisonment for "crimes against the Islamic
order" by the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz. The group was
arrested last June and spent almost eight months in prison before
a temporary release in February.
also remains high for another Church of Iran leader, Pastor Yousef
Nadakharni, who was sentenced to death for apostasy, and whose
appeal is pending at the Supreme Court. At least 282 Christians
have been arrested in more than 30 Iranian cities since June 2010,
though many were released. Christians in the country say the
situation has deteriorated quickly since Dec. 26, 2010, when
authorities began a fresh wave of arrests.
takeaways: First, don't take for granted the freedom of religion
we enjoy; don't presume we always will have the freedoms we have
today. Second, we must pray daily for persecuted believers around
the globe, and do all we can to encourage and support them as they
live faithfully in hostile lands.
my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
man ever enters heaven until he is first convinced that he
classic movie The Ten Commandments will be released on Blu-ray and
DVD March 29. Free movie clips and other material are available at
BIBLES RELEASED IN MALAYSIA – WITH CONDITIONS
News Network reports that Christians in Malaysia are not
celebrating the release of 35,000 Bibles previously detained by
Malaysian officials. Despite a court decision approving the
Bible's use of the word "Allah" for "God,"
government officials are reluctant follow the court order and risk
upsetting Muslims. "Now the government is saying, ‘Okay,
we'll go ahead and release these Bibles, but we want you to stamp
on the front of them that these are for the use of Christians
only, not for the use of other religions,'" says Todd
Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs. "They also want each of
the Bibles to be stamped with a serial number, which obviously
then presents the opportunity for them to be traced. If the Bible
turns up later in the hands of a Muslim or in the hands of someone
they say shouldn't have it, they could trace it back and say,
‘Okay, where did this Bible come from? Who was it?' and try
to get back to the people who are distributing Bibles there."
.... Read this in full at
the church is designed to be the most diverse institution possible
... it makes perfect sense that we would find the full breadth of
God's grace expressed in the church. Consider the diverse types of
people present in the church of Antioch in the first century ...
There was Simeon of Niger, a black African prophet; Lucius of
Cyrene, a Jew from the region of modern-day Libya; Manaen, the
foster brother of King Herod Antipas and a member of elite social
circles; Barnabas, a warm-hearted and spiritually wise apostle who
came from a Jewish priestly family; and Paul, a former Pharisee
who had been one of the primary persecutors of the early church.
could [also] see the depth of God's grace. Paul tells us in 1
Timothy 1:16 that he felt he was the "worst of sinners,"
yet he was shown mercy so that God might display in him the depth
of his grace. Imagine walking into the church at Antioch and
seeing the person who was once a blasphemer and chief persecutor
of Christians worshiping Jesus!
the outside world in Antioch noticed the breadth and depth of
God's grace visible in the church, they took to calling them
"Christ-followers." The fullness of God's grace at the
church in Antioch made Jesus Christ visible to those in the city,
just as God intended.
church's ability to manifest Jesus by being a recipient of the
fullness of God's grace is not limited to the first century. Many
churches today have used "cardboard testimonies" in
their services. During a "cardboard testimony" service,
people from the church come forward with a large piece of
cardboard. On one side is a word or a short phrase describing
their life before they experienced the transforming power of God's
grace. It may read "gossip," or "alcoholic,"
or "lonely." The cardboard is then flipped over to show
the result of how God's grace has transformed them -- "speaker
of love," "sober and free," or "friend of
God"! ... [This] paints a picture of the breadth and depth of
is why Paul prays that the church in Ephesus might have "power,
together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high
and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18, italics
added). Grasping Christ's infinite love is a communal process.”
-Jim Samra in The Gift of Church: How God Designed the Local
Church to Meet Our Needs as Christians
STOTT: THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T BE BISHOP
R. W. Stott, a key architect of 20th-century evangelicalism, turns
90 on April 27. Mark your calendar to thank God that day for the
man known around the world as "Uncle John."
friends have geared up for the event by sharing their memories in
two book projects. Curiously, InterVarsity Press asked me —
not in any way a Stott expert — to write the foreword for
the US editions of both books.
2010 saw the publication of Basic Christian: The Inside Story of
John Stott. Historian Roger Steer collected anecdotes from dozens
of colleagues and friends and wove them into an engaging
2011 will see the UK publication of another exercise in
recollection, a book that was Stott's own idea. Langham
Partnership international director Christopher Wright says Stott
"felt a more personal picture could be painted by those who
knew him more intimately over the years — and he insisted"
it should show "warts and all." Stott asked Wright to
solicit the contributions and said "he did not wish to read
any of the contributions himself, in order that people should feel
free to speak the truth as they saw it." Stott also asked
that the book not be published until after his death, but his
publisher insisted on preparing it for his 90th birthday.
Unfortunately, U.S. readers must wait until the fall for Portraits
of a Radical Disciple, as the American edition will be called.
I read the manuscripts for these books, one thing — or more
precisely, one pair of things — struck me repeatedly:
Stott's discernment and discipline. John Stott's enormous
influence on evangelicalism, in England, America, and around the
globe, was possible because he prayerfully discerned what God
wanted him to do (and not to do), and then he focused on those
things (and disciplined himself not to do many other good
things).... Read this in full at
VERSION OF NIV - WORLD'S MOST POPULAR BIBLE - DEBUTS IN STORES
a global Bible publisher, is debuting a full-line of Bibles
featuring the updated New International Version (NIV) translation:
177 different product SKUs under 33 print titles, all featuring
the updated NIV translation.
TODAY HONORED AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES' 25TH
ANNIVERSARY GENESIS AWARDS
Humane Society of the United States announced that Christianity
Today won the first Genesis Outstanding Written Word Award
dedicated to journalistic excellence on animal protection issues
in faith-based publications.
Today's November 2010 cover story, "A Feast Fit for the
King," by Leslie Leyland Fields
won the Genesis Award in the Outstanding Written Word—William
Wilberforce Award category.
Humane Society of the United States is thankful for Christianity
Today's attention to the issue of factory farming," said
Christine Gutleben, director of The HSUS' Faith Outreach program.
"Fields did an excellent job of presenting the problems
associated with industrial animal agriculture and why it should
matter to Christians." .... Read this in full at
IGNORES PASSENGER COMPLAINTS, ALLOWS EXPLICIT LESBIAN SCENES ON
sex scenes on transatlantic flights? "It's almost as if
American Airlines couldn't wait to baptize their passengers in the
sexual values of our country," says Bill Perkins the
president of Million Mighty Men and author of numerous books
including When Good Men Are Tempted.
flown 2.3 million miles with American Airlines and I am
disappointed with their in-flight media philosophy." While
flying from New Delhi, India to Chicago Perkins was stunned to see
the passenger next to him viewing the movie, Black Swan on the
in-flight monitor.... Read what you can do to take action at
DON'T CALL ANIMALS 'IT' IN THE BIBLE
the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is calling for a
more animal-friendly update to the Bible. The group is asking
translators of the New International Version (NIV) to remove what
it calls "speciesist" language and refer to animals as
"he" or "she" instead of "it." ....
Read this in full at
I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this
Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it...don't
waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding
up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying
you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to
live longer? Take a nap.
Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay
and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing
more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your
system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of
field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you
100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.
How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio is one
to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
What are some of the advantages of participating a regular
Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No
Aren't fried foods bad for you?
You're not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.
In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more
vegetables be bad for you?
What's the secret to healthy eating?
Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the
Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You
should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
Is chocolate bad for me?
Are you crazy? HELLO ...... Cocoa beans ... another vegetable!!!
It's the best feel-good food around!
I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had
about food and diets. Now go have a cookie...flour is a veggie!
best measure of spiritual life is not ecstasies but obedience.”
let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who
loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not
know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested
toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation
for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love
1 John 4:7-11
WEEK'S HYMN: AT THE CROSS, HER STATION KEEPING
Variously attributed to Gregory I, Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope
Innocent III, Bonaventura, Jacopone da Todi, Pope John XXII, and
Pope Gregory XI, and others; translated from Latin to English by
Edward Caswall and the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
John B. Dykes, 1875
the cross, her station keeping,
the mournful mother weeping,
He hung, the dying Lord;
her soul of joy bereavèd,
with anguish, deeply grievèd,
the sharp and piercing sword.
how sad and sore distressèd
was she, that mother blessèd
the sole begotten One;
the woe of her affliction,
she saw the crucifixion
her ever glorious Son.
on Christ’s dear mother gazing
by anguish so amazing
of woman, would not weep?
on Christ’s dear mother thinking
a cup of sorrow drinking
not share her sorrows deep?
His people’s sins chastisèd,
beheld her Son despisèd,
and crowned with thorns entwined;
Him then from judgment taken,
in death by all forsaken,
His Spirit He resigned.
may her deep devotion
in me the same emotion,
of love, Redeemer kind,
my heart fresh ardor gaining,
a purer love attaining,
with Thee acceptance find.
goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words
in the joyful awareness of the presence of God.”
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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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