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hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened
or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“I believe Satan to exist for
two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I’ve done
business with him.”
Dwight L. Moody
LINKED TO HUSBAND AND WIFE SAINTS MARTYRED NEARLY TWO MILLENNIA
scientific investigation of human bones locked in a crypt in the
northern Italian cathedral of Reggio Emilia since the 10th century
supports an ancient tradition that the remains belong to a husband
and wife said to have been martyred almost two millennia ago.
The investigation is the first
comprehensive battery of scientific tests ever conducted on the
remains of a pair of Catholic saints -- in this case, two
virtually complete skeletons -- along with a burial cloth and
reliquary box. The team of scientists used a variety of advanced
methods, including DNA analysis and carbon dating, to investigate
the question, Are these the remains of the martyred Roman husband
and wife Chrysanthus and Daria? Legend says the two were buried
alive in the third century AD after becoming Christians and
converting thousands of Romans to their fledgling religion. And
can science work alongside religion to support the story of these
Now, in the week
leading up to Easter, the National Geographic Channel world
premiere documentary EXPLORER: Mystery of the Murdered Saints
premiering Tuesday, April 19, at 10 pm ET/PT, follows the
investigation of the mystery surrounding the bones and the
scientific studies.... Read this in full at
NATIONAL HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN IN THE UNITED STATES TO BE LAUNCHED
On Friday, April 22, 2011 the
Campaign to Commemorate Good Friday as a National Holiday in the
United States will officially launch its national campaign on the
National Mall in Washington, DC and the collection of 1 million
signatures needed to petition Congress.
to generate nation-wide support and collect 1 million signatures
which it will use to petition the US Congress to officially
commemorate Good Friday as a National Holiday in the United
States,” said a spokesperson for the campaign.
Friday is a state holiday in 11 US states, Connecticut, Texas,
Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, New
Jersey, North Carolina, and North Dakota. State and local
government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks
and postal offices in these states.
Friday has been an official holiday and day of closure for Wall
Street since its inception, with stock exchanges around the world
and many US and international banks closed in observance of the
holiday.” .... Read this in full at
THINGS EVERY MAN
NEEDS TO KNOW: JESUS
Patrick Morley, PhD
“As a Jew,
I have had nothing but the greatest and most profound respect for
Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He was, after all, Jewish -- born
Jewish, died Jewish. I think Jesus Christ was the greatest single
individual of both millenniums and He had more profound effect on
mankind than any individual ever born. If there's one person in
history I would like to interview, it would be Jesus.”
Larry King, who has interviewed
three American presidents and scores of movers and shakers on his
TV program, would like to interview Jesus of Nazareth. No wonder.
Jesus is the single most fascinating subject of all. Jesus is the
perfect example of a man. Teach men about Jesus.
did a series at my Friday a.m. Bible study that went over very
well, “Hanging Out with Jesus: Stories about Jesus from the
Gospels.” The more men hear you talk about Jesus, the better
they will know Him.
His identity, purpose, vision, mission, humanity, deity, strategy,
determination, holiness, and leadership. Explain what He did, why
He did it, who He did it with, and how He did it. Discuss what He
thought, believed, wanted, said, and did.
men to let Jesus become their highest and best thought in every
situation. Teach them that, yes, we believe in Jesus, but it's His
belief in us that really transforms us.
for mystery. There are only 14 verses in the Bible to describe the
first 30 years of Jesus’ life. God could easily have told us
more, but He chose not to. We believe that if He didn’t, He
had good reasons for doing so, but we’ll never know in this
Great Quote: Spurgeon
said, “In 40 years I have not spent 15 minutes without
thinking of Jesus.”
More: Go to www.pastoringmen.com and click on "36. Jesus"
to watch the Hanging Out with Jesus series. For a book that helps
men surrender to Christ, read Devotions for the Man in the Mirror.
THE WISDOM OF
Who is the fool in
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis?
are plenty of candidates among the unseen players. Certainly you
can make a case that the Patient is a fool. The Patient is the
young man who is being tempted by Wormwood under the experienced
tutelage of senior devil Screwtape. Although the Patient becomes a
Christian, he wastes much of his short life in side roads and
misplaced enthusiasms. He could be our fool.
there's the couple that befriends the Patient, offering him witty
conversation and social status that is quite attractive. He enjoys
being with these worldly wise folks who seem so trendy, so
accomplished. They would draw him away from the faith he had come
to hold and would redirect him into a worldly direction. Yes, we
might think of them as fools.
more I thought of it, the more I realized the ultimate fool was
Screwtape himself. In his very last letter to Wormwood, he closes
with these words: 'Once again, the inexplicable meets us. Next to
the curse of useless tempters such as yourself, the greatest curse
upon us is the failure of our Intelligence Department. If only we
could find out what He is really up to! Alas, alas, that knowledge
in itself so hateful and mawkish a thing, should yet be necessary
"For all his
experience and skill -- shared with a young protégé
-- Screwtape never really understood the power of the cross, never
understood grace. He never understood what God was up to. In every
way that ultimately matters, he was a fool.
there it is: In the economy of God, there truly is wisdom in
folly. If you really want to be wise you should become a fool. A
fool for Christ. A fool for the cross. A fool who trades
everything this world values -- status, ambition, reputation --
for the only thing that can never be lost: the power of God and
the wisdom of God." .... Read this in full at
THE CRIMINAL ON
Will Graham, Billy Graham's grandson
cross means different things to different people. For some it's
just a pretty piece of jewelry. To others it's a decoration for
their home. To Christians it is a symbol of the sacrificial love
of Christ and His conquering of the grave.
to criminals under Roman rule in the first century, and those who
witnessed the punishment, the cross was a symbol of torture,
cruelty, death and humiliation.
we enter the Easter season, we can learn from a man on a cross.
This individual's name is only known to God. We find this man - a
criminal sentenced to death - hanging beside Jesus in Luke
The first lesson that
we learn is that he had a correct view of reality and a correct
view of himself. He saw himself as a criminal who was rightly
condemned for the deeds he had committed. He correctly realized
that he deserved death. Further, he had a correct view of Jesus.
He recognized Jesus as the spotless Lamb of God and he testified
to this while hanging on the cross. He knew he was a sinner, and
Jesus was innocent.... Read this in full at
BOOK REVIEW: THE
CIVIL WAR AS A THEOLOGICAL CRISIS
For antebellum Americans, a belief
in divine providence and adherence to Scripture provided purpose
and stability in their lives. But, according to Mark Noll's latest
book The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, religious leaders in
the years leading up to the Civil War were unable to provide a
definitive answer on the most difficult question of the period:
Does the Bible condemn or condone slavery? Americans were also at
odds over the workings of a providential God as both Northerners
and Southerners tried to understand the meaning of the war and
God's role in it. Relying primarily on the writings of
19th-century theologians and other religious thinkers, Noll
concludes that the clashes over these two issues revealed a
theological crisis and resulted in a major turning point in
American religious thought.... Read this in full at
AFRAID OF THE
about the resurgence of the gospel in so many churches. We are
regaining the idea that the gospel is not only for those outside
the church but also for those inside the church, that it not only
ignites the Christian life but is the fuel that keeps Christians
going and growing every day.
for all the talk of gospel-centeredness, there's still some fear
fueled by common misunderstandings of the radical nature of grace.
I still hear talk about two equal dangers that Christians must
avoid: legalism and lawlessness.
they say, happens when we focus too much on law. Lawlessness, they
say, happens when we focus too much on freedom. Therefore, in
order to maintain spiritual equilibrium, we must balance justice
and grace. But I've come to believe that this "balanced"
way of framing the issue can unwittingly keep us from experiencing
the gospel in all of its radical depth and beauty.
more theologically accurate to say that there is one primary enemy
of the gospel — legalism — but it comes in two forms.
Some people miss the gospel by trying to "save"
themselves by keeping the rules, doing what they're told,
maintaining the standards, and so on. I call this "front-door
legalism." .... Read this in full at
FOUR WAYS TO
I saw a few themes emerge
that had kept us from knowing deep joy in the months following a
shooting at our church. Perhaps you've seen one or two of these
joy robbers show up in your life as well. If so, please take
heart: hope doesn't have to stay hidden for long.
Robber 1: Errant Expectations
from life's heartbreaking events always takes longer than I think,
and if you're anything like me, you get impatient with the
process. We must leave room for healing even as we pursue the joy
that is ours to reclaim.
Robber 2: Isolation and Insulation
felt guilty for having my own feelings of loss and compelled to
turn my attentions toward those who "really" needed
help. Fortunately, God would show me that by inviting others into
my circumstances, I'd save myself boatloads of pain.
Robber 3: Fatigue
I had to recognize
that sometimes it pays bigger dividends to adopt a strategy of
rest instead of trying to power your way through the pain. I have
counseled people in our church who were dealing with the loss of a
business or a bank account, the agony of a spouse stuck in
depression, the disillusionment of a prodigal teen, the despair
over a bad medical report, and more. And to each of them I said,
"Unless you find a way to get rest during this ordeal, the
pain will do you in."
Robber 4: [Fixating on the Past]
loves nothing more than when you and I fixate on our past. Don't
give him that kind of satisfaction! Focus on the good you see
happening, and on all that lies ahead ... [We began to] shift
from wringing our hands in frustration and fear to using them to
serve God and our community at large.
from Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, a Courageous Church, and an
Unfailing God by Brady Boyd
5TH, IS THE 60TH ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
As American troops remain in harm's
way, fighting for democracy and liberty around the globe, citizens
of the United States are preparing to celebrate their freedom to
gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer
on May 5th in observance of the 60th annual National Day of
Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public
venues where intercession will be made for America and its
This year's theme,
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," is based on Psalm 91:2:
"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my
God, in whom I trust." National Day of Prayer Task Force
(NDPTF) Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family
founder Dr. James Dobson, said "At this perilous and
uncertain juncture in our country's history, it is critical that
we remain in prayer. The American people continue to be plagued
with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in
humbly seeking the Almighty's guidance, protection, and blessing
-- not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the
year." .... Read this in full at
“Let a man go to a
psychiatrist and what does he become? An adjusted sinner. Let a
man go to a physician and what does he become? A healthy sinner.
Let a man achieve wealth and what does he become? A wealthy
sinner. Let a man join a church, sign a card, and turn over a new
leaf and what does he become? A religious sinner. But let him go
in sincere repentance and faith to the foot of Calvary's cross,
and what does he become? A new creature in Jesus Christ, forgiven,
reconciled, with meaning and purpose in his life and on the way to
marvelous fulfillment in God's will.”
OPENS AFTER FIGHTS OVER DEPICTING FAITH
"Soul Surfer," the feature
film based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton being
attacked by a shark and her journey back to surfing, opened
recently in the fourth spot on the box office charts - partly a
testament to its appealing family-friendly message and a marketing
campaign that heavily targeted religious groups.
even though Hamilton's and her family's faith play key roles in
the film, many audiences would be surprised to learn that
the question of how to show the family's religion in the film
caused huge debate on set.
think to get anything in the film was a battle," said Sarah
Hill, who was Hamilton's real-life youth group leader at North
Shore Christian Church and who was played by Carrie Underwood in
the movie. "Basically, what you're doing is you have all
these people who want to make a movie about Bethany and they don't
know the Lord and they don't have a personal relationship with
Jesus. For what we have in the movie it was such a battle."
.... Read this in full at
PRO SPORTS TEAMS
ADDING RELIGION TO PROMOTIONAL FAN DAYS
Pro teams are increasingly promoting
Christian, Jewish, and Mormon fan days, because they help drive
group ticket sales in a recession. Pro teams are also getting
religion because groups approach them and promote the events. With
more seats to fill during the course of a 162-game season than
other sports, Major League teams are at the forefront.... Read
this in full at
HELPED SIGN JACKIE ROBINSON TO BROOKLYN DODGERS
by Jamie Crawford
matters of faith have a quiet yet powerful way of influencing
history. Take, for example, the behind-the-scenes story that
preceded the entry of the first African-American player to major
league baseball more than six decades ago.
player, of course, was the legendary Jackie Robinson, who
shattered the big-league color barrier when he debuted with the
Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The story of faith belongs to
the baseball executive who signed Robinson, the equally legendary
Branch Rickey, and to a New York minister who played a quiet role
in a major decision.... Read this in full at
SPORTSCASTER FACING DEATH PROVOKES SPIRITUAL OUTPOURING
Nick Charles’ battle with
terminal bladder cancer - and the way his faith is shaping his
final days with his family - struck a deep spiritual chord with
many of CNN’s readers.
Joel Osteen, an avid sports fan who had grown up watching the
longtime sportscaster, was among those who reached out to Charles
after reading about him on CNN.com.
had to call me and inspire me to fight this," said Charles,
who was CNN’s first sports anchor.
said he watches Osteen "all the time." When Charles
underwent chemotherapy at a Texas hospital, his wife, Cory,
attended Osteen's church in Houston.
said he was humbled to hear from one of the nation's top
preachers. While on the phone, Osteen prayed for Charles’
family, especially his 5-year-old daughter, Giovanna.... Read this
in full at
JR. SHARES ABOUT HIS DEEP-ROOTED CHRISTIAN FAITH
by Dan Wooding
sports fans in America have called Ernie Johnson Jr. "The
Perfect Ringmaster" because of the way he deftly endeavors to
control the eccentric "Sir Charles" Barkley and the
milder Kenny "The Jet" Smith, on his hit show "Inside
the NBA" on TNT (Turner Network Television).
never quite knows what will happen when they go on the air, but
behind his smooth demeanor is another drama that has been playing
out in his life; his battle with cancer.
2003, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but
continued his work through June 2006, when he began treatment.
Due to his cancer, Johnson Jr.
missed TNT's coverage of the British Open and PGA Championship,
the last two golf major tournaments in 2006. Mike Tirico replaced
him in the British Open, and Verne Lundquist in the PGA
He returned to
"Inside the NBA" on October 31, 2006, while continuing
his chemotherapy treatments and continues to this day.
was able to catch up with Ernie Johnson Jr. after the recent 2011
NBA All-Star Weekend chapel service in Los Angeles when I
asked him why he was there.
one of those things where, in the midst all the hype and the
hoopla of this weekend, you can kind of sit back get yourself
grounded again in the Word of God," he said. "I am also
here because of my devotion to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I also
couldn't pass up the opportunity to hear Francis Chan preach this
morning." .... Read this in full at
A GOLD MEDAL LIFE
Jerry Colangelo (born
November 20, 1939), is an American businessman and sports
executive who has had a rather amazing life.
his many accomplishments, Colangelo owned the NBA’s Phoenix
Suns, built two state-of-the-art sports facilities and brought
Major League Baseball to Phoenix with the Arizona Diamondbacks
expansion team. Additionally, he won a world championship with the
Diamondbacks and returned the once-tarnished U.S. Olympic men’s
basketball team to glory.
says that the greatest thing that has happened in his life was
then he handed his life over to Jesus Christ.... Read this in full
OF THE BIBLE BOOK OF HEBREWS DISCOVERED
Report: A papyrus fragment
containing a portion of Hebrews 11 was discovered in a funerary
mask and is dated to the second century. Scholars aren't
confirming yet.... Read this in full at
THE BIBLE IS
LAST WEEK’S MOST ENGAGING PAGE ON FACEBOOK
The best-selling book in history
took the top spot the week of Apr. 11 in the ranking of Facebook
fan pages from Justin Bieber.
Name # Fans # Interactions
Bible 6,543,523 905,125
Bieber 24,294,726 872,809
Manchester United 11,276,931 632,811
Mario Teguh 3,772,546 627,859
Real Madrid C.F. 10,749,781 623,348
CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED IRAQ SINCE CHURCH MASSACRE
"If this exodus is not stopped,
Iraq will not have any Christians left in three years." This
statement is from Steve, an uncover field worker for Open Doors,
and based on disturbing, updated statistics on the number of
Christians left in the Muslim-dominated country.
the al-Qaeda-linked massacre that killed almost 60 Christians at
Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad on Oct. 31, 2010, an
estimated 45,000 to 95,000 Christians have left the country.
Sources have told Open Doors that only an estimated 250,000 to
300,000 Christians remain in the country. Many sources reported
that in 1991 Christians in Iraq numbered around 850,000, including
those living in the Kurdish region. In 2003 the number dropped to
550,000 and in early 2010 there were 345,000.
to killings, attacks and threats, many Christians have lost
relatives and have become so afraid that they have left Iraq for
such countries as Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan or for
countries in the West," says Steve.... Read this in full at
DO ALL THINGS
seemed to me that God had looked over the whole world to find a
man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found
me, He said, "He is weak enough- he’ll do." All
God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God
because they reckoned on His being with them.”
Taylor (when someone complimented him on founding the China Inland
GET IN SHAPE
LIKE A SOLDIER -- THE ARMY'S NEW FITNESS TEST
In the 21st-century Army, sit-ups
have gone the way of bazookas. Soldiers will soon find themselves
doing "rowers." It's part of the Army's effort to update
its old Physical Fitness Test and replace it with the Army
Physical Readiness Test.
test has been in place since 1980, and it included three events: a
two-mile run, two minutes of push-ups and two minutes of sit-ups.
"We thought we had the right test," said Maj. Gen.
Richard Longo, an Army training official.
after nearly 10 years of war, the Army found the old test didn't
help prepare a soldier for combat. Now it has a new five-exercise
test that is "targeted at the warrior on the battlefield,"
Longo said at a demonstration Thursday inside the Pentagon
Athletic Center. The five-event test better measures a soldier's
strength, endurance and mobility. The events are:.... Read this in
VERSE TO PONDER
"Do not oppress the widow, the
orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your
hearts against one another."
“God’s people should
plan for a voyage of a thousand years, but be prepared to abandon
GROESCHEL ON BEING 'WEIRD'
isn’t working, says Pastor Craig Groeschel. The
LifeChurch.tv pastor wants Christians to stop blending in with the
rest of the world and start standing out as God intended. It’s
time to live differently. It’s time to get weird, he says.
Weird is Groeschel’s
latest book. In it, he tells readers of the many “normal”
ways people are living and how that’s only leaving people
more stressed, more exhausted, more busy, more alone and more
detached from God.
who considers himself possibly the biggest weirdo in the Christian
world, he reveals what identifying yourself as a Christian really
means and how (practically) believers can move toward that “God
kind of weird.”
Q: The way
you describe it in your book, normal doesn’t really sound
all that great – with stress, busyness, debt, affairs. So
why are Christians, who have the much better alternative of living
differently from that, sticking with that normal lifestyle?
I think the message of our culture is so strong, so loud and so
persuasive that we’re often overwhelmed, overrun by it. And
I think Christians find comfort sometimes in doing what the crowd
is doing when the call to follow Christ makes them uncomfortable
because it is different. I argue from a practical standpoint, if
you just look practically at what normal is doing to people, it’s
not working. I hope to encourage them to, Jesus said broad is the
road that leads to destruction and many people are on it. I used
to find comfort on being on that road because that’s where
everybody was. And I hope Christians and others will have the
courage to step off that normal path onto a maybe a narrow one
that’s maybe a little more difficult but it leads to life
instead of to death.... Read this in full at
A BOOK THAT
BROUGHT GOD CLOSER
Gregory M. Lamb
Let us now praise a
famous book – perhaps the most influential ever written in
the English language. But here's the root of the matter: There's a
fly in the ointment. To everything there is a season, and for some
today the sway of this once mighty orator has shrunk to something
akin to a still, small voice.
King James Version (KJV) of the Bible celebrates 400 years in
print this year. Its impact is pervasive and almost impossible to
fully calculate. The KJV, also often called the "authorized
version," has embedded itself into the very "DNA of the
English language," as one writer describes it. At least 257
common phrases (the previous paragraph is stuffed with five of
them) in use today come from it, one scholar has calculated.
effect of the KJV on the way people write – and think –
can be seen in works from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and
Martin Luther King Jr. to the spare prose of Ernest Hemingway to
Milton's "Paradise Lost" to the text of Handel's
oratorio "Messiah" to the style Herman Melville employed
in "Moby Dick." .... Read this in full at
EVANGELICALS USED TO FIGHT OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. NOT ANYMORE.
by Chuck Colson & Timothy
The most recent meeting of
Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) witnessed not just
another theological discus-sion, but the birth of an alliance that
only two decades ago would have seemed improbable. Here were
Catholic and evangelical theologians seeking common ground on
religious liberty, an issue that has caused frequent strife
between the two groups.
are standing together to defend the religious liberty of all
believers, which is under assault around the world and in the US.
Consider the Proposition 8 case, the proposed ban on gay marriage
in California. In striking down the referendum, US District Judge
Vaughn Walker wrote that Christian beliefs "harm gays and
lesbians." Just months later, tech trendsetter Apple picked
up the same refrain in removing a Manhattan Declaration app from
its iTunes store.... Read this in full at
'LEFT BEHIND' SERIES RECEIVES MAKEOVER FOR NEW GENERATION OF
Sixteen years ago, an
apocalyptic thriller titled Left Behind quietly released to
Christian bookstores nationwide. Little did its authors, Tim
LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, or its publisher Tyndale House know
that it would become a phenomenon, resulting in seven #1
bestselling titles and a product line with sales topping more than
63 million copies. Now, a decade and a half later, Tyndale is
releasing the 12 primary titles with new covers and updated
content to inspire a new generation of readers.
for the Left Behind Series have remained consistently strong since
we stopped publishing new titles in 2007," says Cheryl
Kerwin, Tyndale senior marketing manager. "To this day, they
are among our top-selling fiction month in and month out. We had
begun this redesign process before the earthquakes and uprising in
the Middle East this year. Events such as these tend to fuel
interest in Bible prophecy, and we're seeing that in our sales of
Left Behind." .... Read this in full at
AWAKEN US, O
One of the great things
about studying history is that God brings to our remembrance the
mighty and wonderful things he has done in the past.
you know that a number of great revivals have swept across our
nation over the years? Jonathan Edwards, pastor of a small
frontier town in Massachusetts in the 1730s, witnessed a great
work of God in which 300 believers were added to his church in six
months. For 25 straight years at the beginning of the 1800s
revivals flared all across the nation. During the Civil War over
250,000 soldiers, Union and Confederate, made professions of
However, studying history
also reveals our shortcomings. Did you know that there's not been
a great season of continual revival in America for over 100 years?
.... Read this in full at
REVEALS THE SURPRISING FINAL WORDS OF HIS GRANDMOTHER, RUTH
GRAHAM, SHORTLY BEFORE HER PASSING
The tall, willowy figure
of William Franklin Graham IV (Will) is the third generation of
Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
is the grandson of Billy Graham and the elder son of Franklin
Graham. The oldest of the four children of Franklin Graham and
wife Jane Graham, Will grew up in a farm house in the mountains of
Boone, North Carolina, along with his two brothers and one sister.
He converted to Christianity at the age of seven one Sunday after
a church service.
grade, Will Graham has felt the call to ministry. He later
surrendered to God's call on his life at 15, during a youth camp
at the Billy Graham Training Center near Asheville, NC.
attending Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., he enrolled in
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, NC.,
during which time he was called to pastor a church near
Raleigh.... Read this in full at
PUBLISHES SECULAR BIBLE
question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s
career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles,
the collected religious texts that were translated, edited,
arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling
the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest
What if the book that
billions have turned to for ethical guidance wasn’t tied to
commandments from God or any one particular tradition but instead
included the writings of Aristotle, the reflections of Confucius,
the poetry of Baudelaire? What would that book look like, and what
would it mean?
Decades after he
started asking such questions, what Grayling calls “a
lifetime’s work” has hit bookshelves. “The Good
Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible”
in the United Kingdom, was published this month. Grayling crafted
it by using more than a thousand texts representing several
hundred authors, collections and traditions.
the Bible, "The Good Book," opens with a garden scene.
But instead of Adam and Eve, Grayling's Genesis invokes Isaac
Newton, the British scientist who pioneered the study of gravity.
"It was from the fall of
fruit from such a tree that new inspiration came for inquiry into
the nature of things," reads a verse from "The Good
Book's" first chapter.
Newton sat in his garden, and saw what no one had seen before:
that an apple draws the earth to itself, and the earth the apple,"
the verse continues, "Through a mutual force of nature that
holds all things, from the planets to the stars, in unifying
The book's final
chapter features a secular humanist version of the Ten
Commandments: "Love well, seek the good in all things, harm
no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect
nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at
least, sincerely try." .... Read this in full at
“I think earth, if chosen
instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a
region in Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been
from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.”
C. S. Lewis
VERSE TO PONDER
“For the Kingdom of God is not
a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
HYMN: MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN
Words: Samuel Crossman, 1664
My song is love
My Savior’s love to
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
who am I, that for my sake
should take, frail flesh and die?
came from His blest throne
But men made strange, and
The longed for Christ would
But O! my Friend, my Friend
Who at my need His life did
Sometimes they strew His
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
to their King:
is all their breath,
And for His
death they thirst and cry.
what hath my Lord done?
this rage and spite?
He made the
lame to run,
He gave the blind their
Sweet injuries! Yet they at
Themselves displease, and
’gainst Him rise.
rise and needs will have
Lord made away;
A murderer they
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might
In life, no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;
death no friendly tomb
But what a
What may I say?
Heav’n was His home;
the tomb wherein He lay.
might I stay and sing,
No story so
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
all my days could gladly spend.
in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of
it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its
sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread
C. S. Lewis
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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