Connecting man to man to God
For week of April 24, 2011
Issue 353


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"‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:55-57



     CONSIDER
When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father’s hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.”
William Barclay



     MANY BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS HOLD UNIVERSALIST VIEWS, BARNA FINDS
One in four born-again Christians hold universalist thoughts when it comes to salvation, according to a new Barna analysis of trend data. Twenty-five percent of born-again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. A similar proportion, 26%, said a person’s religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons. And an even higher proportion, 40%, of born-again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

Barna defined universalism as the belief that all human beings will eventually be saved after death. The California-based research and polling firm defines born-again Christians as people who have made “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today, and who believe they will go to heaven after death because they confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.... Read this in full at
http://www.barna.org/faith-spirituality/484-what-americans-believe-about-universalism-and-pluralism


     NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS CONSTITUTIONAL
A panel of the US court of appeals overturned a ruling April 14 that previously found the law requiring the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer (www.NationalDayofPrayer.org) each year as unconstitutional. The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled 3-0 that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and its plaintiffs do not have standing to continue their challenge of the 1952 congressional act declaring an annual National Day of Prayer.

According to the appeals court ruling, the proclamation imposes no requirement on a person and therefore no one is hurt by a request that can be declined. “Those who do not agree with a president's statement may speak in opposition to it, they are not entitled to silence the speech of which they disapprove,” wrote the appeals court's chief judge Frank Easterbrook, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/6918816742.html


     CONTEMPLATE YOUR DEATH
by Carolyn Arends
Many early Christian communities encouraged believers to engage in the spiritual discipline of considering their own deaths—not in order to create morbid fear, but to put this life in the proper perspective. Memento mori, medieval monks would say to each other in the hallways. "Remember your mortality," or, more literally, "Remember you will die."

Death unaddressed is the bogeyman in the basement; it keeps us looking over our shoulders and holds us back from entering joyously into the days we are given. But death dragged out from the shadows and held up to the light of the gospel not only loses its sting, it becomes an essential reminder to wisely use the life we have.

When we remember the mortality of those around us, they become more valuable to us. Madeleine L'Engle once noted that when people die, it is the sins of omission, rather than the sins of commission, that haunt us. "If only I had called more," we lament. Remembering a loved one's death before it happens can spur us into the sort of action we won't regret later.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/april/goingdownsinging.html


     LIVE FULLY
To live thus -- to cram today with eternity and not wait the next day -- the Christian has learnt and continues to learn (for the Christian is always learning) from the Pattern. How did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day -- He who from the first instant of His public life, when He stepped forward as a teacher, knew how His life would end, that the next day was His crucifixion; knew this while the people exultantly hailed Him as King (ah, bitter knowledge to have at precisely that moment!), knew, when they were crying, "Hosanna!", at His entry into Jerusalem, that they would cry, "Crucify Him!", and that it was to this end that He made His entry. He who bore every day the prodigious weight of this superhuman knowledge--how did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day?
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Christian Discourses, tr. Walter Lowrie, New York: Oxford University Press, 1961, p. 78



     AUTHOR: JESUS CHRIST'S LAST SUPPER 'WAS ON A WEDNESDAY'
Christians mark Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, but new research suggests it took place on the Wednesday before his crucifixion. Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University says discrepancies in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as compared with John arose because they used an older calendar than the official Jewish one. He concluded the date was 1 April AD33. This could also mean Jesus' arrest, interrogation and separate trials did not all take place on one night only. Prof Humphreys believes his findings could present a case for finally fixing Easter Day to the first Sunday in April.... Read this in full at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13114124


     PRES. OBAMA HOLDS EASTER BREAKFAST: "OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST" WHOSE GRACE "CALLS ME TO PRAY"
President Obama hosted an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House April 19, and briefly addressed the assembled 130 clergy and faith leaders. After citing Isaiah 53:5, Obama said: "This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this `Amazing Grace' calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I've not shown grace to others, those times that I've fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son -- his Son and our Savior." .... Read this in full at
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/04/obama-holds-easter-breakfast-our-savior-jesus-christ-whose-grace-calls-me-to-pray.html


     THE CENTRALITY OF THE CROSS
I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek; at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died about.”
George MacLeod



     LOVE
Love's as hard as nails,
Love is nails:
Blunt, thick, hammered through
The medial nerves of One
Who, having made us, knew
The thing he had done,
Seeing (with all that is)
Our cross, and his.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Poems, ed., Walter Hooper, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 124


     MY TAKE: IS JUDAS IN HEAVEN OR HELL? GOD ONLY KNOWS
by Craig Gross
I heard a news clip promoting my recent speaking engagement at a church, and they mentioned that I deal with some of "the greatest sinners of all time." I thought to myself: Do I? Would people who are caught up in porn and sexual sin addictions consider themselves some of the greatest sinners of all time? Probably not.

Without a doubt, Judas, the biblical disciple of Jesus, is considered the greatest sinner of all time because of what he did to Jesus. Here is the passage from Luke 22:21-22: “Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? It's true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out.” No surprises there. But for the one who turns him in - who turns traitor to the Son of Man - this is doomsday.

Let me tell you a little bit about what the Bible says about Judas: He was personally chosen to be an apostle by Jesus. He spent 3 1/2 years traveling with Jesus. He saw all the miracles of Christ in person. He watched as Christ healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. In terms of experience with Jesus, whatever you can say about Peter, James and John, you can say about Judas.... Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/21/my-take-is-judas-in-heaven-or-hell-god-only-knows/


     JESUS
Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
Had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.


     HOW EASTER KILLED MY FAITH IN ATHEISM
by Lee Strobel
[In response to Ricky Gervais’ recent controversial “Holiday Message,” the well-known Christian author and apologist Lee Strobel followed up with what he’s best known for – the facts.]

For nearly two years, I explored the minutia of the historical data on whether Easter was myth or reality. I didn’t merely accept the New Testament at face value; I was determined only to consider facts that were well-supported historically. As my investigation unfolded, my atheism began to buckle.

Was Jesus really executed? In my opinion, the evidence is so strong that even atheist historian Gerd Lüdemann said his death by crucifixion was “indisputable.”

Was Jesus’ tomb empty? Scholar William Lane Craig points out that its location was known to Christians and non-Christians alike. So if it hadn’t been empty, it would have been impossible for a movement founded on the resurrection to have exploded into existence in the same city where Jesus had been publicly executed just a few weeks before.... Read this in full at
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/04/16/how-easter-killed-my-faith-in-atheism/?KEYWORDS=lee+strobel


     WAS EASTER BORROWED FROM A PAGAN HOLIDAY?
by Anthony McRoy
Anyone encountering anti-Christian polemics will quickly come up against the accusation that a major festival practiced by Christians across the globe — namely, Easter — was actually borrowed or rather usurped from a pagan celebration. I often encounter this idea among Muslims who claim that later Christians compromised with paganism to dilute the original faith of Jesus.

The argument largely rests on the supposed pagan associations of the English and German names for the celebration (Easter in English and Ostern in German). It is important to note, however, that in most other European languages, the name for the Christian celebration is derived from the Greek word Pascha, which comes from pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover. Easter is the Christian Passover festival.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/bytopic/holidays/easterborrowedholiday.html


     HAPPY CROSSMAS!: HOW EASTER STUBBORNLY RESISTS COMMERCIALISM
by James Martin
Unlike Christmas, whose deeper spiritual meaning has been all but buried under an annual avalanche of commercialism, Easter has retained a stubborn hold on its identity as a religious holiday. This is all the more surprising when you consider what an opportune time it would be for marketers to convince us to buy more stuff. Typically arriving around the beginning of spring, Easter would be the perfect time for department stores to euchre customers into buying carloads of kids' outdoor toys, warm-weather clothes, and summertime sporting equipment. And while Christmas is forced to contend with Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, there is little holiday competition around Easter time. (Passover and Easter, despite their proximity in the calendar, don't seem to interfere with each other much.) All in all, the church's most important feast day comes at a terrific time of year for Madison Avenue.... Read this in full at
http://www.slate.com/id/2249525/pagenum/all/#p2


     THE BIBLE IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE BIBLE
by Timothy Beal
When it comes to the Bible, many feel there is a single right meaning — the one its divine author intended. “Well, what does the Bible say?” “The Bible is very clear about that.” This is part of the iconicity of the Bible in contemporary society, the idea of it as the one and only divinely authored and guaranteed book of answers, with one answer per question. No more, no less.

For many potential Bible readers, that expectation that the Bible is univocal is paralyzing. You notice what seem to be contradictions or tensions between different voices in the text. You can't find an obvious way to reconcile them. You figure that it must be your problem. You don't know how to read it correctly, or you're missing something. If the Bible is God's perfect, infallible Word, then any misunderstanding or ambiguity must be the result of our own depravity. So you either give up or let someone holier than thou tell you "what it really says." I think that's tragic. You're letting someone else impoverish it for you, when in fact you have just brushed up against the rich polyvocality of biblical literature.... Read this in full at
http://chronicle.com/article/The-Bible-Is-Dead-Long-Live/127099/


     KING JAMES BIBLE, NOW 400, STILL ECHOES 'VOICE OF GOD'
NPR News featured a report on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty says the King James Bible is the poetry that inspired Handel's oratorio Messiah, as well as modern musicians: “The Byrds sang from Ecclesiastes in Turn Turn Turn: proclaiming that there is ‘A time to be born, a time to die, A time to plant, a time to reap, A time to kill, a time to heal.’ Simon and Garfunkel echoed the Gospels when they sang, ‘Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down.’ And when Kansas voiced its existential angst — ‘All we are is dust in the wind’ — it was inspired by the Psalms.” .... Read & hear this in full at
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/18/135437890/king-james-bible-now-400-still-echoes-voice-of-god


     CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION ON THE KING JAMES BIBLE
The ‘Old King James’ is turning 400 years old in May of this year. This popular translation of the Bible has endured for centuries now and is still gaining strength. A national expo (http://kingjames400.com/) will be held in the Nation's Capitol on May 2-3, 2011 to honor the influential book. A concurrent resolution has been entered into the House of Representatives by the bipartisan team of Republican Representative Aderholt, from Alabama, and Democrat Representative Rahall, from West Virginia.

The resolution (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.+Con.+Res.+38:) reads in part: “Whereas the King James Bible’s relevance and contributions continue to formatively influence the United States: Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--
(1) recognizes the 400th anniversary of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible being published;
(2) recognizes its lasting influence on countless families, individuals, and institutions in the United States; and
(3) expresses its gratitude for the influence it has bestowed upon the United States.”
.... Read the news article in full at
http://christiannewswire.com/news/3435316793.html


     ACTS 27 – TRAVEL TO ROME
by Phil Long
There are eleven or twelve accounts of Paul traveling by sea in the book of Acts, about 3000 miles in all. Yet this chapter gives bay far the most detail of a journey by sea in the Bible, and even in the rest of ancient literature. Given the fact that Luke has carefully designed the rest of this two volume history, we should probably pause to wonder why he includes such a great amount of detail to the journey to Rome. It is not just that it is an exciting story (his readers were getting bored?) or that he was trying to fill out a scroll. There is a literary and theological reason for Luke’s inclusion of this lengthy story.

That Luke is traveling with Paul may account for the detail. Often ancient historians would write up to the time in which they are living and include themselves in the story in order to build credibility. Consider Josephus, who summarized all of Jewish history up to the time of the Jewish revolt. So too Thucydidies, who wrote his history of the Peloponesian War and included his own participation at various points. This shipwreck functions to give Luke credibility – he witnessed the events himself and was a participant in the history he tells. A Greco-Roman reader would expect this sort of thing if the book of Acts was to be seen as credible.... Read this in full at
http://readingacts.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/acts-27-travel-to-rome/


     MOTHER'S DAY: MAY 8, 2011
The driving force behind Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She finally succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.... Read this in full at
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff07.html


     ISRAEL UNVEILS HIKING TRAIL FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS
Israel hopes to attract Christian tourists with a new pilgrimage route unveiled this week in the Galilee, a network of footpaths, roads and bicycle paths linking sites central to the lives of Jesus and his disciples.

Developing sites linked to Jewish history has long been a priority for the Jewish state. But the Gospel Trail, inaugurated April 14 by Israeli tourism officials, is a nod to the growing number of Christians traveling to the country in recent years, outnumbering Jewish visitors.

More than two-thirds of the 3.45 million tourists in Israel last year were Christian, double the amount of the previous year, and about 40% of them defined themselves as religious pilgrims, according to Israel's Tourism Ministry.

The 40-mile (60-kilometer) trail in northern Israel passes sites including Tabgha, the traditional site of Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes, and the Mount of Beatitudes, where he delivered his Sermon on the Mount. It ends at Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus espoused his teachings.... Read this in full at
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110415/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_gospel_trail


     FOLLOW JESUS
Every time the disciples started establishing rules -- no children near Jesus; don't let the crowd touch Jesus; don't talk to Samaritan women; don't let people waste expensive perfumes -- Jesus told them to knock it off, and his rebuke was usually followed by a lecture that said, "You still don't get it! We're not substituting religious rules with our rules. We are substituting religious rules with Me!" Jesus kept saying "Follow Me," not "follow My rules." So most of us have spent our Christian lives learning what we can't do instead of celebrating what we can do in Jesus.”
Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 53



     VERSE TO PONDER
"Jesus said to them, 'The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.'"
John 12:35-36



     CONSIDER
That the Potter should die for His clay is a stupendous miracle.”
Lynn Landrum



     TONY DUNGY SAYS YOUTH NEED ADULTS' 'FAITH IN ACTION'
Today's youth need adults to be actively involved in their lives to encourage them to be "uncommon," former NFL coach Tony Dungy said. "You never know what small step can make a big difference in young people's lives."

Dungy, keynote speaker for an April 18 banquet in behalf of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., underscored the importance of children and teenagers being true to themselves and not simply following the crowd. Too often, youth are bombarded with the messages that drugs and alcohol are OK, that education is not important and that sexual promiscuity is acceptable, Dungy said.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=35093


     THE HIDDEN EXODUS: CATHOLICS BECOMING PROTESTANTS
by Thomas Reese
The number of people who have left the Catholic church is huge. We all have heard stories about why people leave. Parents share stories about their children. Academics talk about their students. Everyone has a friend who has left.

While personal experience can be helpful, social science research forces us to look beyond our circle of acquaintances to see what is going on in the whole church.

The US Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic.... Read this in full at
http://ncronline.org/news/hidden-exodus-catholics-becoming-protestants


     CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP A BOON TO CHURCHES
Amid all the grim statistics about the future of the church, there’s one shining ray of hope: Contemporary worship services have the power to recharge a congregation, even to serve as a catalyst for growth.

A new survey of US congregations shows that more churches are turning to contemporary worship services, with good results. The Faith Communities Today 2008 survey shows that 64% of congregations with contemporary worship have a strong sense of God’s presence in worship, and 94% felt that the words “reverent, joyful, and thought-provoking” described their relaxed worship style “very well.”

Though it’s not always clear why a praise band, overhead projector and casual dress codes have struck such a chord, David Roozen, the survey’s principal investigator and the director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, has a few hunches.... Read this in full at
http://religioninsights.org/contemporary-worship-boon-churches


     CHICK-FIL-A CEO: JESUS TEACHINGS HELPED INCREASE SALES
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy wasn’t shy about his faith April 15 when he attributed the huge increase in sales at the fast food chain to the wisdom found in the teachings of Jesus. Pointing to Matthew 5, 6, and 7, Cathy half-jokingly told the crowd of over 600 people that the Sermon on the Mount is a sermon on how to operate a Chick-fil-A restaurant and how to deal with disgruntled customers.

So when we probed into this one scripture verse it led us to a radical service makeover within our organization. It became high touch and high tech all at the same time, but particularly high touch,” said Cathy at Biola University’s second annual Imagination Summit.

Jesus taught his followers to go the extra mile, to turn the other cheek when someone strikes them, and to repay someone that hurts them with kindness, the Christian business leader pointed out.... Read this in full at
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=148716


     JESUS WAS NEVER TOO BUSY
by Abraham Piper
Sometimes I pretend I don't have time. All the tasks on my to-do list are incredibly important. I'm too busy to answer that email. Too busy to help my neighbor—anyway, I don't even speak Spanish. And I can't give my wife a hand—too much to do. I've got a meeting. I've got to get the sermon posted. I'm blogging. Terribly important, indeed.

Then there's Jesus. When his cousin and friend John the Baptist had just been beheaded, Jesus tried to go to a lonely place to mourn, but the crowds beat him there. He healed their sick and he served them all dinner. Only then, in the evening, did he get a chance to be alone. And even that was interrupted (Matthew 14:10-25).... Read this in full at
http://www.christianity.com/Home/Christian%20Living%20Features/11596581/


     LOMA LINDA RESIDENTS SAY GOODBYE TO SUNDAY MAIL
Loma Linda, California’s 21,000 residents are predominantly Seventh-day Adventists, who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. For 81 years the post office went along, giving Loma Linda on Sundays the mail delivery that almost all of the country gets on Saturdays, according to local media reports. But costs and technology are forcing an end to Sunday delivery, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Carrier supervisor Duane Hubbard told the paper that the postal service's computers don't recognize Sunday as a workday, meaning the local office is unable to communicate with any other agency offices then.... Read this in full at
http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mail18.20e6de1.html


     THE BIBLICAL ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN SONG
by Lorenzo Candelaria
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in a thought-provoking book (The Spirit of the Liturgy) that "the importance of music in biblical religion is shown very simply by the fact that the verb 'to sing' (with related words such as 'song,' and so forth) is one of the most commonly used words in the Bible." Of roughly 345 appearances of "singing" in the Old and New Testaments, the very first mention sounds the basic theme for the rest: praising God for salvation.

We first read of singing in Exodus, chapter 15, where it makes its appearance in quite dramatic fashion: The Red Sea parts and the people of Israel are delivered, definitively, from Egyptian slavery by the very hand of God. In response, Moses and the Israelites sing to the Lord. In their song, they recount their deliverance and they ponder its significance; Aaron's sister Miriam joyfully takes up the tambourine; the women dance.... Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorenzo-candelaria/the-biblical-roots-of-chr_b_849998.html


     CHRIST'S SLOGAN FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
What would you identify as the slogan [for followers of Christ]? Jesus lays it out in Luke 9:23 when he extends an invitation to follow him. ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’

What’s it look like to die every day? Well, dying to yourself today may mean spending your lunch hour serving food to the homeless at the shelter down the street from your office. It may mean that next time you're talking with your neighbor, instead of playing it safe and keeping comfortable you bring Jesus into the conversation. Dying to yourself may mean changing your vacation plans, and instead of taking your kids to Disney this year, you take them to the Dominican Republic and volunteer in the feeding centers where hundreds of kids come each day for their only meal. Dying to yourself may mean walking by that empty room in your house and asking God if there is an orphan child in another country that should be sleeping in that bed. Dying to yourself may mean that you selflessly love a spouse who has cheated you out of the marriage you so desperately wanted.

Taking up a cross and dying to myself sounds like torture. We think that such a decision would make us miserable. Is that what it means to follow Jesus? But when we die to ourselves and completely surrender to him, there is a surprising side effect to dying; we discover true life. In a twist of irony, we find that giving up our lives gives us the life we so desperately wanted all along.”
Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus



     THE SEMINARY BUBBLE
by Jerry Bowyer
Imagine an institution that requires its leaders to attend not only college, but graduate school. Imagine that the graduate school in question is constitutionally forbidden from receiving any form of government aid, that it typically requires three years of full-time schooling for the diploma, that the nature of the schooling bears almost no resemblance to the job in question, and that the pay for graduates is far lower than other professions. You have just imagined the relationship between the Christian Church and her seminaries.... Read this in full at
http://blogs.forbes.com/jerrybowyer/2011/04/20/the-seminary-bubble/


     POLL: AMERICANS SEE CLASH BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY, CAPITALISM
Are Christianity and capitalism a marriage made in heaven, as some conservatives believe, or more of a strained relationship in need of some serious couples' counseling?

A new poll released April 21 finds that more Americans (44%) see the free market system at odds with Christian values than those who don't (36%), whether they are white evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Catholics, or minority Christians.

But in other demographic breakdowns, several categories lean the other way: Republicans and Tea Party members, college graduates and members of high-income households view the systems as more compatible than not.... Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/20/poll-americans-see-clash-_n_851712.html


     THE THERMOMETER
60 degrees Fahrenheit - Californians put their sweaters on.

50 degrees - Miami residents turn on the heat.

45 degrees - Vermont residents go to outdoor concert.

40 degrees - Minnesotans go swimming.

35 degrees - Italian cars don't start.

32 degrees - Distilled water freezes.

30 degrees - Philadelphia landlords turn on the heat.

25 degrees - Canadians go swimming.

20 degrees - Lake Erie water freezes.

15 degrees - French cars don't start.

10 degrees - You need jumper cables to get the car going.

5 degrees - American cars don't start.

0 degrees - Alaskans put on T-shirts.

-10 degrees - German cars don't start.

-15 degrees - Miami residents cease to exist.

-20 degrees - Japanese cars don't start.

-25 degrees - You need jumper cables to get the driver going.

-30 degrees - Swedish cars don't start.

-35 degrees - North Dakotans button the top button.

-40 degrees - Alaskans close the bathroom window.

-45 degrees - Green Bay Packer fans order hot cocoa at the game.

-50 degrees - Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets.

-80 degrees - Hell freezes over; Chicago teams sweep all championships!
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com


     CONSIDER
Sin is not misfortune; sin is not error or ignorance. Sin is a choice against what you know pleases God. If you lose this meaning of sin, you lose the beauty of forgiveness.”
Robert H. O’Bannon



     VERSE TO PONDER
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Romans 10:9-10



     THIS WEEK'S HYMN: THE DAY OF RESURRECTION
Words: John of Damascus (675-749); translated from Greek to English by John M. Neale, 1862
Music: Henry T. Smart, 1835

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;
The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
Our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;
And listening to His accents, may hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth the song begin!
Let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/d/a/dayofres.htm


     ON PRAYER
Prayer has everything to do with molding the soul into the image of God, and has everything to do with enhancing and enlarging the measure of Divine grace. It has everything to do with enriching, broadening and maturing the soul's experience of God. That man cannot possibly be called a Christian, who does not pray.”
E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), The Necessity of Prayer [1907], Lulu, 2007, p. 26



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

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

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

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

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

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


    
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Tell us what sites you find enjoyable and why.

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All links to websites are provided as a service, and do not imply endorsement by this ministry.

(BTW: whenever the URLs in this newsletter are too long to turn into links on your e-mail program, just copy the entire URL (two lines or more) and paste it into a temporary email message. Then delete the return in the middle of it and copy it again. Then paste it into your web browser and hit enter.)


I'm not sure how ambivalent I should be.
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com


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CONNECTIONS is a periodic newsletter of announcements, news, recommendations, articles, and other information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!


The CONNECTIONS Team offers a variety of activities for men to interact with other men on our journey of faith in Christ together. Large group, small group, and one-to-one events encourage relationship building and spiritual strengthening that result in maximizing the potential we all have in Christ.
Contact Min. Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, frank@frankcoleman.com if you'd like to participate in a men's discipleship program.
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