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though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you
are with me; your rod and your staff -- they comfort me. You
prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and
mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell
in the house of the Lord my whole life long."
were not enough to hold God-and-man nailed and fastened on the
Cross, had not love held Him there.”
Catherine of Siena
(1347-1380), Saint Catherine of Siena as seen in her letters, J.
M. Dent, 1906, p. 42
BIN LADEN KILLING IS JUSTICE SERVED
military forces killed Osama bin Laden early May 2 in Pakistan,
nearly a decade after terrorist strikes he supervised resulted in
the deaths of almost 3,000 people in the deadliest day of attacks
ever against the United States on its own soil.
Obama announced the killing of the leader of the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks in a late-night address May 1 to the country, saying,
"Justice has been done." He said the death of the leader
of the militant Islamic organization al-Qaida "should be
welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity."
avoiding capture or killing for nearly 10 years, bin Laden, 54,
died at the hands of an elite U.S. military team in a "firefight"
at a heavily secured, northern Pakistani compound where he may
have lived for as much as six years.... Read this in full at
Death of Osama bin Laden: What Kind of Justice Has Been Done?”
by Michael Horton
Justice Has Been Done in the Killing of Osama bin Laden” by
Not Gloat' over Osama bin Laden's Death” by Warren Larson
WILKERSON: 'INFLUENTIAL' LONG BEFORE THE 'TIME 100'
man of vast, life-altering influence for decades for thousands of
people has died but many who talk about influence today in the
Time 100 list and social media don't know his name -- Rev. David
Wilkerson. He was killed in a head-on car accident in Texas April
founded the Time Square Church, now a non-denominational
megachurch of 8,000 members, back when this was a crossroads of
iniquity, not a place where the Christian Cross was much discussed
among X-rated establishments. And Wilkerson founded a faith-based
program to wean addicts off drugs. Known as Teen Challenge, it now
has branches worldwide.
a writer and an evangelist, Wilkerson was "influential"
long before Time Magazine annual list of the names with clout in
culture, politics and entertainment.... Read this in full at
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY APPROVES THE COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE FOR
OFFICIAL SCHOOL USE
Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, has approved the new Common
English Bible (@CommonEngBible) as a translation for use in
biblical studies courses for its more than 4,000 students, and
particularly for all master's-level instruction in the seminary's
School of Theology, School of Psychology, and School of
Intercultural Studies on all eight of its campuses.
mission is to prepare men and women for the manifold ministries of
Christ and his church. We work out this calling with an eye toward
both academic excellence and service to the church. The Biblical
Division's decision to approve the Common English Bible for
classroom use reflects these commitments," says J. R. Daniel
Kirk, assistant professor of New Testament at Fuller. "We've
approved the Common English Bible because it's an academically
excellent translation, because it communicates the underlying
Greek and Hebrew texts in a clear and accessible fashion, and
because it reflects the reality that the communities for which the
Bible was written consist of both women and men." .... Read
this in full at
God's Wisdom Means for You
wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best
means to those goals.”
know that God works all things together for good for those who
love him, who are called according to his purpose’ (Rom.
8:28). Here Paul affirms that God does work wisely in all the
things that come into our lives, and that through all these things
he advances us toward the goal of conformity to the image of
Christ (Rom. 8:29). It should be our great confidence and a source
of peace day by day to know that God causes all things to move us
toward the ultimate goal he has for our lives, namely, that we
might be like Christ and thereby bring glory to him. Such
confidence enabled Paul to accept his "thorn in the flesh"
(2 Cor. 12:7) as something that, though painful, God in his wisdom
had chosen not to remove (2 Cor. 12:8-10).
day of our lives, we may quiet our discouragement with the comfort
that comes from the knowledge of God's infinite wisdom: if we are
his children, we can know that he is working wisely in our lives,
even today, to bring us into greater conformity into the image of
can ask God confidently for wisdom when we need it, for he
promises in his Word, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him
ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching,
and it will be given him’ (James 1:5). This wisdom, or skill
in living a life pleasing to God, comes primarily from reading and
obeying his Word: ‘The testimony of the Lord is sure, making
wise the simple’ (Ps. 19:7; cf. Deut. 4:6-8).” Wayne
Grudem in Systematic Theology
ORGANIZES KJV BIBLE FLASH MOB MAY 2
400 years old and red in some places? The King James Version of
the Bible. Now, the creators of YouVersion, a digital version of
the Bible, are organizing a flash mob around the King James
Version of the Good Book to celebrate its 400th anniversary—and
it may be read all over.... Read this in full at
PALAU FINDS OPEN DOORS AND CHALLENGES IN RECENT TRIP TO VIETNAM
evangelist and author Luis Palau joined with church leaders to
help pave the way for historic Easter celebrations earlier this
month in Vietnam. Joined by his son and fellow evangelist Andrew
Palau, both had the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus
Christ openly on several occasions, focusing their efforts on Ho
Chi Minh City (pop. 7.1 million) and Hanoi (pop. 6.5 million).
several of the events were met with resistance -- requiring
last-minute changes in Ho Chi Minh City as well as cancellation of
events in Hanoi -- more than 35,000 people heard the Good News in
person and several thousand more watched through live Internet
streaming of the historic, two-day festival in Ho Chi Minh City on
April 9 and 10. The executive committee reported that more than
5,500 individuals made documented decisions for Jesus Christ as a
result of the campaign. Each one was given a Vietnamese New
Testament as a start to their discipleship process.... Read this
in full at
has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who
have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the
resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam
all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."
please teach me to appreciate what I have before time forces me to
appreciate what I had.”
Susan L. Lenzkes
ENROLLMENTS SHOWING UPTURN
enrollment is up for the first time in four years at seminaries of
the Association of Theological Schools—thanks to the
addition of 11 new schools to the roster of North America's
those newly admitted seminaries and their fall enrollments of
about 1,000 students, officials at the Pittsburgh-based ATS would
have noted yet another downward tick in the totals. Instead, the
75,431 students studying for the ministry at 261 institutions rose
.6% from a year earlier.
at 245 schools that have been members for at least five years, ATS
says the news was still good. The decline "has slowed to a
rate of .8 percent between 2009 and 2010," said Eliza Smith
Brown, director of communications and external relations. It had
dropped 3.6% in the fall of 2008—the largest single-year
drop in four years.
of the 11 seminaries admitted last year fell into ATS's category
of evangelical institutions. Two are Catholic-related and two are
listed as mainline.... Read this in full at
DOES HOLINESS LOOK LIKE?
along the way I picked up some wrongheaded ideas about holiness. I
had the idea that to be holy means to have one's head in the
clouds. To be otherworldly. To live a life largely defined by
rules and restrictions and don'ts - don't smoke, don't drink,
don't cuss, don't chew, and don't associate with people who do.
Even when I began to grow out of these false impressions, I still
thought of holy people as those who carried around an aura of
highly developed religious refinement. They were churchgoers,
Bible readers, fasters and prayers, and maybe just a little too
heavenly to be of any earthly use.
did [Jesus] demonstrate holiness? Maybe the best answer is
the one he gave to John the Baptist when John [asked] whether
Jesus was the One they had been expecting God to send. To confirm
that he was God's Holy One, Jesus did not send back the answer we
might expect: ‘Tell John that I pray five times a day ...
never miss a synagogue meeting, burn the midnight oil studying the
holy scrolls, avoid everything unclean, and wouldn't touch a drop
of wine even with gloves on.’ Instead, he responded, ‘Go
back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen - the blind
see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead
are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the
poor’ (Matt. 11:4-5 NLT).
Jesus shows us [holiness] doesn't mean praying long, eloquent
prayers [or] saying "praise the Lord" a lot; or
holding up your hands in church. It means getting those hands
involved in God's work. Getting them dirty. Being holy means
feeding the hungry, seeing to the needs of the sick, helping
people in trouble, and comforting them in grief. It means letting
your hands be instruments of God's love. It means opening your
life to God's Holy Spirit and allowing him to use you to bless
Michael W. Smith in A Simple Blessing: The
Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer
ATHEISTS BE CHAPLAINS IN MILITARY? NAE THINKS NOT
atheists be able to serve as military chaplains? The head of the
largest representative body of chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces
and Veterans Administration doesn't think so.
recent New York Times article highlighted the case made by
humanist organizations and atheists that humanist chaplains are
needed to serve nonbelievers in the military. One humanist group
has asked for an audience with the chiefs of chaplains to discuss
in on the issue, Paul Vicalvi, executive director of National
Association of Evangelicals Chaplain Commission, which represents
over 1,200 chaplains in the military, said he was "puzzled"
when he heard of the request.... Read this in full at
LINKS WILLINGNESS TO CHEAT, VIEWPOINT ON GOD
new study on the link between one's view of God and willingness to
cheat on a test is the latest example of social scientists wading
into the highly charged field of religion and morality.
study, titled "Mean Gods Make Good People: Different Views of
God Predict Cheating Behavior" was peer reviewed and
published in the International Journal for the Psychology of
line with many previous studies, it found no difference between
the ethical behavior of believers and nonbelievers. But those who
believed in a loving, compassionate God were more likely to cheat
than those who believed in an angry, punitive God.... Read this in
REVOLUTION AND THE CHURCH
Michael O. Emerson
of us have heard a variation of this statement: “The United
States is becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse.
To stay ‘relevant,’ we must adapt to this new
have often wondered exactly what this statement is supposed to
mean for the church. Does it mean that churches filled primarily
with white or black persons should somehow forget such folks and
focus on other people? Does it mean churches should start playing
some imagined stereotypical Hispanic music? It is never clear.
Rather, it seems as if the statement is typically more a veiled
threat: get hip (somehow) or disappear.
getting hip. The growing diversity is a gift from God, a blessing
for the church.
I get ahead of myself. Let’s first carefully consider the
facts of the demographic transitions occurring in the US, and then
let’s think just as carefully about what they mean for
ministry.... Read this in full at
problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God
who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial
meaning to the word ‘love.’”
C. S. Lewis
message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
WEEK'S HYMN: THE LORD OF LIFE IS RISEN
Johann P. Lange, 1832; translated from German to English by Henry
Alice Nevin, 1879
Lord of life is risen;
Easter heralds, sing!
bursts His rocky prison;
let the triumph ring!
death no longer lying,
rose, the Prince, today;
of the dead and dying,
triumphed o’er decay.
Lord of life is risen,
love no longer grieves;
ruin lies death’s prison,
heralds, Jesus lives!
hear the blessèd greeting;
work is done!
worship Thee, repeating,
for the dead is won!”
Thy tomb, O Jesus,
sweet the Easter breath;
we not in the breezes,
is thy sting, O death?”
hell flies in commotion,
heavens their anthems sing;
far o’er earth and ocean
publish this salvation,
heralds, through the earth,
every buried nation
the day of birth!
rising from their slumbers,
long and ancient night
countless heathen numbers
hail the Easter light.
hail, our Jesus risen!
ransomed brethren, sing!
death’s dark, gloomy prison
Easter chorals ring!
haste, ye captive legions,
your glad reprieve;
forth from sin’s dark regions;
Jesus’ kingdom live!
a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite and
vivid consciousness that we are talking to God and should believe
that He is listening to our petition and is going to grant the
thing that we ask of Him. We should look to the Holy Spirit to
really lead us into the presence of God and should not be hasty in
words until He has actually brought us there."
Torrey, in How to Pray
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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