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is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has
to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached
perfection in love."
1 John 4:18
is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation,
without procrastination, love.”
RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS HUMAN
NATURE, HUGE NEW STUDY CLAIMS
comes naturally, even instinctively, to human beings, a massive
new study of cultures all around the world suggests.
tend to see purpose in the world," Oxford University
professor Roger Trigg said May 12. "We see agency. We think
that something is there even if you can't see it. ... All this
tends to build up to a religious way of thinking."
is co-director of the three-year Oxford-based project, which
incorporated more than 40 different studies by dozens of
researchers looking at countries from China to Poland and the
United States to Micronesia.
around the world came up with similar findings, including
widespread belief in some kind of afterlife and an instinctive
tendency to suggest that natural phenomena happen for a
purpose.... Read this in full at
LOVE: A PARAPHRASE OF 1
I talk a lot about God, the Bible, and Church, but I fail to ask
about other people's needs, I'm simply making a lot of empty
I graduate from theological seminary and know all the answers to
questions you'll never even think of asking, and if I have all the
degrees to prove it.and if I say I believe in God with all my
heart, soul, and strength, claiming to have incredible answers to
my prayers, but I fail to take the time to find out what makes
others laugh and why they cry, I'm nothing.
I sell an extra car and some of my books to raise money for poor
starving kids somewhere, and if I give my life for God's service
and burn out after pouring everything I have into the work, but do
it all without ever once caring about the people, the real hurting
people-the moms and dads and sons and daughters and orphans and
widows and the lonely and forgotten-if I pour my life into the
Kingdom but forget to love those here on earth, my energy is
wasted, and so is my life.
is what love is like.genuine love. God's kind of love. It's
patient. It can wait.
helps others, even if they never find out who assisted them. Love
doesn't look for greener pastures. Love doesn't boast. It doesn't
try to build itself up to be something it isn't.
doesn't act in a loose, immoral way. It doesn't seek to take, but
it willingly gives. Love doesn't lose its temper. It doesn't keep
changing its mind. Love doesn't think about how difficult the
other person is, and certainly doesn't think of how it could get
back at someone. Love is grieved deeply over the evil in this
world, but it rejoices over truth.
comes and sits with you when you're feeling down and finds out
what is wrong. It empathizes with you and believes in you. Love
knows you'll come through just as God planned, and love carries on
to the end. It doesn't give up, quit, diminish, or go home.
perseveres, even when everything goes wrong and the feelings leave
and the other person doesn't seem as special anymore. Love
succeeds 100 percent of the time.
my friend, is what genuine love is!
Patrick Morley, PhD
is the glue that holds us together, and the oil that keeps us from
rubbing each other the wrong way.
to "neighbor love" -- the New Commandment (see Matthew
22:37-39). Jesus did not say, "By this all men will know you
are my disciples, if you perfect your theology." Right
theology is important, and bad theology is deadly. Yet lost and
lonely people are not attracted by excellent theology (though ours
should be excellent).
Jesus did say was, "By this all men will know you are my
disciples, if you love one another" ( John 13:35). People are
attracted to us by the way we love one another.
the second century church, Christians were accused of treason (not
pledging allegiance to the Emperor), cannibalism (drinking
Christ's blood and eating his body), and sexual immorality (the
kiss of peace). Yet against this backdrop the early church
expanded rapidly. God was at work in the way Christians loved each
other and the unlovely. Julian the Apostate, a pagan, said, "Those
impious Christians. They support not only their own poor, but ours
too." It had quite an effect. It still does.
to see people the way Jesus sees people. "When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36). He
is patient, wanting all to come to repentance. His patience means
salvation (2 Peter 3:9, 15).
reconciliation precedes worship (Matthew 5:23-24). Teach your men
how to resolve conflict and heal broken relationships. A cut on
your body cannot heal unless the two separated pieces are brought
into contact with each other. Likewise, two people can't heal
until they are brought together.
task-oriented men want to be more relationship-oriented, but it
goes against their nature. Tell them, "Choose to make the
relationship into your task. Say to yourself until you grasp and
believe this: 'The relationship is the task.' Turn spending time
with your wife into a task-calendarize it if that makes you feel
COUNTDOWN TO FATHER’S DAY
D.J. Young, founder of www.Wisdom4Dads.com
Day, Sunday, June 19, 2011, helps many of us focus on our dad’s
contributions to our life. According to the US Census Bureau, 67.8
million US men are fathers. Of that number, 25.8 million are
traditional fathers living with their wife and their own children
under the age of 18. Another 2.0 million are single fathers.
of the status of each father, there are children to be loved and
cared for. I wonder, though, how many grown children could have
this story as their own.
Monday Hank, age 27, sits across the table from me at a local
coffee shop, his long hair dangling out from under a blue stocking
cap pulled down to his eye brows and ears. Hank is wearing a bulky
outfit and his scruffy beard, several days old, is frosted over a
sad smile.... Read this in full at
COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE REPLACES
TNIV AT SEMINARY
the wake of the death of the TNIV, a premier evangelical seminary
has adopted a brand new Bible translation, called the Common
English Bible, to take its place.
Theological Seminary approved the Common English Bible for
official school use in April following news that Zondervan's
updated New International Version will replace any prior
renditions of the translation, including the 2005 Today's New
of the major draws for the CEB was its gender-inclusive language,
according to members of the Bible translation committee at Fuller.
wanted something that was an academically excellent translation
from Greek and Hebrew, and one that reflected our strong position
regarding women in leadership," Dr. Joel B. Green, professor
of New Testament Interpretation and one of the committee members
for Bible translations at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena,
Calif., told The Christian Post.... Read this in full at
WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE REVOLVE
was reading about a strange baptism practice. When the church
would baptize one of the [Knights Templar], they would be baptized
with their sword, but they wouldn’t take their swords under
water with them. Instead they would hold their swords up out of
the water while the rest of them would be immersed. It was the
knights’ way of saying to Jesus, ‘You can have control
of me but you can’t have this. Jesus, I’m all yours,
but who I am and what I do on the battlefield, how I use this
sword, that’s not part of the deal.’ And if that was
still the practice today, we might not hold up a sword, but my
guess is that many would hold up a wallet. Some would hold up a
remote control. Others would hold up a laptop.
fans say to Jesus, ‘I will follow. Anything and everything I
have, I give to you.’ But Jesus points to what you’re
hiding behind your back and says, ‘What about that?’
For Nicodemus it was a religious reputation. For the Rich Young
Ruler it was his stuff.
Pam Jesus was asking, ‘What about food?’ For years she
turned to food rather than Jesus as her source of comfort and
satisfaction. Jesus asked [Steve], ‘What about your
entertainment choices?’ Jesus says to Stephanie, ‘What
about your kids?’ [Her] life revolved around her kids. Her
kids were where she found her greatest joy. Her kids were the
source of her greatest fears and anxiety.
one thing we are most reluctant to give up is the one thing that
has the most potential to become a substitute for him. When we
finally surrender that one thing, we discover the satisfaction
that comes from following Jesus that was always missing when we
were holding something back.”
Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan:
Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
DONORS PROCEED WITH CAUTION,
economy has changed many aspects of American life. A new research
study by the Barna Group explores how the charitable landscape has
changed over the last two-and-a-half years. The study examines how
many Americans have been affected by the economic downturn, how
this has influenced their donations, and their outlook on economic
vast majority of Americans (77%) reported being personally touched
by the nation’s financial difficulties. About one-quarter
(28%) indicated they have been affected in a “major way.”
These indicators are unchanged from 15 months ago (75%, 27%,
when compared to the time period when the economy first nose-dived
– roughly 30 months ago - the research confirms that the
economic pressure on American households has been building. In
November 2008 68% said they had personally been affected and only
22% felt affected in a major way.... Read this in full at
DOCUMENTARY REVEALS THE STORY
OF THE STEEL CROSS AT GROUND ZERO
have described the recent headline news of the death of Osama Bin
Laden as victory, justice, and closure. As news of the death of
the mastermind of the deadliest attack on American soil spread,
after a nearly decade long hunt, stories, memories, emotion and
united patriotism have emerged — including that of 9/11
First Responder John Picarello.
a Firefighter personally affected by the attacks of 9/11/01, I do
feel a sense of closure, as if a decade long chapter of my life
has come to an end. I can now turn the page and look to the
future. As a Pastor there is a sense of Divine justice, although
God is long suffering in His dealings with all people; vengeance
and recompense belong to Him, and those who shed innocent blood He
calls to account for it." said John Picarello, whose personal
story as a 9/11 First Responder is depicted in The Cross and The
Towers (www.thecrossandthetowers.com).... Read this in full at
MAY 20 IS NATIONAL DAY OF
PRAYER FOR CREATION CARE
Let us examine our own hearts and lifestyles: Am I living
modestly, frugally and practicing conservation?
Let us offer repentance for America’s bad example to the
world of extravagance, waste and pollution, while so many in the
world suffer lack and need the basic provisions of food, clean
water, sanitation, medical care, and help to cope with climate
crisis; ask that the Lord intervene and help the US break from its
addiction to foreign and un-sustainable sources of energy,
especially fossil fuels.
Let us pray that God will grant “wisdom from above”
and instruct and guide the church to teach and lead by example in
stewardship, biblical ecology, and creation care; pray for
eco-friendly church facilities.
Let us pray that the Lord will turn Americans away from lifestyles
of luxurious consumption, waste and decadence and back toward
biblical principles and lifestyles of moderation, frugality and
Let us pray that God will grant wisdom, knowledge, understanding
and courage to local, state and federal officials to call America
back to its founding principles of conservation and ethical
enterprise.... Read this in full at
SPIRITUAL BASIC TRAINING
a soldier faces combat, he or she must attend basic training.
Training is both physical and psychological as these courageous
men and women prepare to fight and defend. They don't train as a
precaution, "in case you happen to encounter an enemy"
but with full knowledge that a very real enemy is out there and
that war is life-threatening, especially if you go in unprepared.
Christian life is often compared to war, with believers as
soldiers fighting the enemy of our souls. Every new convert steps
from the altar of salvation into the world of temptation, doubt,
and false teaching with no training in how to combat the enemy's
attacks and avoid his landmines. Jeff and James Jay have served in
both military and Christian service and believe that discipleship
is crucial to a believer's survival. Their new book "Bible
Basic Training" offers believers "foundational
instruction that can lead to a lifetime of spiritual fitness,
ongoing weapons training and continuing education on enemy
tactics." It includes valuable basics of the faith and what
it means to be a follower of Christ; how to develop a firm
foundation of prayer, Bible reading, service within the church,
and developing personal relationships with other believers; how to
be armed and ready for combat duty, and much more.
brothers and authors have fought both literal and spiritual
warfare in their years of military service and ministry. Jeff Jay
is an Assemblies of God pastor with over twenty years of
ministerial experience and he has served as an active duty Army
Chaplain for the past several years with two tours to "Operation
Iraqi Freedom." James Jay has a myriad of church ministry
experience, including teaching and music ministry. He spent four
years in the United States Army as an Infantryman during
"Operation Desert Storm." Both believe that there is
more to the Christian life than mere survival. "God's weapons
of warfare -- his power, grace and love -- are available daily for
those who desire to dutifully serve their 'Commander-in-Chief.'"
FOR SOME, HELPING WITH DISASTER
RELIEF IS NOT JUST AID, IT’S A CALLING
a chain of command so tightly-run it would make a military officer
proud, the Southern Baptist teams have been the backbone of
disaster relief from the South's tornadoes.... Read this in full
END OF AN ERA
Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ECUADOR (ANS) - "The "dah-di-dit" code tapping that
opens the DX Partyline (DXPL) radio program for shortwave
hobbyists will fall silent this month, moving the popular program
to history's pages."
wrote Ralph Kurtenbach in a story for HCJB Global (www.hcjb.org)
who went on to say that the program will end with broadcasts the
weekend of May 28-29, exactly 50 years after it first aired on
Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, on May 28, 1961.... Read
this in full at
VERSE TO PONDER
Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of
your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it
known; in wrath may you remember mercy."
not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
6-IN-10 SAY IT IS WRONG TO
CELEBRATE DEATH OF BIN LADEN
(62%) Americans agree it is wrong to celebrate the death of
another human being, no matter how bad that person was, a new
national survey finds.
new PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, conducted by Public Religion
Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service just
days after the news of Osama bin Laden's death, also finds that
60% of Americans believe the Bible's admonition not to "rejoice
when your enemies fall" applies to how Americans should react
to bin Laden's death.
broad agreement that it is wrong to celebrate Osama bin Laden's
death is striking, especially because nearly two-thirds of
Americans also believe that bin Laden will be eternally punished
in hell for his sins," said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of
Public Religion Research Institute. "Interestingly, nearly
half of the religiously unaffiliated say bin Laden will be
punished in hell for his sins."
new survey also finds that Americans are divided on the morality
and efficacy of torture. Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree that
the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain
important information is never justified, compared to 43% who
disagree.... Read this in full at
MISSOURIANS WILL VOTE ON
EXPANDING FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE IN STATE CONSTITUTION
November 2012, Missouri voters will vote on a proposed state
constitutional amendment that, if passed, will expand the language
of the religious freedom protections in the current Art. I, Sec. 5
of the Missouri Constitution. HJR 2, approved by the House in
March was approved by the state Senate May 10. In addition to
making the language of the free exercise provisions gender
neutral, the new Art. I, Sec. 5 will add a laundry list of
protections:.... Read this in full at
HOW REMBRANDT REINVENTED JESUS
Christ really have awesome abs? Western art has frequently
stumbled over the contradiction between the ascetic figure of
Jesus of Nazareth and the iconography of Christ inspired by the
heroic, Hellenistic ideal: Christ as beautiful, tall, and
broad-shouldered, God's wide receiver; blue-eyed, fair-haired, a
straight aquiline nose, Christ as European prince.
van Rijn, in a career rich with artistic innovation, begged to
differ. A new exhibition at Paris's Louvre museum — and
coming to Philadelphia and Detroit later this year — shows
in dozens of oils, charcoal sketches and oak-panel studies how the
17th-century Dutch painter virtually reinvented the depiction of
Jesus and arrived at a more realistic portrait.
"Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus" shows, before
Rembrandt painters tended to reiterate the conventional imagery of
Christ. Catalog authors Larry Silver, of the University of
Pennsylvania, and Shelley Perlove, of the University of
Michigan-Dearborn, call this "the predictable majesty"
of the subject.... Read this in full at
ONE STUDY SHOWED THAT GOING TO
CHURCH IS ASSOCIATED WITH SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCES IN HOW YOUNG MEN
James Q. Wilson
book has two messages. First, religion reduces crime. Second, look
what happens to scholars who say this is true. The first argument
rests on the work of Byron R. Johnson, a professor at Baylor
University in Waco, Texas, who compiled a survey of every study
between 1944 and 2010 that measured the possible effect of
religion on crime. He found 273 such studies. As he reports in
"More God, Less Crime," even though their authors used
different methods and assessed different groups of people, 90% of
these studies found that more religiosity resulted in less crime.
Only 2% found that religion produced more crime. (The remaining 8%
found no relationship either way.)
this prove that religion reduces crime? Not precisely, for these
are all quasi-experimental studies. If they were truly
experimental and thus carried greater intellectual weight, the
researchers would direct people, none of whom had any religion,
either to acquire and practice one or to remain godless and
thereby stay in the control group. We would then compare the
groups' crime rates. Doing this would be immoral, illegal and
impractical, and so we are left with studies that compare
religious and nonreligious people and try to control statistically
for other factors that might explain away the religion-and-crime
link.... Read this in full at
JESUIT TO BECOME CHAPLAIN OF
Jesuit will be sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of
Representatives on May 25, when he will become the first member of
his order and second consecutive Catholic priest to serve the
chaplain, the Rev. Patrick Conroy will be in charge of opening
House sessions with prayer, coordinating guest chaplains,
counseling members of the House community, and arranging memorial
services, weddings, and funerals.
does not aspire to become the chaplain to a chamber of Congress,"
Conroy, 60, says. "I am also humbled by the confidence my
Jesuit superiors are demonstrating in making me available to
answer this call to serve the People's House," he added.
was selected by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who consulted
with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Both are Catholics....
Read this in full at
GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER LONDON
CALLS FOR 50,000 TWITTER FOLLOWERS TO TWEET THE LORD’S
Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
part of a 50 day campaign leading up to the Global Day of Prayer
on June 12, 2011, GDOP London is calling for 50,000 followers on
Twitter to tweet the Lord’s prayer.
Easter weekend GDOP London began tweeting segments of the Lord’s
prayer in a bid to encourage more Christians to pray for the the
want to get people of all ages and backgrounds praying the Lord ’s
Prayer wherever they are at 12 o’clock every day or anytime
of the day,” said GDOP London convener Jonathan Oloyede.
added: “We want to be praying ‘Lord let your kingdom
come and thy will be done over this whole nation.’ So join
the campaign as we countdown 50 days from Easter weekend to
Pentecost weekend. Email, text, phone your friends the link
#GDOPLondon via our twitter viral initiative and let’s every
one of us reach the goal if we can of 50,000 people on the twitter
campaign praying the Lord’s prayer.” .... Read this in
NATIONAL BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
SET SEPT. 18
Back To Church Sunday (http://www.backtochurch.com/),
a cross-denominational movement to reverse declining church
attendance and encourage everyone to revisit congregational life,
will be celebrated Sept. 18 across the country.
his voice to this year's event is Texas Rangers all-star Josh
Hamilton, the 2010 American League Championship Series MVP who
credits his comeback from drug addiction and suspension from the
game to his faith and church.
word tells us to spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
and not give up meeting together," Hamilton said. "We
are to walk through life with other believers. My family and I
have found that church is a wonderful way to do this, so I
encourage you to join thousands of Americans as they go back to
church on National Back To Church Sunday." .... Read this in
ANGLICAN BISHOP BLASTS WEST'S
RETICENCE ON CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION
Anglican bishop in the Church of England has criticized the West’s
reticence on violence against Christians and other minority
communities in the Middle East, South Asia and other parts of the
in the latest edition of Standpoint magazine, Bishop Michael
Nazir-Ali said the United Nations had taken the necessary steps to
protect people in Libya from attacks by their own government, but
questioned why the United Nations or the West was “unable to
tackle the widespread and growing persecution of Christians?”
voiced particular concern over Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan,
where the Christian communities face regular attacks and
harassment at the hands of Muslims.... Read this in full at
OPEN DOORS CEO ON
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT PERSECUTION
Moeller, CEO of Open Doors USA, spoke to The Christian Post during
the recent Evangelical Press Association conference in Lisle,
Ill., about his new book, The Privilege of Persecution. Moeller
talked about the biggest misconception Americans have about the
persecuted, and how persecuted Christians can overcome the
question of why a loving God would allow suffering, among other
What is the biggest misconception Americans have about the
I think the biggest misconception is that there is an us and them.
The persecuted Christians where I have interacted with them
immediately assume that we should be praying for them and with
them. They are praying for us, we should be praying for them, that
we are one body.
assumption here in America is that we are here and they are there.
It is an "us and them" mentality. The persecuted don’t
have that. They are grateful when we come from the United States
and Europe to minister and be with them. But their assumption is
of course, we are brothers and sisters.... Read this in full at
PITZER COLLEGE IN CALIFORNIA
ADDS MAJOR IN SECULARISM
and universities have long offered majors in religion or theology.
But with more and more people now saying they have no religion,
one college has decided to be the first to offer a major in
this fall, Pitzer College, a small liberal arts institution in
Southern California, will inaugurate a department of secular
studies. Professors from other departments, including history,
philosophy, religion, science and sociology, will teach courses
like “God, Darwin and Design in America,” “Anxiety
in the Age of Reason” and “Bible as Literature.”
.... Read this in full at
worry is atheism, because it is a want of trust in God.”
VERSE TO PONDER
himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might
die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have
1 Peter 2:24
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: LIFT YOUR
GLAD VOICES IN TRIUMPH ON HIGH
Henry Ware, Jr., 1817
William C. Filby, 1861
your glad voices in triumph on high,
Jesus hath risen, and man cannot die;
were the terrors that gathered around Him,
short the dominion of death and the grave;
burst from the fetters of darkness that bound Him,
in glory to live and to save!
was the chorus of angels on high,
Savior hath risen, and man shall not die.
to God, in full anthems of joy;
being He gave us death cannot destroy:
were the life we must part with tomorrow,
tears were our birthright, and death were our end;
Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow,
bade us, immortal, to Heaven ascend:
then your voices in triumph on high,
Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die.
way to worry about nothing is to pray about everything.”
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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