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For week of September 11, 2011
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faithful love is priceless, God! Humanity finds refuge in the shadow
of your wings. They feast on the bounty of your house; you let them
drink from your river of pure joy. Within you is the spring of life.
In your light, we see light.”
Psalm 36:7-9 CEB
is good for us to think no grace or blessing truly ours, till we are
aware that God has blessed someone else with it through us.”
PAGE FOR JESUS, WITH HIGHLY ACTIVE FANS
Carolina diet doctor has come up with a formula to create the most
highly engaged audience on Facebook in the world, far surpassing
marketing efforts by celebrities and sports teams. He draws on the
words of Jesus and posts them four or five times a day.
doctor, Aaron Tabor, 41, grew up watching his father preach at
churches in Alabama and North Carolina, and his Facebook creation is
called the Jesus Daily. He started it in April 2009, he said, as a
hobby shortly after he began using Facebook to market his diet book
and online diet business that includes selling soy shakes, protein
bars and supplements.
the last three months, more people have “Liked,” commented
shared content on the Jesus Daily than on any other Facebook page,
including Justin Bieber’s page, according to a weekly analysis by
AllFacebook.com, an industry blog. “I wanted to provide people
encouragement,” said Dr. Tabor, who keeps his diet business on a
separate Facebook page. “And I thought I would give it a news
by calling it daily.” .... Read this in full at
GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INTERNET EVANGELISM OUTREACH
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has introduced a new
Internet evangelism initiative (http://www.SearchForJesus.net) to
reach people online with the gospel. The program was launched in its
beta form in late April, and thousands have already viewed an online
gospel presentation and indicated making a commitment to Jesus
day, people are searching online for answers," said Preston
Parrish, executive vice president of ministry for the BGEA. "In
their time of need, we are presenting the only hope we have in this
world -- the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ."
the coming months, trained volunteer "E-counselors" will be
available to chat online with spiritual seekers in an effort to lead
even more people into a relationship with Christ. In addition,
"Discipleship Coaches" will offer follow-up training to
those who have made a commitment and encourage them in finding a
church in their area.... Read this in full at
Firm with Jason Ellerbrook & Scott Mills is a video production
that will provide opportunities for men to hear from influenial, high
profile male leaders who are making an impact for the gospel. The Web
show will also highlight a comprehensive set of resources, events,
and tools that will help pastors and churches develop a men’s
an interview with Super Bowl winning Coach and NBC Sunday Night
Football analyst Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy talks about his books,
family, and passion for ministry. He also shares his pick for the
2012 Super Bowl champion team!
at award-winning Jack's BBQ on Broadway in downtown Nashville, Jason
and Scott speak with special guest, Jack's BBQ owner, Jack Cawthorn.
See the video at
OR FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
Clare De Graaf
the people who know you best consider you a Christian or a follower
still remember the stunned look on Dave’s face when I asked him
that question over breakfast ten years ago. To give him a chance to
recover a bit, I took the time to clarify my question. “What I
Dave is this: based on how you live, the things you talk about, your
passions, what you spend your discretionary time and money on, would
your wife, your children, co-workers and fishing buddies, would they
consider you a Christian or follower of Jesus? And by the way, you
don’t have to answer that question to me today. I’m not
spiritual authority. But, Jesus already knows the answer. The
question is, do you?” .... Read this in full at
SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: KRAGTHORPE, WIFE BATTLE PARKINSON'S, MS
and Cynthia Kragthorpe aren’t sulking about their diseases.
Christians, they’re instead using them as part of their
a great opportunity to show people that no matter what happens to us
as a family, we’re going to continue to praise God and believe
absolutely he is in control of everything that’s going on,”
says.... Read this in full at
WORD: PLENTY OF APPS FOR THAT
of Christians are engaging in the word of God on-the-go by using
something they carry with them all the time – their mobile
Modern technology and Christian doctrine continue to collide when it
comes to the Bible as there are plenty of “apps for that.”
today's technology, there are no more excuses for Christians not to
read their Bible because God's Word is now just a click away.
today's world your cell phone is so much more than just a phone; it's
your Internet, your television, your video game. And now... it's even
your Bible. Many faithful readers are changing the perception that
technology has no place in their walk with God.... Read this in full
ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE BIBLICAL KINGDOM OF DAVID?
this video report at
the other day it dawned on me that I have finally reached middle age.
The first sign was that my children and my clothes are the same age.
The thing about reaching middle age is that if you have any brains
left at all, you start to realize you’re running out of time.
to do things you vowed you’d do back when you were twenty-four.
so, one sunny Saturday, you find yourself behind a 16,000-hp ski boat
being steered by a former high school friend named Attila, hanging
onto a towrope, trying to avoid fishing boats and beads of water that
smack you in the eyes like buckshot.
the world am I doing?” you’re screaming, and Attila thinks
want him to speed up.
few weeks I get together with five other middle-aged guys for
something we call the Circle of Six. It’s an eating group,
though we founded it with grander plans. The group has been growing
(pun intended) for a dozen years now, thanks to some incredible
cheesecake of our own making, and as we hit the middle years, I
noticed that some of us are engaging in activities we wouldn’t
dreamed of back when we had our minds.... Read this in full at
UNTO OTHERS, OFF AND ON THE TENNIS COURT
was pleased to meet Sam Owen, a tennis enthusiast and Episcopal
seminarian; for if there are two topics I enjoy, one is religion and
the other is tennis. But I was not prepared for the way Sam, a
student at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, brought those topics
together. I have long known people who make a religion of tennis, but
Sam was the first I had met who brought religion to tennis.
worry about whether I am being Christian out on the court,” Sam
told me, as we whispered between points. He is 51, played
competitively as a teenager, then quit the game for 22 years before
taking it up again. He worked in business and ran a nonprofit
organization in Colorado that provided computers to low-income
communities before answering the call to the priesthood. “How can
you be Christlike when you want to beat the hell out of your
opponent?” .... Read this in full at
POWER OF MUTUALLY TRANSFORMING RELATIONSHIPS
few years ago I wouldn't have known where to buy cocaine. Now, access
is just a phone call away. No, I haven't made the call and I don't
expect I ever will, but it's there, it's available and it never was
in our smallest towns, there is a thriving drug and violence problem
and it's one that, frankly, we've often done a good job of ignoring.
Some time ago I decided to give up on the ignoring, and this has led
me into some dark places where I've met some very interesting people.
These are people who don't get a lot of positive attention. They're
the ones you would try to avoid passing on the street and certainly
avoid running into in a dark alley.
conversations with them usually include wild stories (which are often
true) told in straight-from-the-street language. There is a new story
every time we meet and they never have fairy tale endings. There are
no quick answers to the problems my friends face. And even the ones
who have decided to follow Jesus still struggle with their addictions
and with their inability to avoid a daily existence involving the
worst kinds of personal and relational drama.... Read this in full at
sometimes presents itself as a country club. It presents itself this
way even when it doesn't want to, and sometimes it doesn't even know
it. I grew up loving to play golf but I played on the public course.
I had friends who played at the local country club. When I visited
the country club I felt like a visitor even though the members were
wonderfully hospitable. Members felt like members and visitors felt
like visitors, and knowing that you could "visit" only by
invitation made the difference clear.
experience the church this way. Members know they belong, and
visitors know they don't. Well, after all, we might reason, the
Christian faith is a religion of salvation, and Stephen Prothero's
recent book, "God is Not One," depicted Christianity as a
faith concerned with the "way of salvation." And if you are
saved, you are a member; if you are not saved, you are not. You might
visit, but until you get saved you will know you are not in the
club.... Read this in full at
LUCADO’S NEW BOOK ‘GOD’S STORY YOUR STORY: WHEN HIS
YOURS’ HELPS PROMOTE THE BIG PICTURE
the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is upon us, New
York Times best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado offers his
insights on how to live with an eye toward purpose and the big
picture in his latest book.
dubbed “America’s Best Preacher,”* Lucado’s new
Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours (Zondervan, Sept. 20,
2011). “reveals the truth behind some of life’s simplest
greatest mysteries,” according to a media release.
the strength of the Lucado brand (more than 100 million products
sold, multiple New York Times best-sellers) with a best-selling and
often controversial topic — life’s purpose and eventual
destination — Lucado’s title is his only new book release
2011.... Read this in full at
is my observation that when Christians feel they have let God down,
it is usually not because of some grievous sin, but more often a
feeling that their faith was lacking… their trust has fallen
that we have not put into practice what we know to be the truth. And
we are aware that this grieves the heart of God.
the way, this has been my observation, not from eagle-eye
examinations of other Christians, but of my own actions and
feelings about the heart of God probably are correct. We have sinful
natures, but God already gifted us with provisions for sin: grace,
forgiveness, justification, salvation. We can know today that our
sins can be transformed from scarlet stains to pure-white. But when
we get to points in our lives, which we all surely have or will, when
we just don’t have enough faith in one area… or we cannot
enough trust in God’s promises… or we know those Bible
and God’s will for our lives, and Jesus’s 24/7
but we don’t attain the answer or victory or peace – this
mean we are bad Christians. It just means we are… Christians....
Read this in full at
TO AVOID GROWTH
known Christians who have committed their lives to following Jesus at
about the same time; but the influence this commitment had on their
lives soon became markedly different. One lived a life of
self-absorption. Christianity made sense, but it became almost a
convenience - no need to take it too seriously or to reorder one's
life around it. The other person took a different approach. She made
Bible study a regular part of her life. She kept her prayer life
fresh and varied. New character traits came to the forefront, and
before she knew it, people were asking her for advice and counseling.
planted a spiritual garden, but only one tended.
of us live with the mistaken impression that our faith needs only to
be planted, not tended. Becoming a mature Christian, some think, is
like becoming six feet tall - either it happens or it doesn't. They
couldn't be more wrong. The difference is tending.”
Gary Thomas in
Simply Sacred: Daily Readings
PASSION IN POWERLIFTING
Adrian Ninaber has proven he possesses more than just an incredible
strength of faith. Before a day of trying to lift up the souls of his
parishioners, the senior pastor at Leamington’s Calvary Baptist
Church is doing the same with weights. Lots of them.
like to set goals in life,” said Ninaber of why he got serious
about competing in weight lifting seven years ago. “As a pastor,
preach and listen and counsel. How often do you get to see the
results? It can be years. With weightlifting, I can diet, workout and
see the results and rewards much quicker. There’s a carrot
achievable if I’m strict and disciplined.”
the 55-year-old has been grabbing the carrots by the bunch.... Read
this in full at
EVANGELICAL MILLENNIALS SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL ISSUES
survey released in August by the Public Religion Research Institute
indicates people between the ages of 18 and 29 have more liberal
views on same-sex issues than their parents and grandparents —
regardless of political affiliations or Christian faith. The
telephone survey of 3,000 Millennials, conducted between July 14 and
30, indicates 49% of those considering themselves Republicans favor
same-sex marriage, compared to 19% of Republican seniors and 31% of
all Republicans. Additionally, 44% of white evangelical Millennials
favor same-sex marriage, compared to only 12% of evangelical seniors
and 19% of evangelicals overall.... Read this in full at
over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of
unity. The peace of Christ must control your hearts — a peace
which you were called in one body. And be thankful people.
Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in
preserving the faith and radical in applying it.”
John R. W. Stott
FROM, UNDER, OVER, OR WITH GOD?
my new book, With: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God, I explore
five "postures" of religious life, and how four of them
fail to generate a faith, hope, or love. In this brief excerpt from
the first chapter, I share about my experience working with Christian
college students. They illustrate how many churches are actually
inoculating young people by offering a form of Christianity that
lacks any real power. Perhaps you will recognize yourself in one of
these postures. In the end what we all long for, and what Christ
offers to us, is the unrivaled beauty and fulfillment of a life with
discomfort with the popular categories advocated by the church
reached a tipping point a few years ago when I began mentoring a
number of college students. Most of these very intelligent men and
women had grown up in Christian homes. They had significant church
involvement in their backgrounds, and some even lived with missionary
parents overseas. They knew the Bible better than most, and they
could engage in meaningful theological and cultural discussions. I
truly enjoyed my time with them.
when I started exploring their personal communion with Christ, their
practices of prayer, their understanding of sin, and how they related
to God I was dismayed. To some my questions were incomprehensible.
"What do you mean, how am I experiencing God?" one would
say. Others admitted never being taught how to pray apart from the
perfunctory grace before meals and bedtime. Most could not identify
any time of meaningful transcendence or moments of peace or joy in
often gauged the quality of their faith on one measure alone -- how
well they controlled their sexual desires.... Read this in full at
a specter haunting American politics: national decline. Is America on
the way down, and, if so, what can be done about it?
Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong
story to tell about decline. America became great, they explain,
because its citizens possessed certain vigorous virtues:
self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness and a passion
over the years, government has grown and undermined these virtues.
Wall Street financiers no longer have to behave prudently because
they know government will bail them out. Middle-class families no
longer have to practice thrift because they know they can use
government to force future generations to pay for their retirements.
Dads no longer have to marry the women they impregnate because
government will step in and provide support.... Read this in full at
PUBLISHERS COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS
the past 12-18 months, the religious publishing category has seen its
sales jump faster than those of almost every other category of books.
The book publishing industry overall has remained relatively healthy
during the recession, with a nearly 6 percent annual growth rate from
2008 to 2010, according to the Association of American Publishers....
Read this in full at
MAKES EVANGELICALISM EVANGELICAL?
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
evangelical movement in America emerged in the twentieth century as
conservative Protestants sought to perpetuate an intentional
continuity with biblical Christianity. While the roots of the
movement can be traced through centuries prior to its emergence in
twentieth century America, its organizational shape appeared mainly
in the years after World War II. And, as anyone who considers the
movement with a careful eye understands, evangelical definition has
been a central preoccupation of the movement from the moment of its
word “evangelical” long predates the coalescence of the
evangelical coalition of the last century. The word has been applied
to Methodism in the eighteenth century, to nonconformists and low
church Protestants in Great Britain in the nineteenth century, and to
a host of groups, churches, and movements ever since. As early as the
nineteenth century, frustration and confusion arose over the use and
misuse of the term. The seventh Earl of Shaftesbury expressed the
late-nineteenth century frustration when he declared, “I know
constituted an evangelical in former times . . . I have no clear
notion what constitutes one now.” .... Read this in full at
DIVINITY LIBRARY DIGITIZING ANNUAL REPORTS OF MISSIONS AGENCIES
will not be long — next spring — before another phase of
Divinity School Library’s digitization project is completed,
available to researchers around the world thousands of documents in
the Library’s core collection of materials chronicling missions
history and world Christianity.
digitization project, funded through a 2009 grant from the UK-based
Arcadia Foundation, focuses on early annual reports of missions
agencies in the Day Missions Library and marks the first time the
Library has digitized portions of its own collections. Once
digitized, the documents have searchable text capabilities.
of these documents, totaling some 1,500 volumes, are more than 100
years old and in particularly fragile condition. Most date from
1850-1950, a time when the foreign missions enterprise was in its
heyday and when tens of thousand of missionaries sailed from North
America, Britain, and Europe to Africa, China, and many other distant
locales. Taken together, they weave an intricate tapestry of the
day-to-day activities of missionaries, not only in relation to their
own activities in evangelization, education, and medical work, but
also about political unrest, plagues, local customs, and other
cultural phenomena.... Read this in full at
TO RALLY ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
summer comes to an end and autumn approaches, Christians around the
world are preparing for the 2011 International Day of Prayer for the
Persecuted Church (IDOP).
IDOP, which was first organized in 1996 by the World Evangelical
Fellowship, has evolved into one of the largest worldwide prayer
events in existence today. For the past 15 years, thousands of
churches and organizations, as well as individuals and families, have
participated in the tradition of setting aside one Sunday each
November to spend time in intercessory prayer for the millions of
Christians around the world who are persecuted, oppressed, and even
martyred for their faith each year -- and who, whenever asked,
unfailingly place intercessory prayer at the top of their list of
needs.... Read this in full at
all come up against our own version of the Red Sea- Seas of Divorce,
Debt, Death, Depression, Guilt, Fear, Loneliness or Hopelessness. And
hey, if you're anything like me, you might look around for a boat
when God wants to display His glory by parting the Sea instead.”
love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without
expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and
you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the
ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
Luke 6:35-36 NIV
WEEK'S HYMN: FATHER IN HEAVEN, WHO LOVEST ALL
Rudyard Kipling, 1906
Thomas Williams, 1789
in Heaven, who lovest all,
help Thy children when they call,
they may build from age to age
us to bear the yoke in youth,
steadfastness and careful truth,
in our time, Thy grace may give
truth whereby the nations live.
us to rule ourselves alway,
and cleanly night and day,
we may bring, if need arise,
maimed or worthless sacrifice.
us to look in all our ends,
Thee for Judge, and not our friends,
we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
fear or favor of the crowd.
us the strength that cannot seek,
deed or thought, to hurt the weak,
under Thee, we may possess
strength to comfort man’s distress.
us delight in simple things,
mirth that has no bitter springs,
free of evil done,
love to all men ’neath the sun.
strip away from me whatever is blocking people's view of You in my
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
DAILY BLESSING PACT
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 you!
with God and man
in the mail
to be found
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. 28:2).
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