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this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those
who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that
crossed the mind of any human being.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (CEB)
has no body on earth now but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but
yours. Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ's
compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go
about doing good, and yours are the hands with which he is to bless
Teresa of Avila
ROLE OF FAITH IN BUSH WHITE HOUSE EXAMINED
former White House aide Timothy Goeglein realized he had been caught
in a plagiarism scandal, he collapsed as a broken man, gripping the
cross of Christ and genuinely hating himself.
nearly eight years as deputy director of the White House Office of
Public Liaison, serving as the key point of contact between President
George W. Bush and faith-based leaders, Goeglein had been exposed. He
had "knowingly and repeatedly" plagiarized columns in his
was deceptive, and it was all rooted in vanity and pride,"
Goeglein writes in his memoir, "The Man in the Middle" from
B&H Publishing Group.
promptly resigned his post in disgrace and prepared for a
"much-deserved woodshed moment" with Bush. Instead, he
experienced what he describes as the greatest professional moment of
his life.... Read this in full at
RELIGION, MONDAY REALITY
faith and work mix? And if so, as America's workforce increasingly
wants meaning beyond a paycheck, do pastors help? From a recent
national study commissioned by Dallas-based LeTourneau University's
Center for Faith & Work (http://centerforfaithandwork.com/),
answers are, "Yes," and "Not enough."
percent of pastors say they want to help members of their
congregations integrate faith and work but fully two-thirds of them
admit their efforts fall short," Bill Peel, Center for Faith &
Work executive director, said. "People work more, and better,
when their labor carries a sense of calling. But most employers can't
give it, and most pastors don't." .... Read this in full at
Day, Feb. 14
ENGLISH BIBLE BEING USED FOR NATIONAL GROUP READING
new bestselling Bible translation Common English Bible
(http://CommonEnglishBible.com) is being adopted by churches to help
people become more scripturally literate.
such church is the 6200-member Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago,
reading the entire Bible in a year
(http://www.fourthchurch.org/bibleyear.html) and making its program
available to anyone internationally online. It conducts two weekly
Bible studies, as well as offers daily devotions on Facebook
a new embeddable 60-second video is now available online
(http://vimeo.com/CommonEnglishBible), showing how the Common English
Bible is an uncommon translation that clearly communicates in
terms God’s message of love to everyone, no matter what age,
gender, station in life, or other personal outlook.... Read this in
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Clare De Graaf
Clare, please help me better understand the people in my sub-kingdom?
It may help to think of your sub-kingdom as four concentric circles
of people over whom you have authority or influence and I’ve
them in what I believe are the priorities given in scripture:
The poor, aliens, the hopeless, and helpless
My non-Christian friends and acquaintances.
of these people who I personally know or will know in the future have
been put in my life for a reason and with each circle, I have
diminishing authority and influence. Nevertheless Jesus has entrusted
them to my care (and he’s undoubtedly entrusted other believers
with overlapping influence with the same people.) .... Read this in
FAITH AND WORKS
is an unhappy division that has been made between faith and works.
Though in my intellect I may divide them, just as in a candle I know
there is both light and heat; but yet, put out the candle and they
are both gone; one remains not without the other.” So it is
faith and works.”
SLATER A SPIRITUAL LEADER FOR TEAMMATES
the son of an NFL Hall of Famer, Matthew Slater of the New England
Patriots had some advantages when it came to learning the game of
father, Jackie Slater, was a longtime offensive tackle for the Los
Angeles Rams, and he certainly passed along his knowledge of the game
to Matthew. When Matthew stepped onto the field in Indianapolis for
Super Bowl XLVI, he shared a special experience with his dad, who in
1980 played in Super Bowl XIV.
can relate to me in a lot of ways that some fathers wouldn't be able
to," Matthew said of his dad. "The experiences he's been
able to share, the advice that he's passed along -- both spiritually
and from a football point of view -- has been unbelievable. It's a
very special bond that he and I have."
the faith in Jesus Christ that Jackie modeled and taught.... Read
this in full at
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SCOTT HAMILTON FOUND JESUS
would know Scott Hamilton as an Olympic gold medalist and a figure
skating commentator who had cancer, but few had an idea on how he
accepted Christ until his video was featured on the "I Am
his video testimony, the former skater recounts a tough journey that
began when he was little. He suffered from what was a mysterious
disease at that time that stopped him from growing.
was in and out of hospitals for years and I was never really home,"
he shares. When he returned home after countless hospital visits, he
ended up going to "the skating club thing just by accident."
I found skating which kind of took on a life of its own."
that point on, however, he would face many more tragedies, including
the death of his mother who was battling cancer. That devastation
awakened something in him. "I knew I needed something more,"
he recalls.... Read this in full at
FAITH PULLS HIM THROUGH TOUGH SPOT
Ericka Sanders, Indianapolis Recorder
Brackett's life reads like a movie. He was a walk on at Rutgers
University; yet by his senior year he was named defensive captain and
won the team's defensive MVP honors.
linebacker went undrafted in 2003, but was signed by the Indianapolis
Colts as a free agent. What should have been the beginning of the
happiest times in his life was the beginning of the most tragic.
a 17-month span, Brackett lost his mother, father and brother. In
October 2003, his father, Granville died of a heart attack. Three
months later, his mother Sandra went into the hospital for a routine
hysterectomy and suffered a stroke in the recovery room. Brackett
made the decision to take her off life support. Not long after, his
brother Greg was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. Despite a bone
marrow transplant from Brackett, Greg died a few months later.
got him through? His faith in God.... Read this in full at
PIPER: GOD GAVE CHRISTIANITY A 'MASCULINE FEEL'
intention for Christianity is for it to have a "masculine feel,"
evangelist John Piper declared Jan. 31.
revealed Himself in the Bible pervasively as king not queen; father
not mother," Piper said at this year's annual pastors conference
hosted by the Desiring God ministry. "Second person of the
Trinity is revealed as the eternal Son not daughter; the Father and
the Son create man and woman in His image and give them the name man,
the name of the male."
continued, "God appoints all the priests in the Old Testament to
be men; the Son of God came into the world to be a man; He chose 12
men to be His apostles; the apostles appointed that the overseers of
the Church be men; and when it came to marriage they taught that the
husband should be the head."
from all of that I conclude that God has given Christianity a
masculine feel. And being God, a God of love, He has done that for
our maximum flourishing both male and female." .... Read this in
103 YEARS OF SWEET SOUNDS
103 on Feb. 1, George Beverly Shea’s heart is as joyful as that
a child. “Karlene and I rejoice in the Lord’s overwhelming
to give me 103 years of life!” he exclaimed.
while he didn’t party like a teenager, the youthful centenarian
celebrated the day in the company of his family and in quiet
reflection, reading greetings from around the world now pouring in to
says he is especially thankful for the dear people with whom he has
ministered and traveled the world since the day he met Billy Graham
in 1943. “For all these years, the fellowship of the BGEA team
been precious as I have sought to serve the Lord,” says Shea....
Read this in full at
George Beverly Shea sing How Great Thou Art
FOR JESUS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES
recently found myself in worship singing,
the eyes of my heart, Lord
the eyes of my heart
want to see You
want to see You.
then I ducked. I ducked because I suddenly remembered that God had
warned Moses that if Moses actually saw God, he would instantly die.
Instead, God offered to cover Moses' eyes while he passed by, and
then, once he passed by Moses, to let Moses see his "backside."
I didn't want to die that instant — I had a playoff game to watch
after church — I stopped singing. But I didn't want others to
I didn't love God, so I started singing again, but quietly, with a
the eyes of my heart, Lord
the eyes of my heart
want to see your backside
want to see your backside.
version failed to inspire me for some reason, so I stopped singing
the chorus again, even though it risked my Christian reputation.
Still, I joined in heartily at these lines:
see you high and lifted up
in the light of your glory
pour out your power and love
we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.
then I remembered that, according to Paul, "high and lifted up"
is precisely where God is not to be found. I was singing like those
who expect to see God in wondrous signs and others who think they'll
find him in glorious wisdom. But Paul said that Jesus is not to be
found "high and lifted up" but "down and lowly":
"For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach
Christ crucified" (1 Cor. 1:22–23, ESV).... Read this in full
MINISTRIES BRINGS HELP AND HOPE TO NIGERIA
Winnipeg couple is working to transform their home country of Nigeria
for the better with an organization they have founded called
instead of just raising money to send back to the West Africa nation,
'Segun and Titi Olude want to encourage fellow Nigerian-Canadians to
travel back to their homeland and get involved with rebuilding the
trying to help people think differently about what a mission is, and
what a mission in life actually is," 'Segun says. "We are
starting to see people responding."
Oludes immigrated to Canada in 1989 so that 'Segun could further his
education as a graphic designer.... Read this in full at
LAND CRIES OUT
inspiring prophet-activist resists the devastation caused by drug
lords, greedy corporations, and corrupt governments in the most
dangerous state in Mexico.... Read this in full at
TO FIGHT THE MAN
few weeks ago, a 22-year-old man named Jefferson Bethke produced a
video called “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus.” The
shows Bethke standing in a courtyard rhyming about the purity of the
teachings of Jesus and the hypocrisy of the church. Jesus preaches
healing, surrender and love, he argues, but religion is rigid, phony
and stale. “Jesus came to abolish religion,” Bethke
“Religion puts you in bondage, but Jesus sets you free.”
video went viral. It speaks for many young believers who feel close
to God but not to the church. It represents the passionate voice of
those who think their institutions lack integrity — not just the
religious ones, but the political and corporate ones, too.
away, many older theologians began critiquing Bethke’s
A blogger named Kevin DeYoung pointed out, for example, that it is
biblically inaccurate to say that Jesus hated religion. In fact,
Jesus preached a religious doctrine, prescribed rituals and worshiped
in a temple.... Read this in full at
NEW BLACK THEOLOGY
couple years ago, when the Century asked some leading theologians to
name five "essential theology books of the past 25 years,"
J. Kameron Carter's Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University
Press, 2008) was one of the few books mentioned more than once and
the only one that was published in the past five years. Last year,
the American Academy of Religion gave its Award for Excellence in the
Study of Religion to Willie J. Jennings's The Christian Imagination:
Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale University Press, 2010). These
two influential works, together with Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of
Race and Christian Hybridity (Baylor University Press, 2010), by
Brian Bantum (who studied at Duke with both Carter and Jennings),
represent a major theological shift that will—if taken as
as it deserves—change the face not only of black theology but
theology as a whole.
is revolutionary about these three black theologians is that they
rely heavily on dogmatic texts from the patristic period to the
Reformation. Why is this novel? Because nonwhite male theologians
have historically been hesitant to trust these sources—and for
reason. In the worst of times, classic theological texts have been
used to oppress persons of color and women. In the best of times, the
overwhelming attention given these particular voices obscured other
voices, giving the impression that the only Christians speaking and
writing about God for the last 2,000 years were European men. Those
who did not fit that description simply did not know how to relate to
a tradition that claimed to speak for but did not reflect them....
Read this in full at
YOUNG MEN AREN’T MANNING UP
have the good men gone? This question is the catalyst for Kay
Hymowitz’s book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men
into Boys, an indepth analysis of the state of the average
middle-class American male in his twenties.
her analysis, he has simply decided to remain a
stuck between adolescence and adulthood. After reading her book
easy to understand why. In a nutshell, women, who graduate college in
greater percentages (earning more degrees by a ratio of nearly 3:2)
and with higher GPAs than men on average, are quickly making up
ground in our current “knowledge economy,” which places a
on educational credentials. While young women have been energized by
historic, unprecedented opportunities for a self-supporting career in
the workplace, young men have been gradually shrinking from adult
responsibilities such as marriage, job, and family in favor of
entertainment and diversion.
an argument in the vein of Hannah Rosin’s seminal article for The
Atlantic, “The End of Men,” and was recently picked up by
J. Bennett, author of The Book of Man. Their solution is invariably
that men should simply man up, take responsibility, get married,
adapt to the changing cultural environment.... Read this in full at
AND 'SON' OUSTED FROM TRINITY IN NEW ARABIC BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
decision by three major Christian organizations to remove the words
"Father" and "Son" from new Arabic Bible versions
because the terms are "offensive to Muslims" is stirring a
controversy among critics, according to Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), and
Frontiers are coming under fire for various translations in which
"Father" and "Son" are replaced with the Arabic
equivalents of "Lord" and "Messiah," or in which
"Father" is replaced with "Allah."
organizations argue that in certain cultures, the literal translation
could "communicate an incorrect meaning," but many church
leaders in Arab countries, as well as experts in Christian-Muslim
relations, say such a change is unnecessary. "This translation
is an 'all-American idea' with absolutely no respect for the
sacredness of Scripture, or even of the growing Turkish church,"
said Turkish church leader Rev. Fikret Böcek. "We do not have
the right as human beings to do that kind of manipulation to the
text," said Dr. Paul M. Elliott of Teaching The Word Ministries.
Christian leaders, missionaries, Bible translators, and pastors have
started a public petition
to implore that the organizations stop producing such
translations.... Read this in full at
IT MATTERS THAT GOD BECAME THE HUMAN PROTOTYPE
few years ago, Wired magazine reported on what it called "a
star-studded panel of scientists" at the World Science Festival
in New York City. The scientists had gathered to discuss what it
means, from a scientific perspective, to be human.
Minsky, artificial intelligence pioneer, said the one thing we can do
that other species can't is remember; we have cultures, ways of
transmitting information. Cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett said we
are the first species that can reason with one another. Physicist Jim
Gates said we are blessed with the ability to know our mother; that
is, we are conscious of more than ourselves, and that just as a child
sees a mother, the species sees mother universe. Neuroscientist
Antonio Damasio said that the critical factor was language. And on it
went. Some were excited that science might be the key to unlock what
it means to be human, while others doubted science's ability to do
forum was typical of our age but unusual in the history of humankind.
For most of history, philosophers and theologians, not scientists,
have asked this question. But this question—What does it mean to
human?—does not puzzle only scientists and philosophers. It's one
we all ask ourselves in one form or another.... Read this in full at
CAN SKEPTICS MAKE CONVINCING RELIGIOUS ART?
have I seen a spectacle so disheartening as the cheerless,
trash-strewn one-room flat that serves as the set for the Roundabout
Theatre Company's off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's "Look
Back in Anger." In this production, reviewed elsewhere in
today's Journal, the only hint of beauty comes from the radio on
which the play's unhappy characters listen to Ralph Vaughan
Williams's radiant Fifth Symphony. Small wonder that it should offer
them a glimpse of comfort and joy in the midst of their emotional
turmoil. Like so much of Vaughan Williams's music, the Fifth
Symphony, which was composed during World War II, is deeply spiritual
in tone, and it's no surprise to learn that it was based on themes
from his operatic version of "The Pilgrim's Progress."
the surprise: Vaughan Williams was a lifelong agnostic.
that the boutique atheism of such aggressive secularists as Richard
Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens has become chic, you
might well ask yourself why any unbelieving artist would bother to
turn his hand to the making of religious art. Indeed, most of the
modern novelists who have placed matters of faith at the center of
their work have been, like Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, François
Mauriac, and Flannery O'Connor, believers of one sort or another. But
in every other branch of art, great works of devotional art have been
created by skeptics, not a few of whom were fire-breathingly militant
about their doubt.... Read this in full at
MARRIAGE AND ECONOMIC WOES WITH NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK USA (FEB.
Marriage Week USA (http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org) is growing
fast in just its third year, posting thousands of marriage classes
across the nation and building collaborative efforts for one week a
year -- February 7-14 -- to strengthen marriages, reduce divorce, and
increase the marriage rate, which curtails poverty, benefits
children, and builds financial stability for our nation and for
campaign to strengthen marriage is quite timely," said Sheila
Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, the week
leading up to Valentine's Day each year. "A recent Pew Research
Center analysis of US Census data said that in 1960, 72% of all
adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are - a record
low." .... Read this in full at
listen! Our God is the LORD! Only the LORD! Love the LORD your God
with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (CEB)
need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of
every passing ship.”
Omar N. Bradley
BODIES DO MATTER
Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Corinthians 6:11-20 can be the preacher's worst nightmare -- a
passage full of directives about sex, food and all things bodily.
Yet, I chose it as part of a six-part series about God's calling on
our lives. I just couldn't ignore the body.
I began writing this particular sermon, I realized that I'd never
preached or heard a sermon on the topic of care for self, and I've
been in church my whole life. Unless you are a pastor learning about
self-care in a seminary class, it is rare in Christian culture that
this topic ever comes up.
many pastors might be able to say that we've cared for the sick and
dying or that our giving and baptism numbers are up, when it comes to
taking care of our own health we usually do a lousy job. We don't
really think our bodies matter that much, nor do we encourage our
congregations to think much about theirs.... Read this in full at
CHURCHES SEE SLOWEST GROWTH, RESEARCH SHOWS
to other religious groups in the US, mainline denominations had the
slowest growth rate with only 19% of their congregations reporting
growth between 2005 and 2010, according to a researcher from The
contrast, conservative Protestant churches had the highest growth
rate at 43%, followed by non-Christian congregations with 33%.
Kirk Hardaway, Congregational Research Officer for the Episcopal
Church and chairman of the research task force for the Cooperative
Congregational Studies Partnership, presented the findings Jan. 31.
study is based on surveys conducted by around 11,000 American
congregations representing various Christian and non-Christian
congregations. The growth rate of said congregations was measured
from 2005 until 2010. Those filling out the survey were the leaders
of the congregations, including clergy and laymen.... Read this in
ANNIVERSARY OF WONDER BOOK BY CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP
year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Wonder Book, a
publication of Child Evangelism Fellowship (http://www.cefpress.com),
the largest Christian ministry to children in the world. This small
64-page book, initially written for a modest outreach to explain the
Christian faith to Arab children, has since been translated into over
100 languages with millions of copies distributed the world over.
impetus for this book came through a request from Campus Crusade for
Christ to CEF for a book to give eight to 12-year-old Arab children
waiting at Mediterranean ports in Europe to return to North Africa.
To meet the urgent request, Dr. Martha Wright, then vice president of
education at CEF, and Ms. Lynda Pongracz, then leadership training
instructor, sequestered themselves at Dr. Wright's home and wrote
this engaging and well-illustrated book in three days. It begins with
the creation story and methodically makes the case for the necessity
of Jesus Christ's work on the cross. The book takes its title from
its format which explains the Christian faith through a serious of
thoughtful questions, such as, "Have You Ever Wondered Who the
One True God Really Is? Have You Ever Wondered How the World Began?
Have You Ever Wondered Why There Is So Much Trouble in the World?"
.... Read this in full at
THE BIRTHDAY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
large wall calendar that hangs in my office lists
Day” in large bright red numerals -- as a day on which we could
honor any president of the United States. Right in there with
“Groundhog Day”, “Valentine’s Day”, Super
Bowl number 46
and it is “Leap Year” with 29 days this month. How long has
been since we’ve had five Wednesdays in February?
Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. Wherever I have traveled in the
world, people who might not know the name of any current president do
know about President Lincoln who became our 16th President on March
4, 1861 and was inaugurated for his second term on March 4, 1865.
John Wilkes Booth assassinated him, on April 14, 1865 in Ford’s
Theater in Washington, DC.... Read this in full at
Barack Obama called on lawmakers to allow their faith and values to
guide them as they seek to solve the country’s "most urgent
problems" including the sluggish economy and continuing
involvements overseas, such as the war in Afghanistan.
at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Feb. 2,
the president said, "We know that part of living in a
pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone
can't dictate our response to every challenge we face. But in my
moments of prayer, I'm reminded that faith and values play an
enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent
problems, in keeping us going when we suffer setbacks, and opening
our minds and our hearts to the needs of others." .... Read this
in full at
see “At prayer breakfast and with birth-control decision, Obama
riles religious conservatives”
THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
covered the event. Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times
bestselling 'Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy' (Thomas
Nelson, 2010), offered a rousing keynote speech at today's National
Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, urging the assembled audience of
over 3,500 leaders from the United States and around the world --
including President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle -- to
follow the example of the martyred German pastor in boldly living
their faith and loving both their enemies and the 'least of these' --
including political opponents, minorities and the unborn. He finished
by leading the assembled in a rendition of 'Amazing Grace'. See
Metaxas introduced at 34:00 into the video
BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST FEB. 2
a time when it’s easy to lose ourselves in the rush and clamor of
our own lives, or get caught up in the noise and rancor that too
often passes as politics today, these moments of prayer slow us down.
They humble us. They remind us that no matter how much responsibility
we have, how fancy our titles, how much power we think we hold, we
are imperfect vessels. We can all benefit from turning to our
Creator, listening to Him. Avoiding phony religiosity, listening to
Him.” .... Read this in full at
WE NEED THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
easy to be cynical about Washington. I was born in this city and even
I occasionally throw up my hands in frustration when observing
Republicans and Democrats at war with each other over the silliest
and sometimes most important things in order to gain political
advantage. Too often they appear more interested in themselves than
the rest of the country.
purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast is to attempt to bridge
political and even religious differences through what is called
spirit of Jesus of Nazareth” in order that leaders consider a
Higher Authority to Whom they are ultimately accountable and
answerable.... Read this in full at
BIG BUSINESS OF SWINDLING PEOPLE WHO TRUST YOU
term “affinity fraud” refers to scams in which the
uses personal contacts to swindle a specific group, such as a church
congregation, a rotary club, a professional circle, or an ethnic
community. Once the scammer gains their trust, his scam spreads like
smallpox. Most affinity frauds are Ponzi schemes, in which money from
new investors is used to repay old ones, or is siphoned off by the
Bernie Madoff fraud fed on multiple affinity circles: wealthy Jews in
Florida and Israel, country-club types and European old money, lured
with help from marketers running “feeder” funds. The
alleged investment fraud of recent years, the $7 billion collapse of
Allen Stanford’s empire, also concerned specific groups,
the Latin American and Libyan diasporas and Southern Baptists. Mr
Stanford’s trial began on January 23rd. He denies wrongdoing.
the mega-scams swirls a mass of smaller cons, spanning the world. Any
close-knit community can be a target. Last August a South Korean
pastor was indicted for misappropriating 2.4 billion Korean won
($2.3m) that the faithful had handed over to set up a Christian bank.
In Britain, Kevin Foster’s KF Concept targeted the former
coal-mining towns of South Wales, bilking more than 8,000 victims
with the help of glitzy roadshows.
problem is a global one but best-documented in America. Besides the
Madoff saga, Marquet International, a consultancy, has identified
more than 300 sizeable Ponzi schemes from the past ten years, with
combined losses for investors of $23 billion. It estimates that up to
half of those were affinity-based. No one has a reliable number for
smaller frauds over the same period, but guesses range from $5
billion to $20 billion. In all, affinity-fraud losses in America
could be as much as $50 billion.... Read this in full at
ARCHAEOLOGISTS CONDEMN ISRAELI PLAN TO REBUILD ANCIENT TOMB
unusual plan to rebuild the tomb of Herod the Great at the Herodium
site, southeast of Jerusalem, has spurred opposition on the part of
plan, which is being promoted by the Israel Nature and Parks
Authority and the Gush Etzion Regional Council, includes building a
lavish mausoleum in its original size out of light plastic material,
and turning it into a visitor’s center. The plan is the first of
its kind in the realm of Israeli archaeological digs, as most sites
consist of either miniaturized or renovated historical sites that use
the original materials found at the site.... Read this in full at
RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT PERSECUTION OF
CHRISTIANS & CHURCHES IN MAINLAND CHINA IN 2011
authorities stepped up their longstanding opposition to Christianity
in China in 2011, China Aid Association said in its annual report
released Feb. 1, citing figures that showed a dramatic worsening of
government persecution of Christians and churches.
statistics included a 131.8% increase in the number of Christians
detained for their religious beliefs. "This trend of worsening
persecution has persisted for the past six years," the group
said, adding that Christians were not the only target.... Read this
in full at
SERVING OF GRATITUDE MAY SAVE THE DAY
as a holiday may produces plenty of war stories for psychiatrists
dealing with drunken family meltdowns. But it has recently become the
favorite feast of psychologists studying the consequences of giving
thanks. Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been
better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher
long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others,
including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful
makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked, which
helps explain why so many brothers-in-law survive Thanksgiving
without serious injury.... Read this in full at
is a glorious opportunity, if it is used to condition us for
eternity. If we fail in this, though we succeed in everything else,
our life will have been a failure. There is no escape for the man who
squanders his opportunity to prepare to meet God.”
Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of faithful love for all those
who cry out to you.”
Psalm 86:5 (CEB)
WEEK'S HYMN: AS OFT, WITH WORN AND WEARY FEET
James Edmeston, 1833
Georg Neumark, 1641
oft, with worn and weary feet,
tread earth’s rugged valley o’er,
thought, how comforting and sweet:
trod this very path before!
wants and weaknesses He knows,
life’s first dawning to its close.
sickness, feebleness or pain
sorrow in our path appear?
recollection will remain,
deeply did He suffer here:
life, how truly sad and brief,
up with suffering and with grief.
Satan tempt our hearts to stray
whisper evil things within,
did he, in the desert way,
our Lord with thoughts of sin,
worn and in a feeble hour
tempter came with all his power.
such as I, this earth He trod,
every human ill but sin;
though indeed the very God,
I am now so He has been.
God, my Savior, look on me,
pity, love and sympathy.
prayer will be most like the prayer of Christ if we do not ask God to
show us what is going to be, or to make any particular thing happen,
but only pray that we may be faithful in whatever happens.”
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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