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will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by
trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or
danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory
through the one who loved us.”
Romans 8:35,37 (CEB)
is here. Wherever we are, God is here. There is no place, there can
be no place, where He is not.”
A. W. Tozer
GET COMFORTABLE THIS LENT
Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,” says the Gospel of Mark
open Lent this year. Unlike in Matthew and Luke’s accounts,
however, Mark’s Jesus is not invited to turn stones into bread to
satisfy his hunger; there is no clever repartee between Jesus and the
devil. Mark is content to tell us that Jesus, like every other human
being, had to choose between the kingdom of God and that of Caesar.
Jesus, of course, gets it right: “The kingdom of God is at
he proclaims from the desert. “Repent, and believe in the
unspecified temptations do us all a favor at the start of these 40
days: None of us will be tempted to turn rocks into food or fling
ourselves from the church steeple. At the same time the invitation to
be someone other than children of God’s kingdom is no less
than it was for Jesus — and our contemporary adversaries no less
clever. But while Satan offered Jesus power and prestige, our modern
temptations seem hellbent on keeping us quietly content.... Read this
in full at
ETHICIST: THERE IS NO GLOBAL WAR ON CHRISTIANS
Baptist ethicist accused Newsweek magazine of feeding fear with a
cover story headlined “The Global War on Christians in the Muslim
narrative of a global war on Christians is a cousin of the myth about
a war on Christmas and the myth of a drip of persecution of
Christians in America,” Robert Parham, executive director of the
Baptist Center for Ethics wrote in a Feb. 13 article on
whatever reason, some US Christians need to think and feel that they
are persecuted,” Parham said. “Maybe it makes them believe
are more akin to figures of faith in the Bible.”
Newsweek article was written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian-born
former member of the Dutch parliament who now works for the
conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. Ali said media
portrayals of Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants
against tyranny in Arab Spring overlook a “rising genocide”
Christians in the Muslim world who are being murdered because of
cited violence directed against Christians in Nigeria, Egypt,
Pakistan and Iran as evidence of a “global war on
that is not coordinated by any Islamist group but rather “a
spontaneous expression of anti-Christian animus by Muslims that
transcends cultures, regions, and ethnicities.”
fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the
conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in
comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through
Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other,”
Ali wrote. “The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent
expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than
the fate of Christianity -- and ultimately of all religious
minorities -- in the Islamic world is at stake.”
said there is no doubt that Christians have been brutalized by
Muslims around the world but it isn’t true that Christians are
always the victims and Muslims always the perpetrators. On top of
being false, Parham said, those narratives have a theological problem
in that they misunderstand human sinfulness.... Read this in full at
CALLS MUSLIM TERRORISM A ‘MINUSCULE THREAT’
threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is "tiny" and often
exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert
said in a report released Feb. 8.
Kurzman, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and a researcher at the Triangle Center on Terrorism and
Homeland Security, said 20 Muslim Americans were indicted for violent
terrorist plots last year, down from 26 in 2010.
report, "Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11,"
said that compared to the 14,000 murders in the US last year, the
potential for Muslim Americans to take up terrorism is "tiny."
the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 193 Muslim Americans
have been indicted in terrorist plots, or fewer than 20 per year,
Kurzman said.... Read this in full at
SO RADICAL ABOUT LOVING MUSLIMS?”
happens when Christians step out in radical love and find that their
efforts of bridge-building, reconciliation, and peacemaking are
effective not only in engaging Muslims but also in giving definition
and beauty to their own faith? .... Read this in full at
YORK KNICKS’ JEREMY LIN DUBBED THE ‘TAIWANESE TEBOW’
York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken
evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese
while Lin and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow share similar
Christian convictions, Lin's rise to stardom is even more miraculous.
a few weeks ago, the Harvard University graduate was buried on the
bench and crashing on friends' couches. Stadium security guards
mistook Lin for a team trainer.
injuries to teammates, though, Lin was inserted into the starting
lineup. The Knicks have promptly won five straight games, with their
new point guard leading the way, sending the New Yorkers and
Asian-Americans across the country into a frenzy of "Linsanity."
.... Read this in full at
TEBOW-MANIA & THE EVANGELISTIC WITNESS”
you caught Linsanity yet? Unless you live life with sports blinders,
you probably have at least noticed the meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin,
starting point guard of the New York Knicks as of only a week or so
Valentine's evening, this improbable hero again amazed the watching
world. Lin drained a last-second 3-pointer to win the sixth-straight
game for the Knicks since Lin -- a perpetual benchwarmer for his
brief NBA career and only the fourth NBA player ever from Harvard --
took over as team leader. Thrust into the starting lineup due to
injuries to more high-profile and highly paid players, Lin has set
the ever-combustible media market in the Big Apple ablaze. The Asian
American, who until recently went unrecognized even by Knicks
security guards, now has spawned the highest TV ratings in recent
memory for the team and galvanized the city.
makes Lin even more intriguing, however, is his forthright Christian
faith.... Read this in full at
IS A RUNNING, JUMPING, SHOOTING CONTRADICTION
Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways. He’s a Harvard grad in the
NBA, an Asian-American man in professional sports. But we
neglect the biggest anomaly. He’s a religious person in
become accustomed to the faith-driven athlete and coach, from Billy
Sunday to Tim Tebow. But we shouldn’t forget how problematic this
is. The moral ethos of sport is in tension with the moral ethos of
faith, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim.
moral universe of modern sport is oriented around victory and
supremacy. The sports hero tries to perform great deeds in order to
win glory and fame. It doesn’t really matter whether he has good
intentions. His job is to beat his opponents and avoid the oblivion
that goes with defeat.... Read this in full at
Clare De Graaf
you think Jesus would have played hockey?”
one of the questions I posed to a young money manager as we were
driving to another state. Tom had played hockey at a Christian
college and is one of the kindest men I know. But, he had been
telling me about his son’s team and his coach, who didn’t
discourage the boys from “getting physical”. So that began
discussion on the nature of competition and the true source of our
I asked another question, “Do you think angels compete with one
another?” Do angels compete?
doubt it,” said Tom. “Why is that?” I asked. “I
imagine angels jockeying for positions to get noticed more by God or
to get ahead of each other just to see who’s best.”
you imagine that,” I asked. “Because there’s no sin
before all you red meat loving sports fans, decide to egg my house or
post a comment immediately about the benefits of competitive sports
or competition in general, please hear me out. There are plenty of
wonderful examples like Tebow, sports evangelists and successful
business executives who have used their achievements to great
advantage for the kingdom. And competition does make companies and
economies grow and prosper. My concern is not for the macro good, but
for the potential for sin that I believe is at the heart of our drive
as individuals to compete with others.... Read this in full at
A LIFE THAT STANDS OUT
apostle Peter's ‘be prepared to give an answer to everyone’
sounds very much like the apostle Paul's ‘know how to answer
everyone.’ It is as if the two of them got together on this issue
to make sure they told their congregations the same thing: be ready
and willing to answer those who do not yet believe.
is] worth noting that both apostles' exhortations to speak about
Christ appear in the context of instructions about living godly
lives. [Peter writes,] ‘Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be
sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not
repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay
evil with blessing.’ (1 Peter 3:8-9)
life out of which we are to speak [about Christ] is not simply a
moralistic life. It is a life of humility, compassion,
non-retaliation, and so on: in other words, a life of love.
Christians will not stand out in this world simply by being
and ‘ethical,’ but they will if they live the life
here, the life epitomized by the Savior himself.
point is simple: we are to live lives worth questioning and then
offer answers worth hearing.”
John Dickson in The Best-Kept Secret
of Christian Mission
Thom S. Rainer
year was 1985. My third son, Jess, was five months old. His older
brothers, Sam and Art, were five and three years old respectively. My
wife, Nellie Jo, and I were exhausted. She, in particular, seemed
never to rest with the demands of being a stay-at-home mom to three
preschool boys. I was sleeping little as well, dealing with the
demands of being a full-time seminary student, serving as pastor of a
small church, and working an additional thirty hours a week at a
decided to take a break in my studies one evening and picked up a
magazine. I was captured by a reprint of a prayer by General Douglas
MacArthur. The prayer was MacArthur's prayer for his son. Throughout
the prayer, he repeated the phrase "Give me a son." He
would then expand on how he hoped God would shape his son.
prayer captivated me. I was concerned about my sons. I wasn't sure I
had the mettle and godliness to be the type of father I needed to be.
I loved those boys so much, and I had been pleading with God to
protect them and to shape them.
in one of those moments that is both indefinable and rare, I sensed
that God was telling me something very clearly. My first prayer
should not be about my sons, but about me. God gave parents the role
of shaping and influencing the lives of their children. I knew that I
was the leader God had placed over our family. I needed the help. I
needed the prayers for me.... Read this in full at
ON THE FAMILY'S PRESIDENT ON GROUP'S WORK
Daly took over as president of Focus on the Family, one of the most
prominent Christian evangelical organizations, in 2005. On NPR
recently, Daly discussed his work, the organization's views on
divisive issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and immigration
reform.... Read and listen to this interview in full at
STUDENTS MUST TAKE ETHICS-RELIGION COURSE
top court rejected an appeal Feb. 17 from parents in Quebec who
sought the right to keep their children out of an ethics and
religious culture program taught in the province's schools.
program, which was introduced in 2008 to elementary and high schools
by the provincial Education Ministry, replaced religion classes with
a curriculum covering all major faiths found in Quebec culture,
including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and aboriginal beliefs.
children to a comprehensive presentation of various religions without
forcing the children to join them does not constitute an
indoctrination of students that would infringe the freedom of
religion of L and J [the appellants]," Madam Justice Marie
Deschamps wrote in the main ruling.... Read this in full at
FOR A REALISTIC APPRAISAL OF YOUR LIFE?
Charles R. Swindoll
was the last time you took stock of your life? I'm not referring to
the resolutions you made last month. Nor do I mean the fries you ate
last week or how many push-ups you did this morning. I'm talking
about a realistic appraisal of your life ... your future ... your
probably been a while. Self-examination isn't easy. Sometimes it's
revealing, and other times, it can be downright convicting. But we're
called to be good stewards of all God gives us, including our days.
was surprised to learn that many financial advisors urge clients to
plan for living to age ninety. Do the math — for many of us, the
years behind outnumber the years ahead. So today, will you pull out
of the fast lane long enough to ask yourself a few hard questions?
Can I honestly say I'm in the center of God's will?
Is my life leading toward a satisfying and meaningful future?
In light of eternity, am I making consistent investments in God's
causes and for His glory?
urge you not to fear being stretched. Ministry that costs little,
said, "Go," but the church through selfishness and
indifference has refused to obey. We try to substitute "write,"
"send," or "give," for "go." We
try to salve our conscience by turning over the task of "going"
to someone else and giving languidly for their support. Of course, we
must send where we cannot go. But because we can't go across the
world does not excuse us for refusing to go across the street.”
80:20 RATIO: THE SECRET TO APPRECIATING YOUR MARRIAGE
the book of Corinthians, Paul warns us of the responsibilities,
involvements, and, yes, the troubles that come with marriage. When I
quote 1 Corinthians 7:28 (But those who marry will have trouble in
this life (NCV) at our conferences, many in the audience chuckle, as
if they understand perfectly what Paul is saying.
else that is tied to this idea of trouble in marriage is what I call
“the 80:20 ratio.” According to this concept, around 80
of the time, your marriage can be categorized as good or even great
while around 20 percent of the time, you may have troubles of one
kind or another. I arbitrarily chose 20 percent to make my point. For
some couples it can be less or it can be more. It depends on many
factors and can vary from week to week.
cannot put a precise number on the amount of trouble you may have in
your marriage, but what I do know is that God does not promise a
fulfilling, trouble-free relationship 100 percent of the time.
Disagreements and misunderstandings happen. Stress comes from without
and within.... Read this in full at
USA, VERY RELIGIOUS HAVE HIGHER WELLBEING ACROSS ALL FAITHS
religious Americans of all major faiths have higher overall wellbeing
than do their respective counterparts who are moderately religious or
nonreligious. This relationship, based on an analysis of more than
676,000 interviews as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index,
is statistically significant after controlling for major demographic
and regional variables.... Read this in full at
is the message that you heard from the beginning: love each
1 John 3:11 (CEB)
the gospel everyday; if necessary, use words.”
Francis of Assisi
YOU A REAL CHRISTIAN?
you are Christian? No, I mean a real Christian.
you tell me which is the 34th book of the Old Testament? Are you able
to recite the full text of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed? Do
you assent to all of the 39 articles? If the answer in any of these
instances is no, I regret to inform you that you are clearly not the
real deal and should stop pretending otherwise. I satirize, but only
for the newly-formed Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and
Reason has revealed (drum role) that not all UK Christians are really
study, conducted by Ipsos/ MORI found that fewer than three in 10
(28%) people who called themselves Christian in the 2011 Census say
they are so "because they believe in the teachings of
Christianity", and only half have attended a church service
(outside special occasions) in the previous 12 months.
other words, there are a lot of nominal Christians in Britain. Who
would have thought it? .... Read this in full at
PIPER ON MEN IN MINISTRY, AND THE MASCULINITY OF CHRISTIANITY
Piper recently addressed a conference on the ‘Masculinity of
Christianity.’ He is concerned, as are other Reformed writers and
thinkers, for instance some in the Gospel Coalition, with what is
perceived to be the stripping of male dignity and honor in our
culture. He seeks to rub some healing balm in the wounds of men who
have been assailed about their male chauvinism and macho approaches
to women and life in general, especially in this case, men who are
ministers. But the problem with the church is not strong women, but
weak men who can’t handle strong women, much less tolerate women
ministry. So, they have to provide rationales for these views. And to
do so requires all sorts of exegetical gymnastics, ignoring of
contexts, and even dubious theology and anthropology.... Read this in
HEARD OF EVANGELICALS, BUT WHO ARE THEY?
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Religion News Service
have been in the news a lot lately, from the Denver Broncos' Tim
Tebow and his take-a-knee prayers to the Texas pastor and his wife
who spent 24 hours in bed preaching the virtues of sex in Christian
Romney is struggling to gain evangelical support for his presidential
bid, and Rick Santorum — a Catholic — won the blessing of
than 100 evangelical pastors gathered at a Texas ranch.
who are these Christians? What do they have in common and how are
they different from other believers? Even famed preacher Billy Graham
wasn't sure of the answer.
that's a question, I'd like to ask somebody, too," Graham told
religion reporter Terry Mattingly in a 1987 interview. "The
lines (have) become blurred.... You go all the way from the extreme
fundamentalists to the extreme liberals and, somewhere in between,
there are the evangelicals."
here's a primer about these religious types, their history, faith,
and politics: .... Read this in full at
SERIOUSLY WITH VIOLENT BIBLICAL TEXTS, HISTORIAN SAYS
characterizing Islam as inherently violent based on selected passages
in the Quran, Christians should consider violent verses in the Holy
Bible, historian Philip Jenkins told a recent gathering at Baylor
religions have somewhat bloody scriptures, and the worst thing we can
do is forget they are there," said Jenkins, who recently joined
Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion while jointly serving as a
professor at Penn State University.
author of books including Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore
the Bible's Violent Verses, said Christians who view violent texts in
the Old Testament as irrelevant to modern faith need to "exorcise
the spirit of Marcion," a second-century heretic who believed
that Jesus Christ is savior but rejected the wrathful Hebrew God of
the Old Testament.
said Christians throughout history have handled passages like
blessing of genocide against Canaanites in the Promised Land in the
Book of Joshua in different ways. Violent passages have been used to
justify actions from the Crusades to the modern Christian Identity
movement. Other Christians, he said, censor them by never talking
about them in sermons or Sunday school lessons.
theologians soften the stories by spiritualizing them, turning them
into parables or extended allegories. That approach, Jenkins quipped,
allows readers to imagine, "No actual Canaanites were harmed in
the making of these Holy Scriptures." .... Read this in full at
TRUSTEES VOTE TO CONTINUE SELLING '11 NIV
of LifeWay Christian Resources voted to continue selling the new NIV
Bible in LifeWay stores, approved a new vice president for its
largest division and elected new board officers.
Feb. 13-14 at LifeWay offices in downtown Nashville, trustees heard a
report from a special task force appointed to follow up on a
non-binding resolution approved by the 2011 Southern Baptist
Convention that requested LifeWay consider not selling the New
International Version (NIV) 2011 Bible in their stores.
chairman Adam Greenway, a member of First Baptist Church in Mt.
Washington, Ky., told the board "vast amounts of scholarly
research and other relevant information was gathered and studied
and a number of subject matter experts addressed the task force."
said LifeWay received support for continuing to carry the 2011 NIV
from R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Russell Moore of Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary; Jimmy Draper, former president of LifeWay;
George Guthrie, professor of Bible at Union University; and Douglas
Moo, chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation, which translated
the new NIV.... Read this in full at
DOES A CHURCH SERVICE INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO JESUS?
physical needs is crucial, but it rarely leads to deep and lasting
change. Integrating social action and evangelism is essential for
reaching the whole person, physically and spiritually. Leadership
Journal asked 7 pastors and ministry leaders to tell how they're
serving their communities in ways that result in spiritual
transformation.... Read this in full at
BAPTISTS MULL WHETHER ‘SOUTHERN’ STILL FITS
Feb. 20, Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright is
expected to give his recommendation on a possible name change to the
denomination's top leaders. That recommendation is likely to be
debated at the Southern Baptists' annual convention in June in New
a denomination that has used the same name for nearly 170 years, a
change is an involved process. First, there has to be the will to do
so. And on that, the jury is still out.
in 1845 when Baptists split into Northern and Southern branches over
slavery and other issues, the Southern branch kept its name, while
Northern Baptists eventually became the American Baptist Churches
slavery issue, says the Rev. Jay Cook, pastor of First Baptist Church
of Pascagoula, Ala., has long been addressed in the denomination's
history. "Southern Baptists have stated unequivocally that we
are sorry for any role we played in any way with slavery. It was
abhorrent." In fact, a widely respected New Orleans pastor, the
Rev. Fred Luter, is the odds-on favorite to be elected this summer as
the first African-American president of the SBC.... Read this in full
COMMUNICATION HERO: C.S. LEWIS
probably not alone when I say I started reading C.S. Lewis in
college. I was a freshman at a secular university taking a handful of
honors liberal arts classes. The professors were brilliant, and the
books they had us read were tough, but fascinating. I was learning
about Plato, western civilization in medieval times, and the
cognitive development of our human brains. Every day I left class
feeling invigorated, on top of the world…
church was a bore. I went to services alone, the songs were cheesy
and our 60+ preacher gave a sermon each week that was only slightly
tweaked from the week before.
Lewis is who gave me — and countless others — permission to
about my faith. To ask questions. To wonder what all the beauty,
truth and goodness in the world had to do with God and with me. Lewis
wrote stimulating apologetics, poetry, chronicles about magical
creatures, letters to dear friends, an autobiography and so much more
— all to challenge and build up faith.... Read this in full at
TRUTH: RECALLING FRANCIS SCHAEFFER'S CHALLENGE
Chuck Colson and Timothy George
Christianity, biblical Christianity, believes that Christianity is
not just doctrinal truth, but flaming truth—true to what is
true to the great final environment, the infinite-personal God."
Thus said the great prophet of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer,
whose 100th birthday we celebrate this year.
casting in Hollywood could not have produced a better character for
the prophet's role: his trademark knickers, often straggling hair,
goatee, and intense scowl. His voice may have been shrill at times,
but his words were piercing. Those words spoke of what he called
"true truth," and warned the church against succumbing to
relativism, which—even back in the 1970s—had conquered
and infiltrated broader society.
with laser-like precision, hit upon the most fundamental issue of our
day: The denial of "true truth" was not some passing
academic fad. In both its post-Kantian and postmodernist garb, this
denial detaches language from reality and leads to the kind of moral
and spiritual relativism that is the current coin of contemporary
discourse, especially in Europe and North America.... Read this in
ANNIVERSARY OF CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP
year marks the 75th anniversary of Child Evangelism Fellowship
(http://www.cefonline.com/), the largest ministry to children in the
world. Established during the Great Depression in Berkley,
California, by the tireless efforts of Mr. Jesse I. Overholtzer, a
farmer and one-time Plymouth Brethren pastor, CEF now has a presence
in 176 countries and reaches millions of children each year thanks to
2700 CEF workers.
burden for children that took hold of Mr. Overholtzer, affectionately
known as "Mr. O," was no doubt influenced by his own
childhood experiences in California. At the age of 12, he had many
important questions about the nature of man, sin and guilt, and his
relationship with God. His questions went unanswered because he was
considered too young to understand theology, a commonly held view at
the time. Years later, after a rebellious youth and his adult
conversion to Christianity, he happened to read a quote by the great
British preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who said, "A child five if
properly instructed, can as readily believe and be regenerated as
anyone." Captivated by this notion, he decided to test it. He
found that by explaining the gospel clearly in terms children could
understand many came to faith. Of those children, the positive
changes in their behavior and character even led some of their
parents to Christ.... Read this in full at
BRAND, NEW INITIATIVES FOR CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Today International, the nonprofit organization that serves over 2.5
million readers every month through award-winning content in
publications and Web resources such as Christianity Today magazine
and Leadership Journal, has rebranded as Christianity Today — a
global media ministry.
rebranding, which includes a new visual identity and the launch of a
new ministry website, ChristianityToday.org, reflects the powerful
history of the flagship magazine, Christianity Today, and creates a
clear connecting point for all of the ministry's brands.... Read this
in full at
REVIEW: JUST A MINUTE BY WESS STAFFORD
feel overwhelmed by the dilemma of the world's hurting children?
Whether from neglect, poverty, sickness, the statistics on child
suffering are daunting. It's tempting to look the other way and do
nothing, mostly because we feel inadequate to do anything useful. But
anyone can help a child. All it takes is a minute.
his latest book, Just A Minute (Moody Publishers, Jan. 1, 2012),
Compassion International CEO, Wess Stafford, shows how one minute can
count in big ways to a little person.
A Minute is a compilation of true stories and testimonies of
people-ordinary people, celebrities and historical figures-whose
lives were impacted for good or bad by someone who took "just a
minute" to build them up or tear them down through words, action
or attitude. The author also showcases the immeasurable reward
experienced by those who pour encouragement, godly direction,
affection, inspiration, hope . . . into the heart of a child.... Read
this in full at
'FAVORITE SINS', MOST COMMON TEMPTATIONS
more than 30 years of pastoral experience, Todd D. Hunter - author of
the new book, Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit And How You Can
Quit (Thomas Nelson, March 2012) - knows that most people, himself
included, struggle every day with temptation.
fact, according to exclusive research conducted for the book by the
60% of Americans fall prey to worry and anxiety
60% get stuck in habits of procrastination
55% are overwhelmed by the desire to overeat
44% overuse technology and social media
41% succumb to laziness
not numerically as many, Americans also deal with lust, lying,
cheating, and anger, among other things. In fact, when last faced
with one of these temptations, 59% of those surveyed did nothing to
resist. Of those that did, most struggled using ineffective means....
Read this in full at
1110 IS THE ONLY SPANISH-SPEAKING CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION IN CHICAGO
Radio launched the only fully operational Christian Spanish-speaking
radio station in Chicago on Monday, Feb. 6. With the tagline,
"Compartiendo Esperanza. Siempre Contigo." (Sharing Hope.
With You Always.), Radio Moody Chicago will broadcast daily on
are approximately two million Hispanics living in Chicago and with no
Spanish-speaking, Bible-based Christian radio station serving them,
we believe this station and its programming will fill a significant
need for this community," said Collin Lambert, vice president of
Moody Radio. "We are excited about this initiative and look
forward to hearing from listeners how Moody is ministering to them."
.... Read this in full at
are big churches, and then there’s the Yoido Full Gospel Church
Seoul, South Korea. It’s the mother of megachurches, with the
largest congregation in the world. On a typical day 200,000 will
attend one of seven services along with another two or three hundred
thousand watching them on TV in adjoining buildings or satellite
branches. While some other churches may be losing members, this one
just keeps growing. The main sanctuary holds 21,000 worshipers packed
to the rafters seven times every Sunday. Each service has its own
orchestra, its own choir, its own pastor. There are hundreds of
assistants. There need to be. Each service is translated into 16
different languages for visitors. Karen Kim is a pastor with the
church’s international division. She says she was shocked when
first moved here from Australia.... Read and see this in full at
CHRISTIANS SUBJECT TO DISCRIMINATION, ATTACKS, REPORT SAYS
Direct News (CDN) is reporting that despite some promising
developments, Christians in Turkey continue to suffer attacks from
private citizens, discrimination by lower-level government officials
and vilification in both school textbooks and news media, according
to a study by a Protestant group.
says that in its annual “Report on Human Rights
released in January, the country’s Association of Protestant
Churches notes mixed indicators of improvement but states that there
is a “root of intolerance” in Turkish society toward
non-Islamic faiths. “The removal of this root of intolerance is
urgent problem that still awaits to be dealt with,” the report
states.... Read this in full at
OF US CONSTITUTION DECLINING GLOBALLY
US Constitution used to be the model other nations used when writing
or updating their own constitutions. That influence has declined
dramatically, according to a new study.
influence of the US Constitution on other constitutions around the
globe peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then.
sad irony is around the bicentennial of the US Constitution, the late
1980s, just when the Constitution turns 200, you begin to see a real
drop off in similarity [with other constitutions], and in the 1990s
it becomes a nosedive," said David Law, professor of law and
political science at Washington University, in an interview with The
co-authored the study, "The Declining Influence of the United
States Constitution," with Mila Versteeg, associate professor of
law at University of Virginia School of Law, for the New York
University Law Review.
main reason for the decline, according to Law, is that the text of
the document is old and there are other, better, examples of
well-written constitutions that nations can emulate.... Read and see
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kindnesses are as warmly welcomed as sincere, objective
Norman G. Shidle
is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent
his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.”
1 John 4:10
WEEK'S HYMN: NEAR THE CROSS
Fanny Crosby, 1869
W. Howard Doane
keep me near the cross,
a precious fountain
to all, a healing stream
from Calvary’s mountain.
the cross, in the cross,
my glory ever;
my raptured soul shall find
beyond the river.
the cross, a trembling soul,
and mercy found me;
the bright and morning star
its beams around me.
the cross! O Lamb of God,
its scenes before me;
me walk from day to day,
its shadows o’er me.
the cross I’ll watch and wait
I reach the golden strand,
beyond the river.
thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because
although they took my purse they did not take my life; third,
although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it
was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.”
Henry Matthey, on the
night he was robbed, prayed this prayer
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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