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“May the God and Father
of our Lord
Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all
comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that
comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the
same comfort that we ourselves received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Many a humble soul will
be amazed to
find that the seed it sowed in weakness, in the dust of daily life, has
blossomed into immortal flowers under the eye of the Lord.”
CHRISTIANS GIVE UP CO2 FOR LENT
For many Christians the 40-day
of fasting and reflection before Easter known as Lent is a chance to
get in mental and spiritual shape. People give up chocolate, quit
drinking or smoking, avoid meat, start reading the Bible regularly, or
even give up social media—small “fasts” intended to
redirect one’s mind to the divine. For Catholics, liturgical
Protestants, and increasingly, nondenominational Christians around the
country, Lent fasts can often feel like another round of New
resolutions—a second attempt at giving up small indulgences for
But this year thousands of
Christians worldwide are making a bigger statement: giving up carbon to
help save the planet.
Faith groups leading the charge
this practice a “carbon fast.” Of course, completely giving
use is nearly impossible. But from taking on daily ecological-minded
actions such as walking to work to engaging in national advocacy and
carbon-reduction campaigns, these groups are determined to bring
awareness of human involvement in climate change and to promote
stewardship of the earth throughout the 40 days of Lent.... Read this
in full at
DON’T BE AFRAID
“Don’t be afraid,
no matter your age,
education level, or economic circumstance, to go out and take a leap
into life, instead of grinding away and letting your life slip away
from you. Have the courage to strike out. Try something new.”
COMING — THE MOST AWFUL DAY IN MANKIND’S HISTORY
by Rick Marschall
This is a Lenten message, but
the end of the Lenten Season, not the beginning. So many holy days /
holidays are associated with the period before Easter, that some can
lose their meaning, if not their significance. We can think of how
Mardi Gras and various Carnivals around the world steal from the unique
spirituality of the Lenten Season that begins on Ash Wednesday. And
during Holy Week itself, yes, commercialism and carnality intrude, but
mostly the immense implications of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter
Sunday, tend to eclipse the other days.
We sometimes can benefit from
at days on the church calendar that are less celebrated than others;
and it is good to think about Christian days “out of
order.” In fact it
interrupts our appreciation of the fullness of God when we
compartmentalize Christmas in the winter, Easter in the Spring …
whoops, Palm Sunday comes first, let’s keep things in order.
Commemoration is beneficial, and I’ll be the first to admit that
reminders about some things; but we can let the calendar rule us,
But except for ancient
very liturgical and Orthodox churches, and even then never to the
degrees accorded other holy days, the day between Good Friday and
Easter Sunday receives scant focus. “Holy Saturday” is the
only name it
has, and some ancient rites would hold services in stark settings, and
exercise fasting, on the day. It deserves a major portion of our
attention.... Read this in full at
by Clare DeGraaf
“When two denominations,
theologians who love God deeply and both have a high view of scripture,
disagree on a doctrinal issue, the problem may be ant language.”
When I gave this answer, I was
responding to a series of questions fired at me by a small group of
college and post-college students I was leading through Europe,
teaching the history of Christianity and biblical worldviews. We were
sitting in a sidewalk café in Geneva, Switzerland, discussing
Calvinism, in John Calvin’s town.
Here’s what they wanted
to know; “Why
is it that people who claim to love God and read the same Bible as the
next person, can come to polar opposite conclusions on so many issues?
That drives us younger Christians nuts. Why give your life and energy
to fighting each other over theological issues instead of just loving
people and introducing people to Jesus? That’s one reason kids
are simply walking away from the church.”
If you’re interested in
with your children or grandchildren about these questions yourself, you
might find the next few weeks’ blogs helpful.... Read this in
CHURCH OF NASCAR MINISTERS TO DRIVERS IN A 'LIFE-OR-DEATH SPORT'
The scene at the pre-race
meeting at Daytona International Speedway Sunday morning before the
Daytona 500 was a typical pre-race circus. Reporters everywhere.
Blinding flashbulbs and microphones jammed into drivers’ faces.
But after the meeting, which
two hours before each race, the media leaves and the doors are shut.
The roar gives way to silence. Church is about to begin.
The service is what some call
church of NASCAR, part of a national ministry for drivers, pit crew
members and their spouses and kids. It is often the only quiet moment
these families get during days at the track.
The chapel services are run by
Motor Racing Outreach, founded in 1988 by legendary NASCAR driver
Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, and a handful of other
drivers.... Read this in full at
FOCUSED ON HEAVEN
“The Apostles themselves,
who set on
foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the
Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade,
all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were
occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to
think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952,
reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 75
SUPREME COURT DECISION MAY INFRINGE ON PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS
On February 17, the Supreme
Canada unanimously dismissed the appeal of two Quebec parents who
requested that their children be exempted from the mandatory Ethics and
Religious Culture Program, offered in Quebec schools since 2008.
The parents, identified only by
initials, S.L. and D.J., said that the program interfered with their
ability to pass on the Catholic religion to their children, and that
exposing their children to various religions was confusing for them.
The program is taught
elementary and secondary school (grades 1-11) and covers Catholic,
Protestant, Jewish, aboriginal and other beliefs. All students in the
province, including children who are home-schooled, are required to
take it.... Read this in full at
A GLOBAL EVANGELICAL ELITE
by Peter Berger
Belatedly I have just read a
issued in June 2011 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, an
organization that has been producing interesting survey data about
worldwide religion with astounding frequency. This one is titled
“Evangelical Protestant Leaders”. It contains the results
of a survey
of Evangelical leaders from all over the world who gathered in Cape
Town in October 2010 at the Third Lausanne Congress of World
Evangelization. The first such gathering occurred in 1974 in Lausanne
(Switzerland), convened by none other than Billy Graham. It issued a
document called the Lausanne Covenant, a lengthy and feisty statement
of core Evangelical beliefs. The original impetus has continued in
something (what else?) called the Lausanne Movement, which has its
headquarters in the US. In case you wondered, the Second Congress took
place in Manila in 1989. (Who said that Evangelicals are averse to
A total of about 4,500
attended the Cape Town event—43% from the so-called Global North
as Europe, North America, and some outliers like Australia) and 57%
from the so-called Global South (aka as everyone else—in Latin
Africa and Asia). The survey questionnaire was distributed to all
delegates in nine languages (including English); 50% completed the
survey (which indicates very strong interest). The report is, by its
very nature, chock full of statistics. I don’t know about readers
blog, but my eyes tend to glaze over when presented with mountains of
figures. (I like to say that every time arithmetic was being taught in
my elementary school in Vienna, I had the measles—like four times
week. I have had the measles ever since.) Sometimes, though, slogging
through such statistics is very instructive. It is in this case.
After an initial perusal of the
report, I went over it again and sorted the material out into two
categories—findings that did not surprise me, and findings that
will follow the same categories here.... Read this in full at
INTERVIEW: HOBBY LOBBY'S STEVE GREEN – BIBLE ENGAGEMENT VISIONARY
Steve Green's official title
Hobby Lobby president, but at heart he's a visionary for Bible
engagement. He devotes half his time to promote the study and reading
of what he calls the "most-banned, most-debated, best-selling book of
While the average American owns
seven Bibles, Green and his family own over 40,000.
The collection is more than
hobby. Green bought his first rare biblical artifact in November 2009
and now oversees The Green Collection, which has grown to be the
world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and
artifacts. He is also working on building a national, nonsectarian
Bible museum in Washington D.C. to house the collection.
In the meantime, parts of the
collection are being shown to the public through "Passages," a
worldwide traveling exhibition which has stopped in Oklahoma City and
is currently in Atlanta.
Motivated by his "love for
Word," Green wants to use his collection to inspire people to engage
with Scripture and come to know the God of the Bible.
The Christian Post spoke with
while he was at the Vatican this week for the launch of "Verbum
Domini," a special exhibit of 150 rare biblical antiquities celebrating
the interfaith contributions of Catholics, Protestants, Jews and
Orthodox Christians to the Bible.... Read this in full at
DONALD TRUMP OR GOD? AMERICA VOTES ON WHOSE FINANCIAL ADVICE IS BETTER
In a down economy, many
searching for advice on how to manage their finances. But whose advice
do they trust? A new study shows more Americans are willing to take
advice from Donald Trump (50%), a man whose companies have filed for
bankruptcy at least four times, than from the Bible (32%), the
bestselling book of all time. Yet the Bible has more than 2,000 verses
that relate to money and possessions.
The survey, conducted by Harris
Interactive on behalf of American Bible Society to coincide with the
release of The Financial Stewardship Bible, also finds that:
* 1 in 10 Americans age 18-34
would be most inclined to take financial advice from Kim Kardashian
* 86% of Americans do not
follow what the Bible says about money management
* 1 in 4 Americans (24%) who do
follow what the Bible says about money think they would have more money
if they followed its advice
* 94% of Americans are unable
to attribute a verse from Proverbs about the rewards of work to the
Bible.... Read this in full at
WATCH YOUR TONGUE: LESSONS FROM RUSH
by Chuck Colson
Name calling. It’s just
worst thing you can do in public discourse, as one prominent radio host
proved. Radio host Rush Limbaugh had a bad week recently. And thanks to
his imprudent, unkind, and rude outburst against a female Georgetown
University law student, so did the cause of religious freedom.
The student, Sandra Fluke, told
democratic lawmakers that Georgetown University, a Catholic
institution, did not provide insurance coverage for contraception.
This, she said, meant that Georgetown law students would have to spend
$3,000 of their own money for contraceptives over the course of their
A reasonable response to Ms.
statement would be to ask why a Catholic institution’s First
rights should be overturned just because Ms. Fluke and her fellow law
students want free contraception. But Mr. Limbaugh’s response was
anything but reasonable.... Read this in full at
BILLY GRAHAM RAPID RESPONSE TEAM DEPLOYS TO FOUR STATES AFTER DEADLY
The Billy Graham Rapid Response
(http://www.billygraham.org/response) has deployed to five locations in
four states after recent tornadoes claimed dozens of lives and caused
millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses from the Midwest
to the South. Teams of disaster-trained chaplains will minister to the
needs of storm survivors in and around the communities of Harrisburg,
Ill.; Madison, Ind.; Henryville, Ind.; West Liberty, Ky.; and
"It's impossible to overstate
pain and despair caused by tornadoes," said Jack Munday, director of
the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. "There are times when you can see
a disaster coming and have an opportunity to get out of the way.
Tornadoes are so sudden. One minute your life is normal, and the next
your whole world has been turned inside-out. Please pray for these dear
people as they grieve and mourn, and as they begin to try to put the
pieces back together again. We will be there to respond with compassion
and the hope of Jesus Christ."
LIVING IN AN EVIL WORLD
by Bill Ellis
Most every magazine or
read tells of another attack on the Christian faith – on those
believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Many are convinced that our
world, and specifically our nation, is becoming more evil with each
Our society is filled with
anxiety, depression and angst. Millions are terrified, angry, worried
and approaching wits end.
In the midst of uncertainty and
confusion, there is an explanation and an answer to the questions that
are the most baffling. Franklin Graham writing about present day
attacks on religion says, “I believe we are facing the greatest
to religious liberty in our lifetime. These events are just some of the
most recent signs of the growing war on people of faith, especially
Christians who believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that
Christ alone is Lord” (DECISION, March, 2012) .... Read this in
ONLINE CAMPAIGN SHOWCASES CHURCH -- AND FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS
The global media ministry of
Christianity Today is asking men and women to share their hopes for the
church in a creative new online campaign combining story and video.
The just launched "Hope for the
Church" (http://www.ChristianityToday.org/hope) campaign is designed to
encourage online visitors with all that the global church is doing to
positively engage communities and cultures in Jesus' name.
"The global church is
Harold Smith, Christianity Today President and CEO, "and its multiple
stories speak of the transforming power of the Gospel as it permeates
all spheres of life."
"And we want to tell more of
For example, one young couple
"Our hope is that people will be drawn to the church because it is very
different from the world."
ChristianityToday.org/hope are therefore being encouraged to share
their stories and their individual hopes for Christ's church in
postings on the site. The first 1,000 contributors will receive a free
subscription to the ministry's flagship magazine, Christianity Today.
"We know Christ has a word for
world's cultures, and we now have an opportunity to speak that word by
showcasing what the church is -- or can -- do in the days to come,"
RELIGION AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Religious groups across the
are using social media to connect with their members and reach out to
new audiences. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly correspondent Kim
Lawton looks at some of the creative ways groups are making use of new
online technologies and examines the potential impact on beliefs,
practices, and religious leadership structures.... Read and view this
in full at
RICK WARREN ON MUSLIMS, EVANGELISM and MISSIONS
An interview with Rick Warren,
author of The Purpose Driven Life:
QUESTION: Do people of other
religions worship the same God as Christians?
WARREN: Of course not.
have a view of God that is unique. We believe Jesus is God! We believe
God is a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not three separate gods
but one God. No other faith believes Jesus is God. My God is Jesus. The
belief in God as a Trinity is the foundational difference between
Christians and everyone else. There are 2.1 billion people who call
themselves Christians . . . whether Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant,
Pentecostal, or Evangelical . . . and they all have the doctrine of the
Trinity in common.
QUESTION: A recent newspaper
claimed you believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God, that
you are “in partnership” with a mosque, and that you both
“not evangelize each other.” You immediately posted a brief
online. Can you expand on that?
WARREN: Sure. All three of
statements are flat out wrong. Those statements were made by a
reporter, not by me. I did not say them . . . I do not believe them . .
. I completely disagree with them . . . and no one even talked to me
about that article! So let me address each one individually: First, as
I’ve already said, Christians have a fundamentally different view
God than Muslims. We worship Jesus as God. Muslims don’t. Our God
Jesus, not Allah. Colossians 2:9 says “For in Christ dwells all
fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Second, while we urge our
build friendships with everyone in our community, including Muslims and
other faiths, (“Love your neighbor as yourself”), our
church has never
had any partnership with a mosque. Friendship and partnership are two
very different levels of commitment. Some of our members have hosted a
Bible study with Muslim friends, which I applaud, but I’ve never
to it, and a Bible study certainly isn’t any kind of partnership
merger! It’s just crazy that a simple Bible study where people
scripture with non-Christians would be reported as a partnership and
others would interpret that as a plan for a new compromised religion.
Just crazy! Third, as both an Evangelical and as an evangelist, anyone
who knows me and my 40 year track record of ministry knows that I would
never agree to “not evangelizing” anyone! I am commanded by
to share the Good News with all people everywhere, all the time, in
every way possible! Anyone who’s heard me teach knows that my
beats for bringing others to Jesus.... Read this in full at
ISRAEL AND THE PLIGHT OF MIDEAST CHRISTIANS
by Michael Oren
The church in Bethlehem had
more than 1,000 years, through wars and conquests, but its future now
seemed in jeopardy. Spray-painted all over its ancient stone walls were
the Arabic letters for Hamas. The year was 1994 and the city was about
to pass from Israeli to Palestinian control. I was meeting with the
church's clergy as an Israeli government adviser on inter-religious
affairs. They were despondent but too frightened to file a complaint.
The same Hamas thugs who had desecrated their sanctuary were liable to
take their lives.
The trauma of those priests is
commonplace among Middle Eastern Christians. Their share of the
region's population has plunged from 20% a century ago to less than 5%
today and falling. In Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians fled their homes
last year after beatings and massacres by Muslim extremist mobs. Since
2003, 70 Iraqi churches have been burned and nearly a thousand
Christians killed in Baghdad alone, causing more than half of this
million-member community to flee. Conversion to Christianity is a
capital offense in Iran, where last month Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was
sentenced to death. Saudi Arabia outlaws private Christian prayer.
As 800,000 Jews were once
from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands they've
inhabited for centuries.... Read this in full at
INSIGHT FOR LIVING BLOG ABOUT ISRAEL
The Insight for Living
2012 Israel Tour is underway until March 16. “See” Israel
Swindoll, the Insight for Living Ministries team, and hundreds of
friends while they tour the Holy Land. Daily blog updates are posted at
the 2012 Israel Travelers’ Blog. They feature videos and images
Chuck Swindoll and seminary professors speaking on-site, as well as
clips of and by tour members.... Read these posts at
VERSE TO PONDER
“Examine me, God! Look at
Put me to the test! Know my anxious thoughts! Look to see if there is
any idolatrous way in me, then lead me on the eternal path!”
“We need old friends to
help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
NEW PEW FORUM STUDY EXPLORES RELIGIOUS MAKEUP OF IMMIGRANTS
A new report on religion and
international migration by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on
& Public Life finds that Christians comprise nearly half — an
estimated 106 million, or 49% – of the world’s 214 million
international migrants. According to the study, Faith on the Move: The
Religious Affiliation of International Migrants
make up the second-largest group — almost 60 million, or 27%. The
remaining quarter are a mix of Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, adherents of
other faiths and the religiously unaffiliated (those who identify as
atheists and agnostics or say they have no particular religion).
In some respects, the religious
affiliation of migrants mirrors the religious composition of the
world’s population. For instance, Christians and Muslims are the
largest religious groups among migrants as well as the two largest
religious groups in general. However, Christians comprise a much
greater share of migrants (about one-in-two) than they do of the
general population (nearly one-in-three). Muslims also are somewhat
overrepresented among migrants, though not by as large a margin. They
comprise only a slightly higher share of migrants (27%) than of the
world’s population (23%). On the other hand, some religious
underrepresented among migrants. Hindus, for example, comprise about 5%
of international migrants but 10-15% of the global population.... Read
this in full at
LOVE NEEDS NO JUSTIFICATION
by Skye Jethani
The church has been addressing
matters of mission and justice ever since Pentecost — the Book of
after all, isn't just a list of evangelistic sermons. And the issue is
repeatedly found among Patristic writings. But my own understanding of
how evangelism and social justice intersect has been informed by a more
recent church father — John Stott.
Stott, whose service to the
this age ended last year, was neither American nor a Gen-Xer. He was
English, Anglican, and a theological heavyweight of 20th century
evangelicalism. Together with Billy Graham, he established the Lausanne
Movement, and crafted one of the most respected and widely accepted
modern statements of Christian faith and mission — the Lausanne
But having witnessed the many
of the 20th century, Stott also wrestled with the question of
evangelism and social action. And what he concluded has much to say to
us in the 21st century. In short, Stott believed both sides of the
controversy were in error.... Read this in full at
ON LIVING WELL
“The master in the art of
makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and
his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation,
his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply
pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to
decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing
James A. Michener
NFL PLAYER TURNED PASTOR: ALMOST EVERYTHING IN SOCIETY IS AGAINST
Freddie Scott II, who now helps empower families, believes that "almost
everything" in society today, especially entertainment, is making it
hard to be a good father.
Scott, founder and president of
Unlock the Champion, LLC, was the speaker at a Family Research
Council-sponsored event titled "The Dad I Wish I Had: The Crisis of
Fatherhood in the American Family," which was named after Scott's first
Scott told The Christian Post
the event that media and entertainment are strong forces against
fatherhood. "From media, entertainment, there are a lot of things that
are creeping in to sort of shape the expectation in the minds of men in
what being a man really is," said Scott. "If it's for me to be rich and
sleep with a lot of women and do this, okay, now I am a man. Well guess
what? I just sabotaged my life." .... Read this in full at
LAST DANCE AT THE BUS BAR
by W. Bruce Cameron
When my son was a toddler, he
love riding in his car seat because it gave him a stable platform from
which to pitch things at the back of my head. His giggly joy when he
managed to nail me with a soggy chunk of Pop Tart was so full of
delight I couldn't find it in my heart to get mad at him, though I
hated it when my boss would interrupt a meeting to ask me if I realized
I had pastry crumbs in my hair.
When he wasn't filling the air
projectiles he would be singing out landmarks as we passed them. "Bus
Bar!" he always cried when we drove by the outbuilding where the county
kept the school busses corralled—the "bus barn." In the summer
busses baked under the sun like large beasts napping in a field, but
during the school year the busses were sometimes out on their rounds,
inspiring a conversation like this:
"No bus Daddy?"
"No, no busses today."
"Okay, fine. Yes. Yes, there
was a bus."
I'm not sure when it was
it was no longer necessary for him to be strapped into a child safety
seat whenever we went for a car ride, though I am fairly certain it was
before he got his driver's license. And I don't remember the last time
he thought the lack of busses at the bus barn was a topic worthy of
What I do remember is the last
he held my hand. We were downtown on a crisp fall afternoon, navigating
on foot through the impatient rush-hour traffic on our way to the
bookstore. This is a kid who grew up in the mountains and who had
always regarded automobiles as solitary hunters; confronted with so
many of them on the prowl at once, their tires barking angrily at
stoplights, he became very nervous. He might have been aged eight,
then—certainly old enough that my instinctive, parental reach for
whenever we crossed a street was always shaken off with a shrug of
annoyance. But the very real danger posed by all that hurtling metal
caused him to seek reassurance, and I felt his hand curl up into mine
as we stepped off the curb.
It was the size of it that
how much his fist had grown since the last time I'd held it. That, in
turn, led me to reflect on the fact that we just didn't hold hands any
Safely across the street, he
me, and we left the episode un-remarked. For me, though, it was a rare
milestone in the otherwise shockingly swift transformation of my little
boy into man.
Parents are not often afforded
opportunity to specifically remember and treasure the last time our
kids perform some childlike act. I can't recall the final bedtime story
I read my children, or the last time any of them needed to be carried
anywhere. I didn't notice when it was no longer necessary for me to
kiss every one of their dolls goodnight when I tucked my daughters in,
or even the last time I tucked them in. There's no warning that a
treasured ritual is having its curtain call; if there were, perhaps
we'd do something special to record the occasion, in memory if not on
paper or video tape, so that maybe we could relive that precious moment.
Nowadays whenever I pass the
and the yellow behemoths are out on their routes, I note it for the
record. "No busses," I murmur, even if I am by myself. If my son is in
the car with me he gives me a bland look, registering my observation
but clearly feeling the matter doesn't call for further conversation.
He doesn't remember.
But I do remember, just as
I can remember the wet smack of a partially chewed pop tart catching me
behind the right ear, and the last time he held my hand, crossing a
busy street on an autumn afternoon.
Copyright W. Bruce Cameron
Permission is granted to send this to others, with attribution, but not
for commercial purposes.
TIM TEBOW EXPLAINS WHY HE 'TEBOWS;' USES BIBLE VERSES
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim
made appearances in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently and spoke to thousands
of his Christian fans about "Tebowing," printing Bibles verses on his
eye black, and what Jesus means to him.
The 3,000-seat Canyon Ridge
Church at Lone Mountain Road and Jones Boulevard could not hold the
crowd Sunday and about 1,800 people had to sit under a tent outside to
watch the service via video feed, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal.
One of the reasons he gets on a
he says, "is because that's a form of humbling yourself. I want to
humble myself before the Lord and say thank you for this opportunity.
Thank you for letting me play the game I love. Whether I'm good or bad,
whether I'm the hero or the goat, whether I score four touchdowns or
throw four interceptions, that will still be the same person, honoring
the Lord." .... Read this in full at
WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE SAYS "THE BIBLE HAS ERRORS"
by Jonathan Dodson
Most people question the
of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a
met someone in a coffee shop who said: “How can you be a
the Bible has so many errors?” How should we respond? What do you
Instead of asking them to name
suggest you name one or two of the errors. Does your Bible contain
errors? Yes. The Bible that most people possess is a translation of the
Greek and Hebrew copies of copies of the original documents of
Scripture. As you can imagine, errors have crept in over the centuries
of copying. Scribes fall asleep, misspell, take their eyes off the
manuscript, and so on. I recommend telling people what kind of errors
have crept into the Bible. Starting with the New Testament, Dan
Wallace, New Testament scholar and founder the Center for the Study of
New Testament Manuscripts, lists 4 types of errors in Understanding
Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and
Meaning.... Read this in full at
KNOXVILLE SELECTED AS FIRST CITY
TO PARTICIPATE IN BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES' 'ONE FAMILY' CAMPAIGN
SUPPORTING GLOBAL ORPHAN CARE
With more than 150 million
around the world waiting to be placed with a forever family, Bethany
Christian Services, the nation's premier family preservation agency,
has announced the introduction of the "One Family" campaign
(http://www.bethanyonefamily.org/knoxville) partnering US cities with
cities abroad. After careful consideration, the agency has selected
Knoxville to launch the "One Family" campaign, partnering Tennessee's
third largest city with Addis Ababa in Ethiopia as a result of the
Knoxville community's rich history of compassion and commitment to
The primary objective of "One
is to provide critical support to communities in need around the world
in the development of a sustainable orphan care system to ensure that
children who have lost one or both parents to war, AIDS, disease,
abandonment, poverty or natural disaster, receive the love and
nurturing they require.... Read this in full at
FOX DVD 'WE BOUGHT A ZOO' EXPLORES THEMES OF SACRIFICE, HOPE AND
Director Cameron Crowe (Jerry
Maguire, Almost Famous) strikes a winning chord with his film WE BOUGHT
A ZOO not only by showing how all of God's creatures can exist in
harmony, but by returning to a persistent theme in his work -- that
victory is always within reach when we respond to challenges with
determination and love. This uplifting celebration of life and family
arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home
WE BOUGHT A ZOO is based on the
story of newspaper writer Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) who buys a small
zoo to begin life afresh with his children after the passing of his
wife. Unlike many Hollywood stories, this tale allows its hero to find
fulfillment and hope not with the standard conclusion of "getting the
girl" but by embracing his cross and turning it into a joyful service
of others. By the film's end, Benjamin receives the courage he needs to
sacrifice for his family, overcome obstacles, and bring happiness and
fulfillment to all the people in his life.... Read this in full at
DUTCH MOBILE EUTHANASIA UNITS TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS
A controversial system of
euthanasia units that will travel around the country to respond to the
wishes of sick people who wish to end their lives has been launched in
The scheme will send teams of
specially trained doctors and nurses to the homes of people whose own
doctors have refused to carry out patients' requests to end their lives.
The launch of the so-called
Levenseinde, or "Life End", house-call units – whose services are
offered to Dutch citizens free of charge – coincides with the
of a clinic of the same name in The Hague, which will take patients
with incurable illnesses as well as others who do not want to die at
The scheme is an initiative by
Dutch Association for a Voluntary End to Life (NVVE), a 130,000-member
euthanasia organization that is the biggest of its kind in the
world.... Read this in full at
“A dear old friend of
mine used to
say with the truest Christian charity, when he heard any one being
loudly condemned for some fault: ‘Ah! well, yes, it seems very
me, because it is not my way of sinning!’”
Charles D. Williams
VERSE TO PONDER
“LORD, you are my God. I
you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things,
planned long ago, faithful and sure.”
Isaiah 25:1 (CEB)
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: JESUS, LOVER OF MY SOUL
Words: Charles Wesley, 1740
Music: Joseph Parry, 1879
Jesus, lover of my soul, let me
to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O
receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none, hangs
my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with
the shadow of Thy wing.
Wilt Thou not regard my call?
Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall
— Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand!
While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand,
dying, and behold, I live.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want,
more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the
faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am
False and full of sin I am;
Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is
found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound;
make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart;
rise to all eternity.
>from NetHymnal at
“It is not possible to
say, ‘I shall
pray’ or ‘I shall not pray,’ as if it were an act
according to our own
good pleasure. To be a Christian and to pray are one and the same
thing; it is a matter that cannot be left to our caprice. It is a need,
a kind of breathing necessary to life.”
Karl Barth (1886-1968), Prayer,
Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 15
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).
travel on business or vacation, let me know if you'd like us to add you
to our prayer
chain to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness.
I'll add your name to the list for the time you'll be away.]
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