Connecting man to man to God
For week of June 10, 2012
Issue 411

The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
Our mission is to lead men to Jesus Christ and provide opportunity for Christian men to grow in their faith and minister to others. 

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I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.”
- Ephesians 3:17-19 (CEB)



     CONSIDER
There is only one way to bring peace to the heart, joy to the mind, beauty to the life, and that is to accept and to do the will of God.”
- William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of Matthew, v. 2, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1958, p. 97



     CHRISTIAN LEADERS MORE INFLUENTIAL ON TWITTER THAN JUSTIN BIEBER, LADY GAGA
Christian leaders and their ministries are some of the most popular Twitter users – not in terms of followers, but in how many times their messages are forwarded to others. Tweets from influential voices like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes do better even with less followers than celebrities like Justin Bieber.

The average number of reactions to ministers' often positive messages is staggering, especially when compared to entertainers like Lady Gaga. Joyce Meyer topped the list, with 170 reactions per every 50,000 followers. Joel Osteen came in a close second with 147 mentions, followed by Max Lucado. On average, their tweets got 30 times as much attention, according to The New York Times.

The discovery came about when Twitter sent a senior executive, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, to investigate exactly why Christian leaders' followers were so engaged with the microblogging site, and to recruit more pastors and their ministries to join.

"Pastors tell me Twitter is just made for the Bible," Ms. Diaz-Ortiz told The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/technology/christian-leaders-are-powerhouses-on-twitter.html).... Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-leaders-more-influential-on-twitter-than-justin-bieber-lady-gaga-76058/


     GETTING SPIRITUALLY DRUNK
by Clare De Graaf
A few weeks ago I was in Paris with four college seniors finishing up ten days of travel, teaching them history and current events in light of a biblical worldview. “My guys” were some of the most gifted, leadership young men I’ve ever spent time with and the products of fine Christian families.

One of our discussions was on what it meant to “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” I told them that one of the reasons that concept might feel foreign and theological to them, could be because they’ve never been spiritually drunk.

First, allow me to go back a week to a conversation we had as a group in Krakow, Poland, our first stop. We were talking about worship, specifically about the dangers of having worship becoming so familiar, so routine that we simply “go on automatic,” doing what everyone else does simply because that’s the way it’s done. Doing church! That kind of “worship” is easy, mindless and quite probably a sin.... Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2012/06/04/getting-spiritually-drunk/


     I'LL HAVE JESUS, WITH A LITTLE SIDE OF IDOLATRY
I was reading about a strange baptism practice that was allowed by the church when the Knights of Templar would be baptized. When the church would baptize one of the knights, they would be baptized with their sword, but they wouldn't take their swords under water with them. Instead they would hold their swords up out of the water while the rest of them would be immersed. It was the knights' way of saying to Jesus, ‘You can have control of me but you can't have this. Jesus, I'm all yours, but who I am and what I do on the battlefield, how I use this sword, that's not part of the deal.’

If that was still the practice today, we might not hold up a sword, but my guess is that many would hold up a wallet. Some would hold up a remote control. Others would hold up a laptop.

Many fans say to Jesus, ‘I will follow. Anything and everything I have, I give to you.’ But Jesus points to what you're hiding behind your back and says, ‘What about that?’ For Nicodemus it was a religious reputation. For the Rich Young Ruler it was his stuff. For this man it seems to be his family relationships that held him back. They are willing to follow Jesus, but the relationship isn't exclusive. They're holding on to some things from the past.

Jesus doesn't want followers who have a divided affection or a split allegiance. And so Jesus points to what you most value and are most concerned about, and says, ‘What about that?’

Steve said, ‘I want to follow Jesus with everything.’ And Jesus asked, ‘What about your entertainment choices?’ Steve wanted to be a follower of Jesus, but for a long time he kept looking back to television shows and internet sites that filled him with lust. He wanted to follow Jesus, but not with both hands on the plow; he kept looking back.

To Doug, Jesus asks, ‘What about your money?’ Over the years Doug had found his identify and self-worth not in being a follower of Jesus, but in money and the things money could buy. With a downturn in the economy Doug has begun to realize that though he said he would follow Jesus, he has spent most of his time and given most of his attention to looking back.”
- Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan (Teen Edition): What Does it Really Mean to Follow Jesus?



     WHEN GOD DOESN'T ANSWER
by Renee James
I was 18 the night I stopped praying for my brothers. Sean is severely autistic. Niall has Down Syndrome.

I'd tired of hurling nightly prayers for divine healing, or variations on that theme, at my bedroom ceiling: "God, the Bible says you care about healing. Please heal Sean and Niall." "God, what about our family made you think we could handle two handicapped sons?" "Is it something we've done? Not fair!" "Lord, why am I normal and Sean and Niall not? Is there something I'm supposed to do or be to make up for them?" "God, why their handicaps? Why?"

My words always seemed to bounce off the ceiling and fall flat—words that couldn't move an implacable God. God's non-answer to my "Why?" pierced me deeper than the in-my-face physical nature of my brothers' handicaps: Niall cannot feed, clean, or clothe himself. He will never talk, read, or write. Sean fares little better.... Read this in full at
http://www.kyria.com/topics/spiritualformation/theologyspiritualissues/goddoesntanswer.html


     FREE BOOK
Logos Bible Software is offering The Four Hundred Silent Years by H. A. Ironside as its free book for the month of June.

Ironside provides an easy-to-understand account of the period between the end of Malachi and the beginning of Matthew. In it, he provides not merely a chronological outline or a series of biological sketches, but traces the warnings of Ezra and Nehemiah, along with Josephus and other Jewish historians. He covers the end of the priestly rule, the days of the Maccabees, the end of the Asmonean Dynasty, and the Edomites. The final chapter is devoted to a brief commentary on the major writings of Jewish literature, including the Apocrypha.

Ironside’s intention to draw practical lessons from the intertestamental period makes this the perfect book for anyone interested in an introduction to this important historical era and the implications for the modern church.” Get the free book at
http://www.logos.com/free-book-of-the-month?


     FREE eCHART
A free side-by-side comparison chart showing differences between Mormonism and Christianity is available as a free download for your computer or iPad. It can be printed for personal or group use. Get it at
http://www.rose-publishing.com/Assets/ClientPages/mormon_landing.aspx


     OLYMPICS PROVIDE UNIQUE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
At times, when Doug Shaw stands on the hill just outside Olympic Park in London, he can barely hear himself think. Construction buzzes and roars in preparation for the Summer Olympic Games, which start July 27. The work's been going strong for years. Shaw can relate. He hasn't stopped in ages either.

As Olympics volunteer coordinator for Southern Baptists, he's been in motion for months preparing Baptists to meet the tens of thousands of internationals coming to the United Kingdom this summer.

"We are praying that many people from all over the world who may not have an opportunity to hear or respond to the gospel without being persecuted by their neighbors might have that opportunity while they're here in London," Shaw said.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=37985

PLAN NOW FOR THE OLYMPICS
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, July 27, 2012.
http://www.london2012.com/
http://www.nbcolympics.com/


     WHAT I LEARNED FROM DUKE ELLINGTON
by Joel Miller
What if instead of judging others, we saw their failings as our own?

Some years back I read Duke Ellington’s autobiography, Music is My Mistress. A statement he made about withholding judgement of others really stuck with me.

We should recognize that everybody is capable of making a mistake,” he said, “and we should not raise any more hell about somebody else’s mistakes than we expect to be raised when we make one. Who does not make mistakes? Who is not limited? Everybody but God.” .... Read this in full at
http://joeljmiller.com/praying-for-grace-judging-others/


     FAITH IN ACTION
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way.

The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.

For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
Source: The Lookout


     'THE AVENGERS' A METAPHOR FOR THE CHURCH
by Amy Butler
As a loving parent interested in knowing what my children like, my ongoing and increasingly unsuccessful attempts to understand the teen-aged mind led me last week to go with them to see the new movie The Avengers.

If it had been up to me, I probably would have chosen another film. For one thing, watching the chaotic pace of the action was enough to make me motion sick. For another, it seemed to take an interminably long time for those superheroes to figure out that they could get a lot more done by working together instead of wasting time by showing off their own special superpowers.

The main plot of the movie is this group of superheroes ends up saving the world from the forces of evil. I assume this is the plot of most superhero movies, but I couldn’t say for sure.

Anyway, I noticed that most of the story focused on the superheroes’ inability to get along with each other. It takes until the very end of the movie until the group finally begins to get their act together instead of using their powers in competitive and nonproductive ways.... Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/opinion/item/7469-the-avengers-a-metaphor-for-the-church


     ENJOYING PLEASURE TO THE FULLEST
Why is sex fun? Why is eating fun? Why are there colors?

Where did pleasure come from? That seems to me a huge question - the philosophical equivalent, for atheists, to the problem of pain for Christians. Don't atheists and secular humanists have an equal obligation to explain the origin of pleasure in a world of randomness and meaninglessness?

Pleasure is at once a great good and a grave danger. If we start chasing pleasure as an end in itself, along the way we may lose sight of the One who gave us such good gifts as sexual drive, taste buds, and the capacity to appreciate beauty. As Ecclesiastes tells it, a wholesale devotion to pleasure will, paradoxically, lead to a state of utter despair.

Somehow Christians have gotten a reputation as anti-pleasure, and this despite the fact that they believe pleasure was an invention of the Creator himself. We Christians have a choice. We can present ourselves as uptight bores who sacrificially forfeit half the fun of life by limiting our indulgence in sex, food, and other sensual pleasures. Or we can set about enjoying pleasure to the fullest, which means enjoying it in the way the Creator intended.

Not everyone will accept the Christian philosophy of pleasure as a gift best enjoyed within the bounds of the Creator's intent. Some skeptics will scoff at any insistence on moderation. For these skeptics, I have a few simple questions. Why is eating fun? Why are there colors? I'm still waiting for a good explanation that does not include the word God.”
- Grace Notes: Daily Readings with Philip Yancey



     THE LEGACY OF PRISONER 23226
by Wendy Murray Zoba
On a crisp winter evening in early February, just outside Washington, D.C., Prison Fellowship celebrated its 25th year of ministry. The Gala Celebration felt like an Academy Awards ceremony for evangelicals. A Who's Who of Christian celebrities lent their enthusiastic support to Charles Colson, PF's founder and driving force, as well as to the ministry itself. Senate Chaplain Lloyd Oglivie opened with prayer. Kay Cole James, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, gave the introductions. Apologist Ravi Zacharias and Republican activists as diverse as Gary Bauer and Jack Kemp stood from their tables and offered praise for the good work of their host. President George W. Bush sent a letter. Pastor and radio speaker Alistair Begg captivated the audience with an exposition of Joshua 4, made more transporting by his Scottish lilt.

The celebration, in fact, had been going on all week in Washington. Men in pinstriped suits and women in blazers thronged the Washington Hilton for a three-day retreat replete with speakers, devotionals, and lots of caffeine. The evening before the Gala Celebration, at the Founder's Dinner, a more intimate PF gathering, another contingent of Who's Who personalities gathered to celebrate PF. Among many others, Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson stood and hailed the ministry of Charles Colson: "This is an exciting time in Washington. We're leaving tomorrow, going to a retreat with the President to plan the agenda for serving people through faith-based institutions." Prison Fellowship, said Hutchinson, is an excellent model of how biblical principles can be applied to "the world of injustice." .... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/july8/1.28.html


     CHURCHES AND THE DISABLED
The disabled, says religion writer Mark Pinsky, “are not just people who need help, but they are people who can help." .... Read & see this video report in full at
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/may-11-2012/churches-and-the-disabled/10968/


     1617 KING JAMES BIBLE ACQUIRED BY NEW ORLEANS SEMINARY
In 2011, English speakers -- and Christians in particular -- celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James "Authorized Version" of the Bible.

The KJV, heralded both for its longstanding value as a translation of Scripture and for its impact on the English language, was commissioned in 1604. Seven years later, in 1611, royal printer Robert Barker produced the first copies of the new English version of the Bible.

A second printing took place in 1613, with a third in 1617.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary acquired a copy of the King James Bible from that 1617 printing from a former Primitive Baptist minister and his family in Atwood, Tenn., in August 2011.... Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=37960


     BIBLE.IS - TECHNOLOGY USED TO COVER THE WORLD WITH THE GOSPEL
Bible.is - the free Bible app created by the Audio Bible ministry Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) - continues to grow in influence. The app is capable of providing access to God's Word to over two-thirds of the world's population.

FCBH says the ministry is continuing its mission of using Audio Bibles to reach the half of the world's population who cannot read. The Scripture-only app offers Audio New Testaments in more than 600 languages, with written text also included in many versions.... Read this in full at
http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/bibleis-technology-used-cover-world-gospel


     A HAND UP, NOT A HANDOUT
by Peter Greer
Marcel, a 30-year-old friend from Rwanda, wrote an email stating: “I am not good because there has been a long time without a job. I am still looking for a job. My life is not going well for me.” Marcel was not making a veiled plea for a handout; he truly wanted an opportunity to use his skills and abilities to provide for his needs.

The more time we spend listening to the people we are trying to serve, the more we will hear Marcel’s refrain repeated in various contexts and within various cultures—people living in poverty know a handout is inferior to an opportunity to work and provide for one’s own long-term needs. Nearly every human prefers the dignity that comes from employment to the demeaning dependence of handouts.... Read this in full at
http://rejectapathy.com/poverty/features/20415-a-hand-up-not-a-handout


     PROGRAM PAIRS MENTOR FATHERS WITH FATHERLESS BOYS
As 37% of children in the US are growing up in fatherless homes, an organization called Fathers in the Field aims to help fatherless boys ages 7 to 17 by pairing them with mentor fathers from local churches.

Mentor fathers first need a pastor's reference, community reference, and background check to participate in the 3-year Fathers in the Field program, during which the pairs meet at least four times a month: twice to attend church, once for community service to widows, and once for outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, camping, and fixing car motors. At the end of the year, mentor fathers bring their boys, called field buddies, on a 3-day trip.

John Smithbaker, founder of Fathers in the Field, says the major benefit is the relationship that develops through the activities. By gaining a boy's trust, he says, mentor fathers can tell them about the love of their heavenly Father and the need to forgive their earthly abandoner. Smithbaker mentors 7-year-old Brayden, who lives with his grandmother without a father figure in his life. Brayden's grandma says Brayden now helps around the house, reminds her to pray before meals, and has "learned that it's OK if his earthly dad left," because, in Brayden's own words, his Heavenly father "stays by my side all the time and never leaves me."
http://www.religiontoday.com/blog/program-pairs-mentor-fathers-with-fatherless-boys.html


     VERSE TO PONDER
So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CEB)



     CONSIDER
A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.”
- Will Rogers



     GETTING TO THE CRUX OF CALVARY
by Richard Mouw
During a coffee break at a conference, I passed by some young pastors who were discussing the Atonement, a topic covered by the speaker at the session we had just attended. One of them said rather forcefully that he seldom mentions the substitutionary work of Christ anymore in his sermons. Instead, he said, he talks about how Christ encountered "the powers" of consumerism, militarism, racism, super-patriotism, and the like.

I fought the temptation to join their chat. But I was troubled by what I had heard. A few hours later, searching for something to listen to on my rental car's radio, I came upon a Christian station airing a recording of a man who was telling the story of his spiritual journey to a group of fellow business folks.

The man recounted a time when he was increasingly successful in his business dealings, while increasingly dissolute in his personal lifestyle: drinking heavily, unfaithful to his wife, distant from his children, his marriage headed toward divorce. His wife and daughters were active in church life, but he never attended.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/may/getting-to-the-crux-of-calvary.html


     THE TENDER TOUCH OF A STRANGER
by Kevin Turner
It seems like only yesterday when our then-eleven-year-old daughter, Emily, lay on the ground desperately crying, "Daddy, Daddy, are you there? I can't see you Daddy!" The broken bone in her neck was causing blindness and in desperation, I called to her, "Emily, Emily I am here -- I am right in front of you!"

"Jesus, hold me in your arms, Jesus!" were the next words from her mouth.

When my daughter lost sight of her earthly father, by faith, she was able to reach out and see her heavenly Father. Brief moments of time were suddenly dragged into eternity as minutes seemed like hours waiting for the emergency crew to arrive. During that time, my mind raced to numbness to action, back to numbness again while calamity was doing her perfect work and teaching the most important things in life.... Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12060023.htm


     IN AGE OF CHURCH SUPPERS, GLUTTONY IS THE FORGOTTEN SIN
Jesus ate locally. He walked everywhere. He loved grilled fish dinners with friends. And even if drive-thrus existed in the first century, he wouldn’t have gulped down a value meal on his way to the office.

That’s the message obesity fighters want pastors to convey to their flocks, captive audiences with a built-in support system — one another. And while the deadly sin of gluttony slipped out of church lingo decades ago, a gentler approach that emphasizes eating as a spiritual issue can work, they say.

It’s vital that obesity be addressed from the pulpit, said Scott Morris, a medical doctor and minister who founded Church Health Center in Memphis. But church practices have to change, too, and it works better to demonstrate what Jesus would do than to pound people for being overweight.

The least healthy meal you can eat every week is at your church,” Morris said. “The church has blessed the sin of gluttony. They have the hope of being able to draw people into the church in a way that is not necessarily great for the community. We have to change that.“ .... Read this in full at
http://community.statesmanjournal.com/blogs/dickhughes/2012/06/04/in-age-of-church-suppers-gluttony-is-the-forgotten-sin


     LEAST OF THESE’ INITIATIVE TO TRANSLATE BIBLE FOR FORGOTTEN PEOPLE
The Seed Company (http://www.theseedcompany.org/), the world's fastest-growing Bible translation organization, today announced the Least of These initiative, designed to translate the Word of God for the world's most marginalized people. Of the more than 2,000 languages still without any Scripture, 1,240 have 10,000 or fewer speakers. Most live in remote or inhospitable regions; all are without God's Word in their language.

The Seed Company, along with its global partnership base, is making an all-out effort to enlist the support of Christians across America. Many Least of These projects are already underway and others are ready to begin or expand, but they need support to do so. To maximize this support, The Bolthouse Foundation will match every Least of These donation from any church-related group.... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/632119885.html


     JACKSON, MS AREA CHURCHES CHOOSE TO DROP DENOMINATION ID FROM THEIR NAMES
Out of a dozen or more congregations planted on the Northside (of Jackson, MS – including south Madison county) in the past 10 or 15 years, only a few of them specify a denomination in their names.

That’s not necessarily because they’re all nondenominational. And apparently it’s not because these young churches are ashamed of where they come from, what they believe, or their denomination of choice.

Instead, a desire to reach as many people as possible is changing the way new churches brand themselves.... Read this in full at
http://theaquilareport.com/jackson-ms-area-churches-choose-to-drop-denomination-id-from-their-names-by-katie-eubanks/


     TECHNOLOGY SHIFTS THE MEANING OF ‘DEATH US DO PART’ IN FUNERAL RITUALS
When her 91-year-old aunt passed away in 2010, Diane DiResta videotaped the eulogies to create a record of the moving words spoken. She wasn't ready to talk about her aunt at the service, so she used an online tool for publishing audio to record her thoughts, then e-mailed the audio file to close family.
And when a cherished 89-year-old uncle died in Las Vegas in February — and there was no funeral service to follow — the New York City resident again turned to technology.
"Since there was no way for the family to share his life and express their grief together, I created a blog," she said. "I added pictures, and family members were able to post their memories of him."
This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.

In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virtual candles on memorial websites, upload video tributes to YouTube and express sadness through online funeral home guest books. Mourners affix adhesive-backed barcodes or "QR code" chips to tombstones so visitors can pull up photos and videos with a scan of a smartphone.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/ethics/death-and-dying/technology-shifts-the-meaning-of-death-do-us-part-in-funeral-rituals


     TECHNOLOGY IS GOOD FOR RELIGION
by Lisa Miller
Information technology means the end of organized religion — or, at least, that’s what the opinion-makers say. The existence of Google, argued the atheist Hemant Mehta, “is a death knell for religion as we know it,” because it enables people to instantly discover verifiable truths about the universe (evolution, the sex lives of clergy). In a pre-Internet world, they could have been kept in the dark. Last month, 40,000 Orthodox Jews met in a New York baseball stadium to bemoan the erosion of values in their communities thanks to the Internet. “It brings out the worst in us!” a spokesman for the event told reporters.

I would argue that the opposite is true. Technology can greatly enhance religious practice. Groups that restrict and fear it participate in their own demise.... Read this in full at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/the-religious-authorities-and-pundits-are-wrong-technology-is-good-for-religion/2012/05/31/gJQAsDHi6U_story.html


     46% AMERICANS BELIEVE IN CREATIONISM
A new Gallup poll measures Americans' belief in the origin of human beings, and how this belief correlates with church attendance, political party affiliation, and education level. The poll was conducted by interviewing a random sample of 1,012 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.... Read this in full at
http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx


     CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP EXPANDS ITS GLOBAL MINISTRY
Child Evangelism Fellowship (http://www.cefonline.com/), the largest Christian ministry to children in the world, has expanded its global ministry for the fifth consecutive year. CEF announced the establishment of its international ministry in four more countries at its 75th anniversary celebration in May. This brings the total number of countries and territories where CEF is present to 180. According to Mr. Tom Levanos, CEF executive director for operations, the ministry is now present in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean, the Republic of Guinea in West Africa (Guinea-Conakry), another country in Africa and one in the Asia Pacific region. These last two countries cannot be named in order to protect the safety of the CEF workers serving there.... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/7667119895.html


     MADRID DECLARATION REINFORCES ESSENCE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
The Madrid Declaration, adopted by World Congress of Families VI (May 25-27, 2012) reaffirmed Article 16 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which noted the family is "the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state."
The Madrid Declaration, adopted by 3,100 delegates assembled for the World Congress of Families (http://congresomundial.es/en/) at the Palacio de Congresos in Spain's capital, charged: "Ideologies of statism, atomistic individualism, and sexual revolution challenge the very essences of marriage and family. Recent legal and public policy changes have corrupted the meaning and dignity of marriage, devalued parenting, encouraged easy divorce and births outside of marriage, confused sexual identities, promoted promiscuity, created conditions that increased child abuse, isolated the elderly, and fostered depopulation." .... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/821919883.html


     BILLIONAIRE NAMES TWO FINALISTS FOR FREE MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS
After four months of hosting tours, soliciting proposals and fending off controversy, the billionaire owners of a picturesque campus in western Massachusetts have announced two finalists in the competition to receive the property free of charge.

Finalists to receive the 217-acre Northfield, Mass., campus founded by 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody are the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board and Grand Canyon University Foundation of Phoenix.

It’s our privilege now to gift this to an organization that will carry on the Moody tradition,” said a statement from Steve Green, the Oklahoma businessman who bought the campus with his family in 2009.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/culture/education/billionaire-names-two-finalists-for-free-mass.-campus


     UNBORN BABIES COULD BE TESTED FOR 3,500 GENETIC FAULTS
A team has been able to predict the whole genetic code of a foetus by taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant, and a swab of saliva from the father.

They believe that, in time, the test will become widely available, enabling doctors to screen unborn babies for some 3,500 genetic disorders. The possibility is raising concerns the breakthrough could lead to more abortions. At the moment the only genetic disorder routinely tested for on the NHS is Down’s syndrome.... Read this in full at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9315265/Unborn-babies-could-be-tested-for-3500-genetic-faults.html


     FITNESS TRAINER GAINS AND LOSES 70 POUNDS IN 1 YEAR -- ON PURPOSE
When Drew Manning stepped out from behind the cardboard cutout of his former fat self, the audience of "Good Morning America" was appropriately shocked.

The fitness trainer's journey had come to an end after successfully losing more than 70 pounds -- six months after he purposely gained the same amount. "Like it never happened," host George Stephanopoulos said. "Kind of," Manning said.

Both Manning and his wife, Lynn, can attest that a lot actually has changed in the past year. While Manning's body may have returned to its six-pack heydays, his mind, in many ways, has not.... Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/health/drew-manning-fit2fat2fit-lessons/index.html?hpt=hp_c3


     CONSIDER
We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world.”
- Mother Teresa



     VERSE TO PONDER
To you, LORD, belong greatness and power, honor, splendor, and majesty, because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingship, and you are honored as head of all.”
- 1 Chronicles 29:11 (CEB)



     THIS WEEK'S HYMN: SPIRIT OF GOD, DESCEND UPON MY HEART
Words: George Croly, 1854
Music: Frederick C. Atkinson, 1870

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/s/o/sogdumyh.htm


     ON PRAYER
Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer (June 6, 1944):
My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.... Read this in full at
http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/odddayp.html

Also see “D-Day Landing Prayer is Read on the US Senate Floor”
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/9095219899.html


     PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY 
http://christiansincrisis.net/


     DAILY BLESSING PACT
Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

PERSONAL
Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

FINANCIAL
Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Benefits
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Settlements
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

"And 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).

[As you 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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     SHARE YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITES 
Tell us what sites you find enjoyable and why. 

Bible Gateway Email Bible Verses
http://www.biblegateway.com/newsletters/

Calm.com
http://calm.com/

Transit of Venus
http://www.transitofvenus.org/

Transit of Venus video coverage from around the world
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jun/06/transit-of-venus-century-stargazers

Venus transit of the sun background video
http://bcove.me/kwab93sh

The Longest Tunnel in the World
http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/01/the-longest-tunnel-in-the-world/

All links to websites are provided as a service, and do not imply endorsement by this ministry. 

(BTW: whenever the URLs in this newsletter are too long to turn into links on your e-mail program, just copy the entire URL (two lines or more) and paste it into a temporary email message. Then delete the return in the middle of it and copy it again. Then paste it into your web browser and hit enter.) 


I'm not sure how ambivalent I should be.
Frank Coleman, Editor
frank@frankcoleman.com


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