Connecting man to man to God
For week of November 04, 2012
Issue 432

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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You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.”
- 1 Peter 2:9 (CEB)



     CONSIDER
Don't worry about what you do not understand of the Bible. Worry about what you do understand and do not live by.”
- Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983), Clippings from My Notebook: writings of and sayings collected, Nashville: T. Nelson, 1982, p. 53



     BILLY GRAHAM LOOKS FORWARD TO 94TH BIRTHDAY
As evangelist Billy Graham prepares to celebrate his 94th birthday on November 7, he has been reflecting on the previous year and preparing for what God has in store for him during his 95th year on the planet.

"I never expected I would live this long, outliving my beloved wife Ruth as well as many friends and loved ones," Mr. Graham said. "I believe God must still have a purpose for keeping me here, and I look forward to seeing what that might be."

Mr. Graham continues to be called upon to provide perspective on world events and the spiritual state of our nation, especially heading into a presidential election. He has encouraged all Americans to join him in praying for our country and its leaders during this critical time. He regularly prays for the President, those who are currently in office, and those who are seeking to lead our nation into the future.... Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8552270785.html

Also see: “Join TBN for a Special Birthday Tribute to Dr. Billy Graham”
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/6593970812.html


     IS GOD’S LOVE REALLY UNCONDITIONAL?
by Clare De Graaf
God’s love for us is unconditional. It never changes regardless of what we do or don’t do. He loves us just the way we are.” I recently heard a Christian I respect a lot make that statement and I’ve heard variations of it all my Christian life. But is it true?

I had the same misgivings when I read this quote from the bestselling book, Jesus Calling. (A book I do like by the way.) Here’s a portion of the reading for December 26. In it, the author assumes the voices of Jesus and says, “I am the Gift that continuously gives – bounteously, with no strings attached. Unconditional love is such a radical concept that even my most devoted followers fail to grasp it fully. Absolutely nothing in heaven or on earth can cause me to stop loving you. You may feel more loved when you are performing according to your expectations. But my love for you is perfect; therefore it is not subject to variation.”

Both of these quotes leave the distinct impression that God doesn’t love us or like us any differently whether we’re good or bad. Is that really true? If it is, it may be an explanation why so many Christians are behaving badly – thankful for God’s love but without any fear of him at all.

Is that really the God of the Bible? .... Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2012/10/29/is-god%e2%80%99s-love-really-unconditional/


     GOD'S LOVE IN 4D
by Morgan Guyton
Ephesians 3:14-21 talks about the “height, length, width, and depth of God’s love.” I have no idea what Paul actually had in mind with these terms (neither do any of the commentaries), but preaching on this passage gave me an opportunity to be creative in talking about different aspects of God’s love according to geometric dimensions. I found scriptures that talked about each of these four dimensions of God’s love. And I explained why this love requires the cross of Jesus Christ in order to perfectly fulfill itself.

1. What is the height of God’s love?
(A) As tall as the distance from heaven to Earth (Philippians 2:5-11)
The first way to describe the height of God’s love is as the distance from the throne of God in heaven to the lowliest point on the Earth that He created. Philippians 2:5-11 describes how Jesus traversed this distance by “becoming nothing” even though He was “God by nature.” Jesus’ birth in a manger and death on a cross represent the very bottom of society. Because Jesus lived on the bottom of society, nobody could think of themselves as beneath God’s love.... Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/article/entry/3354/gods-love-in-4d


     WHAT WE SAY ABOUT OUR RELIGION, AND WHAT WE DO
A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that 79% of Americans identify with an organized faith group. By that measure, this is a deeply religious country - more so than many countries, for example, in Europe.
NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam has been looking more closely at that number and was asked what he is looking for.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM: I wanted to know if it held up. You know, by any measure, as you point out, the United States is a significant outlier when it comes to how religious people say they are. You know, virtually alone in the developed world, large numbers of Americans report that they are indentified with a religious faith. Nearly half of all Americans report that they attend church every week - that's every single week, compared to Western Europe, for example, where maybe about 20 percent of people say they attend church.

Now, it's a little bit more in Catholic countries, a little bit less in Protestant countries. But that's the big picture, which is that the United States really is very different from most other countries. But there's a problem with all these numbers, which is they're all based on what people say.... Read this in full at
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/24/163527979/what-we-say-about-religion-and-what-we-do


     EVANGELISM WITH THE NEVER-CHURCHED
by Jack Jackson
Last Christmas season, my family walked through the downtown community where we live. In one of the store windows we passed were a small set of woodcarvings that included a baby, two adults right next to the baby, three kingly-looking persons nearby, and a scattering of cows, donkeys, and ducks. I still am not sure of the significance of the ducks, but we were looking at a crèche.

One of my children’s friends pointed out the Nativity scene. He said it was the strangest thing he had ever seen. Cows never hang out with ducks, much less people, he said.

What is this?” he asked. My wife responded by saying it was the Nativity scene. “What is that?” came the response. “It is the story of Jesus’ birth in the stable.” To which our friend said, “Never heard of it.”

It is not necessary to recap the growth trends of people leaving Christian places of worship. Recent polls suggesting that 20 percent of U.S. citizens have no connection to any religious tradition surprise few. Most of us also know that there are people in our communities, like my child’s friend, with virtually no awareness of the basics of the Christian gospel. And yet evangelistic and missional practices in many churches seem to assume an awareness of the Christian story that clouds effective evangelism.

While “unchurched” was the term to describe the majority of people outside of the church a generation ago, a term that better describes people not part of a church is “never-churched.” This term reflects the reality that new generations did not grow up as part of a community of faith, and in turn never became part of a church to leave. Evangelistic ministry that brings never-churched people into the Christian faith and initiates them into the reign of God is different than in the past.... Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/article/entry/3339/evangelism-with-the-never-churched


     JONI EARECKSON TADA: BREAST CANCER UPDATE
Before cancer, Joni Eareckson Tada lived an extremely busy life. One of the longest surviving quadriplegics on record, she led an international Christian ministry for people with disabilities. She was also a popular speaker, bestselling author, and acclaimed artist.
JONI EARECKSON TADA: In my situation, being a quadriplegic, I never had time to think about cancer, it always happened to other women. It was not in my wheelhouse. I mean, I had other issues to deal with.... Read and watch this interview in full at
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/october-26-2012/joni-eareckson-tada-breast-cancer-update/13587/


     HOW WE LIVE
It is remarkable that the Holy Spirit has given us very few deathbed scenes in the book of God. We have very few in the Old Testament, fewer still in the New. And I take it that the reason may be, because the Holy Ghost would have us to take more account of how we live than how we die, for life is the main business. He who learns to die daily while he lives will find it no difficulty to breathe out his soul for the last time into the hands of his faithful Creator.”
- Charles Spurgeon



     WHAT ARE WE TO MAKE OF PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE INNER HEALING AND THEN REVERT TO THEIR OLD WAYS?
by Sharon L. Lewis
A few years ago, as I scanned the congregation before the service, I again saw David and his wife, sitting in the back. He now attends regularly, but that had not always been the case. He had avoided church for years--until his wife became seriously ill and was suddenly healed when a group of us prayed with her. Though he had witnessed that miracle, David (no real names are used) avoided asking for prayer for himself, though at times he liked me to pray for him and his wife as they received Holy Communion together. This Sunday he asked for prayer as he came forward for Communion, explaining, 'My father died.' .... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/october/yes-and-no-of-healing.html?paging=off


     BELIEF IN MIRACLES CLIMBS IN THE AGE OF OPRAH
Even as more people appear to be turning away from organized religion, a new study finds that the number of Americans who definitely believe in religious miracles increased 22% in the past two decades, with 55% now certain of this supernatural phenomenon.

Overall, some 4 in 5 Americans believe miracles definitely or probably occur, researcher Robert Martin of Pennsylvania State University reported at the recent meeting of the American Sociological Association in Denver.

While beliefs in heaven and hell have remained steady in recent decades, the increased belief in miracles crosses all religious traditions, with the strongest gains reported by those who attend services infrequently, Martin reported.

So why this new interest in religious miracles at a time when the number of Americans with no religious affiliation has been increasing? .... Read this in full at
http://blogs.thearda.com/trend/featured/belief-in-miracles-climbs-in-the-age-of-oprah/


     ACTIVITY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH
Most of us in the Church ... still believe mainly in fuss and noise and crowding and organization and machinery. If things drag, we evolve some other type of meeting... There may be no spiritual outcome whatsoever, but we are pleasantly tired, and there is a wind blowing in our faces and so we have the sense something is being done. So long as we are hot and perspiring, are talking and meeting, are bustled and rushed, we feel that things are happening, for we trust in efficiency and busyness, and a certain material capacity far more than in the Holy Spirit.”
- A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 76



     MANY CHRISTIAN MEN DON'T HAVE THE WHOLE STORY
by Patrick Morley, PhD
America is overwhelmingly born again--around 40%. Every surrendered Christian finds that bewildering. How is it possible that so many believe when so much is wrong?

The Bible explains. The marching orders of Jesus are to "make disciples." But a disciple is so much more than born again.

There are three biblical parts to a disciple: A disciple is called to live "in Christ" (conversion), equipped to live "like Christ" (discipleship), and sent to live "for Christ" (calling).

Until you have not only a "conversion" story, but also a "discipleship" story and a "calling" story you don't have the "whole" story. And that's why so many Christian men are stuck on first.
http://www.maninthemirror.org


     GOD IS
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
by James Freeman


     BOOK REVIEW: SEEING THROUGH THE FOG: HOPE WHEN YOUR WORLD FALLS APART BY ED DOBSON
review by Rob Moll
Ed Dobson was a dissenter even during his days as a student at Bob Jones University. He turned away from, but never fully rejected, those who once nurtured him. Dobson speaks fondly of his days in fundamentalism and doesn't deride those he left behind. As Dobson has matured beyond the fundamentalist and Religious Right communities, he has simply pursued greater faithfulness and obedience to God for himself, his congregation, and the church at large.

Now, Dobson is embracing a new role. After several years living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, Dobson is breaking the mold of the public figure diagnosed with a terminal illness. Such personalities typically retreat into private, preventing the public from seeing them in a weakened state. Or, these figures blandly assert that the disease will have no effect on their responsibilities.

As his body dies, muscle by muscle, Dobson is speaking at conferences, writing books, and is starring in a series of videos about his ALS, called "Ed's Story." Having left politics and now the pulpit, Dobson has embraced a new ministry. He is now teaching Christians to die well. Because learning to die well requires us to discover the meaning of a good life, Dobson's final journey instructs us all.... Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/october-web-only/ed-dobson-seeing-through-thef-fog-death-is-for-real.html?paging=off

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http://www.christianconnectionbooks.com/index.php?module=viewitem&item=4261370



     LANCE ARMSTRONG, DOPING AND HEROES
by Andy Braner
What would you do if you were faced with the potential of millions?
How far would you compromise your values to make sure you Win?
Is there a Moral thread that runs through your life decisions?
Or are we just out for ourselves?

Is there a moral obligation we need to turn back to, in order to preserve the integrity of our communities, our businesses, and in the case of Lance Armstrong, our foundations? .... Read this in full at
http://www.faithvillage.com/article/db35c17bc093491eb67ff9822ed8645a/lance_armstrong_doping_and_heroes?return=%2F


     ON SISTINE CHAPEL’S 500TH, FOOT TRAFFIC REMAINS A THREAT
Exactly 500 years ago, on Oct. 31, 1512, Pope Julius II led an evening prayer service to inaugurate the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's newly-finished vault frescoes.

But as Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 31, 2012 celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead to limiting access to the chapel to help preserve the frescoes from human-born problems and pollutants.

We could limit access, introducing a maximum number of entries,” wrote Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museums, in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semi-official newspaper. “We will do this, if the pressure from tourism were to increase beyond a reasonable level and if we were to fail in resolving the problem efficiently.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/faith/leaders-and-institutions/On-Sistine-Chapels-500th-foot-traffic-remains-a-threat

Also see photos at: “Sistine Chapel ceiling turns 500 years old”
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/31/sistine-chapel-ceiling-at-500/


     ANNOUNCING NEW BOOK RELEASES
~ "Come on In! by Doris Open

~ "The German Bank Robbery" by Hans Zupp

~ "I Hate the Sun" by Gladys Knight

~ "Prison Security" by Barb Dweyer

~ "Irish First Aid" by R.U. O'Kaye

~ "My Career As a Clown" by Abe Ozo

~ "Here's Pus in Your Eye" by Lance Boyle

~ "I Didn't Do It!" by Ivan Alibi

~ "Why I Eat at McDonalds" by Tommy Ayk

~ "I Hit the Wall" by Isadore There

~ "The Bruce Lee Story" by Marsha Larts

~ "Take This Job and Shove It" by Ike Witt

~ "Rapunzel Rapunzel" by Harris Long

~ "Split Personalities" by Jacqueline Hyde

~ "How I Won the Marathon" by Randy Hoelway

~ "Songs from "South Pacific"" by Sam and Janet Evening

~ "How to Write Big Books" by Warren Peace

~ "The Lion Attacked" by Claude Yarmoff

~ "The Art of Archery" by Beau N. Arrow

~ "Songs for Children" by Barbara Blacksheep

~ "Irish Heart Surgery" by Angie O'Plasty

~ "Desert Crossing" by I. Rhoda Camel

~ "School Truancy" by Marcus Absent

~ "I Was a Cloakroom Attendant" by Mahatma Coate

~ "I Lost My Balance" by Eileen Dover and Phil Down

~ "Mystery in the Barnyard" by Hu Flung Dung

~ "Positive Reinforcement" by Wade Ago

~ "Shhh!" by Danielle Soloud

~ "The Philippine Post Office" by Imelda Letter

~ "Things to Do at a Party" by Bob Frapples

~ "Stop Arguing" by Xavier Breath
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com


     VERSE TO PONDER
Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world.”
- 1 Peter 5:8-9 (CEB)



     CONSIDER
Some read the Bible to learn, and some read the Bible to hear from heaven.”
- Andrew Murray



     DELICIOUS CHOICES SET BEFORE US
by Rick Marschall
Have a seat!” “Help yourself!” “What would you like to drink?” “Feel free to have a second helping!” Every society through history has constructed grand halls for meetings, and decorated lavish living rooms for entertaining, but common to every culture – indeed to every family – is the dining table, even the kitchen table, for conviviality. It is where we bond, relate, and confirm friendships.

Shared meals have always been the signs of sincere respect between host and guest. It is said that sleepers never lie, and perhaps that is so. But it would seem as likely that hearty hosts and welcome guests, over a prepared meal, cannot stay suspicious or hostile for long. “Ess, ess, mein kind!” “Mangia!” “Bon appétit!” “Guten apetit!” “Buono apetito!” – all the world’s invitations to the table are first marinated in friendship.... Read this in full at
http://www.mondayministry.com/blog/2012/10/21/delicious-choices-set-before-us/


     CHRISTIANITY IN DECLINE
by Richard Brand
For most of us who have claimed the clues to the mysteries of life in the story of the Christian faith, we have rooted ourselves in the history of the Christian mission that moved from Paul's trips to Greece and Rome to the spread of the Christian faith to Europe and then to the United States. We have developed a great treasury of intelligent, scholarly, wise books. We claim Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Luther, Erasmus, Barth, Tillich and the list of theologians who have marked the way is long.

From the moment that ships set sail in exploration of the "new world" there has been the idea that Christians should be involved in taking the Christian message to those who had not heard it. The story of that Christian missionary work has not always been a good story. The methods and approaches of missionaries to the natives was often condescending and paternalistic, but Christians from Europe, and later from the North America believed that they were the ones with the answers. They were the teachers and givers.... Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-brand/no-more-followers_b_2030205.html


     MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE AGAINST 'UNDER GOD' IN PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a non-religious family who is challenging the mandatory daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in their children's classrooms.

The family of secular humanists claims the phrase "under God" in the pledge is a violation of the state's constitutional ban on religious discrimination. In June, a lower court ruled against the family, saying the required recitation of the pledge was not discriminatory because it did not uphold one religion over another. The family appealed, and will now gain a hearing from the state's highest court.

"There is very little case law that precedes this," said Bill Burgess, director of the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, which is representing the plaintiffs. "The court will be making new law when it issues its decision." The appeal in the case, Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, has not yet been scheduled.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/politics/law-and-court/mass.-supreme-court-to-hear-case-against-under-god-in-pledge-of-allegiance


     THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, "Why did you just do that? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage -- frustration, anger, disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.

Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com


     THE REAL UNSPOKEN MATTER IN THE ROOM ISN’T SIN — IT’S A DOUBLE STANDARD
by Fred Antonelli, PhD, LPC
The evangelical community’s emphasis on the law has created, as a byproduct, a culture of fear when it comes to confessing personal sin. Yet it’s time to create a new culture where transparency is encouraged, safety is assured, and agape love is practiced.... Read this in full at
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/elephant-church


     DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY AFFIRMED AS A CORE RELIGIOUS DUTY
Participants in a World Council of Churches (WCC) human rights training event in Bangkok, Thailand have affirmed that defending “rights and dignity of the voiceless, persecuted, socially marginalized and alienated is the responsibility of all God’s people.”

The training focused on ecumenical advocacy for human rights, which took place from 21 to 25 October 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The participants stressed that an “underlying characteristic of the concept of ‘kingdom of God’ is its universality, and this new framework promoted by Jesus affirms the values of upholding the universal human dignity and human rights of all God’s people.”

The participants also agreed that civil society, churches and ecumenical organizations in diverse contexts need to play a vital role in defending human rights. This advocacy, they said, should focus on “people deprived of their human dignity and human rights by powers of evil.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17251


     LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT CELEBRATES JEWISH HISTORY, ARTIFACTS
A 19th century copy of the US Constitution in Yiddish and Hebrew. A 15th century Hebrew book from Italy open to a page of passages that had been censored by the Catholic Church during the Inquisition. A 20th century “Curious George” children’s book translated into Yiddish.

Spanning across the centuries and the globe, they’re all part of a new exhibit, “Words Like Sapphires,” which celebrates 100 years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress.... Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/faith/beliefs/Library-of-Congress-exhibit-celebrates-Jewish-history-artifacts


     THE TROUBLE WITH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
by Ian Ebright
I grew up in an Evangelical Christian home where hyper-opinionated, fear-based media was considered part of a healthy diet and fear was a key ingredient. I was raised to believe the walls were coming down on this planet, and that Christians were target number one. The implication was that it was best to stay close to the people and beliefs I knew, to hold tight and pray hard. Plug into that same sort of media today and you will see little has changed when it comes to employing fear. Consumers are greeted with a barrage of alerts and other perceived attacks on Christianity. The Internet piles on, with end-times newsletters forecasting yet another development on the path to Armageddon and scary emails warning of the latest threat to religious freedom. Not only are most of these reports fictitious, but corrosive to an authentic faith in Christ.... Read this in full at
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/op-ed/opinion-trouble-religious-freedom


     IS RELIGIOUS FAITH A REQUIREMENT TO PLAY PRO FOOTBALL?
by Mike Florio
Though in some respects the NFL locker room is behind the times, pro football blazed plenty of trails when it comes to racial equality. When it comes to the acceptance of players who have unconventional religious beliefs, the NFL at times may not be quite as flexible.

Asked whether there’s a certain type of player Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson hopes to bring to the organization, interim coach Bruce Arians said this: “A high quality person who has passion for football and cares about faith, family, and football.”

But why is it relevant to care about faith? Is there any legitimate connection between belief in a Higher Power and the ability to demonstrate the kind of speed and/or power that makes a guy a pro athlete? .... Read this in full at
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/31/atheists-may-not-be-welcome-in-indy/


     HELPING THE TERMINALLY ILL TO DIE, ONCE TABOO, IS GAINING ACCEPTANCE
In Europe the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg all allow assisted suicide. Private members’ bills to legalise it are due in both the Scottish and London Parliaments early next year. In New Zealand a private member’s bill to allow the practice awaits its first reading. In Canada Quebec’s newly elected ruling party plans to bring in similar legislation. In Australia New South Wales’s Parliament is also debating the issue. Even in Catholic Ireland a High Court decision is expected imminently on whether the partner of a multiple sclerosis sufferer can help her die without himself being prosecuted.

All this reflects a big shift towards secular thinking and individual autonomy as well as growing worries about the medicalised, miserable and costly way of death that awaits many people in rich countries. Assisted suicide typically gains overwhelming public support; legislators, pro-family lobbies, churches and doctors’ groups tend to be more squeamish. They fear that legal, easy-to-get assisted suicide will have dire social and moral effects.... Read this in full at
http://www.economist.com/news/international/21564830-helping-terminally-ill-die-once-taboo-gaining-acceptance


     THE AWARENESS OF MORTALITY COULD IMPROVE OUR OUTLOOK
by Oliver Burkeman
The notion that we might stand to benefit psychologically from dwelling more on our mortality isn’t a new one. It’s what motivated the largely forgotten tradition of memento mori: victorious Roman generals, according to legend, would order a slave to follow behind them on parade, murmuring “remember you shall die.” In Renaissance Europe, public clocks bearing images of death and the slogan “tempus fugit” served as reminders that time was running out. These days, with the dying process hidden behind closed doors, it’s all too easy to ignore the inevitable. Sure, we forward inspiring Steve Jobs quotes on the subject, and pore over lists of 100 places to go or things to eat “before you die,” but none of this really entails staring mortality in the face. (If it did, those lists of 100 things would come with actuarial tables, so you could calculate how long you’ve got left.) This refusal to contemplate death is a pity, because research from the growing psychological sub-field of “terror management theory” suggests we might be significantly happier if we did.... Read this in full at
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/10/halloween_and_death_terror_management_theory_says_we_should_contemplate.html


     DON’T KILL ME
by Ben Mattlin
NEXT week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to adopt an assisted-suicide law. As a good pro-choice liberal, I ought to support the effort. But as a lifelong disabled person, I cannot.

There are solid arguments in favor. No one will be coerced into taking a poison pill, supporters insist. The “right to die” will apply only to those with six months to live or less. Doctors will take into account the possibility of depression. There is no slippery slope.

Fair enough, but I remain skeptical. There’s been scant evidence of abuse so far in Oregon, Washington and Montana, the three states where physician-assisted death is already legal, but abuse — whether spousal, child or elder — is notoriously underreported, and evidence is difficult to come by. What’s more, Massachusetts registered nearly 20,000 cases of elder abuse in 2010 alone.

My problem, ultimately, is this: I’ve lived so close to death for so long that I know how thin and porous the border between coercion and free choice is, how easy it is for someone to inadvertently influence you to feel devalued and hopeless — to pressure you ever so slightly but decidedly into being “reasonable,” to unburdening others, to “letting go.” .... Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/opinion/suicide-by-choice-not-so-fast.html


     A 'WITCH QUEEN' WHO CASTS HER SPELLS YEAR-ROUND
Lady Rhea is a real workaday witch, grinding out a living selling magic products in a booth at Original Products, a grocery store-sized botanica in the Bronx. She's been a practicing Wiccan for nearly four decades, making her one of the longest-serving high priestesses in New York City.

"I am a Wiccan high priestess and Witch queen," she says. "My age — I've been in the craft since '73. I have a lot of coven people and people who are attached to me over the last years, so one of them coined me 'Pagan Mother.' Call them up and I'll say 'Hello, are you listening? This is Pagan Mother, call me.'" .... Read & hear this in full at
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/31/164043045/a-witch-queen-who-casts-her-spells-year-round


     THE TALKABILITY OF A TASH AND THE SUCCESS OF MOVEMBER
by Emma Cowlard
During November, millions of men will come to together to raise money for one of the world’s largest and most successful men’s health charities. They will do this not by running a marathon or by trekking up a mountain – they will simply grow a moustache.

I am of course talking about Movember, a major campaign that raises awareness of – and funds for – important male health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. Since it started in 2003, it has exploded into a global phenomenon.

Given its success, I was surprised to learn that Movember began life as a joke. Adam Garone, CEO and Co-founder of the campaign, admits that when it first started it was bit of fun. But if it started out by accident, how did it become the success it is today? .... Read this in full at
http://guest.thirdsector.co.uk/2012/11/01/the-talkability-of-a-tash-and-the-success-of-movember/


     CONSIDER
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” - G. K. Chesterton


     VERSE TO PONDER
You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of.”
- Ephesians 2:8-9 (CEB)



     THIS WEEK'S HYMN: ALL GLORY BE TO THEE, MOST HIGH
Words: Unknown author & translator
Music: Allein Gott, 1539

All glory be to Thee, Most High,
To Thee all adoration;
In grace and truth Thou drawest nigh
To offer us salvation;
Thou showest Thy good will to men,
And peace shall reign on earth again;
We praise Thy Name forever.

We praise, we worship Thee, we trust
And give Thee thanks forever,
O Father, for Thy rule is just
And wise, and changes never;
Thy hand almighty o’er us reigns,
Thou doest what Thy will ordains;
Tis well for us Thou rulest.

O Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,
Son of the Heavn’ly Father,
O Thou Who hast our peace restored,
The straying sheep dost gather,
Thou Lamb of God, to Thee on high
Out of depths we sinners cry:
Have mercy on us, Jesus!

O Holy Spirit, precious gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
From Satan’s snares our souls uplift,
And let Thy power, availing,
Avert our woes and calm our dread.
For us the Savior’s blood was shed;
We trust in Thee to save us.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/g/b/agb2thee.htm


     FRIDAY NIGHT REPLAY
Listen to Friday night's Path Of Life fellowship gathering online broadcast on Blogtalk radio here:
HIM WE PREACH (part 2)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepath/2012/11/03/him-we-preach-part-2


     ON PRAYER
Oh, men and women, pray through; pray through! Do not just begin to pray and pray a little while and throw up your hands and quit, but pray and pray and pray until God bends the heavens and comes down!”
- R. A. Torrey



     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.]


     CLASSIFIEDS
Are you looking for something or do you have something to sell? Let me know and I'll put it in this newsletter.

The Complete Gift Solution
http://www.FranksWorldOfGifts.com

Books, Music & More!
http://www.ChristianConnectionBooks.com

Get your domain name here!
http://www.GoGlobalDomains.com


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

Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood
http://mensteppingup.com/

The Swiss Alps by night [video]
http://vimeo.com/52123602

How to prepare for emergencies
http://www.ready.gov/today

FA18 extended view of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flyover Southern California
http://youtu.be/bVPNDhOWutk

Wind map
http://hint.fm/wind/

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.) 


Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.
Frank Coleman, Editor
frank@frankcoleman.com


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The CONNECTIONS Team offers a variety of activities for men to interact with other men on our journey of faith in Christ together. Large group, small group, and one-to-one events encourage relationship building and spiritual strengthening that result in maximizing the potential we all have in Christ. 
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