CONNECTIONS News – 07/08/2012

Connecting man to man to God
For week of July 8, 2012
Issue 415

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“Thank the LORD; call on God’s name; proclaim God’s deeds among the peoples; declare that God’s name is exalted.”
- Isaiah 12:4 (CEB)

     CONSIDER
“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”
- Unknown Author

     REMEMBERING ANDY GRIFFITH
Andy Griffith, the television icon Americans adored for his role as the town sheriff in the 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” and later as a stern defense attorney in the drama “Matlock,” died July 3, 2012 at his home in Dare County, NC, around 7 am. He was 86.

A family statement said the actor died with his wife Cindi at his side and he’s already “been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island.” “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord,” his wife said in a statement…. Read this in full at
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/July/Andy-Griffith-Americas-Favorite-Sheriff-Dies/

     MOURNING THE LOSS OF AN AMERICAN ICON, AND REMEMBERING WHY WE ALL WANT TO LIVE IN MAYBERRY
by Frank Smith
When I first heard that Andy Griffith had died at the age of 86, my reaction was likely shared by millions — that poignant wave of shock and sadness that always accompanies news of the death of a friend.

While Griffith will certainly be remembered for many roles in his 60 years in stage, recording, television, and film, there’s little doubt about which one moved us most—as the small-town, country-wise, easy-going sheriff Andy Taylor of fictional Mayberry, North Carolina.

It was a love affair from the start. Along with young son Opie and fluttery Aunt Bee, Deputy Barney Fife, and a host of the funniest, quirkiest and most memorable characters ever in a Hollywood sitcom, Andy Taylor made our lives richer and our burdens lighter. The Andy Griffith Show premiered on October 3, 1960 and ran for eight years and over 249 episodes. It ranked number one in the ratings for almost its entire run — one of only a couple series to quit production while still at the top — and more than four decades later, it still brings laughter, lessons, and folksy wisdom in syndication and DVDs all over the world…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/julyweb-only/andy-griffith.html

     ANDY GRIFFITH’S KINDER, GENTLER COMMUNITY
by Gary Furr
I think Mayberry was a mythical remembering of how we wanted life to be. People were, finally, decent even when petty. There was room for everyone, and feelings were spared whenever possible. Music had its rightful place, as more important than Mayors and politics. In fact, every political debate on Andy ended with one candidate quitting the race and throwing support behind his friend or her nephew. People went to church, attended the fair, canned their own food, and thought a bottle of pop was a big deal…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/blog/faithful-living/andy-griffiths-kinder-gentler-community-2012-07-05/

     WHAT TO MAKE OF THE ‘GOD PARTICLE’
by Cal Thomas
Scientists and others who refuse to accept the biblical account of creation have tried for centuries to explain how we came to be. Evolutionists say we evolved and weren’t created.

The latest are a group of six British scientists who claim to have discovered the so-called “God particle.”

I flunked table of contents in physics, but the easiest explanation is that the God particle is an invisible field across the universe that gives particles their mass, allowing them to clump together to form stars and planets.

The signature particle, a massive boson, explains to the physicists what the universe is made of and how forces within it work.

It still doesn’t explain who created matter out of nothing. Apart from God it can’t be explained. I’m sticking with Genesis 1 and elsewhere God’s question to Job, “Were you there when I laid the foundation of the world?” These scientists weren’t. Neither was I, but God was.
http://www.religiontoday.com/columnists/cal-thomas/the-god-particle.html

     INFANT OR ADULT BAPTISM?
by Clare De Graaf
A dozen years ago my wife Susan and I began receiving phone calls from our married children who had recently had babies asking about baptism. Here was their dilemma: All three of our sons-in-laws were raised in covenantal churches where they were baptized as infants. Now several of their parents really wanted their grandchildren baptized as well.

Similarly, our children were baptized as infants. However, we raised them from middle school on, believing that baptism was only for older children or adults who have made a decision to follow Jesus. Now married, each of the couples attended covenental churches in spite of the fact that all the husbands and wives had real reservations regarding infant baptism. “So Dad, what should we do? Is it ok to have our children baptized?” What follows was my advice to them…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2012/07/02/infant-or-adult-baptism/

     WHY A PRESIDENT’S FAITH MAY NOT MATTER
by John Blake
He called himself a “life-long Quaker and a church-going Christian,” and at first there was no reason to doubt him.

He played piano in the church, taught Sunday school, and praised Jesus at revivals. His mother thought he was going to be a missionary. His friends said he would be a preacher.

We now know this former Sunday school teacher as “Tricky Dick” or, more formally, President Richard Nixon. He was one of the most corrupt and paranoid men to occupy the Oval Office. Nixon gave us Watergate, but he also gave presidential historians like Darrin Grinder a question to ponder:

Does a president’s religious faith make any difference in how he governs? “I don’t think so,” says Grinder, author of “The Presidents and Their Faith,” which examines the faith of all American presidents…. Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/30/why-a-presidents-faith-may-not-matter/

     UK HOTEL REPLACES LEATHER BOUND BIBLES WITH AMAZON KINDLES
Hotel Indigo in Newcastle has replaced its traditional Bible books with Kindle equivalents in each and every one of its 148 guest rooms. Each reader contains a pre-loaded digital edition of the “good book”.

In addition, guests who practice other religions can download versions of their own scriptures to the eBook readers in their rooms for free – as long as the book in question costs no more than £5…. Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/hotel-indigo-uk-bible-kindle-religious_n_1643484.html

     KILL YOUR SIN BEFORE IT KILLS YOU
by Dan Delzell
Two summers ago in our community, a 34-year-old man was strangled by his pet boa constrictor. It took place in his home as he was showing off the snake to a friend. Cory Byrne died in a local hospital just hours after police officers and paramedics pried the 9-foot snake from his neck.

After you were born, a pet boa constrictor of sorts was present with you in your crib. As you have grown older, the deadly snake has remained by your side. At times, you have willfully played with your pet.

Before you were born again through faith in Jesus, you had no idea how much danger you were in because of this pet. Now your eyes have been opened….but you are still tempted every day to enjoy spending time with your pet snake.

Your corrupt nature is filled with desires that resemble those of an evil snake who showed up thousands of years ago in the Garden of Eden. That snake was responsible for encouraging Adam and Eve to adopt their own pet snake. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say….?” (Genesis 3:1) The devil invited Adam and Eve to question, and then go against, the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word. That was a quick path to disaster…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/news/kill-your-sin-before-it-kills-you-77259/

     MOSAIC IN ISRAEL SHOWS BIBLICAL SAMSON
Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a “monumental” structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.

The synagogue — dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods — is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country’s Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

Jodi Magness, a professor of early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the building was found in a recent excavation. She called the find “exciting” and described the “very high quality of the artwork” in the mosaic, crafted with “tiny colored stone cubes.” Only a few late Roman period synagogues contained mosaics with biblical scenes, said Magness, one of the leaders of a U.S., Israeli and Canadian team engaged in the digs…. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/04/world/meast/israel-synagogue-samson/index.html

     POOR MOM
When the Jones family moved into their new house, a visiting relative asked 5-year-old Sammy how he liked the new place.

“It’s terrific,” he said. “I have my own room, Mike has his own room, and Jamie has her own room. But poor Mom is still in with Dad.”
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com

     TEBOW, KARDASHIAN AND OUR WORSHIP OF IDOLS
by Jim_Daly on
All it takes is a 30-second perusal of the supermarket tabloids to confirm what you already know: There is an excessive, if not obsessive, draw to celebrity in the culture. From Tim Tebow to Kate Middleton to Kim Kardashian, people are drawn to certain individuals, for any number of reasons.

Idol worship comes in a variety of forms. From beauty to power to money and achievement, every one of us is guilty to some degree of worshipping something short of God. We’re all idolaters in some form or fashion, and this robs us of a deep and fulfilling relationship with our Maker and Savior…. Read this in full at
http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2012/07/03/tebow-kardashian-and-our-worship-of-idols

     TRULY LISTEN
Debra Fine (in The Fine Art of Small Talk) wrote about 8-year-old Nick who told his dad about his day: “Dad, I had a great day at school. We had art class today, and I painted a cool picture of the mountains. We played soccer during gym, and I scored a goal. And guess what? They served pizza for lunch.”

Looking at his dad whose nose was in the newspaper, Nick said, “Dad, you’re not listening.” His dad replied, “Yes I am, Son. You painted a picture of the mountains, scored a goal in soccer, and had pizza for lunch.”

Nicolas was unappeased. “No, Dad; that’s not it. You’re not listening to me with your eyes.”

David Jeremiah observes: “As parents, we don’t always listen to our children as we should (hopefully we’re improving), but our heavenly Father always listens with His ears, His eyes and His heart. We have His full attention. You can tell Him anything.”
(Turning Point Daily Devotional, June 30, 2012)

     DOES THE LORD’S PRAYER MATTER?
by Joel Miller
Why does the Lord’s Prayer matter? Let the context answer the question. In Luke’s account, Jesus’ disciples approach. They point to John the Baptist’s practice of teaching his disciples to pray and ask for similar treatment. “Teach us to pray,” they implore.

This is a reasonable request. What is a person, a fallen human, supposed to say to an almighty, all-holy God? God tells us that his ways are not ours. We cannot identify with him. And if prayer is communication between two persons, a communion of hearts, then we are at a real and genuine loss. As Paul said in Romans, “We know not how to pray as we ought.” …. Read this in full at
http://joeljmiller.com/the-lords-prayer-gods-words-our-needs/

     IS THE CHRISTIAN FAITH SUPPOSED TO BE “BLIND”?
by J. Warner Wallace, Cold Case Detective
Sometimes Christians have a mistaken definition of “faith”. Because faith is sometimes described as believing in things that cannot be seen, Christians often think of faith as an act of believing in things that have no evidential basis. In essence, some Christians believe that “true faith” is believing in something in spite of the evidence or believing in something when there is no evidence to support the belief in the first place!

But this is not the Biblical definition of faith. While it is true that God is a Spirit and cannot be seen, it is not true that there is no evidence to support the existence of the unseen God. While we may not see anyone throw a rock in a pond, we may indeed see the ripples that the rock created on the surface of the water and come to the belief that someone threw a rock into the pond on the basis of this evidence. In a similar way, there are many good reasons to believe that God exists, and the Biblical model of true faith involves examining the evidence for God’s existence. Let’s examine the Biblical model of evidential faith: …. Read this in full at

     VERSE TO PONDER
“The most cunning heart — it’s beyond help. Who can figure it out? I, the LORD, probe the heart and discern hidden motives, to give everyone what they deserve, the consequences of their deeds.”
- Jeremiah 17:9-10 (CEB)

     CONSIDER
“The word resentment means to re-feel…to feel again. Someone wrongs or wounds you; in resenting it, you re-feel the injury. And you re-hurt yourself. The Hebrew Talmud says that a person who bears a grudge is ‘Like one who, having cut one hand while handling a knife, avenges himself by stabbing the other hand.’”
- Norman Vincent Peale

     WILL THERE BE GAYS IN HEAVEN? WILL THERE BE FAT PEOPLE?
by Craig Gross
After Anderson Cooper came out this week, I posted a link on Twitter to a story that included this quote from Cooper: “I love and am loved.” As I said in my tweet, Cooper is one of my favorite journalists. I was honored to once be on his show.

After I tweeted I got emails and a direct message asking the same question: “You still like him now?”

I was saddened by that reaction and started thinking: What would happen if we read the Bible and, instead of highlighting certain passages, we took it all for what it is – truth.

In 1 Corinthians, the Bible says don’t indulge your body with food or sex: “‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,’ and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” …. Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/05/my-take-will-there-be-gays-in-heaven-will-there-be-fat-people/

     UNESCO ADDS NATIVITY CHURCH IN BETHLEHEM TO HERITAGE LIST
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, along with the Pilgrimage Route, was added June 29 to Unesco’s World Heritage List (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/), a move that was celebrated by Palestinians who hailed it as a significant political and diplomatic achievement as much as a cultural one.

Hanan Ashrawi, who leads the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Department of Culture and Information, called the 13-to-6 vote of the World Heritage Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, “a welcome recognition by the international community of our historical and cultural rights in this land.”

The venerated church, the traditional birthplace of Christ, is in what is now a Palestinian-administered part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It was the first such site to be nominated since Palestine was granted full membership in Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, eight months ago…. Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/world/middleeast/unesco-grants-heritage-status-to-nativity-church-in-diplomatic-victory-to-palestinians.html

     PERSISTING THROUGH ADVERSITY
by John Maxwell
When JK Rowling began to write her first novel, she was a single-mother pent up in a tiny flat in Edinburgh, Scotland. Struggling to make ends meet, she scraped by on a meager public welfare check provided by the state. In the solitude of her desperate situation, Rowling even contemplated suicide.

Rowling’s saving grace and source of inspiration was her infant daughter. Determined to support her child, she resolved to put her talents to work. While her baby napped, Rowling would pull out a pen and paper to compose ideas for a book. Laboring under a lingering cloud of poverty, she would try to clear her mind in order to sketch out characters and plotlines. In spare moments here and there, week after week, Rowling toiled away on her story.

Demonstrating a remarkable will to persevere, JK Rowling eventually secured a grant from a local arts council and published her first novel. Before long, the Harry Potter series became a worldwide sensation, and Rowling an international celebrity.

What can JK Rowling teach us about perseverance? …. Read this in full at
http://www.johnmaxwell.com/products-resources/leadership-on-demand/articles/persisting-through-adversity/

     MYERS-BRIGGS PRAYERS
ISTJ: Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41:23 a.m. E.S.T.

ISTP: God, help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

ESTP: God, help me take responsibility for my own actions, even though they’re usually NOT my fault.

ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything; but if You need some help, just ask.

ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if You don’t mind my asking).

ESFP: God, help me take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.

ESFJ: God, give me patience, and I mean right NOW.

INFJ: Lord, help me not to be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?)

INFP: God, help me to finish everything I sta

ENFP: God, help me to keep my mind on one th—Look, a bird!—at a time.

ENFJ: God, help me to do only what I can and trust You for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?

INTJ: Lord, keep me open to other’s ideas, *wrong* though they may be.

INTP: Lord, help me to be less independent, but let me do it my way.

ENTP: Lord, help me follow established procedures today. On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.

ENTJ: Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.

If you really must know the descriptions, you can get them at
http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/the-16-mbti-types.asp

     HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH DRUMMER GETS SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE
by Ginny McCabe
Hootie and the Blowfish drummer, Jim Sonefeld is sharing his faith with a new album titled Found. The project reflects on his new life and direction, as it shares that same hope in Christ with others.

“I was 40 before I realized something was off. I want to challenge people that if there’s a void; if there’s a little hole in your heart-or a big hole-it’s for Jesus,” said Jim Sonefeld. “I have lived trying to stuff it full of every other thing-money, material goods, sex, drugs, alcohol-I’ve tried everything, and believe me, it doesn’t work. It keeps running out; it keeps leaking. The only thing that doesn’t leak is Jesus.”

His musical journey all started as a student at the University of South Carolina in the late ’80s, when the budding songwriter befriended three other men who shared his passion for music, and together they called themselves Hootie and the Blowfish…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12070021.htm

     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/

     OLYMPIC STAR STANDS FIRM ON VIRGINITY
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones created a buzz when she told the world on an HBO talk show that at age 29 she’s a Christian, a virgin, and delaying sex until marriage. Her revelation on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” quickly made headlines and circulated on social media, with some noting similarities to New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

With three NCAA titles and 11 All-American wins, Jones has qualified for this year’s Olympics after a disappointing 7th-place finish in the women’s 100M hurdles at the 2008 games in Beijing. She says her hardest challenge is remaining a virgin and finding someone to date. “The journey has been hard,” she said on NBC’s Today show. “Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage. It’s just something, a gift I want to give my husband. … I’ve had guys tell me, ‘Hey, you know, if you have sex it will help you run faster.’ … I’d like to be married. If you marry me, then yeah.” Jones grew up in poverty, often homeless, and said she wants to enjoy the commitment that her parents — who never married — didn’t have.
http://www.religiontoday.com/blog/olympic-star-stands-firm-on-virginity.html

     FREE ONLINE RESOURCE CONNECTS OLYMPICS AND FAITH
As the world’s best athletes prepare for the Summer Olympics in London, ministries are looking for ways to connect sports with a positive message of faith and hope. International sports ministry Athletes in Action (http://www.athletesinaction.org/) wants to help, through a film showcasing Olympians’ stories of struggle, faith and triumph.

Available free for online streaming in 33 languages, Struggle and Triumph is a 26-minute film featuring current and past Olympic athletes, including:

* Allyson Felix (United States), 2008 Olympic gold medalist (4X400m), two-time Olympic silver medalist (2004, 2008 in the 200m) three-time 200m World Champion, and 2012 Olympic contender
* Candra Wijaya (Indonesia), 2000 Badminton Olympic gold medalist
* Catherine Ndereba (Kenya), world-class female marathoner and two-time Olympic silver medalist (2004 & 2008)?
* Dieudonne Disi (Rwanda), world-class half-marathoner and 2004 Olympian
* Hendrawan (Indonesia), 2000 Badminton Olympic silver medalist
* Julian Bolling (Sri Lanka), three-time Olympic swimmer
Representing the highest in personal achievement, these athletes share not only a passion for sport, but also a passion from which they are able to draw strength for competition – and for life.

To view the video, visit
http://www.struggleandtriumph.com/

Meanwhile, looking forward to the next soccer World Cup competition in 2014, AIA already has online a video intended to make the link between soccer and faith. More details can be seen here: http://theprize.com/

     FROM FIRST-ROUND PICK TO FELON
Don Lemon talks to former NBA pro Jayson Williams about his changed life after prison in a CNN exclusive interview…. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/bestoftv/2012/07/01/exp-first-round-pick-to-felon.cnn

Also see “Jayson’s the ‘Moses of Rikers’”
http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/jayson_the_moses_of_rikers_PyYfnoHZPE3Pj9LEAJ9ceJ

     ORTHODOX: BEFORE HIPSTER WAS “HIP”
by Drew Tatusko
I always find the word “hipster” fascinating. As a derivative of “hippie” which referred to smoking an opium pipe by reclining on one’s hip, it’s an interesting way to describe being fashionable. Fashionable is also a weird way to describe oneself as Christian. If we actually did what Jesus did we would all be the most unfashionable people imaginable. Just look at how unfashionable John the Baptist, the Apostles, and the early church Fathers and Mothers were. They totally went against the grain. If going against the grain is fashionable, then they would do something different than everyone who would claim to be fashionable, famous, trending, etc…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/emergingorthodox/2012/07/orthodox-before-hipster-was-hip/

     “THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE” TO DEBUT ON GSN
The Game Show Network (GSN) says the premiere date for the original series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, an original one-hour game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, will be Thursday, August 23 at 8 pm ET/PT. Comedian and author, Jeff Foxworthy hosts this studio-based game in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible.

Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions will be drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world’s best-selling book. The contestants will share their compelling back-stories and each team will be playing for a charitable organization.
http://gsntv.com/shows/the-american-bible-challenge/

     TRANSLATING THE TRINITY FOR MUSLIMS
by Sarah Yardney
An online consortium for ministry to Muslims, Biblical Missiology, has accused Wycliffe Bible Translators of dismantling the Trinity, the Christian doctrine that God is three persons in one, in their translations of the Bible for Muslims. They claim that Wycliffe, a non-profit organization that has translated the Bible into over 700 languages for missionary purposes, has removed the titles “Father” and “Son” from their translations for Muslims in response to Islamic influence. Wycliffe defends its choices by explaining that in certain Muslim societies, the titles “Father” and “Son” give the impression that God physically had sex with Mary, and the organization wanted to avoid this misunderstanding. In lieu of “Father” and “Son,” the titles used in the Wycliffe Arabic and Urdu Bible, among others, “are translated more accurately to the inspired Greek.” Biblical Missiology, however, argues that the traditional titles give no such impression of carnality and that Wycliffe is distorting the word of God to avoid offending Muslims…. Read this in full at
http://divinity.uchicago.edu/martycenter/publications/sightings/archive_2012/0628.shtml

     GLOBAL CHARTER OF CONSCIENCE URGES RENEWED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Following months of headlines describing violent religious persecution in nations like Nigeria and India, as well as increased concerns about the fate of minorities under Egypt’s newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, a new declaration is calling for greater religious freedom globally.

The Global Charter of Conscience (http://charterofconscience.org/) is a reaffirmation and expansion of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that reads, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief.”

“In our global era, it is said that ‘everyone is now everywhere,’” the charter’s chief drafter, Os Guinness, told The Christian Post. “That means that we must learn to live with our deepest differences. And that is a difficult global challenge, especially when those differences are religious and ideological.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/news/global-charter-of-conscience-urges-renewed-religious-freedom-77275/

     COMPASS DIRECT NEWS TO BECOME OPEN DOORS NEWS
Open Doors International has begun to assume direction of the Compass Direct News service and eventually, Open Doors News will replace the name Compass Direct.

A statement about this said, “Open Doors News will continue to supply you, in the same way we do now, with the comprehensive reporting on persecution you have come to expect from Compass Direct. In coming weeks, Open Doors News will introduce new features to report on the Persecuted Church more quickly, more deeply and with more authority. Our ambition is to become the world’s most respected source of news about the suffering church. Our commitment is to continue to share that news with you, and with all of our subscribers.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/STORIES/2012/s12060138.htm

     IN RESPONSES TO COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE, A DISTINCTLY EVANGELICAL TONE
by Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
When it’s not in the news for historic wildfires that have devoured hundreds of homes on its outskirts, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is nationally known as the home of the Air Force Academy and as the unofficial capital of evangelical Christianity.

The Springs, as it’s called locally, plays host to lots of global evangelical organizations, including Focus on the Family, Compassion International and the International Bible Society. The concentration has earned the city the nickname “Vatican West” among some evangelicals…. Read this in full at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/29/in-responses-to-colorado-springs-fire-a-distinctly-evangelical-tone/

     TINY TORAH TRAVELS FROM HELL ON EARTH INTO OUTER SPACE
Nearly a decade ago, Dan Cohen set out to make a film about the Holocaust and dead astronauts, a story some told him would be too depressing to tell.

Released last year, “An Article of Hope” unflinchingly delves into two tragedies – one almost too massive to contemplate, the other fresher in our minds.

“It’s some very, very dark and depressing subject matter, but really the message of the movie is hope,” said Garrett Reisman, a Jewish former astronaut who is helping to promote the film. “Embedded in these two incredibly tragic events, of a completely different scale, there is the story of the constant human desire to achieve goodness.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/culture/arts-and-media/tiny-torah-travels-from-hell-on-earth-into-space

     CONSIDER
“If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through trial, be strengthened.”
- George Mueller

     VERSE TO PONDER
“Righteousness dignifies a nation, but sin disgraces a people.”
- Proverbs 14:34 (CEB)

     THIS WEEK’S HYMN: COME, THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Words: Robert Robinson, 1758
Music: John Wyeth, 1813

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/c/o/comethou.htm

     ON PRAYER
“Prayer does not consist in an effort to obtain from God the things which are necessary for this life. Prayer is an effort to lay hold of God Himself, the Author of life, and when we have found Him who is the source of life and have entered into communion with Him, then the whole of life is ours and with Him all that will make life perfect.”
- Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), At the Master’s Feet, Fleming H. Revell, 1922, p. 41

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

Gospel Centered Discipleship
http://www.gospelcentereddiscipleship.com/

Man In The Mirror
http://www.maninthemirror.org/

The Wonder of Pollination (video)
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xHkq1edcbk4?rel=0

Cosmic Origins movie
http://www.cosmicoriginsfilm.com/

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.)

If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a smoothie?
Frank Coleman, Editor
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Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!

CONNECTIONS is a periodic newsletter of announcements, news, recommendations, articles, and other information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!

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.
Contact Min. Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, frank if you’d like to participate in a men’s discipleship program.
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