CONNECTIONS News – 04/28/2013

Connecting man to man to God
For week of April 28, 2013
Issue 457

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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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • HOW TO RESPOND AND PRAY IN THE MIDST OF CRISES
  • CONVEYING HOPE IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY
  • TEACHING BOYS TO BE KIND AND BRAVE
  • THE FREEDOM OF GOD
  • WAS JESUS THE PERFECT LEADER?
  • PAT SUMMERALL REMEMBERED FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH
  • BEGIN WITH THE CALL OF CHRIST
  • DEAD RELIGION
  • GLORY
  • EVANGELICALS ON A QUEST FOR A NEW IDENTITY
  • ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS WANT TO DRIVE ALL CHRISTIANS OUT OF VIOLENCE-PLAGUED IRAQ
  • FRIDAY NIGHT ARCHIVE REPLAY
  • MUCH MORE . . .


I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
- Galatians 2:20

     CONSIDER
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

     HOW TO RESPOND AND PRAY IN THE MIDST OF CRISES
by David Sanford
A friend of mine remarked, “Is it just me or is the world starting to spin out of control? It seems like all we’re doing is going from one major crisis to the next to the next. How are we supposed to catch our breath anymore?”

How should we respond in the midst of crises? The short answer, no surprise, is: By praying. More than any other writings, the ancient Hebrew and Christian hymn book, the Psalms, show us how.

Beginning with Psalm 3, and over and over again until Psalm 149, we find the psalmist actively and fervently praying to the Lord in various dire circumstances.
* “How many are my foes!”
* “Give me relief from my distress.”
* “Listen to my cry for help.”
* “Away from me, all you who do evil.”
* “Save and deliver me from all who pursue me.”

In seven out of every 10 psalms, the writer is either crying out to the Lord for physical salvation, thanking God for sparing his life, reminding himself of the differing fates of the righteous and evildoers, or renewing his allegiance to God and His Word in the face of rampant wickedness…. Read this in full at
http://www.faithvillage.com/article/c9bdcb977d694ff99225f741935e722d/how_to_respond_and_pray_in_the_midst_of_crises?return=%2F

     CONVEYING HOPE IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY
by Alex Crain
Waves of grief and overwhelming questions can flood the soul during times of crisis like the Boston marathon bombing. Sensationalistic commentary and news reports tend to whip up ratings and attention for those covering tragic events at the surface level. But, too often, very little is offered in terms of meaningful perspective.

Whether or not we ever fully understand why evil happens in this life, we need hope in the wake of tragedy.

Many at this moment are praying and seeking to help families, loved ones, and neighbors in the aftershock. Even as Christians pray, many cringe with anticipation that some self-appointed “spokesperson” for Christianity will step in front of a camera somewhere and pontificate how calamities like this are the due penalty for America’s trenchant immorality and abandonment of God…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianity.com/blogs/alex-crain/conveying-hope-in-the-wake-of-tragedy.html

     WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
by Bill Ellis
Events of recent weeks throughout the United States and the rest of the world have us asking, “Where do we go from here?” Dr. Melissa Pratt, one of the nation’s most gifted young preachers, has been dealing with that theme since Easter.

You may recall these words from the pen of Luke, a skilled and precise physician and historian of the first century, “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb” (Luke 24:1-2). The tomb in which Jesus had been buried was empty. If you read all 53 verses of that chapter, you will have read some of the most interesting and mind-blowing details of your life.

All that happened at the recent Boston Marathon is fresh in our minds. Terrible things have happened throughout the world. They have been earth shattering in nature. Such things happen in travel, business, economics, politics, war, religion, international tensions, disease, weather and other life-altering events are a daily occurrence somewhere in the world. Nothing is as constant as change…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2013/s13040133.htm

     THE NEW SUPER-VIRTUES
by Clare De Graaf
I’ve been spending lots of time recently with college and post-college age young adults. Most of them are good kids, from great Christian families. But, what I’m hearing is alarming.

Many of them are buying into the new super-virtues – tolerance and fairness – the new definition of Christian love being taught by a new breed of young, influential pastors. And, here’s why every parent and grandparent needs to be aware of this hybrid and distorted view of biblical love.

Jesus said:“If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15); “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21); “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the father who sent me” (John 14:24).

Jesus couldn’t be more clear. The way to show we love God (and others) is to obey him. It isn’t enough to simply think wonderful, warm, and thankful thoughts about God. I love it when our children or grandchildren run up to me and hug me. But, when I ask our grandchildren to do something and they do it, not fully understanding why, it also tells me they trust me and love me. God is no different. In fact, to say that his commands or the Bible’s teachings are unfair is to question the very nature, wisdom and character of God himself…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2013/04/22/the-new-super-virtues/

     TEACHING BOYS TO BE KIND AND BRAVE
by John Stonestreet
In the months since the news broke about the horrific case in Steubenville, Ohio, the nation has been reeling from it and the attempts to cover it up. The questions about what’s been called our “rape culture” are flying around: “How was this situation allowed to spiral out of control?” “How could two high school boys so heinously assault, humiliate, and exploit this girl?” “Why didn’t anyone try to stop it?” “How could the victim be the one shamed by both adults and kids in her community?” And, what does all this tell us about ourselves and our culture?

Parents are also haunted by questions: “What if my kid was there in that situation? Would they have been passive to the victim? Would they have protected the girl despite the social pressure? Or horrifically, would they have participated in this abuse like so many did?”

If Steubenville reveals anything, it’s that our particular culture tends to shape our moral imaginations towards passivity and narcissism. If we expect something more from the next generation, we’ll have to instill in them an understanding of right and wrong, and the courage to act, in spite of our culture…. Read this in full at
http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/21919

     THE FREEDOM OF GOD
God is absolutely free. He doesn’t do anything because he has to do it. There are no necessities in God. He is not a part of the cause-effect sequence of things. He operates out of free love–no constraints.” Eugene H. Peterson (b. 1932), in “On Being Unnecessary,”
- The Unnecessary Pastor, Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 5

     LEADERSHIP MOMENT
by Brad Lomenick
Question: How do you become Collaborative without Competitive?

Answer: Collaboration has to flow from a place of generosity, truly believing that a higher tide lifts all boats. Be more concerned with others. Listen instead of talk. Be interested over interesting. To be collaborative we must understand that it’s not about me. It’s not about your organization, your nonprofit, or your project. It’s about connecting people, not competing. Collaborators are okay sharing their wisdom, their knowledge, their connections, and their networks, because collaboration means working together alongside others. Co-laboring. Building bridges instead of constructing walls. We at Catalyst have partnered with those who might be seen as competitors, because we believe in an abundance mentality. When you have an abundance mindset you are more likely to collaborate instead of compete. Avoid the scarcity mentality – the idea that there is only so much to go around.
http://www.higherlevelgroup.com/leadershipnews041913.html

     WAS JESUS THE PERFECT LEADER?
by John Voelz
“So you want to be a leader? Just look at Jesus.” That’s what someone once told me. Quite frankly, I don’t know that I necessarily like that advice. I mean, Jesus was mistreated, misunderstood, and homeless, and they killed him. Can we really say Jesus was the perfect leader? …. Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/article/entry/3834/was-jesus-the-perfect-leader

     HOW LEADERS MUST VIEW OPPORTUNITY
by Kevin Eikenberry
Most opportunities around us as leaders today aren’t quite obvious, though the implications and benefits could be as big or bigger for ourselves, our teams, and our organizations.

But make no mistake – as leaders we must be vigilant for opportunities – that is part of our role as a leader. If that is true, what do we as leaders need to know about opportunity?

I believe there are three things we must do to ensure that we utilize opportunities to lead people towards our vision. We must:
* See opportunities.
* Seize opportunities.
* Create opportunities.
Let’s discuss each…. Read this in full at
http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership/how-leaders-must-view-opportunity/

     PAT SUMMERALL REMEMBERED FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Pat Summerall stood in the front row at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Easter Sunday, next to his wife Cheri, as the congregation sang “The Old Rugged Cross.”

“I looked over there at Pat, and big tears were streaming down his face,” Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham said. “Of all the times I’ve watched him on television, of all the times I’ve heard his voice, my greatest memory is going to be remembering Pat with his eyes lifted up to heaven, tears soaking his face, singing ‘The Old Rugged Cross.’”

Summerall, the famed NFL broadcaster, died April 16 in Dallas of cardiac arrest at age 82. He had been in Zale Lipshy Hospital after surgery for a broken hip.

Graham said with all the accolades and applause that Summerall received for his sports broadcasting work, his walk with Christ is what mattered the most to him…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=40092

     BEGIN WITH THE CALL OF CHRIST
by Richard Parrott, PhD
I minister as a teacher and writer to leaders. Through my roles as a professor, author and speaker, I work with business owners, non-profit directors, school principals, pastors, and government workers. In recent months, my message and mission to leaders has revolved around the Old Testament character, King Saul, specifically, how to avoid the pitfalls of King Saul.

It is best to begin with God’s call, “Appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have” (1 Samuel 8:5) was the cry that rose from the tribes of Israel. Out from behind a lost herd of donkey’s Saul stood and questioned, “Who me?” And, Saul was in over his head. It was a difficult time to lead. Challenging patterns of immigration, the rise of the Philistines, the technology of iron chariots, and the squabbles of the backward tribes of God’s nation combined to create a lingering, persistent crisis. After a successful beginning, the crises deepened, a rival (David) appeared, and the politics of the palace settled in on the King. He was not ready. He was overwhelmed…. Read this in full at
http://www.seegodswordinaction.com/blog/124

     BIG VISION BEGINS WITH LITTLE DETAILS
Chuck Swindoll says it’s not our major projects or achievements that reveal who we really are. What shows our true vision is how we handle all those little daily tasks…. See this brief video in full at
http://www.insight.org/video/insights/having-vision.html

     DEAD RELIGION
Consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”
- William Booth, at the end of the 19th century

     THEOLOGIAN RICHARD LISCHER TRIES TO MAKE SENSE OF HIS SON’S DEATH
Nearly eight years ago, professor Richard Lischer got a call on his cell phone that would tear at his heart and test his faith. It was his grown son, a successful lawyer, telling him his cancer had returned.

The ensuing 95 days in which Lischer — a man used to offering pastoral advice to others — stood by his son, Adam Ewers Lischer, as he lost his battle to cancer is now the subject of an eloquent memoir, “Stations of the Heart.”

Grief as the subject of memoir is now commonplace. But this volume, written by a professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School, conveys not only the anguish of grieving families, but also offers testimony to a faith that is tested but survives.

The journey, Lischer writes, took him from “the bitter gall” of feeling his son’s death was a “robbery” to a “settled sorrow” that proclaims: “He was my son, and I give thanks for him.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/04/18/theologian-richard-lischer-tries-to-make-sense-of-his-sons-death/

     VERSE TO PONDER
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
- Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

     CONSIDER
If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you do not like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourselves.”
- Augustine

     BILLY GRAHAM’S OTHER VOICE
by Bob Greene
Devoted fans. Faithful listeners. Seldom have those words sounded quite so apt. They describe the people who enjoyed the singing of George Beverly Shea, who died last week at the age of 104. The name may not be instantly recognizable to some Americans, but that was no fault of his. He accomplished something very few vocalists can claim: During his career, he sang in front of an estimated 200 million people in live performance. How could this be?

He was the lead vocalist at Billy Graham’s crusades and revival meetings for more than 50 years. If you went to see Billy Graham preach, you heard George Beverly Shea sing.

And, oh, what a voice he had. It didn’t matter what your own religious beliefs were. If you were interested in the craft — the art — of vocal performance, and you were in the presence of Bev Shea (that’s how he was known to his friends), then you recognized greatness…. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/21/opinion/greene-shea-billy-graham-singer/index.html

     PREPARING FOR PENTECOST
by Robin Knowles Wallace
Pentecost (May 19, 2013), the birthday of the church, is a wonderful time to celebrate and involve children in learning.

Pentecost is a “movable feast” of the church. Like Easter, Pentecost occurs on a different date each year. The word “pentecost” comes from Greek, and means “fiftieth day.” It occurs on the fiftieth day after Easter and, in the church, it is known as the last of the Great Fifty Days. The Great Fifty Days begin at sunset on Easter Eve (the evening before Easter) and end on the evening of Pentecost Day. If you have used an Easter (Paschal) candle, Pentecost is the last day on which it will be lit during ordinary worship…. Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/article/entry/3849/preparing-for-pentecost#axzz2RVGAUs7p

     GLORY
by Paul Tripp
Human beings are hardwired for glory. That’s why we’re so attracted to glorious things. We love the glory of a great painting or a beautiful piece of music. We love the excitement of an athletic contest or a feat of daring. We love the sleight of hand of a great magician or the sizzle of a well-seared steak. We love the glory of a moment of success or the recognition of the people around us. We’re attracted to the glory of wealth or the beauty of the human body. We’re very powerfully oriented to glory, and because we are, we live in pursuit of it.

Animals are not like this. Rhinos don’t celebrate the size of their horns. Deer don’t gather for the bi-annual long-jump contest. Birds don’t envy one another’s feathers. Animals don’t have this glory orientation, because they weren’t made for God in the way that we are. Human beings are hardwired for glory because they were hardwired for God. The glory orientation that’s inside of every person is meant to drive us to God…. Read this in full at
http://paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/sex-and-money-glory

     WHY TIM KELLER WANTS YOU TO STAY IN THAT JOB YOU HATE
There are few better places in the world where Tim Keller could write a book about career and calling. “New York City is a place where people live in order to work,” says the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and author most recently of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Dutton). “They basically live more in their work than in their neighborhoods. That . . . means that if you start talking about work, you get right at their hearts.”

In a recent sit-down conversation with This Is Our City executive producer Andy Crouch, Keller explained why he wanted to write a more comprehensive book about faith and work, how he learned to answer congregants’ questions about their work, and what Redeemer has done to equip laypeople to live into their vocations outside the church…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/thisisourcity/7thcity/why-tim-keller-wants-you-to-stay-in-that-job-you-hate.html

     BELIEVING
For I seek not to understand in order that I may believe; but I believe in order that I may understand. For this also I believe,–that unless I believe, I should not understand.”
- St. Anselm (1033-1109), Discourse on the Existence of God, Chicago: The Opencourt Publishing Co, 1903, p. 7

     THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS MAY 2
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.
http://nationaldayofprayer.org/

     EVANGELICALS ON A QUEST FOR A NEW IDENTITY
by Kristin Rudolph
Evangelicals are in the midst of an identity crisis. Insecurity about their “culture warrior” image in recent decades has prompted some evangelicals to question their role in the public square and reconsider evangelism in a post-Christian culture. Q Ideas, an evangelical organization founded by Gabe Lyons to pursue “Ideas for the Common Good,” grappled with these questions at the seventh annual Q Conference in downtown Los Angeles, April 15-17. Several hundred mostly middle age evangelicals gathered at the Nokia Theater for two and a half intense days of discussion about how to engage and transform culture.

Most attendees were pastors or leaders of nonprofits and businesses. Using eighteen, nine, and three minute time slots, over thirty artists, pastors, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, and others shared their insights for “the common good.” …. Read this in full at
http://juicyecumenism.com/2013/04/22/evangelicals-on-a-quest-for-a-new-identity/

     ARE WE LOSING THE YOUNG? EVANGELICALS BY AGE SINCE 1972
by Bradley Wright
One of the loudest fear messages that we hear in American Evangelical Christianity is that we’re losing the young which means that the future of the church is in peril. Christian writers have claimed that 60% of church-going teens drop out after high school, that young people are fleeing the church and thus will crash it, and that we’re in the last Christian generation.

Are these claims of imminent disaster true? Well, there are various ways of looking at age and religion, and I’ll start with a rather simple analysis. Again using data from the General Social Survey, I divide Americans up into three age groups: Age 18-29, 30-49, and 50+. Then, I calculated how many people in each of these groups affiliate with Evangelical Christianity, and plotted it in the figure below…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/blackwhiteandgray/2013/04/are-we-losing-the-young-evangelicals-by-age-since-1972/

     HOW PETE LEONARD’S COFFEE ROASTING STARTUP COULD BECOME THE WORLD’S LARGEST EMPLOYER OF FORMER CONVICTS
by April Burbank
There’s a one-story building just off Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton, Illinois, that seems similar to its neighbors — unless you happen to walk by and overhear the high-pitched whirring of a coffee roaster.

On a cold winter morning, the founder and roast master of Second Chance Coffee Company sits at a plastic fold-up table, a three-foot metal tube resting at his feet. It’s a spare heater for the coffee roaster. Pete Leonard expects the current one to give out sometime during the Christmas season, when orders will begin pouring in.

“We’re always in transition,” Leonard says, handing me a mug of coffee brewed from beans roasted just hours before. Eyes lit up, he explains the delicate roasting process that highlights the one-of-a-kind flavor compounds in the coffee.

But Leonard, a Christian, isn’t just a coffee connoisseur. He spends just as much time thinking about the people who roast it. The story of Second Chance, which markets coffee under the brand I Have a Bean, begins at a plantation in Brazil, where Leonard first encountered coffee roasting on a mission trip eight years ago. It was the best coffee he’d ever tasted…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/april/hope-roaster.html?paging=off

     JEREMY LIN ON BASKETBALL, RACE, FAITH
by Al Tizon
Linsanity! There was a brief season last year when then-New York Knicks third-string point guard Jeremy Lin was a global superstar, as he came off the bench and almost singlehandedly won games the Knicks had no business winning. And he did so in dramatic fashion. Sure, I got caught up in it, but it was when “linsanity” died down that my respect for Jeremy Lin rose dramatically.

A recent 60 Minutes segment showed me why Lin is someone worth listening to. Humble, genuine, and articulate, Lin talks, among other things, about being Asian American in the black-white sport of basketball and how his faith in Christ shapes his person. As a fellow Asian-American Christian, I especially related to his experience, but his story needs to be heard by all…. Read and see this in full at
http://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/jeremy-lin-on-basketball-race-faith/

     EMBRACING THE GOSPEL OF SMALL
by Adam Russell
So much of what God does is quiet. It seems he loves to hide in plain sight, and often he’s perfectly content to start small. All of this causes us to scratch our heads in disbelief. After all, isn’t he the God of all creation? Didn’t he speak the worlds by his words and part the Red Sea for Moses? Of course he did, and a good deal more.

It’s just that for all the big, instant, and show-stopping moments that God has provided in his rather extravagant career, there have been as many, possibly even more, that went completely unseen. And to the degree that we see or think about God as ‘big,’ we are potentially conditioning ourselves to miss the God who is small, slow, hidden, and progressive…. Read this in full at
http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/166863-adam-russell-embracing-the-gospel-of-small.html

     LIONS ROAR 2013 GLOBAL MEN’S SUMMIT
The Christian Men’s Network (CMN), a global men’s movement provided proof of results from mentoring men of all ages using their men’s curriculum which is anchored by the perennial men’s bestseller “Maximized Manhood” at the Lion’s Roar 2013 Global Men’s Summit held in Dallas, Texas.

Leaders from 54 nations attended the Lions Roar summit in person and through a live Internet feed to hear multiple presentations that proved results such as the reduction of disciplinary incidents in schools that adopted the curriculum, the decrease in AIDS/HIV in African nations that have mentored men through the principles of the curriculum, the reduction of recidivism in prisons teaching it, as well as other demonstrated results in churches, communities, businesses, and nations…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2800171976.html

     THE ADDRESS GIVEN BY THE BISHOP OF LONDON AT THE FUNERAL OF BARONESS MARGARET THATCHER
One thing that everyone has noted is the courtesy and personal kindness which she showed to those who worked for her, as well as her capacity to reach out to the young, and often also to those who were not, in the world’s eyes, “important.”

The letter from a young boy early on in her time as Prime Minister is a typical example. Nine year old David wrote to say, “Last night when we were saying prayers, my daddy said everyone has done wrong things except Jesus. I said I don’t think you have done bad things because you are the Prime Minister. Am I right or is my daddy?”

Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the PM replied in her own hand in a very straightforward letter which took the question seriously. And she said: “However good we try to be, we can never be as kind, gentle, and wise as Jesus. There will be times when we do or say something we wish we hadn’t done and we shall be sorry and try not to do it again.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.stpauls.co.uk/News-Press/Latest-News/The-Address-given-by-the-Bishop-of-London-at-the-funeral-of-Baroness-Thatcher

     NONPROFIT PUTS PEOPLE BACK ON THE ROAD OF HOPE
Gloria Scott, 51, of Chapel Hill, NC, cranked the engine of the 2003 black Mercury Sable and, for the first time in years, saw a world of possibilities on the road ahead.

After a decade without a car, Scott — who’s putting her life back together after a history of health problems and addictions — no longer has to rise at 4 a.m. to catch a shuttle to her job at an assisted living facility across town. No longer does every trip beyond walking distance — to the grocery or her doctor or even just dinner out with her husband — mean a bus ride, with waits at each end of the journey.

The cost? Just under $600, including taxes and fees. But don’t be misled by the price. The Sable is no clunker; it’s a beautiful, smooth-running machine. It comes to her courtesy of Wheels4Hope, a faith-based nonprofit that takes donated cars, fixes them up and sells them at nominal cost to low-income wage earners who need basic transportation…. Read this in full at
http://www.faithandleadership.com/features/articles/nonprofit-puts-people-back-the-road-hope

     THE BENEFITS OF CHURCH
by T. M. Luhrmann
One of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, religiosity — boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life. The reason for this is not entirely clear…. Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/luhrmann-why-going-to-church-is-good-for-you.html?_r=0

     TRUST GOD’S LOVE
Trust God’s love. His perfect love. Don’t fear he will discover your past. He already has. Don’t fear disappointing him in the future. He can show you the chapter in which you will. With perfect knowledge of the past and perfect vision of the future, he loves you perfectly in spite of both.”
- Max Lucado

     ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS WANT TO DRIVE ALL CHRISTIANS OUT OF VIOLENCE-PLAGUED IRAQ
Islamist extremists want Iraq to be a “Muslim only” country. As a result, Christians in Iraq remain continuous targets of violent attacks.

Each month Open Doors field workers receive sad phone calls and emails of Christian acquaintances who report attacks against the Christians near them. While most of them are part of the general violence, such as bomb attacks and mortar fire which intensified during provincial elections recently, a part of the violence can be labeled as specifically targeted against Christians…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/5174271947.html

     MAKE BUSINESS ETHICS LESS BORING
by Edward Hadas
Business ethics is too bland. That thought crossed my mind during a quite good speech on the topic by Vincent Nichols recently at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster said many things, but his main idea of how to improve businesses can be summed up in one sentence: “All businesses big or small should be able to demonstrate how they are making the world a better place through providing goods that are truly good, or services that truly serve people, and, by doing so, create employment and fair returns to investors, whilst minimising harm.”

A few moral relativists or free-market ideologues might argue with that, but most business people think they are already behaving as the archbishop thinks they should. They usually see themselves as well-meaning cogs in a basically benign economic machine which provides people with a remarkable array of desired goods and services, and does so efficiently, safely and in a way that is fair to workers and the world.

That self-image is fair. Most businesses in developed economies do work to a quite high ethical standard.

Still, Nichols is hardly alone – and not wrong – in worrying that some businesses have ethical problems. The concern explains why business ethics has become a standard part of the curriculum in MBA programs, and the existence of numerous initiatives to promote corporate social responsibility and other virtues. The main problem with these worthy efforts is blandness: it’s not clear what business ethics classes are supposed to teach or what, for example, should be the aim of the Westminster archdiocese’s program “A Blueprint for Better Business” …. Read this in full at
http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2013/04/17/make-business-ethics-less-boring/

     PROMINENT EXPERTS SLATED TO INFORM AND INSPIRE AT BREAD FOR THE WORLD’S 2013 NATIONAL GATHERING
Bread for the World announces an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2013 National Gathering (http://www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013/), June 8-11 in Washington, DC. From world-renowned preachers and international development and nutrition experts to high-ranking government officials and members of Congress, this biennial event will equip participants with tools to effectively advocate on behalf of people living with hunger or poverty…. Read this in full at
http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2013/04/23/prominent-experts-slated-to-inform-and-inspire-at-bread-for-the-worlds-2013-national-gathering/

     GOSPEL BROADCASTS OFFER MESSAGE OF HOPE AND PEACE TO LISTENERS IN NORTH KOREA
While war drums pound loudly in the foreground of daily news reports, in the background a message of peace and hope connects North Korea and Guam.

Tensions entangling the Korean peninsula and the United States have spilled over to the tiny island of Guam, home to international media ministry TWR’s 100,000-watt transmitter site, which beams shortwave messages of biblical reconciliation to people who are hungering for God’s love rather than political confrontation…. Read this in full at
http://www.twr.org/news_and_blogs/2013/04-10/gospel-broadcasts-offer-message-of-hope-and-peace-to-listeners-in-north-korea

     CONSIDER
Allowing ourselves to be more loving is a most beautiful journey.”
- Barry Neil Kaufman

     VERSE TO PONDER
Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — God’s eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they are understood through the things God has made. So humans are without excuse.”
- Romans 1:20 (CEB)

     THIS WEEK’S HYMN: JOY DAWNED AGAIN ON EASTER DAY
Words: Unknown author, possibly 4th Century; translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale, 1862.
Music: Trier manuscript, 15th Century. Adapted by Michael Praetorius, 1609; harmony by George R. Woodward, 1910.

Joy dawned again on Easter Day,
The sun shone out with fairer ray,
When, to their longing eyes restored
Th’Apostles saw their risen Lord.

His risen flesh with radiance glowed;
His wounded hands and feet He showed:
Those scars their silent witness gave
That Christ was risen from the grave.

O Jesus, King of gentleness,
Do Thou our inmost hearts possess;
And we to Thee will ever raise
The tribute of our grateful praise.

Jesus Who art the Lord of all,
In this our Easter festival
From every weapon death can wield
Thine own redeemed, Thy people, shield.

All praise, O risen Lord, we give
To Thee, who dead, again dost live;
To God the Father equal praise,
And God the Holy Ghost, we raise.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/j/o/joydawnd.htm

     FRIDAY NIGHT ARCHIVE REPLAY – 04/26/2013
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
Have we lost the true message of Jesus?
To truly understand Jesus, we must comprehend the primary mission of His life: The Kingdom of Heaven.
Suprisingly, this primary emphasis of Jesus minsitry is severly misunderstood.
So what is the kingdom of Heaven, anway?
Let’s begin to dig a little deeper!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepath/2013/04/27/ekklesia-fellowship-gathering


     ON PRAYER

To pray in the name of Christ means to pray in the awareness that our prayers have no worthiness or efficacy apart from his atoning sacrifice and redemptive mediation. It means to appeal to the blood of Christ as the source of power for the life of prayer. It means to acknowledge our complete helplessness apart from his mediation and intercession. To pray in his name means that we recognize that our prayers cannot penetrate the tribunal of God unless they are presented to the Father by the Son, our one Savior and Redeemer.”
- Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 36-37

     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. 

George Beverly Shea Memorial Website
http://www.georgebeverlysheamemorial.org/

Insight For Living: Sin page
http://www.insight.org/resources/topics/sin/

Society of German Nature Photographers “Nature Photographer of the Year 2013”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2013/apr/23/gdt-nature-photographer-of-the-year-2013-wildlife-pictures

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.) 

May we see our challenges through the filter of our blessings.
Frank Coleman, Editor
frank@frankcoleman.com

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@frankcoleman.com if you’d like to participate in a men’s discipleship program. 
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