Connections – 07/19/09

For week of July 19, 2009
Issue 261

The Men’s Ministry 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 Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10

CONSIDER
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kinship to the great God who made him.” Abraham Lincoln

10 COMMANDMENTS TO HELP THE ABSENT-FATHER SYNDROME
by Jim Burns
Most “absent-fathers” are not absent by intentional choice, but rather other life choices and priorities have combined — resulting in a lot of time away from home and/or little involvement in their kids’ lives. If you’re an “absent-father” you’re not alone. You can begin today to make choices which will bump your relationships with your wife and kids up a notch. Here are 10 commandments to help you get started.

1. Thou shalt talk with your kids every day. Even a brief phone call — to ask your kids how their day went — when you are on the road, for example, communicates your care and concern for your kids…. Read this in full at
http://www.homeword.com/Articles/ArticleDetail.aspx?iArticleId=93&sReturnUrl=%2fArticles%2fdefault.aspx%3fsOrderBy%3dsTitle%26sAscOrDesc%3dASC%26iAbsolutePage%3d1%26sKeywords%3d%26bParent%3d1%26bStudent%3d1%26bWorker%3d1

SCRIPTURE TRANSLATION & DISTRIBUTION GROUP CHANGES ITS NAME
Entering a third century of Scripture ministry, IBS-STL is launching a new identity, including a new name — Biblica — to reflect its expanding vision and focus for transforming lives through God’s Word. The new name is part of a rebranding process that began with the merger of International Bible Society and Send the Light in 2007.

Founded in 1809, International Bible Society (IBS) has served individuals and organizations through Bible translation, publishing, distribution, and outreach and is the translation sponsor and copyright holder of the New International Version (NIV) Bible, which is the most-read contemporary English translation and has more than 350 million copies in print worldwide.

Send the Light (STL) was established more than 50 years ago by Operation Mobilization founder George Verwer with worldwide Bible and Christian book distribution as its vision. STL has become one of the largest distributors of Christian resources, with distribution centers in the U.K., India, and the U.S. STL also has retail operations in various parts of the world.

The two organizations merged based on the realization they could do more together to further the cause of the Bible than they could independently. Keith Danby, Global President and CEO of Biblica, says the new name was born out of 18 months of planning and developing a vision for a third century of ministry.

“Because the Bible is central to our ministry purpose, we felt it was essential to expressly mention it as being the heart of our organization — in our name, our mission, our vision, and our values,” he said. “The name Biblica clearly reflects an emphasis on the Bible, and it communicates our focus on helping transform lives through the power of God’s Word.”

“This year we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary and we see that as a springboard to a new era of Bible ministry,” Danby added. “We believe Biblica — the name and the organization — are well-positioned to engage and evangelize people and to help equip the global Church with biblical resources. We look forward to carrying God’s Word to people everywhere under the Biblica banner as we enter a third century of ministry.”

Rebranding includes name, a new logo, and key messaging: “Transforming lives through God’s Word.” Combined, they communicate the vision of Biblica to bring the life-changing power of Scripture to people worldwide.

Biblica’s branding effort was guided by an international committee of its senior management and the board of directors, and led by brand consultant Lambert, Edwards & Associates with Hanon-McKendry.
http://www.Biblica.com

TALK TO PEOPLE RATHER THAN ABOUT THEM
by John Piper
Recall that in Luke 18:9, Luke introduces the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector like this: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” It may seem minor at first, but notice that it says that Jesus told this parable TO some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous. It does not say he spoke this parable ABOUT them. Jesus was looking the Pharisees in the eye and telling them a parable that implied that they were self-righteous. He was not talking about them but to them.

Though it may seem minor, it contains a lesson that is huge for the health of our church. Let’s be like this. Let’s not talk to others about people’s faults. Let’s talk to them about their faults. It is easy — and far too tasty on the tongue of our sinful souls — to talk about people. But it is hard — and often tastes bitter — to talk to them. When you are talking about them, they can’t correct you or turn the tables and make you the problem. But if you talk to them about a problem, it can be very painful. So it feels safer to talk about people rather than talking to them….. Read this in full at
http://www.christianity.com/Home/Christian%20Living%20Features/11579446/

OFF THE PLAYING FIELD WITH KURT WARNER
When most people think of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, they usually remember his two MVP Awards, his rags-to-riches professional football story, and his outspoken faith. As one of the most prominent evangelical Christian athletes of the last decade, Warner is just about as good a role model as you will find. He leads an authentic Christian life, offering a major portion of his free time to his local and national ministries. But to his wife, Brenda, and 7 kids, he’s a husband or a dad — and is by no means perfect. In his new book, First Things First, Kurt and Brenda give an inside look into their family life, from the good to the bad to the ugly. New Man recently talked with Warner about his book and his challenges as a Christian athlete.

New Man: So tell us about the book. Why did you all want to write it?
Warner: You know, I just wanted to give people a different look into our lives. Everybody has got kind of their own idea about me as a football player, as a person and as a Christian. This book is just giving people a look into my life as an athlete and our life as a family, and how we balance all that. We wanted to give people a backstage look at our lives…. Read this in full at
http://newmanmag.com/e-magazine/web/story1.php

A WHOLE GOOD WORLD OUTSIDE
by Philip Yancey
I emerged from childhood with a distorted image of God: a frowning Supercop looking to squash anyone who might be having a good time. I have since come to know God as a whimsical artist who fills the world with creatures like the porcupine and skunk and warthog, who lavishes the world with wildflowers and tropical fish more beautiful than any design on display in an art museum.

Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project, sees God’s hand in the magnificent coding of the DNA double helix. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard sees it in the creatures that swim and dive in Tinker Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. From nature writers such as John Muir, Henri Fabre, Loren Eiseley, and Lewis Thomas I gain appreciation for a Master Artist they may not even believe in; their precise and reverent observations help to raise the blinds for me…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/july/15.64.html

NOT ONE SPARROW
We misstep when we brush off animal cruelty with nonchalance. Showing animal compassion does not de facto assign animals the same worth as humans. It merely acknowledges that animals have worth and dignity — something plainly assumed in biblical passages like Exodus 21-22:14 and Deuteronomy 25, which outline upright ways to handle livestock, and Proverbs 12:10, which praises the righteous man who “cares for the needs of his animal.” The church has traditionally interpreted Isaiah 65’s well-known apocalyptic imagery of lions and lambs not as a cozy metaphor of human community, but as a picture of fully restored creation, people and animals. And while Luke 12:6’s five sparrows sold for two cents usually refer to God’s sovereign care for us in our daily lives, it’s remarkable that those five sparrows aren’t forgotten by God, but are part of his sovereign care as well.

Instead of leading us down dangerous paths toward secular humanism, animal compassion becomes part of our privileged role as custodians of the creatures in which God delights. In fact, C. S. Lewis, who wrestled in many essays with the seeming senselessness of animal suffering, argued that it was precisely because humans are higher than animals in creation’s hierarchy that they should oppose animal cruelty. Our very superiority to animals, he said, ought to motivate us “to prove ourselves better than the beasts precisely by the fact of acknowledging duties to them which they do not acknowledge to us.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/july/26.19.html

CHURCHES AFFECTED BY FCC CHANGES ON WIRELESS-MICROPHONE FREQUENCIES
While the digitization of television signals June 12 garnered wide publicity, many churches were left unaware their wireless microphone systems also were affected.

The Federal Communications Commission auctioned off the lower half of the 700-megahertz band to several telecommunications companies and reserved the upper half of that spectrum for law enforcement, fire and safety operation, and municipalities. Many of the sound systems in churches operate in that 700-megehertz frequency. So, what has the impact been on churches? …. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4229&Itemid=53

SURVEY: 1 IN 3 SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IN GOD
About one out of every three scientists in the United States professes believing in God, a recent survey finds. That figure is strikingly lower than the proportion of the general American public that say they believe in God (83%), according to the report by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. However, a Christian biochemist after examining the report says the comparably small number of scientists who believe in God is nothing to be alarmed over…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090716/survey-one-third-of-scientists-believe-in-god/index.html

JUST HOW RELIGIOUS IS OBAMA’S NOMINEE FOR DIRECTOR OF THE NIH?
Whenever scientists get around to hunting for the Boy Scout gene, they should start with the genome of Francis Collins. President Obama’s nominee for director of the National Institutes of Health has a folk résumé a mile long: He plays his acoustic guitar during commencement addresses and national prayer breakfasts, likes to talk about his motorcycle, and grew up on a 95-acre farm in Staunton, Va., where his parents ran a summer theater production among the oak trees. One summer, there were so many actors staying with the family that he and his brother Fletcher had to sleep in the farm’s corn crib.

Collins is also a decorated scientist with a Yale PhD in physical chemistry that he finished on weekends after he’d half-quit graduate school to get a medical degree instead. His composite public image — as a brilliant, eminently likable polymath — allows him to get away with talking openly in scientific circles about another quirk of his personality: Since age 27, he has been an evangelical Christian…. Read this in full at
http://www.slate.com/id/2222562

WITH ALL YOUR MIND
by Francis S. Collins
When he was asked to name the greatest commandment, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Many of us struggle to live up to this challenging decree. But a special conflict of the mind exists in many Christian communities—how to accept evolution and still love God. I regularly get e-mails from young people in crisis: Having been raised to believe that the earth is 6,000 years old, they encounter overwhelming evidence to the contrary in a university class, and their world starts to come apart. What a terrible and unnecessary tragedy!

A recent Gallup poll indicates only 39% of Americans believe in evolution. Among weekly churchgoers, that number drops to 24%. So even if you are personally comfortable with evolution, you are probably surrounded by many others who are not…. Read this in full at
http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0908&article=with-all-your-mind

GERSON: FRANCIS COLLINS SIGNALS MATURITY FOR EVANGELICALISM
Christian groups took notice when President Obama chose evangelical scientist Francis Collins as the new head of the National Institutes on Health, despite some questions about his support for embryonic stem-cell research.

Michael Gerson writes for the Washington Post that his appointment signals that evangelicalism is growing up. He says it signals maturity for President Obama. “In the process, Obama has affirmed something important: that anti-supernaturalism is not a litmus test at the highest levels of science,” he writes.

If you want a few chuckles, take a look at this 2006 video where Stephen Colbert heckles Collins a little bit about science and faith….
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/07/gerson_francis.html

A GOOD MAN DOWN
In Parkersburg, Iowa, it was a high school coach who led the townspeople out of the rubble of a tornado, showed them how to live a Christian life and brought honor to a football field he mowed himself. What they can’t understand is why Ed Thomas was gunned down by a former player…. Read this in full at
http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1157377/1/index.htm

ROOT INNOVATION IN MISSION
In his most recent Serious Times newsletter, James Emery White talks about a series of steps the Church of England is taking to try to connect to contemporary culture. He then observes: “Does the Church of England know why they are doing these things? This is not only a pressing question for the Archbishop, but for every church leader as they grapple with mission, strategy, and method in light of reaching out to an increasingly post-Christian culture. There is a myth that churches are successful because they do certain things; in truth, churches are successful because they know why they do certain things. In other words, there is a clear missional target on the wall.

“This is why the most effective churches lead the way for innovation, and those who borrow their innovations get frustrated when the church they copied drops what they copied for something even more innovative.

“This is far from original with me. Bestselling business author Jim Collins, whose previous works Built to Last and Good to Great charted how the mighty rose, has recently come out with a book titled How the Mighty Fall. What perplexed his naturally curious mind was a simple but profound question: If you were in organizational decline, what would be the signs? What made the question more pressing was Collins’ early sense, later confirmed through his research, that decline is analogous to a disease, perhaps like a cancer, that can grow on the inside while you still look strong and healthy on the outside. He calls it ‘the silent creep of impending doom.’

“One of the earliest signs is companies saying, ‘We’re successful because we do these specific things,’ as opposed to the more penetrating understanding and insight: ‘We’re successful because we understand why we do these specific things and under what conditions they would not longer work.’

“This is the foundation for any and all innovation; otherwise you are simply gathering an assortment of tactics independent of a mission. Biblical fidelity is, hopefully, a given; but once you are confident you are working within those parameters, you must then determine why it is you do anything: What is the foundational nature of your mission? What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying to reach?

“If you know why you are doing something, you know whether it is effective and are quick to discard things that no longer work. If you are attempting to evangelize the unchurched, you are not attracted to any and all innovation, or even innovation that may reflect the culture of the unchurched; instead, you are after innovation that is effective at evangelizing the unchurched.”
http://www.serioustimes.com

THE MEN WHO WENT TO THE MOON, 40 YEARS LATER
A lunar journey is hard — but not as hard as coming home when the mission is done. Forty years after the first moon landing, the nature of the men who made the trips may be the deepest mystery of all
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1910599_1910769,00.html

Also see the inspiring movie “In the Shadow of the Moon”
http://www.intheshadowofthemoon.com/

OUCH!
A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full length mirror taking a hard look at herself. “You know, dear,” she says, “I look in the mirror and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, everything else is either sagging or bloated. I’ve got fat legs, and my arms are all flabby.” She turns to her husband and says, “Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself.” He studies hard for a moment thinking about it and then says in a soft, thoughtful voice, “Well, there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.” Services for the husband will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 AM at Morris Memorial Chapel.
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com

VERSE TO PONDER
“Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
~James 1:21~

CONSIDER
“Joy is not in things, it is in us.”
~Richard Wagner~

NO PLACE FOR ISLANDS
by Charles R. Swindoll
(Romans 15:1-7) Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken.

Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited.

Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete.

Nobody is a whole play. Each one is an actor. But take away one actor and the performance suffers.

Nobody is a whole hospital. Each one is a part of the staff. But take away one person and it isn’t long before the patient can tell.

Cars are composed of numerous parts. Each one is connected to and dependent upon the other. Even if a tiny screw comes loose and falls out of the carburetor, it can bring the whole vehicle to a stop. You guessed it. We need each other…. Read this in full at
http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/Day_by_Day/11606002/

THE HERESY OF ‘INDIVIDUALISM’?
by Richard J. Mouw
In her opening address to the Episcopal Church’s recent General Convention, the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the church’s presiding bishop, made a special point of denouncing what she labeled “the great Western heresy” — the teaching, in her words, “that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God.” This “individualist focus,” she declared, “is a form of idolatry.”

There is good news and bad news here. The good news is that the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop is not afraid to denounce heresy. The bad news is that we evangelicals turn out to be the heretics she is denouncing…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/julyweb-only/128-31.0.html

THE ART OF AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY
Nanette Sawyer, pastor at Wicker Park Grace, explores the realms in which we extend hospitality. Hospitality starts in our core, as we extend hospitality to God, inviting him to be in relationship with us. Encountering God through this core relationship makes it possible for us to then extend hospitality to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, even to our enemies and nature at large. See the interview at
http://theooze.tv/featured/nanette-sawyer-the-art-of-authentic-hospitality

EPISCOPAL BISHOPS MOVE ON BLESSINGS
US Episcopal bishops voted overwhelmingly July 15 to allow bishops in states where gay marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal to provide a “generous pastoral response” to gay couples, but stopped short of authorizing liturgical rites for same-sex blessings.

The unofficial tally was 104 bishop in favor of the resolution, 30 against, and 2 abstentions. The resolution now goes to the House of Deputies, where it must be approved before it becomes church law.

Bishops from the six states where gay marriage has been legalized had asked for the flexibility to adapt the church’s wedding rites for use with same-gender couples. The vaguely worded resolution may do just that, while allowing conservative bishops leeway not to conduct same-sex ceremonies. The resolution also treads a fine line on authorizing rites for blessing same-sex unions. Other Anglicans worldwide, a majority of whom view homosexuality as sinful and unbiblical, had asked the Episcopal Church repeatedly not to take that step.

The key passage is: “that bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of the church.”

The resolution also “acknowledges the changing circumstances in the United States and in other nations, as legislation authorizing or forbidding marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons is passed in various civil jurisdictions that call forth a renewed pastoral response from this Church, and for an open process for the consideration of theological and liturgical resources and liturgies for the blessing of same gender resolutions.”

It also authorizes the church committee on liturgy to “collect and develop theological and liturgical resources” for rites for same-sex blessings and report to the next General Convention in 2012.
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnsblog/comments/episcopal_bishops_move_on_blessings/

A YAWN GREETS CATHOLIC COURT
by Stephen Prothero
Is it too much to ask for a moment of silence for the demise of the Episcopal seat on the US Supreme Court? Episcopalians might have gained a celebrity when Alberto Cutié (aka “Father Oprah”) left the Roman Catholic Church in May to marry his girlfriend and become an Episcopal priest, but with the departure of Justice David Souter, the Supreme Court is losing the last of the Episcopalians.

It has been downhill for Episcopalians since, well, the American Revolution, when Anglicans (as Episcopalians used to be known) made the mistake of backing George III instead of George Washington. But that little misstep has not prevented Episcopalians from marching into corridors of power in Washington. Though fewer than 2% of Americans today call themselves Episcopalians, a quarter of our presidents and nearly a third of our Supreme Court justices have done so, making the Episcopal Church the most popular religious affiliation in White House and Supreme Court history.

If Judge Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed, 6 of the 9 members of the Supreme Court will be Catholic. As such, religious diversity in America these days might mean finding a Protestant nominee…. Read this in full at
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/07/a-yawn-greets-catholic-court.html

RETAILERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Winners have been announced in the 2009 Retailers Choice Awards, sponsored by Christian Retailing magazine. More than 250 products were nominated in 30 categories, with the winning products revealed during a press conference July 13, 2009, at the International Christian Retail Show in Denver.
Nominated products were judged on the impact they have had on staff and customers, including their ability to speak to hearts and evoke emotion, open minds to new ways of thinking and encourage and affirm Christlike living.

Movie-related books fared well this year, as Eric Wilson’s novelization of Fireproof (Thomas Nelson) won in Fiction: General, while The Love Dare (B&H Books/B&H Publishing Group) rose to the top of the Relationships category…. Read this in full at
http://www.retailerschoiceawards.com/

2009 CHRISTY AWARDS FOR BEST CHRISTIAN FICTION ANNOUNCED
The winners of the 10th annual Christy Awards were announced July 11 ahead of this year’s International Christian Retail Show. From each of the 9 Christian fiction categories, a winner was selected by a panel of 7 judges and recognized with the top honor, continuing a tradition that has been running since 1999. Among this year’s 9 winners, 2 were published by Tyndale House Publishers and 3 were published by divisions of Baker Publishing Group (Revell and Bethany House).

Named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel and of her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read, the Christy Awards recognize excellence in fiction written by contemporary Christian authors and highlight the breadth and diversity of Christian fiction…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090714/2009-christy-awards-for-best-christian-fiction-announced/index.html

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY MEALS TOGETHER
Bringing back the time-honored practice of “breaking bread” with your own family could be the single greatest step you take toward saving your family from all kinds of ills.

For more than a decade, CASA — the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University — has been studying the tremendous impact that family meals have on children. Its research repeatedly shows how children suffer when they don’t spend regular, casual time with their parents gathered around the dinner table. Consider this summary of their findings:

“Compared with teens who frequently had dinner with their families (5 nights or more per week), those who had dinner with their families only 2 nights per week or less were twice as likely to be involved in substance abuse. They were 2.5 times as likely to drink alcohol, and nearly 3 times as likely to try marijuana.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090714/news/307149984

SECURITY GROUP FORMS CHURCH VIOLENCE TASK FORCE
The world’s largest security training organization has opened a new church-security division and will instruct churches on how to prevent and respond to violent crimes at its annual conference in September.

ASIS International’s new church-security division will lead a seminar at its convention in Anaheim, Calif., to address threats and vulnerabilities that leave faith-based organizations at risk for violence.

“They don’t think that it can happen (to them). That’s the biggest issue we have to overcome,” said Donald Knox, chairman of ASIS’s Houses of Worship Security Working Group…. Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/07/security-group-forms-church-vi.php

SOTOMAYOR HAS MIXED RECORD ON CHURCH-STATE DISPUTES
As a federal judge, Sonia Sotomayor sided with Santeria prisoners who wanted to wear religious beads and Muslim inmates who wanted to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

At the same time, she ruled against Muslims who wanted a Muslim crescent and star added to post office holiday displays that featured Christmas and Hanukkah symbols.

As the Senate held confirmation hearings on the woman who hopes to be the newest member of the US Supreme Court, experts who monitor church-state cases say — as on other matters — that Sotomayor’s past decisions indicate that she’s hard to pigeonhole…. Read this in full at
http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18393

LAWSUIT SEEKS TO BLOCK ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ ENGRAVING
The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a lawsuit July 14 seeking to block an architect from engraving “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit, filed in US District Court in western Wisconsin, claims the taxpayer-funded engravings would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

The House and Senate passed identical resolutions this month directing the Architect of the Capitol to engrave “In God We Trust” and the pledge in prominent places at the entrance for 3 million tourists who visit the Capitol each year…. Read this in full at
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htxe4DfXCO-Usm3nLfXgWZmLiYTQD99EEGD80

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

41.2 million: The number of people who have some level of disability. They represent 15% of the civilian noninstitutionalized population 5 and older.

By age —
— 6% of children 5 to 15 have disabilities.
— 12% of people 16 to 64 have disabilities.
— 41% of adults 65 and older have disabilities.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/013739.html

ATHEISTS PUT OWN STAMP ON SUMMER CAMP IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS
At Camp Quest, campers may not believe in God, but they do have faith in their community. On Sunday evening, 49 children from across the western United States arrived at the camp nestled in the hills outside Nevada City. It’s one of five summer camps in the country for the children of atheists and other nonbelievers.

In a campground in Malakoff Diggins State Historical Park, the campers have many of the traditional summer experiences. They practice archery in the meadow, participate in team competitions and gather around the campfire at night to sing. Their activities, however, have a decidedly secular twist…. Read this in full at
http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/2023517.html

ONLINE EVANGELISTS TAP MILLIONS LOOKING FOR GOD
Two million people look for God each day — not in church, but in a search. “The number is staggering,” said Mark Weimer, a self-described techie evangelist whose ministry has tapped the Internet to capture those looking for spiritual answers. Weimer is CEO of Global Media Outreach, the technology arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI), which hosts 91 Web sites in 11 languages to spread the “good news.”

Weimer, who previously ran his own Silicon Valley start-up, insists this is not virtual proselytizing. “We are always up front about the fact that we are presenting the Christian message,” he told ABCNews.com. “We don’t want to deceive anyone. That would be offensive.” Global Outreach estimates that 1 in 1,000 Internet searchers is looking for information about God. Just last year, their sites had 3 million visitors…. Read this in full at
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7884708&page=1

CONSIDER
“And if you will here stop and ask yourself, why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that it is neither through ignorance, nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.”
~William Law~

VERSE TO PONDER
“[Jesus said,] “‘If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.’”
~John 15:10~

ON PRAYER
In a scene from Shadowlands, a film based on the life of C. S. Lewis, Lewis has returned to Oxford from London, where he has just been married to Joy Gresham, an American woman, in a private Episcopal ceremony performed at her hospital bedside. She is dying from cancer and, through the struggle with her illness, she and Lewis have been discovering the depth of their love for each other. As Lewis arrives at the college where he teaches, he is met by Harry Harrington, an Episcopal priest, who asks what news there is. Lewis hesitates, then, deciding to speak of the marriage and not the cancer, he says, “Ah, good news, I think, Harry. Yes, good news.”

Harrington, not aware of the marriage and thinking that Lewis is referring to Joy’s medical situation, replies, “I know how hard you’ve been praying… Now, God is answering your prayer.”

“That’s not why I pray, Harry,” Lewis responds. “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God; it changes me.” (Thomas G. Long, Whispering the Lyrics)

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 the church guys 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.

Book your next vacation with us!
Http://www.ChristianConnectionTravel.com

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

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

Let me show you how to earn money as you travel!
http://www.earnGlobalVacations.com/
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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

Daily Comics
http://comics.com/

MacroHistory
http://www.fsmitha.com/t-index.html

Manage Your Money
http://www.mint.com/

Radio Free World
http://www.radiofreeworld.com/

We Choose the Moon
http://wechoosethemoon.org/

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

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

I’m so broke, I can’t even pay attention.
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com

Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!

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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!

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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.
Contact Min. Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, frank@frankcoleman.com if you’d like to participate in a men’s discipleship program.
Path Of Life Ministries is located at 6459 S. Campbell Ave. Chicago, IL 60629.
Visit our website at: http://www.pathoflifeministries.net/

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