Connections – 07/26/09

For week of July 26, 2009
Issue 262

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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“By the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3

CONSIDER
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
John C. Maxwell

RICK WARREN EMBARKS ON FOLLOW-UP TO ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’
Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren is working on his next book — the follow-up to the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, which launched the Southern California preacher into national prominence. “I’m in book writing mode right now,” Warren reported in a broadcast to his church members July 23. “I’ve gone back into hibernation to write the follow up to Purpose Driven Life now, eight years later. It’s going to be called The Hope of the World, and my plan is to release that on Easter Sunday — our 30th anniversary — next year.” The book will be about the church and its role in today’s times.

Since its release seven years ago, The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 52 million copies and has been described as the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history. The 2002 devotional book was also most identified in a Barna survey of American pastors and ministers as the book that was most influential on their lives and ministries…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090723/rick-warren-embarks-on-follow-up-to-purpose-driven-life/index.html

CONSIDER
“I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.”
Mother Teresa

LIVE A FOCUSED LIFE
“There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. The men and women who have made the greatest difference in history were the most focused. For instance, the apostle Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. His secret was a focused life. He said, ‘I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead’ (Philippians 3:13 NLT).

“If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? Paul said, ‘Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us’ (Philippians 3:15 The Message).” from The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren

THE DIVINE SON OF MAN
“One of the most enigmatic phrases that ever came from Jesus’ lips is his unique name for himself, the “Son of Man.” Over eighty times in the Gospels, Jesus uses this phrase in the third-person to refer to himself. What does he mean?

“One night Daniel had a vivid dream in which he saw a great, heavenly court in session. Suddenly, he saw “one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.” Immediately this exalted figure approached the Ancient of Days and was “given authority, glory and sovereign power.” Daniel goes on to say that “all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).

“According to the Jewish scholar David Flusser, this passage from Daniel was considered the most potent messianic prophecy in all of Scripture. Jesus also speaks about himself as the Son of Man who will come in glory on the clouds (Mark 13:26; 14:62; Luke 21:27), a clear reference to this passage from Daniel. His audience would know exactly what he is saying.” from Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

LIFE WITH A “QUIVERFULL” FAMILY – THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
Rick Wilking is a Reuters contract photojournalist based in Denver, Colorado who has been shooting for Reuters for almost 25 years based in Europe, Washington, DC, and now in Colorado. Rick recently developed the idea of spending time documenting the lives of a Christian “Quiverfull” family who have 15 children due to their belief that all family planning is best left in the hands of God. Rick produced a multimedia video from his time spent with the Jeub family in Colorado and tells about the experience…. Read this in full at
http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2009/07/24/life-with-a-quiverfull-family-the-story-behind-the-story/

RESEARCHER SAYS HYPOCRISY NOT BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO EVANGELISM
People who don’t attend church are not too bothered by what they view as hypocrisy in the church, but there are some things they don’t like about Christians, says the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm.

Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has been researching the “formerly unchurched” — men and women who have been Christians for less than a year — for nearly a decade. He says the results are surprising.

Contrary to popular belief, Rainer says, non-Christians by and large are not turned off by the church, preaching or Sunday school and are quite responsive to direct one-on-one evangelism.

But there are some things non-churchgoers don’t like about Christians, Rainer says in a recent blog:

* Christians who treat other Christians poorly. “The unchurched don’t expect us Christians to be perfect, but they can’t understand why we treat each other without dignity and respect.”

* Holier-than-thou attitudes. “The unchurched know that Christians will make mistakes, and they often have a forgiving attitude when we mess up. But they are repulsed when Christians act in superior ways to them.”

* Christians who talk more than they listen. “Many of the unchurched, at some point, have a perception that a Christian is a person who can offer a sympathetic and compassionate ear. Unfortunately, many of the unchurched thought Christians were too busy talking to listen to them.”

* Christians who don’t go to church. “The unchurched saw the disconnect between belief and practice in the lives of Christians who did not or who rarely attended church.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4253&Itemid=53

TOO HIGH A PRICE
“During temptation the devil does a lot to ensure that our minds are upset in order to keep us from hearing from God. In Eden, God’s voice of caution must have been drowned out and awareness of his presence dimmed by the fascination of the possibility of tasting this desired fruit, by the excitement of experiencing this one ‘thrill’ that had eluded them. Their minds were carried away by Satan’s temptation and the irresistible allure of the fruit. It did not matter that the fruit might be bitter. Satan had whetted their desire by presenting the fruit as full of fun, excitement and magic — the magic that would transform them to become ‘like God’.

“For us, the thunderous call to enjoy the ‘fruit’ drowns out the ‘still small voice’ of God’s caution. We are certain of the pleasure that will come from indulging the desire, and gloss over any possibility of suffering for the indulgence. But the truth about sin is that while indulgence may be momentarily pleasurable, its eventual cost is very high. The price paid for sin will always outweigh the value derived from it.” from The War Within: Christians and Inner Conflicts by A. C. Chukwuocha

INTERVIEW WITH WALTER CRONKITE
Walter Cronkite, who died July 17 at age 92, was an American anchor in more ways than one. But in 1994, the Episcopalian gave a wide-ranging interview to The Christian Century on the faith that anchored him.

It seems the man who pioneered broadcast news once pondered the Episcopal priesthood, while working as a newspaper church editor. “For a short while, I thought about entering the ministry,” said Cronkite. “But that was a short while. Journalism prevailed.”

Cronkite also spoke of his Lutheran turned Presbyterian roots in Kansas City, and his father’s later involvement with the Unitarian Church in Houston.

“I attended that for a couple years until I got into a Boy Scout troop that met in an Episcopal church,” he said. “The church had a wonderful minister who was also the scoutmaster. And I suppose you can say he proselytized me. At any rate, I was much involved with the church, and became an Episcopalian — and an acolyte.”

Billy Graham issued a statement calling Cronkite “one of the closet friends I had in journalism.” Read this interview in full at
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1058/is_n36_v111/ai_16003313/

Also see “TV journalist Walter Cronkite memorialized”
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_112852_ENG_HTM.htm

SEEK THE GIVER
“Throughout the Bible, an analogy that illustrates the relationship between God and his people keeps surfacing. God, the husband, is pictured as wooing the bride to himself. He wants her love. If the world were constructed so that every sin earned a punishment and every good deed a reward, the parallel would not hold. The closest analogue to that relationship would be a kept woman, who is pampered and bribed and locked away in a room so that the lover can be sure of her faithfulness. God does not ‘keep’ his people. He loves us, gives himself to us, and eagerly awaits our free response.

“God wants us to choose to love him freely, even when that choice involves pain, because we are committed to him, not to our own good feelings and rewards. He wants us to cleave to him, as Job did, even when we have every reason to deny him hotly. That, I believe, is the central message of Job. Satan had taunted God with the accusation that humans are not truly free. Was Job being faithful simply because God had allowed him a prosperous life? Job’s fiery trials proved the answer beyond doubt. Job clung to God’s justice when he was the best example in history of God’s apparent injustice. He did not seek the Giver because of his gifts; when all gifts were removed he still sought the Giver.” from Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

UNBORN BABIES HAVE MEMORIES, STUDY SAYS
Unborn children have memories, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Researchers at two medical centers found unborn babies at 30 weeks gestation show short-term memory, according to The Washington Times. By the time the unborn children reach 34 weeks of development, they “are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later,” The Times reported.

The results were based on a study conducted on 100 women and their unborn children. Scientists gave the women a series of buzzes on their stomachs for one second each with a “fetal vibroacoustic stimulator” at five points during the final eight weeks of pregnancy, according to the July 16 report. They used ultrasound imaging to measure “fetal learning” patterns, particularly through the baby’s eye, mouth and body movements.

The children adjusted to the vibrations and sounds to the extent they would no longer respond, according to the report. That process is called “habituation.”

“It seems like every day we find out marvelous new things about the development of unborn children,” said Randall O’Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, The Times reported. “We hope that this latest information helps people realize more clearly that the unborn are members of the human family with amazing capabilities and capacities like these built in from the moment of conception.”
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=30946

SPEAK ALOUD YOUR PRAISE AND GRATITUDE
“When you find yourself slipping into anxiety or depression, begin speaking aloud your praise and gratitude to God for specific instances of His grace in your life. This isn’t the old, trite cliché of ‘count your blessings name them one by one.’ This is an authentic, viable spiritual transaction between you and the God who listens and considers your every word.

“Go back to that time when you were overwhelmed by your sin and shame and sought His forgiveness and restoration. Tell Him (out loud) how He freed you from your guilt and brought a sweet peace into your innermost being. Tell Him (verbally) about the time when you were in danger and could easily have been injured or killed if God hadn’t stepped in to rescue you. Recall with Him (in spoken words) that season of confusion and perplexity in your life, when you didn’t know whether to go forward, backward, or sideways. Tell Him you remember how He placed a firm but gentle hand on your shoulder, whispering in your ear, ‘This is the way, walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).” from A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You by Joni Eareckson Tada

AUTHOR Q&A: ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ: PURSUING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
While her father Billy Graham casts a long shadow, Anne Graham Lotz holds her own. She holds her own revivals for women, called Just Give Me Jesus, around the world. She established AnGeL Ministries in 1988 to teach about the Bible. Her 10th book, The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life (Zondervan), is about Abraham, the patriarch of the great Western religions, whom Lotz calls her mentor. Publishers Weekly spoke to Lotz before she signed her new book July 13 at the International Christian Retail Show in Denver; it was so popular that publisher Zondervan ran out of copies.

Q: What is it about Abraham that’s so fascinating?
Anne Graham Lotz: Abraham left his religion to pursue knowing God, and he’s considered the patriarch of the three religions that are on the front page of the papers today. I think of religion as man’s attempt to reach God, and you can’t do that. Maybe there’s something to be said about the example of a man who forsook religion for a relationship with God.

Q: Why “relationship” instead of “religion”?
AGL: You grow and develop in a relationship. My life’s goal is not to write books; my life’s goal is to know God better today. The neat thing about a goal like that is you can achieve it. Faith is constant; it’s a relationship…. Read this in full at
http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6672363.html

NORTH KOREAN EXECUTED FOR DISTRIBUTING BIBLE
A Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly executed in June for the crime, according to South Korean activists. The 33-year-old mother of three, Ri Hyon Ok, also was accused of spying for South Korea and the United States, and of organizing dissidents, a rights group said in Seoul, citing documents obtained from the North. The Investigative Commission on Crime Against Humanity report includes a copy of Ri’s government-issued photo ID and says her husband, children, and parents were sent to a political prison the day after her June 16 execution…. Read this in full at
http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2009/07/24/activists_claim_christian_executed_in_nkorea/

ATHEISTS CHOOSE ‘DE-BAPTISM’ TO RENOUNCE CHILDHOOD FAITH
Up until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself “a weak Christian” whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God.

Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn’t been available. She got “de-baptized.”

In a type of mock ceremony that’s now been performed in at least four states, a robed “priest” used a hairdryer marked “reason” in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a “de-sacrament” (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had “freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition.”

For Gray, the lighthearted spirit of last summer’s Atheist Coming Out Party and De-Baptism Bash in suburban Westerville, Ohio, served a higher purpose than merely spoofing a Christian rite. “It was very therapeutic,” Gray said in an interview. “It was a chance to laugh at the silly things I used to believe as a child. It helped me admit that it was OK to think the way I think and to not have any religious beliefs.”

Within the past year, “de-baptism” ceremonies have attracted as many as 250 participants at atheist conventions in Ohio, Texas, Florida and Georgia. More have taken place on college campuses in recent years, according to Hemant Mehta, chair of the board of directors for the Secular Student Alliance, a group that promotes atheism among high school and college students…. Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/07/atheists-choose-de-baptism-to.php

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE
“If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual.  But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilization, compared with his, is only a moment.” C. S. Lewis

50 WAYS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH –ON YOUR OWN OR WITH YOUR CHURCH
The green movement has taken root among Christians, with individuals, churches, denominations, and other groups embracing eco-justice as a vital part of discipleship. 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference (Westminster John Knox Press) by environmental activist Rebecca Barnes-Davies makes clear the connection between caring for the earth and living one’s faith.

“Our task is to learn to reshape our lives to honor rather than destroy God’s creation,” Barnes-Davies says. “If we are to save the earth, we must save it from ourselves.” To that end, the book reinforces values of conserving resources, recycling, gardening, and being content with “enough.”

Taking action is important, but it’s also about “not doing,” Barnes-Davies says. Knowing when to let go of control, doing no harm, resting, celebrating, and trusting that God is doing the work to care for creation, are all essential elements to her approach.

Seven chapters address key environmental issues including water, energy, people, transportation, food and agriculture, other species, and wilderness and land planning. Each chapter offers seven action items ranging from individual efforts to activities that encourage the involvement of church and community. Suggestions range from personal to political action, such as:
* buying a solar cooker as a way to conserve energy (Barnes-Davies includes a recipe for delicious, easy-to-make sun-baked brownies);
* working to stop mountaintop removal, a method of removing coal that devastates mountains and often, local economies;
* doing a complete energy audit of your home;
* eating locally, seasonally, and organically;
* re-using bathwater in the garden or to flush toilets;
* advocating for clean air as a matter of justice for all people;
* engaging in activities such as reading or hiking that neither produce nor pollute.

A 50th action item ties these efforts into the biblical concept of a “Jubilee” year, which occurs every 50 years. An important aspect of Jubilee is the idea that the earth and its people need a periodic rest.

“These 50 steps will lead to a deepened commitment, a habit of thoughtful living and practical action,” Barnes-Davies says. “Once we form this ongoing habit, the possibilities for further action and results are endless.”
http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Help-Save-Earth-Difference/dp/product-description/0664233708

GOD MADE YOU TO BE YOU
“One of the greatest enemies of the unexpected adventure is our insistence on always expressing ourselves within the bounds of Christian normalcy. So we end up dressing, looking, talking, and acting like a hundred other people in our church, fearful to express our true individuality and possibly stymieing our unique ability to connect with people in our circle of influence. As if God were the creator of clones.

“He tells us in Psalm 139:14 that we have been ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ And one verse earlier, we read, ‘You knit me together in my mother’s womb,’ which includes not just our bodies but also our personalities, temperaments, and unusual styles — quirks and all. God made me to be me and you to be you, and he wants to use each of us within the special designs he has given us. Think about it: there are people in your world who don’t know Christ and who need to see him expressed through your full and untethered personality.” from The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

PAGAN POLICE OFFICERS IN GREAT BRITAIN GET SOLSTICE LEAVE
Pagan police officers in some areas of the United Kingdom are being allowed to take as many as eight days leave a year for events such as the summer solstice and Halloween. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), website, the move comes after the Pagan Police Association was set up following discussions with Home Office officials. The BBC says policy on police leave varies between forces in England and Wales. The BBC explained that Hertfordshire Police lets Pagan staff re-allocate the traditional bank holidays to meet their beliefs — it has also appointed two Pagan chaplains.

Police Constable Andy Pardy, a Pagan neighborhood beat officer in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, outside London, was one of the officers involved in setting up the association…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09070099.htm

VERSE TO PONDER
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9

CONSIDER
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Mother Teresa

LEGENDARY BIBLE TEACHER RECEIVES A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
More than 6 million of his commentaries have been distributed worldwide by David C. Cook in 35 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Portuguese, and Chinese. Billy Graham called him, “one of the greatest Bible expositors of our generation.”

Now Warren Wiersbe has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) for his “Be” Bible Commentaries at its annual convention, July 12.

Wiersbe, the former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago and teacher on the popular Back to the Bible radio series, is internationally recognized as someone who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God. Wiersbe’s commentaries on every book in the Bible are called the “Be” series because all titles begin with “Be” — ‘Be Delivered’ about the book of Exodus, or ‘Be Courageous’ about the Gospel of Luke…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09070113.htm

DARE TO PRAY
“The worst thing we can do in the face of doubt is to stop praying, assuming — wrongly, I believe — that only people with perfect faith can pray. We must dare to pray even as we doubt, just as the desperate father cried, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24) True faith is like a light that begins to flicker, however faintly, in the darkness of an experience that beckons us to pray even when we can hardly muster the faith to pray.

“Prayer turns away from self, however worthy or unworthy, and seeks God, asking him for mercy. When we approach God, we have nothing to use as capital, no commodities that we can trade, no sum of righteousness that we can use to buy answers to prayer. The thief on the cross did not have to complete a rehabilitation program before Jesus would say, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise’ (Luke 23:43).” from When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer: Insights to Keep You Praying with Greater Faith & Deeper Hope by Jerry Sittser

UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL AGING EXAMINED IN NEW CENSUS BUREAU REPORT
The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The number of people worldwide 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion. Thus, in just over 30 years, the proportion of older people will double from 7% to 14% of the total world population, according to the new report, An Aging World: 2008 [PDF].

The report examines the demographic and socioeconomic trends accompanying this phenomenon. It was commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health and produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“The world’s population of people over age 65 is growing rapidly, and with it will come a number of challenges and opportunities,” said NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes. “NIA and our partners at the Census Bureau are committed to providing the best data possible so that we can better understand the course of population aging and its implications.”

An Aging World: 2008 examines nine international population trends identified in 2007 by the NIA and the U.S. Department of State (“Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective”). The report also contains detailed information on life expectancy, health, disability, gender balance, marital status, living arrangements, education and literacy, labor force participation and retirement and pensions among older people around the world…. Read this in full at
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/aging_population/013988.html

A NEW PORTRAIT OF AMERICA
Learn about the 2010 US Census at
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/multimedia/videos/013879.html

6 PRACTICAL LIFE TIPS
On Batteries: Stuck without a D battery? The MacGyver fix: Put a C battery in the slot and add three to five quarters to mimic the size of a D…. See all 6 at
http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-how/6-moneymaking-tips/article151826.html?trkid=ERDI22938-1

DOCTORS SEEK CAUSES OF PROSTATE CANCER IN BLACK MEN
For 12 years, Georgia Dunston and Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu have been trying to figure out why African-American men develop prostate cancer at an earlier age and are twice as likely to die from it than any other group in the United States.

Although scientists have long suspected a genetic component, the link was never explored in depth before Dunston and Ahaghotu decided started their study.

In 1997, Dunston, Ph.D., the founding director of Howard University’s National Human Genome Center, and Ahaghotu, a urologist, began the African-American Hereditary Prostate Cancer Study to study the family genes of black men with prostate cancer. By following the different generations, and tracking their health and genetic makeup, the scientists hoped to better understand why prostate cancer is so deadly in this population and whether the disease is primarily inherited or caused by environmental or lifestyle factors…. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/20/prostate.cancer.black.men/index.html

FOR THOSE WHO WANT THEIR CEREAL EXTRA MANLY
General Mills is embarking on a multimillion-dollar effort to put more muscle in the Wheaties brand. On Thursday, the company is announcing that it will introduce a second variety, Wheaties Fuel. All the marketing will be aimed at men — a first, by all accounts, in the cereal aisle.

Testosterone swirls around every aspect of Wheaties Fuel’s introduction. General Mills — maker of the most popular brand, Cheerios, and the second-largest cereal manufacturer, behind Kellogg’s — used a panel of only male athletes, including the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and the Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, to consult on both the nutritional profile and flavor.

From that, the company produced three prototypes of Wheaties Fuel. Samples are going out to about 1,000 “everyday athletes,” primarily Men’s Health readers who volunteered online. By popular vote, those readers will choose the winner, which will be announced Sept. 9; for a few months, the cereal will be available only online, and will be in supermarkets in January…. Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/business/media/23adco.html?_r=1&ref=media

CONSIDER
“Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.”
Henri Nouwen

VERSE TO PONDER
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18

ON PRAYER
Loving God, we pray for the leaders of our denominations and churches. May we support them in love and truth as they advocate for the least of these among us.

Jesus, we pray for children in foster care. Provide them loving families who care for them, and may your church also be that family for children who lack stability.

Holy Spirit, we pray for journalists in volatile lands. Protect them, and give them boldness to report accurately so that your church may know how to respond to injustice.

Strengthen microfinance initiatives globally, Lord, so that the unemployed may flourish through new business opportunities. May your church affirm the creative spirit you’ve given us, and the dignity of fair employment.

Creator and Provider, we pray for green job opportunities. Just as Adam and Eve were gardeners, may you give our communities dignified work that honors your creation.

Jesus, we pray for full social acceptance and job opportunities for the disabled. May congregations model love that includes all persons, and may we advocate for those who are so often neglected.

Healing God, we pray for the millions of children worldwide who have life-threatening diarrhea. May your church support measures to treat and prevent this curable ailment. Amen.

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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.]

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Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
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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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