Connections – 08/30/09

For week of August 30, 2009
Issue 267

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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Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”
Jeremiah 32:17

CONSIDER
“Christianity is not engrossed by this transitory world, but measures all things by the thought of eternity.”
J. Gresham Machen

CMA DOCTORS WARN OF NEW PRO-SUICIDE BIAS IN U.S. LAW AND POLICY
The Christian Medical Association (CMA, http://www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based organization of physicians, warns of the potential for pro- suicide ideology to seep into law and government policy. The organization pointed to pro-suicide influence in a controversial Veterans Administration (VA) manual and a section of the main House healthcare overhaul bill.

The VA manual, titled, “Your Life, Your Choices: Planning for Future Medical Decisions,” was co-authored by Dr. Robert Pearlman, who unsuccessfully pleaded for a constitutional right to assisted suicide in a 1996 Supreme Court case.

The VA manual lists scenarios such as being in a wheelchair, needing kidney dialysis, or requiring a feeding tube and then asks the patient to consider whether those situations might make his or her life “Not worth living.”

Dr. Gene Rudd, Senior Vice President of the 16,000-member Christian Medical Association, said, “As physicians, we recognize the value of advance planning and counseling and appointing a personal healthcare proxy. The VA manual goes a step further, however, subtly raising with vulnerable patients the possibility that physical impairments might make their lives, in the words of the manual, “not worth living.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/249011355.html

Also see “Why HR 3200 Is No Healthcare ‘Reform’”
http://www.cmda.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=This_Week_s_News_and_Views&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=23007

And “The Health Care Debate, Early Church Style”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/augustweb-only/134-31.0.html

LIONIZING TED
There is a phrase obituary writers use to describe the human tendency to “de mortuis nil nisi bonum,” or, speak no ill of the dead. They call it the posthumous parallax, and define it “as a bending of life histories toward all that is light and wholesome, away from anything that might reflect unfavorably on the dead.”

What brings these thoughts to mind, of course, is the passing of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. For the past half-century, Kennedy and his clan have been lauded as liberal gladiators who fought on behalf of the last and the least. But they’ve also been denigrated as hopeless leches whose personal moral failings taint their accomplishments.

Regardless, Ted Kennedy was a Catholic, this much we know. USA Today called him “devout,” and said Kennedy clung to a Christian belief in redemption (Lord knows how many times his own career was resurrected) while publicly disagreeing with church leaders on abortion and gay rights. Notably, Kennedy apparently declined to take Communion when Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Washington.

Stepping into the Wayback Machine here, Kennedy spoke of his faith in a speech in 1983 at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Baptist College, now called Liberty University. Almost immediately, Kennedy noted that he was a fish out of water, saying some people “seem to think it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Kennedy to come to the campus of Liberty Baptist College.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnsblog/lionizing_ted/
and
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/tedkennedytruth&tolerance.htm

See also “Kennedy’s Catholic Faith”
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/08/kennedys_cathol.html

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, CIVILITY ADVOCATES SAY
Mark DeMoss, to borrow a line from the U2 song, still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. The veteran Christian public relations executive couldn’t find it last year when he advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. It was missing again in the controversial battles over Proposition 8, the California measure that put an end to same-sex marriages last November. And he’s having a hard time finding it in the heat of the debates over health care reform.

“Civility isn’t ruling the day,” said DeMoss, who represents leading evangelicals like evangelist Franklin Graham and Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson. That’s why, just before Inauguration Day, DeMoss joined forces with Democratic consultant Lanny Davis to launch The Civility Project, an online forum that aims to help people who disagree be less disagreeable.

As people shout over each other at town hall meetings, with some resorting to name-calling and even defacing a Democratic congressman’s sign with a Nazi swastika, DeMoss and others say religious leaders can play a role in cooling down the ranting and rhetoric…. Read this in full at
http://www.newsok.com/love-your-enemies-civility-advocates-say/article/feed/70233

FILM ASKS HOW THE GOSPEL BECAME SO DIVISIVE
Even though he was always taught that religion and politics shouldn’t be discussed in polite company, Dan Merchant decided someone needed to start the conversation.

In his documentary-style film, “Lord, Save Us from Your Followers,” which hits theaters nationwide on Sept. 25, Merchant marches around the country asking everyone he meets why what he calls the “Gospel of Love” is dividing the nation.

Wearing a painter-suit covered in bumper stickers that illustrates every side of the “Christian issue,” Merchant travels the country asking tough questions. What Merchant really wants to know: How are Christians supposed to act, and how are they really acting?

In short, does following Jesus mean loving others or being right?…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/film_asks_how_the_gospel_became_so_divisive/

MISSION AVIATION HISTORY HITCHES A RIDE ON SPACE SHUTTLE
Proving that space flight is not the highest calling for a pilot, astronaut Patrick Forrester took a bit of missionary history onboard space shuttle “Discovery” on its most recent mission.

The item comes from martyred missionary pilot Nate Saint’s Piper PA-14, which is on display at the headquarters of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in Nampa, Idaho. Saint and four other missionaries were martyred on a sandbar in Ecuador on Jan. 8, 1956, by a tribe of Waodani Indians.

The incident sparked international news coverage and renewed interest in missionary service. Several of the tribesmen that killed Saint and the others were later converted to Christianity by relatives of the slain missionaries.

“Bringing attention to and renewing interest in missions would be a great result of this experience,” said Forrester, who was born in El Paso, Texas, the year after the martyrdoms. “My deepest intent is to honor Nate Saint, the Saint family and all missionaries around the world.”…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/mission_aviation_history_to_hitch_a_ride_on_space_shuttle/

CHOOSE TO LIVE EXTRAORDINARILY
by Cliff Young
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” —William Wallace. This profound statement was made by the man who led a resistance during the Wars of Scottish Independence, depicted in the movie Braveheart. He was speaking not to seasoned warriors, but rather fellow farmers, tradesmen, and landowners, as he challenged these simple men to step out from their rather routine lives to do something extraordinary — to stand up and fight against the tyranny of the English.

Likewise, God calls each of us — many out of what we think are our mundane everyday lives — to do something extraordinary, to really live for Him. “We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). Who and what are you living for? How deep are you choosing to live your life?…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianity.com/Home/Christian%20Living%20Features/11606759/

PRISON MINISTRY LEADER: VICK IN ‘FAR BETTER’ POSITION THAN FELLOW EX-OFFENDERS
Since serving 18 months in prison, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL commissioner and signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Though Vick still faces some taunts and jeers for his “key” role in an extensive unlawful interstate dogfighting ring, which led to his incarceration, the president and CEO of Prison Fellowship is reminding the public that Vick is in a far better position than nearly all the other estimated 700,000 prisoners who will be released this year.

“Vick possesses a very rare and, thus, very marketable set of skills. At any given moment, only 32 men are good enough to start at quarterback in the NFL.” notes Mark Earley.

Unfortunately, however, the vast majority of ex-prisoners does not get a second chance and often have trouble finding work after their release from prison. In some communities, 75% of ex-offenders remain unemployed a year after their release — and that’s in good economic times…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090824/prison-ministry-leader-vick-in-far-better-position-than-fellow-ex-offenders/index.html

TONY DUNGY ASKED MICHAEL VICK: ‘WHERE WAS THE LORD IN ALL OF THIS?’
While NFL coaches, players and analysts have speculated how Michael Vick will fare in returning to pro football after two years in prison, his closest mentor, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, said Vick will succeed only by putting his faith in God.

“I know Michael feels he’s let a lot of people down and disappointed a lot of fans and family, but I told him the only way you can correct that is to put yourself in the Lord’s hands and let Him guide you.

“After speaking with Michael, he’s given me hope that he’s headed in the right direction.”

Dungy spoke to Baptist Press Monday afternoon in advance of his inaugural “Tony Dungy’s Red Zone ’09,” a high school football kickoff event to be shown in more than 450 movie theaters tonight nationwide…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=31138

KEEP YOUR HEAD
“Jesus warned us, ‘Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life’ (Luke 21:34). We are also cautioned in several places to watch our emotions. The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ (Joshua 1:9). Jesus said, ‘Do not worry’ (Matthew 6:25). Paul wrote, ‘Do not be anxious about anything’ (Philippians 4:6). The psalmist wrote, ‘Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it leads only to evil’ (Psalm 37:8). Paul wrote, ‘Keep your head in all situations’ (2 Timothy 4:5). If we are going to avoid unnecessary temptations, it will be by keeping our heads.

“This is why the Apostle Peter calls on us to be always clear minded, self-controlled and alert, that is to say, emotionally stable, so that we can pray (1 Peter 4:7, 5:8). He talks of prayer as having the potential to keep us emotionally, psychologically and spiritually stable. This stability, which comes from real communication with God and faith in him, gives us the necessary poise to either avoid or overcome temptations.” from The War Within: Christians and Inner Conflicts by A. C. Chukwuocha

THE CASE FOR CHRISTENDOM
by Collin Hansen
Two of every three young American adults (66%) say that older Americans have better moral values than they do, according to new polling released by the Pew Research Center. A similar number, 67%, say their elders are more respectful of others. And 68% attribute a stronger work ethic to more experienced generations.

Mere Orthodoxy blogger Matthew Lee Anderson struck a nerve earlier this year when he identified young evangelicals as another group desperately seeking social acceptance. In a twist on the Pew data, Anderson sees his fellow 20-something evangelicals lobbying for acceptance by denigrating their elders.

According to Anderson’s reading of evangelical youth, they believe older evangelicals were seduced by the Religious Right and didn’t do enough to fight poverty and racism. They were preoccupied with a narrow set of values, such as abstinence from alcohol and sex outside of marriage. These same rubes even bought Left Behind books and watched The Late Great Planet Earth.

If young evangelicals had reached these conclusions for principled reasons, then Anderson might not be so concerned. But he suspects more nefarious trends at work…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/augustweb-only/134-11.0.html

RAVI ZACHARIAS AND OTHERS TO ARGUE THEIR ‘CASE FOR CHRISTIANITY’
On November 6-7, 2009, Ravi Zacharias, Norman Geisler, Lee Strobel, Gary Habermas, Ron Rhodes, Ergun Caner, Ed Hindson, Greg Koukl, and others will assemble in Diamond Bar, California, at ‘The Case for Christianity’ conference sponsored by Veritas Evangelical Seminary.
http://veritasseminary.com/edu/pages/home/conference-registration.php

YOU’RE NOT ALONE
“It awes me to think that Jesus wants to help me to help Him accomplish God’s desires for this world. I’m not alone in it. I’m not leading a one-woman parade. I don’t have to weaken under the pressure.

“It doesn’t all fall on my sagging shoulders. Christ stands with me — just as He stood with the blind man that day (John 9:2-3). And He’s standing with you today too. Especially if you feel as though you’re desperately holding together all the loose ends. Be comforted; it won’t all fall apart without you. Jesus is saying to you, ‘We — we must do the works of God’ (John 9:4). How can I be lonely in my work when Jesus has rolled up His sleeves to help me and partner with me?” From A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You by Joni Eareckson Tada

JONI AND FRIENDS DISABILITY MINISTRY CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
As Joni Eareckson Tada observes her 60th birthday in October, this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the ministry she founded to provide support and outreach to individuals with disabilities and their families — inspired from her own experience as a quadriplegic trying to adapt and survive in an inaccessible world.

Tada became a quadriplegic at the age of 17 as the result of a diving accident. As part of her rehabilitation, she learned to paint beautiful pictures with her mouth, which she showed at local art fairs. She was featured on a local television program, after which NBC’s “The Today Show” booked her for an interview with Barbara Walters.

“After that interview, things kind of exploded,” Tada said. “A publisher asked if I would write a book (I did and its called “Joni”) and the Billy Graham film ministry did a story on my life.

“This resulted in thousands of letters from disabled people,” Joni continued. “These letters inspired me to begin this important ministry, responding to people seeking advice and encouragement.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2594111340.html

ORGANIZED RELIGION’S ‘MANAGEMENT PROBLEM’
By Gary Hamel
What’s wrong with organized religion?” That’s the question I addressed at a recent conference organized by Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. For nearly 30 years, Willow Creek has been one of America’s most progressive churches, and since 1999 it’s been running an annual a seminar for church leaders from around the world. The “Leadership Summit” features innovative pastors as well as non-church speakers. This year’s roster included Carly Fiorina, Bono, Tony Blair, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, and a slightly nerdish business school professor.

So there I was, in front of 7,000 preachers and laymen, with another 60,000 or so by satellite. I’m used to flashing my PowerPoints in front people who are richer, smarter and more powerful than me. But this was the first time I had to face a stadium’s worth of folks who were probably more virtuous than me. It wasn’t so much a case of Daniel in the lion’s den as Gary in the Christians’ den. (By the way, I donated my small honorarium to charity).

Obviously, no one dragged me on stage in chains. I went for two reasons. First, I believe that religious institutions, like other sorts of organizations, need a management reboot, and I know a little bit about how to make this happen. My hypothesis: the problem with organized religion isn’t that it’s too religious, but that it’s too organized. And second, I believe that the “church” (in the broadest, ecumenical sense of the word) plays an essential role in constructing the moral foundations of a democratic society—a view advanced 147 years ago by that famous French tourist, Alexis de Tocqueville:…. Read this in full at
http://blogs.wsj.com/management/2009/08/21/organized-religions-management-problem/

EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS
“Long before he was a successful coach, Jim Valvano was a very funny man. He charmed people into listening to him not just by sharing humor with them but by tapping into their funny bones as well. Essentially, he lifted people up because he saw the world as a wonderful place. A lot of others feel their lives are great, but for some reason they cannot let their emotions come to the surface. Not only does this cheat the world by denying it a few more upbeat moments, but it can affect your health too.

“Several different highly regarded medical studies seem to prove that the old saying ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is right on the money. When Jim Valvano prescribed laughing, he was actually giving sound medical advice. But Valvano’s formula for a full day didn’t stop with laughter. It also included crying, which we know is also a great stress reliever. But beyond the positive effects that expressing your emotions can have on your health, think what it can mean to others. Being honest about all of your emotions opens the door for others to feel. Your openness and comfort level with your feelings create an atmosphere in which others want to know why you were so moved.” from Sticks and Stones: Using Your Words as a Positive Force by Ace Collins

LEADERSHIP TIPS (BUSINESS, FAMILY, LIFE)
“God seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to His creatures. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. Creation seems to be delegation through and through. I suppose this is because He is a giver.”
C.S. Lewis in The World’s Last Night

VERSE TO PONDER
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6

CONSIDER
“There is nothing more harmful to you than improving only your material, animal side of life. There is nothing more beneficial, both for you and for others, than activity directed to the improvement of your soul.”
Leo Tolstoy

‘WICKEDLY ENTERTAINING’
When Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino showed Inglorious Basterds — a fictional film about Jews enacting brutal revenge on the Nazis — to a group that included children of Holocaust survivors, the reaction was mostly positive…. Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctmovies/2009/08/wickedly-entertaining.html

See also “’Inglourious Basterds’ latest in Jewish vengeance film genre”
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-08-25-basterds-jewish_N.htm

OLDEST KNOWN PORTRAIT OF ST PAUL REVEALED
Vatican archaeologists have uncovered what they say is the oldest known portrait of St Paul. The portrait has been made public only after restoration. It shows St. Paul with a high domed forehead, deep-set eyes, and a long pointed beard, confirming the image familiar from later depictions.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, which devoted two pages to the discovery, said that the oval portrait, dated to the 4th century, had been found in the catacombs of St. Thecla, not far from the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls, where the apostle is buried. The find was “an extraordinary event”, said Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture…. Read this in full at
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6597914.ece

250TH BIRTHDAY OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE MARKED WITH REFLECTION, ACTION
Admirers of 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce remembered him Aug. 24 – the 250th anniversary of his birth date – by reflecting on his life and carrying on the British statesman’s call for the end of slavery.

At the Wilberforce House Museum in Hull, Yorkshire, where Wilberforce was born, a ceremony was held to celebrate Wilberforce’s life and started with one of his most famous speeches, which proclaimed the slave trade as “an abhorrent trade.” “I shall not rest until I have affected its abolition,” Hull-born actor Chris Cade stated in redelivering Wilberforce’s speech. Although Wilberforce was a prolific philanthropist, establishing 69 philanthropies during his lifetime, he is best known for leading an 18-year fight for the abolition of the British Empire’s slave trade, which legally ended in 1807 in England and 1808 in the United States…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090825/250th-birthday-of-william-wilberforce-marked-with-reflection-action/index.html

PREPARATION
In his blog, Mike Glenn shares the following: “You don’t have to talk to me very long to understand I am an avid fan of college football. Most of the teams have reported back to begin practice, and we are days away from the first games! I can’t wait! But as intense as every Saturday promises to be, do you realize that most of the games are being won and lost right now — before they are even played? Who shows up in shape? Who was watching extra film? Who is most focused and determined in practice right now? People who study successful men and women always point out how intentional they are with their time and work. Every action today is done with tomorrow’s contest in mind — a contest they will be most prepared to win.

“I remind you all of the time that we have to ‘get ready’ because there will come a time when we will have to ‘be ready.’ The contest will begin, and the time for preparation will be over. We will win or lose by how prepared we are for the moment. We will face temptation. We know that moment is coming. What are you doing right now to get ready to resist that temptation? We know someone will ask you about your relationship with Jesus. What are you doing to get ready for that moment? Just as football games are won in practice, spiritual victories are won and lost in our preparation. The moment is coming…and what we are doing right now will determine how well we do.”
http://www.brentwoodbaptist.com/brentwood/blog

OBAMA’S THEOLOGIAN: DAVID BROOKS AND E.J. DIONNE ON REINHOLD NIEBUHR AND THE AMERICAN PRESENT
President Obama has cited the 20th-century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his favorite philosophers who has influenced his understanding of the world, of religion, and of politics. In a public conversation in Washington, DC with political commentators David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, the radio program Speaking of Faith explores how Niebuhr’s merger of intellect, faith, and realism might be speaking to a new era of American turmoil and American power. This live conversation took place on January 29, 2009 at the invitation of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Hear the discussion at
http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2009/obamas-theologian2/

THE MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW: REINHOLD NIEBUHR (4/27/58)
Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, vice president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, on leave to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and one of the most important and challenging religious thinkers in the world, talks to Wallace about the separation between church and state, Catholicism, Protestantism, anti-Semitism, communism, and nuclear war. See the video at
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/multimedia/video/2008/wallace/niebuhr_reinhold.html

HOW MONEY MAKES US HAPPY
Money used in a certain way does make us happy. In a study of a group of employees following a special profit-sharing bonus, researchers “found that the only factor that reliably predicted which workers would be happy six to eight weeks after the bonus was their prosocial spending — the more money people spent on charity and gifts for others, the happier they were.” …. Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2009/08/how_money_makes.html

15 YEARS LATER: GORDON COLLEGE TO HOST ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE THAT EXPLORES THE SCANDAL OF THE EVANGELICAL MIND
Fifteen years after history professor Mark Noll first claimed that “the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind,” many still consider his landmark book a wake-up call. Scholars who hold to the Christian faith, especially in higher education, view Noll’s work as a seminal guide to academic excellence within the evangelical tradition.

“He challenges Christians to take the life of the mind more seriously,” said Thomas Albert Howard, associate professor of history at Gordon College and director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum. “Noll’s book has inspired a new generation of young people to give themselves to rigorous study and to understand the vocation of scholarship as a way to honor God.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/fifteen_years_later_gordon_college_to_host_anniversary_conference_that_expl/

ANDY STANLEY PREACHES ON ‘LOSING YOUR RELIGION’
Pastor Andy Stanley has met many people over the years who said they stopped believing in God, are on the edge of losing their faith, or are just lost. It’s not that a bad experience or circumstance pushed them away from God or caused them to doubt. And it’s not that they’re on some campaign against God and religion. But many of them just woke up one day and wondered if they really did believe. It’s as if they just put their faith away in a box somewhere. His short but memorable conversations with such people have prompted Stanley to launch a series on “Losing Your Religion” at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090825/andy-stanley-addresses-plight-of-losing-your-religion/index.html

REACH MORE, SPEND LESS WITH LOW-COST NIV BIBLES
For the price of a greeting card or a café latte, individuals and churches can now purchase Biblica’s full-size, easy-to-read paperback Bible or New Testament in the popular New International Version® (NIV) translation at their local Christian bookstore.

Biblica, formerly International Bible Society (an affiliate of IBS-STL), will release the outreach NIV Bible ($3.99 each) and New Testament ($1.50) in August. Both are also available in case lots at discounted prices from Christian retail stores everywhere.

The Bibles and New Testaments are ideal for:
* evangelism
* church small groups
* Sunday school classrooms
* back-to-school ministry
* community outreach
* prison ministry
* Christmas outreach

Biblica’s NIV Bibles and New Testaments feature an attractive four-color cover; easy-to-read two-column format easy on readers’ eyes; and just enough helps (a short Bible-reading plan and abridged concordance/dictionary) to guide readers new to the Bible without overwhelming them.

“These outreach Bibles provide individuals and churches with a great opportunity to reach out to their community with God’s Word,” said Mike Dworak, Biblica Marketing Director. “The NIV is the most popular modern-English Bible version worldwide. It’s easy to read, it uses contemporary language, and yet it’s faithful to the original Bible texts and languages.”

Dworak said the low-cost Bibles are especially welcome during the economic downturn. “Churches and individuals need affordable ways to share God’s Word with their community. The price on Biblica’s ministry-priced outreach Bibles is a great value, especially for full-size NIV Bibles and New Testaments.”

About Biblica (formerly IBS-STL) Biblica’s vision is to transform lives through God’s Word by translating, producing, and distributing Bibles, Scripture materials, and other Christian resources through ministry, distribution, and retail channels so people around the world may become disciples of Jesus Christ. Biblica operates in 46 countries and is the sponsor and copyright holder of the New International Version® family of contemporary-English Bible translations. For more information, visi
http://www.Biblica.com

IF FAMOUS HISTORICAL FIGURES WERE LOOKING FOR A JOB TODAY…
~ Julius Caesar: My last job involved a lot of office politics and back stabbing. I’d like to get away from all that.

~ Jesse James: I can list among my experience and skills: leadership, extensive travel, logistical organization, intimate understanding of firearms, and a knowledge of security measures at numerous banks.

~ Marie Antoinette: My management style has been criticized, but I’d like to think of myself as a people person.

~ Joseph Guillotin: I can give your company a head start on the competition.

~ Hamlet: My position was eliminated in a hostile takeover.

~ Pandora: I can bring a lot to your company. I like discovering new things.

~ Genghis Khan: My primary talent is downsizing. On my last job I downsized my staff, my organization, and the populations of several countries.

~ Macbeth: Would I go after my boss’s job? Do I look like the kind of guy who would knock off his boss for a promotion?

~ Lady Godiva: What do mean, this isn’t “business casual”?

~ Elvis: My last boss and I…say, are you going to eat those fries?
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com

CONSIDER
“No Christian is where he ought to be spiritually until the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ is being reproduced in daily Christian life.”
A. W. Tozer

VERSE TO PONDER
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6

ON PRAYER
I cannot pray in the name of Jesus to have my own will; the name of Jesus is not a signature of no importance, but the decisive factor. The fact that the name of Jesus comes at the beginning does not make it a prayer in the name of Jesus; but this means to pray in such a manner that I dare name Jesus in it, that is to say, dare to think of Him, think His holy will together with whatever I am praying for.”
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Journals, ed. Alexander Dru, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 336-337

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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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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It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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

Synchronized bicycle riding
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b36Yi-Pb1wM&feature=player_embedded

LIFE photos
http://www.life.com/channel/animals

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.)

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
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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