Connections – 10/11/09

For week of October 11, 2009
Issue 273

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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“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Psalm 143:10

CONSIDER
“Goodness is a process of becoming, not of being. What we do over and over again is what we become in the end.”
Joan Chittister, Benedictine nun, author, and lecturer.

BITTER BLOGS AND THE ARGUMENT CULTURE
In his most recent Serious Times newsletter, James Emery White writes: “Sociologist Deborah Tannen writes that we live in an ‘argument culture.’ Her observation is that we no longer dialogue with each other, contending that there has been a system-wide relational breakdown in our culture. It is as if we approach everything with a warlike mentality so we end up looking at the world — and people — in an adversarial frame of mind.

“And Christians seem to be leading the way. An editorial in Christianity Today discussed how no attribute of civilized life seems more under attack than civility. The author, David Aikman, noted the extent to which certain Christians have turned themselves into the ‘self-appointed attack dogs of Christendom. They seem determined to savage not only opponents of Christianity, but also fellow believers of whose doctrinal positions they disapprove. A troll through the Internet reveals Web sites so drenched in sarcasm and animosity that an agnostic, or a follower of another faith tradition interested in what it means to become a Christian, might be permanently disillusioned.’

“I recently read of a large church that made the news due to a problem with a persistently caustic blogger. A former member, he had become disgruntled over various actions of the senior pastor and became further incensed that said pastor maintained the backing of the leadership. With nowhere to go with his animus, and no means to lobby for his cause, he started an anonymous blog in order to wage a one-person campaign of bitterness. It quickly disintegrated on both sides to such a degree that the church complained to the police, who investigated and discovered the identity of the blogger; and now suits and countersuits are flying freely. “What a God-forsaken mess…. Read this in full at
http://www.serioustimes.com/Blog.asp?ID=93

PASTOR FINDS THAT LIVING LIKE JESUS ‘WILL MESS YOU UP’
The scraggly guy stood at Ed Dobson’s door, asking for money. He said he was a Vietnam vet and needed bus fare for a medical appointment in Lansing.

Problem: It was the same story the same guy told three months earlier, when Dobson gave him $15. Dobson figured he probably blew that on booze and would again.

Problem No. 2: Jesus said, “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” This time, Dobson gave him $20.

Living like Jesus ain’t easy. Especially when there’s a presidential election involved. Not that living like Ed Dobson is a piece of cake…. Read this in full at
http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/10/ed_dobson_shares_tribulations.html

GIVING GRANNY THE BOTTLE: A DUTY TO DIE?
by Chuck Colson
How wide is the line between the right to die and the duty to die? I’m afraid we may find out soon enough. Regular BreakPoint listeners have heard me speak about the impact of declining birth rates around the world. One consequence is that older people comprise an increasing percentage of the population in places like Japan and Western Europe.

This increases economic pressures on these countries since an aging population requires more services while having fewer young workers to pay for them. One doctor has come up with a way to address the imbalance between pensioners and workers — that is, fewer pensioners. What Dr. Philip Nitschke has in mind isn’t raising the retirement age — his goal is fewer pensioners…. Read this in full at
http://www.breakpoint.org/commentaries/12894-giving-granny-the-bottle

LIFE AND DEATH: HOSPITAL ETHICS PANELS HELP FAMILIES DECIDE
Every day, in a hospital somewhere in the USA, a group of strangers — the hospital ethics committee — is called in to help people make the choices of a lifetime. While headlines scream about “death panels” and Congress wrangles over health care reform, these committees or consultants have worked in U.S. hospitals for nearly two decades. They are typically volunteers: physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, ethicists and medical school professors, who mediate among facts, emotions, hope and fantasy…. Read this in full at
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-10-07-death-decisions_N.htm

RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT AS A SIGN OF MILD DEMENTIA?
by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The New York Times writes about science and faith in a profile of the new National Institutes of Health head Francis Collins, author of The Language of God: ‘A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

Collins resigned in August from from the BioLogos Foundation, the foundation he started as a way to reconcile faith and science. At the time, he noted concerns people had about his outspoken faith. Here’s The Times’ take:…. Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/10/religious_commi.html

NEW STUDY ESTIMATES GLOBAL MUSLIM POPULATION AT 1.57 BILLION
A new, comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion (the global Christian population is estimated to be 2.1 billion). Released by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Mapping the Global Muslim Population offers the most up-to-date and fully sourced estimates of the size and distribution of the worldwide Muslim population, including sectarian identity.

Key findings include:
* While Muslims are found on all five inhabited continents, more than 60% of the global Muslim population is in Asia and about 20% is in the Middle East and North Africa.
* The Middle East-North Africa region has the highest percentage of Muslim-majority countries. More than half of the 20 countries and territories in that region have populations that are approximately 95% Muslim or greater.
* More than 300 million Muslims, or one-fifth of the world’s Muslim population, live in countries where Islam is not the majority religion. These minority Muslim populations are often quite large. India, for example, has the third-largest population of Muslims worldwide. China has more Muslims than Syria, while Russia is home to more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined.
* Of the total Muslim population, 10-13% are Shia Muslims and 87-90% are Sunni Muslims. Most Shias (between 68% and 80%) live in just four countries: Iran, Pakistan, India and Iraq…. Read this in full at
http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=450

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROTECT CHRISTIANS FROM UN RESOLUTION
A ministry working with persecuted Christians launched a campaign 10/6 against a UN resolution that many human rights groups say can be manipulated to oppress religious minorities living in Muslim-majority countries. The Defamation of Religions Resolution, backed by the 57 Muslim-majority countries that make up the Organization of Islamic Conference, is expected to be proposed in November or later this year. It seeks to criminalize words or actions that are deemed defamatory towards a particular religion.

Rights groups, however, warn the resolution could be used to legitimize anti-blasphemy laws and intimidate human rights activists and religious dissenters. Critics say instead of protecting adherents of religions, including religious minorities, the resolution protects religions themselves…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091006/campaign-begins-to-protect-christians-from-u-n-resolution/index.html

WHEN CHURCHES HAVE DISPUTES
by Tullian Tchividjian
In March I was honored to be elected pastor of one of the great churches in South Florida — and indeed in America. Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church had been led by Dr. D. James Kennedy for nearly 48 years until he died in September 2007 at the age of 76. Even though I grew up in South Florida and attended Coral Ridge for a time with my family (I was just under two years old when my grandfather, Billy Graham, preached the dedication sermon for the sanctuary in 1974), I knew the challenges would be great.

First and foremost was the fact that I would be only the second senior pastor in the 50 year history of Coral Ridge. And, if that wasn’t going to be difficult enough, because of my unwavering commitment to remain as Pastor of New City Church (the church I started here in South Florida 5 1/2 years ago), both churches agreed to consider a merger. So, not only would I be following an evangelical icon, I would also be in the position of “fathering” a blended family. But, God made it unmistakably clear that a merger between the two churches was exactly what he wanted and on March 15, 2009, a stunning 91% of the members at Coral Ridge voted both to call me and merge our young but growing church with their historic church.

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, with its beautiful steeple has stood prominently on Federal Highway since 1974 (though the church was officially organized in 1960). Its pipe organ is known around the world, as were Dr. Kennedy’s sermons, which were broadcast far and wide each week on radio and television. Yet, for all of its wonderful outreach programs and rich history, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church has always been an imperfect church, comprised of imperfect people, and led by imperfect pastors–first Dr. Kennedy and now me. The fact that we have a majestic steeple towering overhead does not immunize us from conflict.

That’s right, churches have conflicts too. Change can be difficult in any context — a new president, a new spouse, a new coach, or a new pastor — and we have experienced some of that difficulty at Coral Ridge. On March 18th, three days after the vote, I wrote both churches and said that in order to make this transition smooth, the Gospel needs to be embraced and applied by all from both churches. All of us need to be willing to lay our lives down for one another because Christ laid his life down for us (1 John 3:16). That’s what the Gospel-centered life is. And that’s the life that God has called us to live. No one from either church is going to get everything they want (that’s self-protection). But everyone from both churches will have everything we need to do God’s work in God’s way (that’s self-sacrifice). We’re all going to have to give. We’re all going to have to stretch and be taken out of our comfort zone…. Read this in full at
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-opedonlinecoralridgechurch091809,0,1063882,print.story

EVANGELICALDOM
by Martin E. Marty
Take one day, say Friday, October 2, in the life of what we should start calling “Evangelicaldom.” One-fourth to one-third of Americans consider themselves “Evangelicals.” Many are exemplary citizens and, let us say, exemplary Christians. Somewhere along the way millions among them, however, sought what they would call “earthly power,” and won enough of it to dream of and work for “Evangelicaldom.” That “-dom” signals “domain,” as in old “Christendom” and modern “Islamdom.” In it, any hints of traditional “otherworldliness” were forgotten, and the once least-worldly sector among us came to be among the most driven by commerce, markets, media, and politics…. Read this in full at
http://divinity.uchicago.edu/martycenter/publications/sightings/archive_2009/1005.shtml

AN EVANGELICAL LAMENT
“When I read Richard Weaver’s 60-year-old critique of the modern world [Ideas Have Consequences] and translated it into my own experience,” writes Warren Cole Smith, “a light bulb went on in my mind. Weaver was not describing a world from which evangelicalism offered deliverance. He was describing what evangelicalism had become!”

So Smith, who has been part and parcel of the evangelical movement for four decades, set out to describe what it’s become in A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (Authentic). Though he describes the book as a “lover’s quarrel,” the tone is more sad and wistful, more a quiet lament.

The book’s strength lies in Smith’s reporting, and in this, he plays to his strengths as a journalist. He has written widely for publications like World magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and Beliefnet. In this book, he names names, tells stories, and piles up the financial stats. Little of the material is new, but reading all this reporting in one place has its effect…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/19.65.html

WHITE HOUSE CONCERNED ABOUT SPREADING FLU IN CHURCHES
The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu. Marilyn Meyers, a 67-year-old member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On one recent Sunday, as she has for the past several months, she rubbed sanitizer on her hands before getting in line for Holy Communion. “You shake hands, you touch the prayer books we all share, you break off a piece of the same bread — who knows what might be on it?” she said…. Read this in full at
http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18824

CHURCHES ENCOURAGED TO IMPROVE SECURITY AS HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES
An organization that specializes in helping churches and other Christian institutions to become safer and more secure is encouraging churches across America to begin planning for the holiday season by evaluating their security systems. “With the significance of the holiday, added church attendance, and things like special programs and events, now is the time for church leaders to ensure that they are prepared for the increased risks that will come their way in a few short months” says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Christian Security Network (CSN).

On its website, CSN tracks news on the latest crimes against churches, such as the recent string of church burglaries in Hart Hounty, Ga.; the attempted shooting at a Baptists church in Myrtle Beach, Calif., Monday night; and a fire that destroyed a historic rural church in Claiborne County, Tenn…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091008/churches-encouraged-to-improve-security-as-holiday-season-approaches/index.html

WATCH FOR MIRACLES & DELIVERANCE
In an issue of his Friday Evening devotional newsletter, Tom Barnard includes this story: Eddie Rickenbacker was a fighter pilot and Ace in World War I. His life was a kaleidoscope of events centered around airplanes and cars. He accumulated more than 300 hours in combat flying during the First World War and had more than 20 “victories” (where he survived and an enemy pilot did not). Later he was awarded the highest honors for bravery in battle by the United States and France.

During World War II, he served as a consultant to the military in England, as well as the United States. In October 1942, he was sent on a tour of the Pacific theater to deliver a secret message to General Douglas MacArthur. After visiting bases in Hawaii, his plane–a B-17 Flying Fortress–was en route to another military base in the Pacific when navigation failure caused the plane to stray miles off course, eventually losing fuel and forcing the pilots to crash-land into the rough seas of the Pacific Ocean.

Amazingly, the crew of eight survived the crash, but with injuries–one fatally. They made it aboard their life raft, but with very few provisions. Their food and water supply was exhausted in three days. The crew fought the sun, weather and sharks. They needed a miracle.

On the eighth day, the crew had an impromptu devotional service, praying for a miracle. Time dragged by very slowly. Trying to take a nap, Rickenbacker pulled his military cap over his nose. Suddenly, he felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull. He carefully reached up and captured the gull. It wasn’t much of a meal for the men, but it was something. After devouring most of the bird, they used the intestines for bait, with which they caught fish and survived until they were rescued–after 24 days at sea.

Years later, Billy Graham asked Rickenbacker to share the story of his life-threatening experience and the events that led up to his affirming faith in Christ. Eddie said, “I have no explanation except that God sent one of His angels to rescue us.” God answered their prayers by sending an angel in the form of a seagull.

Do you sometimes feel like you are adrift in a sea of frustration and hopelessness, praying for a miracle but only seeing endless sea and insufficient provisions for the trip? Pray to God for a miracle. Pray for an angel of the Lord to locate you and deliver you. His angels are always near. Watch for them.
(To subscribe to Friday Evening, send your name and email address to Barnard at barnard22@cox.net.)

LEADERS LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES
In his book Managing People is Like Herding Cats, leadership guru Warren Bennis observes that, “Almost invariably, great leaders have had a significant setback, crisis or failure in their lives. Many of the leaders I studied faced adversity early in their lives. Four of them had chronic illnesses. Three others were raised as orphans.

“One man, John Wooden, the legendary coach of UCLA, was grateful that he had opportunities to fail early in life because the crucial criteria for him was not that he had failed before, but that failure helped prepare him for future success. The actual phrase he used was ‘fitness for social action.’

“His concern was to prepare his team for future events. The aim was not simply having a good season or winning several games in a row or even being national champions. Rather what mattered, in his mind, was that his players learn from both failure and success, that they acquire a preparation, a fitness for future action, which he thinks is a major characteristic of successful teams.”

LEADERSHIP TIPS (BUSINESS, FAMILY, LIFE)
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams

VERSE TO PONDER
“Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance.”
Titus 2:2

CONSIDER
“To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.”
Thomas Merton, from A Book of Hours

PEW RESEARCH POLL: SUPPORT FOR ABORTION SLIPS; ISSUE RANKS LOWER IN IMPORTANCE
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that fewer Americans express support for abortion than in previous years. In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents. Now Americans are evenly divided on the question, and there have been modest increases in the numbers who favor reducing abortions or making them harder to obtain.

Conducted from Aug. 11-27 among a total of 4,013 adults, the new poll reveals less support for abortion among most demographic and political groups. The survey also finds that the abortion debate has receded in importance, especially among liberals. At the same time, opposition to abortion has grown more firm among conservatives.

No single reason for the shift in opinions is apparent, but the pattern of changes suggests that the election of a pro-choice Democrat for president may be a contributing factor…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/pew_research_poll_support_for_abortion_slips/

CONGRESS PUTS ‘GOD’ BACK IN CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
When the US Capitol Visitor Center (http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/) opened in December 2008, the national motto, “In God We Trust,” was nowhere to be found. But almost a year later, after complaints from members of Congress, a new engraving of the phrase has been unveiled.

“This was accomplished due to the efforts of so many individuals in Congress and across the country who were willing to stand up on behalf of our nation’s religious heritage,” said Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R — Va) in a statement.

In July 2008, Forbes, founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, led more than 100 members of Congress to sign a letter to the architect of the Capitol about the lack of “historical religious content” in the new Visitor Center.

Committees in the House and Senate voted to make a number of changes to the $621 million visitor center, including plastering over incorrect references to the national motto being “E Pluribus Unum.”

Last July, the House and Senate voted to instruct the architect of the Capitol to engrave the national motto and the Pledge of Allegiance in the visitor center.

‘Thousands of visitors will walk through the center each day. The efforts of the individuals that have joined in this issue have enabled those visitors to experience a more accurate depiction of our nation’s heritage written in stone,” said Forbes.
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/10/congress-puts-god-back-in-capi.php

Also see Missing National Motto Restored in Washington
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=111773

WILLOW CREEKERS CHALLENGED ON MONEY STEWARDSHIP, TITHING
Influential church pastor Bill Hybels wrapped up a challenging sermon series Oct. 4 with a call to choose God or money. And they can’t serve both. “You’ve got to decide,” the Willow Creek Community Church pastor told his congregation. “Who is in charge of your life? You can’t serve two masters in your life.”

The sermon, based on the familiar New Testament passage on stewardship, was particularly timely for the South Barrington, Ill., church as it approaches its 34th anniversary. The megachurch is seeking to expand its influence which will require more leaders and more members to step up their commitment. The Willow Creek pastor is looking to find potential leaders who have their priorities straight with regard to God and money…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091005/willow-creekers-challenged-on-money-stewardship-tithing/index.html

ISN’T IT STRANGE….
* how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

* how 2 hours seem so long when you’re at church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

* that you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

* how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

* how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

* how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

* how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others; but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

* how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say but we question the words in the Bible?

* how everyone wants a place in heaven but they don’t want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

* how we send jokes in emails and they are forwarded right away but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

MOST AMERICANS MARRY JUST ONCE
Most Americans marry just once, according to new data from the US Census Bureau.

The American Community Survey, an ongoing statistical portrait of the characteristics of the nation’s population, found that of 3 million people, 76% of those who had ever married have married only once.

Also, nearly 20% of Americans have been married twice and 5% have been married three or more times, according to the survey, released Sept. 21. Less than 11% of the population is currently divorced, and the average marriage, the Census Bureau said, lasts 18.2 years.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans age 15 and over, or 31.2%, reported they had never been married, the highest level in a decade. The number previously had hovered for years around 27% before beginning to climb in 2006.

Jenny Tyree, a marriage analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the Census Bureau research points to the respect people have for the institution of marriage.

“Most Americans esteem marriage as a major commitment,” she said. “And, for better or worse, they are reluctant to commit themselves to marriage again and risk failure a second time.”
http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=31384

HOLLYWOOD’S ‘BIG ATHEIST COMEDY’ POKES FUN AT CHRISTIANS, ‘MAN IN THE SKY’
Moviegoers are discovering that actor and director Ricky Gervais not only lies in his new film, but that he also lied when assuring them that “The Invention of Lying” is not atheist propaganda. “It’s Hollywood’s big atheist comedy,” wrote New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith on Oct. 4.

Several days before the Oct. 2 release of “The Invention of Lying,” Smith revealed that the movie “might be the most blatantly, one-sidedly atheist movie ever released by a major studio, in this case Warner Bros.” But contrary to what you might think, Smith is not “one of those hyper-sensitive Bible lovers who thinks the secularists are coming to strip my Christmas tree down to a Midwinter Solstice Pole.” “Actually, no. Like Gervais, I’m an atheist,” he confessed.

And even for Smith, “The Invention of Lying” was over-the-top. “Gervais delights in what a faith-based society would call blasphemy, setting up an imaginary world in which no one ever lies. Except his character, who spreads what Gervais obviously sees as the biggest lie of all: Belief in God,” the film critic wrote in his personal blog…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091006/hollywood-s-big-atheist-comedy-pokes-fun-at-christians-man-in-the-sky/index.html

ARE US CHURCHGOERS STINGY?
Are US churchgoers stingy? That’s one possible conclusion from a newly updated report that shows if parishioners tithed the biblically recommended 10% of their income — instead of their current 2.56% — an extra $161 billion would be flowing to charity.

The report, published by Illinois-based research firm empty tomb, inc., also found that congregations continue to keep more money for their own needs instead of “benevolences” beyond the four walls of a church. “Money is training wheels,” said Sylvia Ronsvalle, executive vice president of empty tomb, inc., “If we’re not faithful in giving, how will we see the church grow?”

Ronsvalle, along with her husband John, co-wrote the “State of Church Giving through 2007: What Are Our Christian Billionaires Thinking — Or Are They?” The annual report examines financial trends in Christian churches…. Read this in full at
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/11609424/

SUPREME COURT GETS TECHNICAL IN ARGUMENTS ON MOJAVE CROSS
Although the case of a lonely cross on federal land in California’s Mojave Desert ultimately could have wide-ranging implications for the separation of church and state, justices on the Supreme Court spent much of the Oct. 7 oral arguments asking attorneys about highly technical and procedural issues.

Justices heard from attorneys for both sides in the Salazar v. Buono case (No. 08-472), a dispute about whether the government can maintain a cross as a monument honoring fallen soldiers or if by displaying a Christian symbol the government unconstitutionally establishes religion.

Supporters of strong church-state separation feared the court might use the case to severely limit the ability of citizens to file lawsuits against the establishment of religion, but justices spent much more time debating whether the case could be decided on the narrower issue of actions by Congress attempting to preserve the cross…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4466&Itemid=53

Also see The Cross of Christ is Not a Secular Symbol by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
http://www.albertmohler.com/2009/10/06/the-cross-of-christ-is-not-a-secular-symbol/

A CAREER IN PUNS
My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned. I couldn’t concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.

After that, I tried to be a tailor, but I wasn’t suited for it — mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

Next, I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting.

Then, I tried to be a chef — figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.

I attempted to be a deli worker; but any way I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.

I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patience.

Next, was a job in a shoe factory. I tried but I couldn’t fit in. I became depressed and soulful.

Then there was the professional fisherman job. But I discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.

I managed to get a job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.

So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as an historian — until I realized there was no future in it.

My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.
http://www.MikeysFunnies.com

CONSIDER
“Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as he is with you.”
Oswald Chambers

VERSE TO PONDER
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Psalm 1:1-3

ON PRAYER
“Pre-eminent, supreme among the helps to secret prayer I place, of course, the secret study of the holy written Word of God. Read it on your knees, at least on the knees of your spirit. Read it to reassure, to feed, to regulate, to kindle, to give to your secret prayer at once body and soul. Read it that you may hold faster your certainty of being heard. Read it that you may know with blessed definiteness whom you have believed, and what you have in Him, and how He is able to keep your deposit safe. Read it in the attitude of mind in which the apostles read it, in which the Lord read it. Read it, not seldom, to turn it at once into prayer.”
H. C. G. Moule

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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http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=412b1bf8c2344a0879f9&sp=1

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.)

Birthdays are good for you … the more you have the longer you live.
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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