CONNECTIONS – 10/18/09

For week of October 18, 2009
Issue 274

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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How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”
2 Samuel 7:22

“He who has no vision of eternity will never get a true hold of time.”
Thomas Carlyle

“I don’t want anyone to think that I am unhappy with the ESV or that I am ‘jumping ship.’ I am not. I thoroughly enjoy reading and studying from the ESV,” says Bill Mounce. “But … I strongly believe in different translation philosophies, that there is not a ‘One Size Fits All’ and that the translator’s responsibility is to be consistent with that stated philosophy. So I have no trouble looking at the NIV’s translation philosophy and working within those guidelines.”

Still, Mounce has been critical of translator Mark Strauss’s emphasis on colloquial English (which is, broadly speaking, the emphasis of the CBT). “To confine ‘English’ to a colloquial form does not give due credit to the true breadth of language,” Mounce wrote. “Whose colloquial English? Someone from southern California, dude? Or someone from Texas? The deep south? New English? … Time and time again on the ESV translation committee I was shocked to find how different we all heard words depending on the subculture to which we belong (or is it, ‘we belong to’)?”

Mounce, who has been an employee of NIV publisher Zondervan since July (he works on BibleGateway), suggested that he might push for less gender-inclusive language in the 2011 NIV than the TNIV contained…. Read this in full at

by James L. Evans
One of the most popular biblical translations among evangelical conservatives is the New International Version. Introduced in 1978, and immediately endorsed by Billy Graham, the NIV has sold over 300 million copies. As of 2011 the NIV is scheduled for an update. Editors argue that as language changes, biblical translations need to change in order to reflect current usage. Some of the proposed changes, however, are creating a controversy among the conservative faithful.

For instance, instead of referring to God as Father, there is some consideration to using the more generic “parent.” And instead of the male weighted “brethren” as a reference for the gathered church, there is a preference for the more inclusive “family members” or “brothers and sisters.” Critics are accusing editors of bowing to political correctness. In 2002 messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution contending that the British version of the NIV had “gone beyond acceptable translation standards.” Their particular concern was the rendering of God as “Parent.”

Throughout the history of Christianity, the practice of translating Scripture from one language to another has been controversial. Even in the third century before the birth of Jesus, some among the Hebrew faithful were disputing the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek. Incidentally, it was this Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures that was favored by the early church. In time Christians would argue over the translation of the Greek Bible into Latin, and the Latin Bible into German, Slavonic, French and ultimately English. In fact, there were many who lost their lives or spent time in prison for trying to translate the Bible from a preferred language to another…. Read this in full at

Seventy miles from Washington’s prying eyes, Barack Obama has been attending church from time to time at Camp David, where services are led by a 39-year-old Navy chaplain with a famous last name, a compelling life story, and a fervent belief in a God who works miracles.

Carey Cash, the great-nephew of singer Johnny Cash and the younger brother of a former Miss America, sees the hand of God in every part of his journey: from the football fields where he once aspired to the NFL to the medical facilities where he learned he’d never play again; from the battered Humvee where he came under fire on the streets of Baghdad to the tiny chapel where he preaches to the country’s commander in chief in the Western Maryland mountains…. Read this in full at

by Jon Bloom
“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42 I confess, I have not always obeyed this command.

I’m a veteran urban-dweller. Having lived in an inner city neighborhood for 18 years, I’ve encountered many beggers and borrowers. Some I discerned as cons I have called out or waved off. Some I have hired to do work. Others I’ve given to because I felt the conviction of this text.

I’ve thought a lot about this command of Jesus over the years. I’ve discussed it with many. I think I know all the major reasons why not to give when someone asks. You don’t want to encourage deception. You don’t want to feed a chemical addiction. You don’t want to contribute to someone’s cycle of poverty. And there are many others. But still this text unnerves and convicts me…. Read this in full at

by Tom Ehrich
You can’t live anywhere in America and not be aware of the overwhelming impact that alcohol and drugs are having on our society. In one community after another, another generation is being decimated by binge drinking, marijuana laced with heroin, straight heroin, prescription drugs and crystal meth.

One pastor active in recovery sees a fundamental crippling of the American work force. The economic cost of addictions is nearing $500 billion a year. Throughout America, weekend partying fills emergency rooms and morgues with drunk drivers, overdose victims, and rape victims. Close to 25 percent of all Medicare and Medicaid expenses stem from substance abuse.

If we want to see God at work in our communities, I think we need to examine these lives that are being lost to self-destruction…. Read this in full at

Homosexual characters may be increasing in number on television and “gay marriage” may be advancing in left-leaning states, but half of Americans still think homosexuality is “morally wrong” and few find it “morally acceptable,” a new Pew Research poll finds.

The survey of 4,013 adults in August shows that 49% say that homosexuality is morally wrong, 9% morally acceptable and 35% say it is not a moral issue. That’s little changed from a February 2006 Pew poll, when 50% said it was morally wrong, 12% morally acceptable and 33% said it was not a moral issue.

The polls are mostly in line with Gallup surveys from the past eight years, where anywhere from between 48 and 55% of Americans have said they found homosexuality to be “morally wrong.”

Among races, blacks in the Pew poll were most likely to say homosexuality is morally wrong (64% morally wrong, 5% morally acceptable), followed by whites (48%, 8%, respectively) and Hispanics (43%, 15%)…. Read this in full at

Also see Pew Research Poll: Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions

Q Place (formerly Neighborhood Bible Studies) announces the publication of Mark: Discover Jesus. The ministry’s highest-selling Bible study guide is now the first to be published under the Q Place name. Mark is an excellent resource designed to effectively equip God’s people to engage the spiritually curious — many of whom are untouched by the local church — in ongoing spiritual conversations.

Q Place recommends that people who want to start seeker-friendly Bible studies begin with the book of Mark because it is the shortest and simplest record of Jesus’ life, and a person with no Bible background can easily understand it. The revised Mark: Discover Jesus is completely updated and has been published in a larger, user-friendly format.

A Q Place is a group of two to twelve people who get together on a regular basis with two or three initiators to discuss spiritual topics about God and the Bible. Initiators cultivate a healthy small group process so that everyone in the group can come to conclusions at their own pace.

For all of you with teenagers or who have had teenagers, you probably already know
why they have a lot in common with cats:

1. Neither teenagers nor cats turn their heads when you call them by name.

2. No matter what you do for them, it is not enough. Indeed, all humane efforts are barely adequate to compensate for the privilege of waiting on them hand and foot.

3. You rarely see a cat walking outside of the house with an adult human being, and it can be safely said that no teenager in his or her right mind wants to be seen in public with his or her parents.

4. Even if you tell jokes as well as Jay Leno, neither your cat nor your teen will ever crack a smile.

5. No cat or teenager shares your taste in music.

6. Cats and teenagers can lie on the living-room sofa for hours on end without moving, barely breathing.

7. Cats have nine lives. Teenagers live as if they did.

8. Cats and teenagers yawn in exactly the same manner, communicating that ultimate human ecstasy–a sense of complete and utter boredom.

9. Cats and teenagers do not improve anyone’s furniture.

10. Cats that are free to roam outside sometimes have been known to return in the middle of the night to deposit a dead animal in your bedroom. Teenagers are not above that sort of behavior.

Remember above all else, put out the food and do not make any sudden moves in their direction. When they make up their minds, they finally will come to you for some affection and comfort; and it will be a triumphant moment for all concerned.

After a two-week journey of more than 5.7 million miles around the earth, astronaut Patrick Forrester and fellow space shuttle Discovery crew members landed safely on Sept. 11 at Edwards Air Force Base in California with a piece of missionary history. Forrester is available for interviews about the shuttle mission and his heart for Christian missionary service.

The item, part of an airplane battery box, 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 in 1956, by a tribe of Waodani Indians…. Read this in full at

In his book The Heart of a Leader, author Ken Blanchard points out the need to encourage people along the way, not just at the final destination:

“Many well-intentioned leaders wait to praise their people until they do things exactly right — complete the project or accomplish the goal. The problem here is that they could wait forever. You see ‘exactly right’ behavior is made up of a whole series of approximately right behaviors. It makes more sense to praise progress — it’s a moving target.

“Can you imagine standing a child up and saying, ‘Walk,’ and when he falls down you say, ‘I told you to walk!’ and then spank him. Of course not. You stand the child up and he wobbles a bit. You shout, ‘You stood!’ and shower him with hugs and kisses. The next day, he wobbles a step and you are all over him with praise. Gradually, the child gains confidence until he finally walks. It’s the same with adults. Catch them doing things right — and in the beginning, approximately right is fine.” (from The Heart of a Leader by Ken Blanchard, Honor Books, 1999, p. 9)

Chuck Swindoll was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the October Catalyst ’09 Conference. During his presentation, he described “10 Things I Have Learned During Nearly 50 Years in Leadership.” Here’s the list:

1) It’s lonely to lead. Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decision, the lonelier it is.

2) It’s dangerous to succeed. I’m most concerned for those who aren’t even 30 and are very gifted and successful. Sometimes God uses someone right out of youth, but usually He uses leaders who have been crushed.

3) It’s hardest at home. No one ever told me this in seminary.

4) It’s essential to be real. If there’s one realm where phoniness is common, it’s among leaders. Stay real.

5) It’s painful to obey. The Lord will direct you to do some things that won’t be your choice. Invariably you will give up what you want to do for the cross.

6) Brokenness and failure are necessary.

7) Attitude is more important than actions. Your family may not have told you: Some of you are hard to be around. A bad attitude overshadows good actions.

8) Integrity eclipses image. Today we highlight image, but it’s what you’re doing behind the scenes.

9) God’s way is better than my way.

10) Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2

“If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.”
C. S. Lewis

A recent study highlighted in the Wall Street Journal reports that 49% of grandparents in America babysit their grandchildren once a week, with 90% babysitting their grandchildren more since the recession. Cavin Harper, founder of the Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN), believes that this increase in time is a God-ordained opportunity for grandparents to contribute something he believes to be largely lacking in childhood education today: moral instruction.

Harper says, “Grandparents sometimes think they lack the ability or the time to have a real influence on the moral development of their grandchildren, but this latest Wall Street Journal report refutes that. After all, the recession has shifted who grandkids are spending their time with. More and more, children’s everyday lives — and how they view the world and questions of right and wrong — are being shaped by grandparents.”

Harper believes that grandparents need to be intentional in recognizing and utilizing this increased time. Harper says, “It’s all too easy to fall into babysitting more, and turning to the TV set and kids’ videos to fill up the time. But grandparents should see this extra time as a God-given opportunity for which we will be held accountable. Did we talk about God with our grandkids? Did we read them books that build a good moral foundation? One day the recession will end…but the foundation we have the opportunity to lay during this time can last forever.”

Civilization stands at a fork in the road and will either ascend to greater heights or tumble into barbarism unless Christians reassert the value of all human life and absolute moral truth, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land told a Founder’s Day audience at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the future of civilization turns on two fundamental questions: Is moral truth real and knowable or is it merely a preference? A question of human value follows: Is mankind of value because of who we are — our essence — or only for what we can do?

These questions are at the heart of policy debates over abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and health care reform, Land said Oct. 6.

Land reminded the audience of C.S. Lewis’ warning of more than a half-century ago in “The Abolition of Man.” Lewis argued that human essence would be destroyed by “men without chests” — a scientific and technological elite that would possess mind and instinct but no heart or moral compass to govern thought and action.

“We would produce traitors, and wonder why we had men without honor and we would create moral geldings and then tell them to go forth and multiply,” Land said.

Evidence of moral relativism can be found on college campuses, Land said, where professors report that students increasingly are incapable of judging Nazi atrocities as evil. They increasingly say that while Americans have been trained not to kill people based on ethnicity, it is up to Germans to decide if the Nazis’ actions were wrong…. Read this in full at

Morality in Media has compiled information from hundreds of news articles and from court cases, social science studies, books, Congressional testimony, and other sources that show how the explosion of hardcore adult pornography on the Internet and elsewhere is contributing to the sexual exploitation of children. The works cited in the report were published from 1980 to the present.

The evidence compiled shows:
* Perpetrators use adult pornography to groom their victims.
* For many perpetrators there is a progression from viewing adult pornography to viewing child pornography.
* Johns act out what they view in adult pornography with child prostitutes and pimps use adult pornography to instruct child prostitutes.
* Children imitate behavior they view in adult pornography with other children.
* Perpetrators use adult pornography to sexually arouse themselves.
* Addiction to adult pornography destroys marriages, and children raised in one-parent households are more likely to be sexually exploited…. Read this in full at

Responding to the call of the exploding Latin American missionary movement for better training, HCJB Global this weekend launched “Corrientes” (or “Currents”), a ministry to mentor missionaries from South and Central America in acquiring vocational skills, building cross-cultural relationships, learning languages and deepening their relationship with God.

“The launch of Corrientes is really an expansion to the world of HCJB Global’s success in Latin America, using media and healthcare to bring people to Jesus,” HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson said. “The next phase of the Corrientes project is to work collaboratively with other agencies and denominations across Latin America to mobilize the church for cross-cultural ministry in countries traditionally closed to Westerners.” …. Read this in full at

Also see “HCJB Global Voice Moves Up End Date of Shortwave Broadcasts from Ecuador”

Every two seconds, a child somewhere in the world is orphaned. The pandemic of homeless and orphaned children is growing at an astonishing rate, leaving 145 million children orphaned or displaced globally. Now, there is a new effort underway to bring more awareness and recognition to the plight of orphans and displaced children around the world through World Orphans Day, observed on the second Monday in November.

World Orphans Day 2009 is an initiative of The Stars Foundation, which works to create a better, safer, more secure environment for orphans both domestically and in the developing world.

This year, World Orphans Day will be celebrated through a variety of grassroots efforts led by students, churches and businesses that include prayer walks and vigils, prayer balloon lifts, candlelight vigils, concerts and more — all designed to encourage the public to bring food donations and celebrate local proclamations in honor of World Orphans Day.

Urbana 09, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 22nd Student Missions Conference, will address some of the most pressing global issues presently faced by missions practitioners around the world. More than 20,000 people, from every state and many nations, are expected to attend Urbana 09, December 27–31, 2009, in St. Louis.

Each day at Urbana 09 the program will focus on a different issue and the challenges it presents. “God is at work in the midst of all kinds of unique challenges,” said Urbana director Jim Tebbe. “Attendees will hear speakers from a variety of cultural contexts discuss how God is at work and will also learn about the needs that still remain. They will also experience worship with thousands of others in one of the most diverse worship gatherings in North America.”

The four issues in focus at Urbana 09 are: Movement of Peoples, Money, Environmental Stewardship, and Divisions between Peoples.

To serve global Christian community and accommodate the growing demand for digital books, Biblica Publishing imprint Authentic Books is now offering titles in ebook formats through Ebooks are available for Kindle and MobiPocket formats and as pdf downloads.

“Our passion is to equip the missional community with great content,” said Biblica Marketing Director Mike Dworak. “With our ebooks, people anywhere in the world have the ability to select a book and be reading in seconds.”

Dworak sees digital formats being particularly useful in areas of the world where print titles are unwieldy or too expensive to order and ship. And in countries that restrict access to Christian materials, digital downloads can provide isolated believers with essential resources…. Read this in full at

Teenage birth rates tend to be higher in states that are more religiously conservative, possibly because communities in those places discourage contraception, according to a national study.

An article in the open-access journal Reproductive Health reported a high correlation between births to teenagers and states where high percentages of the population subscribe to conservative religious views, such as, “There is only one way to interpret the teachings of my religion” or, “Scripture should be taken literally, word for word.”

Drexel University psychiatrist Joseph Strayhorn said he and co-author Jillian Strayhorn were “astonished” by the strong correlation between teenage births and religious beliefs, even after the figures were adjusted for other factors like differing abortion rates and income levels between states…. Read this in full at

Jill Briscoe says that one of the gifts her parents gave their children was a commitment to one another that did not consider divorce an option. “Differences they had were kept between them and worked out in the context of the promises they made to each other and to God on their wedding day. There was no option out! As someone has said, when the doors on a marriage are shut and bolted and a fire breaks out, all your time and energy goes to putting out the flames!” (from What My Parents Did Right, ed. By Gloria Gaither, StarSong Publishing, 1991, p. 33)

His dizzy aunt —————————————— Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes——————————- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store ———- Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia —————————– U Gogh
His magician uncle ——————————– Where-diddy Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach —————— Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle ———————————– Can’t Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt ——————————– Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle ———————————– Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin ———————————– Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking ——————- Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew ———————————- Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco ———————————– Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV —– Winnie Bay Gogh

“Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.”
C. S. Lewis

“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11

[C. S. Lewis] was leery of too many prayers that leave all the work to God and other people.” Kathryn Lindskoog (1934-2003), C. S. Lewis, Mere Christian


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!

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

Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
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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Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: At the bottom!
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor

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  • Miss18  On October 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I have always been taught that the more you read, the more knowledgable you will become. ,


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