CONNECTIONS – 11/15/09

For week of November 15, 2009
Issue 278

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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You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Galatians 5:13-14

CONSIDER
“Too many of us have a Christian vocabulary rather than a Christian experience. We think we are doing our duty when we’re only talking about it.”
Charles F. Banning

NATIONAL ‘BEE’ GOES BIBLICAL
Under the bright stage lights Daniel Staddon, an 18-year-old home-schooler from Salem, W.Va., squeezed his eyes shut as he methodically recited verse after verse from the Bible at the inaugural National Bible Bee.

The concentration technique came in handy as he recited the first 20 verses of the fifth chapter of Ephesians and the 21 verses of Psalm 145 in the tie-breaker round on the stage of the JW Marriott Hotel ballroom. His skills paid off big-time, earning Staddon first place and a $100,000 prize.

“Dad suggested closing my eyes,” said Staddon, adding that his seven siblings helped him study for months for the contest that ended Nov. 6.

Competitions for spelling and math have long brought young people to national stages to test their vocabulary and prodigious memories. But now the “bee” concept has gone biblical. Culled from more than 17,000 students ages 7-18, the National Bible Bee finals grilled 21 children on their knowledge of Scripture. The five-hour finals were preceded by regional competitions in 49 of the 50 states in September, oral contests and SAT-like tests for 300 contestants…. Read this in full at
http://www.newsok.com/national-bee-goes-biblical/article/feed/104162

MYSTIC WITH A SPREADSHEET
Like many teenagers, the adolescent Rick Warren wanted to be a rock star. Living in Mendocino County, California, in the sixties, he actually met some, working as a volunteer stagehand for the Golliwogs, a precursor to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Big Brother and the Holding Company, whose lead singer was Janis Joplin. According to Jeffery L. Sheler’s Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren (Doubleday Religion), the future megachurch pastor and best-selling author looked the part: “tall and thin with long blond Beatle bangs swept across his forehead.”

But the young Rick Warren never really fit in the drug-laced Mendocino rock scene. He was interested only in the music, and he also felt the call of politics and preaching.

Although he never got to be a rock star, he now gets to do rock-star things. He talks with Bono, gets invited to the Davos World Economic Forum, and meets with world leaders like Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Paul Kagame.

Like Billy Graham in his heyday, Warren is able to meet with just about any public figure he wants to. Indeed, Sheler writes, Warren hired a staff member in May 1998 for the express purpose of expanding his range of contacts with “movers and shakers in business, government, and the philanthropic world.”…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/november/17.67.html

A BETTER PLACE TO BE
“It is very possible that as you read this you are wishing you were somewhere else, living a different life.

“God has a word for you; it’s the same word he gave a group of people exiled from their homeland. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God told them, “You’re not going home any time soon, so start making your lives here… and pray for the peace and prosperity of the place where you’re currently living because, by doing that, you too will be blessed with peace and prosperity” (Jeremiah 29:5-7, author paraphrase).

“Our objective-in-Jesus is to no longer invest our energy in hopes of leaving, but instead to invest our energy in those around us. In other words, don’t be physically present but mentally somewhere else, thinking of the future or the past, or thinking of someplace else. Our journey with Jesus requires we be fully present in the present.

“You may feel like you are in exile, but God is working in ways you may not see. His message to you is: ‘Dig in and fully embrace the life around you.’”
John Walker, Growing with Purpose

GREAT AWAKENING: IS A NEW ONE TAKING PLACE OUTSIDE THE WEST?
Some observers of religion assert a socially transforming spiritual movement is sweeping the globe, resulting in 82,000 conversions to Christianity a day. But only 6,000 of them are in Europe and North America.

“I believe we are in the midst of a great spiritual awakening. But when it’s mentioned in the United States, it’s generally met with blank stares, because it’s not happening here,” said Jim Denison, president of the Center for Informed Faith, based in Dallas.

Denison, theologian-in-residence with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, believes “there is a Fifth Great Awakening occurring in our world today.”

Some historians debate whether two, three or four awakenings have occurred previously, and Denison has no interest in splitting hairs over the number. He’s more concerned about why it’s happening now in the developing world and not in Western Europe and North America…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4558&Itemid=53

Also see “Great Awakening: Bible guides revival of evangelical activism, Wallis says”
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4559&Itemid=53

“Great Awakening: Texans celebrate Spirit’s movement among Iranians”
http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4560&Itemid=53

THE CHURCH THAT HELPED BRING DOWN THE BERLIN WALL
Nikolai Evangelical Lutheran Church hasn’t changed much since the 16th century. Bach once played the organ here and the music remains alluring, but it is the church’s more recent history in the last days of the Cold War and its role in the fall of the Berlin Wall that draw tourists today.

The Rev. Christian Fuhrer became the pastor at St. Nikolai in 1980, when the world was divided by the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Germany itself was split in two, most visibly by the wall the East German government — the German Democratic Republic— built in Berlin in 1961 in an attempt to keep its people from fleeing to the West.

In the GDR, atheism was the norm. Churches like St. Nikolai were spied on but allowed to remain open. “In the GDR, the church provided the only free space,” Fuhrer said in an interview with Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. “Everything that could not be discussed in public could be discussed in church, and in this way the church represented a unique spiritual and physical space in which people were free.”

In the early 1980s, Fuhrer began holding weekly prayers for peace. Every Monday, worshippers recited the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. Few came at first, but attendance grew as the Soviet Union began opening to the West…. Read this in full at
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-11-05-church-berlin-wall_N.htm

CHURCH LEADERS RECALL FAITH, COURAGE ON BERLIN WALL ANNIVERSARY
Church leaders paid tribute Monday to the faith and courage of ordinary men and women who helped unify Germany and end the Cold War on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The newly elected head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Margot Kaessmann, said dream became reality when the wall came down on Nov. 9, 1989.

“Brave women and men from the civil rights movement in the former German Democratic Republic laid the foundation for this day by opposing the regime and inspired many more people to do the same through their example,” she noted, expressing gratitude for the decisive role played by the EKD in the GDR at that time…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091109/church-leaders-recall-faith-courage-on-berlin-wall-anniversary/index.html

GERMANY’S ‘COLD RELIGION’
A Berlin-based journalist says that Martin Luther would have driven most of Germany’s bishops from their pulpits.

Bon Jovi, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Hillary Clinton will appear at the $7.4 million bash recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, but Berlin-based journalist Markus Spiekler says that most Germans probably won’t party. “Some Germans even lament the loss of the good old days during the Cold War, when everything seemed cozier and more obvious,” Spiekler said. “It’s like the Israelites after the Exodus, taking the newfound freedom for granted.” Similarly, he predicts nothing will change during the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the Wittenberg door in 2017. “When Jesus came into the world, there was no celebration, nothing was going on,” said Spiekler, who was a “pastor’s kid” in West Germany 20 years ago and is now a journalist at a television station in Berlin. He spoke with Christianity Today online editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey at an ice cream shop next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin about the church in Germany and why he thinks it’s stagnant…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/novemberweb-only/145-11.0.html

NO LONGER CONSERVATIVE ABOUT HIS RELIGION
When Newt Gingrich came to power 15 years ago, his Contract With America was a document of fiscal conservatism that mentioned God only in passing. When he led the impeachment of Bill Clinton a decade ago over the Monica Lewinsky affair, Gingrich was involved in his own longtime extramarital relationship with a former aide, who is now his third wife.

“Newt,” Christopher DeMuth put it gently as he introduced the former House speaker to a forum at the American Enterprise Institute, is “a politician who in his private life is a seriously religious man but who does not make religious belief an upfront part of his political platform.”

Nobody will ever again say that he “does not make religious belief an upfront part of his political platform.” His talk was titled “The Victory of the Cross: How Spiritual Renewal Helped Topple the Berlin Wall.”…. Read this in full at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/09/AR2009110903302.html

NEVER 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. 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.

“How can I be lonely in my work when Jesus has rolled up His sleeves to help me and partner with me?”
Joni Eareckson Tada, A Lifetime of Wisdom

WAS JESUS TEMPTED WITH HOMOSEXUALITY?
by John Piper
Since Jesus “in every respect has been tempted as we are,” does that mean he was tempted with homosexuality?

You know, this statement — “tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sin” — is troubling, because there are a lot of things you could think of besides this one. This is a real difficult question for me. I’ll come back to homosexuality in a minute.

I think some of my worst temptations come from situations I’ve created by sinning. Jesus never got into a situation created by sinning. Jesus never felt guilt. I think a lot of my temptations are owing to what I do with my guilt feelings, so how is he going to empathize with me there? So this is not an academic question for me…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091111/was-jesus-tempted-with-homosexuality/index.html

LEADERSHIP TIPS (BUSINESS, FAMILY, LIFE)
7 Obstacles To Effective Leadership
As a leader you are judged on your ability to deliver results. While at times this might seem tough and unfair, at the end of the day it is results that matter. In theory delivering results is simple but in practice can be more difficult. So what are 7 obstacles you need to address to deliver results and be an effective leader?

Obstacle 1: Old mindsets
This might not be the thing that you would automatically expect to see at the top of the list. Truth is that when we become a leader it is easy to forget that there are different expectations and challenges. If as a new leader you are still in the manager mindset you are going to struggle. Even if you are not a new leader old mindsets and complacency can be an obstacle.

Obstacle 2: Personal rather than corporate agenda
Ever noticed how someone’s leadership career evolves. At the start they are a breath of fresh air, full of new ideas and enthusiasm, after a while, especially if the going gets tough, they start to focus on their own survival rather than on delivering success. Be alert to becoming too focused on your personal agenda…. Read this in full at
http://goalsandachievements.com/leading/7-obstacles-to-effective-leadership/

VERSE TO PONDER
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2

CONSIDER
“I am moved by the idea that God always already loves us first, before we love God, wholly and without condition, that God forgives us even before we have done anything to require forgiveness, as we will inevitably do, and that this outpouring of love and forgiveness fortifies us for repentance and reform.”
Nancy Mairs, from her essay “Here: Grace”

CHRISTIANS REDISCOVER LITURGIES FOR EVANGELISM
Todd Hunter has stumbled upon something he believes is bringing former Christians back to church and has the potential to draw the unchurched. Liturgy.

Though liturgies have existed for hundreds of years, Hunter believes churches can employ those traditions for the present mission field.

“I feel like I’m 20 years late to Robert Webber’s party,” he said at the National Outreach Convention in San Diego, Calif. Webber, who dubbed the term “ancient future worship,” had called churches to blend contemporary worship styles with the liturgical practices of the early church.

Hunter, who is currently a bishop in the Anglican Mission In the Americas, had recently come across friends who found their Christian faith being restored through liturgies…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091110/christians-rediscover-liturgies/index.html

MAF RECEIVES SECOND STRAIGHT ‘PASSION AWARD’
MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) was awarded a 2009 “Passion Award” by the Servant Christian Community Foundation (SCCF) last evening. This is the second consecutive year MAF has been recognized by SCCF for its commitment to excellence in ministry.

The prestigious award was presented to MAF during the “Thurman Mitchell Servant Leadership Celebration,” which was held at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.

“We are humbled to receive such an honor for two consecutive years,” said John Boyd, MAF USA president. “We don’t do our work in order to receive awards, but to advance the Gospel in the remote areas of the world. We are thankful when a group as significant as the Servant Christian Community Foundation takes note of our ministry.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.maf.org/news/maf-news/maf-receives-second-straight-passion-award

FORT HOOD FELLOWSHIP MOURNS
Worshipers at the Lifeway Fellowship Church in Killeen on Sunday stood clasping hands and fighting off the pain of Thursday’s tragedy here with prayer. Pastor Jimmy Towers urged them to hold onto faith in God even as terror and loss threatened it. “Things like this shake our faith,” Towers said. “But sometimes our faith needs to be shaken to see if it’s real.”

Across Fort Hood and Killeen, home to the Army post, people searched for answers to Nov. 5’s shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 29…. Read this in full at
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-11-08-town-mourns_N.htm

ARMY VETERAN SAVED BY BIBLE FROM SALVATION ARMY
Don Roush was a fresh-faced 19-year-old who was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. “I was very proud to serve in the infantry,” says Roush. Shortly after basic training, he learned that the 5th Regiment Combat team had been devastated. “They had many casualties and so they needed the replacements and I was one of the replacements,” recalls Roush.

He was on a train in San Francisco, about to be shipped off, when he noticed a volunteer with the Salvation Army waving on the platform. “And asking if anyone would like a New Testament for their shirt pocket,” remembers Roush…. Read this in full at
http://www.ksdk.com/news/watercooler/story.aspx?storyid=189390&catid=71

CHRIST, AT WORK IN THE MILITARY
by Adam Cole
The commitment to service in the armed forces is one of the most binding commitments on earth. Besides the willingness to die for country, it is a commitment to go wherever and do whatever is required to meet the needs of our nation’s defense and diplomatic needs.

I took that oath for the first time Sept. 17, 2004 when I joined the U.S. Navy and then swore it again in a different form when I was commissioned as a naval officer Feb. 22, 2008.

The meaning of that oath has meant different things at different points in my military journey, depending on place, depending on job, and depending on the connections I leave behind when I leave shore. And yet it has always meant the same thing: thinking of the greater good above oneself.

In the same way that I raised my hand for country, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ within a year and half after joining the Navy. From the get-go, I pursued the church with a curiosity and an openness to letting the Lord guide and shape me. He put key people on my path, a handful of chaplains and a couple of individuals who took the time to disciple me, spending late nights in one of the ship’s common spaces going over key parts of the Bible. I was baptized at a Japanese house church outside on a cold December night.

No matter the place, no matter the time, no matter the reality of the moment, a walk with Jesus is a walk in faith. It is a continual process of counting on Him, of seeking His essence to be your essence, to allow Him to step into the moments of help and to provide hope.

In the environment of military operations, in the environment that seems to never let up on its intensity or tenseness to achieve mission accomplishment, faith is the only fuel you really have…. Read this in full at
http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=31670

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN PLATE
A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Christian “I Believe” vehicle license tag with the image of a cross authorized last year by the S.C. General Assembly. “The ‘I Believe’ Act’s primary effect is to promote a specific religion, Christianity,” U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie wrote in a decision.

State laws promoting one religion over others have been illegal in the United States since the nation’s founding, Currie wrote.

Currie also focused on the role played by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who originally pushed for the Christian tag after a move to create a similar “I Believe” tag failed in Florida…. Read this in full at
http://www.thestate.com/local/story/1022683.html

VATICAN LOOKS TO HEAVENS FOR SIGNS OF ALIEN LIFE
E.T. phone Rome. Four hundred years after it locked up Galileo for challenging the view that the Earth was the center of the universe, the Vatican has called in experts to study the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and its implication for the Catholic Church.

“The questions of life’s origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very suitable and deserve serious consideration,” said the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory.

Funes, a Jesuit priest, presented the results of a five-day conference that gathered astronomers, physicists, biologists, and other experts to discuss the budding field of astrobiology — the study of the origin of life and its existence elsewhere in the cosmos.

Funes said the possibility of alien life raises “many philosophical and theological implications” but added that the gathering was mainly focused on the scientific perspective and how different disciplines can be used to explore the issue…. Read this in full at
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hf92aHEwYT87J1XPP4JrIusKBT-AD9BSTO1G1

MORE THAN ENOUGH
“So the opposite of worry and fear is to seek God – not an anxious seeking but a joyful, trusting seeking, like a child playing hide-and-seek with a parent. Seek first God’s kingdom. I love this promise from God: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” (Jer. 29:12 – 14). God longs to be found, like a mother playing with her child. God deeply desires to listen to us, to be discovered by us. When we do discover him, discover that deep relationship of love, we will find that it satisfies us in a way that stuff never can. We will realize we have enough if we have God.

“So how do we live a simple life? Seek first God’s kingdom, seek to live according to his ways. In other words, walk humbly with God, and all your other priorities will fall into line. This is not a one-time deal. It’s a constant journey. Keep seeking God. Seek his kingdom, his will, his love, every day. Seek and you will find. You’ll not only find God; you’ll find that you have more than enough.”
Keri Wyatt Kent, Simple Compassion

THE GOLDEN RULE
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:31

THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION
A call to bring the world together…

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical, and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit, or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others — even our enemies — is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred, or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions, and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings — even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological, and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
http://charterforcompassion.org/

DID CHRISTIANITY CAUSE THE CRASH?
America’s mainstream religious denominations used to teach the faithful that they would be rewarded in the afterlife. But over the past generation, a different strain of Christian faith has proliferated — one that promises to make believers rich in the here and now. Known as the prosperity gospel, and claiming tens of millions of adherents, it fosters risk-taking and intense material optimism. It pumped air into the housing bubble. And one year into the worst downturn since the Depression, it’s still going strong…. Read this in full at
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/rosin-prosperity-gospel

LEAD US NOT INTO DEBT
by Megan McArdle
Dave Ramsey looks nothing like a televangelist. He’s a little on the short side, neither fat nor thin, and he wears jeans and a sports jacket, not a shiny suit and an oily smile. With his goatee and what’s left of his graying hair trimmed close to his head, he looks mostly like what he is — a well-groomed, middle- to upper-middle-class American professional. But when he runs out onstage and starts dispensing financial advice, you realize that he could have been a great preacher.

On a fine summer day at the end of August, I paid $220 for front-row seats on the floor of a minor-league hockey rink in Detroit, just to hear Ramsey talk for five hours. The ostensible topic: getting your financial life in order. Afterward, my fiancé, who grew up in the Bible Belt, called me to ask what I’d thought…. Read this in full at
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/mcardle-ramsey-debt

THE PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY DEAD AT 71
Veteran Pillsbury spokesman, The Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, The Hostess Twinkies, Captain Crunch, and many others.

The graveside was piled high with flours as longtime friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who “never knew how much he was kneaded.”

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers.

He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough. They have two children and one in the oven.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com

ATLANTA PENTECOSTAL CHOIR NAMED ‘BEST CHURCH CHOIR IN AMERICA’
The choir of Atlanta West Pentecostal Church snagged the title of “The Best Church Choir in America” late Nov. 7, beating out ten other church choirs from around the nation that had made it to the finale event.

Along with the title, the winning choir also snagged $30,000 in cash and prizes, adding to the three other awards it had picked up as it made its way through the “How Sweet the Sound” competition, sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

All 11 choirs, each hailing from different cities, had been selected the overall winners of their respective cities over the last two months as part of the third annual competition, which is touted as the only nationwide, community-focused celebration of its kind…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20091108/atlanta-pentecostal-choir-wins-best-church-choir-competition/index.html

CHARLES IVES: A LET-OUT SOUL
by Brian Nixon
I remember the first time I listened to one of Charles Ives’ compositions. I was sitting in my music appreciation class at Stanislaus University in Turlock, California (I went on to minor in music history). My professor, Robert Danzinger, played the piece, The Unanswered Question. I was transfixed. From that moment on I was hooked by the music of America’s most original composer. Charles Ives

If you’re familiar with the music of Charles Ives, you either hate it or love it. Many people consider it “noise,” others, “genius.” I happen to be of the later disposition.

Charles Ives was born in 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut. Ives’ father — a civil war bandleader — greatly influenced Charles with his unorthodox approach to music. Charles went to Yale University, and wrote his Symphony No. 1 as his senior thesis. During his time at Yale, Ives was Church organist at Center Church, where he was able to experiment with some of his profound musical ideas.

Interestingly, Charles did not enter into the world of music; rather, he became a successful insurance executive at Ives & Myrick. To this day, many in the insurance business consider Ives the architect of modern estate planning.

Yet, it is his music he is best known for. And a name many in the Christian world should be familiar with…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09110050.htm

CONSIDER
“God is infinite in his wisdom; therefore he can never do anything that is unwise. He is infinite in his justice; therefore he can never do anything that is unjust. He is infinite in his goodness; therefore he can never do anything that is not good. He is infinite in his truth; therefore it is impossible that he should lie.”
J. Gresham Machen

VERSE TO PONDER
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5:8-9

ON PRAYER
Bibles read without prayer; sermons heard without prayer; marriages contracted without prayer; journeys undertaken without prayer; residences chosen without prayer; friendships formed without prayer; the daily act of prayer itself hurried over, or gone through without heart: these are the kind of downward steps by which many a Christian descends to a condition of spiritual palsy, or reaches the point where God allows them to have a tremendous fall.” J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer

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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(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.)

There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
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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