CONNECTIONS – 05/30/10

For week of May 30, 2010
Issue 306

The Men’s Ministry newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.
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Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.”
Zechariah 7:9-10

CONSIDER
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. It does not enable us to escape evil. It makes us unfit to face evil when it comes. It is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes.”
Corrie ten Boom

EVANGELICALS PUSH ‘THEOLOGY OF SEX,’ ABORTION REDUCTION
The National Association of Evangelicals has launched an initiative to reduce abortions by promoting a “Theology of Sex” for churches and pledging to find common ground with opponents on abortion.

“There’s a sense that, whatever our laws are, abortion is a problem because of the underlying issues of how we treat sex,” said Galen Carey, director of government affairs for the Washington-based umbrella organization.

NAE leaders have concluded that churches are not doing a “good job” of teaching about sex and marriage and should better address the high percentage of cohabiting unmarried young adults, including many evangelicals.

“Addressing that subject will do a lot, we think, to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and the number of abortions,” Carey said.

A Gallup poll commissioned by the NAE found that 90% of evangelicals consider “hormonal contraceptives” to be morally acceptable, and three-quarters consider abortion and unmarried sex to be morally wrong. Less than a third – 30% — think national religious leaders are doing a good or very good job at addressing the issue of abortion…. Read this in full at
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/05/evangelicals-push-theology-of.php

JEWS FOR JESUS FOUNDER DIES
Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, died May 19 around 8:30 p.m. in San Francisco after a battle with bone cancer. Rosen, who founded the evangelistic organization in 1973, was 78.

“Moishe Rosen’s innovative thinking and commitment to Jewish evangelism built the largest Jewish mission organization in the world,” Jim Sibley, director of the Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies at Criswell College in Dallas, told Baptist Press, “but more importantly, they have been used to reach countless Jews and Gentiles for the Lord.

“His concern began with the Jewish population in the United States, but later embraced the major Jewish populations of the world,” said Sibley, a former Southern Baptist representative in Israel and former director of Jewish evangelism ministries for the North American Mission Board.

“Often provocative and controversial, he was always unashamed of the Good News of salvation,” Sibley said. “He has been a friend, a brother and a fellow soldier; he will be greatly missed.”

Mike Saffle, president of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, recounted a bit of Rosen’s spiritual history: “Moishe was born to an Orthodox family, yet became an atheist. After his wife, Ciel, began an earnest search for God, Moishe finally admitted what he’d known all along: there IS a God, and His Son is Y’shua, Jesus.”

Rosen was “passionately in love with his Lord, his wife and his people, Israel. His mission was to open the eyes of Jewish people to the truth of their Messiah, and he pursued that calling to the end. His ministry spans the globe, reaching many for Christ,” said Saffle, pastor/rabbi of Shalom Adonai Messianic Baptist Fellowship in Wichita, Kan.

He was “a funny, humble, loving man whose greatest passion is Y’shua and telling Jewish people about Him. We will miss him, and pray for his family’s strength and comfort,” Saffle said…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32966

HOPE YOU REALLY WANT
Real hope can only be based on truth. You can’t put your hope in a lie. [J]ust as there’s no way my doctor can give me a 100 percent guarantee that this cancer of mine will be cured. When he prescribes a new treatment, I know he wants it to work, but he can’t promise me it will. He might say something like, ‘Thirty percent of the patients who have tried this new therapy have been in remission for an average of five years.’ Not bad. Thirty percent. Five years. I’ll take it.

But wouldn’t you rather put your hope in something that is guaranteed to work 100 percent of the time? Hope that doesn’t depend on a bill passing in Congress or a big jump in the stock market? That’s the kind of hope God offers us. In the face of all these things (and more) that drag us down, you can have the life you always wanted. A life that triumphs over any circumstance. A life that lets you look into the jaws of any illness, financial calamity, or family tragedy and say, ‘It’s good.’

If that’s the kind of hope you really want, then I have a question for you: Whom are you going to trust?”
Ken Hutcherson, from Hope is Contagious

THE IMPORTANCE OF GUY TIME
by Chris Glazier
In the last two years, I’ve gotten married and moved two times, which means that I haven’t had a lot of time to make new friends. I’ve always had a lot of guy friends in the past. I love the camaraderie, the respect and the accountability that comes with a good friendship. As I get a little older, I’m starting to realize why it gets so hard to keep up with your male friends. I’m also starting to realize that even though it’s difficult, there are few things that are more important.

As Christian men, our guy friends give us things in life that our families just can’t. Nothing is as important as family, especially your relationships with your wife and your kids. But there are certain things that don’t come naturally to those family relationships. Though your wife may be your best friend (mine is), women are just wired differently than us. As we go through life, situations come up in our lives for which a fellow guy is better able to walk through them or talk through them with us…. Read this in full at
http://newmanreport.newmanmag.com/2010/05/importance-of-guy-time.html

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY PRODUCTION OF ‘SCREWTAPE’ IS TOP AUDIO DRAMA
“Dust, grit, thirst and itch” is how C.S. Lewis described The Screwtape Letters. Written from the point of view of a demonic undersecretary in the “lowerarchy” of Hell, who must instruct his nephew on the finer points of soul corruption, the epistolary novel earned Lewis’ disfavor for being the least enjoyable work he wrote during his literary career.

Focus on the Family’s director of creative content, Paul McCusker, describes a similar torment when he dispatched his Colorado Springs radio-theater team to London to record a Screwtape dramatization over six days in 2008.

“Our team has worked together in one form or another for 20 years, and we were genuinely surprised by the kinds of things that came up that we hadn’t really dealt with before,” says McCusker, who also came down with an unholy flu during the production. “It was uncharacteristic sniping at one another, short tempers, petty annoyances — which are very Screwtape-like. And that’s what so funny about it. You find yourself irritated, or you’re irritating someone, and you don’t know why. So you step back and think, ‘Maybe something is at work here.'”

Focus’ four-CD Screwtape Letters set has sold 40,000 copies since its release last fall…. Read this in full at
http://www.csindy.com/colorado/the-devil-in-the-details/Content?oid=1713586

WHEN DID GOD BECOME A SPORTS FAN?
Baseball players point to the heavens after hitting home runs; NFL players pray in the end zone after scoring. Competitors routinely thank Jesus, along with their sponsors, in post-game interviews.

Thanking God from the winner’s circle has become so common that one British newspaper published a letter to the editor titled: “Leave me out of your petty games –Love, God.”

The British letter raised a question: Does God care who wins on game day? And, if so, do losers somehow have less faith? …. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/wayoflife/05/25/God.sports/index.html?hpt=C2

WOULD JESUS GET A TATTOO?
by Chuck Colson
In Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, a character named Ishmael is forced to share lodgings with an unknown man. When he wakens in the night, he is terrified at the sight of his roommate — a savage, covered head to toe in tattoos.

As S. M. Hutchens writes in Touchstone magazine, readers in Melville’s day did not have to be told that this man was a pagan; his tattoos made it obvious. Readers understood that tattooing one’s body was not a Christian practice.

Especially was this true among Calvinist-leaning Christians of New England, who stressed the continuing applicability of Old Testament law, which, in Leviticus, forbade tattooing marks upon one’s body.

But today, 160 years later, even some conservative Christian authorities don’t think the ban on tattoos applies. This law, they declare, has been superseded by the coming of Christ. They consider tattoos an area of Christian freedom. Well, maybe they’re right — I’m not a legalist.

But as tattoos proliferate in the Christian church, we ought to begin to think a little more seriously about them…. Read this in full at
http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/14534

SHARK ATTACK WAS ‘GOD’S WILL’
by Phil Boatwright
Remember around six years ago when we heard of the surfer girl who lost her arm to a shark? Just about everybody I’ve spoken to can recount that news event.

Her name is Bethany Hamilton and after hearing the details of her story, it sounds more like a Hollywood movie. Indeed, it soon will be. “Soul Surfer” is slated for a Spring 2011 release, and it’s shaping up to be a watershed moment in biographical movies. Bethany and her family are devout Christians and together they are having an impact on the surfing community, young girls seeking solid role models, and anyone who has ever questioned, “Why me?”

Bethany Hamilton had already been surfing for several years when, at age 13, she and a few friends were a quarter mile off the North Shore of Kauai on Oct. 31, 2003, enjoying another tropical day in the Pacific paradise, when, in a split second, a 15-foot tiger shark came up from the deep and took a huge bite out of Bethany’s surfboard — and with it her left arm, clear up to the shoulder. Almost 20 minutes from shore, her friends were sure she would bleed to death (it is reported that she lost 60 percent of her blood that morning) before getting help. But cool heads and lots of prayer prevailed…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=32952

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS IN A BRAVE, NEW WORLD
We’re still dealing with the age-old question: ‘Given what can be done, ought we?’ But the list of ‘can-do’ options in health care get longer each day; hence, also the ‘ought’ questions and the complexities of knowing right from wrong, good from bad,” said Tarris Rosell, professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kan., and the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics in nearby Kansas City, Mo.

While subjects like nanotechnology, reproductive cloning, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence capture the imagination of some bioethicists, those are not the issues most people face, said ethicist David Gushee.

I sometimes wonder whether there isn’t a bit of a science-fiction fetish here, in which for some it is just fun and interesting to ponder ethical issues from a future that hasn’t reached us yet. I would prefer to deal with the ethical issues that face us right now,” said Gushee, professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University and a columnist for Associated Baptist Press.

Very difficult health-care decision-making remains a reality that everyone faces at one time or another, and not just at the end of life. My own family’s recent experiences in the health-care system remind me that it has its own momentum and practices that are simply taken for granted from within the system,” he said. “As Christians, we do need to have a broader vision that asks questions rather than simply taking for granted the way things are.”

In recent weeks, Gushee’s wife, Jeanie, had an appendectomy, and his sister, Janette, had surgery to remove a brain tumor.

All the talk of autonomy and informed consent bumps up against the realities of how little laypeople understand what doctors are saying and doing. Time pressures in situations of crisis, situations which also tend to limit our rational capacity as we are overwhelmed by fear and confusion and pain, also make it very difficult to exercise judgment either for ourselves or for someone else,” he said…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5125/53/

DUTCH EUTHANASIA CASES INCREASED IN ’09
Euthanasia cases in The Netherlands continued to increase in 2009. The number of reported cases of euthanasia in the European country increased by 200 to about 2,500, Dutch News reported. That figure is likely low. Experts said in 2007 about 80 percent of such deaths are officially reported, according to Dutch News.

Euthanasia involves the deliberate administration of drugs to cause a person’s death at his request rather than to relieve his suffering.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition-Canada, pointed in his Jan. 4 weblog to a number of ways in which the figure of 2,500 euthanasia deaths in 2009 is misleading.

For one, assisted suicide deaths are not included, and they would account for about 400 more each year, Schadenberg said.

“Another category of deaths is deaths without explicit consent,” he wrote. “The most recent government report (2005) showed that the number of deaths without explicit consent was approximately 550. Many of the 550 deaths are directly and intentionally caused by the physician but not reported as euthanasia because they lacked consent.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32021

THY WILL BE DONE
It is quite normal that we want God to heal our friends and loved ones who have been struck with an incurable disease or a serious illness. We should never hesitate to ask God to heal them, but we should be prepared to let God heal in His own way and in His timing. I have known people who were never physically healed of a disease but experienced an ‘inner healing’ that transformed their understanding of God in such a way that enabled them to cope with their illness far better than anyone could imagine.

I have also known of cases in which a serious illness brought healing to broken families. A few years ago, a man in his seventies who had served the Lord all his adult life fell ill, and the doctors informed the family that his condition was terminal. His family gathered at his bedside and prayed for a miracle, that is, all but one of his sons, who had abandoned his faith some thirty years prior and had cut off all contact with his family. Somehow, however, he learned about his father’s illness and returned home, to the surprise of the entire family. God chose not to heal the father but performed an even greater miracle, the healing of severed family ties. Stories like this remind us that when we pray for those who are seriously ill, we should give the situation to God and trust Him to care for it. Someone once said that the perfect prayer is, ‘Thy will be done,’ meaning that whatever God chooses to do is exactly the right thing.”
André K. Dugger, from Prayer: Your Own Letter to God

WORKLIFE VIDEO
Tim Hawks, Senior Pastor of Hill Country Bible Church in Austin TX, describes why your WorkLife is important to God. View this video at
http://video.christianpost.com/20100526/tim-hawks-worklife-taking-care-of-business/

WORTHWHILE WORK
It is essential to our life as Christians, that we should recognize cheerfully and realistically that no worth-while work is accomplished without patience and sacrifice; and more important still, that we should realize with a sudden quickening of the pulses that the cost we bear is, not a kind of occupational nuisance, but the honour of sharing God’s cost in bringing men to Himself and changing them from being wayward human beings into sons of Himself.”
J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole, London: Highway Press, 1952, p. 45

VERSE TO PONDER
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God … For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”
Isaiah 61:10-11

CONSIDER
To succeed in life, you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.”
Author Unknown

THREE QUALITIES OF A GREAT CHURCH APP
by Alan Chandler
Your church: is there an App for that? You may not like the way it sounds, but it’s well worth the ponder. More and more, people are choosing mobile phones with App capabilities over “basic” phones. Business are responding to this trend and developing Apps. Should the church? More to the point, should your church?

When considering a church App keep in mind three qualities: Interaction, Connection, and Relationship.

Interaction: to be effective, your church App MUST be interactive. If not, the App experience will fall flat. A great church App allows people to interface with your ministry on multiple levels.

Connection: A great church App increases connection to your ministry. It will increase both the number of connections and the quality of connection. If developed properly, a great church App can also help people connect with God through increased spiritual formation.

Relationship: the net result of interactive connection is establishing and building relationships. A great church App will help you solidify the relationship between the church and its members, members with other members, and members with their friends who are far from God…. Read this in full at
http://www.churchcentral.com/blog/Three-Qualities-of-a-Great-Church-App.

REFORMED THEOLOGY? THERE’S A FREE APP FOR THAT
Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul, has created a new Ligonier App for the iPhone and the iPod Touch available for free in the iTunes App Store. This new app lets you:
* hear or watch Dr. Sproul’s Renewing Your Mind daily broadcast and archive,
* read a daily Bible devotional,
* view learning resources grouped by Topic, Teacher, Scripture or Type with teaching from leading pastors and theologians including R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Alistair Begg,
* browse thousands of free messages and articles located in the Learn section…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/reformed_theology_theres_a_free_app_for_that/

GROUP APPLAUDS iPHONE ANTI-PORN STANCE
A conservative group that monitors the entertainment industry is applauding Apple CEO Steve Jobs for his pledge to keep porn applications off the iPhone.

So-called “apps,” or programs, are wildly popular and can be downloaded through Apple’s iTunes store. There’s an application for nearly everything — including news, sports, maps and restaurants — but Jobs says the store won’t offer porn. Approximately 5,000 sexually explicit applications were removed from the store early this year after the Parents Television Council, the conservative group, urged citizens to complain to Apple. The PTC noted that children often browse the store, looking for games.

Jobs’ stance doesn’t mean the iPhone can’t be used to find porn. It still comes with a browser to surf the Internet, although it can be disabled with parental controls. Companies such as InternetSafety.com and BSecure.com also offer anti-porn filters for the iPhone browser.

Additionally, the iTunes store still offers some risqué applications, although the majority of them appear to be gone…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32985

MEDIA EXPOSURE, ADDICTION
by George Barna
I do a lot of research. The facts and figures from Barna surveys lead to a lot of conclusions, some of which are predictable, some of which are surprising, a few of which become controversial. One of the latter conclusions is this: media exposure has become America’s most widespread and serious addiction.

According to the American Psychiatry Association, an addiction is a chronic disorder in which we are unable to control our need for the substance in question. The Association adds that addictions have a combination of several simultaneous components at work. Addictions literally change our brains. They do so by changing the chemical balance and flow within the brain, or by altering the brain structure, or by changing our emotions, motivations and memory capacity. Addictions cause withdrawal symptoms when exposure to the addictive item is eliminated and they cause us to lose control over how much exposure we seek to experience. The APA indicates that addictions may produce a desire to reduce our exposure – a desire that we are unable to satisfy. Another sign of an addiction is that it causes us to abandon or reduce our involvement in normal and healthy activities. And addictions are characterized by the addict’s repeated denials that a real problem exists. According to APA, when we experience the concurrent presence of three or more of these symptoms, we have an addiction…. Read this in full at
http://www.georgebarna.com/2010/01/media-exposure-addiction/

CHRISTIANS AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS
What is the best response Christians can have to a 24/7 news and entertainment media cycle? How can we safeguard our children from substituting too much fantasy from computers and video games from reality at an early age?

Gordon Pennington uses his experiences as a communications and public relations consultant to examine questions like these. In an online audio interview, he takes a look at what he calls our “choice anxiety.”

According to Pennington, we each struggle to extract the good from the bad in the overwhelming amount of information we absorb each day — far more than prior generations had to do.

Pennington knows first-hand how effective advertising and mass communications campaigns work, having served as director of marketing for Tommy Hilfiger. Now, as managing director of Burning Media Group in New York City, he counsels major corporate clients like Coca Cola, IBM, MTV, and Sony, along with more religious-oriented organizations like the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University…. Listen to this at
http://www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/discourse/entry/15/14529

CHRISTIAN BIOCHEMIST: FIRST ‘SYNTHETIC CELL’ STRENGTHENS CASE FOR DESIGN
A biochemistry expert at the science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe is among those hailing the recent creation of the first-ever “synthetic cell,” though not for the same reasons as most.

From an apologetics standpoint, this is exciting work that I’m happy to see pursued and would like to see even more effort devoted toward this because it’s giving us a very powerful case for [Intelligent] Design,” said Dr. Fazle Rana on Friday, referring to the idea that holds certain aspects of nature are so complex that they could not have come about by evolution alone but instead point to an intelligent designer.

In fact, I even would go so far as to say that this is even a brand new class of arguments for Design,” he added during RTB’s flagship podcast.

On May 20, a group of scientists announced that it had successfully replaced all of the natural DNA inside a cell with laboratory-synthesized DNA, creating the first-ever “synthetic cell.”

The team, led by Craig Venter of the J. Craig Venter Institute, presented its findings in an article published on the website of the journal Science, run by the non-profit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100523/christian-biochemist-first-synthetic-cell-strengthens-case-for-design/index.html

See also “First synthetic cell raises concerns”
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=32990

CHART: BELIEFS ON CREATIONISM, EVOLUTION BY US REGION
The “East South Central” region of America is recorded as having the largest population who responded “definitely not true” to the statement “Humans evolved from animals.” See the chart at
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/05/the-people-arent-always-right-alabama-creationism/

HOW TO WRITE AN AWFUL WORSHIP SONG
by Stephen Altrogge
* Recycle A Love Song.
Write a song for your girlfriend. When she breaks up with you, convert it into a worship song. Be sure to change all uses of “girl” or “baby”.

* Use Time Tested Rhymes.
Make sure that you rhyme “love” and “above” at least twice. The song becomes doubly awful if you can also incorporate the word “dove”. Example: “You sent your love from above, makes my heart feel like a pure white dove.” You get the point.

* Be Vague About Your Theology
Make sure to avoid any theology at all costs. Don’t talk about atonement, wrath, or any other biblical concepts. You want your song to be all about feeling. Don’t let the mind get in the way. Repeat after me: “Worship is a warm feeling, sort of like heartburn, only better.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.theblazingcenter.com/2010/05/how-to-write-an-awful-worship-song.html

REVIVAL OF OUTDOOR BAPTISMAL SERVICES CONNECTS CHURCHES TO COMMUNITIES
Some Baptist churches are going back to the future — and making a statement to their communities in the process — by holding outdoor baptismal services resembling the ones Baptists held for hundreds of years before indoor baptisteries became standard.

In a public arena, baptism becomes a visual witness to the community. Christ Community Church chose the town square because it is across the street from where the congregation meets, but also to reinforce its mission of being a church with a heart for the city…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5185/53/

ACCEPTANCE
Acceptance is more than just being liked by someone. Jesus didn’t say to me, ‘John, if you just clean up a bit, if you just dress better, and read the Bible more, then I’ll let you into my family.’ Of course he is going to help me become my best self, but I don’t have to pretend to be any better than I am to be in Jesus’ circle. How did Jesus accept you? Just the way you are. When someone knows the embarrassing, humiliating truth about me and still accepts me, I come alive.

A few friends and I from college days get together once a year for an extended weekend to experience the fellowship that comes from knowing each other deeply over a long period of time. Most of the time I was with them, I tried to listen to myself speak as I might hear someone else, and I was struck by how much of what I say is designed to show how smart, how clever, or how funny I am, often at someone else’s expense. I found myself making my achievements sound more impressive than they are. I wasn’t sure that — if I were not me — I would actually like me.

I read recently that one sign of narcissism is that the desire to be admired is stronger than the desire to be liked. It was painful to read that, because I thought of how much it describes my own wound. While I was telling these things to my friends, I was suddenly seized by the thought of how lucky I was to have friends who love me, for I am broken. When I am in superficial relationships, I can forget my brokenness. But when I am with people who know me deeply and accept me fully, their acceptance touches my brokenness as a doctor touches the injured place on a patient’s body. Their very touch begins to heal, and through the mystery of the fellowship of acceptance, God’s Spirit flows.”
John Ortberg, from The Me I Want to Be

GOD’S BATTALIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH RODNEY STARK
Rodney Stark is a prominent and prolific sociologist and historian of religion. His Curriculum Vitae lists 28 books and 144 articles, many of which have reached a broad academic and popular audience. Often controversial, and known as a challenger of conventional wisdom, Stark once described himself as neither religious nor atheistic, but later came to understand himself as an “independent Christian.” After four decades as a professor, Stark is one of America’s preeminent scholars of religion, and serves as co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He spoke by phone with Timothy Dalrymple for Patheos’ Evangelical Portal about his latest book, God’s Battalions: the Case for the Crusades.
Q: You are well known as a buster of historical myths. Your latest book takes on one of what most Americans would consider a truism: that the Crusades were simply evil and irrational. Why reassess the Crusades?

A: Because the Crusades are often understood within a larger framework that says that Islam is the gentle faith and Christianity the violent one. Karen Armstrong would have us believe that Muhammad was a pacifist. Take Major Nidal Hassan, the man responsible for the Fort Hood massacre. Had an evangelical Christian of the nutty sort gotten up in front of Army psychiatrists and talked about how much he respected people who shot abortionists, he would have been out of the Army an hour later. But everybody tiptoes around the issue of Islam.

Several months after 9/11, former President Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University in which he apologized for the Crusades. He said we had much to be sorry about, and we bore some of the guilt for sending those airplanes plunging into the Twin Towers. Now, Clinton isn’t a nut. He’s not an anti-American. He’s just been miseducated. He’s been told a whole lot of nonsense about the Crusades.

The notion, for example, that the Crusaders went to get loot and land and riches is made absurd by the survival of hundreds and hundreds of mortgages that have been found in the archives at various monasteries and convents. These people mortgaged away everything they owned in order to get the money to march East. They went at enormous personal cost. Most of them died. They knew there wasn’t anything out there in the sand that was going to reward them for going.

The things I write about in this book are no secret among historians of the Crusades. I’m simply bringing their work to a popular audience. I quote those scholars at great length throughout the book. It struck me that the historians of the Crusades had not reached the public, and I would give it a shot…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Crusades-for-Christ

16-YEAR-OLD SAILOR CONTINUES HER SOLO VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD
Abby Sunderland has been training all her life in the art of sailing skills and seamanship. Since she was thirteen years old she has been dreaming of sailing solo around the world. Now at the age of sixteen her dream has become a reality. Abby set sail on January 23, 2010 from Marina Del Rey near Los Angeles, California on her Australian built 40 foot solo rigged sloop named “Wild Eyes.”

The Sunderland family lives in Thousand Oaks, California and Abby has an older brother, Zac, along with five younger siblings. Last year, Zac broke records by being the first person under the age of 18 to solo-circumnavigate the world in his 36 foot sailboat, “Intrepid.”

Zac’s voyage was quite an adventure riding out storms and avoiding close encounters with pirates. After a considerable amount of investigation and prayer, Abby and her parents, decided that it would be safer for the teen to pursue a non-stop voyage. The course would entail leaving Marina Del Rey in Southern California, sailing South to Cape Horn at the tip of South America, around the horn along the Drake Passage and then Eastward hugging the bottom portion of the world to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and back to California.

Abby is very well aware of the life threatening risks involved in such a voyage and it is quite a leap of faith for her and her parents who not only granted permission but to assisted, equipped and encouraged both their teenaged son and daughter for such a risky voyage. In a video interview posted on her web site, Abby’s father, Lawrence said, “We are Born Again Christians, and we don’t make any decision just based on feeling or even on sound knowledge. We also pray about it. The conviction of prayer and the answer to prayer has led to where we are with Abigail’s campaign and definitely has help in the whole process and scope of making decisions.”

Abby’s father puts it best when he said, “We have our dreams and our aspirations but we have to remember that the LORD is in control of everything.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2010/s10050149.htm

MAN WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED FOR DECADES HAPPY TO START RELEARNING LIFE
Meeting 54-year-old James Bain, the one thing that stands out is that the smile never seems to leave his face. He appears happy and positive, and the bitterness that might be buried inside a man who was wrongly sent to prison for 35 years is nowhere to be found.

“I kind of see myself as a man of God and being like Joseph,” he said. “In a sense, I feel like a bear, coming out of hibernation. Like, they come out to eat, mine would be coming out to enjoy what I have missed.”

Bain has missed a lot. His life was returned to him and his family in December, when a Florida judge freed him after DNA testing proved he did not kidnap and rape a 9-year-old boy in 1974 in Lake Wales, Florida.

During the past six months, Bain also has spoken to church groups and organizations. “I try to show whoever I’m speaking to about choices. That’s my key word. Choice. Only you can make it because you have to live with it,” he said. “My choice was snatched. … It was taken from me. They didn’t leave me no alternative. It’s like the old saying, the right place at the wrong time.” But Bain insists that he’s not bitter…. Read this in full at
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/24/life.after.prison/index.html?hpt=C1

DAFFYNITIONS
~ Excommunicated: Received a phone call from a former spouse

~ Protestants: Worker ants out to overthrow the Queen

~ Fanatic: To cool off the extreme upper portion of the house

~ Cauterize: Made eye contact with her

~ Donkey: Object that unlocks door to Godfather’s home

~ Icing: What I do when I shower

~ Understudy: Prepare inadequately for the exam

~ Current: The fee charged by Rent-A-Mutt

~ Paradise: What you shoot craps with

~ Store Detective: Counter spy

~ Cannibal: A guy who goes into a restaurant and orders the waiter

~ Infantry: A newly planted sapling
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CONSIDER
Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.”
Author Unknown

VERSE TO PONDER
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”
3 John 1:11

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: PENTECOSTAL POWER
Words & Music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1912

Lord, as of old, at Pentecost,
Thou didst Thy power display,
With cleansing, purifying flame,
Descend on us today.

Refrain
Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
Thy floodgates of blessing, on us throw open wide!
Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
That sinners be converted and Thy Name glorified!

For mighty works for Thee, prepare
And strengthen every heart;
Come, take possession of Thine own,
And never more depart.
Refrain

All self consume, all sin destroy!
With earnest zeal endue
Each waiting heart to work for Thee;
O Lord, our faith renew!
Refrain

Speak, Lord! before Thy throne we wait,
Thy promise we believe,
And will not let Thee go until
The blessing we receive.
Refrain

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/p/e/pentecop.htm

ON PRAYER
May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us.
May the way of God direct us.
May the shield of God defend us.
May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us.
Christ before us.
Christ in us.
Christ over us.
May Thy salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forever more.”
St. Patrick Breastplate

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
http://christiansincrisis.net/

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

Haunting photos of Gulf of Mexico oil spill
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100524/sc_ynews/ynews_sc2199

How to Buy a Used Car
http://artofmanliness.com/2010/04/11/how-to-buy-a-used-car/

Octopus steals underwater camera from diver – while it’s recording
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/822023-octopus-steals-underwater-camera-from-diver-while-its-recording

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.)

Live so the preacher won’t have to tell lies at your funeral.
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank@gmail.com

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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 in Chicago, IL.
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