CONNECTIONS – 09/26/10

For week of September 26, 2010
Issue 323

The weekly 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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Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Hebrews 13:1-2

CONSIDER
“Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.”
Martin Luther

DENVER SEMINARY’S VERNON GROUNDS DIES AT 96
Vernon Grounds, chancellor of Denver Seminary and a prominent founder of the evangelical movement, died on September 12 in Wichita, Kansas. He was 96…. Read this in full at

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2010/09/denver_seminary.html

HOW P*RN DAMAGES WOMEN — AND WHAT CHURCHES CAN DO ABOUT IT
If you’ve heard the word p*rn in church recently, in a small group or from the pulpit, chances are you hardly blinked. Thanks to ministries like Promise Keepers and Operation Integrity, the research of sex addiction expert Patrick Carnes and neuroscientist William Struthers, and individuals courageous enough to admit they have a problem, American churches have squarely faced porn’s destructive and tragic effects. We know p*rn is highly addictive, and we have more tools than ever to break its stranglehold. Praise God.

If you are a man, that is. On the whole, US churches have been slower to see how pornography — a multibillion-dollar industry that dominates the Internet and becomes more violent by the minute — hurts more than the men addicted to it. Pastors, counselors, and Christian families should realize and begin addressing how porn hurts women in particular. Three sets of women come to mind.

1. Women Who Use Porn
2. Women in the Porn Industry

3. Any Woman You Know

…. Read this in full at

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/september/24.71.html

HOW CHURCHES ARE MINISTERING TO SOCIETY’S MOST DESPISED
by Marian V. Liautaud

The first time Craig read the Bible was two decades ago, when he was in a county jail. “I’m a voracious reader, and after I had read all the paperbacks in the unit, I finally picked up the Bible and devoured it in four days.”

When the prison chaplain asked Craig if he was willing to accept Christ as his Savior, he answered with a question: “Would Christ accept me?” Craig (who asked that his real name not be used) was serving a sentence for multiple sexual assault and abuse—crimes he committed against his young daughter and another girl.

Anglican theologian N. T. Wright states in Simply Christian that every society has one unforgiveable sin. Many would argue that the unforgiveable sin today is the sexual abuse of children.

Craig accepted God’s pardon for his unforgiveable sin through Christ. He has been living under grace since then, but he still struggles with the consequences of what he did. “No one ever grows up thinking they’re going to become a sex offender,” he says. “One of God’s greatest gifts is a child’s innocence. I live with the knowledge that I destroyed this in these girls’ lives.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/september/21.49.html

NH HIGH COURT: SEX OFFENDER CAN’T ATTEND CHURCH
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied a sex offender’s request that he be allowed to attend church with a chaperone. Jonathan Perfetto of Manchester was convicted of possessing child pornography and released from prison in 2008. Though a court ordered him to have no contact with children, he had asked to attend Jehovah’s Witnesses services chaperoned by a church elder…. Read this in full at

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=23399

GRATITUDE
“From the greatest of all gifts, salvation in Christ, to the material blessings of any ordinary day (hot water, a pair of legs that work, a cup of coffee, a job to do and strength to do it), every good gift comes down from the Father of Lights. Every one of them is to be received gladly and, like gifts people give us, with thanks. Sometimes we want things we were not meant to have. Because He loves us, the Father says no. Faith trusts that no. Faith is willing not to have what God is not willing to give. Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation. It is enough to know His promise to give what is good. He knows so much more about that than we do.”
Elizabeth Elliot

JONI EARECKSON TADA INTERVIEW
Paralyzed for more than 40 years, Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the longest living quadriplegics on record. She’s also a bestselling evangelical author, an acclaimed artist, and an internationally-known advocate for people with disabilities. In this interview, Tada talks about her work and how she maintains her faith amid serious struggles, including a recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/

YOGA POSES DANGERS TO GENUINE CHRISTIAN FAITH: THEOLOGIAN
A leading Baptist theologian says the ancient practice of yoga, bound to Hinduism, is wrong for Christians, that poses like saluting the sun (a Sarah Palin favorite pose, FYI) instead of focusing on the Son, is breathing in trouble.

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, blogs today about a new book by Stefanie Syman, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, calling it “a masterpiece of cultural history” even as he decries her findings.

Syman, a 15-year-yoga devotee, proclaims yoga is now so mainstream, so sanitized of spiritual connotations that it can be touted on the White House Lawn during the annual easter egg roll…. Read this in full at
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/09/yoga-christian-mohler-palin/1

THE THINGS YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT
“I love the illusion of being able to do it all, and I’m fascinated with people who seem to do that, who have challenging careers and beautiful homes and vibrant minds and well-tended abs. Throw in polite children and a garden, and I’m coming over for lessons.

“Out to lunch one day with my friend Denise, I asked her about it. Denise is a mother of four, and a grandmother, and she works and writes and travels and cooks, and … she seems settled in some fundamental way.

“And this is what Denise told me: she said it’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about. Her words from that day have been rattling around inside me for years now.

“She was right. Deciding what I wanted wasn’t that hard. But deciding what I’m willing to give up for those things is like yoga for your superego, stretching and pushing and ultimately healing that nasty little person inside of you who exists only for what people think.”
Shauna Niequist, from her book Bittersweet

WHO IS CHRIST?
“In his life Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest.”
Martin Luther

WHERE’S YOUR CHURCH’S MONEY?
by Scott Bader-Saye

The classic film It’s a Wonderful Life is making a comeback — not as a nostalgic feel-good story but as the centerpiece of a campaign to change the way we bank. It’s George Bailey versus Mr. Potter played out at the local ATM.

The Move Your Money project began as a New Year’s resolution at the Huffington Post website. The project enlisted filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to create a mashup YouTube video (which has attracted over 518,000 views) that combines clips from It’s a Wonderful Life with C-Span footage and commentary to urge people to move their money from scandal-ridden megabanks to local institutions. In response to the housing crisis, predatory lending, subprime loans and rampant gambling on derivatives, individuals can change the banking industry by moving their money from the six largest banks — Citi, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — to community banks or credit unions.

This sentiment was echoed in a recent announcement from the Appleseed Fund, a socially responsible mutual fund, which declared that it would no longer invest in what it counts as the five “too big to fail” banks (unlike Move Your Money, Appleseed does not include Wells Fargo in the list because that bank’s derivative holdings are less than $10 trillion). Appleseed is the first socially conscious investing firm to exclude banks from its investments — in effect adding banking practices to other issues of moral concern, such as alcohol, tobacco, pornography, working conditions, environmental impact and weapons production…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2010-09/where-s-your-church-s-money

HAS GOD LEFT EUROPE FOR GOOD?
He’s still not dead, but these days in Europe, He’s not always in the same old places. So it’s worth asking: Where has God — and Christian faith — gone?…. Read this in full at

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,457339-1,00.html

COME TO HIS TABLE
“Eventually we find our way to the table with clean hands, get water cups distributed, napkins placed, and the appropriate level of utensil technology before each child. We sit. There is talking and eating at the young heathen end of the table, until I remind them that we are going to bless the food, that we always bless the food, that we have been blessing the food since before they were born and have done so every day of their short lives, and that if they don’t start remembering this soon their lives will not get any longer.

“We hold hands. There is silence, for once. Isaiah John has been watching us pray these past weeks, and so now he reaches out his food-sticky hand and places it atop his mother’s hand, which rests in my own. He smiles at me as he does it. I thank God for the food, though really I am thanking him for all of it — for the good and the bad and especially for them, without whom all my meals would be lonely and quiet and pointless. Then there is the sound of them eating and being fed, and I remember that in many churches Communion is referred to as ‘coming to the table.’ I wonder if this is how God feels when we come to his table, providing and being fed and being poured out all at once.”
Tony Woodlief, in his book Somewhere More Holy

BILLY GRAHAM TV SPECIAL RECAPS 60 YEARS OF MINISTRY
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has released a television special chronicling its 60 years of ministry. “My father was always willing to go anywhere, anytime, anyplace to preach the gospel, and we are still doing that,” Franklin Graham says in the program. “Everything that we do at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is geared around taking this Gospel message to the ends of the earth.” The television special features rare footage from Billy Graham’s historic visits to preach the Gospel in communist countries in Eastern Europe, along with audio and video from the ministry’s earliest national radio and television broadcasts. Watch it online at

http://www.billygraham.org/specialsections/tv/TV_Index.asp?QR=163

VERSE TO PONDER
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
Philippians 3:14-15

CONSIDER
“It is not enough for us to say: “I love God, but I do not love my neighbor.” Saint John says that you are a liar if you love God and you don’t love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so this is very important for us to realize, that love, to be true, has to hurt.”
Mother Teresa, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1979

PEW STUDY: RELIGION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN DECIPHERING PUBLIC OPINION
While a number of Americans cite religion as the most important influence on shaping their opinion on key social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and the death penalty, religious attitudes play a substantially lesser role when it comes to opinions on poverty, immigration and the environment.

So shows a recent nationwide poll — the 2010 annual religion and public life survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Same-sex marriage is the leading issue where respondents say religion belief is the most important influence in their opinion — at 35%, including 60% of those identifying themselves as conservative and 5% of liberals. Following that are abortion and the death penalty, at 26% and 19%, respectively.
Conversely, government assistance to the poor and hungry (10%), immigration (7%) and the environment (6%) are the issues where the fewest respondents say religious beliefs take the top role in forming opinion…. Read this in full at

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700067369/Pew-study-Religion-plays-key-role-in-deciphering-public-opinion.html

WHERE GOD MEETS MANKIND
“God never wanted to treat people as enemies. He wanted to treat them as friends, hoping they would trust him. It was only when Israel refused to trust him that God added the law (see Gal 3:19). But that addition, said Paul, could not subtract from the covenant or promise given to Abraham (see Gal 3:17). God had always wanted man to come to him in simple trust as a child to its Father.

“Enter Jesus. Full of grace and truth. Full of love and kindness. And, dare we say it, full of fun. No wonder the tax collectors and sinners loved him! Jesus loved them, accepted them, and, to the horror of the religious establishment, enjoyed their company. He was the fulfillment of Amos’s prophecy [Amos 9:11-12]. He was the tabernacle of David (see John 1:14), the place where God meets ‘the rest of mankind’ (Acts 15:17). He was God living in a human tent, totally approachable to the vilest sinner. Totally accepting of the worst offender (see John 8:10-11).”
John Sheasby with Ken Gire, in the book The Birthright

ECFA POLICY POSITION MAKES CASE FOR PROTECTING FAITH-BASED HIRING RIGHTS
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has released a policy position that details the importance of preserving faith-based hiring rights for churches and other religious organizations at a time when Congress and the courts are questioning these rights.

Available for free viewing at http://www.ecfa.org, the policy position is the first in a series that ECFA will release in coming weeks. Topics also will include charitable deductions and tax-exempt status.

The position on faith-based hiring rights describes how the right to hire employees who hold the same faith is essential not only to ECFA and its nearly 1,500 Christian member organizations, but all religious entities that adhere to explicit statements of faith as the foundation for their operations and services…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/ecfa_policy_position_makes_case_for_protecting_faith_based_hiring_rights/

JOSH MCDOWELL TO HEADLINE APOLOGETICS FUNDRAISER WITH GLOBAL IMPACT
Josh McDowell, speaker and co-author of the best-selling Unshakable Truth, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker of the annual fundraising event for The Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR) on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The event will be held at the historic Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California and has featured such prominent apologists as Norman Geisler, Ron Rhodes, and Greg Koukl.

CFAR’s counter-cult and evangelistic work in the former Soviet Union will be highlighted throughout the dinner by testimony and by nationals who serve with CFAR “on the ground” in Russia. Both McDowell and CFAR are known for their commitment to the people of Russia. McDowell has received several official honors for humanitarian aid delivered through Operation Carelift. In the early 1990s, CFAR established the first and only evangelical countercult ministry of its kind in that nation…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8722615047.html

THE JOB TEST
To see if you would fit into our work environment, we have come up with a test for you to take when you arrive for your interview. To give people an equal footing, here are questions similar to the ones that will be on the test.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Read each question carefully. Answer all questions in full. Time limit: 4 hours. Begin immediately.

BIOLOGY:
Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system. Prove your thesis.

ART:
Recreate sound in 3D. Include all reference material.

ECONOMICS:
Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. Trace the possible effects of your plan in the following areas: Cubism, the Donatist controversy, and the wave theory of light. Outline a method for preventing these effects. Criticize this method from all points of view.

EPISTEMOLOGY:
Take a position for and against truth. Argue with yourself and lose. If you win, keep trying.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:
Describe in detail. Be objective and specific.

MEDICINE:
Your test administrator will provide you with a razor blade, a piece of gauze and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.

MUSIC:
Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a trumpet under your seat.

PHILOSOPHY:
Sketch the development of human thought. Next, sketch the thoughts you had while sketching the development of human thought. Now scribble. Compare and contrast the three sketches, estimating the significance of the differences.

GOVERNMENT:
There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III. Report in detail on its socio-political effects, if any.

SOCIOLOGY:
If you were an extinct society, what would you do?

PUBLIC SPEAKING:
2,500 riot-crazed Aborigines will storm the testing room at the beginning of the fourth hour. Calm them. You may use any ancient language, except Latin or Greek.

EXTRA CREDIT:
Define the universe; give three examples.
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CONSIDER
“”Listen!” … I could spend the rest of my life pondering on the implications of that one word. It plunges me at once into a personal relationship. It takes me away from the danger of talking about God and not communing with [God].”
Esther de Waal, A Life-Giving Way

VERSE TO PONDER
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 10:17-19

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: PRAISE TO GOD, IMMORTAL PRAISE
Words: Anna L. Barbauld, 1772

Music: Johann R. Ahle, 1664

Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days;

Bounteous Source of every joy,

Let Thy praise our tongues employ.

Flocks that whiten all the plain;
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain;

Clouds that drop their fattening dews,

Suns that temperate warmth diffuse.

All that Spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o’er the smiling land;

All that liberal Autumn pours

From her rich o’erflowing stores.

These to Thee, my God, we owe,
Source whence all our blessings flow;

And for these my soul shall raise

Grateful vows and solemn praise.

Yet, should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the ripening ear;

Should the fig tree’s blasted shoot

Drop her green untimely fruit,

Should the vine put forth no more,
Nor the olive yield her store;

Though the sickening flocks should fall,

And the herds desert the stall,

Yet to Thee my soul shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise;

And, when every blessing’s flown

Love Thee for Thyself alone.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/p/t/p2godimm.htm

ON PRAYER
The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity… If we want to see mighty works of Divine grace and power wrought, in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let [us] answer God’s standing challenge, ‘Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), included in Good News for Russia, ed. Jesse Wendell Brooks, Chicago: The Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1918, p. 32


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 us to add you to our prayer chain 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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Top 10 Creative Ways to Store Your Stuff
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KidRex Safe Search for Kids
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15 Web Alternatives to Popular Desktop Software
http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/15-web-alternatives-to-popular-desktop-software/

All links to websites are provided as a service, and do not imply endorsement by this ministry.

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A smart man only believes half of what he hears. A wise man knows which half.
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.
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