CONNECTIONS News – 03/10/2013

Connecting man to man to God
For week of March 10, 2013
Issue 450

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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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • YOU MAY HAVE SOMETHING THAT MICHAEL JORDAN DOESN’T
  • WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD ANYMORE
  • THE REAL DEFINITION OF A GOSPEL-CENTERED LEADER
  • DOCTOR WHO ‘CURED’ BABY WITH AIDS GUIDED BY PRAYER, FAITH
  • WHY CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS SHOULD OPPOSE TEACHING THE BIBLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • HOW TO DEAL WITH DISAGREEABLE ASPECTS OF CHRISTIANITY
  • CHRISTIANS ARE NOW WORLD’S MOST PERSECUTED RELIGION
  • STUDY: RELIGIOUS PARENTS’ DIVORCE MAY CAUSE CHILDREN TO LEAVE THE CHURCH
  • FRIDAY NIGHT ARCHIVE REPLAY
  • MUCH MORE . . .

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
– Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

     CONSIDER
How often do we attempt work for God to the limit of our incompetency, rather than the limit of God’s omnipotence?”
– J. Hudson Taylor

     YOU MAY HAVE SOMETHING THAT MICHAEL JORDAN DOESN’T
by Daniel Darling
I recently came across this brilliant ESPN piece on Michael Jordan by Wright Thompson. The article, a transparent window into the soul of this great athlete, left me a bit sad for Michael….

I want to tread lightly here, because I don’t know the state of Michael Jordan’s soul. But viewing Michael from afar, it seems to me that the one thing the world’s greatest athlete doesn’t have, but desperately wants is something even the poorest follower of Jesus has: peace with God. I don’t want to be crass here. I’m not saying that all Christians are always happy all the time. The same afflictions that torment the world torment God’s people: depression, anxiety, temptation, and idolatry.

And yet, it strikes me that you can gain the whole world as Michael has done and yet not find peace for your own soul. All my life it seems people have wanted to be Michael Jordan. Who wouldn’t trade places with him? The talent, the endorsements, the money, the fame. And yet… if you know Jesus Christ, you might have something Michael Jordan has searched his whole life for. You have, through Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, something that often eludes the famous and rich. You have peace with God, which gives you the peace of God…. Read this in full at
http://www.faithvillage.com/article/e826f72cc3a348d398b2ee8b630805b7/you_may_have_something_that_michael_jordan_doesnt

     THE THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST JESUS FOR
by Clare De Graaf
There are some things you should never trust Jesus for.” That was a statement I made standing before 150 high school students one Sunday morning at my church, a few years back. I didn’t throw that line out just to get their attention. I meant it.

In the weeks preceding that Sunday, I’d had two different conversations, which troubled me.

The first was a 40-something man, I didn’t know all that well, who was unemployed. After some small talk, he told me with great enthusiasm about this job he’d applied for. “I’m really trusting Jesus to get me this job,” he gushed hopefully. “Would you pray for me?” I did, of course, but alarm bells were going off.

The second was a high school girl in a small group at my church, whose parents were going through a messy divorce. She, too, was “trusting” Jesus to put her parents’ marriage back together again.

Now, I know what each of these people meant when they said they were trusting Jesus. They were asking God to do something they desperately wanted done in their lives. That’s fair. I do the same thing all the time.

But, here’s what bothered me and this is how I addressed it that Sunday morning…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2013/03/04/the-things-you-should-never-trust-jesus-for/

     WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD ANYMORE
by Peter Enns
I don’t believe in God anymore. I used to, though.

This is a choice I’ve made. “Belief” in God connotes–at least as I see it–a set of ideas about God that may, if time allows, eventually make their way to other parts of my being.

The older I get, making sure all my “beliefs” of God are lined up as they should be loses more and more of its luster. I see the Bible focusing a lot more on something far more demanding: trust.

Try it. Which is harder to say? I believe in God or I trust God? …. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2013/03/why-i-dont-believe-in-god-anymore/

     DINNER WITH JESUS
by William H. Willimon
It’s odd, even for the odd Gospel of John. Jesus is in Bethany entertained by his good friends Mary and Martha. (John 12:1-11.) John casually remarks that Lazarus, whom Jesus has just raised from the dead, is there at the table.

Lazarus whom he has just raised from the dead? Are you kidding?

Imagine being seated at that dinner table. “You know our rabbi, Jesus, don’t you? And seated next to him is our brother Lazarus, who died last week. Thanks to Jesus, he’s back among the living. No tell-tale grave stench, even. Please make yourself comfortable between them.”

Settling uneasily in your seat, just being polite, you ask the table companion on your right, “Had a good week?” …. Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/article/entry/3669/dinner-with-jesus

     PALM SUNDAY
by Tom Barnard
“The crowd was clueless. They never got it right. They shouted praises. He wept. They looked for a warrior-king riding a white stallion. They got a carpenter riding a donkey. They wanted hype. They got a healer. They wanted a prophet. They got One who fulfilled prophecy. They wanted a scepter. They got a Savior. They got nothing they asked for but everything they needed. Only they never got it. They were clueless. Jesus was the only One there who really knew what was happening on that first Palm Sunday.

“It’s so easy to become like those people in Jerusalem. We think we know what’s going on, but we really don’t have a clue. We have a bad week, and we blame God. Our kids act out, and we blame the school. We work two jobs and wonder why things aren’t better at home. Jesus comes to our town, and He wants to help; but we don’t recognize Him for who He is. We think He will be impressed with our boats and our businesses and our stuff. He is not. He wants our hearts. That’s what Palm Sunday is all about.”
http://www.preaching.com/sermon-illustrations/11688474/

     SOMETHING NEW TO GIVE UP FOR LENT
by Rick Marschall
A friend of mine posted a note this week: “I just received a phone call from a friend asking for prayer for another friend whose daughter is likely caught in a human trafficking ring… We must know that it is around us! It can happen to any of our families. Please keep spreading the word and educating our kids and teens in preventive measures.”

My friend, Cheryl Hults Meakins, is doing great and necessary work, currently as Chair for Ministries of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice for the Women Ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Midwest Conference. Important work that inspires me when I hear of it. And so many others. I admire the work that people do to serve others…. Read this in full at
http://www.mondayministry.com/blog/2013/03/03/something-new-to-give-up-for-lent/

     THE SIGHTLESS, WORDLESS, HELPLESS THEOLOGIAN
by Marshall Shelley
If a theologian is one who communicates the nature of God, one of the most effective theologians I’ve ever met was a child who never spoke a word.

When Mandy was born, the first utterance by the attending physician was “uh-oh.” Then, “We need to measure that head.”

To me, the proud father, this baby daughter looked as normal as our previous two. But to a neonatalogist’s well-calibrated eye, the head seemed small. And he was right. Instead of a normal 35 cm circumference, Mandy’s checked in at 31 cm.

We soon learned that Mandy’s condition was called microcephaly (small brain), and it might cause some mental limitations. But over the next few months, we realized the severity of those limits. Mandy faced severe and profound retardation…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2013/march-online-only/sightless-wordless-helpless-theologian.html

     THE REAL DEFINITION OF A GOSPEL-CENTERED LEADER
by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Gieger
Leadership is a hot topic. Myriads of books dissect it from every angle, universities offer doctoral degrees on it, and leadership gurus debate over the exact combination of personality types and attributes that make the perfect leader.

While much of this conversation is profitable, perhaps the attempt to produce a formula for making the ultimate leader has caused us to lose the wonder of God’s providence in choosing and using leaders. Throughout history, God has raised up men and women, some weak and some strong, some smart and some slow, in certain seasons and certain situations, to accomplish His overarching purposes in the world. A distinctly Christian understanding of leadership must be biblically rooted and theologically formed…. Read this in full at
http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/165696-the-gospel-centered-leader.html

     ERIC METAXAS TO CHRISTIAN CEOS: HAVE YOU LOST THE JOY OF SERVING GOD?
Bestselling author Eric Metaxas addressed over 300 CEOs and executives of religious broadcasting outlets March 3, challenging them to experience or publicly demonstrate the “joy” that only Jesus Christ can bring into their lives and the lives of people in the world.

“The question is – especially for those of us who are professionals in the religious business – have you lost the joy of serving Jesus?” he asked the industry leaders. “Sometimes it is easier for those of us in this room to lose sight of this.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/news/eric-metaxas-have-you-lost-the-joy-of-serving-god-91156/

     BE IN THE MOMENT
by Rick Tocquigny, author of Life Lessons
We tend to live in the future, not in the present.

Can you stand still for a few minutes and watch our Creator’s artistic skills at work? Happiness and peace are staring you in the face. Tranquility and beauty are there for you to behold.

In 2009, it happened for me. Mindfulness traveled with me to Italy. Toting a sketchpad and pencil, I sauntered into the Academia and had a stare-down with Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Looking for happiness in front of my face rather than in the future, I sat in front of a masterpiece and doodled. Flowing clockwise around David, finding the best seat for a better view at each location, I drew every detail of Michelangelo’s creation. I had never noticed all the details because I had never before been in the moment.

Travelers and art enthusiasts would look over my shoulder, some admiring the sketch and others wondering if this old artist would make the grade in school.

The moment was transforming and humbling. Time stopped. Mindfulness was liberating, youthful, and blew away all preoccupations. The mindfulness pilot light had been lit, and it has now become an ongoing flame.

What lay ahead was yet to be seen. Finding myself in a moment and saying, “Hello, sir, and welcome back,” was a moment of grace, joy, euphoria, and epiphany. It altered my entire outlook.

Above All Else: Be in the moment; enjoy the present; take it all in. Capture each unique window of time with comments such as, “There is nothing quite like this exact moment.”

Think hard: How do you live out your life with mindfulness and remember to be in the present? How can you practice being in the present to God in your worship and praise this weekend? Leave a comment on our blog and share your thoughts with others.

     GOD SAID IT, AND THAT UNSETTLES IT
by Ronnie McBrayer
The goal of the Scriptures is not to give us ideas about religion; or to build theological armaments against those who believe differently than we do, or to answer all of our questions. It is to bring us face to face with Christ, and to become like him…. Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/blog/entry/3677/god-said-it-and-that-unsettles-it

     VERSE TO PONDER
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God.
– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (CEB)

     CONSIDER
Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.”
– Frederick Faber

     INSIDE THE COMPLICATED FAITH OF JOHNNY CASH
by Dave Urbanski
Pinning down Johnny Cash in any way, shape, or form is impossible. He made it impossible. He never intended to be categorized or pigeonholed. He recorded with Bob Dylan, then turned around and played for Richard Nixon. He embraced the radical social justice movements of the ’60s and flew high Old Glory. He protested Vietnam and played for the troops.

The revelation is that Cash lived long enough and hard enough to embody a host of personas — and they’re all true. Songwriter. Six-string strummer. Storyteller. Country boy. Rock star. Folk hero. Preacher. Poet. Drug addict. Rebel. Sinner. Saint. Victim. Survivor. Home wrecker. Husband. Father. And more.

A writer once tried to paint Cash into a corner, baiting him to acknowledge a single denominational persuasion at the center of his heart. Finally, Cash laid down the law: “I — as a believer that Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew, the Christ of the Greeks, was the Anointed One of God (born of the seed of David, upon faith as Abraham has faith, and it was accounted to him for righteousness) — am grafted onto the true vine, and am one of the heirs of God’s covenant with Israel.”

“What?” the writer replied.

“I’m a Christian,” Cash shot back. “Don’t put me in another box.”

So, exactly what “kind” of Christian was Cash? …. Read this in full at
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/music/inside-complicated-faith-johnny-cash

     SURPRISING STATS ON HOW MANY MOVIES EVANGELICALS WATCHED IN 2012
According to a new survey of American adults by the Barna Group, faith determines a person’s movie-going habits more than almost any other demographic factor except age — especially if you’re an evangelical Christian. Evangelicals reported seeing an average of 2.7 movies in theaters last year, an average bigger than any of the age groups except those aged 18 to 28, who saw an average of 3.4 movies. The evangelical average is a full movie more than the national adult average, and just shy of the average of 3 films seen by those professing no religion. Large numbers of evangelicals turned out to see summer blockbusters like “The Avengers” (42% of evangelicals reported seeing it) and “The Hunger Games” (36%). Fewer evangelicals reported seeing “Skyfall” (12%), “Argo” (3%) and “Lincoln” (3%)…. Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2013/02/surprising-stats-on-how-many-movies-evangelicals-watched-in-2012.html

     BILLY GRAHAM ON NEARING HOME
Do Well magazine interview Billy Graham.

Q: Your earliest ambition was to be a Major League Baseball player, performing in huge outdoor stadiums. Certainly the last part came true. How would you compare the experience of preaching the gospel to your dream of hitting a walk-off grand slam?

BG: Instead of a bat in hand at home plate, I had what I now know is a much greater privilege: to stand behind a pulpit, with Bible in hand, immersed in the power of the Holy Spirit. I was not performing before fan-filled bleachers but pronouncing the Word of God to sin-filled ears searching for truth.

Now, all these years later, I still enjoy watching a batter successfully cross home plate, but nothing thrills me more than seeing the Holy Spirit at work in hearts as the Gospel is carried into stadiums, across the airwaves and around the world. A baseball may be driven into the farthest corner of the largest stadium, but the Word of God travels to the farthest corners of the earth, proclaiming the Good News of salvation. It still excites me just to think about the impact…. Read this interview (PDF) in full at
http://crown.org/Press/docs/Billy_Graham_Nearing_Home.pdf

     THE CONSTITUTION & ITS BENEFITS TO CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA
by Stephen Douglas Wilson
March 4 is the 224th anniversary of the United States operating under its Constitution. Created in 1787, the document endured without legal standing for a year and a half as the different states sought to ratify it. The republic started functioning on the basis of the document on March 4, 1789. On that date the first Congress convened. Two years later, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were added in 1791. These additions gave the new republic a strong Bill of Rights that protected the liberties of individual citizens…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39808

     DOCTOR WHO ‘CURED’ BABY WITH AIDS GUIDED BY PRAYER, FAITH
The doctor who made headlines for apparently curing a baby girl born with AIDS began her work in pediatric HIV after observing the spread of the disease while as a missionary in Africa.

Hannah Gay, a Southern Baptist and doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is responsible for the aggressive, early treatment being heralded as a “functional cure” for a two-year-old girl who now continues to test negative for HIV.

Hannah Gay and her husband, Paul, worked as missionaries in Ethiopia for several years as the HIV epidemic hit in the ’80s, and when they returned, Gay started her extensive work to prevent transmission of HIV to newborns and treat children infected with the disease, Baptist Press reported…. Read this in full at
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2013/03/doctor_who_cured_baby_with_hiv_guided_by_faith.html

     WHY CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS SHOULD OPPOSE TEACHING THE BIBLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
by Jonathan Merritt
Should Christians support teaching the Bible in America’s public schools?

The answer as I see it is a resounding “no.” Yes, the Bible has been a primary document of Western civilization. Yes, it is bursting with widely applicable wisdom and knowledge. But, no, Christians should still not support it being taught in public schools.

Too much of this debate has centered around the question of *if* teaching the Bible is appropriate in a public school setting, but few recognize that the question of *how* is far more contentious. The strongest support for implementing such a curriculum comes presumably from conservative evangelicals who mostly claim to read the Scriptures literally. They assume the Bible would be taught accordingly, but it most certainly will not…. Read this in full at
http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/03/04/why-conservative-christians-should-oppose-teaching-the-bible-in-public-school/

     ‘THE BIBLE & SEX’ DEBATED AT SEMINARY
Does the Bible present a clear message on sexual ethics? Or does the text send mixed messages on the subject?

Speakers at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary addressed the matter recently. New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., said the Bible upholds only two options when it comes to sex: monogamous heterosexual marriage or celibacy in singleness.

But New Testament scholar Jennifer Wright Knust of Boston University, also speaking at the seminary’s Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum Feb. 15, said the biblical message on sex is not clear at all. She assessed the Bible’s treatment of sex as “complicated and contradictory.” Knust promotes a sexual ethic she considers “biblically-informed,” but ultimately it is developed within the context of a modern Christian community…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39818

Related: “Profs debate whether Bible has many meanings”
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39819

     PROF SAYS ETHICS MORE THAN MORAL CHOICE
Christian ethics involve more than guidelines for making decisions, a Texas theologian said in the sixth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics Feb. 28-March 1 at Howard Payne University.

The moral life cannot be reduced to the isolated moment of decision,” said Jeph Holloway, a professor at East Texas Baptist University.

Holloway spoke on the practice of Christian moral discernment at the lecture series established in 2008 by an endowment honoring former Texas Baptists Committed leader David Currie and Phil Strickland, longtime head of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission who died in 2006.

That we habitually think about ethics as focused on making the right decision is itself a modern habit,” Holloway said. “When we recognize that such is the case, we can at least entertain the prospect that is a habit we might be able to break.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/8283-prof-says-ethics-more-than-moral-choice

     DR. ROBERT EMMONS REVEALS WHY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE CULTIVATE GRATITUDE MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN OTHERS
Dr. Robert Emmons, research professor and an expert on the scientifically measured benefits of gratitude, is sharing his wisdom based on more than a decade of research in his new book, “Gratitude Works!: 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity,” releasing April 1 from Jossey-Bass…. Read this in full at
http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2013/03/08/dr-robert-emmons-reveals-why-religious-people-cultivate-gratitude-more-effectively-than-others/

     HOW TO DEAL WITH DISAGREEABLE ASPECTS OF CHRISTIANITY
by William Lane Craig
There are certainly aspects of Christianity that people will find disagreeable to one extent or another. I take it that what you consider unusual about your case is that these disagreeable features of Christianity do not elicit in you an emotional reaction, as is the case with so many other unbelievers, but are simply a source of intellectual puzzlement which is an obstacle to Christian commitment. So how can one deal with these disagreeabilities? …. Read this in full at
http://www.reasonablefaith.org/how-to-deal-with-disagreeable-aspects-of-christianity

     CATHOLICS ON THE EVANGELICAL TRAIL
The words “Evangelical Catholic” may sound like a novel concept or a peculiar combination to some Protestants, but the phrase signifies a movement that reaches back more than a century in time. It is only in more recent years, however, that Catholicism’s “evangelical” turn has acquired definite form and substance. Since Pope John Paul II articulated a new vision of lay evangelization in encyclicals such as Redemptoris Missio (1990), Evangelical Catholicism has captured the hearts and imaginations of faithful Catholics around the globe, spawning radio and television networks, colleges, a myriad of lay-led apostolates (“ministries” in Protestant parlance), and many other fresh initiatives.

In Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic Books), George Weigel reflects on how this movement came about and how it promises to transform both the Catholic Church and the surrounding society. Chris Castaldo, director of the Ministry for Gospel Renewal at Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center, spoke with Weigel about obstacles facing Evangelical Catholicism, from secular hostility to challenges inside the church…. Read this interview in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/march-web-only/weigel-catholics-on-evangelical-trail.html

     CHRISTIANS ARE NOW WORLD’S MOST PERSECUTED RELIGION
Evelyn Gordon writes that Christianity has replaced Judaism as the world’s most persecuted religion: In recent months, a new consensus has emerged: For the first time in millennia, Judaism has lost its title as the world’s most persecuted religion; today, that dubious honor goes to Christianity. “Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers,” wrote Rupert Shortt in a 54-page report for the London-based Civitas institute in December, which meticulously documented their persecution on a country-by-country basis. Even politicians have begun grasping this fact: German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly deemed Christianity “the most persecuted religion in the world” in November. In short, as one commentator put it last week, Christians have become the new Jews…. Read this in full at
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/02/christians-are-now-worlds-most-persecuted-religion.php

     JUST IN TIME FOR PASSOVER, ISRAEL BRACES FOR LOCUST INVASION
With Passover just three weeks away, the timing of a massive infestation of locusts in Egypt is striking many Israelis as downright biblical, the Religion News Service reports. Millions of the grasshopper-like insects swarmed Israel’s southern neighbor, damaging crops. Some have since made their way to southern Israel. On the eve of Passover, which this year begins at sundown on March 25, Jews around the world will recall the Exodus story and the 10 plagues that God sent to Egypt because the pharaoh refused to free the Israelites from captivity. Locusts were the eighth plague; the pharaoh relented after the 10th plague and the Israelites left, but the Egyptian army pursued them until the soldiers drowned in the sea. The last sporadic swarm of locusts was eight years ago, said Keith Cressman, the senior locust forecasting officer at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters in Rome. Cressman said the insects started along the Sudan-Egypt border after breeding and got caught up in a weather system that carried them north and east.
http://www.religiontoday.com/columnists/israel-insights/in-time-for-passover-israel-braces-locust-invasion.html

See Photos: Locusts plague Holy Land
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/06/middleeast/gallery/locusts-israel/index.html

     PERSIAN EMPIRE TREASURE BEGINS U.S. TOUR
The Cyrus Cylinder (http://cyruscylinder2013.com/) — an ancient clay piece considered the oldest declaration of human rights — is in the US for the first time. The symbol of Persian tolerance arrives in Washington as formal relations between Iran and the U.S. remain strained. Renee Montagne talks to professor Ahmad Karimi of the University of Maryland about the history of this ancient cultural icon….. Read this in full at
http://www.npr.org/2013/03/08/173788539/persian-empire-treasure-begins-u-s-tour

     STUDY: RELIGIOUS PARENTS’ DIVORCE MAY CAUSE CHILDREN TO LEAVE THE CHURCH
A new study has found that the children of religious couples are much more likely to leave the religion if their parents get divorced.

The study, published March 5 in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, found that children who had two religious parents who get divorced are twice as likely to become estranged from their church as adults compared to people whose parents didn’t get divorced…. Read this in full at
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/05/study-religious-parents-divorce-may-cause-children-to-leave-the-church

Related: “Study questions divorce’s impact on faith”
http://www.abpnews.com/culture/social-issues/item/8280-study-questions-divorce’s-impact-on-faith

     I’LL NEVER BADMOUTH MY WIFE
by Steven Crowder
When men get together, they moan about their wives. The commentary provided on marriage between groups of men, is typically one from a viewpoint that assumes marriage to be life’s greatest, most unfun mistake. Not only is it often as disingenuous as Joe Biden’s hairline, but it’s incredibly harmful.

Firstly, there may be some people out there who actually believe their wife to merely be the “old ball and chain.” To you I say… you are a loser. Not only are you a loser for dishonoring the woman who is now an extension of yourself, but you’re a loser for picking someone who you hate having to come home to every night. What kind of an idiot are you to marry a person that you think is an absolute moron? …. Read this in full at
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/02/im-guy-and-ill-never-badmouth-my-wife/

     HAIR-RAISING COMPETITION SPLITS THE MUSTACHE WORLD
After years of merrily growing facial hair together, philanthropy’s mustachioed moneymen are suddenly bristling.

Aaron Perlut, a social-media marketer, gathered a group of mostly hirsute guys at a St. Louis restaurant seven years ago to form the American Mustache Institute, or AMI. Their goal: to fight pogonophobia (fear of facial fuzz) and raise money for charity.

Like-minded groups soon cropped up around the country. Using humor and creative hairstyling, a fraternity of facial hair sprouted. Hundreds of thousands of men grew mustaches and beards to raise funds and awareness for charities in the same way some wear ribbons and run marathons.

Although the groups battled for the same philanthropic dollars, they often supported one another…. Read this in full at
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906004578288341653189174.html?mod=djemLifeStyle_h

     CONSIDER
When Jesus tells us to love our enemies, He Himself will give us the love with which to do it. We are neither factories nor reservoirs of His love, only channels. When we understand that, all excuse for pride is eliminated.”
– Corrie ten Boom

     VERSE TO PONDER
LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, planned long ago, faithful and sure.
– Isaiah 25:1 (CEB)

     THIS WEEK’S HYMN: THROUGH THE NIGHT OF DOUBT AND SORROW
Words: Bernhardt S. Ingemann, 1826; translated from Danish to English by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1867

Through the night of doubt and sorrow
Onward goes the pilgrim band,
Singing songs of expectation,
Marching to the promised land.
Clear before us through the darkness
Gleams and burns the guiding light:
Brother clasps the hand of brother,
Stepping fearless through the night.

One the light of God’s own presence,
O’er His ransomed people shed,
Chasing far the gloom and terror,
Brightening all the path we tread:
One the object of our journey,
One the faith which never tires,
One the earnest looking forward,
One the hope our God inspires.

One the strain that lips of thousands
Lift as from the heart of one;
One the conflict, one the peril
One the march in God begun:
One the gladness of rejoicing
On the far eternal shore,
Where the one almighty Father
Reigns in love for evermore.

Onward, therefore, pilgrim brothers,
Onward, with the cross our aid!
Bear its shame, and fight its battle,
Till we rest beneath its shade.
Soon shall come the great awaking,
Soon the rending of the tomb;
Then the scattering of all shadows,
And the end of toil and gloom.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/t/h/r/thrunite.htm

     FRIDAY NIGHT ARCHIVE REPLAY – 03/08/2013
Listen to last Friday night’s (03/08/2013) Path Of Life fellowship gathering online broadcast on Blogtalk radio here:
“RELIGION OR CHRIST” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepath/2013/03/09/religion-or-christ

     ON PRAYER
Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. That puts us in the “on-top” position, where we are competent and in control. But when praying, we come “underneath,” where we calmly and deliberately surrender control and become incompetent.”
– Richard J. Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, HarperCollins, 1992, p. 7-8

     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 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.]

     CLASSIFIEDS
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The Complete Gift Solution
http://www.FranksWorldOfGifts.com

Books, Music & More!
http://www.ChristianConnectionBooks.com

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

The Bible App – TV Ad – Read, Listen, Watch, Share
http://youtu.be/gGclEW8E7GU

Photos: The Sistine Chapel
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/world/gallery/sistine-chapel/index.html

Christian Media Magazine
http://www.christianmediamagazine.com/

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.) 

Q: What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A: A thesaurus.
Frank Coleman, Editor
frank@frankcoleman.com

Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box! 

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! 

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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