CONNECTIONS News – 05/11/2014

Connecting man to man to God
For week of May 11, 2014
Issue 510

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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Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

* See the YouTube video: John Adams – “Rejoice evermore”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1jhv6yG6_E

CONSIDER
Men take more pains to mask than mend.”
– Benjamin Franklin

AMERICAN HISTORY’S ENTWINED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BIBLE
Look at a dollar bill and you’ll read “In God We Trust.” Visit the US Supreme Court and you’ll see, on the South Wall Frieze, Moses holding the Ten Commandments. The US Capitol building includes the Congressional Prayer Room, “to provide a quiet place where individual Representatives and Senators may withdraw to seek Divine strength and guidance;” it’s stained glass window bears the words, “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. Psalm 16:1.” From its founding, America has been heavily influenced by the Bible’s message and principles. Yet many (if not most) people are unaware of the Bible’s central role in US civic life.

Angela E. Kamrath is vice-president and project director of American Heritage Education Foundation (@AmericaEducate). Bible Gateway interviewed her on her book, The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief (MiracleOfAmerica.net)…. Read this in full at
http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2014/05/american-historys-entwined-relationship-with-the-bible-an-interview-with-angela-kamrath/

TOWN MEETINGS CAN HAVE PRAYER, JUSTICES DECIDE
In a major decision on the role of religion in government, the Supreme Court on May 5 ruled that the Constitution allows town boards to start their sessions with sectarian prayers. The ruling, by a 5-to-4 vote, divided the court’s more conservative members from its liberal ones, and their combative opinions reflected very different views of the role of faith in public life, in contemporary society and in the founding of the Republic.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said that a town in upstate New York had not violated the Constitution by starting its public meetings with a prayer from a “chaplain of the month” who was almost always Christian and who sometimes used distinctly sectarian language. The prayers were ceremonial, Justice Kennedy wrote, and served to signal the solemnity of the occasion…. Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/nyregion/supreme-court-allows-prayers-at-town-meetings.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
With [Jesus] the new age had dawned, and the rule of God had broken into history. ‘Repent,’ he cried, ‘for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Indeed, ‘He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.’

The Sermon on the Mount, then, is to be seen in this context. It portrays the repentance (metonoia, the complete change of mind) and the righteousness which belong to the kingdom. That is, it describes what human life and humanity look like when they come under the gracious rule of God.”
– John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Sermon on the Mount [1978], InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 5

FOR NBA TEAMS, RELIGION CAN BE UNIFYING OR DIVISIVE
by Sam Amick
Long before head coach Doc Rivers found himself defending his Los Angeles Clippers players who were the unwelcome participants in team owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments all week, he was concerned about another sensitive subject: religion.

It was late 1999, the start of Rivers’ first season as coach of the Orlando Magic, and he saw a situation in the locker room that he felt needed to be addressed.

As his players took part in the pregame prayer that was part of their routine, Rivers noticed something he didn’t like…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/06/nba-teams-religion-can-unifying-divisive/

RESIST THE POWER OF SIN AND RESCUE OTHERS STILL VICTIMS OF IT
by Clare De Graaf
My personal mission statement: The purpose of my life is to make God look good. So let’s get right to my heart of it and my least favorite topic – sin!

About sin, I’m just going to say what I believe should be obvious to all of us: The primary reason believers continue to sin is because we’ve not decided to stop. Most of us have come to terms with an acceptable level of sin in our lives and feel it is either unnecessary, too difficult or costly to do much better.

I mean, let’s face it, nobody can make me sin. As I wrote in The 10 Second Rule, “the devil didn’t make me do it”. He’s the chief cheerleader of sin – a problem to be sure but he’s not the cause of my personal sin. There are at least two others.

First, there is what Paul refers to generally as the power of sin in me. Time doesn’t permit a full discussion on sanctification and the power of the Holy Spirit in me to resist sin but never the less something remains in me that still “wants what I want.” I still surprise myself with my selfishness…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2014/05/05/resist-the-power-of-sin-and-rescue-others-still-victims-of-it/

YOU ARE MY GOD
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many — terror all around! — as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
– Psalm 31:9-14

LIVING THE SCRIPTURES MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING ‘MOST BIBLE-MINDED’
by Jeff Brumley
Leading a church in a city recently described as the most “Bible-minded” in America does have its advantages, Thomas Quisenberry said.

Mainly: not a lot of necessity to explain the backstory during sermons and Scripture discussions, said Quisenberry, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.

What I have found is the congregation is very Bible-aware, so it’s definitely fun to go into Bible studies,” he said. “They know the stories, they know the texts and they know the rich layers of Scripture.”

Chattanooga’s high biblical literacy rate was recognized in a survey released this year by the American Bible Society. The same survey declared Providence, RI, to be the least “Bible-minded.”

Baptist ministers in both towns said they weren’t really surprised by the American Bible Society’s findings. They also confirmed that a region’s familiarity and devotion to Scripture can make it easier and more rewarding for pastors when preaching and teaching from the Bible…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/culture/social-issues/item/28660-most-bible-minded-city-status-doesn-t-impress-baptist-pastors

DO YOU BELIEVE CHRISTIANITY IS TRUE? DO YOU ACT LIKE IT?
by Eric Metaxas
Imagine you’re sitting down for coffee with a young Christian. She’s come to you for advice about her dating life — actually it’s about someone she met at an online Christian dating site. She says they’re attending church together, and wants to know if you think he’s the right guy — maybe even marriage material.

But as the conversation goes on, you find out this young couple has actually started sleeping together. Even more troubling, your friend doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with that.

If you haven’t found yourself in this situation before, well, get ready, because you’re likely to in the near future. As Kenny Luck at the Christian Post reports, religious young people are increasingly disassociating their faith in Jesus from His moral commands…. Read this in full at
http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/25151

FRANK VIOLA’S ‘JESUS NOW’ ASKS WHAT JESUS DOES TODAY
Bestselling author and popular speaker Frank Viola released his 16th book, Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ, May 1 from David C. Cook. In the book, Viola explores the impact of Jesus’ ministry throughout time, the way it has changed and how it continues to penetrate the world today. With cultural relevance and biblical insight, Jesus Now invites readers to see the impact of God’s presence.

Most readers know that Jesus lived out His teachings during His ministry on earth, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, training disciples and giving new life to everyone He encountered, but this was just the beginning. Igniting a fuse throughout history, Christ’s dynamic power continues to transform lives. With historical accuracy, Viola reveals in Jesus Now both the constancy of God’s timeless presence among people, as well as the way their experience of it has changed…. Read this in full at
http://www.faithvillage.com/article/1d65c014341b4dd2af00c67edd9cb0a4/frank_violas_jesus_now_asks_what_jesus_does_today

ABOUT TEMPTATION
The Christian discipline of fighting temptation is not about self-hatred, or rejecting parts of our God-given humanity. It is about celebrating God’s gift of full humanity and, like someone learning a musical instrument, discovering how to tune it and play it to its best possibility. At the heart of our resistance to temptation is love and loyalty to the God who has already called us his beloved children in Christ, and who holds out before us the calling to follow him in the path which leads to the true glory. In that glory lies the true happiness, the true fulfilment, which neither world, nor flesh, nor devil can begin to imitate.”
– N. T. Wright (b. 1948), Luke for Everyone, Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 44-45

MEN CALLED TO ACTION AT REWIRED 2014
Men should follow God’s call and report to duty as those of influence, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter told the crowd at Rewired 2014, the annual Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma men’s retreat.

“It is God’s desire and design for us to be men of influence,” Luter told the men gathered at Falls Creek Conference Center in Davis, Okla. “God created mankind and when He created us, it was His desire and design that we would be men of influence. But every now and then we get sidetracked. Every now and then we listen to the lies of the enemy and we’re not the men of God that God has called us to be.”

Luter used the example of a sinful Adam hiding from God in Genesis 3:7-10 to encourage men to faithfully follow God and fulfill their God-given purposes…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/42539/men-called-to-action-at-rewired-2014

TRUTH IN A TIME OF DECEIT AND DIFFICULTY
by Rob Schwarzwalder
Truth has a decided disadvantage in a society where deconstructionism, moral relativism, sentiment, and spiritism concurrently infuse the cultural center: It is inflexible.

Truth has a habit of not fitting-in. It is the unwelcome guest at the table of religious coexistence.

Truth is declarative. It states that certain things are so, others not, unambiguously and without room for shading or nuance.

Truth is propositional. It makes arguments for and against core beliefs and assertions.

Truth is demanding. It gives us no option but to accept or reject it, at least if we listen to it honestly.

For these reasons, truth is often irritating. It tells us we cannot avoid right and wrong, that consequences are unavoidable, that any attempt to bend eternal rules will break us long before the rules themselves begin to curve for us…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/rob-schwarzwalder/truth-in-a-time-of-deceit-and-difficulty.html

THE LONG REACH OF CHRISTIAN BELIEFS (THE APOSTLES’ CREED AND MORE)
by Adam Forrest
If you spoke with one of the earliest Christians, would you agree about the essentials of the Christian faith? What would you disagree about? The answers may surprise you.

Let’s investigate this question by traveling 1600 years into the past, to the year AD 414. We’ll ask a Christian to share the core beliefs of Christianity.

In the marketplace of ancient Rome, we meet a young Christian named Martina. Armed with an English-to-Latin phrasebook, we explain our quest and she gladly agrees to recite the Apostles’ Creed.

Why the Apostles’ Creed?” we ask. “What is that? Quid est hoc?”

It summarizes the teachings of Christ’s Apostles,” explains Martina. “The bishop recited it over me when I was baptized, as a summary of the faith into which I was reborn. It has been the same for many Christians, perhaps since AD 140.”

If you’re an evangelical Christian, I think you’ll be surprised at how similar your beliefs are to those of Martina’s. But you may also find some surprises in the Apostles’ Creed:…. Read this in full at
http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2014/05/the-long-reach-of-christian-beliefs-the-apostles-creed-and-more/

VERSE TO PONDER
Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7 (CEB)

CONSIDER
Homes that are built on anything other than love are bound to crumble.”
– Billy Graham

THEOLOGY OF WORKFLOW CONNECTS DOTS BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND EFFICIENCY
by Jeff Brumley
As assistant executive director of the Virginia Baptist Missions Board, Glenn Akins is charged with all kinds of big-picture kingdom work, including keeping churches up to speed on cultural trends and demographics.

It’s important for churches to recognize changes so they can keep reaching new people for Christ,” he said.

But there is another — and just as important — way Akin says he does the Lord’s work every day: by keeping on top of his emails. “I don’t like my inbox getting any bigger than my computer screen.”

How does Akins equate helping churches survive a post-Christian culture with answering emails in a timely and friendly manner? By viewing both as a way to help others get their jobs done.

And that, he added, is being a living witness of Christ, whether in big or small moments and tasks. That’s huge in an era when everyone — from pastors to I.T. techs — is extremely busy.

One of the ways I can honor them and acknowledge how harried they are, how thin their margins are, is by responding on a timely basis to their requests for help.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/28679-baptist-weaves-theology-of-e-mail-to-do-lists

COUPLE’S FOCUS: FAITH, FAMILY, MUSIC & BASEBALL
Ben and Julianna Zobrist know what it’s like to live under a microscope. Ben is a two-time Major League Baseball All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays, while Julianna is a professional recording artist.

But they are accustomed to people watching their every move — they both grew up as pastors’ kids.

In their new book, “Double Play” (B&H Publishing), the Zobrists describe the real life of what many would see as a dream come true.

Julianna says both she and Ben realize their lives, having reached the pinnacle of two fields, may appear too good to be true from the outside, but they are ordinary people with an extraordinary Savior…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/42553/couples-focus-faith-family-music–baseball

GLOBAL POVERTY IS ON THE DECLINE, BUT ALMOST NO ONE BELIEVES IT
Did you know that, in the past 30 years, the percentage of people in the world who live in extreme poverty has decreased by more than half?

If you said no—if you thought the number had gone up; that more people, not less, live in extreme poverty—you aren’t alone. According to a recent Barna Group survey, done in partnership with Compassion International and the new book Hope Rising by Dr. Scott Todd, more than eight in 10 Americans (84%) are unaware global poverty has reduced so drastically. More than two-thirds (67%) say they thought global poverty was on the rise over the past three decades.

Similarly, while both child deaths and deaths caused by HIV/AIDS have decreased worldwide, many Americans wrongly think these numbers are on the rise: 50% of US adults believe child deaths have increased since 1990, and 35% believe deaths from HIV/AIDS have increased in the past five years…. Read this in full at
https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/668-global-poverty-is-on-the-decline-but-almost-no-one-believes-it

5 FACTS ABOUT PRAYER
Here are 5 facts about prayer, including survey data on Americans’ prayer habits and historical instances of prayer intersecting with the government:

* For many Americans, every day is a day of prayer. More than half (55%) of Americans said they pray every day, according to a 2013 Pew Research survey, while 23% said they pray weekly or monthly and 21% seldom or never. Even among those who are religiously unaffiliated, 21% said they pray daily. Another survey we conducted in 2012 found that 76% of Americans agreed with the statement “prayer is an important part of my daily life,” a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the last 25 years…. Read this in full at
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/05/01/5-facts-about-prayer/

LONG AND WINDING ROAD: LABYRINTHS OFFER PATHS FOR SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS
As J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote: “Not all those who wander are lost.”

Some, however, might be searching for spiritual enlightenment — especially those wandering the outdoor labyrinth at Abbey Road Christian Church in Cape Girardeau, MO. On May 3, Abbey Road hosted a World Labyrinth Day event.

“It is a tool to use on your spiritual journey,” church member Anne McDonough said. “[A labyrinth] can be used as a walking meditation or a prayer walk. It can be used to gain insight into a problem you may be having or just insight into your journey. It helps you open up to spirit and let go.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.semissourian.com/story/2075856.html

FAITH DRIVES A FATHER TO CREATE A TEST FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER
by Joe Palca
When Bryan and Elizabeth Shaw learned that their son Noah had a potentially deadly eye cancer, like a lot of people, they turned to their religious faith to help sustain them. But faith is also impelling Bryan Shaw to create software to detect eye cancer in children as soon after birth as possible.

The Shaws are Christians, and their faith is extremely important to them. When they were at their bleakest, “Bryan would pull out the Psalms and say, ‘This is how King David suffered in the Psalms, and we’re going through this,” says Elizabeth. “This is God’s plan for our family, and we just have to walk through it and trust in God.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/07/310104315/faith-drives-a-father-to-create-a-test-for-childhood-cancer

MODERN DAY PARABLES FROM DUCK DYNASTY: AN INTERVIEW WITH KORIE ROBERTSON AND CHRYS HOWARD
The cable television program Duck Dynasty® has become reality TV’s most popular show, due in large measure to the transparency of its main characters, the Robertson family, as they tackle life with good humor and back-woods charm. They’re also not shy about sharing their Christian faith and the central place the Bible plays in their lives.

Bible Gateway interviewed Korie Robertson (Willie’s wife) and Chrys Howard (Korie’s mother) on their new collaborative work, Faith Commander Adult Study Guide with DVD: Learning 5 Family Values from the Parables of Jesus (Zondervan, 2014)…. Read this in full at
http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2014/05/modern-day-parables-from-duck-dynasty-an-interview-with-korie-robertson-and-chrys-howard/

GEORGIA’S SWEEPING GUN LAW SPARKS RELIGIOUS BACKLASH
Robert Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, has sent an open letter to the 56,000 members that make up the dozens of Episcopal churches throughout north Georgia with a simple message: Don’t bring guns into the house of God.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most sweeping gun bills in recent memory. The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, which goes into effect July 1, allows Georgia residents with concealed carry permits to bring guns into churches that give express permission, while lowering the fine for bringing a gun into a place of worship to $100. It permits guns in bars, school zones, government buildings and certain areas inside airports. It says the state no longer has to fingerprint law-abiding gun owners to renew their licenses, and that dealers won’t be required to keep sales records for state purposes (federal government record-keeping laws still apply). The NRA has called it “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.” Opponents have derided it as the “guns everywhere” bill…. Read this in full at
http://time.com/#86228/georgia-gun-law-churches/

FRESH DOUBTS RAISED ABOUT PAPYRUS SCRAP KNOWN AS ‘GOSPEL OF JESUS’ WIFE’
New evidence discovered by a skeptical young scholar has raised fresh doubts about the authenticity of the scrap of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” a relic that has provoked fascination and fury since it was unveiled nearly two years ago by an eminent historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.

The latest finding comes only weeks after the Harvard Theological Review published a long-awaited lineup of articles by experts reporting that scientific testing and close examination of the papyrus had found no apparent evidence of forgery. But detractors of the Jesus’ Wife fragment remained unconvinced, and the contents of those articles gave them new material to investigate…. Read this in full at
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/05/us/fresh-doubts-raised-about-papyrus-scrap-known-as-gospel-of-jesuss-wife.html

ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST SAYS HE HAS FOUND KING DAVID’S CITADEL
An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins.

The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism. It joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they have unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who is revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city – but who has long eluded historians looking for clear-cut evidence of his existence and reign.

In the second Book of Samuel (http://bg4.me/Qc8PWo), David orders the capture of the walled city by entering it through the water shaft. Shukron’s excavation uncovered a narrow shaft where spring water flowed into a carved pool, thought to be where city inhabitants would gather to draw water. Excess water would have flowed out of the walled city through another section of the shaft Shukron said he discovered – where he believes the city was penetrated…. Read this in full at
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israeli-archaeologist-says-he-has-found-king-davids-citadel/

WHY THIS WORLD MATTERS
by John Stonestreet
Recently, a member of my church stopped me after Sunday service and talked to me about our recent commentary regarding the book and movie, “Heaven is For Real.”

His point, which I want to share with you today, is that while, as Eric Metaxas told us, heaven is definitely something to look forward to, it’s by no means the only thing to look forward to.

The scripture clearly describes a place of refreshment — Jesus called it “paradise” — where the faithful departed are in His presence. As the Apostle Paul wrote, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, something I know to be true of my grandfather who recently passed.

But the end, in the sense of the final fulfillment of history, is not an existence away from the earth; it’s a renewed heaven and a renewed earth. It’s where all things are made new again, as Jesus said in the book of Revelation…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/heaven-is-for-real-but-it-s-not-the-whole-story.html

IS CHRISTIAN GROWTH KEEPING PACE WITH ISLAM?
Christian growth has stagnated globally while Islam’s numbers have almost doubled, according to one researcher.

In a report by Dick Slikker, of the Christian mission consultancy group Project Care, information from the World Christian Database reveals that Christians made up 34.5% of the world’s population in 1900, while in 2010 they were 32.9%.

This is contrasted with Islam’s growth over the same period, at 12.3% of the population in 1900, rising to 22.5% by 2010. The data shows that the number of Muslims exceeded the number of Roman Catholics in the early 1980s…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/is.christian.growth.keeping.pace.with.islam/37066.htm


CHURCH ORGANIST MARTHA GODWIN SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LONGEST CAREER
Martha Godwin has been playing the organ and piano at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Southmont, North Carolina, since she was 13 years old. Seventy-three years later, she’s been recognized by Guinness World Records as the person who has had the longest career as a church pianist or organist.

It was 1940 when she first played for the Sunday service, according to the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. She remembers it well:…. Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/martha-godwin-guinness-record-organist_n_5247799.html

BLESSED BE THY BICYCLE: NEW YORK RIDERS ROLL INTO CHURCH
by Alisa Roth
It looked like some kind of bizarre wedding procession: Instead of flowers, participants held bicycles. Music played as they walked solemnly down the aisle toward the altar in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on May 3.

There were fancy bikes tricked out with neon-colored tires, folding bikes, bikes laden with saddle bags. One woman brought a bike-share bicycle.

The event took place a day ahead of the Five Boro Bike Tour, which is sort of like the New York Marathon on wheels. For the past 16 years, cyclists have been coming to the church to get blessed for the big ride, and for the rest of the year…. Read this in full at
http://www.npr.org/2014/05/05/309653656/blessed-be-thy-bicycle-new-york-riders-roll-into-church

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE PRAY?
by Amy Frykholm
Tanya Luhrmann is best known for her 2012 book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, which examines how evangelicals and charismatic Christians experience and communicate with God. A cultural anthropologist, Luhrmann has studied modern-day witches and the assumptions of modern psychiatrists. Her columns appear frequently in the New York Times.

Have your studies of religious people changed you?

When I started I was focused on whether God was or was not out there. Now I am much more comfortable with ambiguity. I hear people talking about God, and I hear that they are reaching for joy. That’s a project you can get on board with.

I don’t call myself a Christian because that statement has a meaning that is bigger and more dramatic than I feel comfortable making. People will ask, “Have you had a born-again experience?” No, I haven’t had that experience. I grew up in what I would call a Christian family. I would say that over the course of this research I have developed a sense of God. I am still learning about that…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/what-happens-when-people-pray

ATHEIST TV: COMING SOON
by Kimberly Winston
Speaking at a gathering of local atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists in a chemistry lecture hall at Stanford University, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, a national advocacy group for nontheists, announced May 6 that his New Jersey-based organization would launch the first television channel dedicated to atheism in July.

Why are we going to television?” he asked the audience, a mix of about 100 students and people from the local community. “It’s part of our strategy of going where we are not.”

Silverman, 49, said the television channel, which will be available via Roku, an Internet streaming player that attaches to televisions like a cable box, will run atheist content seven days a week, 24 hours a day. He estimated it will reach 7 million households and will be free, at least initially…. Read this in full at
http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/07/atheist-tv-coming-soon-television-near/

CONSIDER
If Jesus had to take time alone with God, then we surely need to.”
– Sharon Daugherty

VERSE TO PONDER
Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer.
– Romans 12:12 (CEB)

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: CHRIST IS RISEN!
Words: Fanny Crosby, late 19th Century
Music: George C. Stebbins

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah!
Blessèd morn of life and light!
Lo, the grave is rent asunder,
Death is conquered through His might.

Refrain
Christ is risen! Hallelujah!
Gladness fills the world today;
From the tomb that could not hold Him,
See, the stone is rolled away!

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah!
Friends of Jesus, dry your tears;
Through the veil of gloom and darkness,
Lo, the Son of God appears!
Refrain

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah!
He hath risen, as He said;
He is now the King of glory,
And our great exalted Head.
Refrain

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/c/i/cisrisen.htm

FRIDAY RECAP
CAN WE GET ALONG WITHOUT A PASTOR?
5/9/2014 @ 10:00 PM central:
When people hear of the concept of a congregation without a “pastor,” they frequently ask, “But who would do…..?” and go on to name some function that only “pastors” typically do. The Bible speaks much about the “elders,” but there is only ONE scripture in the King James translation of the Biblethat uses the word “pastor,” curious to say the least. Join us as we discuss those functions one at a time and perhaps see just where this rabbit hole goes.
Listen to the archive here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepath/2014/05/10/can-we-get-along-without-a-pastor


ON PRAYER
One of our consistent prayers should be for God to reveal the hypocrite in our hearts.” Lisa Harper

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.]

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Instead of John I call my bathroom Jim. It sounds better when I say I go to the Jim first thing every morning.  
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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