CONNECTIONS NEWS – 04/30/17

Connecting man to man to God

For week of April 30, 2017
Issue 532

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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God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. This is what we preach as we warn and teach every person with all wisdom so that we might present each one mature in Christ. Colossians 1:27-28 (CEB)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+1%3A27-28&version=CEB

CONSIDER
“If God be God over us, we must yield him universal obedience in all things. He must not be over us in one thing, and under us in another, but he must be over us in everything.” Peter Bulkeley

CAMPUS COMMUNITIES JOIN NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER MAY 4
by Bill Bray

Student prayer collectives will be joining with churches and community groups on Thursday, May 4, for the National Day of Prayer (NDP). Campus ministries and prayer events are taking place this month on 3500 Universities and schools of higher learning. A directory of local prayer gatherings is available at www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

The 2017 theme is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us … Forgive Us … Heal Us! which is inspired by Daniel 9:19. Thousands of individuals, churches, and communities are working to rally millions of Christians to heed this national call to prayer…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/2817-campus-communities-join-national-day-of-prayer-may-4

AMERICANS ARE FOND OF THE BIBLE; DON’T ACTUALLY READ IT
by Bob Smietana

Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today.
However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.
Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading the Christian scriptures each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
Small wonder many church leaders worry about biblical illiteracy, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
“Most Americans don’t know first-hand the overall story of the Bible-because they rarely pick it up,” McConnell said. “Even among worship attendees less than half read the Bible daily. The only time most Americans hear from the Bible is when someone else is reading it.” …. Read this in full at
http://lifewayresearch.com/2017/04/25/lifeway-research-americans-are-fond-of-the-bible-dont-actually-read-it/

HOW SKEPTICS AND ANTAGONISTS VIEW THE BIBLE
For the most part, Americans have positive things to say about the Bible. More than half call it a good source of morals (52%). About a third say it’s helpful (37%), true (36%), and life-changing (35%), according to a new LifeWay Research survey.

Even more told the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group that they believe it’s the actual or inspired word of God (81%).

But a growing segment – 19% in 2017, up from 10% in 2011 – say it’s simply a book of teachings and stories written by men.

That group has remained fairly stable in recent years (17% in 2013, 19% in 2014, 21% in 2015, and 22% in 2016). So this year for their State of the Bible report, ABS and Barna asked the people in that category a new question: If you think the Bible was written only by humans, do you think it was meant to be manipulative or controlling? …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/april/skeptical-state-bible-reading-antagonists-abs-barna-lifeway.html


EDUCATED EVANGELICALS ARE MORE RELIGIOUS

To the fathers of secularization theory, it was obvious. Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx theorized that the more advanced and educated a society became, the less it would need that “opium of the masses”: religion.

Not among US Christians, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. In fact, among evangelicals, more education correlates with a higher religious commitment in every area that Pew researchers asked about.

Evangelicals who graduated from college are more likely than those who didn’t enroll to attend religious services at least weekly (68% vs. 55%), to pray daily (83% vs. 77%), and to believe in God with absolute certainty (90% vs. 87%). They’re also more likely to say religion is very important to them (81% vs. 79%)…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/april/pew-more-education-less-religion-christians-secularization.html


EASTER INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

The season of Easter began Easter Day and lasts 50 days until the Day of Pentecost. Listen to and watch this inspirational video of the Easter account from the Gospel of Matthew.
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/04/easter-inspirational-video-from-the-gospel-of-matthew/

NOW YOU SEE HIM…
by Philip Yancey

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was doing between the first Easter Sunday and his ascension six weeks later? The New Testament records ten appearances, half of them occurring on the same day, and all together occupying only a few hours of his time. What else was taking place? Free of his former body’s constraints, was Jesus paying unrecorded visits to other cultures on earth, or zipping in and out of time warps and wormholes to check on other universes?

We rightly celebrate Easter as the day that changed history, the essential foundation of faith for two billion Christians. In the apostle Paul’s words, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” As I read through the accounts this year, however, I was struck by their understated nature, so different from the birth stories of a bright star, angelic choruses, and foreign dignitaries bearing gifts. The resurrected Jesus showed up in the most ordinary circumstances: a private dinner, two men walking along a road, a woman weeping in a garden, some fishermen working a lake…. Read this in full at
http://philipyancey.com/now-you-see-him

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ADAM WEBER

Prayer seems like it should be so simple. Yet, when it comes to actually praying, often it feels awkward and complicated. What do you say when you don’t know how to pray?

In time for America’s National Day of Prayer May 4, Bible Gateway interviewed Adam Weber about his book, Talking with God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray (WaterBrook, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/04/what-to-say-when-you-dont-know-how-to-pray-an-interview-with-adam-weber/

5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM DAVID GREEN
by Rob Hoskins

There are things you only learn through association with others. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by incredible people who are constantly teaching me things I’d never get to experience otherwise. One of these people is David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby.

My connection with David began in 1997. I was meeting with leaders in the Philippines about the possibility of distributing the Book of Hope in schools. At the end of the meeting, we were miraculously granted permission to give all six million high schoolers in the Philippines a Book of Hope! I eagerly promised that we would deliver, without the slightest idea of where the funds would come from to fulfill such a commitment.

Around that same time, my dad was connecting with an entrepreneur and businessman named David Green. After promising those six million Books of Hope I discovered that David, unaware of my promise and the accompanying need, had provided a multi-million dollar check for the exact amount needed to minister to the Philippine school children! …. Read this in full at
http://robhoskins.onehope.net/5-things-ive-learned-from-david-green/

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE?
by Paul Tripp

Have you ever said, “I’ll never do that again!” only to make the same mistake a few days later?

If you’re a Christian, at some point in your walk with God, you’ll feel stuck in the same cycle of sinful decisions and foolish mistakes.

So how do we get from where we are to where God wants us to be?

Well, we need to start here: sometimes, we don’t actually want to change.

It sounds harsh, but I’ll lead the way…. Read this in full at
https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/do-you-really-want-to-change

TAKE THE QUIZ: HOW CURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT THE BIBLE?

Which Herod was responsible for beheading John the Baptist? Answer this and seven more quiz questions to see how much you know (and don’t know) about the Bible)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/04/take-the-quiz-how-curious-are-you-about-the-bible/

HE’S MEMORIZED 42 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE AND YOU CAN, TOO
by Don Whitney

There may be other Christians more committed to the discipline of Scripture memory than Pastor Andy Davis, but I’ve not met them.

But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man, a devoted husband (to Christine) and father (of five), a careful expositor of Scripture, and a faithful pastor. Since his graduation with a Ph,D. in church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998, he has been pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, NC. Before that, Andy served as an SBC International Mission Board church planter in Japan.

In 2014, Baptist Press wrote a story about Andy, who at that time had memorized an astounding 35 books of the Bible. Since then he has added another seven…. Read this in full at
http://biblicalspirituality.org/hes-memorized-42-books-of-the-bible-and-you-can-too/

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF THE BIBLE

What do Americans think about the Bible today? Does it still carry the same credibility and moral authority as it has in years gone by? In this video interview with Jason Malec, managing director of Mission US at American Bible Society, you’ll hear more about the latest beliefs and attitudes toward the Bible. This video was recorded live at Barna’s recent State of Pastors event, sponsored by and streamed live from Pepperdine University…. Read this in full at
https://www.barna.com/research/jason-malec-changing-perceptions-bible/

IT’S NOT A SALVATION ISSUE
by Clare De Graaf

I was recently on a Christian college campus in Ohio. A friend of mine and I were there speaking on the subject of homosexuality; specifically how Christians ought to be more kind to LGBT+ people, even as we hold true to the historical Christian understanding on that issue.

One student thought she would settle the question of same-sex sexual relations and marriage using the age-old solution we’ve all heard; “Well, it’s not a salvation issue.” That takes care of that!

Here’s the question, I’m going to try to answer: If a moral issue does not directly prevent us from salvation, does that mean God is indifferent to our moral choices? …. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2017/04/24/its-not-a-salvation-issue/

ART AND THE BIBLE: PART 1

The term “engagement” has become popular when referring to the Bible. We are often encouraged to engage with God’s Word. We hear statistics about a decrease in Bible engagement in recent years. We see study materials intended to help us engage with Scripture.

But what does Bible engagement really mean?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, engagement is the act of being engaged. In the context of Bible reading, study, and meditation, it refers to an experience – opening God’s Word in print, digital, or audio form and spending time in it to understand, worship, love, serve, honor, hear from, and know God in a deeper way…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblica.com/articles/art-and-the-bible-part-1/

Part 2
https://www.biblica.com/articles/art-and-the-bible-part-2/

LATEST BIBLE-RELATED RESEARCH

Here is a continually updated collection of the latest research regarding the Bible:…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/04/latest-bible-related-research/

5 INNER CRISES CHRISTIANS COMMONLY FACE

When Moses heard God call him to the task of liberating the Israelites from Egypt, he questioned his ability to carry out the assignment. Each of his excuses exposed an inner crisis:

1. A Crisis of Identity:

When Moses asked “Who am I?” (Ex. 3:11), it seems he had already settled on an answer: I’m a nobody. Though he was a Hebrew by birth, he had been rejected by his people forty years earlier (2:11-14) and he had no reason to believe they would now accept his help. And though he was an Egyptian by upbringing, Moses had a reputation for rebellion and murder, leaving him little or no influence among Egyptian royalty. Finally, he was a Midianite shepherd by vocation, and shepherds were considered an abomination by the Egyptians (Gen. 46:34) …. Read this in full at
http://www.bibleconnectionnews.com/5-common-inner-crisis-christians-face/

CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES CAN LURE THE ‘SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS’ TO CHRISTIANITY, EXPERT SAYS

New research is shedding light on a term — and a group of Americans — known as “spiritual but not religious.”

They prefer yoga and meditation to scripture and worship. They define God in individualistic ways and they almost always have negative views of organized religion — especially of Christianity.

And that’s the part that bugs Christians who have discovered, within their own tradition, contemplative practices that would appeal to the spiritual but not religious, if only churches would discover and promote their practice…. Read this in full at
https://baptistnews.com/article/contemplative-practices-can-lure-spiritual-not-religious-christianity-expert-says/#.WP61M5I2y71

7 THINGS I HATE ABOUT SPIRITUAL FORMATION
by John Ortberg

The phrase “spiritual formation” expresses the most important process in the world. But it also drives me crazy. Although I grew up in the church, I never heard the phrase until I was out of college. Now it’s a subject I find myself writing and thinking about a lot. But like all language, the phrase has a way of taking on baggage and barnacles and misunderstandings. So here are a few items I need to get off my chest.

1. I hate how spiritual formation gets positioned as an optional pursuit for a small special interest group within the church. People think of it as an esoteric activity reserved for introverted Thomas-Merton-reading contemplatives. I hate that. Spiritual formation is for everyone. Just as there is an “outer you” that is being formed and shaped all the time, like it or not, by accident or on purpose, so there is an “inner you.” You have a spirit. And it’s constantly being shaped and tugged at: by what you hear and watch and say and read and think and experience. Everyone is being spiritually formed all the time. Whether they want to or not. Whether they’re Christian or not. The question isn’t if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it’s just who and what our spirits will be formed by…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2013/april-online-only/seven-things-i-hate-about-spiritual-formation.html

THE HUMANNESS OF JESUS: AN INTERVIEW WITH TRENT SHEPPARD

Christians believe Jesus is God. But this belief wasn’t the starting point for Jesus’ earliest followers. While Jesus’ humanity was a given for the disciples, his divinity was a truth they had to grow into believing—it was a journey of faith. As Christians today, we’re also called into a faith journey — this time, to rediscover Jesus’ humanity. Yes, we believe that Jesus is God, but do we believe in his humanness? And if so, how does that transform our own experience of being human?

Bible Gateway interviewed Trent Sheppard about his book, Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God (Zondervan, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/04/the-humanness-of-jesus-an-interview-with-trent-sheppard/

WHO PASTORS THE PASTOR? EVEN MINISTERS SUFFER FROM SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
by Kay Warren

My cousin’s trembling voice uttered the unthinkable. “Kay, I need to let you know that Wayne took his life this morning.” My knees collapsed under me. “No! How can this be? What happened? Why? What was wrong with him?”

My mouth formed tumbling questions despite my mind being frozen in disbelief and grief.

Through his tears, my cousin told me his brother-in-law had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for some time. His family thought Wayne was truly improving after he agreed to see a therapist.

On the morning of his death, Wayne said goodbye to his wife, Lynn, as she left for work. But Lynn felt uneasy and came home at lunch to check on him, only to find the worst had happened…. Read this in full at
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/21/who-pastors-the-pastor-even-ministers-suffer-from-suicidal-thoughts/

A POPULAR PUBLIC SCHOOL BIBLE CLASS IN WEST VIRGINIA FACES LEGAL CHALLENGE

Gym is Trenton Tolliver’s favorite class. But the 7-year-old is also a huge fan of the weekly Bible course at Princeton Primary, his public elementary school. He gets to play matching games about Bible stories and listen to classic tales. Noah and the Ark is a favorite. Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, of course. And the story about how their son Cain killed his brother, Abel.

“That one was a little bit of a surprise,” Trenton said as he sat with his parents, Brett and Courtney Tolliver, one day this month watching his little sister’s soccer practice on a lush field in this small town in the mountains of southern West Virginia…. Read this in full at
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-popular-public-school-bible-class-in-west-virginia-faces-legal-challenge/2017/04/23/14c50460-2144-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html

TEMPLETON PRIZE WINNER: ALVIN PLANTINGA, WHO PROVED GOD’S NOT DEAD IN ACADEMIA

The man who brought belief in God back into the study of philosophy, Alvin Plantinga, has received the 2017 Templeton Prize.

The 84-year-old Christian philosopher is the latest in a line of dozens of laureates honored for their spiritual contributions to the world, including Billy Graham, Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, and Mother Teresa.

Plantinga made a name for himself as a philosophy professor at Calvin College and the University of Notre Dame. He reshaped the spiritual side of his discipline by insisting that Christian philosophers allow their convictions to drive their academic work…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/april/templeton-prize-alvin-plantinga-philosophy-gods-not-dead.html

VERSE TO PONDER

Live in this way, knowing that you were not liberated by perishable things like silver or gold from the empty lifestyle you inherited from your ancestors. Instead, you were liberated by the precious blood of Christ, like that of a flawless, spotless lamb. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (CEB)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+1%3A18-19&version=CEB

CONSIDER

“For every verse in the Bible that tells us the benefits of wealth, there are ten that tell us the danger of wealth.”
– Haddon Robinson

LARGEST PRAYER MEETING IN AFRICAN HISTORY HELD IN SOUTH AFRICA
by Nico Bougas

Saturday, April 22, 2017, saw the biggest prayer gathering in South African history as close to two million people gathered from all parts of South Africa to pray. The event was held on a farm just north of Bloemfontein which is centrally located in South Africa.

Some 1.7 million people registered on-line to attend this historic occasion and thousands more arrived on the day. The multi-racial crowd spread over more than a kilometer relayed onto multiple large screens and many kilometers of cabling for the sound system.

Popular South African farmer/evangelist, and subject of the book and film, “Faith Like Potatoes”, Angus Buchan called for a nation-wide prayer meeting in the light of the current spiritual and socio-political decline evident in the nation. The event was called, “It’s Time”

Buchan said, “We are tired of people taking the law into their own hands. We are going to call upon The Lord to bring justice, peace and hope to our beloved South Africa. He says ‘If my people who are called by My name’ — that is you and I, so I want to ask you to pray for us.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/2810-it-s-time-the-largest-prayer-meeting-in-african-history-held-in-south-africa

HOBBY LOBBY CEO AND FOUNDER RELEASES NEW BOOK, SHARES INSIDE DETAILS OF THE 2014 SUPREME COURT CASE

Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green, one of America’s most successful businessmen, offers both inspiration and practical advice in his new book, “Giving It All Away… And Getting It All Back Again” (Zondervan). Written by Green and National Christian Foundation Heartland CEO’s Bill High, “Giving It All Away… And Getting It All Back Again” chronicles the path that the Green family has chosen regarding their legacy and encourages readers to live generously and focus on what is truly important – faith and family.

“My hope and prayer for this book is that it ignites a movement of people who understand their place in history and are excited to make this place better for future generations,” said Green in the book. “I believe we can chart a course for our lives and our families that allows us to think beyond one generation. We can outline our vision, mission and values. And we can live that out through our generosity. These ideas will allow us to stay rich for generations – not just in a monetary sense, but in a values sense.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3315879458.html

PORN DEEMED PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, HARMFUL IN 5 STATES
by Diana Chandler

At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature April 21. Days earlier, Tennessee became the fourth state to adopt such a resolution, joining Utah, South Dakota and Arkansas…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/48739/porn-deemed-public-health-crisis-harmful-in-5-states

GOOD SERMONS

“I’ve heard a lot of sermons in the past ten years or so that made me want to get up and walk out. They’re secular, psychological, self-help sermons. Friendly, but of no use. They didn’t make you straighten up. They didn’t give you anything hard. At some point and in some way, a sermon has to direct people toward the death of Christ and the campaign that God has waged over the centuries to get our attention.”
– Garrison Keillor

A GIDEONS BIBLE – BORROWED & PRIMED FOR WITNESS
by Carlos Meza

I was challenged to step up my pace in spreading the Gospel of Christ during the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s evangelism conference, especially by the messages of Gevan Spinney, pastor of First Baptist Church in Haughton and president of the Louisiana convention, and evangelist Bill Britt, both calling us to be urgent in sharing the Good News.

I had borrowed a Gideons Bible from my room that night in Ruston, never realizing how this seeming “chance” occurrence would provide a divine opportunity…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/48733/a-gideons-bible–borrowed-and-primed-for-witness

PIONEER MISSIONS RESEARCH GROUP TO GIVE AWAY VITAL INFORMATION RESOURCES AS IT CLOSES

Global Mapping International (GMI) announced today it will close its doors June 30, 2017, after 33 years of providing vital information and insight to the global church.

As it winds down its pioneering work, GMI is taking the unusual step of granting to other organizations in the mission community much of the intellectual property it has created, to ensure ongoing access to these essential tools and information…. Read this in full at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/6338979462.html

POPE FRANCIS GIVES TED TALK URGING ‘REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS’

Pope Francis has given the first papal TED Talk. In the speech, “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” the pope doesn’t mention religion until halfway through, but it is essentially a sermon to the “creative minds” who watch TED Talks about the need for love and human solidarity in a world where “techno-economic systems” and human indifference leave many people discarded in a “culture of waste.” In such a world, Pope Francis says, hope is not just possible but crucial. “Life is not time merely passing by,” he says, “life is about interactions.” Francis reminds viewers that “we can only build the future by standing together,” expresses hope that technology and scientific innovation lead to “more equality and social inclusion,” and urges a “revolution of tenderness.” …. Read this in full at
https://www.ted.com/talks/pope_francis_why_the_only_future_worth_building_includes_everyone/transcript

US ENTRY TO WWI REMEMBERED AS CHAPLAINCY CATALYST
by David Roach

The 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry to World War I is also, says former US Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, the 100th anniversary of when “the US military chaplaincy came into its own … as a distinct branch of the Armed Services.”

Among Southern Baptists, April 2017 additionally marks the 100th anniversary of the North American Mission Board’s assignment to coordinate Southern Baptist Convention participation in U.S. military chaplaincy – initially under the auspices of NAMB’s precursor, the Home Mission Board.

The 146 chaplains in the Regular Army and National Guard on April 6, 1917

– when America declared war against Germany — expanded to a chaplaincy force of more than 2,300 by the war’s end in 1918. That expansion cemented the “‘ministry of presence’ chaplains provide in today’s Armed Services,” said Carver, NAMB’s executive director of chaplaincy…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/48738/us-entry-to-wwi-remembered-as-chaplaincy-catalyst

SCHOLARS RE-CREATE THE SOUNDS OF WORSHIP AT AN ANCIENT GREEK CHURCH

The sound reverberates through the space, immersing hundreds of spellbound listeners. Eyes fall closed, heads bow in prayer, and fidgety limbs come to rest. The crowd is lost in a Byzantine soundscape as five singers chant the Akathistos hymn, an Orthodox liturgical chant composed in the sixth century.

But the audience gathered in Central Los Angeles is not only hearing the singers. They are also hearing the sounds of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest churches in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. This unique auditory moment is made possible by a collaboration between two professors who are re-creating the acoustic experiences of ancient spaces…. Read this in full at
https://www.christiancentury.org/article/scholars-re-create-sounds-worship-ancient-greek-church

HARVARD UNIVERSITY SAYS GENDER CAN ‘CHANGE DAY TO DAY’

A new Harvard University fact sheet is teaching students how to “fight transphobia” by learning what gender allegedly is: a social construct that can change any given day.

The fact sheet begins by asserting that “sex assigned at birth and gender identity are not necessarily the same.”

“Sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, and/or how one is perceived in daily life are not necessarily related,” the sheet reads, adding that “there are more than two sexes.”

It goes on to say that gender is “fluid and changing,” and be expressed differently depending on the day…. Read this in full at
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/april/what-is-gender-anymore-harvard-university-says-it-can-change-day-to-day

CONSIDER

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt.”
– Dorothy Day


VERSE TO PONDER

Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they are understood through the things God has made. So humans are without excuse. Romans 1:20 (CEB)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A20&version=CEB

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: ALL HAIL TO THE PRINCE OF LIFE

Words: Mrs. R. N. Thomas, 1900
Music: Isaac H. Meredith

All hail to the Prince of Life,
All hail to the Lord divine!

For over the whole glad earth
His glorious light shall shine!

He comes from the tomb of night,
The shadow of death laid by,

He comes as a Conqu’ror comes,
His banner of light on high.

Refrain

All hail to the Prince of Life!
Hosanna to Him we sing—

He comes as a mighty Victor,
He comes as a conq’ring King!

Go forward ye sons of men
And welcome the glorious King!

Go meet Him with songs of joy
That over His path shall ring!

He brings from the grave of death
The blessing of life and peace,

Who seeks Him shall find a part
In joys that shall never cease.

Refrain

Then come with your hearts of love
And come with your songs of praise,

For Christ Who hath ris’n indeed
Your anthems of vict’ry raise!

For never in ages past
And never in coming years

Shall Victor and Monarch rise
Like Him Whom the world reveres.

Refrain

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/l/allhailp.htm

ON PRAYER
To pray is the greatest thing we can do, and to do it well, there must be calmness, time, and deliberation.”
-E. M. Bounds

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Good Samaritan returns lost money order, reaps reward
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The Most Beautiful Spot in Every US State
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A friend of mine asked me to go to the front of his car to see if his turn signal was working. I did and yelled out, “Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No…”


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 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 Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, if you’d like to participate in a men’s discipleship program.
Path Of Life Ministries is located at 6459 S. Campbell Ave. Chicago, IL 60629.
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