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CONNECTIONS NEWS – 2/5/18

Connecting man to man to God
For week of February 5, 2018
Issue 551
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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Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
– Hebrews 13:15
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+13%3A15&version=ESV;KJV;NIV

CONSIDER
“I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical, the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.”
– Max Lucado

BIBLE GATEWAY 25TH ANNIVERSARY SWEEPSTAKES FOR FEBRUARY
Bible Gateway is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new sweepstakes every month this year!

This month enter for a chance to win a copy of the CSB Study Bible black premium goatskin leather edition (Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), which has a suggested retail value of $149.99. Two winners will be selected at random. One entry per person; legal residents of the USA 18 years of age and older. Entry period: Jan. 31, 2018 (midnight ET) – Feb. 25, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)…. Enter at
https://www.biblegateway.com/mybiblegateway/sweepstakes/

EAGLES COACH EMBRACES UNIQUE RESUME
Among the list of men who have coached in a Super Bowl, Frank Reich may have a resume that’s unique.

It’s not the “former NFL quarterback” component that qualifies him for that distinction. It’s the combination of “former NFL quarterback” and “former seminary president” that gives Reich, the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most unusual paths to football’s pinnacle.

“I would think so,” Reich, former president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., said Monday night about whether he’s the first former seminary leader ever to coach in the Super Bowl…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/50274/super-bowl–eagles-coach-embraces-unique-resume

THE PHILADELPHIA EAGES SAY THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH IS WHAT BINDS THEM
When the Philadelphia Eagles run onto the Super Bowl field at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 10am on Monday (EST), chances are they were praying only minutes before. Probably a good thing: they’re up against the New England Patriots, who took out the Super Bowl in 2017 and are in their eighth championship game since 2000.

The Eagles are the popular underdogs to win tomorrow, and they’re full of faith. The team released an official Eagles video late last year featuring injured quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Torrey Smith and other Eagles players talking about how they came to faith and how their relationship with God impacts their game and “binds” their team together…. Read this in full at
https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/super-bowl-underdogs-are-full-of-faith/

PATRIOTS SAME TEAM, ‘NEW LIGHTS FOR JESUS’
Another Super Bowl. Another year with the New England Patriots playing in it.

It’s no secret that the Patriots over the past two decades have been the most successful franchise in the NFL, if not the single most successful franchise in all of professional sports. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and others may seem to be omnipresent when it comes to the Super Bowl. This year’s appearance is the Patriots’ eighth since Brady took over as starting quarterback in 2001.

But from a spiritual perspective, there’s something new to this team. Jack Easterby, who serves as the character coach and chaplain for the Patriots, said new faces on the team this year have brought a new depth and spiritual vitality to the team…. Read this in full at
http://bpnews.net/50291/super-bowl-patriots-same-team-new-lights-for-jesus

FREE EMAIL DEVOTIONALS TO PREPARE FOR EASTER
Would you like to draw closer to Jesus during the Easter season? Drawing on both the Bible and the insights of Christianity’s great thinkers, these devotionals will walk you through the season of Lent, learning about Jesus Christ and the remarkable experience of living life today in his presence…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/landing/easter/

12 SIGNS YOUR MARRIAGE NEEDS ATTENTION
by Gary Thomas
The dangerous rift between two people in a marriage doesn’t happen overnight. Just like anything significant, marriage takes time to build – and it also takes time to tear down.

But sometimes, we begin to slide away from one another without our realizing that the rift is happening. Like the slow dripping of a leaky faucet, we get so accustomed to the pattern of the noise that we don’t even realize that something is broken. Something is in need of attention.

But step by step, day by day, year by year…we disconnect.

Maybe it’s that we’re not taught how to fight against the drift. Or maybe we’re just not in tune to the drifting when it happens. But either way, if we’re not careful, we can find our marriages in a place we never intended for them to be.

If you find yourself dealing with one or more of the following issues in your marriage, it’s time to take seriously the suggestion that your marriage needs attention…. Read this in full at
http://www.garythomas.com/12-signs-marriage-needs-attention/

HOW TO ACHIEVE EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER SCAZZERO
What does healthy spirituality look like? How is it achieved? How can you slow down to develop a truly transformational relationship with Christ? Peter Scazzero says Christians cannot grow spiritually while remaining emotionally immature because our souls and psyches are inextricably linked.

Bible Gateway interviewed Peter Scazzero about his book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Updated Edition (Zondervan, 2017)…. Watch this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2018/02/how-to-achieve-emotionally-healthy-spirituality-an-interview-with-peter-scazzero/

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST JESUS FOR
by Clare De Graaf
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/2018/01/29/there-are-some-things-you-should-never-trust-jesus-for/

EXPLORE THE NEW BIBLE COMMENTARY WITH BIBLE GATEWAY PLUS
The New Bible Commentary (InterVarsity Press) is the most recent addition to our growing library of study resources available in the Bible Gateway Scripture sidebar when you sign up for a Bible Gateway Plus membership!

Voted one of Christianity Today‘s Books of the Year, the New Bible Commentary has set the standard for works of its kind for over 40 years. Its quality and clarity has had a lasting impact on many Bible readers. It is one of the leading single-volume commentaries on the entire Bible. Readable and accessible, the volume collects notes from many of the finest scholars of our day to meet the needs of students, teachers, and anyone interested in delving deeper into the scriptural text…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2018/01/explore-the-new-bible-commentary-with-bible-gateway-plus/

VERSE TO PONDER
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
– 1 John 4:7
https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/1%20John%204:7

CONSIDER
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– Robert Kennedy

HOW TO LIVE THE BIBLE — HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE IN SCRIPTURE
by Mel Lawrenz
Some years back, I did a survey of our church’s congregation with the simple question: “If you could ask God one thing, what would it be?” I was not surprised that the most frequent response had to do with the problem of evil in the world, but I was struck by the next most common question: “How can I hear the voice of God?” The various wording people used indicated some were facing important decisions, others wanted to know if their lives were “on track” with God, some were in crisis, and still others expressed feelings of spiritual isolation and just wanted to “hear” from God.

There is a long history and many debates about how God “speaks” to us. Our concern in this lesson is how God speaks in and through Holy Scripture. This must be the believer’s major conviction, that we find the voice of God in Scripture, and that the authority of the Bible trumps all other claims about hearing God. Throughout Scripture, God is talking. Creation took place at the verbal command of God. The Hebrews became a nation when they met their God at Mount Sinai and he spoke to them through Moses. The prophets’ oracles often began with: “This is what the Lord says.” …. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2018/01/how-to-live-the-bible-how-to-hear-gods-voice-in-scripture/

GOD’S PLAN
You are a great God.
Your character is holy.
Your truth is absolute.
Your strength is unending.
Your discipline is fair…
Your provisions are abundant for our needs.
Your light is adequate for our path.
Your grace is sufficient for our sins…
You are never early, never late…
You sent your Son in the fullness of time and
will return at the consummation of time.
Your plan is perfect.
Bewildering. Puzzling. Troubling.
But perfect.

– Max Lucado

FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE: BELIEVE THE BEST – EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HURT
by Shaunti Feldhahn
Maybe you’re a husband who tackled an all-day honey-do painting project to surprise your wife, only to hear, “Um . . . I thought we were going to do a texture in this room.” Maybe you’ve had the angry feeling: I just can’t do anything right for her.

It is easy to have those thoughts when we are hurt, but it is poisonous to the relationship. Why? Because we’re assuming that our spouse is hurting us on purpose. And we’re almost always wrong. In my research study, I found that nearly all spouses – even in struggling marriages – deeply cared about their mate. But if we want to have a great marriage, we’ll have to force ourselves to believe that truth. We have to believe that our spouse has good intentions toward us, even when we are legitimately hurt…. Read this in full at
https://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/daily-living/three-tips-for-a-happy-marriage/for-a-happy-marriage-believe-the-best

I QUIT PORN. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TOO
by Jack Skett
When I was a child, I used to love the TV show How to. Each episode would focus on different skills or tasks and break them down to show you how they could be done. One that sticks in my mind was ‘How to do an ollie on a skateboard.’ I learned a lot from that, including that skateboarding was not for me!

Sadly, there are some things in life that don’t have a simple ‘How To’ solution. In my role as a pastor, people often ask me what advice I would give to a Christian who is struggling with porn addiction. This is one of those things with no simple solution, but I do have a few words of advice, borne out of personal experience, which I hope will go some way to helping anyone battling this issue…. Read this in full at
https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/I-quit-porn.-Here-s-how-you-can-too

ARE YOU OK WITH JESUS BUT NOT THE BIBLE?
by Shane Pruitt
“I love Jesus,” we’ve heard people say, “but I don’t agree with the Bible.”

Perhaps some of us don’t have an issue with Jesus because it’s a Play-Doh Jesus we’ve created by our own imagination. We’ll shape and mold Him to be what we want Him to be. Then the moment He no longer appeases us, we roll Him up and start over.

But when we dive into His Word to discover who Jesus really is, we’ll begin to be passionate about what He is passionate about. We’ll be angered by what angers Him. We’ll tolerate what He tolerates. We’ll view things the way He views things. We’ll live how He lives.

The Jesus of the Bible will regularly disrupt our lives and stand in opposition to our personal preferences. He challenges our indulgences and our egoistic art of “looking out for No. 1.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/50260/firstperson-are-you-ok-with-jesus-but-not-the-bible

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST PREMIERES IN THEATERS MARCH 28, 2018
The new film PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is an epic story of the man who persecuted the early church and then became its greatest evangelist.

“PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST brings to life on screen the powerful story of a man who changed the course of history through his committed faith, yet at great cost to himself,” director and screenwriter Andrew Hyatt said. “The film shows what a deadly dangerous place the Roman world was for the early Christian church, and it shows how Paul prepared the faithful to continue living out their beliefs in the face of it.” …. Watch the trailer at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyOqQZUDdO4&feature=youtu.be

THE BOOK OF ACTS GETS A CT SCAN
by Eric Metaxas and Stan Guthrie
Pierpont Morgan was perhaps the most influential financier in American history. During the latter part of the 19th century, Morgan began using some of his extraordinary wealth to become a collector—of rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, and ancient artifacts—for his personal library.

In 1924, his son, J.P. Morgan, donated his late father’s library and all its treasures to the public. It became known as the Morgan Library and Museum, or “the Morgan,” for short. And it’s right here in New York where I live.

Back in 1962, the Morgan added to its collection of rare manuscripts by purchasing a clump of charred parchment leaves. The artifact is a codex, or ancient book, written in the Coptic language, that dates between A.D. 400 and 600 from Egypt, before the Muslim invaders arrived. The codex contains a copy of the New Testament’s Book of Acts, as well as another work yet to be determined.

But the condition of this codex, known as M.910, is so fragile—a journalist said it “looks as delicate as a long dead flower”—that no one has dared to open it, for fear of causing further damage. Until now…. Read this in full at
http://breakpoint.org/2018/01/breakpoint-the-book-of-acts-gets-a-ct-scan/

GOV. SAM BROWNBACK CONFIRMED AS AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Six months after his official nomination, former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was finally confirmed yesterday to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The position requires confirmation by the Senate, which led to a 49-49 vote split along party lines. Because Sen. John McCain was absent due to treatment for brain cancer, Vice President Mike Pence—who also serves as the president of the Senate—had to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Brownback previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-96) and as US Senator (1996-2011) before being elected as governor of Kansas in 2010. He will replace Rabbi David Saperstein, who left the post in January 2017…. Read this in full at
http://createsend.com/t/r-4F5D4F20ED96C0C32540EF23F30FEDED

CONSIDER
“Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.”
– Augustine

VERSE TO PONDER
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
– Micah 6:8
https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Micah%206:8

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: O God, our Help in ages past
Author: Isaac Watts

O God, our Help in ages past,
our Hope for years to come,
our Shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal Home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is Thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting Thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
are like an ev’ning gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the op’ning day.

Our God, our Help in ages past,
our Hope for years to come,
be Thou our Guide while life shall last,
and our eternal Home!

>from Hymnary.org at
https://hymnary.org/text/our_god_our_help_in_ages_past


ON PRAYER
“If your prayers were always answered, you’d have a reason to doubt the wisdom of God.”
– Unknown


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