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Group proposes European churches council to include Roman Catholics

Posted by Job on February 29, 2008

The head of a Europe-wide group of Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant denominations has proposed the creation of a Council of European Churches that would include the Roman Catholic Church.

The President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Rev Jean Arnold de Clermont, put forward the proposal at a recent meeting of the CEC and European Catholic leaders, reports Ecumenical News International.

De Clermont, the recently retired president of the Protestant Federation of France, told the meeting, “I would… suggest that we find the ways and means to come out of our present institutional structures and set ourselves the task in the next 10 years of creating a Council of European Churches, bringing together Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants.”

He said he was making the proposal based on his experiences at the Third Ecumenical Assembly, which brought together 1,500 Christians from the Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions in Sibiu, Romania, for nearly a week of ecumenical discussions.

The CEC leader said that denominatinal leaders at Sibiu had allowed institutional and doctrinal barriers to cause them to abandon “any expectation of a patient resolute quest for unity”.

“I had the feeling that I was hearing pleas justifying ecumenical stagnation, arising out of a desire not to expose oneself to challenges from others,” said De Clermont.

“The status quo is all the more pleasant when it is between friends, but it does not seek full visible unity,” he told the London meeting.

“It is not within our competence to make a decision without having a whole process of consultation with our churches,” he said about his proposal for a Council of European Churches.

“But I would at least wish to check with you whether you consider that placing such a challenge before us would serve the cause of Christian unity.”

The Caribbean Conference of Churches, the Middle East Council of Churches and the Pacific Conference of Churches are all regional church bodies which already include the Roman Catholic Church.

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Church Leaders: DNA Database Discriminating Against Black People

Posted by Job on February 29, 2008

DNA database discriminating against black people – church leaders

Church leaders and the human rights group Black Mental Health UK have expressed their support for a debate on the discriminatory impact of the national DNA database on black and ethnic minority people that will come before Parliament on Friday.

The UK has the largest national DNA database in the world, with 4.5 million profiles expected to be held by the Government by 2010. Government figures suggest that 77 per cent of young black men will soon have their details held on the database.

The debate on the DNA database was called for by Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East Sarah Teather, who said, “The over-representation of black people on the Labour Government’s database should horrify anyone who cares about justice and fair play.”

Black Mental Health said there was a real danger that the DNA database “just reinforces the myth that black people are more likely to commit crime, and that is a very dangerous untruth”.

Ms Teather said: “The truth is, if you are black, you are no more likely to commit crime and more likely to be a victim of crime.”

Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health, said that black people tended to enter into mental health care through the police or criminal justice system.

“This means that countless people with healthcare needs are being criminalised in the process of seeking help. It is disturbing to know that those needing health care are on a criminal database,“ she said. “Wherever this is the case it is imperative that their details are removed as quickly as possible. This begs the question, what kind of a society criminalises those who need help?”

There are currently 500,000 people on the database with no current conviction, caution, formal warning or reprimand. Rev Paul Grey of the New Testament Church of God remains concerned over security issues after the Government admitted last November that the information of 25 million child benefit claimants and their parents had gone missing in the post.

The “injustices of bad science” could lead to the DNA information of being abused in the future, he said.

”The public have no way of knowing how secure this information is that they are taking. If someone steals your DNA what the implications?” he said. ”Loosing child benefit details is one thing, but a person‘s DNA is part of who they are. This is another hostile move against the freedom and civil liberty that should be protected.”

Pastor Desmond Hall, chair of Christians Together in Brent, added, ”The database most unwelcome and is bringing division rather than healing within our communities, as it is our young people being stopped by the police, often for no justifiable reason.

”We have no confidence in the Government controlling this, in light of the recent data losses we have seen, and this information in the wrong hands could be catastrophic.”

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Wait On the Lord Psalm 27:14

Posted by Job on February 29, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Do you know the story of Joshua and how the wall of Jericho fell down after the Israelites marched around it once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day? Why not just walk around Jericho one time? I think it was because God was testing their faith. God was teaching them that waiting time is not wasted time. Isaiah 28:16b says, “he that believeth shall not make haste.” God is never in a hurry like we are. We get upset when we miss a section in a revolving door! God is also never late. He knows what He is doing. Do you know what our problem is? We’ve been around Jericho six times and we’re ready to quit. Say with the psalmist: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

ACTION POINT: Are you single? Take comfort in knowing God knows your heart’s desire. Take courage in knowing God’s best is your purity. Though it may be hard to wait, God will honor your obedience.   share devotional with a friend    visit lwf.org

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Letters By John Newton

Posted by Job on February 29, 2008

The man who went from being slave trader to Anglican priest and wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

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John McCain Accepts The Endorsement Of Heretic John Hagee!

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

First Huckabee, then McCain, who was on record in 1999 as stating that he did not want to overturn Roe v. Wade. McCain also has a long record of opposing many of the things on Hagee’s political and religious agendas. This just proves that the guy who denies the Messiahship of Jesus Christ, claims that Jesus Christ was killed by Rome for His political beliefs,prophesied that the United States would attack Iran in 2007 (and is still demanding that we attack Iran!) and preaches dual covenant theology is simply in it for the power and money.

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Gospel For Asia Prayer Alert: Christians Kidnapped In India!

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

I am coming to you today asking for your fervent prayer for a group of Christians who have been kidnapped in Himachal Pradesh, India.  Read the full story here: http://links.mkt561.com/ctt?kn=3&m=989699&r=NTE2NDg4OTczNAS2&b=2&j=MTAyMDQ1NTQyS0&mt=1

Their captors are thought to be the anti-Christian extremist arm of the state’s ruling political party.  Initial reports are that the extremists are trying to get the Christians to renounce Christ and follow their country’s traditional religion.  Please join me in praying
for these Christians, that their faith would not waver.

K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President Gospel For Asia

About 40 Christians were kidnapped February 27 by anti-Christian radicals in Himachal Pradesh, India. The extremists reportedly took the Christians to a religious temple and are trying to force them to renounce Christ and return to the country’s dominant faith. Initial reports from the area indicate that some of those kidnapped are part of a Gospel for Asia-related church in the village where the kidnapping occurred.

GFA leaders in Himachal Pradesh ask for prayer for those who were captured, that they will stand firm in their faith, even in this difficult time. They also ask for prayer for the overall situation for Christians in this northwest Indian state.

An anti-Christian political party controls Himachal Pradesh, and it is possible that the group who kidnapped these Christians is affiliated with the political party. One of this party’s goals is to convert Christians to India’s predominant religion. It is not unusual for these extremists to kidnap believers and force them to bow before the statues that represent the country’s traditional gods. If the Christians refuse to bow to the statues, they risk being ostracized from society, which brings much shame in the Asian culture in which they live.The extremist ruling party believes that keeping people in the traditional religion brings unity to the state, and ultimately to the entire country. Since Christianity is so radically different than the other religions, a person’s decision to follow Christ creates friction
in families and sometimes entire villages.

Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous area that forms India’s border with Tibet. It is India’s
least evangelized state. Read about the history of this state here.

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Do Something in Your Life That Doesn’t Make Sense to Pagans

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

From Sharper Iron by Jason Janz at 1:00 am February 27, 2008. 344 views. Filed under: Uncategorized
Author’s Note: For the past nine months, I have been consumed with the vision of planting a church in downtown Denver. This vision has called me and my family to a life of travel, a part-time job, and constant change. As the owner of SI, I have felt detached from the site I started almost three years ago. I appreciate the crew that has pinch-hit for me. For the next week, I’d like to update you on what God has been showing me over the past nine months. I will do so by publishing some articles that I wrote for our prayer partners.In his 1931 book, The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams said, “If, as I have said, the things already listed were all we had to contribute, America would have made no distinctive and unique gift to mankind. But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” The American Dream has permeated this nation, but it has also spilled across the oceans to all nations of the world. Everyone understands the American Dream, and he pursues it with all his might. While we are familiar with seeing images of desperate Cubans endeavoring to land makeshift rafts on the beaches of Florida in their pursuit of this dream, many Americans are no different. They just look better in the pursuit. But under the cover of well-clothed, well-educated, well-cared-for Americans is a relentless pursuit of the same idea—a better, richer, fuller life than what I am currently experiencing. The pursuit leaves every player exasperated for one simple reason—it’s not the way God intended us to live.

God gives us strong admonitions to live for another world, another country. Our mode of operation is to be that of a pilgrim, not a consumer. When pagans compare our lives to theirs, we should look like idiots in their eyes. But I’m afraid most of the time we look pretty normal. We should have different economic strategies (kingdom giving), different time schedules (acts of mercy; times of personal, family, and corporate worship), different family priorities (parenting God’s way, time together), and different pursuits (kingdom of God, glory of God, people of God). However, I’m afraid that when the lives of most Christians are examined, they make complete sense to the average pagan. Materially, we have houses, cars, retirement plans, and five kinds of insurance so that we can have “risk-free” living. When it comes to our time, we spend more time having fun than serving the poor. We spend more time playing with our toys than meeting as believers, provoking one another to love and good works. I’m afraid that our diversions have become our delight in America. When it comes to what we live for, I’m afraid we display Babylonian desires for the latest and greatest . . . just like the pagans.

This thought has rolled around a lot in my mind mainly because of the reaction that I get from many Christians when they hear about our vision to plant a church in perhaps the darkest area of our city. On one hand, I’ve had very good friends wrinkle their noses when they hear that we are moving to the Five Points Neighborhood, the second-highest crime neighborhood in the city. I’m not sure of all the reasoning behind the wrinkle. It could be their own distaste for the area. It could be that our burden just doesn’t make sense. Or could it be that my life never really echoed a life that was willing to risk for the sake of the gospel? Did this decision seem out of step with my self-preserving bent? I don’t know. I just know that it’s time to repent of my self-serving ways and do something in my life that doesn’t make sense to pagans or . . . the average Christian . . . or perhaps even me. Without knowing it, I have often drunk at the fountain of the American Dream.

Am I scared? Absolutely. I do not want my home broken into. I do not want my kids hurt. My wife and I were on a plane flying to Orlando when I read a story in Christianity Today about a wife who did just what we are hoping to do in the city. On night she was raped while her husband was at a church meeting. (You can get her book here.) That stuff scares me to death.

On the back cover of John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life, he says,

I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader’s Digest: A couple “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball, and collect shells …” Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.” That is a tragedy.

Sadly, this type of wasted life is seen all over the Scriptures. When the twelve spies went to look at Canaan, ten of them shrank in fear even though God had already promised victory. Thousands of people wasted their lives because they valued comfort over godly courage. The Scriptures tell us that when a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it yields fruit unto life eternal. We don’t need more life in America; we need more death.

I want to encourage you to take a risk for the cause of Christ. Start some things only God can finish. Go somewhere where you don’t have all the answers before you begin—not for the sake of danger or to be viewed as heroic, but for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God.

  • Teenager, can you think of pursuing something greater this year than academic honors or a starting position? What about starting a ministry from scratch to minister to those in your school or community who need help?
  • College student, what about changing your major and ministry direction to go and be a missionary to a Muslim country where you face the real danger of being killed for your faith? That choice doesn’t make sense to pagans.
  • Moms, can you think of ways to stretch your children to do something that pagans wouldn’t think a child could do?
  • Dads, what about taking a missions trip instead of a family vacation? What about quitting your job, taking a pay cut, and going to work for a nonprofit organization that is doing the work of God?
  • Pastors, would your congregation say that you are risking something for the sake of the gospel in your community?
  • Retirees, are you using the best years of your life for the glory and work of God?

Someone once said that five minutes after stepping into heaven, we will know exactly how we were supposed to live. I know this—if we simply pursue the American Dream, we will hang our heads in shame. However, if we “fall into the ground and die,” we can anticipate a joyful entrance.

Jason Janz, SharperIron site publisher, is planting Providence Bible Church in downtown Denver. Formerly, he served as an assistant pastor at Red Rocks Baptist Church (Morrison, CO). He has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and is currently finishing a master’s degree in theology. He has been married to Jennifer for 10 years, and they have four boys. His interests include pastoring, reading, and wrestling with his boys. He likes SI because of how it helps serve pastors and church leaders.
If you would like to receive the Providence Bible Church e-newsletter or would like to be a prayer partner, you can sign up at www.providencedenver.org.

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What Is Your Burning Focus?

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Do you know what the problem with many of us is? Our faith is something tacked onto our lives. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters…” (Matthew 6:24). Do you believe that? You are to have but one goal in your life, and that is to know Jesus Christ personally, powerfully, passionately, and preeminently. Everything else will flow out of that. You say, “But wait a minute. I’ve got other things to do! I’ve got a job. I’ve got to rest. I’ve got to have recreation. I’ve got to have friends. I can’t just narrow my interests to one.” When you bring your life into a burning focus, all of these other things contribute to the main thing.

ACTION POINT:What is the burning focus of your life? Make it Jesus and you’ve made it!share devotional with a friend visit lwf.org

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Son of Martyred Missionary Become A Missions Aviation Pilot

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

by Teresa Neumann : Feb 28, 2008 : Christa Desrets – AP Original Link

“Reaching the world with the Gospel is going to take a good many folks. We won’t all be pilots or design aircraft. It’s going to take all of us doing what God has gifted us to do to reach the world.”

(Lynchburg, Va.)—Attending the missions aviation program at Liberty University, Jeff Burnham, son of the Martin and Gracia Burnham—the missions aviation missionaries who were kidnapped in the Philippines while on an anniversary celebration and held captive for more than a year—is set to follow in his late father’s footsteps. (Martin was killed during his captivity).

Missions pilot training is not for the faint of heart, but that hasn’t deterred Burnham. “I grew up with it, and so it was all I ever knew,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a pilot.” Of the year that Jeff lived without knowing if his parents were dead or alive, he says: “It was a shock at first, and it was a hard year to be away from them. But I don’t look back at it as a traumatizing experience. The Lord just really quieted our hearts at that time; it was amazing.”

Jeff’s mother has written of her and her husband’s captivity in the Philippines and recently spoke to the pilots-in-training at the Liberty campus. “Reaching the world with the Gospel is going to take a good many folks,” she said. “We won’t all be pilots or design aircraft. It’s going to take all of us doing what God has gifted us to do to reach the world…One of the lessons that I learned in the jungle is you don’t have to figure everything out, you just have to trust. God’s going to take care of him.”

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Evangelism Road Trip

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

A grueling schedule does not dampen the enthusiasm of Gospel for Asia’s mobile teams! These six-person teams will go to whatever lengths necessary to share the Good News with those who have never received it before. Click here to see how they do it.

Your prayers for these missionaries are making a difference as thousands hear the Gospel for the first time. Thank you for your heart for them!

Yours for the lost, K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President

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Failure Is Not Final Psalm 31:23

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful.” Psalm 31:23

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were two of the greatest baseball players of all time. Ty Cobb was known for his record number of stolen bases, and Babe Ruth was known for his record number of home runs. What you may not know is that Ty Cobb was also thrown out more than any other man in baseball trying to steal bases. And Babe Ruth struck out more than any other man in baseball! These fellows didn’t let their failures stop them, and neither should you! Fix your goal. Face your faults. Forget your failures. Failure in the Christian life is not final.

ACTION POINT: Maybe you or someone you know is feeling discouraged today. Remind them or yourself of the promise in Philippians 4:13. share devotional with a friend visit lwf.org

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Pollution Turns River Red In China!

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

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Show The Compassion Of Jesus Christ To Those That Have Lost Loved Ones

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

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(Luke 7:13)

One of the questions I get daily here at Liveprayer is how to help someone
who has lost a friend or loved one. When dealing with any issue, I try to
first go to the Gospels and see how Jesus handled a similar situation in His
life. There are several occasions when our Lord was confronted with death.

The Bible says that “he had compassion.” That gives us a roadmap. The first
thing we can do for someone is simply show compassion. It is not so much
what we say, but that we let them know we care. Just being there is often
the best thing you can do. Of course, praying for them is critical, as is
sharing with them that the only source of real comfort comes from God.

In these situations, we are often faced with the most difficult question of
all, why did God allow this to happen? We obviously have no answer. There
are never any good answers. The only thing that we can do is try and help
them understand that God is in control, and although we may never know why
something happened, it is a time to exercise our faith and trust God. Often,
these can be great witnessing opportunities for those who are not saved.
This is a time when many people are most open to the spiritual side of their
life and are looking for meaning and purpose.

I have a personal belief after many years of ministry that one reason some
people die when they do is because the Lord uses it to break through to a
hardened heart and allow many to know His love. Just sharing with them that
there is a Divine plan and purpose for each of us, and God loves us, can
often be the comforting words someone needs to hear to help them.
Ultimately, it is only God who can ease the pain and heartache a person goes
through during this tragic time.

Unfortunately, there is no exact formula since everyone handles grief in a
different way. Having compassion, praying, sharing the love of God are the
three things that can at least be a comfort to someone in that position. I
wish there were better words, more definite instruction that I could share
with you to help you as you face these times in your life. Know this, God is
the only source of true comfort there is. Prayer does work. Showing people
the love of Christ in these difficult times can be one of the strongest
witnesses you will ever give.

I will be praying for you today, that as you have the opportunity in your
life to help someone through this difficult time, God will use you in a
great and mighty way. It is at these times when we can really fulfill our
purpose of serving Him, to allow Him to use us as an instrument of comfort
to someone who is hurting. Don’t run from these opportunities, but be ready
for them and embrace them.

I love you, I care about you, and I am looking forward to one day meeting
each and every one of you in this life or in Heaven. Death is part of life,
but for those who know Christ as their Savior, everlasting life with our
Creator is our eternal destination. It will be a great day when we have a
Liveprayer reunion in Glory and I get to meet each and every one of you who
have made my life so special by allowing me to share our Lord with you each
day!!! May you be richly blessed this day as we work together for His
Kingdom!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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