CONNECTIONS News – 09/04/2011

For week of September 4, 2011
Issue 372

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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“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”
Jeremiah 32:17

“A healthy family is sacred territory.”
Author Unknown

A New Hampshire auction house has revealed that NASA’s first “lunar Bible” is among the hundreds of items from a Space and Aviation Artifacts auction that will be open to the public this month.

The tiny object, an intact microfilm of the King James Bible containing all 1,245 pages and measuring 1.5 x 1.5 inches, will be included in the auction by PR Auction on the company’s website ( beginning Sept. 15.

The starting bid for the rare artifact was set at $5,000.

The Bible, produced by the Apollo Prayer League, was carried to the surface of the moon by astronaut Edgar Mitchell during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971.

The Apollo Prayer League consisted of NASA engineers, scientists, administrators, and astronauts and was led by Chaplain John Stout.

Hundreds of copies of the lunar Bible were made, but the one being put on sale by PR Auction was reportedly only one of a dozen other intact versions still in existence…. Read this in full at

Christianity Today Editorial
At their annual summer convention, the Southern Baptists passed a resolution expressing “profound disappointment with Biblica and Zondervan Publishing House” for publishing the 2011 New International Version, concluding that “we cannot commend the 2011 NIV to Southern Baptists or the larger Christian community.”

The resolution strikes us as divisive, shortsighted, and something that brings us, and no doubt the majority of the Christian community, profound disappointment.

To be fair, the resolution was not brought to the convention by the resolution committee, which wisely determined that the convention did not need to comment on the new translation. The resolution was the work of a single delegate, and only one other person spoke on its behalf. But no one on the convention floor spoke against it, and eyewitnesses say that up to 90 percent of the delegates raised their ballots to signal their approval.

The issue at stake is what the resolution called the NIV’S “gender-neutral methods of translation,” saying the 2011 NIV has “gone beyond acceptable translation standards.”

Whose translations standards are they talking about? The translation principle the resolution refers to is properly called “dynamic equivalence” or “functional equivalence.” Such translations try to do something on the order of common sense: When arriving at a word or phrase that literally says one thing but functionally means another, they choose the functional meaning…. Read this in full at

The summer sun beats down on camouflaged Kevlar helmets. Weighed down by heavy body armor, men and women of the cloth are crawling through sand, under barbed wire and learning how to run with soldiers. Explosions in woods simulate the battlefield as an instructor barks commands.

“You are not following simple instructions! Cover me while I move! Got you covered! Let’s go!”

This is the US Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where the Army trains clergy of all faiths how to survive in combat…. Read this in full at

A new blog about how following Jesus works in real life – not in theory – has just been launched. It’s about how men can experiment with applying biblical truth to everyday life. Mentor Clare De Graaf encourages men to think and act more boldly as a follower of Jesus, so they’ll be inspired to live a life that truly makes God look good. As he says, if we don’t do that, “we might as well go out and hit a bucket of balls on Sunday mornings.” Put on your weekly reading list.

Clare has also just published the book, The 10 Second Rule. Here’s what others are saying about it:

“Rarely does a book jolt me into immediate action. The 10 Second Rule did just that. After laying the book down I kneeled down and recommitted myself to “doing the next thing Jesus asks me to do.” This book will wreak all kinds of good havoc in all who read it.”
Bill Hybels
Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

“With unblinking transparency, Clare De Graaf says…what most of us secretly know about ourselves, which often keeps us from living the life God blesses. Living The Rule is the way forward! 10 seconds can change your life.”
John Ortberg
Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, CA

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, millions of Americans flocked to churches and houses of worship. But, for most, the shift in spiritual behavior was short lived. According to tracking research by the Barna Group, within a few months the spiritual lives of the nation’s population were back to pre-attack levels.

Now at the tenth anniversary of America’s largest terrorist event, a new analysis of Barna Group tracking data examines the long-term spiritual profile at one of the epicenters of the attacks—New York City and the surrounding media market. Based on analysis of research conducted over the last 14 years, the study shows that the faith profile of residents of the New York market has changed significantly over the last decade and a half, but many of these shifts may not be attributable to 9-11.

Residents of the New York City media market are more spiritually active today than they were in the late 1990s – and more so than they were in 2001. Reported weekly church attendance, for instance, was lowest in 1999 and 2000 (31%), but has since grown to represent 46% of the market’s residents. (Note: Although the vast majority of church attendance stems from Protestant churches and Catholic parishes, Barna Group’s religious attendance measure does not exclude those of other faith groups who participate in other weekly religious events.)

In addition to worship attendance, several other measures of faith also showed increases in the New York market, including Bible reading (growing from 29% to 35%) and those who qualify as having an active faith. Active-faith adults, a multiple-activity indicator that represents those who pray, read the Bible and attend church in a typical week, has increased from 17% to 24%.

Also reflecting the overall rise in spiritual participation, the percentage of residents of the New York area who are unchurched – defined as those who have not attended a worship service in the last six months – declined from 42% to 34%…. Read this in full at

Ten years ago this Sept. 11, terrorists flew commercial planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a failed attempt that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. These suicide attacks of horrific carnage stunned the world and caused many to turn for consolation to spiritual faith and sacred scriptures. For this tenth anniversary, the following Bible verses of solace are taken from the Common English Bible (, the newest modern English translation released last month.
I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (CEB)

My God is my rock — I take refuge in him! — he’s my shield and my salvation’s strength, my place of safety and my shelter. My savior! Save me from violence! 2 Samuel 22:3 (CEB)

But you, LORD, are my shield! You are my glory! You are the one who restores me. Psalm 3:3 (CEB)

I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, LORD, let me live in safety. Psalm 4:8 (CEB)

The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed — a safe place in difficult times. Psalm 9:9 (CEB)

The LORD is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock — I take refuge in him!


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