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  • Christians Together : Busyness, priorities and stress reduction
    else He asked once more if the jar was full The students responded with an unanimous Yes The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand The students laughed Now said the professor as the laughter subsided I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life The golf balls are the important things your family your children your health your friends and your favourite passions and if everything else was lost and only they remained your life would still be full The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job your house and your car The sand is everything else the small stuff First things first If you put the sand into the jar first he continued there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls The same goes for life If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness Play with your children Take time to get medical checkups Take your spouse out to dinner Play another 18 holes There will always be time to clean the house and fix the mower Take care of the golf balls first the things that really matter Set your priorities The rest is just sand One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented The professor smiled I m glad you asked It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem there s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend See article R U 2 bi C 2 Christians Together 03 03 2011 Feedback page 1 2 RF Guest 04 03 2011 10 26 Almost all of this is excellent advice however number 30 does not fit absolutely perfectly with the notion of sin Peter armed with the items you have mentioned Jesus would have had a much more efficient way of conversing converting people it throws up a question about his timing of entering the world and another one about his decision to make his appearance in some comparatively obscure part of the world Yes many people are doing the best they can many are not lost broken sinful and rebellious I know that the church goes after those that it perceives to be so Andrea Guest 04 03 2011 11 40 Roland You seem to like Bible references to back up what we say so all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romand 3 23 Peter Carr 04 03 2011 16 39 RF said Yes many people are doing the best they can many are not lost broken sinful and rebellious I know that the church goes after those that it perceives to be so Well there is man s opinion

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  • Christians Together : Ted Haggard looking for restoration
    for restoration High profile former pastor Ted Haggard who resigned from his ministry followig a drug and sex scandal asks in an interview why secular stars like Tiger Woods can be restored by not church leaders In his third featured interview this year former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard asks why it is so hard for the Church to live out its teachings on forgiveness and restoration noting that the secular world is doing a better job at this than Christians The differentiation between the Church and everybody else is that we should respond with restoration healing hope to people s sin condition our sin condition We re losing that right now he argues in a new video interview with Lifetree Café a Christian based network of local discussion groups He expresses frustration that many celebrities including Martha Stewart Michael Vick Tiger Woods David Letterman were restored by their secular organizations compared to Christian leaders including himself who do not receive restoration by the church Read full article in The Christian Post Question How well does the Christian church handle personal problems amongst its leader and its people Footnote Ted Haggard resigned as lead pastor of the 14 000 New Life

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  • Christians Together : Are we experiencing the 'rod of His anger'?
    are seeing in North Africa at the moment could be a 21st century repetition of much earlier times with the Coptic Christians in Egypt experiencing today the same apprehensions as their predecessor felt in the 7th century when nascent Islam swept along that Mediterranean coastline A modern invasion and captivity We are witnessing the effects of a post Christian society producing political policies and new legislation which are increasingly being employed to limit freedom of expression and public profession of the Christian faith Meanwhile militants from a different faith backround run amok in our streets carrying placards speying hate and calling for the death of British soldiers while police officers look on and take no action It is an interesting question which is sometimes asked Was God the ultimate instigator of the Holocaust cf Job 1 8 Whatever the answer we can safely say in His omnipotence that He allowed it We can also say Hitler s demonic plan was substanially instrumental in fulfilling the recreation of the Jewish state and the nation of Israel as fore ordained by God Isa 11 11 12 Ezek 38 8 Zech 10 9 10 Just as in an earlier age the ten northern tribes were overrun in 722BC by Tiglath Pileser III so were Judah and Benjamim taken captive into Babylon over a century later by Nebuchadnezzar II Now a modern day Babylon in the form of the European Union is imposing its dictatorial will through crippling legislation upon those countries that are within its sway The very vocal supporters of this godless empire have now all gone quiet as to argue in favour of the burgeoning superstate would display a remarkable naivety in relation to the increasingly explicit agendas and political subterfuge which runs in the veins of this latter day Frankenstein The former anti communist dissident Vladimir Bukovsky put it so well I have lived in your future and it didn t work Could it be and in a paradoxical alliance of strange bedfellows that the forces of secular humanism political intrigue and radical Islam will today be what God would term the rod of My anger Has God indeed given us as a nation over to the rod of His anger Biographical notes Dr Stanley Monteith a former orthopedic surgeon for 35 years has for over 40 years traveled the world and researched extensively about the people and organizations who work to bring our nation as well as the rest of the world under the control of the international corporate elite His principal areas of expertise are the organizational spiritual and medical aspects of this phenomenon Dr Monteith currently spends five hours daily on talk radio across the nation He writes extensively and lectures on geopolitics He is the author of AIDS The Unnecessary Epidemic and his most recent book Brotherhood of Darkness is in its 8th printing Vladimir Bukovsky is a notable former Soviet political dissenter author and political activist He was one of the first to expose the

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  • Christians Together : Blogging: a subtle appeal to human pride?
    site I have a love hate relationship with social media Some days I want to divorce myself from all of it press the delete button and never look at another Facebook page Other days I spend far too much time looking through the pages and pictures and eavesdropping on other s lives I have a Facebook page and I do Twitter I am LinkedIn and tied to several other features of today s social media landscape Like you I am astounded at the power and influence this has throughout the world The best example is what is happening in the Middle East where turmoil continues to bring changes and threatens to reshape the region Facebook and the Internet are at the heart of these events with people rallied to e streets in protest when summoned by announcements sent through these social forces We are all watching the power of the web impact our lives We are connected to people and events in ways we never imagined a few years ago well at least the way many of us never imagined Those 30 and under have no problem adapting to this new reality My generation can remember when news and ideas didn t spread quite as rapidly as the flick of a tweet Today nothing remains secret for longer than a nanosecond Where we are and what we are doing can be transmitted instantly at will and even against our will if our cell phone is on because it will continually plot our location to marketers This power continues to influence events beyond the control of leaders in every walk of life To ignore this reality is lethal to any organization Reading of the recent upheaval in Egypt and the role the Internet played reminded me of a scripture from the book of Daniel Daniel sought to understand the meaning of all the prophecies of future events he was given to record but God said the meaning would remain locked until the end time But you Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase Daniel 12 4 We are certainly in the time of vastly increasing knowledge Whether all that knowledge is true noble or pure is not always relevant Whether it s used to build a world based on righteous principles is not always considered Whether it builds or destroys is not always watched Knowledge can be considered neutral and left to find its own level in the marketplace of ideas and information But in this process more harm can be done than good Daniel had no idea what was being described We who are living through the fulfillment of the prophecy have our moments when we can t understand what we see But we are in the midst of an information and technology revolution that is reshaping our world We can t escape it even if we feel overwhelmed by what we

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  • Christians Together : The Word is not enough.
    with someone else or something else But it is a general statement I was once married out now married in The difference is indescribable I think Watchman was referring to specific and detailed choices and the passage is in general Stay with our own kind Watchman Guest 11 01 2011 16 35 Responding to Vic The metaphor of the workplace said Of course these supervisors should never be found to be giving directions which are contrary to the general wishes of the Board I meant this to mean that the Holy Spirit will never give direction which is contrary to God the Father and His Word I will maybe ask Ed if I can add that to the text Responding to Peter The verse you quote gives general universal instruction There is no way that it gives particular instruction regarding who exactly should be a business partner or wife Indeed in the final analysis it is not for us we are not able to judge with absolute certaintly whether someone is born again or not So in these circumstances we must rely on the voice of Spirit in making partnership decisions Peter Carr 11 01 2011 17 33 There is no way that it gives particular instruction regarding who exactly should be a business partner or wife It does give specific instruction with regards to not marrying a non Christian which is a danger for far too many of God s people nowadays Watchman Guest 11 01 2011 17 49 Peter I don t know if you are married or not but if you are I doubt if you can quote the verse that showed you the particular wife that you are married to The instruction the Word is specific in general terms it doesn t dictate who the exact person that one should marry or where to build a house or church or whether to build a house or church or what car to buy etc etc etc But I m sure that you get the point I am trying to make smile Peter Carr 11 01 2011 18 01 Watchman said but if you are I doubt if you can quote the verse that showed you the particular wife that you are married to It so happens that I can because not only did the Lord lead me to the wife of His choosing but also the children that He wanted me to be the father of Ps 68 6 God sets the lonely in families He also led us to the house of His choosing through His word Ps 37 5 6 Commit your way to the LORD trust in him and he will do this He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn your vindication like the noonday sun Sorry but the life of faith is not as black and white as is sometimes portrayed S Suddick Guest 11 01 2011 18 11 The very first paragraph of the article is surely in error

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  • Christians Together : The Bible in One Year 2011
    is the 400th anniversary of the Bible become available in the language of the common man and woman As an encouragement to us all to take further hold of the word of God this Christians Together web site is offering a set of daily readings At the UK Coronation ceremony the Monarch is presented with a Bible and the words We present you with this Book the most valuable thing this world affords Here is wisdom This is the Royal Law These are the lively oracles of God It s such a wonderfully true quote not just applicable to a king or queen but to us all Perhaps if we thought of reading the Bible more as reading the most valuable thing this world affords we would be more willing to sit and spend time reading it The Responses section below will be updated daily d v in a manner which will progress through the whole of the Bible in one year Caveat See also article Study Bibles danger handle with care Tip Instaverse is a piece of free software which once installed will produce pop ups of Bible verses on mouse over of any Bible reference Christians Together 09

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  • Christians Together : Six 'megathemes' for the church: a review of 2010
    concerns or relational pressures Spiritual practices like contemplation solitude silence and simplicity are rare It is ironic that more than four out of five adults claim to live a simple life Practical to a fault Americans consider survival in the present to be much more significant than eternal security and spiritual possibilities Because we continue to separate our spirituality from other dimensions of life through compartmentalization a relatively superficial approach to faith has become a central means of optimizing our life experience 4 Among Christians interest in participating in community action is escalating Largely driven by the passion and energy of young adults Christians are more open to and more involved in community service activities than has been true in the recent past While we remain more self indulgent than self sacrificing the expanded focus on justice and service has struck a chord with many However despite the increased emphasis churches run the risk of watching congregants engagement wane unless they embrace a strong spiritual basis for such service Simply doing good works because it s the socially esteemed choice of the moment will not produce much staying power To facilitate service as a long term way of living and to provide people with the intrinsic joy of blessing others churches have a window of opportunity to support such action with biblical perspective And the more that churches and believers can be recognized as people doing good deeds out of genuine love and compassion the more appealing the Christian life will be to those who are on the sidelines watching Showing that community action as a viable alternative to government programs is another means of introducing the value of the Christian faith in society 5 The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church Our biblical illiteracy and lack of spiritual confidence has caused Americans to avoid making discerning choices for fear of being labeled judgmental The result is a Church that has become tolerant of a vast array of morally and spiritually dubious behaviors and philosophies This increased leniency is made possible by the very limited accountability that occurs within the body of Christ There are fewer and fewer issues that Christians believe churches should be dogmatic about The idea of love has been redefined to mean the absence of conflict and confrontation as if there are no moral absolutes that are worth fighting for That may not be surprising in a Church in which a minority believes there are moral absolutes dictated by the scriptures The challenge today is for Christian leaders to achieve the delicate balance between representing truth and acting in love The challenge for every Christian in the U S is to know his her faith well enough to understand which fights are worth fighting and which stands are non negotiable There is a place for tolerance in Christianity knowing when and where to draw the line appears to perplex a growing proportion of Christians in this age of tolerance 6 The influence

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  • Christians Together : Technology in the church: a good thing?
    and Generation Next by presenting the gospel as relevant urgent and useful as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come 1 Timothy 4 8 Paul wrote I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some I do it all for the sake of the gospel that I may share with them in its blessings 1 Corinthians 9 21 23 While we cannot afford to be left behind technologically neither can we afford to go beyond the will of Christ or cheapen the Bible s truths This is one technological challenge the scientists won t be able to solve for us Footnote There are pros and cons in all of this Feel free to list them Unknown Christians Together 17 12 2010 Feedback page 1 2 Phil Maclean Guest 19 12 2010 09 59 Paul you have mentioned one of the serious problems of our age dependence on technology Perhaps a power failure or two on a few Sunday mornings would help us to cope without it Or would we just lock up our buildings and go home A major problem is the extend to which Christians no longer carry their Bibles to church and merely read verses off a screen I wonder what the Bereans would htink of that Penny Lee 19 12 2010 10 44 I think we need to stop feeling guilty about using modern technology We have to keep up with advancements and use them to our advantage as regards spreading the gospel There will always be negative ways to use such technology but that s not the fault of the technology itself and we shouldn t use that as an excuse for our own failings I recently bought my husband an eReader and have installed on it a Bible and daily readings It s great to only have to take the one device rather than separate ones God s Word is the same whether it s in an ancient Bible or a modern eReader And I just love my musical keyboard and play hymns almost exclusively on it Pawlo 19 12 2010 13 37 For me its not so much a guilt about the use of the technology but a concern about the impact of taking valuable resources from poorer countries at the expense of those countries whilst we ignorantly enjoy life with a limited cost to ourselves I know its not that clear cut though We Britan import almost everything having propped ouselves up with the greedy prospects of north sea oil and gas and cheap money All british agriculture and industry is traded off for the benifits of global empire that no one votes for This is a direct product of the imbalance that comes with technology and as for global governance we know where that is going Martin Lisemore 19 12 2010 15 39 We are at the sharpest end of the advance of technology But let s look at techno in a different light Try seeing it as a gift of a loving Creator to His highest creation It s the uses we find for techno which are questionable I see no problems with churches and fellowships using techno to further their work It s the way techno is received which is dangerous We must continue in the Bible and I don t see if it matters whether a person reads it on screen or from a paper version For myself I have a 26 year old NIV which has travelled around Europe and most of the UK with me It s worn tatty a little stained and heavily colour marked I also from time to time use 13 other translations besides Strong s and Vines etc If I go to a church that has a projector I m happy to use that If they have a power failure We ll read from my battered NIV I also have a programme called e Sword on a Windows computer and use that extensively for referencing and sometimes reading When we have power cuts here about a dozen times a year for days on end we light oil lamps and read our paper Bibles Paul I deeply receive your point about techno It s not for everyone to dive in the deep end and survive since we re not all built the same Although I work with computers in my one man business I struggle with a toaster and a steam iron foozles me utterly I usually burn my self Show me HTML or some Objective C coding and I can read it like a book The mistake of the West is to assume those that can will and the rest are left behind That s not my stand The mistake of the computer industry is not making software for those who s skills lie in other more vital areas It s no slur if you don t get on with techno I don t like it don t approve of our dependency on it but it s all I could do 10 years ago when no one would employ me I guess this reads like a blog It s not at all I ve written some opinions from inside the computer business because we usually hear from those outside it For what it s worth I find the rapid march of technology frightening and struggle now like Paul did to keep up with it At my age within a couple of years I will plateau out and hopefully all but leave it alone Penny Lee 19 12 2010 17 39 As a child I can occasionally remember my Gran giving me a sixpence and sending me up to her neighbour above to phone my father It wasn t that she couldn t necessarily have afforded a phone of her own but she was frightened of it as she didn t understand it Today I have a husband who is

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