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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas fagtl Church Life Friday Feb HerdkJZettung Religion in the news National Conference on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare set Melodyland Anaheim Califbr nla will host a National Confer ence on Prayer and Spiritual War fare on Feb 2123 Speakers will include C Peter Wagner Dick Eastman Francis Frangipane Ed Silvoso Cindy Jacobs Tom White and Bob Beckett Workshops include one on Executive Intercession by Gary Bergel of DFA For details phone tollfree 18003336506 Divorced father appeals case to Supreme Court A divorced father who is forbid den to share his religious beliefs with his children has appealed the case to the Supreme Court Accoding to a Wisconsin court filling Robert Lange can visit his children only in the presence of a third party to ensure that he does not mention his faith Langes ex wife who does not agree with his Christian beliefs was awarded custody of their three children t 4 Global March for Jesus set A climax of three years of building the heaviest concentra non of prayer into world evange is scheduled for Saturday June 1 A global March for Jesus in levery time zone will unite the worldwide Christian community For an outline of activities send a stamped envelope to IFA Box 4477 Leesburg 22075 Deck of saints Trading cards tHoly Traders Saints a life in cards Holy Traders a line of trading cards based on the lives of Catholic saints soon will be going headtohead with cards featuring Baseball players motorcyclists and even criminals Jim Shanley of Aziriah Compa ny in Boynton Beach Florida was Inspired to develop the cards after he heard about serial killer trading pards Shanley a Roman Catholic the project has relevance for fall denominations The purpose is to move chil to he said Here is opportunity for a series of cards will have really positive solid Jjole models and spiritual guides Ifor the f The cards produced by Champs jn Ohio feature pictures and infor Btation about the lives and accom rCabrini Saint Rrancis of Assisi jjjnd Mary the mother of Jesus The first set was released in Jan and includes 40 cards for Shantey hopes to have the sec aet available and on the mar by Easter i Church Ufe access Jo luve and of your church published in Church Ufe tend release BraunfeJt Fax to 6251224 Call Jtanaglng Editor Mark Lyon THE FENCE LINE Stretched for mites the old fence line severed the winter day field like an old scar Solid cedar posts had held against wind and rain Texas sum mer sun and blue winter northers Countless boys had undoubtedly torn their pockets as they chased rabbits through the old fence which stood as an enduring symbol of conquered earth a fixed monument of the simplest of mans control With a cruel metal barb twist a whole continent was tamed or seemingly so But look closer with me if you will Can you count the fence posts run ning straight and even Can you see clearly to match the step of those whose backs pounded the digger and stuck the post Is the way clear where the crew of rednecked boys broke hands to blister and sweat to foam as they cleared cedar and thorns to lay a straight line No Because where there is fence line there is hackberry and thorn What was thought to be controlled by divi sion is the first to be retrieved by the bramble As it stoically stands sentry over boundaries of man the fence line is swallowed by the march of nature I watched a man entrenched by his religion He was immovable Proud and positioned by his doctrine he was incapable of being pushed off his mark There he stood to declare that the church could not move beyond his boundary At first his clear lines of division were like bright new wire and clean ly stripped posts in an open field But time and consequences were his ene my Slowly the seeds of bitterness sprang from beneath Soon the brush was wire high Useless little scrub pushed against now weathered post And over the years the insolence of immovable doctrine and useless reli giosity were obliterated from sight All that was left was scrub and thorns where the fine fence had been I watched a man set his comer post in pride His marriage partner had long been hurting wanting noth ing more than real conversation and feeling Too proud to admit his own need for help he built his line double strand straight The birds of bitter ness and stupidity flew to rest and seeded his fence with the thorns and thistles of anger and confusion His wife gave up long ago of ever mov ing the boundary She goes lacking but by God theres a fence line that will never move And so go many of the fences that we erect in our lives Thinking that fences will protect us from interfer ence we control our space by erect ing hot wires of doctrine pride and the like But like the fences in the field it is only a matter of time before our boundary is obliterated by the bramble and thorns of confusion and bitterness Be careful where you set the post Good fences you see can make good neighbors Or just separate us from the neighbors we love Why not walk your fence line and see what I kind you have Dennis J Gallaher is Pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church of New Braunfels See and Act Comal County women prepare for local service of World Day of Prayer for Middle East peace By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Women from throughout Comal County will gather March 4 for a special prayer service dedicated to peace in the Middle East The service was written by Chris tian women who live in the occu pied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip And as Comal County women gather for the service women around the globe will also be gath ering and praying The 1994 World Day of Prayer service will take place at First Protestant Church at the comer of Seguin and Coll streets on Friday March 4 Fellowship and sharing will begin at 0 and the prayer service will start at 10 The event is organized by Church Women United The service was written by women who live in the occupied said Lois Swander sec retary of the local Church Women United I didnt realize before I started working on this how many Christian women there are in those areas And they have suffered per secution since the Fifth Century but they have held onto their The theme of the service this year is Go See and Swander said that the ongoing peace negotiations in the Middle East make this years theme and area of focus particularly appropriate Each year they choose a differ ent theme and a different country Last year it was Swan der said We feel God does answer prayer and as we study and learn about each other and pray for peace in a specific area we can focus on and God does work in ways we do GO SEE AND AC by of Polctilrv WORLD DAY OF PRAYER March 4 1994 not Swander said The 1994 service is based on the story of Christ1 s passion and resur rection as told in the Gospels of Luke and Mark The authors are Lutheran Episco palian Catholic and Orthodox Christian women who identify themselves as Palestinians They share their personal stories while calling upon all people to work toward reconciliation and jus tice World Day of Prayer was found ed in 1887 and calls upon commu nities to join in informed prayer and prayerful confessing individual and national sins with offerings that fitly express the con Offerings received from World Day of Prayer participants in the united States help support Church Women Uniteds ecumenical work Swander said the World Day of Prayer also gives women of differ ent denominations the chance to mix together at a prayer service Church Women United also sponsors two other events each year the May Fellowship Day and in November World Community Day For more information on World Day of Prayer call Betty Drawe at 6251868 or contact the national office of Church Women United at 475 Riverside Drive Room 812 New York NY 10115 School prayer proposal swaps religious liberty for social control Baptist ethicist says By KEN CAMP Special to the HeratdZeitung School prayer resolutions approved by more than half of the counties in Texas show that some politicians are willing to trade reli gious liberty for social and religious control according to a Texas Baptist public policy expert In effect the resolutions propose that children in public schools be exposed to the prayers of whatever religious majority may control that schools board said Weston Ware citizenship associate with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission the social concerns agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Preserving religious liberty in our country is a lot more important than any perceived benefits to come from schoolroom prayers determined by some political he said Resolutions urging that prayer by reinstated in public schools have been approved by commissioners courts in 134 Texas counties city council in more than 50 municipali ties and the boards of several dis tricts Scott Armey Denton County Commissioner introduced the first such resolution last June 22 and has spearheaded the effort to get other counties and local governing bod ies to endorse the measure While there are genuine problems in public education the absence of classroom prayers is not their cause and the inclusion of such prayers would not be their solution Ware said It is unfortunate that the issue has become politicized to the degree that many people feel that some form of politically determined religious guidance perhaps including prayer would save our he said The religious free speech rights of students already are protected under the Equal Access Act of 1984 according to Ware Under the act by the Supreme Court in 1990 if a public secondary school allows stu dentinitiated groups to meet on cam pus during noninstructional time the school cannot discriminate on the basis of the religious political or philosophical content of the speech at such meetings The act allows secondary school students to join together voluntarily for prayer Bible study devotions and religious instruction How much better to call upon students to express their own free dom of religious speech as opposed to calling for a dangerous change in the Constitution that could put the state in the business of religious instruction which would threaten the religious liberty of us Ware said Supporters of the school prayer resolution say the issue should be left in the hands of local communi ties Local control means local major ity control As Baptists we dont believe in a local majority religious group dictating the religious prac tices of that Ware said Anywhere the religious majority rules religious practice the religious minority in that community will be the victim Politicians love a bandwagon and sometimes the less thought peo ple give to an issue the more willing they are to jump on board Cam paigns such as mis are fueled by pol Singles Bible Study planned today In New Braunfels Singles Bible Study will be held on Friday Feb 18 at pjo at Ufa KraftUne New Braunfels Child cam will be provided at Tree OfUieFeJJowship All are invited to join in studying the Word of God afterwanl St Johns members to attend meeting in San Antonio Membenj of St Johns Episcopal Church r Friday and Saturday in sccrationof Rev as Bishop Coad jutor of the Diocese Mayofa Prayer Breakfast sot for March 21 at civic center be f f f r Degree from The University of Iowa Master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Sem inary and Doctor of Ministries from Oral Roberts University John Eidsmoes congenial nature and inter esting anecdotes captivate audiences He will bring to life the men and women who framed the Constitution and those who laid a philo sophical base in proceeding centuries His extensive research in writing Christian Jty and the Constitution and broad academic training provides a wealth of knowledge on Which to draw Johns handson experience in the court room classroom and military have sprinkled his talks with lively and relevant current appli cations of the Constitution Lent luncheons to begin at ft Johns on Feb 25 St Johns Episcopal Church Lenten Lun cheons will begin on Feb 25 from 12 to 1 Bach Friday during Lent volunteers will pn vide a light lunch of soup and salad in the parish hall to tbose who wish to take advan tage of this time of fellowship St Johns Episcopal Church is located at 312 S Guentber For more information call phone 6252532 Carol Everett to speak Fob 27 In Now Braunfels IntomatJonally known prolife speaker Cwol Everett will be in New Braunfels Sunday Feb 27 to speak about her unique experience as both an abortion consumer and provider Her perspective offers an inside look at the abwtiwi industry through the eyes of an ex insider Besides speaking to laige audiences all over the United States Canada And Australia she has been heard and seen on radio and tele vi in courts of law and legislatures throughout our nation Everett wiU be speaking at Dayspring Christian Fellowship at and at Firet Baptist Church in the Christian Ufe Center behind the sanctuary at in the evening Search for Significance offered locally The Center for Quality Living offers to the coioinunity Search for SJgnJflcance class through March 10 Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 at 947 ft Loop 337 There is no cost for the class which covers how self esteem is biodered through stumbling blocks like blame guilt shame and perfec tionism Ways to enhance self image will be explored from a Christian perspective Dr Lewis E Lee to lead revival at Southlake Baptist Dr Lewis E Lee of San Antonio will lead a fourday revival entitled Look and Live sched uled for Sunday through Wednesday Feb 27 March 2 at Southlake Baptist Church of Canyon Dr Lee is Director of Missions for San Anto nio Baptist Association Five revival services are planned said the Rev Dean N Lloyd Southlake Pastor Lloyd said the services will be held at 11 Sunday Feb 27 with evening services set for Sun day Monday Tuesday and Wednesday Special music is also planned for each service Lloyd said The church is located at 77 FM 3159 across from the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop erative headquarters A native of Texas Dr Lee was educated at Baylor University Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary He is also a graduate of the Institute de Lengua Espaftola of San Jose Costa Rica Dr and Mrs Lee have four daughters All are married and all are active in their churches One is a missionary in Brazil
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