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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                8AO HeraldZeltung O Friday April Church Life li T6 talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life call 6259144 ext 220 Church Life Its Flying back from overseas I suddenly realized that 1 did not know what day it was Having crossed the international date line and seven or eight time zones in only a few hours I was really disoriented or calendar challenged if you prefer The truth is I didnt have a clue as to the day time or date I was totally confused Searching the widebodied plane for a friendly stewardess I noticed one walking down the aisle toward me who actually seemed to enjoy her job Excuse I said leaning over to give her the idea that this was an embarrassing matter Im a little confused What day is it Obviously my question had been a matter of timing asked before She gave me the whole rundown Time where we were headed and where we had been Current day and date She even threw in the year just in case and all with a big smile and an offer to bring me a soda Fixing my watch for the fifth or sixth time in as many days I was thankful that someone had thought to keep such good track of Dennis Gallaher details like this More thankful though that it wasnt left up to me I view life with broad strokes you might say Details have never been my long suit except when it comes to certain things like writing or public speaking I then become intensely detailed which makes up for the fact that I seldom know the date offhand thats what watches are for and I seldom have any gas in my car It usually makes no difference to me the lack of details in my thinking that is But that day on the plane I was reminded of a little psalm that instructs in great detail with very few words The psalm says this So teach us to number the days that we may present to Thee a heart ofwisdom Does God really care if we waste time Is it really so important that we know where we are headed and why Are we just here on earth to live the good life Does God have purpose and intent for all The psalmist answers in the affirmative Jesus does too It was one of the last days before he was crucified As he crested the hill that overlooks Jerusalem he began to weep His choked words were spiced with poignancy You did not recognize the time of your he said A whole nation had forgotten to Scenes from the Bible The Ark Passes over Jordan Joshua gouache and watercolor on Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum of Art New York Biblical painting exhibit under way The Old Testament comes to life in full color in a special exhibition titled J James Tissots Biblical Paintings A Victorians View of the at the San Antonio Museum of Art The exhibition organized by The Jewish Museum New York consists of more than 50 original watercolor paintings completed by J James Tissot one of Frances leading 19thcentury artists The display coordinated by Museum Director Dr Douglas Hyland will be on view at the museum through June 22 Inspired by a religious vision the French painter J James Tissot 18361902 undertook at tremendous project a series of nearly 700 paintings illustrating the life of Jesus and the Hebrew Bible Celebrated today for his portraits of fashionable society in London and Paris Tissot received the greatest acclaim during his lifetime for his religious paintings He devoted the last 17 years of his life to this work which he described as not labor but This relatively unknown body of work reflects Tissots involvement with biblical studies as well as archaeological and geographical research and presents a broad sample of the events themes and rich imagery of ancient Israel The exhibition presents a small selection from his 373 gouaches of the Hebrew Bible Beginning with the Creation the first selection focuses on the tales of Adam and Eve Cain and Abel Noah and the ark and Abraham and Isaac The next selection Exodus recreates the trials and tribulations of Moses to free the Israelites from Egyptian bondage The final selection centers on the wanderings across the Red Sea and the desert toward the Holy Land and the Israelites ultimate crossing of the Jordan River Spanning the years of Queen Victorias reign Tissots life neatly encompasses the Victorian age and reflects its preoccupations Scientific theories emerging in the late 19th century TU o lt j Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum New York The Plague of Files Exodus gouache and watercolor on most notably Charles Darwins theory of evolution began to change the way Europeans looked at nature and at history The resulting backlash brought about a religious revival and a general increase in spiritualism Tissot hoping to reconcile the concepts of faith and science attempted to substantiate biblical narrative with archaeological evidence Nevertheless his concentrated production of biblical illustrations is a testament to his profound personal religiosity Submitted by the San Antonio Museum of Art number its days The world did not recognize the time that God came to visit There is so much that robs us of time nowadays Activity strangles the life out of many and numbs the sensitivity to the hour day and time While many pass through life oblivious to the hour God is marking off the days and hours in each life At some time unknown to all the end will come Everyone will face the Makers words Tell me how you numbered your Were they numbered with the pursuit of money and prestige Were they marked with anger pride and arrogance Were they bordered by the lie tomorrow Ill get right with God Or are your days numbered in such a way that on that Day you will be present a life marked by wise living God is visiting our land uniquely as I write It is too early to say that spiritual revival has overtaken our country but there is an undeniable hunger among tens of millions of Americans for spiritual growth This is the hour and the day of Gods unique visitation Dont let it pass you by without sober thought Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Churches reinvent Sunday school Programs eyed as missionary to future Associated Press NASHVILLE Tenn AP Sunday school once belittled by Life magazine as the most wasted hour in the United States is making a comeback Bruised by declining attendance and naysayers who labeled it this wellrooted American tradition now is seen as the best tool to renew congregational life and reverse dwindling membership in churches say leaders in several mainline Protestant denominations As the Sunday school goes so goes the says Warren Hartman who studied enrollment trends while overseeing Christian education for the millionmember United Methodist denomination during some of its lean years Hartman says 65 percent or more of all members still enter the church through its classrooms Thus he says the vitality of church school is both a leading indicator and a major determinant of church membership trends We discovered theres a direct correlation between the number of adults involved in Sunday school and the rate of dropouts in each Hartman says Changes that usually occur first in Sunday school enrollment can show up as much as five years later in church membership The research slowly has caught the eye of churches anxious to shake a 40year identity crisis and enter the next century with an effective vision Negative talk about the Sunday morning classroom experience is says Bill Taylor spearheading Christian education for the millionmember Southern Baptist Convention Across the nation Im seeing a renewed interest and excitement about Sunday The Southern Baptist goal is new classes in the next five years Were not talking just about Sunday morning anymore Bible study can be seven days a Taylor says Religion Briefs Crisis Pregnancy Center offers counseling The Crisis Pregnancy Center of New Braunfels is ready to start its PostAbortion Counseling and Education Bible study Women who have been wounded by abortion can call 6297565 or 800 8347101 for information St Johns Episcopal celebration on tap Sunday St Johns Episcopal Church will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Sunday Folhwing the 10 church service there will be a This is Your Life St John program Former priests the Rev Hubert Palmer the Rev Bob Creasy and the Rev Ron Thomson will be guest speakers A luncheon on the church grounds will follow Negative talk about the Sunday morning classroom experience is fading Across the nation Im seeing renewed interest and excitement about Sunday Bill Taylor Southern Baptist Convention United Methodists envision a broader church school format as well offering classes throughout the week for adults youth and children alike I dont think Sunday school is so much dead as it is changing says Donna Gaither a Christian education specialist She cites Christian parenting classes mentoring programs marriage seminars and instruction on Christian disciplines such as prayer and fasting While acknowledging that Sunday school enrollment numbers have been downright the United Methodists 10yearold Disciple Bible study program has exploded in popularity touching hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide Gaither says These kinds of classes are feeding that whole spiritual void in America The Sunday school movement is a relatively young 216 years old English philanthropist Robert Raikes generally is credited as the inventor Moved by the plight of poor children who worked in factories of Gloucester every day except Sunday he organized the first classes in his home in 1780 Despite early complaints of desecrating the Sabbath the concept spread quickly to the United States for poor and frontier children It eventually became the format for religious education for all children in the church and in the 20th century expanded to adults as well Eckankar Religion of the Light and Sound of God ECK Worship Service Soul Exists Because God Loves If Norwest Bank Meeting Room Sunday April 20 1997 11 Noon The timeless 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