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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6A g HeraMZeltung Q Friday September Church Lite To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Life Promise Keepers to convert national mall to a san Hundreds of thousands of men are expected to assemble on the national mall for Promise Keepers Stand In The Gap on Oct 4 This sacred assembly will be a deeply spiritual and personal time of confession repentance praise and prayer Our goal is to present to the Lord godly men on their knees in humility then on their feet in unity reconciled and poised for revival and spiritual said Bill McCartney founder and CEO of Promise Keepers the organization that has drawn some million men to stadium conferences across the U S over the past six years Speakers More than 40 speakers will address the gathering from one of three podiums on the main stage and will be projected on more than 12 giant screens placed throughout the mall In addition to Bill McCartney speakers will include Tom Claus president and founder of CHIEF a Native American ministry Phoenix Ariz Crawford Loritts national director Legacy Ministries an urban ministry Atlanta Ga Max Lucado author senior pastor Oak Hills Church of Christ San Antonio Texas Jesse Miranda professor Azusa Pacific University Azusa Calif John Perkins author Harambee Christian Family Center Jackson Miss Joe Stowell president Moody Bible Institute of Chicago Chicago 111 Mike Timmis prominent Catholic layman president Talon Detroit Mich Raleigh Washington vice president of reconciliation Promise Keepers Denver Colo The Stand In The Gap program which will run from noon to 6 on the mall will be emceed by Jack Hayford senior pastor of Church On the Way Van Nuys and Joseph Garlington senior pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh The program will contain worship music liturgy prayer and brief messages With the exception of McCartney who will speak for approximately 20 minutes all of these speakers will speak for less than 10 minutes with most speaking for three to five minutes The short messages will allow for more prayer and connection among men We wanted this event to feel less like a conference and focus more on interaction giving men an opportunity to pray individually and within small groups on the said Dale Schlafer the Promise Keepers executive in charge of Stand In The Gap Music Segments of music will be interspersed throughout the entire sixhour program and will include an t appearance by contemporary Christian artist Steve Green The music will be led by the Promise Band and a worship team comprised of singers and musicians who have provided the music at Promise Keepers stadium conferences throughout the year Format The program will begin with a long segment of music and praise followed by brief messages on Our Extraordinary An invitation will be given for men Tony the Tiger Its Grrreat It appears that somewhere in time the story of Jesus became tainted with misinformation and misinterpretation I wasnt around when it happened so I dont know whos to blame All I know is that we are now in a position to have to sell something that should sell itself In fact presenting the good news should be as easy as convincing a citizen of South Texas that an air conditioner is a good thing Apparently as time passed the appeal of the Gospel which means good news was marred by people who no longer lived like it was the good thing God intended for it to be Ive heard it said that the reason why many people dont want to become Christians is because they know too many who are Something is wrong when this is the case Or consider sermons that are often preached The turn or bum theme would suggest that becoming a part of Gods family is having to give up normalcy and become a citizen of nerdville Isnt that what weve been led to believe In order to be heavenbound you have to give up the best of life and take on a standard far lower than normal Consequently people choose to put off the decision to be a follower of Jesus as long as possible so they can continue to live At some point down the road they may make that fateful and seemingly unpopular decision to give the remaining morsels of their lives to Jesus Christ Jesus said in John I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more Ive heard this verse many times over my life Could this verse really be true and if so why arent more Christians living like their life is the best life to live After all it says to me that the whole motive of Jesus was not only to give us normal life but a kind of life that is incredible and fulfilling Living in Jesus should make us respond like Tony the Tiger its not just good its GREAT Our actions and attitudes should be attractive to outsiders never repulsive Jesus himself attracted crowds to be near him While their motives were often questionable there was no question they enjoyed the person of Jesus Rev Tim Judkins Whether you like it or not we who accepted Jesus as our personal savior and are living in a life giving relationship with Him represent Him here and now We should be the most joyous peaceful loving caring people around People outside of Christianity should look at us with interest and appreciation The first church mentioned in the Bible had a great reputation in the community Acts says that the first believers had favor with all the We should demonstrate the most normal life of all not the most bizarre or worse yet boring If people want to reject the good it should be because they dont want to turn from selfcentered living to Godcentered living and not because we live a life that suggests aberrant behavior We have abundant life because we are committed to Jesus as our leader without any reservations Our lives should be direct representations of Jesus so that like him we cause people to want what we have It is aUhis point that we can authentically tell them the good news the best news Rev Tim Judkins is the associate minister at First Protestant Church in New Equestrian ministry gives fellowship outreach By TAMMY L LANE Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA AP Their pulpit is the saddle their church the trail Their idea is that people who love both God and horses should not have to choose between reverence and riding when weekend events conflict We have a vision of carrying the gospel to the people where they are and thats on the back of a said the Rev Phil Bryson chairman of the new South Carolina chapter of Equestrian Ministries International Strategies and details have yet to be worked out but the goal is for chapter members to share their faith by offering gospel illustrations and trailside devotions using outdoors terminology as Jesus sometimes did in his parables Bryson said Theres a lot of Christian people Church Briefs Life Chain forms Oct 5 Life Chain will be a silent prayerful statement to our community that abortion is grievously wrong and that the church is opposed to the unmerciful killing of preborn children At the same time it is an opportunity to share Gods love and forgiveness with women who have already fallen victim to abortions deception New Braunfels faithful are invited to join in and show support for the lives of the preborn from 2 to 3 Oct 5 on Main Plaza Participants will line San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue forming a cross Each person will hold a sign with one of the following statements Abortion kills Jesus forgives and Adoption the living Lord forgive us and our and Abortion hurts Following the Life Chain will be a time for prayer and praise on the plaza For more information call 6297565 Submitted by the New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center Bracken UMW rummage sale A giant rummage sale will be from out there interested in seeing ministry in their he said Retired pastor Richard McDuffie of Aiken who at 64 says he has been riding all his life helped found the ministry with a fellow Southern Baptist preacher in Kentucky Bryson 40 joined the same saddle club as McDuffie The pair decided to form the first chapter in South Carolina fertile ground for growing a horseindustry ministry The state has about horses and horse owners said Mary Ellen Tobias equine marketing specialist with the state Agriculture Department It also has at least equestrian events a year including trail rides rodeos horse shows races and wagon trains she said If I trail ride on Saturdays I have a chance to be in front of six to eight people A lot of times those people are unchurched said Bryson pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton We hope to provide fellowship for Christians but also provide outreach missions for the hurting and the to meet them on their turf where they are and share the McDuffie said About 75 people showed up for a 14mile recreational trail ride in Sumter National Forest in late March that was billed as a Christian get together From that grew a mailing list of about 150 An August training session at the South Carolina Baptist Convention included workshops on different aspects of the industry such as therapeutic riding as well as training in how to share ones faith Participants will be certified as chaplains after they complete some basic requirements McDuffie said The longterm goal is to credential 10 chaplains a year ensuring they are competent and confident he said Our vision is to be equippers and to provide training and guidance for lots of people to be out he said The chapter initially plans to sponsor two trail rides a year Bryson said If it grows it may offer events to reach other segments of the horse industry Kentucky is almost ready to launch its chapter and Tennessee and North Carolina are not far behind McDuffie said McDuffie who receives a stipend from the South Carolina Baptist Convention emphasizes the ministry is open to all denominations One day we hope to cut it loose from any he said 8 to noon Oct 4 sponsored by the Bracken United Methodist Women at the church fellowship hall The hall is located on Farmto Market 2252 which is off of Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels near Garden Ridge For more information or directions call 606 6717 Atheist group wants monument torn down DENVER AP An atheist group has filed a federal lawsuit to have a monument to the popes 1993 visit to Denver torn down calling it extremely Julie Wells a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation said the state Department of Natural Resources misused tax money to build and maintain the monument on Butterfly Hill where Eope Iphn Paul II celebrated Mass in August 1993 as part of World Youth Day The lawsuit names the DNR and state officials as defendants In effect the defendants have erected a shrine and have made this area consecrated Wells said in her lawsuit Wells said she uses Cherry Creek State Park where Butterfly Hill is located to walk her dog and has cut down her walks because she finds the display extremely Assistant park manager Bob Toll said the Denver Catholic Archdiocese paid for the 20foot high monument The local chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation fought for years to have a Ten Commandments plaque removed from stateowned Lincoln Park in Denver A lawsuit filed by the group went to the Supreme Court which allowed the monument to stay The display would be made of polished granite and would be similar in size and appearance to the Ten Commandments monument Its text would read There are no gods no devils no angels no heaven or hell There is only our natural world Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves Southern Baptists to evangelize in Salt Lake City LOUISVILLE Ky AP Southern Baptists intend to evangelize in the hometown of the Mormon Church when they gather in Salt Lake City next June for the Southern Baptist Convention Salt Lake City where Baptists are a minority could be considered a pioneer area for said Monty Carter director of communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention The Mormon Churchs president has said the church will welcome the Southern Baptist Convention with open arms I am told that Baptists are coming to Salt Lake next summer and that they will try to proselytize among Gordon B Hinckley president of the Church of Jesus Christ of tatterday Saints said recently I hope that we will be gracious and respectful toward HDLL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Weve outgrown our present location We Are Moving Now Meeting at Sundays at Arlon Seay School Highway 46 W 9802014 to make a decision to follow Christ The next section Our Extraordinary approximately three hours in length will present several broad areas of sin for repentance and prayer These areas include forsaking God evading spiritual leadership and disunity in the body of Christ Many other themes will fall under each of these topics including infidelity racism pride and prayerlessness Each of these areas will be addressed through a combination of brief messages proclamations and declarations and prayer The final section Our Extraordinary will focus on a vision for the future prayer for the nation and will feature an address from Promise Keepers founder and at CEO Bill McCartney approximately 5 Stand In The Gap is based on Old Testament sacred assemblies that were called in times of crisis in the church Were coming not to point fingers at the world or to protest or demand action from the Schlafer said Were gathering to admit our failure as Christian men before The purpose of Stand In The Gap is the gather Christian men to worship God to confess sin before Him to commit to a change of heart mind and way of life and to inspire unity and reawakening in the Church Promise Keepers is calling men to be faithful to their wives to be more involved in the lives of their children to be more committed to their churches and to be active in their communities Submitted by Promise Keepers And I am the bride Yesterday I was watching MacMillan and At the end of the show the actors were identified and girl was played by Elizabeth Lane Elizabeth Lane is the first cousin of my very best friend in high school Florence Evans I began to reminisce about our senior year escapades so much that last night I called Florence in Montgomery Ala She was thrilled to hear from me and so we laughed about our shenanigans for well over an hour We just had our 40th high school reunion in August Our senior year second semester we were feted with graduation parties of all kinds I had a Hawaiian Luau on a Saturday night with all my friends in sarongs and grass skirts The last few weeks of May consisted of Graduation Teas These were parties for the graduate where you got all dressed up including hat with or without face veil and white gloves and drank punch and ate little finger sandwiches It was at one of these parties that I was introduced to some little round things on crackers with hard boiled eggs on top which I later learned was caviar Sometimes there were up to six Teas in one afternoon so you went from tea to tea within the allotted time frame Florence remembered one of her memories of us that had completely escaped me This particular afternoon Florence recalled the two of us were dressed in our tea finery running late for the tea for Dane Thompson We were in Florences 55 red and white Ford convertible with the top down flying down Federal Drive when we were pulled over by a motorcycle policeman Florence was driving and doing the fibbing at this point Rev Pafti Brooks Krumnow But officer were on our way to a wedding and were late She said I hopped up and perched myself otf top of the front seat in my white dotted Swiss dress with the big puffed white sleeves looking for the world like a redheaded Audrey Hepburn and said Im the Whereupon he put on the siren and the flashing blue lights and said Follow me and led us right to the front door of Danes house He waved as we pulled in the driveway and we waved and blew him kisses Those were the innocent years of the fifties with Bobby Darin singing Splish Splash I was Taking a Bath and Come Along and Be My Where has the fun and humor gone that would allow a young policeman to go along with our charade We were all happier and more lighthearted as a result Lighten up everybody This life isnt a dress rehearsal This is it Lets enjoy it As George Bernard Shaw said Life is too serious to be taken Let us remember the words of Jesus These things I have spoken to you that your joy may be in you and that your joy may be John Rev Patti Brooks Krumnow is minister of the Unity Church of New NB Presbyterian offers adult Sunday school New Braunfels Presbyterian Church has begun its fall Sunday school classes for children and adults Class times are from to each Sunday morning A nursery is always provided Grades prtK through sixthgrade will study Witness Learn from the Bible to Live the Good Each session is based on a Bible story with learner leaflets available for each child Adults have four choices of study Bible Discovery led by Davis Hensely is an ongoing class focusing this quarter on the Israelites return to Judah from Babylon Dynamics of taught UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS will hear Ericka Curtis a student at Canyon High School speak on Erikas Changing View of the World Wednesday Oct 1 pm at Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 Corner of Hwy 46 and Common New Braunfels by Rev Fran Shelton will explore some of the dynamics of worship and various types of services that shape our faith Get Acquainted with the Bible taught by Rev Ken Peters is an overview of the scriptures including an orientation to the history and geography of regions and periods of the Middle East Survival Skills for Adults led by Tara Kohlenberg will covet topics such as stress anger management and malefemale perceptions about daytoday issues New Braunfels Presbyterian welcomes everyone to join in Sunday morning Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church   

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