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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Friday June HERALDZEITUNO Page 9A RELIGION Finding the right kind of motivation TIM JUDKINS If you hadthe chance to spend an hour in heaven or an hour in hell which would you choose Based on my experience having asked this question to groups over the years most people say that an hour spent in hell would be a highly motivational experience Other than the hour many spend in some churches each Sunday morning its hard to imagine any place other than hell in which to spend more than an hour let alone eternity In other words an hour spent in hell would motivate you to live for God because you would want and accept anything else because all other options would have to be better than the lake of You might embrace something better than hell but not as good as God Personally I think an hour in heaven would be far more moti vating for me While golden streets and crystal seas dont excite me I do salivate over the unimagined possibilities that only exist in the mind and presence of God In other words an hour spent with God in any limitless form would be so intensely satis fying and intoxicating that I wouldnt want to settle for any thing less and all other options would be embarrassingly inferior Since neither a virtual tour of celestial bliss nor a harrowing journey to the depths of hell is readily available what other means of motivation exist to turn people on to God It seems safe to say that anything related to the end of the world or the coming of Jesus tends to perk up the atten tion of most everyone Ive found that while much interest can be generated about millenium the real focus of attention zeroes in on the timetable of such events Attempting to determine a chronology has produced many books that are quickly consumed in a shallow and spiritually starved market I guess if people could just know either when Jesus will return the earth will end or any number of other uninformed possibilities will occur they would be sufficiently motivated to get serious with Ive challenged groups over the years with the question If you knew Jesus was coming at 6 this evening how would your life change In one group as if on cue a young man fell to his knees raised his hands sky ward and shouted Lord save me Humorous as this is it reflects the position most people assume when posed with that possibility Id like to think that if I knew when Jesus would return that Id change nothing about my life Shouldnt I already be spending much time with God in prayer and Bible reading Shouldnt I already be actively sharing Jesus with people in my life who dont know Him Shouldnt the priori ties in my life already reflect God as the one I love with all my heart soul strength and mind Being caught with ones spiri tual pants down is not a problem to those who are in love with Jesus Tim Judtins will be speaking on Christians Cant Wntand Don t Him Fun this week at the Contemporary service at First Protestant Church dedicated Photo Submitted A special Dedication Celebration took place on Sunday June 11 at the Freedom Fellowship Church located at 410 Timber Hollow off Texas 46 West Pictured are Pete Meckel Pastor Dennis Gallaher and Gary Osbom Services are Sunday For information call 6251288 RELIGION BRIEFS Speaker garage sale slated David RunionBairford from the Biblical Witness Fellowship will speak at the Good Shepherd Evangelical Church 910 Timmermann Rd in Seguin this coming weekend On July 15 the church will host its multifamily church garage sale and barbecue sandwich sale at the residence of Wanda and Meta Timmermann in Geronimo Proceeds will go toward the church building fund Club Vines hosts a modernalterna tive band will be performing at Club Vines at 8 this Saturday Club Vines a Christian nightclub located at 453 W San Antonio St just off the Main Plaza is geared for the young and the young at heart Admission is free as well as the games includ ing foosball PingPong air hocky board games and The purpose of Club Vines according to manager Rick Ruhl is to provide a place for Christians and nonChristians to be able to come in listen to music play games and have a safe Club Vines is sponsored by Mercy House Ministries of New Braunfels For more information visit their web site at Universalists hear star speaker The Unitarian Universalists will hear Bob Keyser with the New Braunfels Astronomy Club give a stellar presentation on nighttime displays on Wednesday June 28 at at Faith United Church of Christ at 907 Loop 337 Everyone is invited Child care is provided For information call 6257004 Cross Lutheran pair attends convention Rev Don Fraker and John Snell pastor and member of Cross Lutheran Church recently partici pated in the 55th Convention of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod The convention took place at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center Astrodome in Houston on June 1518 Under the banner theme Good News for Each Generation of Every convention dele gates reelected the Rev Dr Gerald Kieschnick to his fourth term as President of the Texas District Rev James Linderman of Austin was reelected as Area Vice President Among the resolutions debated and approved were those that encouraged expansion of ministry to Jewish people addressed the looming professional church workers shortage offered contin ued commitment for Hispanic Ministry reaffirmed the Lutheran position on justification and addressed the issues of womens roles in the church Delegates also tackled the difficult issue of church fellowship Lutherans are currently struggling with how to officially relate to other Christian church bodies The Texas District is among the largest of the districts of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Its headquarters are in Austin and encompasses 352 min istries throughout the state Ballet troupe finds God in performance BY RICHARD VARA Houston Chronicle HOUSTON Marie Plauche Gustin follows God every step of her way whether its a glissade or a dessus Gustin is the founder of Beresheet Ballet a 14woman liturgical dance company that recently performed a new ballet inspired by visions that flashed before her eyes during prayer more than 20 years ago Beresheet Hebrew for In the beginning and the first words of the book of Genesis reflects the new physical emo tional and spiritual beginnings in life that the company provides Everyone in the company has had to start over in their lives in some significant Gustin said of her dancers whose average age is 45 We as dancers know how therapeutic dance is espe cially when you are working out issues with Melinda Mosley Mundy was entranced by Gustins 1992 Easter pageant performance as a mute woman who could express her love for God only in signing and dance When she came and I watched her I knew the Lord was calling me to do said Mosley a mother of two At age 30 when most ballerinas are hanging up their ballet suppers Mosley was just learning exercises at the bane It waj very tough one of the hardest things I have ever she said of Gustins combination of classical ballet modern dance signing for the deaf and Israeli folk dancing But dance provided blessed relief during one of Mosleys grimmest years In was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through major chemotherapy for almost a year Dance really saved my life I kept going I missed very few rehearsals It was like fighting for my It is not just a dance company where we come together and work Mosley said but we pray for each other care for each other If you come in down by the time you leave your spirit is Gustin slowly introduced litur gical dance into the Baptist church she then attended But eventually church officials resisted Liturgical dance is still rejected by many churches that believe it is inappropriate But the Old Testament exhorts worship of God through music and dance she said Jesus probably Gustin said He was Jewish and dancing was completely part of his culture Jewish men had their dances and the women had their And although she has no male students Gustin believes mat men are very receptive to the danced Word In The Genesis Pallet the people who were touched the most and ministered to the most were the she Albertsoixs O Copyright 2000 by Albertsons Inc All Rights Reserved Prices Effective Two Days Only Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 2000 Dont Miss Our SIDEWALK SALE pack Coca Cola Classic or Sprite 12 oz Cans Limit 3 BONUS BUY Folgers Special Roast Limit 2 Special Roast Only oz Can for SAVE ON 3 IBONUS each SAVE Iceberg Lettuce Large Size for SAVE ON 2 Miller Lite or Coors Light Beer BONUS BUY Prices Effective Two Days Only Friday June 23 and Saturday June fort MC Prices Effective at Albertsons Locations in San Antonio Austin Pflugerville Cedar Park Georgetown Westlake Hills Round Rock and New Braunfels Texas nnnt M mrrn narnmM avail tMtow M to IMH AffeMlMM
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