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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG March 2001 RELIGION Contact features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 TIM JUDKINS Getting a fresh start instead of a hard rock From a human perspec some sins just seem to be worse than Some directly affect other people in harmful ways steal making them particularly Some sins affect us individually in ways that debilitate us and make us feel like the worst of Do you remember the story in John 8 about a woman who was caught in one of those bad sins She was caught in the act of I can only imagine the shame she must have experienced as she was dragged from her bedroom to the public There is something about this particular sin that makes it appear worse than so many other sins and generates a deeper feeling of This nameless woman fell guilty before Those who brought her to him did not care about her feelings of guilt and They showed no interest in forgiveness or They had a copy of the Scripture in their hand that clearly told them that such an act of sexual impropriety was worthy of Let the stoning they were testing They wanted to paint him into a corner where he would have to choosebetween the author ity of Scripture and the compassion that he regu larly By Jesus own he was the only one quali fied to throw rocks at this guilty woman because he had not After clear ing the square of the heart less hypocrites that cared more about their interpre tation of the law of Moses than about the God who is behind Jesus directed his focus to the woman who probably wished she was already He had no rocks in his hand and no disgust in his voice both of which could have been his to Instead of throwing Jesus threw Reflecting his he chose to save rather than to offered her a chance if she would take Jesus instructed her to avoid sin in the I wonder if she The Bible fails to give us that little I tend to think that if I had been caught in shame ful behavior and had escaped the jaws of certain I would be highly motivated to live as Jesus While few of us seem to find ourselves in this womans the principle still Sin in every form is bad and is worthy of the death demonstrates his eternal character by choosing to forgive and restore us instead of judge and destroy How can we ever claim to have received Gods gift of grace and not be highly motivated to go and sin no Tim Judkins speaks on Spiritual Spring Cleaning this Sunday at the Contemporary service of Fir sfProtestant Parable of Prodigal Son teaches forgiveness Being merciful is way to follow in Christs footsteps The parable of the Prodigal Son is often told when teaching a lesson about repentance and for The kind father went an extra mile to welcome home his wayward who finally accepted Gods grace to seek forgiveness from his loving The words of the happy patri arch still ring in our hearts This son of mine was and has come to life again he was lost and has been This moving account is especially appropriate dur ing the time of Who of us hasnt sinned Who of us here on earth doesnt need Gods mercy To rec EDWARD BILY ognize our to do penance for them and to turn back to our compas sionate Lord is the fruit of these Lenten days of prayer and The source of all forgive ness is the living All true mercy comes from for a little boy forgives one of his schoolmates for lying to the little boy is exer cising the Lords forgive He is imitating the benevolent creator who has granted us the best exam ple of real We note well that the father held not grudge against his son for his stu sinful He did The kind father went an extra mile to welcome home his wayward who finally accept ed Gods grace to seek forgiveness from his loving Edward Bily not I will forgive but things will never be the same again between the fathers pardon was free and as is the forgiveness of our heavenly The almighty holds nothing against us when he grants us his When Jesus forgives we begin afresh thanks to him in our vital relationship with If we wish the Saviors then we must forgive those who have Quilt gifts sent worldwide JESSIE Members of Peace Lutheran Church and friends made 77 quilts in a year that will be sent to Lutheran World Relief in The along with health kits and school will be sent to countries around the The quilts will be blessed at the church on Sunday and shipped out on April Megachurches find new ways to handle large congregations BY LORI BURLING Associated Press Writer AP The volunteers dreaded going to church each Thursday evening to begin filling the more than 350 trays for Sundays Holy It took seven people up to 30 hours over three days fill communion cups for the congregation at Southeast Christian which has more than No Not since inven tor Wilfred Greenlae joined the church and came up with a machine that cuts the preparation time to 1 The Greenlee Communion Dispensing Machine is made of a stain less steel bucket with 40 plastic tubes that run through a sheet of Plexiglas into the cups of a commu nion A push of a lever on the side allows just enough grape juice to fill each cup half No overflowing and no said A retired engineer from the former International Harvester plant in he holds patents for his work on a tractor a helicopter camera mount and the communion Ive invented things all my said who was raised on a farm in southeast I left school when I was but I kept learning new I just taught His stainless steel com munion dispenser is about 25 inches high and holds 24 According Greenlees it can fill trays for peo ple in 90 Its cut our volunteers down to two or three instead of five to and we only need one room to fill the said David communion vol unteer at Southeast Were working not Greenlees which he has sold to churches in nine is one of sever al being marketed to so called megachurches whose congregations num ber several ChurchPlaza caters exclusively to the multibil liondbllar church It offers such products as carpet that can double as a sports movable parti theater seating and stackable said mega churches appealed to many people because the larger facilities were better pre pared to host more activi Theyre very attractive across the McElheny Church is not a onehour thing on Sunday its seven days a week for many fami Willow Creek Community of South which experienced phenomenal growth in the coined the term McElheny It remains the national with a weekend congregation of Experts say that of the nearly congrega tions in the United almost 10 percent average or more The idea of a larger con gregation is different for all of us in the beginning because people on average dont like to said one of the com munion Wills machine sat on the counter for weeks before anyone used Everyone was happy with the old trespassed against Christ hanging on the cross is our model of He willingly pardoned his cruel We have no for not for giving those who do us What our repentance and Gods pardon does is fash ion us into different Almost 2000 years Paul wrote Whoever is in Christ is a new creation The old things passed away new things have For the father has reconciled us to himself through when we are the grateful recipients of Gods we then pos sess a pressing obligation To share generously this forgiveness with As Paul We are ambassadors for as if God were appealing through We cannot hoard the great mercy of the Good It is to be passed along to Do we see how magnifi cent this is Firstj we are we surren der to Gods the Lord sends us out to extend his pardon to our What a divine The Redeemer uses those who were previously his enemies to reach out to those who desperately require his We have been we Jesus is counting on us to be merci ful as a result of the com passion that we have expe rienced from Our repentance beckons the Lord to grant us mercy and Our intense bond with Christ begets his pardon that we joyfully unveil to our brothers and sisters in union with our Lord and Savior Jesus Edward Bily is Parochial Vicar at Peter and Paul Lent means growth during season of life On Ash a special season of 40 days Lent is an old word for the season of Spring is the time of new growth in our All persons marvel as the trees show forth their new buds and the flowers pop up out of the It is difficult to think of Lent as a season of especially because we always think of it as a sea son of Yet in its deepest Lent is a season of new This new growth is found in Mark we are going up to With these the Lord invites the disciples to jour ney with him along the road that leads from Galilee to the place where he will complete his redemptive men and women are asked to follow him during this time of selfcon version and finding full communion with This is a special time of develop ing prayer and trust in hoping for the forget fulness of God when it comes to our showing com passion and mercy to those who sin against and in Holy we reflect on the sinfulness of our actions as broken human but in the it also offers MIKE PEINEMANN the hope of Gods uncondi tional This time of self growth and selfconversion is a for individuals and their fami How about developing family prayer shar ing the extras with the encourag ing our children to do good deeds for older persons or visiting the sick and the imprisoned These activities of this special season of new growth can be summarized in this Lenten God our you call us to love our neighbors as Guide us as we work to demonstrate that love this Lenten season and Open our hearts and minds so that we may embrace all our wherever they may In answering your may we strengthen each other through the gifts we Mike Peinemann is dea con at Peter and Paul Catholic Greatest ever told available on DVD SPECIAL TO THE HERAUDZEITUNG SANTA Originally released in theatres in the bibli cal epic The Greatest Story Ever Told has been digitally restored and is now available on This portrayal of the life of Christ traces his journey from a Bethlehem stable to the Cross of Calvary and his ultimate Featuring Hollywood leg ends Max Von Sydow Charlton Heston 1 John the Baptist and John Wayne the the Special Edition VHS released sells for In addition to the entire 199minute it includes the overture and intermis plus a new 15minute documentary on the mak ing of the with cast and crew The Special Edition DVD was released March 6 and includes two documentaries with neverbeforeseen archival interview footage and The Special Edition DVD is priced at Both VHS and DVD formats are available at local Christian bookstores and large retail outlets such as Target and The film is often remem bered for its variety of cameo appearances by actors such as Martin Angela Roddy Sidney Claude Telly Robert Jamie Pat Boone and Shelley The film earned Academy Award nominations for Music Art Costume Design and Special Visual
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