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New Bern Sun Journal (Newspaper) - December 28, 1996, New Bern, North Carolina
Sun journal new Bern . Saturday december 28, 1996 �?a5 Sun journal c Tell u r c it local activities from area churches Creelsboro Christian Church plans to Pray in the new year with the Jubilee singers in a service from 9 30 . Tuesday to 12 30 . Wednesday. A breakfast is also to be served. A a a a special service is set for to . Tuesday at Virgin Hill missionary Baptist Church to ring in the new year. The program includes music by various soloists and groups along with testimonials from the audience. An Early breakfast follows the service. A a a St. Paul missionary Baptist Church of the Perrytown Community plans a watch night meeting beginning at 10 30 . Tuesday. The program includes the Rev. Ida Thompson the Rev. Odell Taylor and the Rev. Andrea Hicks speaking on the father son and holy spirit with music by the new Diamond Jubilee and the St. Paul a male choir. A breakfast by the men of the Church follows the service. A a a the Rev. Ethel Sampson is scheduled As guest speaker at 11 . Sunday at Guilsfield missionary Baptist Church 836 Green St., with music by combined choirs. A a a new birth Church of Christ ministries 1210 Spring Garden Road plans a new years eve service starting at 9 . Tuesday with music by voices of Power of Rio Grande missionary Baptist Church. The gift of the incarnation Over these Many weeks and in a thousand different ways our whole society has been trying to respond in elemental ways to the Miracle of the nativity of Jesus Christ. Through song decorations gifts service we have been trying to describe this truth. If you were to sit Down at an easel take up Hammer and chisel or sit at the weavers Stool How would you picture and describe god a what do you think god looks like a i done to know How Long it has been since you asked that question but i would guess that in one form or another that question is asked rather frequently. Its one of the first questions that a child asks when talking about god. There is an almost insatiable desire on the part of children especially Young children for their parents or their godparents or their Church school teachers to Tell them what god looks like. Of course for a child at least knowing what someone looks like also tells you what they Are like. Most children Are intuitively Able to discern simply from the Way the Rev. Robert s. Dannal devotional a person looks whether they Are kind or cruel whether they Are Joyful or morose. Most children if you ask them to draw a picture of what they think god looks like would draw a picture of an elderly Man with a flowing White Beard with a kind face. But if you look carefully at most children s pictures of god you would find that god looks amazingly like Santa Claus. A what does god look like a that a neither a question that vanishes with the last breath of childhood nor is it a question that is unsophisticated. It is one of the most sophisticated kinds of theological questions i know. There Are Many answers Given to the question of what god looks like. For Many it is still the old Man with the flowing Beard who looks amazingly like Santa Claus. For some god is seen pictured As a great swirling fiery cosmic Force. Something like Cecil b. Demille tried to do in his movie a the ten commandments a which was re run on television recently not at All unlike those men of an earlier age who thought that the heat and the Power and the terror of a Volcano represented the being of their god. For a Long time i thought god looked like my Grandfather who had a great mane of Whit hair kind eyes and great Wisdom. What does god look like god looks like Jesus. If you and i want to know what god is like then done to look into the nucleus of the great swirling cosmic Force Don t look at my Grandfather. If you want to know what god looks like look deeply into the eyes of Jesus and you will see god. What does god look like search the four gospels also search in the events of the world because insofar As you and i can receive the gift of Christ who is with us and for us and in us then god looks like encounters in our own Day. God looks like the Sisters of St. Margaret who tend to handicapped and retarded children at St. Vincent a Hospital in port a Prince Haiti. On one occasion when i was visiting that holy place i overheard one of the Sisters say about a boy with no legs a we Welcome him because he will give us so god looks like what the newcomer to new Bern expense need. On a recent occasion one visitor told me she used to sit and stare for hours in her apartment getting up the courage to come to Church. Now transformed by a caring Community asks for extra assignments. In t that what is meant by the phrase a god visited and redeemed his god looks like a worshipper w to holds out a hand for someone then places her around the visitor and shares in prayer. The visitor shared with me later a my heart was a Lump in my Throat. But while my heart was in the Way of my Tongue. I heard my voice ask for prayer. You can to imagine what i Felt in that moment of touch a i think i can know. Can to you a the word became flesh and dwelt among during the past number of weeks our world has experienced the regular robberies great family distress and loss tragic deaths and fires. What does god look like god looks like massive Community response and support a to Pray to listen to love to weep to give to Hope. A the people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light a what does god look like god looks like Jesus the incarnation began when Mary said and the incarnation continues when you and i say a yes Quot to Jesus. When we receive Christ a love and when we give it away. The Rev. Robert s. Dannals is the Rector of Christ episcopal Church. Guidelines the deadline for Church news is 5 . Wednesday. Church items Are published once a week in the saturday edition. Please follow these simple rules a submissions should be too words or less which is equal to about one half Page typed All items must be typed. I be sure to include Complete names times dates places and the name of your Church. Incomplete or illegible news will not be run in the paper. A a Contact person and Telephone number must be of Bible looks for proof in israelis Stonesby David Briggs a religion writer Hazor Israel a Amnon Ben tor is an archaeologist who doubts anything he can to dig up. He takes nothing in the Bible on Faith. Yet standing in a Trench on a hot Barren Mountainside he stares into the fire blackened Stone and sees an army destroying the canaanite City of Hazor 3,200 years ago. Just As it says in the Book of Joshua. A Shazor was destroyed by fire when the invading israelite claimed their promised land Ben tor says. A nobody can prove to me the Story in Joshua is entirely from the Northern Hills of Israel to the desert of Yemen a string of recent archaeological discoveries have provided the first hard evidence for a number of biblical figures and events Many of which had been widely dismissed As myths and moral tales. Individually the discoveries Are important. Together they Are shaking the Field of biblical archaeology and buttressing words believers have taken on Faith. They also have political implications in a Region where jewish and palestinian claims to the land rest in part on events dating Back to the time of Abraham. In this volatile mix of archaeology religion and politics the most important of the new discoveries is evidence for the existence of King David. The associated pres a worker at an archaeological site in Caesarea maritime on Israel s North coast cleans revealed mosaics oct 9. This is the place where Tho Bibl says the apostle Paul the Bible says the child was imprisoned. David slayed the Philistine giant Goliath and went on to found Jerusalem which this year is celebrating its 3,000th anniversary As the c Ity of David. David s is an exciting tale of murder adultery polio Cal deceit and extraordinary Faith and courage. The Story is so fantastic Many biblical scholars have Long thought that even David himself must have been made up then came what Seymour Gin of the . Albright Institute of archaeological research in East Jerusalem Calls a one of the greatest finds of the 2 the in 1993, israeli archaeologists digging in Tel Dan Iii the Golan Heights unearthed a piece of Stone from an ancient Monument or Stele inscribed upon it. In ancient aramaic were the words a King of Israel and House of the Story so Shook some scholars that they insisted the find was phony or the inc option incorrectly translated a year later however archaeologists found More frag intents of the Stele with additional inscriptions referring to the ancient King. Today the new scholarly consensus is dial David was real. Not because the Bible says so says Runny Reich of the israeli antiquities a Shonty hut because a archaeology has found it. A a the Rock upon which David a name was found is Only one of the recent finds consistent with biblical accounts a discoveries that May be us Henna in a new Golden age of biblical archaeology. A recent expeditions at Shechem where the Bible says Abraham built an altar to god prove an organized Community existed there during Abrahams time nearly 4,000 years ago. A this summer archaeologists digging in a Kibbutz in Central Israel found a Stone Tablet with a phone Ian inscription Baring the name of the City of Ekron the fabled City where according to the to xxi of i Samuel the philistines took the Ark of the covenant after capturing it from the israelite. A recent excavations have uncovered a string of ancient egyptian forts along the Sinai a Mediterranean coast. The discovery offers a plausible explanation for an exodus Story that has Long puzzled scholars for Why Moses would Lead his people out of Egypt through the Sinai wilderness instead of along the Shorter coastal route. A this summer archaeologists sitting through a 2.000-year-old garbage dump at Masada in Southern Israel unearthed a wine Jug inscribed with the name of King Herod. It was the first object Ever found bearing the name of the great Judean King mentioned in the gospels a i an Ivory pomegranate purchased in the International antiquities Market by israeli authorities for s550.ooo Iii i 988 is now believed by main scholars to he the first relic Ever found from Solomon a Temple according to the Bible the magnificent Temple generally dated to around 950 . Housed the Ark of the covenant an inscription on the pomegranate has been translated As a a holy to the priests belonging to the Temple of Yalmeh no archaeologists Are saying everything in the Bible is literally True. A How reliable is the Bible a Hershel Shanks Edam of biblical archaeology review asks rhetorically. A the Unsei is it has a sound historical Cive what is heating up now is an academic Buttle Between those who deny this and those who Affine it a a some researchers accept the Lecent discoveries As put that biblical accounts of i Oduy and the Conquest of the promised land Are generally tine filters continue to insist that the events Nevei of culled and the Nuiji Fig tires of the old testament from Jacob to Solomon novel existed the debate centers on figures and events that Are important to three of the world s major religions christianity. Judaism and islam at the Center of the dispute is Israel hike Stein. A pro lessor at l i Aviv University on a warm Day the tall. Thin bearded archaeologist scamper up and Down a Loix. Supervising scores of volunteers digging at Lei Megiddo the Mountaintop where the a xxx a of revelation says the final Battle Between Good and evil will take place they Are searching for artefacts of the Iron age and late Bronze age it was during those Lunes according to the Bible that the jew s were claiming their promised i and Joshua conquered Canaan and during the fighting the ancient canaanite City of Megiddo was Defeated. Many family doctors say spirituality helps patients Scripps Howard news service virtually All family doctors in a recent Survey say religious belief and spirituality can help treat a medical condition hut relatively few physicians have any formal training on How to include Faith in their dealings with patients. The Survey was released recently during a Harvard medical school symposium on spirituality and Healing. It Lound that 99 percent of More than 260 doctors surveyed Dunn the annual meeting of the american Academy of family physicians believe in the a Placebo effects a and the ability of religious belief to contribute to Healing. At the same time Only 55 percent of the doctors said they had Ever directly sought the Aid of spiritual leaders for a patient and fewer than half recall hav ing Learned relaxation or meditation techniques As part of their medical training. But nearly All a 91 percent said they have had patients who sought the Aid of a priest minister. Rabbi or Tai the healer in dealing with medical problems. The Harvard conference is the second a mind body medical gathering convened by or. Herbert Benson. An authority on augmenting conventional drug and surgical Medicine with self care approaches ranging from relaxation techniques and stress management to nutrition and exercise. B Enson who Heads the mind body medical Institute at Beth Israel deaconess medical Center and is author of a timeless Healing a said the Survey underscores the desire of Many doctors to learn More about incorporating spirituality in their practices. A through the Ages physicians have witnessed recoveries they can to attribute solely to medical procedures a Benson said. A now Many Phy scions Are beginning to hold that belief can have a profound influence on health and Well being and they Sec it As an integral part of their traditional treatment the Range of Fervour for spiritual Medicine found within the group surveyed in october by Yankelovich partners varied widely however As some written comments added by Doc tors to the Survey forms show s a patients with negative beliefs about their illness never do As Well As those who maintain said one. A my impression is that spiritual practice has helped Many of my patients Over the said another. A prayer is a powerful spiritual tool to which we As spiritual beings can tap into a if we believe it and allow it to work a said a third. A a in be seen miracles after prayer a added another my. A Elf nothing More it eases the mind set of patients who know that prayer is a Healing or. John Templeton president of the Templeton foundation which supports a number of research and educational programs dealing with spirituality and Medicine said the fact that the Survey showed Only 20 percent of the physicians had any training in the topic Dunn medical school is a actually Progress. A when i went to medical school the instructors have dreamed of tackling the project at All. Now the Survey show s so percent of the practising doctors believe this should be taught to doctors in a rain the average american heart beats Over 2.7 billion tidies Over the course of a lifetime. Help your heart stay healthy for the years of work ahead follow these basics for cardiac fitness. Limit your fat intake especially saturated Tat trom sources like red meat. Maintain the Ideal weight your doctor recommends. Participate in regular aerobic exercise. Y quit smoking or reduce your Lise of tobacco. See your doctor especially if you Are considering starting a program of exercise. For More news on the health issues that face americans today watch the Sun journal sunday january 5 for healthy uvin i Magazine a sponsored in pad by the Craven county health department. I lad line for thai i r to it and advertorials i it i r nitty. December 20 Call Denise Kilt lit Reserve Iton Span Tislau t>3s-8l0l
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