New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, Fab. 18,1994 ■ HerakJ-ZeHung
Religion in the news
National Conference on Prayor and Spiritual Warfare eel
Melody! and, Anaheim, California will host a National Conference on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare chi Feb. 21-23.
, Speakers will include C. Peter Wagner, Dick Eastman, Frauds Frangipane, Ed Silvoao, Cindy Jacobs, Tom White and Bob Beckett.
Workshops include one on 'Executive Intercession" by Gary Beigel of EFA. For details, phone toll-free 1-800-333-6506.
Divorced father appeals case to UA Supreme Court
A divorced fkther who is forbidden to share his religious beliefs with his children has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Acceding to a Wisconsin court ruling, Robert Lange can visit his children only in the presence of a third party to ensure that he does not mention his faith. Lange's exwife, who does not agree with his Christian beliefs, was awarded aistody of their three children.
Global March for Jesus sot
A climax of three yean of wilding the heaviest concentration of prayer into world evange-ism is scheduled for Saturday, June 25,1994.
A global March for Jesus in every time zone will unite the world-wide Christian community. For an outline of activities, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to IFA, P.O. Box 4477, Leesburg, Va., 22075.
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• Holy Traders, a line of trading caids baaed on the lives of Catholic saints, soon will be going head-to-head with caids featuring baseball players, motorcyclists, and even criminals.
■ Jim Shantey of Aziriah Company in Boynton Beach, Florida was inspired to develop the cards alter ha heard about aerial killer trading puds.
Shantey, a Roman Catholic, ttys die project has relevance for all denominations.
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The cards, produced by Champs in Ohio, feature pictures md mf or ■Winn about the lives and accom-piishments of saints such as Moth-
* Cabrit Saint Francis of Assisi, 4nd Mary the mother of Jesus.
:• The Brat set was released in Jan-ymy and includes 40 cards for S7
Shantey hopes to have the second ret available and on the nurser by Easter.
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‘The Fence Line’
Stretched for miles, the old fence line severed the winter day field like an old scar. Solid oedar posts had held against wind and rain, Texas summer sun and blue winter northers. Countless boys had undoubtedly tom their pockets as they chased rabbits through the old fence which stood as an enduring symbol of conquered earth, a fixed monument of the simplest of man’s control. With a cruel metal barb
twist, a whole continent was tamed, or seemingly so.
But look closer with me if you will.
Can you count the fence posts running straight and even? Can you see clearly to match the step of those whose backs pounded the digger and stuck the post? Is the way clear where the crew of red-necked boys broke hands to blister and sweat to foam as they cleared cedar and thorns to lay a straight line?
Because where there is fence line, there is hackberry and thorn. What was thought to be controlled by division is the first to be retrieved by the bramble. As it stoically stands sentry
over boundaries of man, the fence line is swallowed by the march of nature.
I watched a man entrenched by his religion. He was immovable. Proud and positioned by his doctrine, he was incapable of being pushed off his mark. There he stood to declare that the church could not move beyond his boundary.
At first, his clear lines of division were like bright new wire and cleanly stripped posts in an open field. But time and consequences were his enemy. Slowly, the seeds of bitterness sprang from beneath. Soon the brush was wire high. Useless little scrub pushed against now weathered post. And over the years, the insolence of
immovable doctrine and useless religiosity were obliterated from sight. All that was left was scrub and thorns where the fine fence had been.
I watched a man set his comer post in pride. His marriage partner had long been hurting, wanting nothing more than real conversation and feeling. Too proud to admit his own need for help he built his line double strand straight. The birds of bitterness and stupidity flew to rest and seeded his fence with the thorns and thistles of anger and confusion. His wife gave up long ago of ever moving the boundary. She goes lacking, but, by God, there’s a fence line that will never move.
And so go many of the fences that
we erect in our lives. Thinking that fences will protect us from interference, we control our space by erecting hot wires of doctrine, pride and the like. But like the fences in the field, it is only a matter of time before our boundary is obliterated by the bramble and thorns of confusion and bitterness.
Be careful where you set the post. Good fences, you see, can make good neighbors. Or just separate us from the neighbors we love. Why not walk your fence line and see what I kind you have.
(Dennis J. Gallaher is Pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church of New Braunfels)
‘Go, See and Act’
Comal County women prepare for local service of World Day of Prayer for Middle East peace
By ROGER CROTEAU
Women from throughout Comal County will gather March 4 for a special prayer service dedicated to peace in the Middle East.
The service was written by Christian women who live in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
And as Comal County women gather for the service, women around the globe will also be gathering and praying.
The 1994 World Day of Prayer service will take place at First Protestant Church, at the comer of Seguin and Coll streets on Friday, March 4.
Fellowship and sharing will begin at 9:30 am. and the prayer service will start at IO a.m.
The event is organized by Church Women United.
“The service was written by women who live in the occupied territories,” said Lois Swander, secretary of the local Church Women United. T didn't realize before I started working on this how many Christian women there are in those areas. And they have suffered persecution since the Fifth Century, but they have held onto their faith.”
The theme of the service this year is ’Go, See and Act.’ Swander said that the ongoing peace negotiations in the Middle East make this year's theme and arca of focus particularly appropriate.
"Each year they choose a different theme and a different country. Last year it was Guatemala,” Swander raid
“We feel God does answer prayer and as we study and learn about each other and pray for peace in a specific area we can focus on it... and God does work in ways we do
GO SEE AND AC
by Cheilion Woman OI Poloilmo
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
March 4, 1994
not understand,” Swander said.
The 1994 service is based on the story of Christ’s passion and resurrection as told in the Gospels of Luke and Mark.
The authors are Lutheran, Episcopalian, Catholic and Orthodox Christian women who identify themselves as Palestinians.
They share their personal stories while calling upon all people to work toward reconciliation and justice.
World Day of Prayer was founded in 1887, and calls upon communities to join in “informed prayer and prayerful action,” confessing “individual and national sins with offerings that fitly express the contrition.”
Offerings received from World Day of Prayer participants in the united States help support Church Women United’s ecumenical work.
Swander said the World Day of Prayer also gives women of different denominations the chance to mix together at a prayer service.
Church Women United also sponsors two other events each year, the May Fellowship Day, and in November, Wold Community Day.
For more information on World Day of Prayer, call Betty Drawe at 625-1868, or contact the national office of Church Women United at 475 Riverside Drive, Room 812, New York, NY 10115.
School prayer proposal swaps religious liberty for social control, Baptist ethicist says
By KEN CAMP
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
School prayer resolutions approved by more than half of the counties in Texas show that some politicians are willing to trade religious liberty for social and religious control, according to a Texas Baptist public policy expert.
In effect, the resolutions propose that children in public schools be exposed to the prayers of whatever religious majority may control that school’s board, said Weston Ware, citizenship associate with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, the social concerns agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
“Preserving religious liberty in our country is a lot more important than any perceived benefits to come from schoolroom prayers determined by some political majority,” he said.
Resolutions urging that prayer by reinstated in public schools have been approved by commissioners courts in 134 Texas counties, city council in more than 50 municipalities and the boards of several districts.
Scott Armey, Denton County Commissioner, introduced the first such resolution last June 22 and has spearheaded the effort to get other counties and local governing bodies to endorse the measure.
While there are genuine problems in public education, the absence of classroom prayers is not their cause and the inclusion of such prayers would not be their solution, Ware said.
“It is unfortunate that the issue has become politicized to the degree that many people feel that some fem) of politically determined religious guidance, perhaps including prayer,
would save our schools,” he said.
The religious free speech rights of students already are protected under the Equal Access Act of 1984, according to Ware.
Under the act — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 — if a public secondary school allows student-initiated groups to meet on campus during non-instructional time, the school cannot discriminate on the basis of the religious, political or philosophical content of the speech at such meetings.
The act allows secondary school students to join together voluntarily for prayer, Bible study, devotions and religious instruction.
“How much better to call upon students to express their own freedom of religious speech as opposed to calling for a dangerous change in the Constitution that could put the state in the business of religious instruction, which would threaten the religious liberty of us all,” Ware said.
Supporters of the school prayer resolution say the issue should be left in the hands of local communities.
“Local control means local majority control. As Baptists, we don’t believe in a local majority religious group dictating the religious practices of th* community,“ Ware said.
“Anywhere the religious majority rules religious practice, the religious minority in th* community will be the victim.
“Politicians love a bandwagon, and sometimes the less thought people give to an issue, the more willing they are to jump on board. Campaigns such as this are fueled by politics.”
Singles Bibl* Study planned today in Now Braunfels
Singles Bible Study will be held on Friday, Feb. 18*7 p.m. * 1625 Kraft Lane, New Braunfels. Child care will be provided * Tree of Life Fellowship.
AU are invited to join in studying the Word of God with fellowship afterward
St. John’s members to attend mooting in San Antonio
Members of St. John’s Episcopal Church will be attending the meeting of the Diocese of West Texas Thursday, Friday and Saturday in San Antonio.
The highlight of the meeting will be the consecration of Rev. James Folts as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese.
Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast sat for Marsh 21 at civic center
The 1994 Mayor’s Prayer Breaks* will be held March 21 * 6:45 i ra. * the New Braunfels Civic Center. The featured speaker this ye* will be Lt. Col. John Eidsmoe.
Col. Eidnnoe is currently a professor of law * Faulkner University in Alabama.
He hee five academic degrees, Political Science from St. Otaf College, Law Degree from
The University of iowa, Master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministries from Oral Robots University.
John Eidsmoe’s congenial nature and interesting anecdotes captivate audiences. He will bring to Ufe the men and women who framed the Constitution and those who laid a philosophical base in proceeding centuries.
His extensive research in writing “Christianity and the Constitution” and broad academic training provides a wealth of knowledge on which to draw.
John’s hands-on experience in the courtroom, classroom, and military have sprinkled his talks with lively and relevant current applications of the Constitution.
Lent luncheons to begin at St. John’s on Fab. 25
St. John's Episcopal Church Lenten Luncheons will begin on Feb. 25 from 12 to I p.m. Each Friday during Lent volunteers will provide a light lunch of soup and salad in the parish hall to those who wish to take advantage of this time of fellowship.
St. John’s Episcopal Church is located * 312 S. Guenther. For more information, call phone 625-2532.
Carol Evorott to apeak Fob.
27 In Now Braunfels
Internationally known pro-life apeak* Carol Everett will be in New Braunfels Sunday, Feb. 27 to speak about her unique experience as both an abortion consumer and provider.
Her perspective offers an inside look * the abortion industry through the eyes of an exinsider.
Besides speaking to huge audiences all over the United States, Canada and Australia, she has been heard and seen on radio and television stations and has been an expert witness in courts af law and legislatures throughout our nation. Everett will be speaking * Deyspring Christian Fellowship * 10:30 am. and * First Baptist Church in the Christian Ufe Center (behind the sanctuary) * 5:30 in the evening.
Search for Significance offered locally
The Center for Quality Uving offers to the community "Search for Significance" class through March IO, Thursday evenings from 7 pm. to 8 p.m. * 947 N. Loop 337.
There is no co* for the class, which covers how self esteem is hindered through itumbting blocks like blame, guilt, shame, and oerfec-tionisrn. Ways to enhance self lr .age will be explored from a Christian perspective.
Dr. Lewis E. Lee to lead revival at Southlake Baptist
Dr. Lewii E. Lee of San Antonio will lead a four-day revival entitled “Look and Live” scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 27-March 2 * Southlake Baptist Church af Canyon Lake.
Dr. Lee is Director of Missions for San Antonio Baptist Association.
Five revival services are planned, said the Rev. Dean N. Lloyd, Southlake Pastor. Uoyd said the services will be held * 11 t m , Sunday, Feb. 27, with evening services set for 7:30 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sped* music is *so planned for each service, Lloyd wid.
The church is located* 77 FM 3159, across from the Guad*upe Valley Telephone Cooperative headquarters.
A native of Texas, Dr. Lee was educated * Baylor University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theologic* Seminary.
He is also a graduate of the Institute de Lengua Espanola of San Jo*, Costa Rica.
Dr. and Mrs. Lee have four daughters.
All are married and *1 are active in their churches.
One is a missionary in Brazil.