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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, May 5, 2001 Tim JUDKINS More sedans than sports cars Cars were not always the luxurious machines they are now. In fact, evolution in the car industry has been rapid and efficient. What was a luxury feature 30 years ago is now standard. I am not real old, but I can remember when my dad bought a supplemental air conditioning unit for our 1967 Chrysler Newport because it did not have “factory air.” We used to joke about pretending we had “factory air” by driving around with our windows up even while sweat rolled off of our brows. Factory-installed air conditioning and other options were expensive but have since become a standard feature in every car. •The evolution from expensive options to standard features has affected our thinking about our faith. It seems to me that Christians define their discipleship in the same way that some customize their cars. Some are happy to have a “standard,” no frills faith while others want their model to be fully loaded with all the features available. Standard-feature Christians, like cars without the bells and whistles are really quite boring and unattractive. Sure they function and operate in basic ways, but they offer no real incentive for others to be like them. If anything, their blandness inspires others to desire a more souped-up model of Christianity, if possible. Fortunately, there is enough advertising in the Bible to suggest that customized Christianity is available for everyone. A custom-built believer is someone who has all the features and makes the biggest impression on others. They are the ones that read their Bibles, pray without ceasing, fast from food occasionally, give money to the church and probably serve their church in some official capacity. They are what everyone wants to be but are unwilling to become. Unlike the evolution of car customization, though, our Christian perspective has worked in reverse. Rather than accepting nothing less than the fully-loaded Biblical model of Christian living, contemporary Christianity is satisfied to accept the scaled-down version because it requires less work. :‘|Standard-feature” Christianity, while comfortable and socially acceptable, is boring and unfulfill-ing. Customized ‘Christianity, on the other hand, is exciting and rewarding. {Jesus offers nothing but or^e model of Christianity, hfe only manufactures fully-loaded followers. His expectation is that all who claim to;be Christian gladly accept his customized yet standard features and engage fully rn his life. The results for those who do are nothing short of incredible. Itlwill cost us our lives, . .however, to have it. * The religious sedan pales in the presence of a Christ -'built hot rod. (Tim Judkins asks, “Whats Your Story1?"this Sunday in the Contemporary service of FirstReligion Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 625-9144 ext. 222. Wi. I    Ws Several area churches participated in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Main Plaza. Prayer topics will include the nation, leaders, communities, families, youth and churches. The National Day of Prayer found its beginnings in 1775 when George Washington admonished the colonies to set aside a day for prayer and fasting. Following the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made a similar request. However, it wasn’t until 1952 that The National Day of Prayer became an annual event, when Harry Truman declared the first Thursday of May as The National Day of Prayer. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Division offers training Special to the Herald-Zeitung The Division for Spiritual Formation, a joint effort of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, is offering special training in September. The division will offer a spiritual director training class, Formation In Direction. The F.I.N.D. program is a three-year course, meeting one Saturday each month for IO months of each year. The first two years emphasize academic material, spiritual formation and practical exercises in personal spiritual development and the art of spiritual direction. In the third year, participants will be allowed to offer some spiritual direction under the supervision of an experienced director. The F.I.N.D. program focuses on four areas: the relational aspects of spiritual direction, the history of Christian spirituality, prayer and lab/practicum. Application materials for the F.I.N.D. program can be obtained from Lillie Rowden, 6203 Harbour Gateway Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459, or by calling (281) 499-7103. Inquiries also can be sent by fax to (281) 499-6856 or e-mail to [email protected] The division’s purpose is to provide educational opportunities in spiritual theology and formation, as well as enhanced opportunities for reflection, prayer, and spiritual direction. Seminar helps people get rid of clutter and debt Special to the Herald-Zeitung SAN MARCOS—A seminar, “OVERHALL” Your Life For More Space, Time and Money and Break the Debt Cycle for Good,” takes place from I p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church in San Marcos, 16870 N. State 123, (512) 392-5199. The three-hour seminar, taught by Contemporary Prosperity Advisor Paula Langguth Ryan and Professional Organizer Janet L. Hall, is offered on a donation basis. For information, call (800) 507-9244 or visit Enough is Enough Seminar web page at Sts. Peter and Paul celebrates event Service ministry chairman Pat Fox and about a dozen other ladies from Sts. Peter and Paul joined the Church Women of Comal County to celebrate the World Prayer Day March 2 at First United Methodist Church. The group spent two hours in prayer in honor of the day of communal worship. This organization of church women was formed about two years ago. Women from churches throughout Comal County are invited to attend group meetings, usually two each year. Spokeswoman Carol Phelps of First United Methodist said the activities are hosted by area churches on a rotating basis. For information, call JoAnn Buro, at 609-0041, of Sts. Peter and Paul or any participating church in Comal County. We are scouting for volunteers to participate in a research study involving an investigational allergy medication. 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