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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page SA — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, September 16, 2000ReligionIZZI ......._______ zzi Jesus like adhesive strip, makes good things better Tim JUDKINS Hill Country Youth to hit the road Perhaps my first exposure to the phenomenon was while watching a football game on TV I noticed that several players were wearing what looked like a Band-Aid across the bridge of their nose. I realized that this adhesive strip was not covering a wound but was actually a device to assist breathing. These players were obviously unconcerned about appearance as the strips weren't very attractive. They apparently valued breathing more than image. For months, I was intrigued by how these seemingly innocuous adhesive strips worked. I theorized that they must have some penetrating medication that opened nasal passages. I didn’t know anyone who used them so I had no way of verifying my hypothesis. One day I heard Paul Harvey on the radio explain how breathe-strips worked. They’re quite ingenious and clever. The strip simple pulls the nostrils apart, creating more room for air to flow. While this solved the mysteriousness of the device, I had no reason or desire to experience the breathe-strips first hand. It was fine for those who needed it, but not for me. I consider myself a good breather. I have no problem maintaining airflow at night and as far as I know, I don’t snore. I don't suffer from allergies and colds are rare. Overall, I don't need a “crutch” in order to do better what I can already do very well. Then it happened. Someone must have sneezed on me and I got a cold, which prohibited me from enjoying my usual deep breathing patterns. I ingested the usual medicines and they went only so far in relieving me. A trusted friend suggested I try a breathe-strip to relieve my situation. I did and it did. I weathered the crisis and breathing was restored. The interesting part is that as I continued using the strips at night after the cold was gone, I discovered that they enhanced my already healthy breathing and allowed me to never clog up at night. They made my good breathing even better. I have since tried to sell others on the wonder device. I usually receive a tepid response, at best. Most people are afraid to even try one. Even friends with major breathing problems are too proud to try something that might relieve them instantly. My firsthand experience is not enough to get people to try that which can open nostril heaven to even the most robust of breathers. I realize how much this is like telling people about Jesus. Apparently, people are satisfied to have clogged spiritual nostrils rather than apply a “Jesus-strip” to their lives. Even “good” people who claim to be spiritually healthy miss an even fuller existence by keeping Jesus on the shelf. They may affirm your experience and understand a clear presentation, but refuse to adopt it for themselves. Tike a breathe-strip, I can enjoy the results of a life in Christ for myself even though countless others refuse to indulge. For me, it is the difference between living “all right” and living “great ” Why wouldn’t anyone want this? (Tim Judkins speaks about “Words You Don t Hear in ( hun h The S' Word this Sundax at the contemporary worship sen ice at First Protestant ( hun h ) Special to the Herald-Zeitung Christa Olson of San Marcos will be going on the road as part of the Christian musical group The Continentals. They will be on the road now until the beginning of December. The three-month tour will cover a 25-state region with an average of one to two OLSON shows a day. “This isn’t my first time doing a road show,” Olson said. She recently completed a six-week tour with the Young Continentals. Earlier this year, Olson and a cast of teenagers from around the country toured throughout the Southwest. “If I can survive six weeks on a bus with three dozen teenagers, this tour should be a cinch.” The Continentals are comprised of singers and dancers ranging in ages from 16 to 28 years old. Last year, Olson’s youth group went to see The Young Continentals at a church in nearby Kyle. “I thought it looked like a lot of fun, so I sent in an application.” Without any formal voice training, her audition via audiotape was chosen from hundreds of applicants. Olson has been interested in music for as long as she can remember. Her mother, Pam, toured with several dance groups in her college years. Her stepfather, Ian, is a professional comedian and ventriloquist. Olson plans on pursuing a career in music. She hopes to apply the experience gained from live performances in Volunteers donate bicycles at New Life Each Friday evening, Harold Brueckner and his wife, Kathleen To, lead a Bible class at New Life Children’s Residential Treatment Center at Canyon Lake. On Friday, Sept. I, they brought more than a Bible lesson to the center for troubled girls, they brought six brand new bicycles. “All I did was mention we were considering organizing a bicycle riding club for the girls and next thing you know, they arranged for brand new bicycles,” said Martha Wynn, executive director of New Life. Brueckner and To, avid cyclists who live in Marble Falls, approached Mario Gonzalez, also a cyclist and ow ner of RPM Sports in Marble Falls about the project. Gonzalez agreed to give Brueckner and To generous discounts on new bicycles. Photo Submitted Mario Gonzalez and Harold Brueckner make final adjustments on one of the new bicycles they gave to the residents of New Life Children’s Treatment Center near Canyon Lake. Brueckner and his wife, Kathleen To, are regular volunteers at New Life. Gonzalez owns a bicycle shop in Marble Falls. Viewpoints Religion page not for trashing beliefs Dear Editor: I believe you did a real disservice to all who read the Sept. 2 religion page of your newspaper. My understanding is that this page is for different religious organizations to write articles on w hat they and their community believe, not for the purpose of one community to trash the beliefs of another. By allowing Mr. Jerry Lockhart’s article to be printed, you did just that. Almost one billion Catholics hold the same belief as Mike Peinemann in his article dated Aug. 26. Mr. Jerry Lockhart can quote the Bible well. But it appears to me that he forgot to use one of the biggest truths of his and all other Bibles, and that is that God is love and we are to love everyone, even those who have different beliefs, as he loves us, unconditionally. Trashing someone’s belief in a public forum is not love. I could show Mr. Jerry Lockhart in his Bible where Jesus tells us many times, throughout the gospel, that we are to pray in his name. Why pray if all we have to do is believe that He is Lord1* Why did Jesus tell us, “Everything we do to the least of his people we do to him” if all we have to do is believe he is Lord? I could go on, but it appears to me that Mr Lockhart is preaching the sin of presumption. Where does it say in the Bible, his or any other, that we can not use the words spoken by Mary as a prayer? I believe everything we say could be and should be used as a prayer. But all this is beside the point. As editor, you have a responsibility to your readers to make sure that the religion page does not become a trashing page, but a page where all religions can grow in their faith. Ralph Brock A very unhappy reader Catholics are also Christians Dear Editor: Saturday, Sept. 2, Jerry Lockhart, Pastor of the Berean Bible Church, wrote an article refuting and countering the words quoted and spoken by Mike Peinemann regarding an article Mike had written for the religion news page. It is the article written by Pastor Jerry Lockhart I w ish to address. It is not my intention to get into an ongoing argument w ith Pastor Lockhart, but I feel it is my Christian duty to set straight that which he asserted with such assurance and wrongly judged. It might surprise Pastor Lockhart to learn that the members of the Catholic Church (a huge segment of people) are also Christians. It might surprise him even further to learn that they believe, teach and know very well Christ is the head of the church since he established it. His (Lockhart’s) problem seems to be with the tenets of the Catholic Church — period — in which case no amount of explanation would satisfy him. I do not deny him his right to believe whatever he chooses, however, one does not help anyone by giving them wrong information as I believe he has done, so I wish to present another side. First of all, the Catholic C hurch has been in existence for more than 2000 years and its progress can be plainly followed in the New Testament. . . and day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number.” (Acts 16:5) St. Paul instructed thusly: “I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say and there be no division among you but that you be united in the same mind and in the same person.” I Cor. IO. Today, because we choose a church like we would a club, the blind lead the blind — not knowing what to believe or in what direction to go. All kinds of strange religions have been given to the world by men who declared — with the utmost confidence — that the Holy Spirit is responsible for their ideas. We know' that all Jesus said and did is not in the New Testament Though all Jesus said and did is not in the Scriptures, all he said and did was taught and handed down, as Christ instructed. His teachings were kept alive by his disciples by w'ord of mouth and writing letters of instruction to the several churches which they had established. These letters (or epistles) were used over and over again for “teaching, reproving, correcting and instructing injustice, so that the man of God may be perfect, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Then, in 397 A.D., at the Council of Carthage, these letters were assembled and the letters that were to make up the New Testament were selected. Not all of the letters that were written were selected, for ope reason or See VIEWPOINTS^ securing a recording career and taking her music on the road. The Continental Ministries are a non-profit organization. Tour members are not paid, but rather sent out as short-term missionaries and are responsible for raising sponsorship for their specific positions on tour. Upon acceptance, tour members receive a wide variety of creative ideas to find potential sponsors and raise support. This money, combined with offerings taken at each concert and the sales of recorded music and other products, cover the cost of touring. The Continental Ministries is a member ol the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Donations can be sent to Christa Olson c/o Continental Ministries, Box 6972, Ventura, CA 93006-6972. Please make checks payable to Continental Ministries. Any donation to Continental Ministries is tax deductible whether in the form of general gifts or sped! ic sponsorship.You can visit the Continental Ministries web site at Larson begins role as new pastor at Evangel Assembly of God Special to the Herald-Zeitung The Rev. Lawrence R. Larson was elected as new pastor of Evangel Assembly of God by a unanimous vote of the membership on Aug. 27. Larson takes the place of the Rev. Jerry Morgan who resigned and had his farewell services on Aug. 13. The Evangel Assembly of God Church is located at 104 Melody Lane. Larson and his wife Elaine moved into their new residence on Castlewood Dr. on Labor Day, with the help of many volunteers. They welcome calls to their home at 626-3675. Rev. Lawrence R. Larson was born to clergy parents from Minnesota and grew up in parsonages in North Dakota until he graduated from Minot High School. He first studied for the ministry at North Central Bible College, Minneapolis, Minn. He went on to earn various degrees including an A.A., B.A., M.A. and Th.D. Larson married Elaine June McKenzie on Nov. 4, 1950. They had seven children, six girls and one boy. Their son is now in Heidelberg, Germany, as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army. The Larsons have 16 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. In 1954, the Larsons began 21 years of ministries in the Pacific Islands. After five years in Hawaii before statehood, they moved to Suva, Fiji Islands, as foreign missionar- Photo Submitted The Rev. Lawrence R. Larson, new pastor at Evangel Assembly of God Church is shown here with his wife. Elaine. ies. They also led in opening several new ministries in the South Pacific for the Assemblies of God. Larson was Divisional Coordinator for all of the South Pacific Islands. He taught for IO years at South Pacific Bible College and founded and managed the Assemblies of God schools in Suva where 1,750 students were in attendance. In 1975, the Larsons began a 21-year pastorate in Hudson Falls, N.Y., and served for 14 years for the New York District of the Assemblies of God. In 1995, the couple moved to Corpus Christi where three books were published by the Rev. Larson. The first, “The Spirit In Paradise,” is a history of the revival movement in Fiji and throughout the South Pacific Islands. The last book, “The Revealing,” with a subtitle, “Boost Your Self-Image,” was received from the printers on Aug. 18 and copies can be obtained from the Larsons. Now the Larsons are back to pastoring again. “The church in New Braunfels is small, but will not be for long,” Larson predicted. °0: U.S.A.. 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