Sunday, May 14, 2006
5th Sunday of Easter
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This Week's Scripture Lessons
Old Testament/Acts
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm
Psalm 22:25-31
Epistle
1 John 4:7-21
Gospel
John 15:1-8
Preparation
  1. Read the Psalm aloud

  2. Read the Lesson from from 1 John.

  3. Take a moment to meditate on the Scripture

Questions for Reflections
  1. List three things that your friends do to show their love for you.

Studying the Text
  1. What are we to do? Why?

  2. If we love, what does it demonstrate?

  3. What of the person who does not love?

  4. How did God show his love?

  5. What do we do through the Son?

  6. What is love?

  7. What should we do because of what God has done?

  8. What has no one seen?

  9. What happens when we love?

  10. How do we know that he lives in us?

  11. What do we testify?

  12. What are we to acknowledge?

  13. What happens if we do?

  14. What do we rely on?

  15. What is God?

  16. What do you have to do to live in God?

  17. What happens when we do?

  18. What will we have on the judgment day?

  19. What does love lack?

  20. What does perfect love do?

  21. What is fear associated with?

  22. Why do we love?

  23. How do we lie?

  24. What must we do to demonstrate our love for God?

  25. What is the command that he has given us?

Living the Text
  1. How many times did you write the word love?

  2. What do you think that God wants you to do?

  3. Name the most difficult person in your life at the moment.

  4. List three things that you can do to love this person.

  5. When will you do them?

Closing

  1. Read the Scripture lesson again and take a moment to meditate on the passage.

  2. What is God saying to you?

  3. Thank God for his presence and ask him to apply what you have learned to your life.

News Highlights

Linda Valentine nominated for GAC executive director position
Linda Bryant Valentine, a businesswoman and Presbyterian elder from Illinois, is being nominated to replace John Detterick as executive director of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Valentine (link to bio), a lawyer and corporate executive, is an elder at Fourth Presbyterian church in Chicago.

She has been general counsel and managing director of an investment fund with Opportunity International http://www.opportunity.org/ , a Christian nonprofit group in  Oak Brook, Ill. which operates micro-enterprise development programs in 28 countries to assist people living in poverty around the world. The investment fund she directs provides collateral that allows small development programs to borrow wholesale funds in their local currencies, allowing them to avoid the foreign exchange markets. read more


Police: 7 confess to beheadings

The seven detained suspects confessed under questioning that they planned and carried out the Oct. 29 beheadings in the Sulawesi town of Poso, police chief Lt. Col. Rudi Sufahriadi told The Associated Press.

Another girl was wounded but spared by the assailants, he said.

Two of the suspects also say they have ties to Noordin Top, regarded as a key leader of the al Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), according to Central Sulawesi police chief Brig. Gen. Oegroseno.

Indonesia has arrested scores of militants belonging to the Jemaah Islamiyah group in recent years. read more


God does have a role in international policy

 "To my knowledge, no former secretary of state has written anything similar," writes Albright's old boss, former President Bill Clinton, in the introduction. "It is an unexpected book, drafted against the advice of friends who worried that these topics could not be discussed without stepping on toes." Indeed, toes are trod, right foot and left (in that sense alone this is a book rich in footnotes).

"Through the tumultuous decades of expansion, war, and economic booms and busts, there flowed the conviction that God was watchfully guiding America's course and fate," Albright wrote. " ... History would be far different if we did not tend to hear God most clearly when we think He is telling us exactly what it is we want to hear." read more



Articles of Interest
The feeling of ‘truthiness’

 Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert has coined a word that describes the not-so-funny state of the Presbyterian Church (USA). That word is “truthiness,” defined by Newsweek as a devotion to information that one “wishes were true even if it’s not.”

Colbert, a tongue-in-cheek newsman who anchors The Colbert Report, describes his art: “Anyone can read the news to you. I promise to feel the news at you.” That’s the essence of “truthiness,” an expression of emotion presented as fact. read more

Let the Healing Begin

There are rooms in the basement of the Donaldina Cameron House where ghosts of the past cry out in fear and shame.

     These same ghosts inhabit the wind and the sky around Lo Mo Lodge — also know as Dick’s Cabin — in Muir Woods about 45 minutes away from this city.

     They are the adolescent spirits of people like Buddy Choy, who lost his innocence at the hands of the Rev. F.S. “Dick” Wichman, an adult he trusted and revered. Wichman was executive director of the Cameron House — a flagship Presbyterian mission — from 1947 to 1977.

     “Things happened to me with Dick Wichman right here at Cameron House,” said Choy, now 63. Those basement rooms “were once very dark,” and “I remember how Dick Wichman took me into those rooms and took my clothes off, and then took his clothes off.” read more


This Week in Church History
May 8, 1845: The Southern Baptist Convention, one of the largest denominations in America, organizes in  Augusta, Georgia.
May 8, 1895: Roman Catholic archbishop and broadcaster Fulton J. Sheen is born in El Paso, Illinois. With his ABC shows "Life is Worth Living" and the "Bishop Sheen Program," he became the most prominent American Catholic of broadcasting's golden era.
May 8, 1915: Henry McNeal Turner, the first black army chaplain in the United States, dies in Windsor, Ontario, embittered toward America for its racism. Many consider him to be the precursor of black theology for his statement, "God is a Negro.
May 9, 1983: Pope John Paul II reverses the Catholic Church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo Galilei's Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe.
May 10, 1886: Karl Barth, the most important theologian of the twentieth century and opponent of theological liberalism and political fascism (especially under Hitler), is born in Basel, Switzerland. When asked in 1962 (on his one visit to America) how he would summarize the essence of the millions of words he had published, he replied, "Jesus loves me. This I know, for the Bible tells me so" (see issue 65: The Ten Most Influential Christians of the Twentieth Century).
May 12, 1792: Father of Modern Missions William Carey publishes his highly influential (though deplorably titled) book on the importance of evangelism, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, to use means for the Conversion of the Heathens in which the Religious State of the Different Nations of the World, the Success of Former Undertakings, and the practicability of Further Undertakings, are Considered (see issue 36: William Carey).
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