FRIDAY B JUNE 30.
April at Bethesda
April at Bethesda is always a significant month. After all, Easter falls within the month and that to us is a very special time of year. This year it was no different then it was in previous years. Easter is a special time to reflect on the price that Jesus paid to assure us all of a place in glory. He paid for our sins on the cruel cross and was resurrected into glory. We at Bethesda were made aware of His sacrifice for us and that we too have a promise of eternal life if we but place our entire faith and trust in Him. Our residents were treated with a dinner fit for a king. Our florists gifted us with balloons and flowers. We have a fine reputation and thus so many of our business people remember us on these special occasions. Our Sunday morning services were attended by many of`our residents.
We were all reminded that "He is Risen."
It is said that April showers bring May flowers. This year we had only a few showers and this affects all of our growing plants. It affected not only our flowers but also our citrus trees and all other growing plants indigenous to Florida. Because we have a number of deep wells, we were able to water our growing plants and therefore help to keep our grounds looking good.
Our rooms for the most of the time are filled with residents. Our apartments are also fully occupied and we have an extended waiting list. If we had twenty more apartments we would fill these also.
At the present time, we do not have anything further to report on the possible sale of our properties. We do have a few inquiries who have an interest, but financing seems to be the biggest obstacle to overcome. As soon as positive developments take place, I will so advise you. Please continue us in your prayers.
The Funeral Service for the late Gustave Kovach of Kipling, Sask., who died on April 1, 2000 at the age of 93, was held on April 7th. Rev. Richard Barta of Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Calvary Baptist Cemetery.
Gustave was born at Kipling on January 13, 1907, son of John Kovach, and Julia( Kesteus) Kovach.
Gustave married Mary Podobni of Pipestone, Manitoba, on January 24, 1934. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 1994. Gustave and Mary raised two children, Garnet and Judith.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary, in 1995, one brother, John Kovach, and seven sisters:
Mary Myers, Jolan Hutchings, Margaret Lowe, Irene Sorensen, Helen Bocskey, Julia Daku and Elizabeth Bute.
Gustave is survived by his son, Garnet of Kipling, his daughter, Judith (Gedeon) Hortulanyi of Kelowna, B.C., four grandchildren, Tammi, Carmi, David and Gedeon Jr., five great-grandchildren; one sister, Emma (Les) Pinter of Kipling, two brothers, Steve (Mary) Kovach of
Kipling and Sam Kovach of Esterhazy, as well as nieces and nephews.
Gustave farmed for a number of years and also delivered mail to rural areas for 41 years. He loved gardening, and there were always lovely flowers in his yard and in the house also. He loved animals, and his two special pet dogs followed him every where, even on the mail routes.
Gustave's cheerful and friendly personality made him loved as a good neighbor end friend by many from Kipling. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family as well as his church family at Calvary Baptist Church.
Gustave was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church, as a young man he was involved in the brass band and sang in the choir for many years. He continued to sing solos at church till January of this year. Gustave served at the church in many ways, he was Sunday-School Superintendent, deacon, and church clerk for many years.
We will miss you Gus, till we meet again! Pauline Daku
The Lord called to His heavenly home a devoted and faithful servant. Albert Balogh had served the Lord from his early youth and at the age of 87 he heard His Master's call "well done thou faithful servant."
Albert had been a member of our original Hungarian Baptist Church in Chicago (West Pullman), where he served the Lord with his parents, Rosa and Andras Balogh, six sisters and two brothers. Albert was the youngest of the boys. They were a devoted family who operated a meat market in Chicago. During the depression years they helped many poor families with food. After the meat market was traded for a farm in Winamac, Indiana, Albert moved to Cleveland, Ohio to be close to his sister, JuIia Petre, and to seek employment at one of the local factories.
At the Fulton Road Baptist Church he met and married Ruth Gulyas. He served the Lord faithfully there. Albert was blessed with many talents and it was his desire that the church should be in very good condition so that God's work would not be adversely affected.
After World War II Albert and his family moved to Pale Alto, California where they attended services at a bible believing church. Eventually the family settled into the fellowship of the Peninsular Bible Church. Albert used his God given talent to build chancel furniture, It was his desire and joy to build the very best for the house of God. He was honored by the church for his dedicated service to the Lord. The little redwood crosses that he made have been sent all over the world to mission stations.
He spent several winters in Palm Bay and we, too, received the benefit of his talents. He was responsible for the construction of the Beauty Shop and Library addition at our Bethesda Baptist Retirement Home. For many years we have been enjoying the results of his special talents here in Florida.
Albert is now with the Lord and though he will be missed by so many friends and family, we are confident that he will be long remembered by all who look upon the beauty of the things he created within the church buildings.
One of Albert's favorite scripture passages was the 100th Psalm. He loved to hum and sing while at work with his hands to bring beauty to the house of the Lord. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God. It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless His name, For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations" Albert lived by these verses and is now enjoying the fellowship of the One he served faithfully for so many years. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Ruth, two sons, Albert Jr. and Scott; two daughters, Marlene and Jan, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also a sister, Violet Felix. May the dedication of Albert to the Lord be an example for us to follow, Ernest J. Kish
We give back to You O God, those whom You gave to us. You did not lose them when You gave them to us, and we do not lose them by their return to You. Your dear Son has taught us that life is eternal and love cannot die. So death is only a horizon and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly and draw us closer to You that we may know that we are nearer to our loved ones, who are with You. You have told us that You are preparing a place for us: prepare us also for that happy place, that where You are we may also be always, O dear Lord of life and death. - William Penn (1644-1718)
LETTER (EXCERPT) FROM AUSTRALIA
... My main reason for writing is to ask for a favour but before I do, I would like to say how good it is that the Ev-hirnok is published on the internet. It is done very well and includes a lot of useful information.
Because I am the Youth Leader at my church, I am mostly responsible for organising music for us to sing. There aren't many of us but we would still like to make our parents and elders happy. At the moment, I only have access to English Youth Music. I hear that sometimes the English 'Praise & Worship' music is translated into Hungarian. If that is so, I would like to find out where I can have the song words to these. I searched on the Internet but didn't find anything. My request would be, if it isn't too difficult, if you or those around you could help me in this. I would really appreciate that if you could. ___From Lidia
(RESPOND- in Hungarian. Also, Hungarian translation of: "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High")
GOD=S BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE -- Malachi 3:16,17
Rev. Denzel Alexander
At times we wonder why so many Christians seem to give up on being actively involved in the work of their church. It= s as if they are asking , ADoes it really matter that much, will it make any difference so long as I am saved?@
I believe that God makes it very clear through the Bible that it does make a difference to Him. One example of this is found in Malachi 3:16. Here the Lord is telling us that He is preparing a Book of Remembrance for those who speak often of Him and honor His name. He speaks of them as being special jewels that will be honored in the future.
I am sure that God does not need to write it down in a book in order to remember , but the Lord is letting us know that it will be remembered in a way that we can relate to. I have certainly come to that place where I need to write things down to be certain that I will not forget.
Memory is a strange thing. It can play tricks on you. When my daughter Jennifer was about nine years old, she asked me one day if I would always remember her even when she got married and maybe moved far away with her own family. I assured her that no matter what, I would always remember her as my wonderful daughter. That seemed to please her and she left. A few minutes later she came back into my office sayingAKnock, knock.@ Since those little jokes were very popular at that tine, I said AWho=s there?@ she replied, AJennifer@ so I said @Jennifer who@ and she really got me when she replied, AOh, Daddy, you=ve already forgotten.@
Since God is preparing a Book of Remembrance for us, let=s think about what He will be recording. I believe it can be summed up under three headings.
FIRST: WHAT WE DO. Jesus showed appreciation for the smallest of ministries. Who but he noticed the poor widow who dropped in her pennies. He was aware of the slightest touch as he pointed out the woman who reached through the crowd to touch the hem of his garment in faith. In all of these cases the scriptures have it recorded as a remembrance to them.
We read that even a cup of cold water given for the right reason will be remembered. Who but the Lord noticed the little tax collector in the tree? But Jesus knew what he did and went home with him that day.
There is so much that a Christian can do that will be recorded in his book of remembrance. It does not have to be great or outstanding. I Cor l5:58 tells us that the labor of our well doing will not be in vain in the Lord. Yes, we have the assurance that God does remember and it does make a difference WHAT WE DO.
SECONDLY: I believe the lord is recording HOW WE DO IT. I believe that it is self evident that God loves the>style= or manner in which a thing is done. As we observe his creation and see the beauty of this earth, the rainbow, the great variety of colors in the birds, and the flowers. They could have functioned if they were all the same drab gray, but God shows how much he loves the style of it. Every sunrise and sunset is a masterpiece telling us that God loves the way a thing is done.
It is evident that he has put a great deal of this love in his creatures also. I recently returned from a missions trip to Guatemala and heard of a primitive Indian chief there who had performed weddings by sitting the brave and the maiden across from each other. He would ask the brave,AWant er?@ the answer being AUm@ to the maid he would ask, AWant um?@ she would answer AUm@. He would then answer AGottum@, and they were married. This shows us that a couple could woo, win, and marry by simply grunting and pointing, but there is something wonderful about the church, the cake, the guests, the preacher, and the wedding dress etc. If then we care so much about the way a thing is done, how much more the Lord? As an example I suppose we could say that God loves a giver, especially a big giver. But that isn=t the way the Lord puts it. It is HOW he gives, for the Lord loves a cheerful giver is what the scriptures say. It may not be much, but it is the way and the reason for giving. This is the great lesson seen in the account of Simon the Pharisee giving a big banquet for Jesus, but showing none of the common courtesies that were afforded a guest in that day. On the other hand, the woman of the street came and washed his feet with her tears etc. and Jesus commended her for her devotion and concern. The Lord knows our heart, and it makes a big difference how we serve him.
I believe a THIRD thing about our service is being recorded, and will be remembered. That is WHEN WE DO IT. We should serve the Lord by doing what he has laid on our heart or when we see a great need rather than putting it off or having to be driven to it. It will be recorded in God=s Book of Remembrance whether we ran from him and his work or whether we like Paul said ALord, what will thou have me do?@ Many who could easily give great financial aid to the Lord=s work now are holding onto it as long as possible, and when they no longer have use for it; leave it in their will. Today is the day of salvation, and it is also the day to be faithful in serving our Lord. If you were to call Heaven, and ask what time it was the answer would always be: NOW.
The story is told of a young farmer who premised to buy his bride her number one with as soon as he was able. This happened to be a silk dress that she had always dreamed of having. This was a rather expensive item in that day, but he assured her that if she would help him get a farm paid for she would have it. She worked with him in the fields, each time a piece of land was paid for, he wanted to more to add to the farm. Her health gave out, and she died still not having her silk dress. People in the area said that they saw the young farmer in the cemetery after the funeral wrapping bolts of silk around his wife=s tombstone, but it was too late. Dear friends, the recording angel does not start writing tomorrow; but today. What is being written on your page in God=s Book of Remembrance?
The cross is proof that God’s love is sincere. God extends love through Jesus, by way of a horrible death, that we may have life.
The cross gives hope to life amid despair and death. For God enters the chaos of life, through the death of Jesus, to open the door to life, love, forgiveness and eternal hope.
The cross gives us an opportunity to offer the brokenness of our lives to Christ for healing and redemption.
A cross and a death redeemed God’s fallen creation from the curse and shame of sin.
The cross towers above the landmarks of history as God’s gracious and loving act, available to all for redemption and reconciliation.
The cross is a constant reminder that God loved enough to give an only Son. It is a love whose influence and inspiration cast a constant fragrance on the events and experiences of time.3
MUNKÁCSY IN AMERICA
Traditionally, the month of March is somewhat indecisive, whether to be cold and blusteiy or to indicate the coming of Spring. In Florida, this month was beautiful. The temperatures were in the high seventies or low eighties. The frees were shedding their fruits and new growth was seen in all of our plant life. The beauty of Gods handiwork could be seen all around us. His beauty as seen in our surroundings also reflected upon the actions of people. During the month, we had many groups of people come into our Home to entertain our residents. We thank God for all joys that he sends our way. But then, as always, we also have our sorrows. Our residents are aged and have problems. During the month we had bid goodbye to a number of our residents because they had flushed their earthly course and had gone to their reward. We try over the course of time to develop a close family atmosphere at our Home. and when a resident leaves us it is like losing a member of our family. We however feel Gods loving kindness even at these sad times.
During the month we had the joy of hosting over 35 members of our Convention Committees who met here for their mid year planning sessions. What a joy it was to see these workers. Needless to say, housing and feeding so many extra people was not simple, but we did so with joy. Our Committee members work hard in completing the responsibilities that we place upon them and they sacrifice their time and energies to do the very best they can. With this in mind we treated them to a beautiful cruise on our Indian River where we once again enjoyed the beauties of Gods Nature. We sang, feasted and enjoyed the cruise, prior to sitting in sessions to plan our programs for the coming year.
We are proud of our Hungarian Heritage. Our people love to sing and at all meal times our residents were treated to the sweet harmonies of our beautiful Hungarian hymns. Our residents could not speak highly enough over what they were hearing. Many stated that they thought they were in Heaven.
Many of our Home residents attend our worship services. Our Pastor, Denzel Alexander, proclaims the word of God on each Sunday morning to just over 50 people. We are grateful to God for giving us a pastor who has concern for aging people. Our people are old and many of ourAold timers@ have gone on to glory, but those of us who are left are faithful in our support and attendance. God has been good to us and we give thanks daily for his love and care.
At this time, we have nothing to report on the sale of our properties. We are still in negotiations with a number of prospects but still apart in a final agreement. We will advise you as soon as we have further developments.
At Bethesda we try to keep Gods presence in the forefront and so many of our residents are happy to be a part of a Christian organization. Please continue us in your thoughts and prayers. If you are ever in our area, please drop in to see us. You will be made most welcome.;
January at Bethesda
One would think that after a very busy holiday season, the pace of activity would slow down and afford us a breather at our Retirement Home. Unfortunately this was not the case in January. With our elderly residents there is always something extra to take care of in order to satisfy their needs.
Bethesda has 68 residents. The youngest is 67 and the oldest is 98. They are all beautiful people who are in need of the care that we provide. We have a commitment to love and honor our "parents." We try to fulfill these responsibilities to the best of our abilities. We provide three meals a day for them. Can you imagine what it is to be able to satisfy the tastes of 68 residents. Nothing tastes as good as what they had cooked for themselves for so many years. We also wash their linens and clothes. Here too, nothing is as clean and well ironed like it was when they did it for themselves. The same thing applies with our housekeepers end our aids. However, one thing that satisfies them to the utmost is the fact that they know that they are being loved. A kind word, a smile, a hug or a short chat is fully appreciated by all people. This is what makes Bethesda different than most other retirement complexes. We try to create a family atmosphere which helps our people to feel like a member of our family. In Ephesians 5:2 we read: "And walk in love as Christ also hath loved and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet smelling Savor." We try to treat our people with love so that we too will emit a sweet smelling savor for the glory of God.
On March 9 - 12th, we will once again be hosting the mid year meeting of the officers and committees of our Hungarian Baptist Convention. We are looking forward to this meeting and we will do all we can to make this gathering both productive and pleasant. We expect approximately 30 people to attend to the business of our Convention. They are working hard to make the work of our Convention effective and successful. Please remember us in your prayers. We need your prayerful support.
We are still working on the possible sale of our Home. As of this moment I cannot report any positive results, but there is much activity which keeps us all busy. As soon as we have something positive to report we will do so. Please remember us in your prayers. ____Ernest J. Kish
Munkácsy in America
New Brunswick, NJ: At the turn of the century Mihály Munkácsy was the most famous son of Hungary in the world - a national treasure. This self-made painter was the toast of Paris and the western world. Titans of industry paid unheard of amounts to own his art. Presidents and kings gave receptions in his honor. Critics at the time called him "the creator of the greatest modern work of art in the world." Now you too can enjoy his great work at the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation. The exhibit, Munkácsy in America: Works of a Celebrated Hungarian Painter From American Collectors, runs from March 26th through June 18th 2000.
Munkácsy was an artist of remarkable gifts. He had a considerable talent for depth and contrast. As his talents were recognized - even fairly early in his career - his paintings were sold for unheard of sums of money. Sam of his patrons included Cornelius and William Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, William Astor and Joseph Pulitzer. His large paintings "Christ Before Pilate" and "Golgotha" were purchased by department store magnate John Wanamaker from Philadelphia for $150,000 - the equivalent of nearly $2 million today.
In 1890 the Hungarian government commissioned Munkácsy to paint a monumental canvas for the new Parliament building. AThe Conquest of Hungary" can still be seen today. Árpád, the founder, prime prince of the Hungarian tribes, sits erect on his white stallion receiving the homage of the inhabitants of the Hungarian hills and plain.
The artist remained loyal to his native country. Munkácsy funded a scholarship that afforded young Hungarian painters the opportunity to study in Paris. His funeral in 1900 was a national event.
Enjoy the work of this prolific artist at the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation located at 300 Somerset Street in New Brunswick, NJ. The Munkácsy exhibition is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM. The suggested museum donation is $5. For details call 732.846.5777. ___American Hungarian Foundation
Gone to be with the Lord
Bill Butti, a devoted servant of the Lord went Home to glory on January 11, 2000. Bill had been a member of our Hungarian Baptist Convention throughout his entire lifetime. He loved the Lord and had served his Hungarian Baptist fellowship in Elyria, Ohio for many years. He loved his Bible study classes and the fellowship of other God loving individuals. Although he Lived in Avon, Ohio, he spent most of his winters here in Florida where he worshiped with us at Bethesda. He and I spent many hours together, discussing important issues of the day as well as matters of spiritual importance. These were precious moments for both of us. Bill had a special knack with growing plants and he willingly helped to beautify the grounds of our Bethesda Baptist Retirement Home.
We last met with Bill at his home in Avon, Ohio following the last meeting of our Convention in Cleveland. He was weakened by his ongoing battle with leukemia. At our parting, we embraced and he said, "Ernie, we'll continue our discussions in heaven." We parted with tears in our eyes, but with joy in knowing that we will meet once again where there will be no more parting. I will miss a good friend for awhile, but I know we will meet once again at the feet of Jesus.
Bill leaves behind his wife Irene of 54 years, a daughter Dorothy, a son Tom, a grand daughter Crystal, two brothers Louis and James, and a sister Margaret Bacso. He also leaves behind many pleasant memories. AWell done thou good and faithful servant..."
Augustus Molnar went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2000. Papa Gus had been a devoted member of The Silliman Memorial Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Conn. since 1932 when he arrived in America from his native Hungary. He had served in that church as a deacon and had sung in the choir for many many years. He also praised the Lord with his talent as a violinist and he participated in our Hungarian Baptist Convention for many years. His wife Esther had predeceased him by 12 years, but his two daughters, Esther Rowe and Ruth Wright are even now active in the Lords work. Esther as the wife of The Rev. George Rowe, and Ruth Wright as a missionary in Sterling Virginia. They have had prayerful and devoted Christian parents who showed the good example of a loving mother and father. Papa Gus will be missed at our Convention meetings, but we rejoice in knowing that there will be a meeting once again in glory where we shall be together, never more to part. May his memory remain with us until we too are called to our glory. __Ernest J. Kish
Ki a magyar? Magyar az, aki magyarnak tartja magát, és magyarságát vállalva él - bárhol a világon.
Az utolsó két népszámlálás (1980, 1990) kérdései között származásra vonatkozókat is találtunk. "What is this person's ancestry or ethnic origin?" - Mi a kérdezett személy származása, milyen etnikumhoz tartozik?
A kérdést utasítás követte: "Print the ancestry group with which the person identifies" - Írja ide nyomtatott betűvel annak a népcsoportnak a nevét, amellyel azonosítja magát! "Persons who have more than one origin, may report two ancestry groups." - Ha több etnikummal is azonosítja magát, jelezze azokat!
1980-ban az USA-ban 1 776 902,
1990-ben 194 600-al kevesebben, 1 582 302-en válaszoltak ezekre a kérdésekre, magyar származásukat is jelölve.
A másik kérdés ez volt: "Does this person speak a language other than English at home? What is this language?" - Milyen más nyelvet beszél otthon, az angol mellett?
Míg 1980-ban 180 ezren (a magyar származásúak 10.12 %-a), 1990-ben már csak 147 902-en (9.35 %) jelezték, hogy magyarul (is) beszélnek otthon. Tíz év után 32 098-al kevesebben beszéltek magyarul! Ezek szerint, majdnem minden ötödik magyarul is beszélô honfitársunk (17.83 %) nyelvet váltott tíz röpke év alatt...
Hány magyar él Amerikában az új évezred küszöbén?
A 2000. évi népszámlálásra áprilisban kerül sor. A fenti kérdések: "What is this person's ancestry or ethnic origin?", és "Does this person speak a language other than English at home? What is this language?" - most is a kérdôívre kerültek. Az elsô a 10-es, a második és harmadik a 11-es számú kérdés.
Nagyon fontos, hogy aki magyar származású és otthon is beszél magyarul, ezekre a kérdésekre is válaszoljon. Jelezze minden magyar a kérdôíven, hogy
H U N G A R I A N!
"A magyarság igen sokat köszönhet az amerikai magyaroknak" - írta Pomogáts Béla a Magyar Írószövetség és az Anyanyelvi Konferencia elnöke. "Az ô munkájuk révén Magyarországról is igazabb képet alkot a világ" - tette hozzá Görömbei András a Kossuth Lajos Tudományegyetem tanára. "A nyugati magyarok munkássága révén világnyelveken kapott szót a magyarság" írta Dobos László pozsonyi író.
Az új évezred küszöbén vegyük számba magyarságunk amerikai részét! Mutassuk fel, hogy vagyunk! Tudnunk kell egymásról, hogy számíthassunk egymásra!
Sok tennivaló vár még ránk, amerikai magyarokra. Hála Istennek, hogy ma, amikor több reménységgel és jobb esélyekkel építi jövôjét Kárpát-medencében élô népünk, mi, amerikai magyarok is vállalhatjuk identitásunkat, sajátos helyzetünkbôl adódóan támogatva otthon élô testvéreinket.
Vállaljuk, írjuk be magyar származásunkat a népszámláláskor! A magyar nemzet amerikai része is él, és még mindig jelentôs tényezô! (Dr. Nagy Károly / nojo)
Az alábbi hír a AThe California Southern Baptist@ január 20-i (Volume 59, no. 2. page 17) számában jelent meg.
Mi baptisták, két Asákramentumban@ hiszünk: az úrvacsora és a hitvalló bemerítés szentségét valljuk. (Más vallások, mint például a katolikus, a házasságot is szentségnek tartják.)
Vajon nem élünk vissza ezzel a mi Akét sákramentumunkkal@ is? Miért merítkezünk be, és hogyan úrvacsorázunk, amikor így élünk?
December at Bethesda
LIGHT THE NATION
An estimated 1 million Christians from 80 denominations participated in Light the Nation, a live, two-hour broadcast of the Lighthouse Movement. They gathered in Madison Square Garden, churches, auditoriums, and homes across the United States Oct. 16 for the broadcast. It began a month-long Christian media campaign aimed at recruiting Lighthouses of Prayer -- individuals throughout the country who agree to pray for, care for, then share their faith with their neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends. The practice is referred to as "prayer evangelism."
...The program was televised to individual homes by the PaxNet network and downlinked to 580 host churches in every state. The broadcast featured Christian leaders, performances by Christian musicians, and testimonies from active Lighthouse families.
..."With the grace of God we will see America become a nation where praying for blessing upon others will become a lifestyle," Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism host of the broadcast, said. The broadcast also was presented by Mission America a coalition of denominations and evangelistic ministries.
For more information, see the Lighthouse Movement Internet site www.lighthousemovement.com or call (888) 323-1210.
The Baptist World Alliance elected a new president. Korean Baptist Billy Jang Hwan Kim was chosen to lead the group during the 18th Baptist World Congress in Melbourne last week. A search committee chose the conservative pastor and broadcaster, who was later ratified by the BWA's governing body, the general council, Ecumenical News International said.
...More than 6,000 Baptists attended the World Congress, held every five years, which concluded Jan. 9, ENI said. Evangelism was a main topic. Leaders agreed that outreach is central to the faith, but diverged on tactics for seeking converts. Randy Springer of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board told delegates about opposition to an evangelism campaign in Chicago. Baptists must continue to reach out, "even if it's politically incorrect and even if other don't want us to," he said.
...Baptists comprise the world's largest Protestant denomination, figures show. There are 43 million Baptists worldwide, compared with 33 million nine years ago, Tony Cupit, an Australian pastor who directs evangelism activities for the Baptist World Alliance, said. The Baptist community worldwide numbers 100 million, including children who have not been baptized, he told ENI.
About 33% of the world's people are Christians, at least in name, American missions statistician David Barrett says. Church members total 1.898 billion, and 1.3 billion attend services. Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity is growing fastest; 482 million belong to such movements and 680 million can be described as "Great Commission Christians," Barrett said.
...Muslims comprise the second-largest faith group. Followers of Islam number 1.215 billion, followed by 786 million Hindus, 362 million Buddhists, 225 million members of tribal religions, and 102 million members of "new religions."
...The world also has a large number of unbelievers. A total of 774 million consider themselves "nonreligious" and 151 million say they are atheists, Barrett said.
Christianity dropping from the US & EU
Is the mantle of Christianity dropping from the United States and Europe? Leaders of most denominations agree that Asia, Africa, and Latin America will become the faith's "centers of gravity" as rapid growth continues there, Cox News Service said.
..."The Gospel is no longer in Western captivity," David Garrison of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board said. "It's every bit at home in Beijing or Shanghai as in Atlanta or Dallas."
...Statistics bear the observation out. One-third of Roman Catholic cardinals are from developing nations, and Asia and Africa each has more members in the College of Cardinals than does the United States. Anglican bishops from Asia and Africa outnumbered those from the United States at last year's Lambeth Conference, and almost 60% of Protestants and 66% of the world's charismatic and Pentecostal Christians live in Latin America, Cox News said.
...America has become a mission field for some international churches. Korean missionaries are evangelizing America's Korean population, Jung Joo Park, pastor of Hanbit Korean Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, said. "We first received the Gospel through American missionaries. Now the case is reversed." There are about twice the number of Presbyterian churches in Korea as there are in the United States, he said. ReligionToday.com
Man of the century
Who would Billy Graham pick as the man of the century? Pope John Paul II, the evangelist said in an interview. John Paul II "has brought the greatest impact of any pope in the last 200 years. I admire his courage, determination, intellectual abilities, and his understanding of Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox differences, and the attempt at some form of reconciliation," Graham told The Associated Press.
...Among developments Graham has seen during his 81 years are the deeper sense of sin caused by the horrors of World War II, the end of racial segregation in the United States, advances in the ecumenical movement, the spread of Islam worldwide, and the use of technology to open new opportunities for evangelism. Also significant are the fact that many people are on a "spiritual quest" and that American youth are in serious moral trouble, he said.
...Human nature and man's quest for salvation will not change in the 21st century, Graham said. "Man's heart has not changed. God has not changed."
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYMNS AND PRAISE CHORUSES
God has been gracious to us at Bethesda. We have felt His presence for another month and we are grateful for His love for us.
Our rooms are constantly full and there are folks awaiting openings. We have a full compliment of ageing folks who enjoy the fellowship and loving car they receive on a daily basis. Our help is trained and reminded daily that our first responsibility is to the residents whom God had entrusted to our care. Being that we deal with people from all walks of life and from varying backgrounds, it is not always easy to please all people.
We do try hard however and do succeed in most cases. We have residents who were retired from the business world. We have a retired Lutheran minister. We have a retired nun. We also have men & women who love the Lord and, as a result, so many attend our church services regularly. Our English Sunday School class is attended by at least fifteen residents who are eager to learn more about biblical events. It is a joy for us to see them participate in class study. Thus we have our joys, but we also have our sorrows. Because of their advanced ages, we are often saddened when someone has to leave us because of deteriorating health. We also are saddened when we must say good bye to folks who go to meet God. We try hard to prepare them for this meeting. This then becomes an arm to the mission of our Convention. We should therefore not be discouraged if we do not see more progress in the winning of souls within our churches.
In November, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a dinner fit for a king. In addition, we had special songs and music that indicated our Thanks for God=s blessing throughout another year. Whereas some of our residents were invited out to be with family, many family members came to our Home for dinner and to be with family members. We served a total of 83 dinners. This included 32 visitors. We presently have 68 residents, 20 men and 48 women.
You are probably all aware of the fact that our Home is on the market to be sold. Whereas, we have had a number of inquiries, we have not had an acceptable offer. If and when this takes place, I will so advise you of it. In the meantime, we are upgrading our facility and beautifying our grounds to make it more presentable. We had some damage from hurricane Irene which we have almost completely corrected. We still have some work to do on our kitchen ceiling which hopefully will be completed within the next few weeks. We thank you all for your inquiries and cares for our well being. We ask you all to continue to hold us in your prayers. God Bless.
Sincerely, Ernest J. Kish
FIFTEEN-BILLION YEARS AGO!
Cause and effect, the tools of science.
Top 10 religious events of the millennium
Martin Luther is still making news. His challenge to the Roman Catholic Church in 1517, which brought about the Protestant Reformation, is the most important religious event of the second millennium, according to a poll conducted by the Religion Newswriters Association.
...The invention of movable type, which allowed the mass production of Bibles in various languages, and the Great Schism of 1054, which separated Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism, were ranked second and third in the poll. About 30 journalists voted on the top 10 religious events of the millennium and the 20th century.
...The remaining top events of the millennium include: the Holocaust and the founding of the modern state of Israel; the first Crusade in 1095 to liberate the Holy Land from Muslims; Islam's spread into Africa and Asia; the Second Vatican Council reforms from 1962-1965; the settlement of Plymouth, Mass., and the enshrinement of religious freedoms in the Bill of Rights; the 19th century ideas of Freud, Darwin, Marx, and Nietchze that challenged traditional religious beliefs; and the 1906 Azusa Street revival that launched the Pentecostal movement, which today is the fastest growing segment of Christianity, The Associated Press said.
The top events of the 20th century
The top events of the 20th century include the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947; the increase of female clergy among Protestants and Jews; the increase of radical Islam in the Middle East and North Africa; John Paul II becoming the first non-Italian pope in 400 years; the religious-backed civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ghandi's nonviolent overthrow of British rule in India. ReligionToday.com
The cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament.
If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is rather a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity....
The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it....
The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics -- but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of the cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.
A. W. Tozer
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