January 2013

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Newsletters | 9 comments

Dear Family and Friends, At the beginning of a new year, our thoughts tend to be future-oriented.  We plan, we dream, we hope, we resolve, all in anticipation of things that are presently unknown, uncertain and unfulfilled, but that we believe to be worth living for, waiting for and, in some cases, dying for.  In a very real sense, our future expectations of tomorrow (and beyond) give meaning, enjoyment and fulfillment to our present experiences of today. The Old Testament prophets were future-oriented as well, communicating God’s revelation of things to come through their preaching as...

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October 2012

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Newsletters | 16 comments

Dear Family and Friends, Earlier this month, Austrian Felix Baumgartner free-fell faster and farther than any other human being in history – 24 miles – more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.  He reached a maximum speed of 834 mph – Mach 1.24 – faster than the speed of sound.  Landing safely in the easternNew Mexicodesert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule, Baumgartner reflected on his record-setting feat:  “When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble.  You do not think about breaking records...

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August 2012

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Dear Friends of CBM,                                              Bill Gaither, the well-known Christian songwriter, was asked in an interview one time what he considered to be the greatest lyric ever composed.  Without hesitation he recited the third stanza of that classic hymn by Frederick Lehman entitled, The Love of God: Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made; Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill, and ev’ry man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll...

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June 2012

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Dear Friends of CBM,                                            The first verse of the Bible affirms the existence of God and them immediately declares His creative work:  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1).  This is why one of the first Bible lessons we teach our Released Time students is the creation story.  We want them to know that the universe didn’t just “happen,” but that “by the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host” (Ps. 33:6).  The result is that all of heaven’s...

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May 2012

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  Dear Family and Friends, Hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since prayer in school was declared unconstitutional.  In June, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public schools could not officially participate in prayer by banning this seemingly innocuous petition:  “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessing upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.  Amen.”[i]  Only one of the justices, Potter Stewart, dissented from the majority opinion, declaring:  “I think this decision is wrong.” Justice Stewart was perplexed by...

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July 2011

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Newsletters | 3 comments

  Dear CBM Family, “We’ve been thinking about it for a while.  We finally pulled the trigger.  We’re changing our name and we did it for one reason.  We’re convinced the mission requires it.”  So said Steve Douglass, president of Campus Crusade for Christ, in commenting on the CCC board’s recent decision to change the organization’s official designation to “cru,” a nickname for the ministry coined by CCC staffers several years ago.  “We were not trying to eliminate the word Christ from our name,” Douglass said.  “Our name presented obstacles to our...

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