6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Verse of the Month
In a recent "Daily Bread" article, writer Andrew Klavan told how the late Gary Carter, catching stalwart for the Expos and Mets, influenced his life beyond reportorial commentary. Often in his career across 1974 to 1972 the ever-dependable Carter was playing while injured.
Klavan had recalled the low point of his life when he heard devoted Christian Carter declare "Sometimes you just have to play in pain." This comment not only pulled Klavan out of near-suicidal urges but later led to his conversion as a Christian.
Carter, who died of brain cancer in 2012, would have loved to hear how far and wide was his infuence as a "happy warrior" in a stress-filled game. We never know who is watching.
The Scandal of the Cross
The movie Ben Hur came out in 1959 and was the blockbuster of the post-war years. MGM’s Ben Hur won 11 Academy Awards, the record for the time.
Charlton Heston played the young falsely accused Judah Ben Hur who was sent to the slave galleys. On the way, being herded through Nazareth, Judah is (fictitiously) given a drink of water and a blessing by young Jesus of Nazareth.
The novel weaves Jesus’ life in with that of Ben Hur and while slow going in places it compels attention with its description of the arrest, execution and grisly crucifixion of the Christ.
Neil Earle offers a timely probe of some of the biblical roots of ancient Persia (modern Iran).
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