Training in the Truth

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend leader training for Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have gone to the “latest, greatest” program only to leave with a sense of having wasted a whole day for nothing. So I had some reservations as I went to the training in the early morning, fearful that it would be just one more “program” designed to make shallow Christians feel good about their shallowness. I am happy to say my fears were totally unfounded. The content is solid and not your usual “Sunday School fluff” that has so often permeated Christian productions. This is really good stuff!! It is the kind of basic, but not shallow, training that is desperately needed in our churches today.

This is not an evangelistic apologetics course. This is a course designed to help the church become stronger by total worldview training. It is not your typical “culture war” stuff, it is solid foundational training to strengthen Christians. The end result should be that Christians and churches will become better equipped for evangelism by understanding truth as it relates to all areas of life.

I like the way the website answers the question: “What is the Truth Project?”“The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum designed to build a systematic and comprehensive biblical worldview in the lives of believers. Each lesson looks at life from a biblical perspective, studying the very nature and character of God and how He has revealed Himself to us.”

We will be using The Truth Project at Grace Baptist to help strengthen our body to be all that God has called us to be. I encourage you to consider it also. Take a look for your self at The Truth Project.

We Must Never Forget !!!

September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation. The horrible attack, on our soil, by Islamic Terrorists, took the lives of 3,000 people on that day. Some in the media believe that the images of that day should not be shown on TV or in the media. They claim that it will incite strong feelings against the terrorists. Well, I think we need to be reminded over and over . . . we must never forget that fateful day.

Good News in Adult Stem Cell Research

One of the greatest desires of our generation, and rightly so, is to find a cure to the diseases that plague mankind. For many, myself included, there is a moral question in using embryonic stem cells because it requires starting a life and then destroying it. Arguments are made the the “greater good” should prevail, and that good being finding cures.

For some time now many scientists have been saying that the real key to making significant progress is in work with adult stem cells rather than embryonic cells. Last week the Washington Post ran an article that indicates that scientists have made real progress toward significant results with adult cells. In an article entitled Scientists Reprogram Adult Cells’ Function they stated:

“Scientists have transformed one type of fully developed adult cell directly into another inside a living animal, a startling advance that could lead to cures for a variety of illnesses and sidestep the political and ethical quagmires associated with embryonic stem cell research.

Through a series of painstaking experiments involving mice, the Harvard biologists pinpointed three crucial molecular switches that, when flipped, completely convert a common cell in the pancreas into the more precious insulin-producing ones that diabetics need to survive.”

May this develop into something that will bring great relief to many people in the not so distant future. For this we should diligently pray.

One of the scientists expressed his enthusiasm this way:

“One day, this may allow the doctor to replace the scalpel with a sort of genetic surgery,” Lanza said. “If this can be perfected, it would represent one of the holy grails of medicine.”