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R. David Reynolds
Our text from Romans assures us that the Holy Scriptures bring us encouragement and hope. All our hymns we are singing today affirm the encouragement and hope we receive by being “People of One Book.” I read the daily devotional for March 14 in Kenneth W. Osbeck’s devotional guide AMAZING GRACE: 366 INSPIRING HYMN STORIES FOR DAILY DEVOTIONS, as that devotional centered on our opening hymn “Standing on the Promises.” The Bible contains more than 5,000 promises for God’s people [SOURCE: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/gods_promises.htm]. In his devotional on “Standing on the Promises” Kenneth Osbeck says, “Bible scholars have pointed out that the phrase ‘fear not’ appears in the Bible 365 times—a reassuring promise for each day of the year.’” [SOURCE: Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1990), 85.].
The 10 Best 2007 Movies for Families: 1. Ratatouille, 2. Enchanted, 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks, 4. Bella, 5. The Game Plan, 6. In the Shadow of the Moon, 7. Shrek the Third, 8. The Ultimate Gift, 9. Nancy Drew, 10. Bridge to Terabithia.
The 10 Best 2007 Movies for Mature Audiences: 1. Amazing Grace, 2. August Rush, 3. Spider-Man 3, 4. I Am Legend, 5. Strike, 6. The Great Debaters, 7. The Astronaut Farmer, 8. Pride, 9. Transformers, 10. Live Free or Die Hard.
(Source: Christian Film & Television Commission, 2/13/08)
Books Influence Pastors: A new Barna survey finds Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life and The Purpose-Driven Church (Zondervan) are the most helpful books protestant pastors have read in the last 3 years. Other popular titles were What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey (Zondervan); Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala (Zondervan); Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (Nelson); Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels (Zondervan); Spiritual Leadership by Henry & Richard Blackaby (Broadman & Holman); The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley (Multnomah); and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell (Nelson). Warren’s books were mentioned by 30% of the pastors and Maxwell’s by 5%. 54% listed at least one book regarding discipleship or personal spiritual growth. Titles about church growth, congregational health or ministry dynamics were noted by 23% of pastors while leadership books were valued by 22%. Less influential types of books listed were theology (9%), evangelism and outreach (6%), pastoring (6%), prayer (5%), charismatic perspectives (5%), trend...