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John Harbaugh slated keynote speaker at FCA Maryland event

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

John Harbaugh, Super Bowl XLVII winning head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will serve as the keynote speaker of Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquetJohn Harbaugh and fundraiser at 6 p.m. on March 4. The event will take place at Martins West, 6817 Dogwood Road, in Baltimore, Md. Harbaugh, who has been head coach the Ravens since 2008, led the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers (coached by his equally talented brother Jim Harbaugh, on Feb. 3. Learn more about the Central Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes at http://centralmdfca.org.

Harbaugh’s alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University announced Feb. 26 the school will induct John into the “Cradle of Coaches” next year. According to The Associated Press, the statutes honor Miami grads “who have been names a coach of the year at the college or professional level, won a national college or NFL title, or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or Pro Football Hall of Fame.” More irony, John will join Bo Schembechler, among others, in the “cradle.” Schembechler coached Jim while the younger Harbaugh was a quarterback at Michigan.

Tebow to headline sold-out men’s conference

Where ever Tim Tebow speaks, it is almost always guaranteed to quickly sell out. The 2013 Wildfire “Men’s Impact Weekend” conference in central Virginia is no different.

The New York Jets quarterback will headline the conference on at the Liberty University Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., on March 8-9, starting at 5 p.m. Tim Clinton, founder of Wildfire, said Tebow will share his testimony of faith on March 8.

To get on the waiting list, visit http://wildfireweekend.com/.

Other notable guests slated to speak at the conference include John Smoltz, former Atlanta Braves pitcher; Willie Robertson, star of the reality show, Duck Dynasty; Joe White, president and founder of Kanakuk Kamps; Rick Rigsby, a dynamic motivational and leadership speaker; and more!

This annual gathering will also feature inspirational praise and worship with Michael O’Brien and the Wildfire Worship Band. Attendees can expect a two-day event packed full of workshops, exhibits and fun around the stuff that men love — hunting, fishing, motorcycles, racing, athletics, extreme sports and other outdoor activities — taught by some of the leading experts in the world.

Davis makes history

Congratulations to Texas Wesleyan University distance runner Jessica Davis for becoming the first athlete in the school’s history to make the finals of the NAIA indoor national championships in the 5K-meter run. She clocked a time of 17:57.71. Finals for the 5,000 is March 2. Davis looks to continue her success when she competes in the 3K-meter run on March 1 during the three-day event in Geneva, Ohio.

Contact Trimmer at pewnews@aol.com

Marschall: I don’t want to get adjusted

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By Rick Marschall
Special to ASSIST News Service

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (ANS) — Hey, God. It’s Me Again. You know I realize the importance in approaching You in reverence and awe; and I usually do; and it often bothers me when Your people do not. But I need a little more of the way we can also approach You in prayer — I love that you have so many facets! — as if we are on a first-name basis. Which we are.

I have been seeking you hard this week, God. And when I have not prayed, I have the feeling that You have read my heart even better, anyway. And You have answered me in the thousand ways that You always surprise me. Remembering Your promises at odd moments. Hearing from friends who care. Catching an old favorite gospel song on the radio. Thinking of Bible verses I didn’t realize I had memorized… in fact, some of them I KNOW I had not memorized. How do You do that???

And then You spoke to me. No, I can’t tell whether You have a deep voice or a raspy one, or what accent You have. But I found myself KNOWING things, and knowing they were from You. They made sense, they brought me peace, and I could never have such wisdom on my own. Like the other day: I was thinking, with all my problems and frustrations and vulnerability and despair — the day I wanted to just get in a car and drive for three days, with no destination in mind — and, remember?, my cry that I felt like a faulty Christian? It had to come from You that I was not a faulty Christian, but in Your eyes, I was just… a Christian.

And then I felt I knew Your heart that no Christian is “just” a Christian, because that is the best You want for us! And I remembered that Your Word says that problems don’t evaporate when we accept Christ. You tell me they will even increase. I know that. But I have Your arm to lean on, a rod and staff to comfort me, a presence even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that You are an ever-present help in times of trouble. God, I realized how cold and alone people who don’t know You must feel.

You have brought me peace. I thought a couple times that I understood it. But, you know, it passes understanding.

But in healing my hurts, in being a God who listens and whispers back, You brought me more than peace. You brought me miracles. You might not know this — well, I guess You do! — but I feel like real miracles have touched me now, at the end of this trial. You know what I mean:

I felt so “down”… and now I am filled with joy.

I have felt so dumb and acted so stupidly… but You gave me knowledge of so many profound truths.

I have been blind, and missed so many things right in front of me… but You made me see. Clearly.

I was not listening to You or Your promises or Your children in so many ways… but now I hear Your words, Your sweet music.

I have been lame, feeling crippled in my “walk” with You… but right about now, God, You have me dancing!

And something that’s hard to understand, and harder to explain to other people, is something else I KNOW is true. This has been a tough week, God, and I thank You for answering my prayers; but slap me silly if I ever pray again that I want to live in a world where these trials simply do not exist. In that kind of world I would never need to turn to You, or want to know You better, or feel Your love, or be touched by Your miracles. I don’t want to get adjusted to THAT world. With You just a prayer away, I’ll keep it right here.

And, God… thanks again.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture (Bostonia Magazine called him “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture”) to history and criticism; country music, television history, biography and children’s books. He is recipient of the 2008 “Christian Writer of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, “Monday Morning Music Ministry.” His e-mail address is: RickMarschall@gmail.com.

Review: 60 ways you can help the needy

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We live in a world where there are 145 million orphans, where a child dies of hunger every five seconds, where 925 million people are chronically undernourished, and 1.1 billion lack access to potable water.

When the need is so overwhelming, making a difference often feels like an impossible task. Does helping just one person really matter?

In her new book, “A Cup of Cold Water in His Name: 60 Ways to Care for the Needy” (Discovery House, April 2012, 978-1-57293-512-9, paperback, $12.99), author Lorie Newman reminds us that God calls every Christian to help the millions of forgotten, impoverished, and hurting people in the world.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, “I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” So as Newman says, that one definitely matters.

“She wrote A Cup of Cold Water in His Name to equip Christians with practical ways to care for the needy in their everyday lives. In it, she shares 60 ideas inspired by real-life stories of people making an impact, and passes on resources, websites and ministry contacts – everything needed to inspire us to become the hands and feet of Jesus, said Stephanie Ridge of PR by the Book.

“A busy homeschooling mom of seven – including two adopted children from Haiti and Liberia – she is also the founder of an orphan ministry that enables over 250 impoverished African orphans to receive food, clothing, and education through a partnership with Children’s HopeChest. She leads mission trips to teach, train and minister to women of impoverished nations, too. For her work, Newman was featured on Moody Broadcasting’s Midday Connection during their ‘Women Making a Difference’ series.”

Ranging from easy to high-level commitment, the projects in A Cup of Cold Water in His Name speak to five major human

Laurie Newman

needs, addressed in Mathew 25: feeding the hungry, being hospitable, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and ministering to the prisoner.

Step-by-step instructions help readers make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and even entire communities, regardless of age, status, experience or financial situation. Sample projects include:
* Keep five-dollar gift cards in your purse or wallet for the needy.
* Participate in a local produce co-op or buy in bulk.
* Provide respite care for foster families.
* Organize a block party in a needy area.
* Form a support group at your church for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
* Teach life skills to foster children who are aging out of the system.

“Caring for the poor and needy is not optional for Christians,” says Newman, “and it’s easier than we realize.”

She is a frequent speaker at Christian retreats and ministry events, and has taught Bible studies and led prayer groups for more than 15 years.

Learn more at www.LorieNewman.com and http://lorienewmanblog.typepad.com.

Marschall: ‘Abide with me’ dear Lord

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By Rick Marschall
Special to ASSIST News Service

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. – Recently we have been thinking about times we have gone through, and days facing us. About short-term anxieties and losing sight of God’s long-term blessings, and His care. “Have a good week!” is the implication of sharing messages on Monday mornings, and is a common wish we speak to each other. Almost (too often) like a mantra: “Have a good day,” “Have a nice week,” even a vague “Have a good one.”

“Have a good week!” That’s the implication of sharing messages on Monday mornings, and is a common wish we speak to each

Writer's Opinion: Rick Marschall

other. Almost (too often) like a mantra: “Have a good day,” “Have a nice week,” even a vague “Have a good one.”

My friend Chris Orr of of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, put these pleasantries in perspective to me a while ago. He wrote, “It is great to start the week knowing that time does not exist to God. He already has seen the end of the week. Because of that, He has no worries at all about any of His children… so why should WE worry?… and, after all, we are only given one day at a time.”

Chris’s insight made me think of the hymn “Abide With Me” – a musical prayer that God be WITH us, that we be blessed by the realization of His presence, every moment of every day, right now and in the limitless future.

It was written by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, as he lay dying of tuberculosis. Once again, the Holy Spirit strengthened a person at life’s “worst” moments with strength enough for that person… and for untold generations to take hope from it. Many people have been blessed — often in profound, life-changing ways — because of this one simple hymn.

Mr. Lyte died three weeks after composing these amazing words.

I urge you to watch and listen to the wonderful Hayley Westenra’s performance of Abide With Me… and then return here and read the full words to the hymn.

… and then ask God to abide with you today, and this week. And ever more.

Abide With Me

Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close, ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changes not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, or passing word;
But as Thou dwelled with Thy disciples, Lord-
Familiar, condescending, patient, free-
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea-
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth did smile;
And, though, rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord: abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture to history and criticism; country music, television history, biography and children’s books. His e-mail address is RickMarschall@gmail.com.