From “‘This [decline in the practice of the faith and in participation in the Mass, primarily among young people] calls for reflection in regard to how much time pastors and catechists dedicate to educating youths and children in the faith and how much time is allocated instead to other activities, such as those of a social character,’ notes the document.”

This from a working document, of the assembly of the world’s bishops, to be held in Rome Oct. 2-23. The topic of the synod is “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church.”

So even the Catholic hierarchy thinks their kids are getting too much entertainment and too little indoctrination.

We Christians, then, fight a cultural tendency, not just something happening in our midst.

As if you didn’t know that already.

The Uncertainty Of Life

Neal Pollard

I refuse to sensationalize, but you will forgive me if I sound a bit rattled. Five days ago, every one of our fourteen campaigners took the London Tube from our hotel to Heathrow Airport. We were all on the tube at an earlier hour of the day than apparent terrorists struck today. Our station, Hatton Cross, was well west of the areas targeted today. Then, of course, we were in and out nearly a week before today’s attack. Yet, in addition to the tragedy of the lives lost and the bodies injured in London, I could not help but have a sinking feeling thinking about our group using the same mode of transportation in the same city near the same time as this incident.

In my mind, it highlights what the Bible often says about the uncertainty of life. Think about those actually stricken by this tragedy today. There are not many New Testament Christians in London, so the likelihood that any of those killed were ready to die is slim. As they pillowed their heads last night, Proverbs 27:1 truly applied–“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” What about James 4:14? “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away.” Bildad rightly said, “Our days on earth are as a shadow” (Job 8:9). David wrote, “Each man’s life is but a breath” (Psalm 39:5). On and on scripture records this fact in various ways. We only have a short time on earth, and no one knows when time is up for him. Life is uncertain, but death and judgment are incredibly certain (Hebrews 9:27). When God makes an appointment, man cannot hope to break it.

You likely will not get on the Tube or the Metro today, though you will get in a car or truck. You may not be in a situation of high risk today, but you never know when and where that is. The faithful Christian has no need to worry about what will happen today, tomorrow, or the next moment. The security and assurance of walking in the light assures on of cleansing and salvation (1 John 1:7,9; 5:13). It is wonderful to be able to live with absolute confidence in Christ! That, my friend, is a certainty of life.
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Daily Bread is a daily email devotional sent by Neal Pollard, minister of the Cold Harbor Road Church Of Christ in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

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Snopes on Steve Jobs’s graduation address at Stanford

Snopes just true-stamped Steve Jobs’s 2005 address to graduates at Stanford University.

Jobs is not a Christian, so some of his comments go awry, and I don’t want my sons dropping out of college, but he’s got some good advice.

Stay foolish? That I will, for the Lord, for we are fools for his sake.

I also found the text of the speech on the Standford site.

Thursday is my day off, since weekends and Sundays are fast-paced and not offable for this guy. Today turned off cold. So I’m piddling around the house.

I finally got back to taking off hmm, end of May or beginning of June. Haven’t missed one since I started, no work at all on Thursdays so far, I don’t even go to the office. A couple of times the family has gone bowling. We’ll probably get together with friends Anibal and Ana Paula today, we enjoy their company.

Copyright (c) J. Randal Matheny

So much to do, so little time to do it,
Reports to write, and many emails to answer;
A class to teach, a sermon to write and through it
To touch a soul and cure a sinner’s cancer;
A prayer to raise to God, a cry for mercy,
A Text to take to heart, apply sincerely;
A truth to find amidst the controversy,
In all of this, to see the Savior clearly.

Barely was my devotional done this morning (at least, that got done), Maria came to clean … and chat. Then arrived the owner of this space which is The Snuggery to discuss the renovation to start the 15th. He’d not yet left when Wilson came by. Was good, we had time to chat, which we’d not had in a while. By then it was past noon. And me no further on my lecture manuscripts.

One urgent email here, a phone call there. And it’s 6 p.m., and I can’t tell you where the afternoon went. (I did get over to Sucomania (the juice joint) and invite Marcio to our Bible read at the office here tonight.)

I can tell you Leila will probably be coming home with a dog.