by Jim Henry

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The Heart of Christianity (The Cross) (5 of 12)
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
Isaiah 53:4-9; Galatians 6:14; Revelation 5:11-12

Would you pray with me? Father, as we continue
to focus on the cross, we pray that in these minutes
that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my
heart would be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord, my
Rock and my Redeemer. Father, no man's tongue is
eloquent or adequate enough to try to paint the
picture of the cross but I ask Your help. That You
would open the eyes of our hearts to see and to hear
Your love, the gravity of our sin, and Your great
salvation. May we appropriate it for our living day
by day, in Jesus' wonderful name, the power of the
cross and the blood we pray. Amen.

Take the cross out of Easter?
By Howard Kleinberg
Cox News Service
Orlando Sentinel

"It had to be coincidental! On the same day last
week that England's Churches' Advertising Network
unveiled a remarkably unconventional Easter campaign -
- designed to take the "churchiness" out of the holy
day"-- Edward L. Bernays, pioneer of modern-day public
relations, died.
Saying that previous Easter campaigns "Carried
too much cultural baggage," the Churches' Advertising
Network decided on a new approach, one that is brash
and in which, its originators say, "It is designed to
catch the eye of the people who are not now engaged in
the Christian faith." Among the symbols being dropped
in this new campaign is the cross, the traditional
representation of the Christian faith -- dropped
because it was one of those icons the new breed of
church image-shapers considered too "churchy" as they
are saying.
"In the United States, there has been a decades-
long wail that commercially oriented Americans,
besieged by secular campaigns on behalf of toys,
diamonds and fruitcake, have taken the Christ out of
Christmas. Although the Christian faiths of England ...

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