"Christians And The Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 4 No. 10:  November 17, 2003
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. COMMUNITY HOUSES OF PRAYER: CHOP MINISTRY REACHING OUT
2. TRINITY HYMNAL: ALPHABETICAL INDEX BY FIRST LINE: A - Z
3. MY NAPARC-PLUS CHURCH DIRECTORY: BRITISH COLUMBIA (REVISED)
4. A BRIEF INTERIM RERPORT ON THE FAITH OF THE FLY LADY
5. P.S. TO LAST ISSUE'S ARTICLE ON WESTMINSTER BOOKSTORE
6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: INFORMATION ON CATI NEWSLETTER
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The latest revision of this issue of "CATI" can be accessed
on-line at http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati87.htm.  The
Web page edition makes it especially easy to visit the links.

Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2003 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  See
the end of this issue for more information on "CATI."
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1. COMMUNITY HOUSES OF PRAYER: CHOP MINISTRY REACHING OUT

Interested in evangelism?  Interested in prayer?  If the
answer to both questions is "Yes," here is a ministry in
which you may have a particular interest:  CHOP Ministry at
http://www.chopministry.net/.  The "CHOP" stands for
"Community Houses of Prayer," and I'll let their Web site
describe what it's all about:

"The mission of Community Houses of Prayer is to mobilize
Christ's disciples around the world where God has placed
them to reach others with the gospel through the intimacy
and instrumentality of strategic prayer.
  http://www.chopministry.net/images/chopflyer2.gif

How does it go about doing this?  Here's how the basic
structure is set up:

"Community Houses of Prayer (CHOP) involves and trains
Christ's disciples in strategic prayer outreach over a 12
to 16 week period.  Participants commit themselves to weekly
group meetings and daily private prayer, resulting in an
increased awareness of their people environments, a
heightened sense of personal involvement as witnesses, and
greater level of activity in verbal witness."
  http://www.chopministry.net/images/chopflyer2.gif

Successful evangelism is based on prayer.  One person has
put it this way:  "Talk to needy people about Jesus.  Talk
to Jesus about needy people."  We don't have the power to
change people's hearts, but God does, so if we have friends
we want to introduce to Jesus, we must not only talk to them
about Jesus, but we must pray (talk to Jesus about them),
asking that God would be pleased to turn their hearts toward
Himself.  It would appear that CHOP - unlike some approaches
to evangelism - recognizes the crucial importance of prayer in
evangelistic endeavor.

CHOP makes use of a ministry manual by Dr. Stanley D. Gale,
who is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
That manual includes the following:  ""Orientation material,
12 weeks of directed daily prayer, A daily prayer journal,
Lessons introducing the four foundational elements in CHOP.
A personal testimony worksheet, [and] A presentation of the
gospel." -- http://www.chopministry.net/chopshop.htm.

What are "the four foundational elements in CHOP"?  Here they
are:

"The ministry weaves together four areas for the work of
outreach:  lifestyle evangelism, strategic prayer, personal
spiritual renewal, and spiritual warfare."
  http://www.chopministry.net/images/chopflyer2.gif

Although the manual was written by a PCA minister and CHOP's
statement of faith is based on a 2003 PCA brochure, CHOP is
intended for use by other denominations as well.

For example, Richard R. Gerber, Associate General Secretary
of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension of
the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) makes these comments:

""I have used the Community Houses of Prayer ministry resource
and have also recommended it to church planters in the
Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I found that it accomplishes its
stated goal, 'to make participants aware of how God has
positioned them in the [harvest] field of those around them.'
I became more aware of the people around me in my neighborhood
and saw God answer my prayers to have opportunities to speak
with them about Christ.
"I believe Community Houses of Prayer, as a ministry for
strategic prayer outreach, is one way churches and mission
works can implement the important biblical principle that
churches are built and run on prayer.  Further, I appreciate
how the guide for directing daily private prayer takes
seriously Satan's opposition to the church's work of
assaulting the gates of hell. The 'Kingdom Conflict' section
keeps you aware that you are waging spiritual warfare,
relying on the Lord Jesus' victory over the enemy, and
expecting to see Christ snatch people [from] Satan's kingdom
and bring them into his own."
  http://www.chopministry.net/comments.htm

The OPC Web site has on-line "a manual ... for establishing
Presbyterian and Reformed Churches":

  http://www.opc.org/chm/chplant/

That manual includes this comment about CHOP in a section
concerned with outreach:

"While there are a variety of ways our local churches can
organize programs of prayer, we believe the contents of this
[CHOP] material can be useful to our churches in considering
ways to spur [their] members to faithfulness in prayer and
witness."
  http://www.opc.org/chm/chplant/5D/CHOP.pdf

CHOP isn't the only approach to combining evangelism and
prayer, but it may be one that you may wish to explore
further.
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2. TRINITY HYMNAL: ALPHABETICAL INDEX BY FIRST LINE: A - Z

The full A - Z alphabetical list of all 730 hymns in the old
Trinity Hymnal by first line is now available on-line at the
following address on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Web
site:

  http://opc.org/books/TH/alphaindex.html (non-frames version)
    or
  http://opc.org/books/TH/frameswords.html (frames version)

(This list was first published in two parts in the previous
two issues of "CATI.")  Click on a first line, and you'll
immediately be taken to the appropriate page where you can
read the related words and listen to the music (thanks to Bill
Bacon, an OPC elder, who prepared the 730 MIDI files)!

Note:  this resource should be useful not only to those who
have the old Trinity Hymnal, but also to those who have the
new Trinity hymnal or a different hymnal or no hymnal!  It
is an invitation to enjoy and be inspired by the great hymns
of the Christian Church!
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3. MY NAPARC-PLUS CHURCH DIRECTORY: BRITISH COLUMBIA (REVISED)

I'm in the process of putting together a directory of churches
in conservative Reformed denominations (primarily those in
NAPARC) that have Web pages.  (See the article in the last
issue of CATI for more information on NAPARC.)  In addition
to the NAPARC denominations, I also intend to include in my
own directory congregations that have Web pages and belong to
the United Reformed Churches in North America, a denomination
which holds similar convictions.

Note:  Since "CATI" is a newsletter devoted to "Christians And
The Internet," this list includes only those congregations
that have a Web site.  See the denominational Web sites for
a more complete listing of congregations (and note the new
listings for the URCNA):

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP or ARPC)
  http://www.arpsynod.org/chlist.html

Korean-American Presbyterian Church (KAPC)
  http://www.kapc.org/kapc/

Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)
  http://www.opc.org/directories/congregations.html

Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
  http://www.pcanet.org/directory.asp

Reformed Church in the U.S. (RCUS)
  http://www.rcus.org/naparc.htm

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA)
  http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/cong_loc.php

United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA)
  http://www.iserv.net/~bethany/director.htm
  http://www.covenant-urc.org/urchrchs.html
    and
  http://www.covenant-urc.org/urcna/directory.asp
(Note:  the preceding sites for the URCNA are unofficial.)

Unlike the previous listing of churches published in "CATI"
in the year 2000, this new project will be geographically
based, and arranged alphabetically by state or province.
We continue with a revised listing for British Columbia
(and this time we'll include a URCNA congregation with a
brand-new Web site):

BRITISH COLUMBIA:

Surrey:

Surrey Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA)
  http://www.covenantreformed.com/

Vancouver:

Grace Vancouver (PCA)
Pastor:  John P.F. Smed
  http://www.gracevancouver.com

IMPORTANT:  Such a project is prone to error, so if you
notice any additions or corrections that ought to be made
to this list, please pass them along to cati@traver.org .
I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Additions and corrections as needed will be published in
future issues of "CATI."  Thank you for your assistance!
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4. A BRIEF INTERIM RERPORT ON THE FAITH OF THE FLY LADY

The previous issue contained an article about the very popular
Fly Lady and speculated about her beliefs:

HOMEMAKING: WHO IS THE FLY LADY AND IS SHE A CHRISTIAN?
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati86.htm#3

I answered the second question by not really answering it,
which may not be in the best journalistic tradition, so I
decided to do a little further research.  Since Kayla Hunt,
"sole webmaster/researcher for MommyLinks.com, had stated
that "FlyLady is a wonderful Christian lady," I decided to
write to Kayla and ask for more information.

I did so, and I received back the following nice e-mail from
Kayla (whose Web site at MommyLinks.com is worth a visit,
especially if you are a Christian mother):
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Hi Barry,
I'm not sure how exactly I came to the conclusion that Marla
(aka FlyLady) is a Christian, but I'm pretty sure it's a
correct conclusion....  If you have questions about her faith,
I'm sure she'd be open to talking with you; she seems quite
approachable.
Hope that helps,
Kayla
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I wrote Marla Cilley (a.k.a. ghe Fly lady) such a letter (in
which I asked the question, "Is the Fly Lady a Christian?").
I received back the following very nice response (with the
subject line changed to "My Faith"):
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Yes.

If you want to do an interview. I will be happy to talk to you.

Send me your telephone number.
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Well, I feel guilty about taking her time to do an interview,
but one way or another, I'll try to get more information for
you and supply it in a future issue of "CATI."  (I may also
have some more information on the Sidetrcked Home Executives.)

In the meantime, here are the related Web site addresses:

The Fly Lady
  http://flylady.net
    or
  http://flylady.com

Sidetracked Home Executives in touch
  http://www.shesintouch.com/

MommyLinks
  http://MommyLinks.com
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5. P.S. TO LAST ISSUE'S ARTICLE ON WESTMINSTER BOOKSTORE

There are a couple of additional comments I wanted to make
concerning Westminster Seminary Campus Bookstore, which was
the subject of an article in the previous issue of CATI:

  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati86.htm#1

Note that the $5 maximum shipping cost per order only applies
to the Continental U.S. (i.e., everywhere in the U.S. except
for Alaska and Hawaii).  The 1-888-WTSBOOK phone number is
toll-free for those in the U.S., but not for those outside.
(But if you live outside the U.S., you probably already knew
that.)

In less than a month, I should have some more exciting news
for you relating to WTS Bookstore.
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6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: INFORMATION ON CATI NEWSLETTER

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Copyright (C) 2003 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.
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