- Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 13:16
- Written by Super User
Bound to a Promise
Trusting Faith When the Unthinkable Happens
Mrs. Floyd, my name is Paul Howard, and I’m calling from the United States embassy in Antigua. I’m sorry, ma’am, but I need to ask, are you Bonnie Clever-Floyd, daughter of William Norman Clever? I regret to inform you that your father has been killed.”
It was a cold, ordinary morning when Bonnie Floyd answered the phone call that would change her life forever. That date—February 1, 1994, would be seared in her heart as the day her parents had been brutally murdered. “They didn’t suffer, Mrs. Floyd; they were shot in their sleep…”Stunned and despairing, Bonnie cried, “They’re dead. They’re gone…”
Bound to a Promise tells the amazing true story of faith in the face of unimaginable loss. Bonnie Floyd’s father and stepmother had been living a dream life—serving as caretakers of a private tropical island and traveling the world in a sailboat. That life was cut short when three young men boarded their yacht as it was anchored off the coast of Antigua. Determined that there should be no witnesses to their theft and brutality, the assailants shot all four people on board. For several years prior to that terrible day in 1994, Bonnie and her husband, Donnie, had been seizing every opportunity to share their faith with her parents. “I had done all I knew to do to share with them. They had come a long way in their views of God. They acknowledged his hand at work in their lives and in ours, and they were never against a suggestion to pray,” Bonnie recalls. “To this day I can still see the intensity in my father’s blue eyes and the assurance on his face when he said, ‘I promise you, if I ever get into a position where I fear for my life, I will pray, but I have never been, nor will I ever be in a position where I am not in total control.’” Within six months, Bonnie’s parents were dead.
In the coming months and years, as God began to reveal what really happened that night in Antigua, Bonnie found not just the assurance that she would see her parents again in heaven, but also the power to forgive. Bound to a Promise includes the fascinating account of the Antiguan trial that brought her parents’ killers to justice, featuring some dashing Scotland Yard detectives, a criminal in search of redemption, and many other memorable characters from the island. Bonnie’s colorful descriptions of her parents’ adventures abroad and her time in Antigua lighten the mood and add a touch of travelogue to the true crime drama. In a truly inspirational twist, Bonnie arranges a meeting with one of the confessed attackers, a man who would eventually claim her as family.
As a speaker, Bonnie has shared her story with thousands of people—particularly women—across the country. Many of them can relate to the obstacles she overcame early in life. Bonnie was a young teenager when her parents divorced and her beloved father left. By the time she reached her 20s, she had grown accustomed to a feeling of abandonment. “It was obvious when people leave me, they don’t come back.” Bonnie remembers. “Every boy or man I had ever loved had broken my heart. With a track record like that, I was in desperate need for unconditional love.” Bonnie finally found the love she was looking for during her journey of faith; her daily efforts to share the promise of that love with others are the common threads woven through each chapter of Bound to a Promise and what drives Bonnie in her life today.
See more at: pressreleases.religionnews.com/2013/12/16/boundpromise/#sthash.G0zTjFoC.dpuf
Fairmormon Creates Faith-Support Website
FairMormon has released a new online discussion forum titled “FairMormon Support” which is found at www.FairMormonSupport.org. The online forum provides an additional resource and support for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who struggle with questions and challenges to their faith. The website explains: “This site will allow for a safe place for you to explore with others the questions and challenges that confront you as you live a life of faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are here to help you and to support you as you seek continued participation in the Church despite questions or doubts you experience.” John Lynch, Chairman of the Board of FairMormon said, “This site is designed to give struggling members a safe place to go, along with getting views and information that’s intended to bring them back to a place where they can choose faith, and persist and even grow in their confidence in the foundational claims of the Church”
Lynch added that he hopes “the FairMormon Support Forum can be a safe and trustworthy place where no question is off the table but where the focus is always on growing to a position confidence and faith in the authenticity claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” In addition to launching FairMormon Support, FairMormon has also revised all of its websites in order to make information more accessible to those who have questions or doubts about their faith or the Church. FairMormon Support is one part of the collection of these various websites. Participants can be anonymous if they wish, to post various questions, and to join a community that has experience in dealing with tough issues and also understands the emotional struggle a trial of faith can pose. Those who want to join or to learn more can visit FairMormon Support.org. FairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented, faithful answers to critical questions regarding LDS doctrine, belief and practice. Along with FairMormon Support, FairMormon also sponsors an annual conference, produces an award-winning podcast, gospel study aids and hosts the world’s largest database of faithful answers to critical questions. FairMormon can be found at www.FairMormon.org and is supportive of, but not officially endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint - See more at: pressreleases. religionnews.com/2013/12/18/fairmormon-creates-faith-support-website/#sthash. TlpWUs6x.dpuf
Growing up without a father does what?
Study on the impact of fatherlessness on children could reveal reasons for atheism
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) recently conducted a study on the effects of fatherlessness on children, and the results are startling: The absence of a father during critical growth periods leads to impaired social and behavioral abilities in adults and even causes a misshapen prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision-making and moderating social behavior.
You can read more about the study here: http://muhc.ca/newsroom/news/dads-how-important-are-they.
Dr. Paul Vitz further shows the adverse effects of fatherlessness, or “defective” fathers, on the social and behavioral skills on prominent atheists in his controversial, updated book, FAITH OF THE FATHERLESS: The Psychology of Atheism. He proves how being disappointed in one’s earthly father, whether through death, absence or mistreatment, often leads to a rejection of God. The crisis of fatherhood in our culture has us in the midst of a 500-year period of adolescence that glorifies aggression and sexual exploitation, according to Vitz.
A biographical survey of influential atheists of the past four centuries — Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, among many others — shows that this “defective father hypothesis” provides a consistent explanation of the “intense atheism” of these thinkers. A survey of the leading defenders of Christianity over the same period — G.K. Chesterton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Edmund Burke, among others — confirms the hypothesis, finding few defective fathers. Vitz concludes with an intriguing comparison of male and female atheists and a consideration of other psychological factors that can contribute to atheism. Throughout Faith of the Fatherless, Vitz does not argue that atheism is psychologically determined. He provides an exposition of the psychological factors predisposing a person to atheism and strongly confirms the essential importance of the role of a good father in a family. Vitz is a former professor of psychology at New York University and was an atheist until his late 30s. For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Vitz, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@Carmel Communications.com) of Carmel Communications. - See more at: pressreleases.religion news.com/2013/12/19/ growing-without-father/# sthash.uqcy8VQ6.dpuf
Kure Memorial Lutheran Church: “Faith on Tap” Returns
117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449
“Faith on Tap,” young(er) adult ministry returns on Monday January 20 at the Hang Ten Grill in Carolina Beach at 7:00 p.m. Gatherings in February will be on February 3 and 17. Come check it out! Join us for a beverage, a bite to eat, some discussion of what’s going on in the world and in our lives today, and to wrestle with how the Bible guides us through it.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study - January 15 and 29 - 6:30 - Fellowship Hall. January 15 we will be watching and reflecting on a short video entitled “Trees” by well-known author and theologian Rob Bell. The video’s theme is how our decisions, actions and lives have significance for today. Come and join us! All are welcome! Sunday Schedule: 9:00 Sunday School, 10:00 Worship, 11:00 Fellowship Time, 4:30 Youth Group, Pastor: Dan Keck 910-458-5266. Website: kurememorial.org
Kure Beach First Baptist Church to host a Beth Moore Bible Study
208 S. 6th Ave • Kure Beach, NC 28449
Kure Beach First Baptist Church will host a Beth Moore Bible Study for women Friday January 10th at 10 a.m. This seven-week Bible study on the book of James will be held every Friday at 10 a.m. in the Kure Beach FBC Fellowship Hall beginning January 10th and ending on February 28. The cost is $15 for the workbook. For more information or to register, call Sue at 910-520-7354. The church is located at 208 South 6th Avenue in Kure Beach.