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Stockholm syndrome

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--Bill Jacobs of LifeResource Ministries thinks Christians in extreme circumstances can find themselves susceptible to Stockholm syndrome.

The phenomenon is the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with, identify with or sympathize with his captor, explains the latest Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary.

The condition is named after the "bonding behavior" of hostages held captive after a bank robbery in Sweden in 1973. Even though the robbers strapped dynamite to the hostages and locked them in a vault for five days, the hostages were sympathetic with the robbers and helped them resist the police.

Later some of the hostages set up a defense fund for the thieves, and a hostage married one of them.

What's that got to do with Christians, including Church of God members?

Mr. Jacobs will tell you as part of his series "Mental Health and the Bible."

To receive a printed copy or audio recording of the presentation, visit or write LifeResource Ministries, P.O. Box 66540, Albuquerque, N.M. 87193, U.S.A. E-mail Mr. Jacobs at



Feast in the park

WOODSTOCK, Ill.--Truth on the Web Ministries invites everyone to its Feast of Tabernacles observance for 2008 at scenic Keystone State Park, near Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 15-23, 2008.

"This park makes for close-knit fellowship, with its cabins laid out in close proximity to each other, as well as being a wonderful place to drink in the beauty of God's creation," Brian Hoeck told The Journal.

Services will take place in the park's community building and will include led prayer, hymns, special music, sermons, Scripture readings and Q&As.

Children ages 4 and up will discover daily classes similar to Sabbath school.

For more information visit

Contact Mr. Hoeck at; or 511 Meadow Ave., Woodstock, Ill. 60098, U.S.A.

Philippine Feast

CASLAMBA, Philippines--Enrique Gabuyo announces the Church of the Living God in Christ Jesus' Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day observance in Baguio City Oct. 16-23, 2008.

"If someone is interested to keep the Feast with us, they are welcome," Mr. Gabuyo said.

Write Mr. Gabuyo at or 398 Kinsville Subdivision; Calamba, Laguna 4027; Philippines.

Painting the egrets white

PASADENA, Calif.--If you've visited the former Ambassador College campus in California in recent decades, you had to notice the impressive egret sculpture in front of the Ambassador Auditorium, owned for several years now by Harvest Rock Church.

Until recently the egrets were the color of the metal that sculptor David Wynne made use of to create the work of art in 1967.

Journal reader Harry Curley of Altadena, Calif., sent recent pictures of the sculpture and fountain to The Journal. Behold, someone had painted them white. See the accompanying photo.

Wayne Cole will speak at Guardian Feast site

PASADENA, Calif.--Guardian Ministries plans a Feast site for Squaw Valley, Calif., at which one of the speakers will be longtime Church of God member and elder Wayne Cole of Tyler, Texas.

"We are privileged to hear from [Mr. Cole] this year. We'll be posting the fascinating titles to the seminars and the sermons in the next month on our Web site," David Antion, founder of Guardian, said.

For more information visit, or write Guardian Ministries at P.O. Box 50734, Pasadena, Calif. 91115, U.S.A.

Grace Communion Seminary

GLENDORA, Calif.--The Worldwide Church of God is promoting its Grace Communion Seminary at

The Web site says GCS is "a business name of Ambassador College (AC), a California non-profit religious corporation," founded in 1947 in Pasadena and transferred in 1990 to Big Sandy, Texas. (The Texas campus, the last of three, closed in 1997, three years after it became Ambassador University.)

GCS limits its educational programs to graduate-level courses in pastoral ministry.

"All programs are open to academically qualified men and women who desire to expand their education in biblical studies and theology and their service in pastoral ministry in the evangelical tradition," says the Web site.

The site lists Russell Duke, who was the last president of Ambassador University, as president of GCS.

For more information write P.O. Box 5005, Glendora, Calif. 91740, U.S.A.

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