'Purpose Driven Life' program set
New Hope Christian Fellowship-Kailua will launch a 40-day program tomorrow based on the best-selling Christian motivational book "The Purpose Driven Life," by Rick Warren.
Pastor Rick Stinton will begin the "Forty Days of Purpose" program at the 10 a.m. service tomorrow at Kailua Intermediate School.
The program involves daily devotional reading by individuals or families, and attendance at small-group meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Kailua Intermediate School or in private homes.
The course is open to people who are not New Hope members. People may register tomorrow at the service or by calling 261-5975.
The book by Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has been used as a guide for spiritual growth by many churches nationwide.
Christian festival features artists
The creative works of musicians, dancers, artists and craftsmen will be on exhibit April 6 at a Christian arts festival sponsored by Grace 4 U Ministries.
Free entertainment will be presented from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave. The musicians include 7 Simple Pieces, Hope Mayo, Jonathan Fant and Revivals. Hula dancer Darleen Kiefer and Tessa White of Ballet Rejoice will perform.
Paintings, sketches, craft work, books and CDs by Christian artists as well as food will be on sale. Information is available at www.faithfesthawaii.com.
The FAITH -- Faithful Artists Inspired Through Him -- Festival will benefit the nonprofit sponsoring organization, which was formed to reach out to people through the arts.
Bible Institute ready for semester
The spring semester of the Bible Institute of Hawaii will begin next month with courses on the Scriptures and practical advice for congregations.
The schedule includes weekly evening classes presented in different Oahu churches by the institute faculty. The semester will be from April 7 through May 29.
A Thursday noon class in downtown Honolulu is offered for workers on their lunch break. Clive Cowell, new BIH executive director, will lead discussion on "Who -- Not What -- Is Love: A Journey Through the First Letter of John." The class is held in the First Hawaiian Bank 10th-floor conference room.
Other classes include:
» "Helping Others Go Deeper with God in Bible Studies," a guide for people who will lead Bible study groups, taught by Ada Lum. It will be offered at 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Baptist Church, 1230 Kailua Road, Kailua, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Kaimuki Christian Church, 1117 Koko Head Ave.
» "Romans, the Gospel of God" will explore Paul's letter about God's plan of redemption. Michael Dredla will teach the course at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave.
» "The Gospel According to Isaiah" will look at the implications of the writings of the Old Testament prophet. The Rev. Don Baron will teach the class at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St.
» Author James Sire will lead a May 10 seminar on "Learning to Pray Through the Psalms" at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 N. King St.
The cost is $35 for most classes, with discounts available for registration before Monday and for senior citizens, military personnel, groups registering together and others. Call 595-4700 for information.
Buddhist seminars planned for April
Two seminars on teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition will be presented next month at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave.
» A two-session program on the teaching of Buddhist nun Pema Chodron will be led by Shambhala meditation teacher Jesse Miller. Sessions will be at 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday and will include discussion and guided meditation practice.
The program sponsored by Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center will be based on Chodron's book "When Things Fall Apart." Chodron is a convert to Buddhism and author of several books on Buddhist teaching.
The cost is $10 for the Friday session and $35 for Saturday, and lunch is included. Cost is reduced for students, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. To register call 342-6298 or see www.ksbcenter.org.
» A well-known teacher will return to Hawaii to speak on April 12 and 13. "Cutting Through the Four Attachments" is the topic of the mind-training workshop by Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche. The abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling Monastery in eastern Tibet, he has presented seminars on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice in North America for several years.
The program will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It is presented by Katog Choling Hawaii. The cost is $60 for the weekend, $35 for students with ID. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, call Kaohulani McGuire, 348-2980.