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March 30, 2010

The Vatican

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July 31, 2008

Olympics heart warming story

There is a great story about a young man named lopez lomong.  He is currently on the USA Olympic team getting ready to compete in Beijing.  He has a great story about where he grew up in Sudan, then kidnapped and removed from his family and not seeing them for almost 15+ years.  To heading to the United States by the grace of God with a Catholic Church sponsored adoption.  You must read this story to truly appreciate it. I heard it on HBO’s sports segment they have once a month and Bryant Gumbel spoke on it.  I was truly touched by his personal story and must share this with you as it’s not a story to keep buried in the other slime news that is not as worthy for sure.

I can relate to his story because I know that I was lost and now found.  I hope that he Lopez will be more outspoken about his faith the older her gets and bring glory to Him for what he is and has now, as I sure do!

July 8, 2008

who is right?

If I’m wrong then who is right?  If I’m right who is wrong?  In this article I just read, a Catholic Church has been vandalised, for the 3rd time.  They aren’t sure why or whom, but it does seem odd that the message left behind this last time stated “Don’t worship idols”  Now, we know in Exodus 20, that God gives Moses the Moral Law through the 10 Commandments(The Moral Law is still valid today BTW)  One of the 10 laws state to not worship idols.  Obviously, the person dismayed made his voice heard by vandalising a Catholic Church.  This is not right or OK by any means.  Just like I don’t believe in abortion because your killing/destroying a life, but that doesn’t give you the right to murder a doctor that performs the abortion or any of the people that work at any of these clinics. 

The answer is not revenge, because God says Revenge is mine, not yours.  I also like that the article states that “Schwieterman tells parishioners that Catholics don’t worship the statues and photos, but rely on them to remind them of the tenets of their faith.” 

The fact that a church has a cross or beautiful statues is not really what is in question in my opinion.  What should be the real question is what’s in your heart?  And I think that whoever committed this lawless crime doesn’t have his/her heart in the right place at all.  Moreover, it is probably an ex member of this Church that was upset with something that had happened at the Church and instead of making their voice known and heard by voicing it amicably, they took matters into their own hands and punished the Church in a very ugly and hurtful way. 

Let’s pray for those who are hurt and have a hard time sharing that hurt with others.

April 24, 2008

95th Thesis

I wanted to share with you all Martin Luther’s 95th Thesis and I would ask you all to read it in it’s entirety.  It’s a fabulous document that changed the Church Forever…and for the good and better of the Church I might add. 

I will continue to preach Unity in the Body of Christ on not division.  I believe Martin Luther saw a grievance in the Church and spoke out against it as we are called to do in the body of Christ.  As my brother from CARM(link to the right side) wrote in a response to a question about wether we can make judgements or not, he said, “Can we make judgments?  Yes we can.  I judge lying to be wrong.  I judge murder to be wrong along with stealing, adultery, and abortion.  It does not mean that we cannot make spiritual judgments.
1 Cor. 2:14-15 says, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.”  The word “appraised” is anakrino.  It means to examine, judge, ask questions, search, and discern.  So, we are able to make spiritual judgments.

When you make yours, do so without hypocrisy and in a manner consistent with Scripture.

Indulgences were wrong in Martin Luther’s time and still are today.  The Cross and Jesus’ sacrifice tore the curtain down from top to bottom from the Holy of Holies.  This enabled us to come to Christ directly and ask for forgiveness for our sins.  For us to come to Christ with all of our problems and issues and not for some human being to say your forgiven, “For who is man that I should be mindful of Him declares the Lord?”

Be Blessed!

April 23, 2008

The Pope reconsiders Martin Luther

The Pope reconsiders Martin Luther «’s Blog

Read the above article first before reading my comments below, PLEASE!

There was a the article above and then some comments below.  I had to reply with my thoughts and felt that this was the beginning of a good blog post.  🙂

My view is that even though I go to a Methodist Church, I am first a believer in Jesus Christ, God The Father and the Holy Spirit.  I just happen to go to a Methodist Church and in that, I go there because Jesus is alive and well there.  The Holy Spirit is very Active and moving and working.  I believe in the Bible and it’s infallibility, not any man, for we all fall short of the Glory of God and all have sinned, period.  The fact that my church has a Traditional service and a Contemporary service(which I go to :)) is evident that we have a good mix of people that worship differently and my church has recognized that and created the contemporary services.   Jesus never stated the need for a hundred different denominations, He just wanted people to have the faith of a mustard seed.  As Pastor Larry stated this past weekend in one of his talks on an Emmaus weekend, “the Devil just comes into the church and starts asking questions like, the bread really isn’t the REAL body of Christ is it?”  Thus begins the separation of believers into a sort of ‘faction’ group of people that allowed division to come in.  Anyway, my response below to the post and read the previous comments to mine as well if you can. 

The song we sang this past weekend that I’m sure is an old timey hymnal goes like this, “One Bread, One Body, One Lord of All, One cup of Blessing which we Bless, and we though many, throughout the earth, we are ONE body in this ONE LORD”

Luther was a Great man of God and saw the truth. Thank God for Luther and what he did. His 95th Thesis is spot on. Indulgences were heresy and so is the fact that the pope is ‘infallible’
Christ died for all and to all whom believe in Him are CHRISTians…period. There is no Catholic or Protestant Church…it’s One Church.
Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 & 4:4, 5
Where is the Church anyway? is it in the Vatican? Is is only your church with walls that you worship in on Sundays and maybe Wednesday’s? The Church, in my humble opinion, is the Body of Believers all over the world, not encompassed by walls, but by souls, anywhere and everywhere.
There is a need, I do believe, for different denominations across the world, that enable you to worship alike in a corporate environment, but to say that Catholics or Protestants is what Jesus intended…I’m not so sure. Man gets in the way, but God’s plans and will overcome ultimately.

April 14, 2008

Papal visit

The head of the Catholic Church is coming to America!  The Pope is on his way to spend 6 days in New York for his first visit to our Great country.   I’m happy that he is coming, but there sure is a lot of hype.  I hope his stay is a good one.  He is supposed to hold several masses whilst here and even going to pray at Ground Zero.  I wonder what the public opinion is of him coming to the states?  I wonder if the New Yorkers really care that he’s coming?  This Pope hasn’t been as popular as his predecessor John Paul.  He is definitely not as charismatic or charming.  In my opinion, he’s more direct and sees things more in a black and white format.  Much to my way of seeing things, for the better or worse. 

I hope that he brings a message of Love and Hope to those who really need to hear that the Church is alive, well and willing to help those in need and be a blessing to all who come to her. 

Pray for our churches and for the Catholic church and the Pope himself.