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Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:36 AM
How can you thank those who provided you a home, asking nothing in return?
Allowing you to speak your mind, share your feelings and engage with others. While we all searched to learn more about ourselves, our God and our shared journey in life.
Some became really close, sharing good times and painful ones as well. While others just looked in from time to time, to see what friends had said.
I truly looked at this place as my home. I would write things here, I couldnt share anywere else. Most times, I shared my heart to no one other then my God. And other times a few close friends would respond to what I wrote.
All I know is I will miss writing from where I felt at Home. I will miss Stephensway, and Bello and Bouncybabys friendship. I will miss reading Pastors thoughts.
I truly will miss putting my words to screen, here...and I am truly grateful for you giving me the space to do, so for so long.
God Bless all concerned...hope something new and good, is reborn from all the blessing left here, for all to enjoy. My heartfelt thanks to all
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:54 AM
[Character of the Christ
The generic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone, or something, is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. A pen is "sanctified" when used to write. Eyeglasses are "sanctified" when used to improve sight. In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God's design and purpose.
...This explanation should answer those who claim abortion and gay marriage isn't in the Bible. Therefore, those who believe in the Word of God, should not hold true, either abortion or gay marriage.
The last sentence regarding sanctification, states the answer. Certain things like life, marriage, and birth are sanctified by design and purpose of its Creator, God. Love really has no mention here. It is the holiness inherent in God's plan and design that sanctifies His truth.
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 8:49 AM
[Character of the Christ
We are born without what we have called confidence.
How can we be confident in a world we know nothing about?
As we grow, we understand that confidence allows us to raise our hand in school. Stand against a wall, waiting to be called on, for our first spelling bee.
We graduate and again confidence needs to be built because again we are facing a new world....
We work, marry and learn to love. Relationships tests confidence again. Some relationships make us feel more confident, while others leaving us less than we thought.
All is part of confidence's journey, all part of becoming more than we had believed we were.
Some never really gain confidence, so they adopt false bravado instead. Others will always feel less confident, never really giving themselves a chance to become who they were meant to be.
But no matter, confidence one day realizes its not the same thing as courage. Courage is a thing of the heart. Courage requires more than our confidence can supply, so we now need to draw on something greater more filled with courage then ourselves..
This is where Christ answers our need. This is where His Heart reaches out to ours. Fills us with His Spirit...our confidence is no longer needed, for His courage has entered our Soul.
We can now become humble in Him, for when we again find ourselves, in a place we have never been...Its His courage, that strengthens our Heart. It is His words that whisper...FEAR NOT!
And it is then, that our FAITH fills with His courage...so that we may never fear again.
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6:00 PM
[My Heart My Soul My God
Many Christians hold to the belief, they are saved . That no amount of good works, would get us our salvation. That is the truth. But also many who hold to that belief, see no need to BE anything other then BELIEVERS.
I never was satisfied with being that. I always wanted to "Know Him" not just believe in Him.
I always wanted to become better because I loved Him, more then I loved myself. And although many remain happy with their salvation, I wanted to be more for Him. I want...ed to give back, anything I could, to He who gave His life for me.
Your understanding is telling me, what our Lord did for us. My understanding called for me to become better FOR HIM.. And I believe its our understanding of Christ, that determines our purpose in Him. I see Saints as better models then those our children look to, in sports, or entertainment.
I see Saints as models of people who devoted their lives to Christ, even at the pain of death. As regular people who can inspire us because of the lives they lead. Like St. Teresa, when she reminds us that " We can do small things with great love."
All who love Christ, know He is all they need. And although my salvation was made right by Him, I always felt I needed to be more FOR HIM. I know I am saved because of nothing I do...But I also know, I can be made better in Him ,and by Him. I know only our love for Him, can take away ALL FEAR.
I felt my purpose was to become as close to His likeness, in love and truth, as I could. I wanted to develop my character to have qualities that would please Him, because I love Him more then self.
Just believing in Him, wasn't enough for me. I needed to become who I knew He would want me to be. I suppose if we all thought or believed in Him with the same purpose and belief, there would be no need for Methodist, or Baptists or the like. I am grateful for my Catholic roots, for they were the foundation of my love of Christ. To see only one expression as the right one, would limit all who love Christ , and as we all know ,His love and expressions of love, are limitless. ..
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:52 AM
[Character of the Christ
Whose ears are "politically bent" when the Pope speaks of climate change?
Didn't God ask man to care for the earth? Putting it's care in our hands? Isnt good stewardship a moral tenant of God? If we can forget the sides of the political battles. If politics had nothing to do with our morals, which it should never have..then how would we feel about climate change?
For me, good stewardship and a mans good moral character, belongs in the hands of every man. But because most me...n are immoral when it comes to by passing mans laws as well as Gods, laws are made to contain man's likely abuses. We would need no government if man were a slave to Gods moral principles. Man is not, nor can a bigger government make men more moral...So what then is the answer to the problems of our time?
Is it in seeing government as our instrument of Godly morality? (no snickering, please) Or is it in the good character of every man? If you see that too as an impossibility, then I would suggest you look to a deeper relationship with your God. Only then, can all our problems get their answers. Free of political agendas..having only Gods agenda as our own
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:13 PM
[Character of the Christ
The Integrity of the Soul...
As Christians, the most important virtue we need, is that of Integrity.
Integrity is man's expression of Wholeness and Oneness with God.
It's the source of true Spirituality. It is the vehicle that shows the world, you are, who you claim to be. That your words are faithful in action, honest in word and deed.
Integrity is the true Likeness of Christ, purely expressed in an individual.
Any Christian who seriously wants to become more Christ-like, can never achieve that state of being while on earth, without the development of integrity.
The first step to integrity, is to step away from the herd. One way to do this is to listen to the words that cover your truth. To listen daily to your excuses!
One of the first excuse you need to avoid, comes in these words "but everybody does it". When you say that, you are making an excuse for something your soul knows is wrong. You are attempting to hide yourself among the "herd". Among the "everybodies"
You should know, that the herd clings together for "fear". An individual hides himself amoung the "everybody does it" for fear of being seen when they do wrong as an "individual".
You are an individual! But to be one in truth, you can't hide. Integrity requires you to come forth, to stand on your own truth. To face your fear of rejection by others, before you can even begin walking INTREGITYS PATH.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 11:46 AM
[Character of the Christ
Pope Francis has not and will not change one line of Church dogma. He is simply restoring the balance. He is simply reminding us that the Catholic Church teaches and preaches the whole Gospel of Christ and not some politically edited sidebar of it.
Abortion is murder. Euthanasia is murder. Gay marriage is not and never can be actual marriage.
We are called to have dominion over the earth, to care for it and hand it forward to future generations intact. It is a sin against God to rape the Earth and impoverish untold millions in a quest for mammon. That is in the whole of Scripture, from the first chapters of Genesis onward. The Bible talks over and again about the poor, the weak, the helpless — the Least of These. Jesus tells us flat-out that we will be judged based on how we treat them.
The Washington Post article is a near-perfect example of the left side of the political heresy. I could show you equally compelling examples of the right side of this same heresy. The bottom line is simple: If you are looking for God in a political party, you need a new road map.
Pope Francis, and indeed the whole of Catholic Teaching, is here to give us that map.
Written by Rebecca Hamilton
Monday, September 14, 2015, 4:16 PM
[Character of the Christ
The problem with much of our culture today is...it believes, sex is love.
It idolizes people for what they DO rather than who they ARE.
It values rights, more than values.
It has made government its god.
It supports fear as a matter to protect them, and in doing so, lost the meaning of a country who once was brave....
It allows the few who claim to be offended, to dictate to the many who are not.
It forces it's opinion as if they are facts, and facts are dismissed as if it is only one mans opinion.
It cares more about American idol, than American ideals.
It want's more for less, as it demands less from itself.
It cares little about self discipline, and good character.
While mistaking "character "as what actors play, in film or on TV.
It is not the America I was born to, or really prefer to live in now. It has few who respect themselves enough, to become what once was known as honorable men. Too busy making money the mark of success, while ignoring what was once the true mark of a successful man.
A man was once respected as a gentleman, one whose good character was beyond reproach. A man who treated a woman with respect, a man who was always true to his word. A man whose integrity, would not allow his lips to lie.
Monday, September 14, 2015, 12:57 PM
Has anyone noticed what has been happening to our children, since we have become such a PROGRESSIVE AGE? Has anyone noticed when we gave up our old values, because they were no longer "in"?
Does anyone remember a time, when you could go to college or middle school or even grammer school, without the fear of your children being shot?
What do you think has changed our society so, and in such a very short time?
How about, we became less concerned with putting helmets on our kids so they could ride a bike, and instead make important, putting on the values we were raised with, by what is now known as the "Greatest Generation".
What did the freedom of the 60's, dislike of authority, and free sex, give us? The Kardashian's as role models for our kids? People who hate religion, because what it asks, is too much for them to bother doing, much less consider? Sometimes I believe the Taliban, seeing our country as the great satan, just may be right? Why? Because we have given ourselves over, to those who promote all the things the "Greatest Generation" believed would lead us down the wrong path. They saw, the lack of values and principles they lived by, being rejected by their children. And with that they also believed, it would not be in our best interest.
Maybe there is something to be said, to wait before giving your body away, to your immaturity? Maybe there is a difference in honoring your parents, than taking advantage of them, because of what YOU WANT?
All I know is, our government has been corrupted, and so have those who voted them in. Maybe we were sleeping or working so hard as to not give a darn? But either way we are not the people we once were. And the changed happened with few of us noticing?
Todays children's body's seem to be more protected by the parents of today, then their souls? We worry about bullies, because we are raising children who don't know God, and therefore they dont know who they are. Respect, for authority again is showing us the 60's past. Maybe its happening again, so we can do a better job in rewriting the wrongs that came from it? Kindness is a thing of the past, as hate speech is glorified by ignorant uncaring people, who hide behind false names, and false indignace. Everyone who fears their insecurities being exposed, now scream "someone or something is offending them". And for some guns in schools , is the new silencer. All I know is, we need far more protection from a world whose people know longer places value, on vaules. Don't know the meaning of words such as principle, integrity, dignity, honor, all because what they value has been lost by Stars whose brilliance is less then stella. People they place in high regard, because they rap, or made it on American idol? We need someone to shake us up, to show us the difference between fame and fortune, and what is right for our inner selves. We need parents to stop being more concerned with what their kids eat, and care more about what comes out of their mouths. We need kids to know there is something within them that loves them greater than anyone on earth. Please God make the parents of today learn why their kids are crazy and shooting up schools. Please make them stop being helicopter parents for the wrong things, while they pay no attention to the needs of their childrens lost SOULS. Something no bike helmet, can protect them from.
Monday, September 14, 2015, 8:29 AM
[My Heart My Soul My God
What if I told you to stop waiting for Christ to come back?
What if the end of times is already here, and His Spirit is changing us as we speak?
What if rather then waiting to be raised up in a cloud, we begin to set right our own beings for Him to enter?
What would we have to change to make ourselves so pure, that Christ will see His reflection in our heart?
Think for a moment? Make believe He is coming to your home for dinner? What would be your first thought? Would you run... to clean your house, or be more concerned about what to make for dinner?
Or would your concerns be, is it true, can He really want to be a part of me? Would you think yourself unworthy or too good already with no need for Him to enter your being?
Would you be more conscious of your words? Your thoughts about others you're still angry at? Would your concerns be you cant receive communion if He wants you to? What would you believe, needs to change?