Monday, October 31, 2011

MINUTE MEDITATION



Monday, October 31, 2011
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Giving

Pray for the strength to give some things--even a few at a time--to someone who has need of them.

— from Coping With Loss: Praying Your Way to Acceptance

Thursday, October 27, 2011

THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES

THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES...

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THIS DAY'S . . .




This Day's Thought
I compare the troubles which we have to undergo to a great bundle of fagots, far too large for us to carry.  But God does not require us to carry the whole at once.  He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today and then another which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on.  This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying sticks over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load, before we are required to carry it.
John Newton

This Day's Verse
Let me add this, dear brothers:  You already know how to please God in your daily living, for you know the commands we gave you from the Lord Jesus himself.  Now we beg you- yes, we demand of you in the name of the Lord Jesus- that you live more and more closely to that ideal.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-2
The Living Bible

HEARTLIGHT

VERSE:
  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that
doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
    -- 1 John 2:17
 
THOUGHT:
  So much of what we pursue is fleeting. Once we acquire it, we
have to try to preserve it because we know it will soon be gone.
God has promised us that just as he is eternal and will live
forever, so also are those who pursue a relationship with him and
are committed to do his will. So let's sit down and look at how we
spend our time, our money, and our efforts and ask if what we are
pursuing is really something that is worth having. Then let's ask
one more important question: "Even if it is worth having, is it
going to last long enough to make a difference?"

PRAYER:
  Eternal Father, please give me the courage to be honest about
what I am pursuing with my life. I want it to count for your cause.
I want to make a difference for good. Some of that desire, I
confess, is self-serving. However, dear Father, I truly do want to
have a life that impacts others for good and that brings you honor.
I don't want to waste my time chasing after things that won't last
and don't matter. Please give me the spiritual wisdom to follow
your will and find your life rather than chasing the shadow values
of my culture. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PURGATORY

There is much research on the existence of Purgatory. More will follow this first piece regarding both Protestant and Catholic belief in this place.

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Purgatory

C.S. Lewis, the great Protestant writer who wrote Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, says:
Of course I pray for the dead. At our age the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could I have if what I love best were unmentionable to Him? I believe in purgatory. Our souls demand purgatory, don't they? My favourite image on this matter comes from the dentist's chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn, a voice will say, 'Rinse your mouth out with this.' This will be purgatory. (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, 107-109)

Introduction

Catholics and Evangelicals agree that the Lord has not made it perfectly clear what happens after we die. When it comes to the afterlife, most Evangelicals would say Christians go directly to Heaven to be with the Lord, some would say we go to a temporary heaven (traditionalists). Seventh Day Adventists and some other Christian groups say there is a "soul sleep" (conditionalists) where the person is in some sort of suspended state until the final judgment. Both Catholics and Evangelicals believe we will appear at the Judgment seat of Christ.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body. (2 Cor 5:10)
The Evangelicals who impress me the most are the Biblical scholars, and they generally say they don't know, or they say that there is some sort of temporary place in Heaven where people go to await the final judgment. 

Catholic theologians also agree that it is hard to understand the afterlife. Scripture does not spell it out. Catholics and most Evangelicals agree there is some sort of temporary place in Heaven. Catholics would say we can discern from Scripture, tradition, and from the beliefs of early Christians that there is a temporary place where many Christians go called Purgatory.

Many Evangelicals struggle with how God's justice might play out in Heaven. On Feb. 3, 2005, the Moody Institute, one of America's foremost Evangelical Bible universities, aired a radio program across the US that talked about accountability in the afterlife. They said:
...not all the dwelling places in heaven will be the same size...it will depend on how well each person lives out their faith...

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The Moody Institute)
Here we can see this reputable Evangelical university, that broadcasts on hundreds of Christian radio stations, coming very close to a Catholic theological position about God's justice.

The Purpose Driven Life is one of the most popular Christian book in Evangelical circles. It says:
One day you will stand before God, and he will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity... he will ask us two crucial questions ...First, 'What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?' ...Second, 'What did you do with what I gave you' ... the second question will determine what you do in eternity...(The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren , pg. 34, my emphasis)
At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you. That means everything you do...has eternal consequences...you will receive a promotion and be given greater responsibility in eternity ..." (The Purpose Driven Life, pg. 45)
If we are rewarded and treated better in Heaven for the things we did in this life, then I think Pastor Rick is saying those who do not get those rewards are in fact being "punished" for not doing the things on earth that would get them those rewards in Heaven. Pastor Rick makes it clear that the faithful who do not do their best are still going to heaven but they are not getting the full reward. This is not very far from the Catholic concept of Purgatory.

On a radio show aired on Wed. Oct 10, 2007, Dr. James Dobson, at Focus on the Family said:
"One day every thought, every action, every wrong thing we've ever done or thought will be exposed to all and we will be accountable for all of them before God. We have a Just God!"
He was talking about after we die, which hints strongly toward some kind of retribution before our Lord. Again it is an example of the theological struggle to explain what happens after we die.

What is Purgatory?

Catholics believe that Purgatory is a step before Heaven where believers are cleaned up for the "wedding banquet" of the Lord in Heaven. Not all believers have to go through Purgatory (some go straight to Heaven) but all people in Purgatory eventually make it to Heaven. They are the elect.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Catechism 1030)
Here's a simple illustration of what Catholics believe is Purgatory's place in the scheme of things.


POSITIVE THOUGHTS

LETTING GO WITHOUT GIVING UP
 
''Your serenity is based on taking responsibility without taking blame, and letting go without giving up.''

I wish you the ability to let go, the ability to allow yourself to allow life to do its thing without you attempting to control the outcomes of everything that goes on around you.  I hope that you always will be able to recognize the situations over which you truly have no control, and try to let them be, accepting the outcomes as they are, and not judging them based on what you wanted them to be.

I wish you the ability to see when attempts to control are appropriate, and when things are best left alone.  I wish you the ability to allow things to occur without your input; sometimes our most important contribution is simply to observe.  We can support and love without telling others what to do, without trying to help them in every facet of their lives; we must let others learn in their own ways and make their own mistakes .  Just as we don't accompany our children to every single class in school that they attend, we don't need to be there to guide them through every one of life's lessons.

www.livinglifefully.com 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Medjugorje Message of October 25, 2011

Medjugorje Message of October 25, 2011

Today, October 25, 2011, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message:


"Dear children! I am looking at you and in your hearts I do not see joy. Today I desire to give you the joy of the Risen One, that He may lead you and embrace you with His love and tenderness. I love you and I am praying for your conversion without ceasing before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."

THIS DAY'S . . .





This Day's Thought




True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves.  It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have.  Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.
Ralph W. Sockman

This Day's Verse
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.  Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, eplieptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
Matthew 4:23-24
The New King James Version 

MINUTE MEDITATIONS


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lifelong Conversation

Prayer is a lifelong conversation with the one who created us and loves us. We come to God in prayer as we are right now, not as we would like to be when we have it all together.

— from Finding My Voice

Saturday, October 22, 2011

MINUTE MEDITATION



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Permission to Love

God loves us for who we are and gives us the courage to change. When we are able to love the “real me” and accept our own idiosyncrasies, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

— from Party of One

HEARTLIGHT

VERSE:
  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of
them openly, triumphing over them in it.
    -- Colossians 2:15
   
THOUGHT:
  Crucifixion was so hideous, so inhumane and vile, that the word
"crucify" was not considered appropriate in polite speech in Greek
culture. Crucifixion was reserved for the scum of society who were
considered a threat to the government. Jesus endured this hideous
death. But what Satan had intended for the humiliation of God,
Jesus turned into the humiliation of Satan and his evil angels. He
made a public spectacle of them. He turned their torture stick of
shame into an altar of glory. He transformed the gory fury of hell
into a sacrifice of forgiveness. He redirected evil's power to kill
and made it a place to heal. While we deplore the unspeakable
sacrifice and shame that Jesus bore on the cross for us, we also
rejoice that the evil one and his hoards of hate are broken. Their
apparent victory is turned into their defeat. What was supposed to
be God's greatest shame becomes his greatest grace, which ransoms
us from Satan's grasp.

PRAYER:
  No words, holy and righteous Father, can ever express my
appreciation for your plan, your sacrifice, and your salvation. No
song of praise, no heartfelt poem, no letter of love can ever
express the thanks I have, dear Jesus, for your loving and powerful
sacrifice. Thank you for saving me from sin, death, and a life
without meaning. To you, dear Father, and to you, Lord Jesus, I
offer my life as my gift of thanks and praise. Amen.

Friday, October 21, 2011

MINUTE MEDITATION


Friday, October 21, 2011

Heart Full of Love

We were created in love, for love, by a God who is love. All love comes from God and is directed toward God. The desire to give and receive love is one of the most authentic and natural desires; for where there is true love, there is God.

— from Party of One

Thursday, October 20, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Joseph Addison

This Day's Verse
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:12
The New International Version 

MINUTE MEDITATION


Thursday, October 20, 2011 

One Body in Christ

The church is all of us—infants, children, teens, young adults, singles, married couples, ordained priests, divorced individuals, widows, and widowers. Each brings their unique needs and contributions, but all make up one community, one body in Christ.

— from Party of One

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OBAMA PSALM

Obama Is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me
Beside the still factories.

He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment

For his party's sake.
Yea, Though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.


He has Anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.

Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.

I'm glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free,


But I wish I was a dog,
And Obama was a tree!

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Where does one get this sticker?
  PRAY FOR YOUR PRESIDENT ! !  

cid:3B7F91BD198D43EB87E8D5C601BAFCAC@DeskTop----- Psalm 109:8
My wife and I were in slow-moving traffic the other day and we were stopped behind

A car that had an unusual Obama bumper sticker on it.
It read: "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"..

When we got home my wife got out the Bible and opened it up to the scripture.

She started laughing & laughing. Then she read it to me.
I couldn't believe what it said. I had a good laugh, too.

Psalm 109:8 ~ "Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him."


At last -- I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president!

Look it up -- it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray.
Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

THIS IS FANTASTIC

While some are twiddling their thumbs wondering what to do next, look at what someone else has been working on for YEARS!  It is amazing!

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests - Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention Episode 1 Preview - BBC One 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

MINUTE MEDITATION


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Our Calling

Flowing from the Eucharist, our mission is clear and urgent to live the gospel in daily life, to leaven our world with loving and just deeds, to become instruments of peace in our world of conflict and division.

— from Catholic Update Guide to Baptism