Meanwhile, tomorrow -- Monday -- America will kill 2,500 babies in abortion clinics. We will kill another 2,500 on Tuesday. Another 2,500 on Wednesday. And so on, day after day. Many of them will be black babies.
Do black lives REALLY matter? Or is that just a useful slogan to excuse pillaging, looting, and other murderous atrocities that are part of Satan's job description? (see John 10:10).
It's after midnight where I am. Pentecost Sunday. Today commemorates the flames of the Holy Spirit that descended on the disciples of Jesus, and they brought the message of Christ to a world in darkness. But tonight, flames of evil have descended on cities across America.
I did not prepare this message to specifically answer the question, "What does the fire of God want to do with Christians during this time of encroaching anarchy and violence?" But this message has some answers to that question, nonetheless.
As I studied the texts for today’s message, I saw something in the second chapter of Acts that I don’t remember having ever seen before. And so, I will focus our attention on what the Lord showed me, and I hope it will both encourage you and challenge you in your continuing walk with Christ.
You can listen to my YouTube message here https://youtu.be/bIzA1jai2JE Or you can read the edited text on my blog https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/pentecost-sunday-message.html
Jude 1:1 part five
You can find parts one through four on my blog at https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/take-five-with-jude.html You will need to scroll down to find each lesson.
In today’s Take Five meditation, we’ll look at verse two. For context, I include the verses we’ve already examined.
“Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 2May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
I almost skipped verse two to move on to what I thought were the more weighty verses beginning with verse three. But the Holy Spirit stopped me in my proverbial tracks.
You can find the rest of this reflection on my blog (see link above).
American fiction writer, Madeline Le’Engle (d. 2007) tells a poignant tale of her grandfather. He’d always been a strong, vibrant, robust man – until the dementia demon grabbed hold of his mind and slowly reduced the nearly 100-year-old to a shadow of what he once was.
Madeline tells how while he lay dying, he gripped her mother’s hand and asked, almost as a child might ask, “Who will go with me when I die?”
You can read the rest of the story on my blog at https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/who-will-go-with-me_25.html
Message for May 24, 2020
The Too-Familiar Jesus
Mark records in the 5th chapter of his gospel several miracles of the Lord Jesus, such as His healing of the demoniac living among the tombs, the raising of Jairus’ daughter from death, and the healing of the woman who’d had a hemorrhage for twelve years.
But things were different in Nazareth, His hometown.
You can find the recording of this message at https://youtu.be/apuFIFZfl48
Or you can read the edited message on my blog at: https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/too-familiar-jesus-revised.html
I finished Ecclesiastes a few days ago. I read the book at least once a year. And as always, Solomon’s words in the last chapter caught my attention: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”
I don’t think it coincidental that I also recently finished reading a sermon preached long ago by a 19th century Church of Scotland pastor, Robert Murray McCheyne. Here is part of what he told his congregation:
(You can read more at my blog: https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/while-you-are-young.html
Jude 1:1 segment four
In this next Take Five meditation, we’ll look further into the first verse of Jude’s epistle ‘[T]o those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.’
It ought to be a great comfort to those who have given their heart to Christ to know we are beloved of the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. The Greek word Jude uses here for ‘kept’ carries the idea of being guarded, protected.
You can read the rest of this part four on my blog: https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/take-five-with-jude.html
As I listened to an old hymn on my iPhone this morning during my time with the Lord, I was curious about the history of the song: "No One Ever Cared for me Like Jesus." Here is what I found: https://www.collegeoftheopenbible.com/hymn-history-no-one-ever-cared-for-me-like-jesus.html
Hurting God’s Feelings
Psalm 139 part three
You can find the video recording of my message at https://youtu.be/14c37ewPNSQ
You can find the edited text on my blog at this link: https://thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com/2020/05/sunday-may-17-message-hurting-gods.html
My wife and I just finished our second time through of the Chosen. It's even better the second time around. We decided to send some support so others can benefit from this wonderfully created series about Jesus. https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen/payitforward?
Today we take another five minutes to examine the next section of verse one of Jude: “Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.”
Jude calls himself a slave of Jesus. That’s important. No one can do anything of value for the kingdom unless we first recognize whose we are and to whom we belong.
You can find the rest of this study, as well as part one at this URL:
"The facts have shown that, under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted."
This pandemic is being used as a pretext for the instantiation of more mass surveillance, and curtailing freedom of association and movement.
The virus is real. It is deadly. But it cannot be the prelude to forced vaccinations, implanted chip IDs, or worse.
The earth revolves around the sun once every 365 days. And the calendar doesn’t stop dropping its pages just because we don’t like getting older.
That’s just the way it is.
The earth inexorably pulls us toward itself. It’s called gravity. Don’t jump off a building, because the Law of Gravity will not suspend itself for you or me, even if we don’t like that law.
That’s just the way it is.
And Jesus is absolute and final ruler of time, space, and eternity. And there is coming a time, more certain than gravity or the turning of the earth around the sun – there is coming a time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that yes, Jesus is Lord and King.
That’s just the way it is.
She is spot on. I never cease to be saddened at how much Biblical illiteracy is out there in the pew -- AND behind the pulpit.
I have been urging Christians for YEARS -- read two chapters of the OT each day and two chapters of the NT each day and you will read the NT three times a year and the OT once each year. Do the math. In five years you will have read the OT five times and the NT fifteen times.
With that kind of Bible literacy, it will not be easy to fall for the tripe that drips from the mouths of false teachers and false pastors.
I have been practicing that pattern for decades. It is NOT hard to do. You just need to WANT to do it.
My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary a couple of months ago. It would not have been that way if I’d done things differently back in 1975. I wrote this open letter to Christians contemplating marriage based on my experiences in my early years. I hope it helps someone.
IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION? If you are a Democrat, do you REALLY support this kind of surveillance? Do you not know history? https://www.theblaze.com/news/kansas-city-churches-record-attendees
I pre-recorded this message for Sunday, May 3. It is part two of a three-part sermon on Psalm 139. Today is not Sunday, but I thought to post it anyway:
At verse seven in the 139th psalm, David asked a rhetorical question: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
David, of course, already knew the answer. There is no place on earth, under the earth, or anywhere in the universe where we can flee from God.
But though he knows the answer to what he just asked, it does raise a question we can ask of ourselves, because many of us know people who seem to be trying to flee from God’s presence. But, why would anyone do that? Why would anyone run from God?
I never knew I had an anterior cruciate ligament. But I received my lesson in human anatomy as I rounded third and sprinted toward the plate. A few yards down the third base line my right knee popped. It felt like an unseen hand ripped my leg in two. I toppled to the dirt, in too much pain to move.
An ER doctor in NYC recently committed suicide. A few days before that, an EMT killed himself. Reports connect their deaths to what they’d seen as a result of the COVID virus. My message is about Suicide, Nurses, and Healthcare workers. There is help. https://youtu.be/3Izvs0NMUKU
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