The woman at the well was living in sin. An outcast. Lost.

But she was important to Jesus.

That's why He went looking for her.

No one is lost to Him if they don't want to be lost. And no one is beyond His redemption if they don't want to be beyond His redemption.

All she needed to do -- all any of us need to do -- is come. Repent. And follow the Master.

We are each in the waiting room of the Great Physician. Some will hear their name called before they eat their next meal. Others won’t hear their name for several decades. Still others will hear their name at some time in between.

When the angel ushers you into the Great Exam Room, what will the Physician say to you? I write about it here:
thecontemplativecatholicconver

When God says you're forgiven, don't argue with Him. I adapted this from a message I recently preached. It's a little long to read, but I hope it will be worth it: thecontemplativecatholicconver

One of the reasons I came into the Catholic Church is because I met a Catholic who was knowledgeable of the Bible and asked me to show him where in the Bible I got my particular interpretations of scripture.

When I attempted to prove to Him why I was right and he was wrong (I'd been a seminary-trained evangelical Protestant for decades by then), I discovered I was not as right as I thought I was.

But he and I were having an honest discussion. The key words here are 'honest' and 'discussion.' Too many folks on both sides of the theological aisle are content to simply yell at each other.

Changing the words of “Amazing Grace” and the meaning of Christ’s redemption. I write about it here:
tinyurl.com/yc96vfk4

The psalmist wrote: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? . . . Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident." (Psalm 27:1-3)

The Lord is our light and our salvation. But – and this is important for all of us – if we spend as much time as many of us do following the newscasts, we are feeding our spirits with a poisonous darkness that will eat like a cancer at our souls.

I have some recommendations that will help us spend more time in God’s light in 2019. You can find them here: tinyurl.com/y8b5nekg

Like lots of people (I suppose), one of the first things I thought about this morning is: “It’s 2019.”

But unlike lots of people (I suppose), another thought followed the first. "This is A.D. January 1, 2019." The letters are the initials of Anno Domini – the Latin phrase meaning, The Year of the Lord . . . .

(You can read the rest on my blog: thecontemplativecatholicconver

Feeling like God can't use you for His kingdom? Here's an important truism: God doesn't always call the qualified, but He ALWAYS qualifies those whom He calls.

Go ahead. Trust Him. Do what He 's told you to do for Him.

When someone you love forsakes you, what can you do? Log onto my five-part series at inhimalone.com

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (d. 1716) opined: "If we wish to have roots of immortality deeply embedded in our heart, we must have in our mind knowledge of Eternal Wisdom. To know Jesus Christ, Incarnate Wisdom, is to know all we need. To presume to know everything and not know him is to know nothing at all."

What do you think about that – especially the last sentence? Can you support your answer with Scripture?

I’ll tell you what I think after I hear from anyone interested in responding.

2 John 9-11 carries an important point before the November election. "Any one who . . .does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God . . . If any one [like this] comes to you . . . do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his wicked work."

If I vote for someone who supports anti-Christ positions such as abortion and same sex marriage, I am in an unenviable position of participating with him or her in those intrinsically evil deeds.

Thought for the day: When was the last time you thanked God for calling you, for choosing you, for saving you?

Being born once is not enough. But then again, what did Jesus know?

It didn’t take Lord Acton (d. 1902) long to realize that political liberty is the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty. It was he who first said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

He also added these words which, in 2018 America, seem prescient, “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.”

So what must Christians do when its government becomes corrupt? Scripture is unambiguous. We must obey God.

I heard the other day that what happened during the feeding of the 5000 is the people felt guilty when the child offered Jesus his fish and bread. So they each dug into their own lunch bags and shared their food with each other.

How can anyone have joy in their faith when their faith is founded on natural explanations of clearly supernatural events?

When do we stop explaining away the miraculous? At the Red Sea? The virgin birth? The Resurrection? The Eucharist?

I say, let God be God.

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops." (Matt 10:27ff).

Some might feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped for evangelism. But consider this: God does not usually call the equipped. He equips those whom He calls.

What has He taught you lately, and with whom would He have you share it?

If the hypocrites in the church -- and there are plenty of them -- if the hypocrites in the church keep you away from the church, then your really don't understand what is the church.

Lord Acton (d. 1902) wrote: “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.” For America in 2018 America, his words were prescient. So, how must Christians respond to corrupt governments? Scripture is unambiguous. We must obey God.

1 Timothy 4:12 - "Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

Of course, [moral] purity is not all about sex. It encompasses lots of other attitudes and actions.

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