Here is part two of my post a few seconds ago:

In 1969 I was stopped at a red light. As I waited, this thought dropped into my mind: "What if there is a God?"

I thought about that for a few moments until I realized if God existed, I'd have to change my lifestyle. But I was unwilling to do that, so, when the light turned green, I made a choice.

God doesn’t exist.

That wasn’t an intellectual decision. It was a moral decision. I rejected God’s existence because I preferred the darkness. I wanted nothing to do with the light – and what would then become a compelling reason to change.

Have you rejected the idea of God’s existence, or have you rejected bowing the knee to Jesus?

Please --take time to clearly understand your true motives.

Stephen Hawking (d. 2018), the eminent Cambridge scientist and cosmologist, claimed: "Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

On the other hand, John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University responded to Hawking’s comment this way: "Atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light"

What settles the debate for me between both views is what Jesus said in John’s gospel: "Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)

I can confirm the truth of that text.

(Due to word count limit, I will continue this in my next post).

Here is part one of the message I preached at the 55+ community I visit each week. I also link to part two within part one. thecontemplativecatholicconver

I wonder how many people get hung up on John 3:16. How many have difficulty -- serious difficulty -- translating God so loved the 'world' to what is actually the very essence of the gospel -- God so loved the 'one.'

That is why they cannot say with certainty "God so loved 'me' that He gave His Son to die."

"To die for 'me.'"

But that's the whole point of the Lost Sheep. And the Lost Coin. And the Lost Son in Luke 15.

God loves you. God searches for you.

The one.

Poor kid. If she'd only had an abortionist kill her baby, she'd have been spared all this publicity, phony hand-wringing, aggravation, and hypocrisy

God is faithful to His promises regarding, among many other things, salvation, forgiveness, and His continuous presence with us. Here is part two of the message I preached at the 55+ community. thecontemplativecatholicconver

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(Lk 14:26-27)
"If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

I read this morning of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. The story reminded me of a conversation I had some time ago with a woman in her 60’s. She told me God would never forgive her. And so began our conversation. You can find it here: thecontemplativecatholicconver

Belshazzar missed the handwriting on the wall that foretold Babylon's impending destruction. Why is the Christian church in America so blind to the same message? thecontemplativecatholicconver

Some Jews are finally getting it. The Democrat party is not their friend. The Exodus Movement wants to change the blindly followed narrative of the Democrat party.

From their website:
1. We are proud Jewish Americans who reject the hypocrisy, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism of the rising far-left.
2. Progressives, Democrats, and far too many Jewish organizations have taken our support for granted for far too long.
3. We are now determined and unafraid to speak for ourselves.
4. We’re done standing with allegedly supportive liberals who consistently side with our enemies, and disregard our values and beliefs.

Follow on Twitter at @ExodusMvmt and @elizabethpipko. Visit the Exodus Movement site at:

I am confused. Please tell me once again how any Catholic or other Christian, or God-fearing Jew, can support any of these Democrats who promote wholesale murder of unwanted babies in the womb.

Do they -- and those who vote for them -- really think they can with growing impunity spit in God's face and that He is okay with it?

This is the first in a series of messages I plan to preach at the 55+ community I visit each week. thecontemplativecatholicconver

It's okay to be human. It's okay to be angry with God, and confused, and frustrated, and frightened. But, then what? thecontemplativecatholicconver

And people -- including those in the church pews each week -- still think Revelation 13 is hogwash:

Christian -- Jesus wasn't joking when He gave us the Great Commission in the last verses of Matthew 28. If you are not working for Jesus now, using whatever gifts and opportunities and resources He has already given you -- then get busy. Time is shorter than we think before we can no longer openly work for Him.

When St. Paul wrote his letter to the church at Rome, its culture was steeped in religious pluralism. It was a culture not too dissimilar to American culture in which it is popular to profess "All religions lead to heaven."

But Paul had a different answer. And so should we.


Her husband wanted a divorce so he could marry the woman he'd been sleeping with for months. His excuse? His god wanted him to be happy. thecontemplativecatholicconver

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