Reconciliation and the Gift of Fatherly forgiveness

Four parts of Lent

What are the benefits of Reconciliation?

Probably the most important is a spiritual benefit. Saint Augustine was once asked: What is the secret of holiness? He said it is humility. Then he said the second and the third secrets of holiness are also humility. In order to grow in holiness you need humility, and there is no better way to become humble than go to Confession.

Sin is predominantly an act of pride. So forgiveness comes from the opposite: being humble. There is no greater act of humility than to say, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” And that brings about God’s grace. Just going to Confession and acknowledging that does something for you. No matter what the priest says or doesn’t say, that is a great act of humility.

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Another benefit of every sacrament is an encounter with Christ. A sacrament is meaningful because it echoes what Jesus did. Jesus healed people, and we have the sacrament of anointing. Jesus fed people, and we have the Eucharist. All the sacraments resonate with the actions of Jesus, and one of the greatest things that Jesus did was forgive sinners.

That was a huge part of his ministry. When you go to Reconciliation you are encountering the same Christ who forgave Peter and so many others in the gospels and who welcomed Matthew the tax collector and the other disciples even though they had let him down during his hour of suffering.

Reconciliation is a personal encounter with Jesus who is full of mercy and compassion, and there is no greater way to experience God’s love than to experience God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness is not something people deserve. Forgiveness is a gift, and God keeps forgiving us over and over again. When you genuinely celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation, you genuinely touch the love of this God, and I think that is the most beautiful thing about it. Because we’ve chosen a way of life which says that God is most important, prayer is central to our lives. Think of it as a deep level of communication with God, similar to the kind of communication that happens between any two people who love each other. Our relationship with God grows and deepens with prayer.

Since prayer is important, many priests, sisters, and brothers spend about two hours a day praying. Part of that time we pray with others at Mass. We also pray other formal prayers like the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary, or spend time with others less formally reading and reflecting on readings from the Bible. Part of the time we also pray alone, perhaps reading or just being quiet with God. One of the positive effects of prayer, whatever shape it takes, is to keep us aware of God’s activity in the people, events, and circumstances of daily life.

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Written by; ++Archbishop Paul V. Roberts DD., HDD., MPR., APP., M.Ph. In Law., O.S.A., O.S.P., O.S.B., S.O.BB.

Senior Vice President of the Ministerial Council Board of Directors and the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry

Decision Time so What’s it going to be?

 

 

What is the Holy Season of Lent and why should one (you), practice this memorable event.

To start, it is a special event practiced by many different religious Christian faiths, both denominational as well as non-denominational. It is a season that should know no barrier. For it can, and will change your spiritual and mortal life. If you truly commit and stick to your promise to God, Jesus Christ and their Holy Spirit.

You except God for His word and promises to you and expect Him to stay true and faithful to His word right ? Then that is why this event is special and should be a practice that all people who call themselves Christian take part in.

If you don’t celebrate the season of Lent, then ask your minister why not. If you get an answer like, the season of lent is a Catholic thing and were not Catholic, – then ask your Minister if your faith is a Universal Christian faith, then look up the word Universal and point out their error.

For all who call themselves a Christian and practice the faith of Christianity are Universal Christians, meaning a follower of the Catholic faith of Christianity. (note here; I said follower of the Catholic faith and not traditions of the catholic church) – (YES folks, there is a real difference).

Anyways, you just might find truth in God by doing this, rather than in man. Which will be and is a spiritual gift and benefit given to you of discernment, for opening your heart and mind to the true knowledge of your loving Father, Jesus Christ your Savior.

But I regress, it is a time of becoming a new or rather reborn in the spirit of your personal commitment of faith, in not only calling yourself a Christian but rather being the best Christian you and Christ, know you can be.

It is a time of reflecting as to the path in this life you are on. Are you on His path for your life or is your own personal will dictating the path your on. Again folks, there is a major difference here. Ask yourself, are you standing in His light or in the gray outer areas of His light. Sorta of being a Christian part-time or rather sometimes. Rather then being a committed follower of His Holy and devout teachings, for the direction of your life.

Let me explain it this way for you. When you make a mistake in life, you say, your sorry. But are you just saying the words because that is what everyone does when they make a mistake or do you truly say it and mean it from your heart. See folks, there is a difference and only you and Jesus know truly the intent of your meaning, when you say your sorry. The event of practicing Lent and it’s traditions, are a lot like this example.

Your participation in the tradition of Lent, is all about being truthful, honest and trusting Gods word over your own self-will and the understanding of His word and will for your life. It is truly a time to reflect on the importance of this understanding. A 100% commitment on your part to His ways for your life. Or choosing mankind’s path of self-centered will, and selfishness, to what you feel, you are owed or want.

 

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The season of Lent is about your eternal and immortal soul, as to what path you take in this life. And where your eternal soul will end up, for that eternity. Being it either, a Godly Path of true and unconditional faith to His word and wants for you or the selflessness that leads billions upon billions of men, women and consenting juveniles who know the true meaning and understanding of right and wrong, good and evil and what is Godly and what is not, right to the gates of hell, rather than the pearly gates of heaven.

 

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It’s your choice ! And yours alone. It is about personal choice and what actions you are going to take and commit to, in order to get to the final promise of God. Remember He states that being accepted into either place, Heaven or Hell, is a promise he will keep, for you weather you do His will or not in your life. So trust me when I say, there is “NO Excuse” you can come up with that will get you into Heaven or keep you out of Hell.

 

 

For God is truly all KNOWING.

 

 

Even of all of your deepest and darkest secrets and they will be known and you will face them. One way or another. In this life time or the next. That is why the choice is yours and you must take seriously those choices you make and commit to. And as in this life, there are always and I do mean always, consequences for the choices we make.

There are no secrets from Jesus Christ. So take serious as St. Peter puts it in his epistle, (1st Peter chapter 4, verse 7 & 8), in reference to the seriousness of your choices in this life and where it will lead. St. Peter states, 7) But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8) And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” ( for further reference, all quotes of Holy Scripture in these pages come out of the – NKJV Bible)
It is a matter of self-will – vs – self-gratification. It is a time to reflect, pray give back in penance, charity

 

and suffering. A sacrifice worthy of Gods gift and through repentance, giving you time to search your heart and level of love for the one who sacrificed His life for you and covered your sinful nature through His suffering and sacrificing of His life and will for you and God the Father.

 

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YES folks, it’s that simple. The Holy Season of Lent, is your chance to reconnect with God your Father in away that is truly pleasing unto Him.

Truth is fact. Meaning, that no matter what you do or don’t do, God will always love you and never desert you. Yet what this event gives you by accepting it, as the right thing to do, is doing that which is pleasing unto Christ Jesus. Think of it this way, when calling yourself a Christian shouldn’t be just words. It means to pick up your cross, daily and without question through complete unconditional faith and follow Him, obey Him and please Him through your acts all of the days of your life. Not just sometimes but, in all that you do and will ever do from here on in this life.

By participating in the Holy Season of Lent and it’s purpose, (meaning, unconditionally in action and faith as was just stated), it gives you an opportunity to do through your own actions what you can not do on your own. And that is, help change the judgment of God from a negative to a positive but, it can only occur through that act of sacrifice of surrendering of your selfish will and true faith. Which is to Love God with all your heart and with all of your soul and with all your being. It will help (through the spiritual gift of hope) to reaffirm your love, commitment and faith, in Him and His ways for you and not what is the way of this world we live in.

 

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There is so much about your personal spirituality that you take for granted, it makes you very vulnerable to the deceptions and manipulations of Satan and the misleading actions of others you associate with. It has far-reaching implications that can and will allow you to be influenced to a point that may not be acceptable to God, all because of yours and their, personal choices that affect you and lead you away from the will of Jesus Christ and your faith in Him to see you through until the end of this life.

Your eternal soul and salvation is at stake. Lent, is about straightening your resolve to stay vigilant to this fact of faith and in your commitment to serve God fully in the rest of this life He gives you.

So take the time to think over this statement and pray about what you get out of it. The Choice Is Yours and Yours Alone.

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Be it known that in the first sections of this message which refers to, not being 100% committed to walk in His light and His ways, just might need a little clarification and that is that, it doesn’t matter if your 99% in His light or 1% out of His light. Which is to say, at anytime of your day, week, month, year, or even throughout your life time. You are still outside, looking in, wanting and hoping. So why not make it a bit easier on yourself.

 

 

Gray is not White, although there is some white in the blackness that makes it gray. Your still on the outside of Jesus will for you. It really isn’t a big leap to go from the grayness of Christ’s light, into the total darkness of Satan’s control and will in your life. Which, when I say this, is really, REALLY bad and an outcome that you won’t like. I guarantee it.

With that said, does this mean you are completely out of Gods sight, love, mercy and grace, surely not!
Not at all! However, if you correct the path your on, then you are not totally lost yet. In other words, there is still hope for you.

 

 

God will wait for His prodigal child to return.

 

 

However, as we know all to well, sometimes we don’t return, maybe it’s because we don’t feel worthy or maybe we’ve convinced ourselves we won’t be excepted back into His grace and mercy or maybe it is because we just don’t want to or even, care to anymore. With this said, let me be perfectly frank here. This is what Satan, his demons and mankind will tell you, and may even convince you of. Just to keep you from knowing the truth, the light and the way.

It all boils down to your personal choice and your will. Your willful actions must be greater than the loving gracious and merciful generosity, that is God, in your most trying moments. Listen up folks, God will not hound you or force you to choose Him. Nor will He force you from doing what you want. That is what free will is all about. Choice! Your right to do whatever you want, whenever you want and however you want, 100% of the time. Even if, that keeps you from His ways, light, love, mercy and grace.

Yet Satan and his demons along with a whole hoard of free willing self-centered and unrighteous human individuals may and will cross your path at any hour, day, week, month and maybe even years to come. Keep in mind that the majority of those I refer to here, do not, have your best interest at heart, they only want what they want, what fore-fills their own personal needs, an desires and they do not care who or what stands in their way. Not even you or the will of God, Himself.

Jesus knows this and he is always reaching out to you, and helping you along the way. Thing is, you do not recognize the gray areas any more. Light is bright and darkness hides the true light from you and yet there are always rays of light and hope that somehow, someway penetrate the darkness to help guide you out of your disparity. Keep in mind the reality of what is being stated here, in this case you are lost and time is running out, yet there is truly a light at the end of the darkness.

 

 

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Just look at pictures of our planet from out space and you will see the line between light and darkness. So there is always hope, if you know where to look and what to look for and you take action towards getting it. That is called sacrifice and it is worth it.

 

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The promise of eternal peace is always in the presence of the Father no matter what stage of spiritual walk you are in, or spiritual path you are on, or even where you are physically in this world. His hand, and His will are for you and He is always ready and willing to reach out for you ( notice I said for you and not to you. There is a difference here to), and it is always within your grasp. 24/7/365. No matter how far away you may think you are from His mercy, grace, love and forgiveness for you. He is right there with you anytime and always in you. If you read your bible, you know what is meant by this. It truly is a wonderful and beautiful thing to be aware of as you wale through life and enduring as he wants you to.

Thing is though, you have to want it. Want it as badly or even more so then you ever wanted anything in this world and you must never even stop at anything or let anything get in your way to have it. It is you and you alone that holds the key to your return to Christ. Only you are and your will is holding you back from having what God wants for you.

 

 

You can’t have it both ways. In our Lords own words, He states you can not love God and Mammon. (Luke chapter 16, verse 13). Which states, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.” Folks, that is Gods promise to all people, but mostly to those who have lost hope and chose to stay in the ways of this world and going with the flow of unrighteousness which is its path.

 

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Charity is Compassion which is Love

 

 

As an example of this I give you two. First is say you are bullying someone that you feel is inferior to you or you might feel jealous or even threatened in someway or even trying to be the tough person for others around you. This is the type of attitude that is not righteous in the will, nor eyes of God. But you want God to show you compassion and favor in the things you want. Well it doesn’t work that way. In order to receive compassion, mercy, forgiveness you must first show it to others. Which is to say to show some charity and compassion on those you feel have done something to you that you disliked or offended you in someway.

 

 

Secondly, lets look at an example of anger, yelling, being forceful with your will and demands on another person, be they a loved one or not. Do you think this attitude is showing Charity, Compassion or Love for that person who again you feel is not listening to you or maybe being disrespectful to you in someway? Think of theses attitudes that are a very real part of all human nature as being the devils work with in your being. (Meaning who you are in yourself). Note, you shouldn’t criticize, yell or get violent towards someone else when it comes to as the book of (Matthew chapter 7, verses 1 – 5) puts it from Jesus own words, which are; 1) “ “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2) For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3) And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5) Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 

 

 

News Flash Folks

 

When you are in the light that is Jesus Christ, you are not in this world, not anymore. The lines between light, grayness and complete darkness, become a lot easier to see as well as navigate. Meaning what is pleasing to God and what is not. But your love and will “MUST BE”, without question to stay the course set before you. Working diligently to stay in His Grace, which is His help, love and protection. Or rather put, His Charity, Compassion and Love towards you. That is why a true follower of Christ is called a Christian for to be a true Christian you must be faithful and follow Him and His ways. Nothing else will achieve the promises He has told us about. Which are only gained when you “ENDURE UNTIL the END”, in his ways and on His path for your life and those around you.

Faith is something you can not see, you can not touch nor can you taste it, yet you can and will experience it. When and only when you surrender all will to Him and “REPENT” sincerely from your heart to Him. Then you will know without a doubt it is God in your life and not Satan and his manipulators, deceivers and liars. Which is in and of this world you live. Especially your piece of it.

 

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You will begin to recognize that all of His words, even those you don’t want to hear or accept, are TRUE meaning FACT. For Christ is the ONLY way to salvation and entrance into heaven. This FACT is testified by Jesus and reiterated in the remarks of John of Christs own sentiment which is found in the gospel of, (John chapter 6, verse 37 which states), “ All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.“ Now that sure sounds like a promise to me, so how about you? Do you see it that way to? Well lets look at (John chapter 14, verse 6 says), “ Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Again, that sounds like “FACT” to me. That is to say “SPIRITUALITY TANGABLE”. So the question is, is there hope for you? And the answer is YES! But only to those who truly want it and as Christ states, “ And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. (Matthew chapter 10 verse 22). That folks, does not mean once saved, always saved. It means you MUST work at your salvation harder than anything you have ever worked for before and maintain that steadfastness all the way through this life. Not slacking off even for a moment.

 

 

Sounds Challenging

 

 

Yet in reality it is only at first. For once you make it away of life, you get to a point where it is like being on automatic pilot. Yet you will always be a “watchman” of your salvation and make the necessary corrections as needed to stay on His path for your life. Faith as with your Salvation, should never be taken for granted. Even for a moment. For if you do, that is all the time Satan will need to misdirect you in one form or another, then when you realize this, you have to work just that much harder to make up for the ground you were misdirected on to get back to the path and direction which Christ has set out for you. The most wonderful thing is, is that Christ is right there with you helping you to recognize this and make the right course correction to get back in and remain in the good graces of your Heavenly Father.

 

Further more to help you regain that righteousness with God lets look in our bibles again but this time we notice that in (John chapter 6, verse 27), it states, “ Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” Which means, the things of this world. Remember, God knows what you have need of and does provide that for you, if you let Him, or whether you realize it or not.

It is not you alone that achieves what you have, who you are or that which defines you. What you have in this world, what you get or what you want, is 100% by the will of God. God is your provider, not Satan. All you have, need, want and get is do solely on Gods will and plan for your life. Otherwise you aren’t getting anything. He and ONLY He, provides you with the means to get all things. Satan will only give to you what God allows and or what he wants you to have in order to keep you from Gods will and path for your life now and in the eternal life here after.

The thing is, God allows it to be so. Not even Satan can have his way with you unless God allows it. If you doubt what I say or figure what’s the use in trying, then you only have to look as far as the story and book of JOB in the Holy Bible. Here even Satan had to negotiate with God to do to Job what he did. Mind you Satan went back to God several times in order to try to lead Job away from God, and God allowed it to be so.

 

 

 

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Trust me when I say it is an awesome story of true faith and perseverance on the part of Job. So go ahead and read it, then you to will know I speak the truth here. Please I challenge you to try to dispute the things I am telling you and which I refer to here. As another example, look up in the book of (Hebrews chapter 6, verse 15) and see for yourself that it also, reinstated what I am saying in its message and that is “ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” If you make a genuine effort to correct the path your on and change your attitude from ungodliness to Godliness, then you to will have the promises of God the Father always in your life and here after.. It’s not to late, but time is running out and faster than you think or hope for.

 

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Look, I don’t much like preaching “at” people, whether it is needed, wanted or not. It’s not my will I do this and say these things, but rather God in me and His Holy Spirit that is using me as he will you, if you let him. I am strong and bold in Him, not of myself or of my own will but, in He who guides me.

 

 

I mentioned the book of JOB a moment ago and the Holy Spirit put into my heart to give you these next few scripture which comes out of the book of James. (By the way St. James is our Lords flesh and blood brother), so who else but family is better qualified to reach our hearts and minds about the life and examples of Christ but a family member. James states in (James chapter 5, verse 11), in reference to JOB’s story, “ Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

So I tell you again, from one sinner to another, anything other than a full effort, all the time, falls short and that shortness is measured, just as our gains are. It is measured by what you do and do not do that is right and good in the eyes of God. Yet, never will you be out of the heart and love that is God, Christ Jesus and their loving and ever Holy Spirit.

 

 

Read your Holy Bible and you will see the truth for yourself, For the Holy Word of God will endure until the end.

 

 

I have but one final set of scripture I want to leave you with before you and I part for now and that is to give you a warning, A warning of truth and a promise of God and you can find hope in these disparaging words when you need them the most. I say disparaging for the importance and seriousness for which I want you to take it. AND REMEMBER IT!

 

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( Matthew chapter 10, verses 26 through 28), “ 26) Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 27) “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28) And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Folks, let this give you strength when you are down and full of weakness, worthlessness and in total disparity. In verse 29 to 31 it states, “ 29) Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31) Do not fear therefor; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Folks, always remember the latter of this chapter and truly take it to heart and that is in Verses 32 & 33, which states 32) “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33) But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Remember these scriptures and take them to heart and hold tight to the truth reveled in them. For you may go back on your word, your promise but, I guarantee you, God will not! Look folks, these words and so many more have helped me to see the error of my own ways back to His light and His will for my life and Jesus will do the same for you, If and only if, you let Him help you and guide you. It’s not going to be an easy or even smooth ride back on to His path for your life but, it will be the most rewarding thing you will ever do in this world. And that is serve Him who called you out of your own personal desert and disparity of this world and Satan’s darkness and brought you into His light, His path and His ways for your life.

Mind you though, Satan will fight hard to draw you back to his will, yet I know you can beat him even as Jesus did when He was coming out of the desert after His 40 days and nights of fasting and preparation to do the fathers will.

You will never be far from Gods love, help, mercy, grace or answer unless you give up on Him. And even if you give up on Him again and again, He will still love you and provide for your “needs”. Just be aware that there will be that one time that there will be no way back. And that will be when you least expect it and he calls you to stand before Him in judgment.

Remember no one is without sin, including myself. Everyone alive and dead whoever walked and breathed on this planet has fallen short of the glory of God except Christ Jesus, and yet I fell real hard, out of his grace many, many times, and it is those times that now keep me on His path and doing His will, rather than my own. He has never once forsaken me and He will not you either. We all have to work on the things we know are UN-Godly in our lives if we want eternal peace and happiness in the presence of God. So remember why your here on this planet and that is to learn of Him and His ways just as you would anything else in your life. An always let your mistakes guide you to His way and keep you pleasing Him always. For He is your God, and shall not have any other God before Him. So take time to re-read the 10 commandments, Sermon on the Mount, the four Gospels and you will find what it is you truly are looking for. Besides the many wonderful things you will find out about what is in store for you when you seek Him first and figure out what is pleasing unto Him.

Why is it do you think, God gave you another day? Do you think it is so you can be self-centered, self-loathing, demanding, disrespectful, self-destructive and unwilling to obey His authority over your life time with your personal wants, rather than what you need, surly not !

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The Holy Bible is not a book of don’t, but rather, it is instruction for your life can be through obedience to His will, the work and wait will be worth it. Because God would never go back nor will He ever go back on His promises. Christ even told us “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John chapter 14, verse 2). Just remember, you only get it if you endure till the end.

Trust me when I say, if you continue to walk in the edges of Jesus Holy light and disobey God’s Holy Scripture (meaning, word of God), your eternal happiness and wish to be with Him in heaven is not going to be guaranteed. You will find yourself and your soul in major jeopardy. Well your eternal soul will. Which is far worst then you can ever imagine.

Please take very, very seriously the gift of your salvation to heart. Let it and your love for Jesus help you and guide you on your path to His way for your life and eternity.

 

 

For those that suffer with ANY addiction

 

 

Keep in mind it does not define who you are, unless you refuse to change. Recovery from any addiction is tough in it’s self. This you know already. To recover fully from an addiction takes work and perseverance every waking moment of everyday. It is a gift of unconditional Love of God which you except and that allows you back into the fold of His flock. As you achieve sobriety and longevity from what keeps you from the Father, you will realize how precious a gift you have with Him an in Him.

 

 

Here’s a WARNING for you all

 

 

I really mean this, you will not like or want to be one of the goats when He returns. You will however, wish, you were one of His flock of sheep on that day. Yet, it will be too late and you can’t say at that time, you did not know, unless you flatly refuse His word and His will in your life now and forever. Then your fate is sealed, your choice is made and you and only you will have to live with it for eternity.

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(Matthew chapter 25, verses 31 – 46)

 

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31) “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32)All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33) And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34) Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35) for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

 

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36) I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37) “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38) When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39) Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40) And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41) “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42) for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43) I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44) “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45) Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46) And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

 

If you don’t want that to happen for your eternity

 

 

 

Then you must turn your life and will over to Christ and repent an continue to walk with Christ all the days of this life, no matter how hard or tough things get. You can’t loss faith in Him either, for to have faith is to “trust unconditionally” and if you do not trust unconditionally, then you have no faith. Which is to have no respect for Him who gives you all things in this life, even the things He takes away from you is His will. And most likely within His plan for your life here on earth. But that is a whole other sermon in its self.

So please, stay out of the gray light, Stay away from the darkness that the world offers, work hard to change from a selfish way, as well as Pray from your heart, and read (Matthew chapter 6, verse 6), for inspiration. Amongst everything in this world, seek first those things that are pleasing unto God your Father. Take to heart (Mathew chapter 6, verse 33), “ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” So folks, search your heart now and begin to work on returning to do His will in your life. You are not alone.” EVER”, that is to say, when you walk with Christ. But if not, then you just might be alone and suffering for eternity.

Finally I leave you with this personal quote from me, “ Hope and the promises of God are not for a fool and hard-hearted but, rather for the one who repents for their hard-hearted stubbornness and foolishness.”

So with much love and respect to all persons, In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray for you!

 

May Gods watchful eye and will, always be with you and keep you safe from harm and on His path

 

and in His light, FOREVER and EVER. Amen !

Sincerely and as always, IHS and yours,
Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., Th.D., M.R.Php. O.S.A., O.S.P., O.S.B., and the S.O.BB.
Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry, Celtic Cross Ministry and all of its divisions and subdivisions.

Ministry Website:   http://www.celticcrossministry.com

Email Address:   info@celticcrossministry.com

 

 

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Salvation is the most precious commodity…

Folks, to send off 2013 right, I thought I’d share a personal thought with you that I wrote and posted on our Ministry Forum, known as the CCForum. Anyways, as you read this I hope it inspires you to look at the gifts of the Father through His Son our Lord and delivered to you personally every waking moment of your life going forward in a new and exciting way and light for your life. This is a very personal enlightenment and testimony I am sharing with you so I hope as you celebrate the New Year, it will instill in you a greater awareness of the daily love our Savior has for you and what is important to Him and should be for you.

Happy New Year Warriors, I love you one and all and May God bless you for your time in reading this topic and sharing it as well if you do…

Sincerely IHS and yours, Bp. Andrew

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When I think about this topic, I since a bit of confusion. To give you an idea of what I am talking about, I’ll explain it this way.

To me my salvation is the most precious commodity I have, next to my soul.

Think of it this way. You come into the world with nothing except your spirit and body. You will leave this world the same way. Taking care of both and using it according to the way God intended is the specialness that makes up you and your relationship with the one who created you. God our Father. He made you in His image and breathed life into you making you alive. He also gave you the gift of choice and with these gifts we can do most anything. Including abusing these precious gifts, which many in this world just seem to waste away, or rather throw away.

We are placed on this earth for many purposes, like growing up, learning and experiencing all that life has to offer. The good, the bad and even the ugly of it all. What makes us different than all other creatures on earth is our free will. Will to learn of God and not. To accept God or not. And yes, to even love God and his commandments or not.

What gets us into heavens gate is the knowledge and acting on that understand and building on that relationship through faith. Or rather belief / faith, in God the Father, His only begotten Son and their combined and ever Holy Spirit.

Once we understand the meaning of Jesus Christs life and actions for all mankind, one can begin to grow spiritually in the grace and love that one is, with the Holy Trinity. It is not tangible, you can not see, taste or even feel it with your mortal senses but, rather you experience it through your spirit. Your immortal soul. As well as followed up with action, of living and learning all that the Holy Trinity wants you to know and understand and live in this world.

So through the act of His Crucifixion, Christ Jesus gave mortal man an out from an eternity of immortal hardships and persecution. Which is Salvation, your key into heaven and an eternity within the confounds of eternal joy being in the presence of God the Father Jesus Christ His son and all of the Saints and heavenly Angels above.

So now maybe in this basic understanding of Salvation, you can understand why I hold this gift as the most precious of all gifts given me by my Father who art in Heaven.

What say you ? I’d like to know, what you hold dear to with your saving grace.

Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., M.R.Php., O.S.A., O.S.P., O.S.B., O.S.BB.
of Celtic Cross Ministry…

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A Review Of “The Case For Christ” By Lee Strobel

In the field of apologetics, leadership is often taken by scholars in the discipline of philosophy as such academics are often inclined to point out the inconsistencies of various belief systems and the rational superiority of the Christian faith. While such efforts will always be at the forefront of worldview analysis, experts in the fields of history, journalism, and law more oriented towards concrete fact than theoretical reflection also have an essential role to play in defending the Christian faith and in presenting a reason for the hope that lies within the believer.

One such work exemplifying this approach that is both comprehensible to the average reader yet filled with informative detail for those of a more academic bent is The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. Himself a former skeptic, The Case For Christ recreates Strobel’s spiritual journey where this Chicago Tribune reporter turned his journalist’s eye and trained his legal mind towards the fundamental claims regarding Jesus Christ.

Strobel recreates this process by interviewing the foremost Christian experts in the fields of ancient history, Biblical studies, and even medicine and psychology. To some, this approach no doubt reeks of a detached tedium for which many professors are infamous; however, Strobel imbues this quest with both intrigue and a touch of humanity.

Strobel assures those reluctant to commence an in depth theological inquiry that such an investigation can be exciting and does not require any esoteric mental abilities beyond the commonsense used to operate in normal everyday life. Strobel accomplishes this by beginning each chapter with an anecdote drawn from his own life.

For example, in the chapter examining the eyewitnesses for Christ, Strobel opens with the story of a teenager on a respirator, paralyzed from the neck down by a robber’s bullet, who testified to the judge and jury assembled in his hospital room of the deed done to him (48). The victim died eighteen days later.

Many of the experts interviewed by Strobel themselves have their own engaging backgrounds that the reader will find both interesting and assuring to readers that these imposing intellects are not all that different than the rest of us. For example, Lewis Lapides, interviewed as an expert on the Messiahship of Jesus, went from being born into a Jewish family, into a skeptical phase surrounded by a dope-induced haze, to embracing Christ as his savior. Particularly touching was how the Resurrection was more than an academic truth to historian Gary Habermas but rather a source of existential comfort getting him through the loss of his wife to cancer.

It is through this witty give and take that Strobel lays out the evidence of the case for Christ. Though the entire book should be read, the conclusion does an excellent job of summarizing Strobel’s main points.

Strobel comes to the following conclusions. The biographies of Jesus stand up to scrutiny as reliable history as they were not countered as being inaccurate and have been reliably preserved in that the number of manuscripts indicate 99.5% accuracy of the text (350). Furthermore, evidence regarding the existence of Christ can be found outside the Gospels such as the mention of Jesus in Josephus and archaeology confirms that the Bible is accurate in numerous small details, thus increasing the credibility of its claims in more complex matters. Strobel then proceeds from these brick and mortar issues to address the more profound theological matters such as whether Jesus was insane to claim He was the Son of God and an examination of the various alternatives to the Resurrection such as the swoon theory that fall short of both logic and evidence.

As an introductory text, The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel is bound to become an apologetic classic as it succinctly addresses the fundamental issues of the Christian faith in an engaging manner that will stimulate reflection among believers and the spiritually curious alike.

By Brother F.B. Meekins

Coming Out & Called Out…

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Christian Warriors and Not… I am posting a conversation that took place today on the subject of “COMING OUT” and it was started by a fellow man of the cloth Archbishop George Booty. I merely address support for his comment and then I was “CALLED OUT” by another man of the cloth, Br. Barry Frier who claims to be a “Gay Clergy”.

What follows is the banter back and forth between him and I. So without hate, without screaming, without getting overly carnal, I am posting this conversation to show why mankind needs to Reverence, Fear and Love God and not personal will.

Remember folks, we are in the end of times and at this moment, as far as I am concerned, every man, woman and child’s soul and eternal life is at stake. Trust me when I say that the stakes have never been higher. Satan is the master of deception and manipulation and will without a doubt, win billions of souls, unless we take very seriously the tactic’s and the deception that Satan uses to twist the minds and heart of man, from God. Which is to a point of no return.

If I’ve said it once, then I have said it a hundred times and that is I don’t care about your feels in the same way that mankind does, what I care most about is your eternal salvation and how fragile it is. It bothers me a great deal to see and know that most of the world’s population doesn’t even recognize that their eternal salvation is not only at stake but that it is the one most precious gift God gave to man, next to giving us His only begotten son Jesus Christ, for the redemption of our sins.

Did Christ die in vain for you? Surely not. Are you once saved always saved? Again, surely not. So why gamble on your eternal soul even making it into heaven and forcing your self-will and self-gratification on those people who love and fear God and work everyday to preserve and protect this precious gift.

It is what I want for you, them and all mankind. My personal “carnal” philosophy is to not let the Devil win, by any and all means possible. We are called to fight him at every occurrence wherever we find him. Recognizing what is of him and not as we come into contact with him or his demons and trust me when I say, that Satan knows the Holy Scriptures far better then the most learned theologian on the planet. Yet we can win this battle for mankind’s eternal soul, for the Holy Scripture sates, that if God before us, then who can be against us. God with us, and God in us.

So read this conversation and then, come and stand with me on the side of Gods Holy Will for yourself and everyone in the world. Even if that piece of the world is only where you are and those that you come into contact with.

Sincerely, IHS and yours, whether you like it or not ! Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley

 

So much in the news about coming out! I am coming out today… Here it is… I am coming out first as ‘Christian’ a follower of Jesus Christ who is my Savior… and then I am coming out as an ‘Englishman’ and proud of it…
I am coming out for many things for myself… I am coming out as a Heterosexual and very happy to be one… without condemnation of Gay people…
I no longer wish to follow public opinion so I am coming out as a person who is more concerned with Godly wisdom rather than the modern trend of politically correct nonsense, where common sense and Godly values are lost to the downgrade of the consensus of public opinion, which is often leaderless, confused and depraved.
I am fed up with living in a time when there is so much that is destroying families and marriage as an institution so I am coming out for Marriage and remarriage too where appropriate. I don’t care who you want to marry, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. It is to every man’s conscience before God to decide what they wish to do..
And now having celebrated my Savior’s day… I am coming out as a person who is a Lover of God and my religion is to be simply a follower of JESUS. Amen. I am coming out today against anything that sets itself up against God in Jesus. . Christ His only Son. I am coming out as a Convergence Minister believing that we are one body in Christ. There are many things I wish to come out about and I will continue to do so in this coming New Year. Bless you all. ~ +++George.

 

  • SeniorBishop Primus Andrew Manley Amen Br. Booty, I to came out sometime ago and have drawn the proverbial line in the sand and stand solely on our Lords Holy and Divine word and teachings. It’s time we members of clergy make known with out question where we stand on the Holy and Loving word of God. What say you ?

 

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Barry Frier While I agree with somethings that are put, I also feel that saying your “coming out” is something that has of lately been made to be a negative thing. Why do you feel you have to “come out” as a Christian etc…… its clear to most if not all who you are, but the mere thing of being a Bishop, Priest Deacon within the church. I personally never came out as a Christian or a priest or anything else which you have put in your message. The only “coming out” I did was as a gay person and this was for the reason that I believe I had to be honest not just with myself but with family and friends and people around me. So I would ask you Why the words “coming out”

 

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SeniorBishop Primus Andrew Manley For me, it is more about be honest with the word of God and the drawn line and not crossing it except to reach over and help someone to come to Christ. In other words I don’t give a hand out, but rather a hand up to sinners, of which I am the Master Chief. However, I do have a question for you and an honest answer is what I would like as I just gave you mine to your question. That is do you selectively preach the Holy Scriptures or do you preach the whole truth and reflect His ways and examples in your personal and private life as the light on the table ? Meaning, live as the Holy Word of God say’s in all facets of your life. Or do as the word of God say’s and do as I do, attitude. Just curious. You say you are “gay” and that is your choice. However, I have to ask why you do not fear God but rather live what He is against? Like I said, I’m curious, I’m not trying to argue or pick a fight. But merely trying to understand and put into perspective what you preach and how you justify it in the Holy Eyes of God’s Word. Thanks, in advance for your answer. Sincerely IHS and yours, Bp. Andrew

 

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Barry Frier Thank you for your answer, while I follow the word of God, I also understand it in my own life, if I’m to be judged then God will do this. If I’m tone condemned then God will do it, if in people’s eyes I and others like me are an abomination as it says in Leviticus then God will tell me when we meet face to face. Being Gay is not a choice I have always been this way, I’ve never found the opposite sex, sexual attractive but I do say they are beautiful, if a gay people are wrong in Gods eyes why does he call us to be ministers of his gospel?

 

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SeniorBishop Primus Andrew Manley So you preach the Holy and Divine word of God selectively and or manipulate His Holy Word to fit your life style. Well that is not what the Apostles, Christ or God teach for folks to follow. Secondly and to answer your question ” if a gay people are wrong in Gods eyes why does he call us to be ministers of his gospel ?” In my opinion and understanding of the Holy Scripture, I’m not so sure He did call those who flatly refuse to accept His ways and Holy Word for their life. Granted, all sin can and will be forgiven except the one who blasphemies the Holy Spirit, which includes the Father and the Son for whom all are one in the Holy Spirit. However, even Christ Himself says “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18., verse 6… So like I said, I’m not sure who called you to deify His ideals of what is right and wrong. As for me and my house, they will know the whole word and nothing but the word of God. Don’t get me wrong, I love all people’s from all walks of life, but it is my calling to help them to recognize their sinful nature, and repent and live His truth not mans, opinion. I guess we agree to disagree. No wonder there are over 34,000 plus and growing interpretations of the Holy Bible. I’m reminded of the book Revelation 22, verse 18 & 19, which states : 18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” … As I see it and understand it, it is the entire Holy Bible, every book that Christ is speaking of, not just Revelation’s… I’m not judging you for if I were, I would not quote Scripture. I speak from the heart and the fact that God resides in me and I in Him. There is no room for carnal thinking anymore. If it does creep into my heart and mind, then I immediately upon recognizing it as sin, I purge myself through humility and prayerful meditation and reflection asking God to help me over come that which is by His definition an abomination to Him and sanctify and strengthen me to resolve this from me so that I do not cause someone else to sin and fall away from His will, deigning my own selflessness. To the point of in His words again, being in the world but are no longer part of it… Again, No disrespect, but I shall pray for you and others and even offer my hand to help you up out of your self-centered sinful nature of personal choice… Humbly your friend, Bp. Andrew

 

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Barry Frier Regarding preaching, I preach on what God puts in my heart, I’m happy that this whole thing was brought up, I don’t come to change people’s minds on the whole subject of coming out or on the subject of being LGBT, I see it as an education. Not just on my side but I think that both parties can educate each other and we can all can understand each part. Hate the Sin but Love the Sinner and maybe we all can help build the Kingdom of God

 

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SeniorBishop Primus Andrew Manley I guess you did not read what I just stated, but then that is your choice. Blessings upon you and in abundance…

 

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Barry Frier No I just read it and please I don’t need your prayers, and don’t ever preach at me, I’ve been in ministry for 13 years and have started 5 successful churches and one in which I’m still the senior pastor. On the subject of the apostles please when the universal life church have the sacred apostolic lines back to Christ himself then you can start by all means and preach at me. I don’t need or want your prayers or blessing. And yes I’m angry.

 

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SeniorBishop Primus Andrew Manley Not very Christ like is it. Just trying to have an open and honest conversation which you started with a question. Also, I’ve been ministering since 1986, and was raised as an orphan in a Convent of Franciscan Sisters since 1965. So don’t think for a moment that I’m worried about your feelings, because I’m not. Your right as for we will all stand in judgement before God however, Christ and the Church taught me that we are to judge “righteously”, Mathew 7, verses 1 – 5 : “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye… So I will judge according to the Holy Word of God. I hold no malice, no anger, no frustration, no condemnation towards you or anyone for that mater, for we all have fallen short of the Glory of God the Father. So no matter what you say, think or feel I will always lift you and all of the Lords called up in prayer. For I am an exult-er of prayer for all people. I care for all mankind’s souls, and I care very much about yours and all that feel the way you do. The condemnation you are feeling is God trying to get through to you. It truly is the only reason I can see why your taking my remarks so personal. There just facts. No mater what though, I do wish you a very blessed and very Happy New Year… Sincerely caring and worried for all mankind’s souls, I will fight and endure until the end for all……

Bp. Andrew

 

Here is a topic from our Ministry Forum…

Contribute your thoughts on Today’s lawlessness…

Presented by: Sister Wendy Eriksson, O.S.B., O.S.J.A., O.S.BB.

Hello everyone,

I have recently had a few situations come up which have caused me to ponder long and hard on the treatment and punishment of today’s criminals.

To illustrate, here is one such incident which happened only yesterday.

For those of you who don’t yet know, I am an avid horse rider, and I keep 6 horses agisted on about 45-50 acres. My family and I are well acquainted with the actual owners of the property, and they have other horses agisted on their ajoining acreage. The owners live in a house on the property which is up on an elevated rise, so they have clear views of all their property.

Yesterday, as I am in the daily habit of doing, I went up to ride one of my boys. I didn’t feel like an argument with my stronger-willed horses, so I chose my quietest Thoroughbred. I have owned him for 6 years and have ridden hundreds and hundreds of miles on him over that time. When I haltered him yesterday, he immediately began to display aggressive and VERY uncharacteristic behaviour toward me. Bear in mind that he is my “go to” horse if I am at events or out riding on roads etc.

I was shocked to say the least, but I don’t let horses get the better of me, so I groomed and tacked him up anyway. I no sooner had my foot in the stirrup and he started. First he moved off before I gave him the ok. This quickly escalated to rearing and some mild bucking. I dismounted, checked my tack – all good. I was at a loss. After some thought I decided the most prudent course of action was to untack him and go home to “count to 5″ and regain some composure. I needed to figure this out.

In the meanwhile, the property owner had called my mother to say her neighbors had reported seeing a four wheel drive enter my paddocks earlier in the day, and they were towing a boat. They were seen putting the boat into the dam and spent an hour or so in the boat, and, to my horror, also chasing my horses in their car.

That explains Ranger’s disgusting behavior. He was frightened, and being a Thoroughbred he takes quite a bit to calm down after he’s been scared.

So here I am today buying padlocks to padlock 7 gates…..quite an expensive exercise.

What sort of people are so blatantly in disregard of the law, that they would brazenly trespass onto private property in broad daylight and in full view of passing traffic and neighboring houses?

A lady who works at the Pharmacy nearby to me told me this morning that she had thwarted a man in a four wheel drive who had entered her property while SHE WAS CLEARLY AT HOME, and was in the process of hitching her jet ski and trailer to his car. When she approached him and asked him in no uncertain terms what he thought he was doing, he actually said to her, “This is mine”. I won’t repeat what her answer was to that on a public forum. He was obviously not used to country women and took off – minus jet ski – in short order, lol.

Is this what we have become as a society? Are we so soft on criminals, so duplicitous when it comes to ‘truth in sentencing’, that we have created a species of thief (and the Lord knows what else) that has NO REGARD for consequences or the Law? Is this what an explosion of ‘do-gooding’ has generated over the past 30 years or so? And how do we feel, as Christians about things like “reforming the criminal” – is there in fact any such thing for those other than petty crooks?

This line of thought led me to tossing around questions about worse criminals, in fact serial killers. I personally believe these people are demonically possessed, literally. Whether you agree with that theory or not, can beings like this be reformed? Should we lock them up and use tax payers money to keep them? Should they be executed?

These are big questions generated from a relatively minor few incidents, but the point is, do we as a society need to bring in tougher sentencing starting from more minor crimes upward?

It is of great concern to me that people have become so sure of their “rights” that they are willing to brazenly step on the rights of others. Is this ultimately a sign of a world that has turned it’s back on God, removed religious instructions from schools (most any religion teaches that stealing etc is wrong), and created and promoted extraordinary rights for children and adults which almost override the Laws of the Lands???

Had my horse been any other, he could well have gone rodeo completely and I may have been injured or killed. Not so minor then.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and musings on these questions. Please don’t be shy, put in your 2c worth!! Very Happy

Oh, I did ride Ranger again very late yesterday afternoon, and thankfully, he was back to normal. Needless to say, I have prayed over the land and all my horses, and the others, for God’s protection.

Regards and Blessings,
IHS and yours,
Sister Wendy Eriksson, O.S.B., O.S.J.A., O.S.BB.
Convent of Joan of Arc,
Diocese of Queensland, Australia.

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HERE IS MY PERSONAL RESPONSE TO THE TOPIC…

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Crime and Punishment…

Dear Sister in Christ Wendy, Your comment here is very well thought out and composed. You bring up several good points. Though I do not know how liberal or not your laws are down under, I can say that you are not alone in your thinking. We here in the United States deal with issues like you speak of and worse, more than you think.

I thank God that some states still enforce the “death penalty” for the most harden criminal. However, the liberal mind set is beginning to crumble, so to speak. As the monetary cost continues to rise in order to house and “rehabilitate” the criminal at all levels, it is becoming a growing concern as to the financial cost to the good citizens to maintain the system at a level that is more then lenient with most all offenders.

I myself believe in “corporal punishment”. That is through public humiliation. Once a petty offender is made to stand in the town center in a stockade wearing a notice of their offense, chances are they will never do it again. Then and only then in a three strikes sentencing program should the tax payer be burdened. Even then, the offender will be required to do continual community service during and after the time served, until every penny is paid back.

But that is my opinion. However, what God say’s the punishments should be for offenses of varying degree, is far more stringent then what even I am proposing. I firmly believe that the punishment should fit the crime. Once folks realize what the punishment is, then and only then will they think twice. That is if they are somewhat normal upstanding citizens to begin with.

But no matter what, discipline begins in the home and bringing God, Christ and the Holy Word back to the center of the family unit will be the only way to curve the situation. At least until the liberal mindset has had enough of the way things are. Or it directly effects them in an emotional, physical or financial way. Nothing is going to change, but only get worse.

I’ll keep praying for you and your neighbors and hope that vigilance will prevail. We are all “WATCHMEN”, in more ways then one…

Sincerely IHS and yours, Bp. Andrew
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