Thy Holy Writ

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Thy Holy Writ
Matthew chapter 2, verses 17 & 18 (NKJV)

17) Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18) “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”

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Many times folks as you may know, life doesn’t always have a happy ending as we have witnessed first hand this past week here in the Cleveland, Ohio area. However, no matter what comes one’s way, we always have an opportunity to minister, and bear fruit for the kingdom of God.

Be it in celebration or in mourning. God always has a reason and a testimonial for someone to experience. Christ said, that there is no greater gift that one can give than to lay down their life for another. Well we can’t always be the one to give such a gift to someone in need. Yet we can sacrifice apart of our life by giving of our time, our energy, our personal testimonial to help someone to get through the tough times.

I see to often how folks get neglected and it seems that no one cares about the person next door, or the stranger down the street. Face it, were all to busy doing stuff and there never seems to be enough time in the day anyhow. Thing is God knows this already and he keeps giving us another day to get involved, right?

So don’t forget that we are to do all things in our life to please Who? Ourselves? No, your right, but rather, God the Father. We also have been taught that works alone will not get us into heaven but think on this for a while, will you?

If we do good works for someone in need and set out, doing it to please God, don’t we give a blessing to them and to ourselves by helping them get over a tough time? Don’t you think that is pleasing to the Father? Of course it is, your right again. Well then, if this is all true then are you not laying down a portion of your life (even if it is of your personal time)? Of course you are and God is taking notice of that unselfish act. Laying it down out of love for the Father and the person or persons you give of yourself to. Wow, what a wonderful gift to give someone you don’t even know. Wow.

Remember, it is time you can not get back, and isn’t that sorta like laying down your life for another. Again, of course it is. It is all about prospective and love. Love for the right reason is never a bad reason to love. Doing the right thing in the eyes of God and doing it for Him, is never a bad thing either. Yet being selfish and self-centered and even self-absorbed, is a bad thing.

Karma does work both ways and so does Gods love, both ways that is. Be it receiving or giving. Besides wasn’t it He, that lead you to do what it is you are going to do for that other person? Yes, right again.

So, see you are a blessing and you do have something to give and there are many, many countless ways one can help someone in need. Especially when it is done out of love. Be it spiritual or carnal. Just make sure your heart is in the right place and you will never be wrong if you do it for and out of love and nothing else.

Make sure though you do not ask for anything back in return unless it is, to pay it forward.

Have a blessed day folks and enjoy putting a smile on someones face and thank God for the opportunity to do so and the testimony you’ll have to share later on for doing it.

Sincerely your servant in Christ Jesus,

Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.A., O.S.P.

http://www.celticcrossministry.com

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One of Seven Holy Sacraments…

The Seven Sacraments
Honored and held in Reverence
by this ministry and our church affiliations of
The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry, The Evangelical Church of the Celtic Cross, The Old Universal Church of the Celtic Cross and
The Independent Catholic Church of the Celtic Cross

By Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., Th.D., M.R.Php., B.D.,    O.S.A., O.S.P., O.S.B., S.O.BB.

The Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Penance or known as Penitents

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist also known as Communion

The Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Matrimony which is Marriage

The Sacrament of Holy Orders other wise known as Ordination

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

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They are to be classified as an outward sign given and instituted by Christ as examples of giving grace. Jesus Christ is the sacrament. For he gave his life to save mankind. He and His gift to the world was an outward symbol of his love, grace, mercy, humility and humanity to the generations of mankind. It is fitting and proper that we continue to pass on through the generations these examples which are the foundation of all Christian Faith. It is Christ that intercedes with the giving of the sacraments which allows His grace to continually effluence mankind.

In the days of Pentecost, Christ sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles so to help them to govern over the flock as He did. He was and still is today the good shepherd and as a good shepherd watches over and still tends to His chosen through the means of the Holy Sacraments.

In the Gospel of John, chapter 17, verses 18, 20 & 21 is quoted as “ As the Father has sent me, even so I send you”. Christ is the head of all Christian faith and churches. This is reaffirmed through the scriptures of the book of Colossians, chapter 1, verse 18 which states that, Jesus is the head of his body the church. So that makes the church itself a sacrament, instituted by Christ to give grace to all Peoples.

These sacraments are the holy examples given to the body of His church so to aid one to lead a good life in this world and help save mankind by giving us all the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus put forth and instituted the sacraments as part of the Liturgical of early Christendom and are now tradition to be passed on for all future generations. We celebrate in the mysteries of Christ’ life. Through His sacrifice on the cross, in His dyeing and through His resurrection. The word Sacrament is derived from the Greek word for mystery and was translated in the Latin to be sacramentum, now in the English translation to be sacrament.

The following forgoing are exemplified in reference to Ephesians, chapter 1, verse 19, also chapter 3, verse 9 as well as in Colossians, chapter 1, verse 27. With the grace of salvation given to mankind by Christ’s Crucifixion are now formally expressed through the giving of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Communion, Penitent’s the Anointing of the Sick and Dyeing along with the granting of Ordination or as some call it, Holy Orders and Marriage. Keep in mind that the word Sacrament still means and is called the Mysteries of faith in tens of thousands of Christian Churches around the globe even today.

Many Christian Churches recognize these seven sacraments and hold steadfast on their inherent value or rather importance to what the early Christian leaders felt was to unify all followers of Christ’ and the Apostolic teachings. Think of it this way, if we were to break down the sacraments into say three distinct categories their inherent value can be understood in better relation as to why they are so important to all Christians. One, the initiation. The Initiations are the Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. Two, restorative or rather restore. The Restorative attributes are the sacraments of Penance as well as the Anointing of the Sick. I say restorative because both offer one healing and a renewal in life and even after life. That leaves us with two more and they are classified to some as inherent vocation. Which means that they are life altering in that they both unite two into one meaning to unify or join together unto the Holy Trinity. The are the vocation of Ordination / Holy Orders and Matrimony / Marriage.

This last one mentioned, Marriage is no less sacred as that of any other one of the six sacraments. It is for this reason and backed by the Holy Word of God, that marriage is and always will be, between a man and a woman. No other union is acceptable to the Holy Trinity and sacred values passed down to mankind through Christ, Himself. He made it what it is. Mankind has no right to perverse this sacred sacrament. No matter what man sanctions as rule in the land. God rules of the Church and the sanctity of these sacraments. Especially the sacrament of marriage.

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The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination are given but once. Once for they are sufficient as a seal upon one’s soul as affirmed in the following scriptures. 2nd Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 21 & 22, Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 30 and the book of Revelations offer us a firm relation to it as a permanent seal in chapter 7, verse 3. There by making each sacrament an individual link to an external showing of public and even privet ritual or rite such as in a rite of passage, which it is. The symbolization of water used in baptism becomes a physical sensation that is felt by the element itself. By purifying and or cleansing ones person of past iniquities. It offers a renewed spiritual enlightenment of being “born again” pure and without sin.

This is essential for all persons of any era. Meaning the Past, Present and even Future. Every act of any of the sacraments offers a special ecclesiastical understanding and acceptance on the individual going through the ritual. It therefore becomes, the key which unlocks the proverbial closed heart and mind of mankind and opens it to the deity known as the Heavenly Father. It is the very basis of a foundation which builds on faith, communication and trust between man and the Holy Trinity.

It is no longer that man is alone in this world, but rather that through these rituals, one can begin to grow and see the world for what it really is and with a newness that only the grace of God on that person can give and even experience. It becomes for that person a form of continued growth in spirit and enabling them to begin to finally transform and unlock and let free, the true heart and soul that is unique to a lasting relationship between man and God.

The word baptism from the Greek means to immerse, dip or plunge. If the individual is an infant or adult it is customary to anoint them with Holy Oil. The Holy Oil is called the oil of catechumens. And so to give you a little better understanding of this I refer to the reference of Wikipedia which states that, the “oil of catechumens is to help strengthen the person about to be baptized, and prepare them for the struggle (ascesis) of the Christian life”. And that it “is the ointment of those preparing for baptism. It wards off what is evil. It brings wisdom and strength.” It also is to be blessed by a Bishop during the Holy Week and given to each congregation by the minister or priest. It is primarily used during baptism, and any occasion which requires a sanctified blessing. Such as with the other sacraments.

Allow me to also note here for further clarification, on the tradition of the baptismal rite. The ritual is usually witnessed by the parents, godparents, or individual making the profession of faith. The importance of the parents being present is to offer them an opportunity to reaffirm not only themselves of their own baptism but rather to solidify that they promise to bring the child up in the Christian way of life and guiding them along the path of life aiding the child to grow spiritually and firmly grounded in the Christian doctrine of the Holy Word of God. Not mankind and its many denominations. Though there is a place for all Christian denominations and non-denominations as long as what they teach is the true Holy word of God and not conjecture of theology or philosophy.

The presence of the “God Parent is to affirm that if, something untimely were to happen to the parents, that there will be another member of the Christian family (ie; fellow brother or sister in Christ, be they blood or not) that is trusted and respected by the parents and the church to step in if necessary and continue to raise the child within the organization and instruction of the body of Christ.

The traditional ritual of the baptism consists of a duly appointed and ordained minister immersing the baby or individual in water or by pouring water on their head, while saying “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Then the baby or elder individual is anointed with the blessed chrism oil.

The sacrament of baptism is the basis of the whole Christian experience. The very foundation if you will. It is a requirement and completely necessary for the saving grace of God to take place in one’s life. I refer to the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 5, which conveys that the person is a new in Christianity and is but a child no matter what age one takes the sacrament and then becomes by doing so, a child of God. Belong to Him and His family, for eternity.

I have to make mention here a note as to how special the rite of baptism truly is. In order to come to this phase of commitment with your spiritual newness, you must first be sent to Christ and accept all that He is and then you have to be accepted by Him (Christ Jesus), to warrant the calling to be baptized. For no one can go to Jesus unless the Father sends them and no one can come unto the Father unless Christ send them. That alone shows how special any individual (infant or adult) is to the Holy Trinity.

Also, before someones says, well the infant didn’t have a choice to accept what baptism is or even means and that it is not right to force it upon them. Wrong ! God and Christ with the Holy Spirit touched the parents and Godparents as well as the Church leaders. They, meaning the Holy Trinity and those called upon by them, had them ( the parents and godparents) bring forth the child and  given the sacrament. Remember, No One, means NO ONE, comes unto them, God or Christ unless they themselves invite you (infant or not) and then they send their loving and graciously merciful, Holy Spirit upon all of them and cause them to act and carry through with the ritual and rite of baptism on behalf of the said infant or child.

Well, for now I will leave you with these thoughts and over time I will write about the other six sacraments in detail as the Holy Trinity touches my heart to do so. However, for now this is enough meat for you to digest (so to speak). Until next time, may the love of God be with you and the calling of Jesus Christ upon your life lead you straight to Heavens gate and may it be opened unto you upon your arrival. In Jesus’ Holy and Blessed Name. I pray for you. Amen

God bless you always, sincerely your servant in Christ Jesus,
Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.A., O.S.P., O.S.B., O.S.MM.
Founder of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and the Evangelical Church of the Celtic Cross, Old Universal Church of the Celtic Cross and the Independent Catholic Church of the Celtic Cross
03/2013

Time , is it really on your side?

Is time on your side, or do you wish you had more time? Listen to this message and find out what time can do for you. It truly is worth your time. So go ahead and click the link below or copy and paste it into your browser if you must and find out what time is all about…

Sincerely yours in Christ time,
Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.A., O.S.P.

The Christian Warrior Network  &  Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross

http://www.spreaker.com/user/ulccc_icci/coffee_and_the_good_book_10_11_12

Time for a change. As heard from those in the know.

It is time for a change. A change for Life. A change for Justice. A change for those that can NOT speak for themselves. A change to do that which, we know is right in the sight of God and mankind. A change that is fair, balanced but for the right reasons NOT for self centered reasons. It is time for a change and the time is now.

Mankind makes bad decisions everyday without having a legal right to do so. Why than just give them a free pass to make one whenever they feel like it? That’s what we will be doing if we don’t take the time to stand up for those that can’t make a real choice if their lives depended on it. Those people that would rather listen to a friend, or worse yet not try to see what options are available to them, other than taking an innocent life.

No change today, no change tomorrow, no change next week, no change next month. No change in this election, will mean millions of innocent lives will have no choice of their own. No choice to speak for themselves. There is no time like the present and mostly, there is no time to waist.

So I ask you, how much time do you need to do what is right for future generations of your own bloodline. Yes, your human immortality will be at jeopardy. Is that your will? Is that what you want for your children and grandchildren? Your great grandchildren? Even your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren? I used 14 great grand children because that is the number in the genealogy of life from the beginning to the birth of Jesus Christ himself.

Just think what the world would be like, if someone in His genealogy had had an abortion anywhere along the line. Isn’t it time to be a real man, a real woman that has love for life and not free will to take life. Yes there is a choice and Jesus is waiting to see what choice you will make.

Would you condone murder by looking the other way? What if it was a member of your family that was murdered and a friend saw the whole thing happen and decided NOT to get involved. How would that make you feel. We see it most everyday play out in other peoples lives but it yet has hit close to home for many of us. Many of us to even care, that is.

Should that stop you from feeling sorrow for those that have lost their lives? We’ll whats the difference than of having the right to have an abortion, just because you don’t want the child? The bible states – Thou shall not kill but what is abortion then if not killing?

The answers are in you, and the question is, isn’t it time for you to do something about it. It’s not just a Christian issue, it is an issue about where humanity with be 25 or 50 years from now. That is if you don’t take the time to do what you know is right. Just remember what might be right for one person, may not be right for all persons. Weather it is their right or not…

Jane Roe’s prolife commercial

Reversing Roe: The Norma McCorvey Story

Former Planned Parenthood Leader Abby Johnson on Life Unplanned

Planned Parenthood Abortion Sting!?!

Bishop  Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.P.

You don’t say !

Warriors, you just never know what someone has done in their life unless they decide to share it or someone else walked with them when they did it. So never sell your self short. You have done something memorable with the gifts the Father gave you. So don’t ever say you can’t for there is no such thing as can’t, there is only won’t. And that is always a sad day… Be blessed everyone, I know I am, just for knowing you…

Serving you and our God.

Bp. Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.P.

Power Outage and Stuff !

 

 

GM warriors, what a way to start the day. A power outage. Only lasted about an hour and a half, but still got everyone’s attention. This is not anything like 10’s of thousands of folks are having to deal with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those that have lost so much and find themselves having to start over from scratch.

 

Well let me try and lift your spirits, we all have heard that better day’s are coming. And I’m sure they are however, their not here now. Have no fear for your Father in heaven knows what you need and with your faith, he will provide you with all that you need. Nothing more and nothing less. That doesn’t mean that you just sit back on your laurels and do nothing. If you listen and talk to Him, (meaning pray), he will hear you. He knows you are suffering. But worry not for I want you to open your Holy Bible to Matthew, Chapter 10 verses 29 – 31. And I want you to meditate on those three verses as you pray and talk to your Father.

 

You are very special to Him and worth a heck of a lot more than two sparrows. So if they neither scatter or harvest what they need and the Father supply’s them with all they need to survive, how can you not believe that God will not take care of you. You are committed to Him aren’t you? Well true is the fact that it is not going to be handed to you and sometimes we have to humble ourselves before Him as well as mankind, in order to get what we need.

 

A sparrow has to leave the nest to find food and drink. And so must you. This is not the time to give up and or even have a pity party for yourself. Here’s what you need to remember. If you had much and lost everything than you were and are blessed. And, if you had just a few things and lost those, you to are blessed. Keep in mind that you are a Christian first and for most. That long suffering is just part of be that commitment to God.

 

He said to us that, he that has a lot will be given more and he who has little, it will be taken from him. Granted it may not make a lot of since when you are the walking example of these quotes. Yet, are you truly committed to serving God as He is at serving you?

 

Two things and I’ll end this little pep-talk, one, you being a professed Christian, are not “of this world”, yes, you live in it as we all do, but what does that count for? Nothing! We are only here temporarily and you can’t take anything with you to the grave, except for what God gave you. That being your soul. It is the most valuable thing you have in your possession. More so even over people, loved ones or things. So what if you lost material things. Things can be replaced but memories can not be taken from you.

 

That means the good ones as well as the bad ones. So you may not be able to take that once in a life time vacation or leave your children a little better off than you had it. Who cares? Although if you do care more so for those things than you need to re-evaluate your priorities. I say this not to sound mean. By no means, do I say it that way. I’m referring back to Matthew, Ch. 10, verses 29 – 31.

 

If God allowed you to loss everything you owned materially in this world and you find yourself having to start over, than you should rejoice. For God will and I mean that, “WILL”, give you everything you need. As for the children or whom ever you planed to leave your things to. God figures that they don’t need it because it is He that will give them including your loved ones, everything that they will ever need.

 

So have faith in God. He knows what you have lost but, He just wanted you to realize that He is still around, just for you. So go ahead and call yourself by an new definition and that being of the prodigal son or even daughter, which has come home, He will provide for you what you need and if there is something in this world that you want, but don’t really need, than go and get it yourself. You may realize that He even loves you that much, that He has also given you something that you want. Pretty cool. God is an awesome provider except all and be glad, knowing you are worth more than many sparrows.

 

Sincerely yours in service to the kingdom of God,

Bp. Andrew…

Just an UPDATE… NEW, CCTV…

Blessings to you today and every day. I just want to take a moment and give you an opportunity to understand what God wants of you. The Holy Bible is not a book of do not, but rather a book of does for your life, so that you will have more of it, abundantly. This ministry of the Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross, only wants to help you to have a better quality of life. And also to show you a positive direction for your path through it.

In this past month we started an out reach program through the YouTube web site. We call it ” CCTV “, and no it is not closed circuit television, but rather Celtic Cross TV. In setting up this media program it is brought to you from the heart. No it is not a truly professional production. Rather it is me and all of my imperfectness being straight forward with you and trying to help you to look at your life through a different set of eyes, so to speak.

At this moment there are 22 different types of video productions for you to watch and listen to. There are several different themes that have been done so that you may find one more to your liking than another or even all to your liking. And yes maybe even none as well.

What is on this website is an experience that we hope will help you to grow and even encourage you to do more with your life, instead of less. For life is a gift and it should never be wasted.

Anyways, here is the link to the CCTV broadcasts, we hope you enjoy them and keep checking back to see what is new. ( http://www.youtube.com/1celticcrossministry )…

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION THAN PLEASE ASK. YOU CAN CONTACT ME HERE ON MY OPERA OR EMAIL ME AT,
http://www.2010cwn@gmail.com with your comment or concern. Outside of this short message of encouragement, I wish you a truly blessed day, everyday…

Sincerely yours in the service of Christ our Lord,
Bishop Andrew….

Why, Easter?

I thought this important enough to repost it from an article from our main ULCworld hq., news paper. Many folks may have forgotten the real reason why we celebrate the Easter Holy Day…. So here is a little reminder of why.

Easter Means Eternal Life

A perfect God demands a perfect justice;
He cannot let us get away with sin.
We used God’s gift of our free will to trespass,
So heaven’s gates were closed; we couldn’t get in.

Our sin required our blood, a sacrifice,
To atone for all the wrongs that we had done.
“But I love them!” cried our Father, filled with sorrow;
“I’ll send my only Son to be the one.”

Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus,
The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice.
He took our guilt and blame upon Himself,
So we could be with Him in paradise.

On Easter morning, he came back from death;
He vanished from the tomb, the empty grave.
His resurrection means eternal life
For us, the ones he came to earth to save.

This summarizes all the Easter story
And because of it, we’ll be with Him in glory.

By Joanna Fuchs