“Thy Holy Writ”

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Colossians chapter 3, verses 1 – 7 (NKJV)

1) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3) For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4) When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5) Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6) Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7) in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

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Folks, one very important principle I teach to my congregation is a philosophy of relationships. The premise of the discussion is to make people aware of others around them, which have a considerable amount of influence over them. I’m not talking about those that have authority over us but rather those that we have fellowship with, those that one chooses to “hang out with”.

The quote I am speaking of, I no not where it comes from and honestly, I don’t care who first said it. What I do care about is the truth within it’s meaning. And that is; “YOU ARE, WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH”. Maybe you have heard it before and then again maybe this is the first time you’ve heard it. No matter what, it is a true saying. It holds up in most ever test one can put it to.

So if you are looking to seek God and His ways, those things that are Godly, then start with this simple little philosophy and incorporate it into every facet of your life and see the difference that will take shape in your life. Besides, it is amazing what happens when one steps outside ones comfort zone, yet many times it is truly necessary in order to have true change in ones life to do so.

There are many biblical references one can make in reference to this little quote and over time I will bring them forth as well and along the way Gods wisdom will be reveled, like the Potter He is. Making you into an image that is Holy and Blessed in His righteousness and truth.

Until next time, may the blessings of God be upon you and guide you along your way.

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

Web site:    www.celticcrossministry.com                    E-mail:    info@celticcrossministry.com

“Now is your Opportunity”

Psalm: # 90, verse 13 & 14
1st Reading: Jeremiah, chapter 18, verses 1 – 11
2nd Reading: Matthew, chapter 4, verses 16 – 25
Gospel Reading: Luke, chapter 16, verses 19 – 26

Co Lecturers: Mother Superiour Linda Kreeger o.s.mm.
and Deacon Arlen Glispy Jr. o.s.a.
Celebrant: Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., o.s.a., o.s.p.

Note: All readings are read from the New King James Version Holy Bible by Thomas Publishing
Music Selection comes from the Gathers, The Old Rugged Cross Album

Celtic Cross Ministry, on the WWW…

Yes folks  CelticCrossMinistry.com  does exist in the world wide web. It has taken several years to get to this point but were here now. And were here to stay. So go ahead and check us out.

It maybe a small presence on the web but it is a start. Call it humble beginnings if you would. We have grown into an international ministry thanks in part from folks just like you. So with you we can only continue to grow. The Holy Trinity has bless Celtic Cross Ministry and with that blessing we will continue to do His will in the world.

If God be for us, who can be against us. Satan and his demons and those that wish to follow them will have their work cut out for them. It is our calling to ready the watchman and prepare the Christian Warrior for battle. Battle everyday and every night around the world. There is to much hate in this world and not enough love. Love of Christ Jesus that is. Well that is going to change right here and right now.

Christ is calling out to you and He is waiting for your answer. You do have a choice, follow the Lord Jesus or follow the devil. It’s your call. It’s your life. It is your eternity. So make the call. Join us and help spread Christianity around the world and in and around you, or stay out of the way.

We are in the time that the Holy Bible states and that being the end of times. We all have our demons to contend with and it’s a lot easier to deal with them when your not fighting alone. Victory and vengeance is the Lords but helping to save souls is something only people can do. You and Christ that is, so pick up the whole armor of God and hold His righteousness in your hand and defend your love for Christ with all you can muster and be rewarded with eternal life in the presence of God the father for eternity.

So folks, follow the link and see what were up to in the name of Jesus Christ and the all’s of heaven. Come and join the ranks of His chosen and faithful, for with your support we can win the battle over evil. And create a place where peace and harmony can and will prevail for all times sake.

Celtic Cross Ministry want you to commit to being a true Christian and a genuine Christian Warrior for God. Now is your chance, now hear the call in your heart and answer that call. There’s plenty of room to grow and use your talents for the glory of God and all of the saints in heaven.

Click the click the link or copy and paste it into your browser and join the world of Christianity and lets give Him thanks and praise for the rest of our lives. Here in the present as well as after death. God loves you and so do we. Celtic Cross Ministry is talking on and meeting the goal that Christ has set forth for us and we will not look back but rather keep our eyes focused on Him. Now and forever, and ever.

Sincerely yours in the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

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

http://www.celticcrossministry.com )

Remember, were here for you, today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life. In other words, forever more. That sure sounds good. Good to know that your not alone in your love and support for Christ Jesus. Amen.

The Path in Life…

Warriors, there are times that the paths in life are filled with obstacles, it is how we deal with those obstacles that will influence the final outcome of our journey in this life. So, as this photograph I took several years ago illustrates, we must all keep our focus on the prize. That being the gift of our Lord and Saviors suffering for each and everyone that seeks the kingdom of God above all else in their life. Until we meet again, may God bless you and stay with you as you venture the righteous path of eternal bliss with the whole family of God… With great humility and Christian love for all mankind, God bless and may He keep you on course to His pearly gates of heaven… Bp. Andrew.

An unrelated note of personal history yet to know something can help us to know everything :

This picture is taken in what is known as the Wheat field on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I have meditated here many times over the last 30 + years of my life, because it was in this field on July 2nd 1863 that a great cousin of mine (Timothy Manley of the 63rd Irish Brigade) was mortally wounded in the battle that took place. When I would come to this portion of the battlefield I always seemed to be at peace within my heart and soul. Most likely because of this connection between Timothy and I, to this piece of hollowed ground.  I would contemplate what took place here as well as, what was taking place in my own personal life and the world around me.

The Holy Trinity, the saints (as I call them) and lost souls of this horrific killing field have aided me to realize many things over the years. It is a special place to come, that allows one to reflect and sort out what is important in one’s life. It also aided me into seeing what was important in my life and what might occur if I chose one path over another.

On this piece of hollowed ground over 6,000 men and boys were either wounded or dead in less than 2 1/2 hours of close quarter fighting. It even went hand to hand in the Rose Woods and on the Stoney Hill. The total area of this one battle took place in about a 25 acre piece of land. A killing field and a part of American history that would be just as major a place as any other battle that would set this country onto the path which it is on now.

Men have said that these men that fought and died here did not die here in vain, but that they gave there last full measure of life, fighting for what they believed in. A United Union. A union of states that still stands today and is mighty only because of their sacrifice as well as those that continue to sacrifice today for our freedom. Not only in this country but for others around the world.

The world. It is a much smaller place now than it was back in 1863 that fateful day. It never ceases to amaze me when I see what is happening to our world let alone our country. I do not feel that those men, like my cousin died so that we could lose our freedom of faith, but it seems to me that is exactly what we are doing, just for the sake of an argument. Of what is fair and what is not.

Freedom is a gift that has come at a very, very high price no money can buy it and no one can give it except for God. Yet mankind continues to raise the stakes of the cost of that freedom. A country and a world and it’s total population in lives, and in deaths of principles which stand for equality. Principles that are not necessarily the best path for a God-fearing nation or world. The things that effect all mankind need to be talked about in the open, although there is a time and place for closed-door meetings as well. As well as the outcome of those meetings are brought forth to the public and that outcome will benefit all humanity. Not just a few, or a few that feel they have all the right answers or even those that feel they have no rights at all and that the world is against them personally. It is not personal. It is only personal if one makes it personal.

We don’t, have the answers but our faith in Christ does. Yet many don’t care about their faith here, in the realm of Christianity which makes up the back bone of our freedoms here in the United States. Others faiths around the world set aside public time for prayer by the masses of their own belief. Yet Christianity and those that call them selves Christian are hypocrites to their own faith. Folks here in the U.S.A., that claim Christianity as their belief are blind to the concept of not wanting to offend, yet we are doing just the opposite, we are just rolling over and hoping things will get better. Well it won’t and those that don’t get involved are doomed to be servants to those that impose their personal will on the masses. Others in far off lands are willing to die for their belief no matter what it is. While we here in the U.S.A., are to busy complaining about self-centered ideals to give a damn about what else is important in life or even what God thinks.

This is where humanity across the board is making the biggest mistake of all. That being that this world is only ours for a short while and that it really belongs to the one that created it. God ! God is where we as Americans and Christian Americans at that, need to focus, for if we don’t, I am afraid that men like my cousin and maybe someone you know personally today, will have died in vain after all.

We need not wait to fight back, although we do need to fight back for the right reason. And that reason is obvious. That is if you are not ignorant to the belief of a supreme being that has control over all life. And that can send even the least of the that which offends, to hell or to heaven. The choice is yours to make. “W.W.J.D” ?

I know which path I chose and that is a righteous path that leads to the glory of God in the highest. Not through demands, not through disrespect, not through fear of terrorism and not because man says so. But through the love and peace that is Jesus Christ lest we forget, that Christ does not come to bring peace to the world, but rather the sword.

My sword is my voice, my writings and my ability to see past the smoke and mirrors, the saber rattling of empty words and above the noise of a disgruntled world. Jesus is the way ! And heaven is where we need to be looking. Not just the few, but the masses that claim Jesus Christ and Christianity are the truth and the light and the way to heaven and eternal peace. By the tens of hundreds of thousands we need to act as one truly united. Those that truly want what God wants. Not what man wants. Our priorities are all screwed up and we as a Christian Nation had best become united sooner than later because of it. For later, will be too late.

Sincerely yours in the servitude of our Lord, Jesus Christ, now and forever,

Bishop Andrew Robert Moses Manley DD., O.S.P., O.S.M., O.S.F.

Patriarch of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and the Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross.

Harken my words !

Those to the Right, to the Left, to the East, and to the West…

My fellow Christian Brothers and Sisters, and also to those that are not “Christian”. This message is ripped straight from the headlines. It appalls me, and is an abomination unto heaven, to see such hate taking shape as if it were a cancer spreading out of control. Our country from it’s beginning was built on “Christian Values”, but those same values are under attack right here on our door step.

In all actuality, I am beginning to think that there is no such thing as a “Conservative Right” any more. Or, better yet, I wonder, if they do exist. I than wonder if they have a yellow strip running down their back rather than our, Red, White and Blue.

For what is happening to our communities, our states, or our country. There is surely a deep rooted hate and disgust being accepted as the average norm. I under stand the logic behind the separation of church and state. I can except the pledge of allegiance being taken out of our public schools. I can even see and except the concept of taking the words “in God we trust”, off our currency. But for the federal government, the state governments as well as our local governments caving in or rather, rolling over and not backing the very principles that this nation was built on, is the most baffling thing that you or I are “forced” to except.

I wonder what all of those that have died in any of our conflicts since before the revolutionary war must be thinking. It is getting to the point that the “Christian Holy Bible” will come under attack and some minor group of activists will come along and demand that the word “Holy” be taken off the cover, because it offends them.

And we, meaning all, will most likely give into that request. O’ excuses me, demand is in all actuality the way it will be deemed. It is not enough that we (meaning Christians), have, of our own free will taken the word “Holy” out of the phrase Holy Bible Study, to a shortened version as “Bible Study”, but then again I’m sure it won’t take long for a group of phobics, to yell that the word “Bible” offends them and demands that it be taken off.

Yes, I used the word “phobic” to mean liberal or even left, for I know without a doubt, that when those two words, liberal left are used together it is like throwing fuel onto the fire. No matter what word or words are used to describe them, will nonetheless, offend them just the same.

But now, that I think about it, maybe a better choice of words to describe the “liberal left”, would be “Paranoid Phobics”. Either way we Christians are darned if we are not danged, for it anyways. So I ask, what of our rights? Who will stand up against this hate of Christianity around the world? Or for here on the home front, where are those special interest groups? Like the ACLU, ACORN, or even our major American news networks like, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and even ABC. I don’t know about you but I get more relevant news from the PBS World News agencies than any other outlet, even Al Jazeera gives me more information about what our American Government is doing than our own news agencies. But I reckon most of you already knew this.

Where have all of the good and honest and fair people gone? Even here in the good old US of A, we can’t get one to run for the leadership of the free world, America. Oh, again as I think of that last statement I realize the problem now. The problem is that there is no longer such a thing as a leader of the free world, and soon to be no “super power nation”, either.

The reason I say this, is the very point I have eluded to through out this message, that being we as a nation built on Christian values and faith, along with a strong morel character, have decided it is to dangerous to stand up. At least for standing up for what is “right”, “good” and decent in the world.

This does not mean we as a nation have not done some good in the world, but I wonder what if, we did the big brother thing for the right reason rather than for our special interest in a another country that has chaos, unless we only do it when it benefits us in the long run. Any way I don’t blame other cultures around the world to resent us as they do, for the fact that we are or have in their view lost our “moral fortitude, our resolve, and our determination,” which is what made us great in the first part. So how dare we stand up for other oppressed cultures when we won’t even stand up for our selves.

I ask one final time, where is the real, true and loyal Conservative right in this nation, for truly I don’t see them running for public office and getting elected. For it is true that if they did come out and vote, come out and speak up, and or even come out period. This nation and our world, would be a much different and possible even a better place than what it is today.

So folks, get on the roof top, go to the highest mountain, sail the shining sea and yell out with one clear voice, Praise God our Father who art in heaven thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I vow this day and for the rest of my days, to stand up and fight Satan and his demons, where ever they are and by what ever means be necessary. To stand up and fight for the rule of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, now and to the hour of my death in this world. As a country, a nation, a community, a neighborhood, or even as an individual, I shall not be silenced anymore, for tyranny is the degradation of the will of the majority, no matter where it is found and or it needs to be called by it’s own definition, and that being, the death of human decency where ever mankind is found.

I would like to say to my fellow human beings. That is to say those that stand to the far left of me or even to those that claim to be a Conservative members of the right or even those that call themselves Christians. You may say that this message is hateful in it’s self. You may say that it is inflammatory, and some may even say that it is incitement or even border on anarchy. But I say it is my God given right as an American, to speak out when it deems necessary, and necessary it is. If you take offense than you need to examine your heart so please, don’t take offense anyone, for I am just calling it as I see it. Nothing more, nothing less. The situation at hand is just that simple, there is no “gray” area. Just the opposite is true and that being from a clear, transparent, view.

This message is directed towards those that are hard bent on tearing this country called America down from the inside as well as to this planet we all call earth. Doing what you are doing may seem to be the right thing to do at this moment. It is the long term I am talking about that final out come of these actions that will cause much heart ache to the generations to come. And by these causes you deem offensive, in most views, just have no merit. Instead, and if you don’t ad hear to my words, note here and now that it will be your own actions that bring us as a nation or as a world, down to the very door step of hell, and for where there is “NO RETURN.”

Just one man doing what he thinks is “right” for myself and those that he calls family, which in this case, means all inhabitants of mother earth. Should rejoice in the fellowship of others, and in Christ Jesus, who is the all of man kinds savior and that means you as well, And it doesn’t matter if you like it or not or even want it or not, He loves you even when you hate someone or something. Also note that there is only one master, and I plus several “billion around the world”, call him the “Lord of ALL !” And yes, God is good and God is merciful but remember this if you remember anything I have said here today, that being He (meaning Christ Jesus) has not come to bring peace on earth but rather a sword. Keep in mind that if you think I jest, in my remarks, than you need to read Matthew chapter 10, verses 27 through 42. And here by know, I do not jest, I speak only that which the Father has put into my heart for all mankind to hear. Even you. So those that have ears, let them hear.

Sincerely and with stern Christian Love for all man kind, Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley first a servant of Christ and secondly and American by Gods grace.

Is Your Halo Tarnished?

First I would like to say seasons greetings to everyone and thank you for taking a moment to read this, for it is in the true spirit of the season that I give this message to all who may need a little help, in and for a new year.

I came across this wonderful but sad poem the other day along with this very expressive picture and, it falls right in line to what this message will challenge in you spiritually speaking.

~ Broken Halos and Wings ~

My halo has plummeted
And I have broken both my wings
I don’t think I will ever be the same again
As I no longer have these things

Yesterday I was young and innocent
I had never been kissed
Now I have fallen and can’t find my way
And my innocence has gone amiss

What happened to the young girl
Who looked upon the world with starry eyes
Who always told the truth and never felt the need to lie
I am afraid she has been exposed to this world

It is a shame that growing up our innocence does take
And how our halo’s plummet from our brow
The way in which our wings do break
And we lose that trusting heart we have somehow

Neva Flores 2010

http://changefulstorm.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html

Thank you, for your artistic view, and poetry. You truly have a God given gift.

As many of you know I enjoy starting my messages with a question and this message is no exception. So with that said, the question is “when was the last time you took your “halo” off to looked at it? Is it still as shinny as the day you got it? And or do you even have a “halo?’ I ask these questions for a specific reason, that being each one takes a different answer. I will add here a word of caution, that being for you not to answer the questions in hast. For when we are finished I am sure you will be asking these very questions of yourself and contemplating your answer more carefully as well.

Anyways, I do not know about you but every once and a while I have to take mine off and use a wee bit of brass-o and elbow grease on it, so as to make it shiny. By the way, for the lay person that reads this consider the term “brass-o” to mean choices we make and the “elbow grease” means to implement or to act on that choice.” Just make sure to put your “halo” back on when your done polishing it up. And with that said it brings me to what this message is about.

The other day I came across an unknown artistic rendition of our Lord and Savior kneeling at a large rock gazing up into the heavens with his hands clinched. So much so, you could almost see his knuckles turning white as he prayed. His eyes were fixed on the heavens with great passion, as if waiting for an answer to the many questions that must be flying through his mind. But what struck me the most was the image of his halo that looked more like a crown upon his head, and how bright and clearly it shined.

I can not but wonder with awe, what patience this artiest must have had in order to paint just this one part. Although there are thousands of renditions of Christ out in the world, this one painting (in my opinion) has to be one of the best of Christ ever made. But as I said it is just my opinion. The image that I am speaking of is one that many of you know and that is of Christ praying the “Lords Prayer” in the Garden of Gethsemane. I wish to thank the (St. Takla.org) for putting it out on the world wide web for the world to gaze upon and reflect upon.

As I gazed upon it I started wondering if I had a halo, and if it shined as bright as that of our Lord Jesus. The more I thought about it, the more questions I started to ask. But ask of whom? Of me, of someone I care about, a stranger that I may have come across at some other point in my journey in life.

Then it hit me, and as the realization sank in more and more, I started to reflect on those things that I need to have forgiveness for. Oh, don’t get to bent here, for we all have sinned, and we all have fallen or at least stumbled at some point. But the more I thought about the condition of my halo, I started to worry about everyone else too.

As a father, as a grandfather and as a Shepard of his flock trusted to me, I began to see that I needed to take my halo off and look at it long and hard. What is it that you may have thought I found? What I found surprised me at first glance but as I looked closer, I saw much, much more. One of the most important things I noticed was that there were many scratches, chips, dings and dents in it, you might as well say that there were many imperfections on it. And yet, as I looked even closer I began to see my own soul, my own salvation and I was saddened to see how tarnished it had become. Although, each year that has gone by brings it’s own triumphs, it also showed those times when I found myself in less than his perfect light. What I can tell you here is that as I reflected on Christs halo, I began to see that I had a long way to go to be pleasing unto the one who has given me so much. I guess that is what reflection is all about.

We need to remember that this is the perfect time of the year to reflect, especially as we prepare to start a new year. Not only is it a time of the year that brings family, friends, and co-workers together, we need to take time in the mites of all the hustle and bustle, to make time. I assure you, it is more important to prepare and do this form of reflection, as it is to be swept up in all the glitz and glamor of the season. Keep also in mind that as you open your gifts and gaze upon them that the gift of self awareness is one that you can use for a lifetime. So when your done opening those gifts and you are about to throw away all the wrapping paper, boxes and other pieces of trash, be sure you don’t throw away this gift from above.

As we celebrate the anniversary birthday, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the beginning of a new year, we must, greet them both with great expectations and those expectations should ring out loudly. Sorta like the mighty church bell, chiming on a cold and quite Christmas morn.

When reflecting on all the sights and sounds of the holiday, it becomes easy to get so caught up in the moment that the experiences around us can often negate what is just underneath the surface. It is human nature to block out, the pain and suffering that is always there. And your right, Christ said that the poor and less fortunate will always be with us, so why then should we allow mixed emotions and even some less than pleasant memories dampen what is supposed to be a joyous time of the year? It is quite simple, and it is what I have been talking about all along. It is a time for reflection and yes, many times, reflecting hurts. Please don’t be selfish in your reflections, it is proper to take notice of everything around you. Even those things that we may see in someone else. For this is a time to deal with feelings. And when you recognize someones suffering or misfortune, you begin to take a little elbow grease to that halo of yours. Take time to notice the subtleties in human nature. For many times folks remark that they “never say the warning signs”, that caused a tragedy. Always keep in mind that some folks put up a good front or hide the emotional suffering they may have, and by you seeing through their fa-sod, and doing something about it, have just made your halo a bit brighter. Besides, when you do for others in a less than perfect situation, it makes you feel good about yourself. Just make sure that your not one of those people that boast about what you did for someone else. For it is said, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand has done.

Now for most, it is a gay old time of celebration and then, there are some that it does not matter who, what, where, when or even why, care about getting warped up in all of the hoopla. The season may annoy them no matter how hard one tries to cheer them up or help them out. Just do what you can and leave the rest up to the Holy Spirit to handle. You, by doing so have planted the seed of Christian love and it is not always you, that is to bring in the harvest. Remember it is being that Christ like light on the table that is important, not what may seem like a lack of appreciation on the other individuals part.

Granted this time of year can be a trying time, a lonely time, a depressing time when one is not in a mood to celebrate the festivities for personal reasons. The holidays to them, is a painful time and a time for them to recall their hurt more so than their gaiety. Yes, I am sure there are quite a few Scrooges and Grinch’s among us. However, I am equally as sure that there are many who can see through the smoke screen and with great compassion, and greet adversity head on, no matter where they find it.

It is difficult to say just how anyone is feeling at any point in time but, there are indicators we can watch for. Body language is one of the most prevalent and easiest to notice. Another one is facial expression and yet another is attitude or it can be an act of isolation or interest in ones character that could give us an indication that something is wrong.. That is to say if someone you know is not acting like, they normally do. I am sure, there are a few more traits and observations that I have forgotten to identify here but more so, any of the fore mentioned can aid us in recognizing problems and changes within our own environment. It is what we do next and with that information that can make a difference in our lives as well as to those around us.

At times it is like a guessing game when we try to figure out things and yet not all of us are good investigators. Note first what needs to be done, is an in depth examination of ourselves first (looking deep into our own halo). The bible states this to be quite plain, in such a case, and for those that are not sure what I mean, then look at the book of Matthew chapter 7 verse 3, it reads like this, “And why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” (nkjv). To most folks this is self evident and with that said, most people today don’t mind sticking their “nose” into someones business, weather it is asked for or not.

You know the old saying, “The road in life is paved with good intentions”, and how true it really is. But, is that truth of ones involvement given with the right intention or other wise?
For here is the real answer to this question, we need to ask ourselves “am I, the right person to make a decision that can possible change or even destroy someones life forever, because of my “intention or observation”? When we do this self awareness first, then and only then can we “remove the speck from someones eye, in order to see clearly the problem”. Intention can be taken by others as good or bad and the question will always be asked in one way or another, does the intent behind the action justify the means.

When someone does something to someone else just because they can be anonymous it becomes a very dangerous step. That is speaking from a form of ones salvation, ( sorry, I feel the need to stress that word of caution once again) and that being to quote another scripture. This time look at the book of Matthew again and really study the verses around chapter 7, verse 1. It’s pretty simple to comprehend but one many don’t feel pertains to them. Yet this is why I feel so compelled to bring it up. Our judgment is unalienable, this one little verse should speak volumes but maybe some folks and yes maybe even you yourself just don’t care to except or rather “heed these verses as a warning”. It is this attitude that will cost more than what you or that other individual may want to pay. Meaning losing your salvation and spending an eternity in hell. Just because of one act or compulsion.

This is not a joke, although some may not be so concerned with sticking their nose some place where they maybe acting on limited information or maybe even on a piece of gossip that they may feel is coming from a reliable source. Please, please I plead with those that this part of the topic is eluding to, to be slower to make that phone call that may cause a fellow human being such anguish. I speak as an authority for a reason that I know first hand what damage can be do to a family or individual. Keep in mind that you may not like it happening to you so why do it to someone else? No. I am not talking about blatant things that would need involvement, rather if it is a case that requires immediate action do to it being “life or death”, then make your call to 911, rather than say, social services or maybe even family services. If it is truly something that you feel needs to be addressed, then call the proper authorities. In that way the person or persons life you may be helping or even ruining, will have the opportunity to face you, the accuser. Remember it is a whole different ball game when you give someone that opportunity. And if you heed my words, will be more cautious before making that call to judgment. I’m sure if the shoe were on the other foot, you to would want to who is making decisions on your behalf, weather you like it or not. Question is, who gave them the right to be “judge and jury” over your life and or why you think you have the right to be “judge and jury” on their life?

See doing that which we know is right, takes on a whole new level than when one “hides behind anonymous like a cowered”, and that is what it is. A cowardly act! There is so much more that can be alluded to when examining your own “halo” that needs attention than giving attention to doing the devils work. Oh, and if I have offended anyone here with these remarks, than please take under advisement, that you maybe under what we ministers call “conviction” and that it is not unhealthy to examine ones acts but in some countries what we take for granted as “freedom” here in the U.S.A., could cost you your life, somewhere else in the world.

So pray for yourself if you take offense, my words are not meant to hurt anyone, but rather wake up a few instead. And keep in mind those that you might be effecting by accusing unjustly. And if you are offended then you need to take your “halo” off and examine it real, no really, really close. Because karma is a very real thing and life can be like a viper and turn on you and bite back. Use your head and your heart more. For it is one thing for someone who is not a Christian to do such things but for those of you who confess to be a Christian, it is better to side on the side of caution first and for most. For it is a life eternal in true hell and damnation that is what is at hand. Not the other way around, being an eternity in bliss and happiness with our Lord and savior along with loved ones and other heavenly hosts.

Keep in mind again, that this is just one of many things we who call our selves “Christian” need to be concerned with. We should, when influence can be initiated, try to curve those that act ere-rationally in their life. Granted the old adage that misery loves company might be true but a Christian act of love will go far more easier for one who sticks their nose somewhere they aught not.

Once one examines their own halo more closely, they begin to realize that they are not perfect and that maybe even they them self, actually might be the one who really needs the help to clean that tarnish off your own “halo”. Which brings me to my next point. That this is what the “elders” of the body of Christ are to do. They are called to be a mentor and lead those that may not be as deeply spiritual as they should be. So that when those elders in Christ act, they act as Christ would. So doing so will be like putting a wee bit of elbow grease to a fellow brother or sisters halo. I can’t but be reminded here for a moment one last thought that came to mind. That being, when Christ was choosing (or rather calling to service) His disciples and said, “come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. So once again the old adage holds true, that when you give a man a fish, he eats for a day but when you teach a man to fish, he eats for a life time. So my final statement her to you is this. “ put the sign on the door and let folks know your going “fishing”.…

Sincerely, and with love of our Father, our Savior and their blessed and ever Holy Spirit, may this year be a great year for all those that profess to be “Christ-like in their life and that when being called a Christian can truly mean life rather than death, eternal. Pray not only for those things that need prayer but look deep inside and pray for your Fathers love, blessing and grace in your life. For we all need grace for without it, we are lost.

God Bless one and all,
Bishop, Andrew Robert Moses Manley DD., O.S.P., O.S.M.
Of the Independent Catholic Church of the Universal Life Church World Head Quarters and also the Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross a Non-denominational Ministry of 1st Century Christianity in the year of our lord, 2012

The question is, “Life for Jesus” and my answer is !

This was the question/statement,
“Life for Jesus-Lets see how many people we can find that are not ashamed to admit they love Jesus”.
I responded…
I’m not ashamed, never was, never will be.
But then again, not everyone is me.
So I reckon I’ll lift up those that are on the fence and that they see the light, and feel the loving hand of our lord and savior.
Then, we all will be elated for reaching their decision to walk with God in their heart forever. And, as their notice of their rebirth reaches the heights of heaven, and it is placed by special delivery into our Fathers hands, the celebration will be jubilant, so loud will be the joy of the saints that it shall shake the gates of Hell, letting those know that it could have been them that the angels rejoice for, but no it is a never ending reminder of the indecision of their own free will that has placed them in the bowls of perdition forever.
With that said, the one that makes the right choice will see their life take on new meaning and they can rest a sured that they are not alone, ever. For now they are family. And what a big family it…. .
Thank you God for excepting another poor sinner into your loving arms and may they remain with you for an eternity… This is my daily prayer for myself and for each and everyone of you…
What about YOU????
Dr. Andrew ~ Chaplain, and family…God Bless…