Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The first sentence is pretty powerful .God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you ...
God bless all my friends and family in whatever it is that You know they may be needing this day!
And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with you.
Now send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch power of God work in your life. PS. Five is good, but more is better, who else do you know that needs a prayer.
Read original article by Dr. Richard P. Bucher
On June 25, at 3:00 p.m., the Lutherans' Confession of Faith was read in the presence of the Emperor. Dr. Christian Beyer, chancellor of Saxony read the Confession. Though Melanchthon had written it in Latin (the scholarly language of the day), a German translation done by Justus Jonas, another co-worker of Luther, was the one read that day. It is recorded that the reading of this great Confession made a deep impression on all who listened.
It must be stressed that this was not the confession of theologians only. It was the confession of all those who believed the Gospel that Luther had preached. So that the emperor would know this, during the reading of the Augsburg Confession, Elector John and other Lutheran princes and officials came and stood before the assembly. This was their confession and they wanted all to know it! After the Confession was read these princes and other officials signed it. This was a courageous act, for by doing so, they were siding with the outlaw and heretic Martin Luther against their Emperor and the Pope.
The Augsburg Confession is divided into two sections. The first section contains 21 articles (doctrinal statements) on core teachings of the Christian Faith: God, Original Sin, Jesus, Justification by Faith, Ministry, New Obedience, Church, Baptism, Lord's Supper, Confession, Repentance, Use of the Sacraments, Ecclesiastical Order, Ecclesiastical Usages, Civil Affairs, Christ's Return to judgment, Free Will, Cause of Sin, Faith and Good Works, and Worship of Saints.
The second section addresses seven teachings or practices in the Roman Catholic Church that the confessors believed were abuses: withholding the cup from the laity, celibacy, false ideas about the Mass, the enumeration of all sins in confession, compulsory regulations concerning foods and traditions, monastic vows, and the power of bishops.Do yourself a favor and read (or reread) the Augsburg Confession that you might be reminded what it is that we Christian Lutherans confess and believe.
Read the Augsburg Confession of 1530
Friday, June 22, 2007
"11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."
"If you believe that God created you and if you believe that he wants relationship with you (as many Christians say they believe), then you owe it to yourself and him to work at developing that relationship. It’s as simple as that. "~Anonymous (out on the wwweb somewhere)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
no doubt, talkin' all piratey. And yes, as a matter of fact,
this is a pirated photograph.
Mark yer calendars, September 19 - International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Visit the official Talk Like a Pirate Day website.
"-for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true:
"A dog returns to its vomit,"and, "A sow that is
washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."~2 Peter 17b-22
Why is it that I do what I don't want to
And I don't do what I wish I would?
Why- even though You saved me, do I return to my old, selfish, short-sighted, sinful ways?
Please forgive me, please help me to genuinely repent.
Remind me that thanks to You and through you,
I am a man, not a dog.
I love you and want to serve you, and only you.
And as long as You're at it, please do something about my bad breath.
In Your name (and I meant no disrespect, just hoping to give you a laugh)
Remember friends- we're all like that dog sometimes. The best we can hope is that our Shepherd still wants us to be His sheep-dogs. And yes, He does have a sense of humor- just not all Christians do.
Monday, June 18, 2007
"Prayer and meditation have an important part to play in opening up new ways and new horizons. If your prayer is the expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life—and not the mere blind attachment to what has always been familiar and 'safe'—God will act in us and through us to renew the Church by preparing, in prayer, what we cannot yet imagine or understand. In this way our prayer and faith today will be oriented toward the future which we ourselves may never see fully realized on earth."
Help us to see past the closed doors in our lives
Reveal to us the doors and windows which You open for us
And hold our hands, so that we feel safe as we cross every new threshold.
In Your name we pray,
Sunday, June 17, 2007
June 17, 2007 at 14:28:44
The duty of Christians to impeach Bush and Cheney
by Carol Wolman http://www.opednews.com
Christians have a duty to denounce Bush for his crimes, and see that he and Cheney are impeached. A recent news story says "Southern Baptists split over politics". They are arguing about whether or not to be involved in the political process. How hypocritical!
Christians, especially evangelicals, helped put Bush into power. They believed Pat Robertson, who "anointed" him to lead America. They thought he would bring about God's kingdom on earth.
Now they don't like what he has done, so they want to retreat from politics. Sour grapes.
Luke 6:44 " For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush."
The evangelical Christians who helped put Bush in power are accessories to his many crimes. They should confess their error and repent.
The "fruit" of Bush's presidency is poisonous. Two illegal invasions and occupations, based on lies. Massive transfers of wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich, including Bush and Cheney. Corruption, incompetence, sex and money scandals galore- a briar bush indeed for those who put their hopes in a "Christian" president.
Bush has broken many international treaties, which are the supreme law of the land- the Geneva conventions, the Nuremberg principles, laws against napalm and cluster bombs, etc.
And shredded the US Constitution, which says that "We the People" are sovereign, the source of authority, and the president is a public servant. Bush seeks to restore the monarchy cast off during the American Revolution.
Bush has overruled laws passed by Congress with his signing statements, broken the wiretapping laws, subverted the judicial process.
What is happening here is described in 2Thess 2: 3-12:
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (the Kingdom of God) will not
come unless the apostasy (Bush's presidency) comes first, and the man of
lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts
himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his
seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not
remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these
things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be
revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who
now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the
breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His
coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of
Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the
deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the
love of the truth so as to be saved.
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they
will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did
not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness."
Many Christians fell under the "deluding influence" of false prophets like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and believed that Bush was "anointed". Now that the truth has been revealed, some still "take pleasure in wickedness" and continue to support him.
I firmly believe that it is the duty of Christians now to love the truth and reject the deceptions which led them to support Bush and Cheney. They should "slay him with the breath of our mouths" and denounce him as a man of lawlessness. He should be impeached and removed from office, along with Cheney.
Since Christians gave him the reins of secular power- the spoils of satan- Christians have a duty to take them away from him. Only then will God's kingdom of peace, love, justice and righteousness reign on earth.
In the name of the Prince of Peace,
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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she has written extensively on the psychology of our times. She is actively working to impeach Bush and Cheney, and suggests you join or form a local group at http://impeachbush.meetup.com/ She ran for Congress as a nonpartisan write-in candidate in CA district 1, and is a coordinator of The Longhouse Coalition.