Could You Influence Anything? Take A Step Back and Look.

Here is a post with an interesting question. It is one a historian would ask. “Ask yourself, can one person have the influence of a Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II?”

Do you want to know how small and insignificant we are? On a clear night, find a spot as far as you can from city lights. Then spread out a blanket, lay on your back, and gaze up into the sky. Think about what you a seeing. Endless numbers of stars, a universe that appears to go on and on without end.

What influence did Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II have? Earth is only a small little ball of mud, one of the many small objects that circle around a minor yellow star. If an asteroid crashed into us, would anyone care? We live in the midst of a nearly empty void that dwarfs even the most gigantic stars. We worry about influencing this tiny little world, but how is that we exist at all?

Fortunately, Jesus told us what we should fear. There is our Creator, God. The Bible says God cares, that each of us matters.

Luke 12:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

God has a plan for each of us. Is it to influence this world? Maybe not.

If all we do is tell our neighbors about the Gospel, we have glorified our Creator. If we love our Maker above all else, have we not done — will we not do — what He asks. When we love God and strive to obey Him, what else matters?

Read Philip’s post. Then remember what he says. We must rely upon our faith in God and His grace.

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I think it’s easy to write about Church History, doctrine, canon laws, etc.

It’s easy to talk about how Catholics, or any simply Christian, should conduct themselves by the edicts of their professed Church. I look up a source, type it up, cite it, and give it to you.

It’s even easy to dust off one’s metaphorical or literal soapbox, step up, look at the empty and strange faces in the crowd and preach what we think is the message of the Gospel.

So what is difficult? I find it’s difficult to understand God, and his message, because I’m human. The divine is simply something when I meditate on is something that feels so distant, although at times it rushes through my soul–and evaporates so to speak. God comes to us through His grace. He invites us into a relationship with Him, after millenniums of we humans rejecting His grace…

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The Christian Soul: Principles

H/T to https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/

In this post, D. Patrick Collins outlines a good set of principles! In previous posts, he explains how we can put those principles into practice.

The problem with principles is understanding what they mean in practice. If you find the principles interesting, then please work your way through Collins’ series on the Christian soul.

D. Patrick Collins

I wish to expand on the idea we introduced in our last post concerning the idea of control in the Christian life and outline five principles pertaining to how control — or rather our surrendering of control — determines our success in the Christian life.

But first, let’s connect some dots and briefly discuss how control relates to the other concepts we have discussed in this series. Simply put, control is the opposite of love. You may say hate is, and that is fine. But in the context of relationship, control is more its opposite than anything else. When we seek control in a relationship, we have ceased to love.

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what are you willing to die for

Martyrdom is not something most American Christians worry much about. Nevertheless, Christians are the most persecuted group in the World. That is a little known fact in this nation, but it is nevertheless true.

Check out some of these reports.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/05/27/pope-more-christian-martyrs-today-than-ancient-times/102232868/

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/16/easter-2017-christians-most-persecuted-group-in-the-world/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/14/christian-persecution-how-many-are-being-killed-where-are-being-killed.html

https://www.christiansinpakistan.com/christians-persecution-around-the-globe-increasing/

https://aleteia.org/2018/01/08/christians-who-have-given-their-life-for-christ-in-2017/

Here are a couple of Christian organizations that serve persecuted Christians.

https://www.persecution.com/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/

What can we do for persecuted Christians? We can urge our leaders to take up their cause. We can demand that our government make the effort to expose the crimes of those who persecute our fellow human beings. At the very least we should strive to discover and expose those who commit genocide of any sort.

As you read Julie (aka Cookie)’s post, keep in mind that the first act of martyrdom is to die to sin. The second is to be willing to die before denying Jesus Christ, our Savior. Before we can die for Jesus Christ, we must have already given our life to Him. We exhibit that commitment by dying to sin.

cookiecrumbstoliveby

“You cannot turn me from my holy Faith by threats, nor with promises of riches and pleasures.
I will obey your orders willingly, if you will leave me free to follow my religion.
I would rather surrender my head to you than to change my faith.
I was born a Christian, and I shall die a Christian.”

+ St. John the Russian


(lingering pomergarnite / Rosemary Beach, Fl / Julie Cook / 2018)

The definition of the word martyr, according to Merriam Webster is: a person who voluntarily
suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.

When we think of individuals who fit that description…we think of those individuals
who reach out to us from various Biblical tales.
We recall the stories of individuals who were tried and sentenced to death
for their faith in God, people like Daniel in the lion’s den—
or…

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King Solomon, Why Pay our Military

Why does Congress get paid during a government shutdown? It is in the Constitution. See => https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/20/members-congress-still-get-paychecks-during-govern/.

I agree Congress should not be playing such games with our military over something as absurd as legalizing the presence of people whose parents sneaked them into our country. What kind of leaders hold the safety of their own people hostage for the sake of foreign intruders?

Consider the irony. Congress — YES, CONGRESS — created the problem of illegal immigration because they won’t do what is required to defend our borders. So how do they propose to “fix” the problem? Democrats apparently think the solution is to not pay our soldiers. Really!

To add insult to injury, my congressman, Rob Wittman, was the only Republican member from Virginia’s delegation to the House to vote against H.R. 195: Continuing appropriations through February 16, 2018 (see => https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/h33).

What was Wittman’s excuse? Here (https://wittman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1773) is what he says. Basically, what it comes down to is that he does not like continuing resolutions. Is that really a good reason not to fund the government at all? Of course not. As it is, he is just engaging in pointless grandstanding. There are enough votes in the House to get something done without him, which he no doubt knew in advance.

What about my two senators? Well, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are both Liberal Democrats and part of the problem, not the solution (see => https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/s14.

Rudy u Martinka

Would you agee to a wise right, just, and fair interim solution for our military personnel during the Government Shutdown?

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