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ONCE FOR ALL

ONCE FOR ALL
ONCE FOR ALL

Jesus Christ is the ultimate high priest and He presents us with a description of the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ as far superior to the many sacrifices offered by the old priesthood.

ONCE FOR ALL
ONCE FOR ALL

Jesus said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Hebrews 10:8-10

ONCE FOR ALL
ONCE FOR ALL

Hebrews 9 and 10 tells us something that is complete and permanent, something that has happened once-for-all in the one act of Jesus Christ, something that never was and never could be done by the old sacrifices. Think again of the impact this one, once-for-all, never to be repeated, permanent in its effect, sacrifice of Christ has:

  1. The redemption it obtained is eternal.                 (Hebrews 9:12)
  2. It cleanses our consciences.                                        (Hebrews 9:14)
  3. It liberates us to serve God.                                        (Hebrews 9:14)
  4. It sets us free from sins.                                                (Hebrews 9:15)
  5. It does away with sin.                                                    (Hebrews 9:26)
  6. It is established.                                                                 (Hebrews 10:9)
  7. It makes us holy.                                                              (Hebrews 10:10)
  8. It is permanently effective, finished and complete.                                                                                                                       (Hebrews 10:12-14)
  9. It makes us perfect forever.                                    (Hebrews 10:14)
  10. God remembers our sins and lawless acts no more.                                                                                                                              (Hebrews 10:17)
  11. It makes any further sacrifice for sin redundant and unnecessary.                                                                    (Hebrews 10:18)
  12. It means that we have confidence to enter the very presence of God without fear of judgment or condemnation.                                                                                                                          (Hebrews 10:19)
  13. It means we can draw near to God with full assurance of faith.                                                                                    (Hebrews 10:22)
  14. It means that our hearts are cleansed from a guilty conscience.                                                                       (Hebrews 10:22)

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THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

THE SEARCH FOR NOAH’S FLOOD

There is overwhelming geological evidence that a global flood, as depicted in the story of Noah in the biblical book of Genesis, could have happened. 

The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and underwater archaeologists think they have found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events.

The first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapters 6 to 8, tells about a great world-wide flood. Such a major universal flood would surely leave much evidence.

  1. V-shaped valleys and river deltas suggest a recent (ca. 3000 BC) flood.
  2. All written history begins ca. 3000 BC.
  3. Foundations of cities began then, families of mankind began then and genealogies date back then.
  4. A rock is dated solely by its fossils, not by rough estimates of millions of years.
  5. Carbon dating, with C14, is not useful in dating before 5000 BC according to the discoverer of the method.

It is clear from the biblical account that there was a universal flood about 3000 BC. The biblical account did not derive from other literature. It is eyewitness testimony.

WHY GOD SENT THE FLOOD

The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” . . . God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and, behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth” Genesis 6:7–13 

WAS THE FLOOD OF NOAH GLOBAL OR LOCAL IN EXTENT?

 “The waters prevailed, and greatly increased on the earth. . . . And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. . . . and the mountains were covered.”  Genesis 7:18,19 Continue reading THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

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MIRACLE HOUR

THE MIRACLE HOUR
THE MIRACLE HOUR

…Could you not keep watch for one hour?”  Mark 14:37

Do you have problems with commitment to prayer? How about short five minutes segments in an hour? You can also just pray at a few spokes of the wheel.

It’s wonderful to start the day with the Lord, praying in the early hours before work begins. Having a set time and place for prayer has positive benefits, whether it is morning, noon or night.

Consider the “Miracle Hour” as an intensely loving “power encounter” with your heavenly Father. The more you can personalize them, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you spontaneously in your own words, the more meaningful it will be. 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2

Let us pray!

THE MIRACLE HOUR
THE MIRACLE HOUR
  1. PRAISE

People of praise are people of faith. Praise draws us into the abundant life in which God created us to live. When we praise God we acknowledge His supremacy in our lives. Praise draws us into His presence even when we don’t feel like it.

Let us praise God in all things. For the next five minutes just forget about yourself and concentrate on God. Between each segment you may wish to say the Our Father prayer or pray in the charismatic gift of tongues.

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A FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:

FAITH PRAYER & HEALING
FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ”                                                                                                                                              3 John 1:2

Healing is often overlooked today.

Our culture has little place for such experiences. People do not understand the concept of a “divine breakthrough” into our little world. 

If a person does not appear to be healed after prayers,  one should not be anxious; the healing minister will have followed exactly what God requires. The healing is done in heaven: these are only delayed healing. God wants us to depend on Him– not a technique.

Man’s most basic need is to know that he is loved. Let us contemplate the important part love has in the healing process. At Lourdes, some people are healed and others are not, but all leave with a sense of peace, convinced that the Holy Spirit has touched them and that God loves them.

When you go to a doctor for healing, you don’t try to justify our asking for help, e.g. Help me because I can be a better parent, a better worker, a better spouse. Yet this is what many people do when they pray for healing from God: they even try to bargain with God: I will do this if only you heal me. These people have a fearful relationship with God.

FAITH PRAYER & HEALING
FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

The real truth is that God is Love and He wants to see you healed without your justification. Healing is an ordinary, not an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy and compassion. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”                                                                           Philippians 4:6

Jesus cured not just to prove He was God, but because He was abounding in love. God is more than willing to save and heal all who come  to Him with open and contrite hearts. Healing can be a test of faith, but also a natural response to God’s generous love.  The minister of healing, who is nothing more than a human channel, says the prayer of healing and then steps aside.

After welcoming the presence of Jesus, and giving  Him praise and thanksgiving, we turn to laying of hands, which  is biblical: “They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well Mark 16:18

 Along with a prayer of faith, the value of touching the sick person in any way possible provides a channel, where power is transferred more readily and far, far more effectively. There seems to be a current of healing power that flows from the minister of healing to the sick person.  But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.”                                                               Luke 8:46 Continue reading A FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

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HEALING TRADITIONS

There are some Christians that claim that the basic nature of human beings is sinful. It is the human tendency to rebel against, ignore, or resist God’s will. This makes human beings susceptible to illness. In a sense, a person can actually own his or her sickness or take responsibility for it. So illness is often linked to life style, which has moral overtones. The word, “disease” says it all: it means “without ease” or stress.

HEALING TRADITION
HEALING TRADITION

CAUSES OF SICKNESS

There are two principal theological interpretations of sickness and healing:

  1. Sickness is caused by forces or spirits opposed to God out of sheer perverseness. The devil wishes to thwart the divine plan for humankind. So illness is not the fault of the sick person. This is the view that Jesus took 2000 years ago.
  2. Sickness is caused by God for different reasons. Sickness may be used to teach a person a lesson of faith. It may be used as a test so that a person can provide an example of faith for others as in the case of Job.

The sick person is understood to have earned the illness. The real aim of the sickness may be to change or moderate the nature of a person’s life.

The charismatic healers know very little or nothing about medical science and did not practice elaborate therapy. Most of these healers belong to the “holy person” category. They never ask for any fees for healing.

HEALING WORDS

HEALING TRADITION
HEALING TRADITION

There are no elaborate rituals or complicated techniques. The healing is done by touch or command in the Name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ in the same manner as Jesus healed. A healer may use a general prayer such as, “May the mercy of God, which is present here with us now, enter into your soul, your mind, your body, and heal you from all that harms you”  By Your stripes (whippings) Lord Jesus, you,             , are healed!  These last few words are the most important and they are based on the Bible: “With His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 and “by whose stripes you were healed.”                                                                                                                                              1 Peter 2:24

For specific healing, the words to use can be, “Send Your power right now into this baby’s ears and take away all germs or infection and make them well”. Some healers speak directly to evil spirits: “You spirit of disease, I command you in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to come out of this boy,_______.”

THE HEALING

God is not restricted in any way. Addictions of all sorts can also be healed just as terminal cases of cancer. Continue reading HEALING TRADITIONS

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FAITH AND SOCIALISM

SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE CHURCH’S CALL TO ACTION

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or in other words, of the Church’s mission of the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation. The Church commits itself to the work of social change and the struggle against all forms of oppression.

Jesus himself, we should note, was certainly not a social reformer. Jesus stood for human freedom, though he did not dwell on the theme. For He taught that one is really free only when one’s relation to God’s will is right ; that is , when one repents.

Paul constantly exhorts his quarreling communities to live in harmony with one another by cultivating relations that are based on justice and concern for the felt needs of others.

The gospel of Jesus is good news for the poor: Luke has Jesus say in the beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor” period. It is Luke who gives us the picture of the early Church as a community of disciples sharing their property and distributing it to those in need.

Luke is the one who is most interested in social justice, and he portrays Jesus as a prophet on the Old Testament model. He took on the role of the servant prophet of Isaiah, who will proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed.

Luke is also most severe toward the wealthy. In general, the Bible sees wealth as spiritually dangerous if it causes us to harden our hearts and dominate others or if it becomes a substitute for God.

So, Christians must respond to the needs of others by bearing their burdens so as to fulfill the law of Christ.

Dynamic Catholicism: A Historical Catechism Bokenkotter, Thomas.

ECONOMIC STRUCTURAL DISORDER

There are profound problems with our economic system – a structural disorder of the system itself. We need a critical analysis of the essential dignity of human labor and its priority over the maximization of profits—not just through handouts. Cosmetic changes are not enough.

We need to look at the humanizing role of labor and the equitable distribution of the world’s goods. We need to look at the full value and meaning of work.

FAITH AND SOCIALISM

We have an economy that continues to serve the needs of the rich nations at the expense of the poor. This is not to be considered an antagonism toward the rich, but the defense of the defenseless: the uneducated, the native poor and the immigrant poor who have no voice to speak for themselves.

FAITH AND SOCIALISM

 Do we run a risk that some of the economically oppressed nations of the world will rise in judgment on the rich nations?

WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?

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CURING YOUR ILLNESS

I HAVE COME TO HEAL YOUR ILLNESS.

Ah, beloved ones, I have come to heal your sores, your wounds and your infirmities, all which were so savagely inflicted upon you in this darkness; no, beloved ones, your sores are not past healing, your injuries are curable, for I-Am-With-You and ever so near you; so come to Me with love, ask Me with love and you will receive, invoke Me with love and I shall hear you; I will raise you to My Bosom and cradle you, comforting you; hear My Cry of Love and Peace:                      May 1, 1989

Vassula Healing

Vassula writes down the messages which she receives in a stately handwriting, quite distinct from her own. (unity)  She hears, interiorly, a voice first, then , when she has to write down what she has heard, her writing changes.                                                                                             TLIG.org

I will continue to cure your sick and My Name will be praised; hear Me: to extol My Name I will appear often in your place as a reminder of My Marvels and of the reality of My Presence; I will reveal Myself on you to show everyone how I am in you and you in Me, that they may believe that through your words, I Am.”

“I tell you, salvation will come to the abandoned, and to those who never sought Me, the poor and the wretched, the abandoned and the starved need water and there is none; their tongue is parched with thirst; this is why I will give them water with My Own Hand.”                                                                                                                                  October 13, 1994

Faith or Physician?

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GOD’S HEALING ASSURED

HEALING FROM GOD’S MERCY 

 God in His mercy has decreed blessing for us by sending Christ to take the curse of disease and sickness from us and bring healing.

“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”                                                                                  1 Peter 2:24

These are the exact words that a Divine Healer say when they lay hands on someone for healing: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND BY HIS WOUNDS, YOU (NAME) ARE HEALED OF (AFFLICTION). 

This is assured for any affliction even cancer and any addiction.  The spirit world knows no limitation: long distance healing is also assured.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”      Matthew 8:17 

Jesus used the authority of the Father given to Christ over heaven and earth Matthew. 28:18, to “pray over” James 5:14 the sick and command the enemy to go. “Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”                                           John 14:14

MERCY HEALING

Some Christians pray for healing as if asking for a favor from God. In seeking healing we are not to ask God for a favor; instead, we are to glorify the Father by expecting the justice due us as a result of Christ’s awesome work for us… And we will receive it. Quit begging. Quit asking for a favor – expect God’s mercy. Continue reading GOD’S HEALING ASSURED

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MEANING OF LIFE

meaning of life

FINDING THE MEANING OF LIFE

This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.                                              HENRI NOUWEN

Meaning of Life

Most people are still searching for meaning. The idea is that inside each of us is a “God-shaped hole”–a place inside of our hearts that only God can fill. If we try to put anything else in there, it won’t fit (meaning, it won’t fill the need we have inside of our heart/soul).

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”                                         Blaise Pascal

You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.                                                  St. Augustine of Hippo

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AMAZING HEALING AND FAITH

AMAZING HEALINGHEALING FAITH

Sickness doesn’t come from God. Jesus destroys the works of the devil, so you can live free of sickness and disease!

Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8, so I come to Him in faith, knowing He will heal me too!

HEALING PRAISE

I will not allow doubt and unbelief to keep me from receiving from God.

The main purpose of my life is to minister to the Lord, putting my hand to work He gives me to do. I thank God for healing me, that I might be effective and unhindered by pain, sickness and disease.

When I ask for healing, I am not forcing God’s hand. Healing me is His idea! He wants me to be healed. Healing comes to me in my “benefits package”.

I don’t deny my symptoms, but I don’t dwell on them.  I don’t check to see if my symptoms are gone or if anything in my body has changed. Symptoms may still be affecting my body, but the truth is that I am healed. I don’t allow the devil’s doubt and unbelief to keep me from my healing.

FAITH ISN’T TOO COMPLICATED.

Faith is the belief that God is good. Faith is not a mystical experience or a voice in the wilderness. It is a choice to believe that the One who made it all, hasn’t left it all and that He still sends light into our shadows and responds to our gestures of faith.

So what does faith have to do with our daily existence? It has everything to do with it. Our task on this earth is to choose our eternal home. You can choose the wrong career or the wrong house and you will survive. But, there is one choice that must be made correctly and that is you eternal destiny.

“I am fully persuaded that what God has promised, He is able to do.”                                                                                                                Romans 4:21

Faith builds up in me when I hear and hear the Word. I hear the Word of God , and hearing produces faith in me. The Holy Spirit opens the mysteries of the Scriptures to you, revealing the life and the ways of God to you. God’s light and life will shine in you, so much so that others will notice.

This happens even as I face adverse circumstances or painful symptoms. My faith releases His healing power in my life. My faith and His power make me whole.

FAITH HEALING CONNECTION

The servant was healed because the centurion believed the words that Jesus spoke. You will be healed because you believe God’s healing promises will come to pass.

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”                       Hebrews 13: 6

IF — THE BADGE OF DOUBT

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