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ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE
ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

HAS ANYONE SEEN THE WORLD OF ANGELS?

Linda Sabbath, a mystic, heard ten thousand bells in her head and sounds like the swooshing of ten thousand feathers about her. She knew that there were angels nearby. These angels were translucent, rose-colored, and blasted her with powerful perfumes. They said nothing to her in words; they just hovered above. They were enormous, almost as big as a church nearby.

There is a world out there, of such luminous power and mystery that she had rarely described. It is a world where angels sing praises to their Maker day and night. Yet,”singing” and “praising” don’t begin to describe what they do. Nor does dance or flying or play. What they do is beyond any of these actions, beyond love, beyond life, beyond time, space, or any category that we use to describe our finite world.

These angels are present in our homes, our buildings, and intertwine us as intimately as the air. Yet, we go about our business, living as in a dark cave, unaware of angels and their works all around us.

ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE
ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

THE STORY OF ONE ANGEL

A handsome stranger sat at the edge of the deep end of the apartment swimming pool where I was swimming. I found it unusual for someone to be sitting in that particular location.

I lifted myself up beside him and we began to chat. In a very short period of time, he asked all the right questions: What type of work was I doing? Was I happy in this work? He had a ready solution to my unhappy work situation. He revealed to me that they were interviewing for teachers in the following weekend.

To verify this new information, I discovered a nondescript advertisement buried in the middle of the local newspaper. Most people would have missed this ad. Sure enough, they were interviewing for high school teachers.

Thus began by life long career that began with the direction of what I can only describe as an angel and an answer to our prayers.

“An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.”                                                                                                                                        Luke 22:43

That is exactly what happened as a result of being directed by an angel.

THE THREE GUARDIAN ANGELS

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”                                                                                Hebrews 1:14

ANGELS RESPONSE
ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

Michael O’Brien is a popular Christian novelist, who has published many books. In his biography, On the Edge of Infinity”, page 63, he described what happened to him when he was about to make a drastic mistake by crossing on river ice that was very dangerous. He had been successful in crossing the first time, but on his return, the conditions of the ice changed drastically and he was too tired to notice the difference.

He had just reached the edge of the river, when a car came along the road and stopped beside him. Inside the car were three young men, in their twenties, who asked “Where are you going?” Come with us and we will drive you to the bridge.”

To Michael the car seemed to come from nowhere and the three men looked unusual.  They were all unusually handsome and their faces were flawless. Their mannerisms were full of politeness and open-hearted goodness. One of them addressed Michael by name, which was by itself surprising. It appeared that God had arranged to come to his rescue at exactly the right time.

 A WHOLE BOY SCOUT TROOP OF ANGELS?

“He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”                                                                                                    Psalm 91:11

angels response
ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

Before we had a family, my wife, Luba, who was pregnant at the time, and myself were touring the Whiteface Mountain in Northern New York. We drove an old 1951 Kaiser that did not have functioning emergency brakes. They were never needed on flat prairie land where we grew up. Continue reading ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE

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HOMOSEXUAL ANGER

ANGER

The most significant type of anger influencing the development of homosexual attraction in childhood is anger with oneself. As a result of ongoing rejections by peers, many boys acquire an intense dislike for their bodies and view them as weak, unattractive and unmasculine. This can lead to highly risky and self destructive addictive and sadomasochistic behavior for an intense dislike of them. One can also become obsessed with the bodies of one’s peers who are well-built and muscular. The ultimate expression of self-hatred and aversion to one’s body is seen in those who undergo sex change surgery.

HOMOSEXUAL ANGER

Intense hatred is seen in homosexuals within the media or in the educational, political, ministerial and mental health fields when they attempt to force our culture to change its views on homosexuality. They direct their anger against the Judeo-Christian morality, the nuclear family and the basic differences between men and women.

A homosexual can grow to hate his body as small and weak. In spiritual therapy, his healing can progress by being thankful for his body that God gave him by viewing his soul as much more important as the body and by being thankful for his special male gifts.

HOMOSEXUAL ADDICTIVE DISORDER

The sexually compulsive, highly reckless and life-threatening behavior in a large percentage of homosexuals would indicate the presence of an addictive disorder. While the specific diagnostic category of sexual addiction has not been officially accepted, yet in the mental health field, clinical programs exist for such treatments along with journals of sexual addiction.

HOMOSEXUAL ANGER

In spite of the danger of acquiring AIDS, enormous numbers of males do not protect themselves sexually. One study identified 31% of respondents in sixteen cities had engaged in unprotected sex. One article, “Why Gay Men are having Risky Sex” described the situation as explained and claimed that HIV infections had quadrupled in San Francisco since 1987. In many individuals this behavior is frequently preceded by the use of alcohol and drugs. This situation existed for some because of numerous emotional conflicts.

NARCISSISM

HOMOSEXUAL ANGER

Narcissism or selfishness is another major factor influencing the attraction to the homosexual lifestyle. There is a tendency to not have to make a total commitment to one person. This behavior is almost childlike because it leads to minimal obligations in relationships and few limitations in the pursuit of pleasure. Continue reading HOMOSEXUAL ANGER

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ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

WHAT IS THEOLOGY?

ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN

Theology is neither a nine-to-five job nor a career. To know and speak truly of God is a vocation that requires more than academic or professional qualifications. The image you should have in mind is not the professor with a tweed jacket, but rather the disciples who dropped everything to follow Jesus. Becoming a theologian means following God’s Word where it leads with all one’s mind, heart, soul, and strength.

Theology is the study of how to speak truly of God and of all things in relation to God. But theologians can’t approach the object of their study the way biologists study living creatures or geologists the earth. God cannot be empirically examined. God is the creator of all things, not to be identified with any part of the universe or even with the universe as a whole. Speaking of God thus poses unique challenges. If God had not condescended to communicate to creatures something of his light, we would be in the dark.

BY GOD, OF GOD, TO GOD

Are you familiar with Thomas Aquinas’s definition? “Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God.”

By God. Only God can make himself known. We’re simply children who love their father and want to know him better, who trust their father’s wisdom: And He (Jesus) said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                     Matthew 18:3

Of God. Theology is thinking hard about what God has taught about Himself and all things in relation to Himself.

To God. Theology is ultimately about cultivating godliness, in oneself and one’s community. A theologian is a certain kind of person, whose created intelligence has been illumined by the Holy Spirit.

It’s true, there is a guild of “professional” theologians—mostly academics who populate colleges, seminaries, and university divinity schools—and there are scholarly journals and awards to be had, not to mention salaries and sabbaticals.

Don’t confuse making a living as a theologian with living out the knowledge of God. If you aspire to speak of God, do so to please God, not people: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?” Galatians 1:10 We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.”                                                                                              1 Thessalonian 2:4

When theology proclaims the deep mystery—God’s plan of redemption conceived “before the foundation of the world”: “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”                                                                   Ephesians 1:4

It doesn’t promote cleverly devised myths, but reality. The world is passing away (even scientists agree, acknowledging that our sun will eventually burn out), but God’s Word endures forever:Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”                                                                                                                                          Matthew 24:35

Have you considered whether academic theology is your vocation rather than as a pastor or priest?

ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN

THEOLOGICAL THINKING

Let us begin with four adjectives (Trinitarian, biblical, catholic, and systematic) that qualify Christian theological thinking.

First, becoming a Christian theologian means developing a Trinitarian habit of mind.  God the Father has reconciled the world to Himself in Christ through the Spirit (what Irenaeus calls the “two hands” of God).

Second, the best way to stay focused on the subject matter of theology is to stay focused on Scripture.  It’s no coincidence that the most important figures in the history of theology—Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth—also wrote biblical commentaries.

C. S. Lewis’s distinction between looking at a beam of light and looking along it clarifies what’s at stake. Those who look at the biblical text analyze it from a critical distance. They see the text, but not necessarily what it’s talking about. In contrast, those who look along the text enter into its strange new world.

God addresses us in Scripture and requires our response. It involves reading all the books in the Old and New Testaments as parts of an overarching story. The theologian is a kind of cartographer of this new world.

The third thing you must do to acquire a theological habit of mind is to read the Word of God with and for the people of God.

The best theologians are apprentices to Scripture and to the consensual tradition of its interpretation. Catholicity is a well-known mark of the Church; it ought also to characterize theologians. Let the gospel be the center of your thinking, but let catholic tradition fill out its content and fix its circumference. Know this: evangelical and catholic are bedfellows, not rivals.

The fourth theological habit of mind involves thinking systematically  as we read the Word of God with the people of God. What unifies Scripture is the story of God’s determination to see through His purpose for creation to the end, a story in which Israel and the Church loom large, with Jesus Christ as its hinge and center.

PERSONALLY

Let’s turn to your question about the kind of person you need to become. The short answer is “wise”: a person with understanding who knows how to live out what he knows with three pairs of contrasting qualities. Continue reading ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

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LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD

The world is not moving in a great direction. Yes, the world is a mess in a hundred different ways every day. Most people don’t believe that it is possible to change the world.

But it can. How? The changes will not come from government, not from the economy or big business, not from science. The best group of people who are positioned to make a difference is Christians. How is this possible? It is simple but not easy.

Change the World

We will change the world by behaving like Christians. There are over two billion Christians in the world and they have a tremendous influence.

Part of the problem is that Christians have blind spots. They don’t see things as they really are. They don’t see our marriage, our career, our business, our personal finances, our children’s school and even our own church as it really is. We still have biases and prejudices. Jesus wants to liberate us from our blind spots and to help us see things as they really are and to see ourselves as we really are.

We actually fool ourselves. We never admit to ourselves that we are greedy. We never say that we like money too much. Even stingy people think that they are generous. So we don’t see ourselves as we really are. Continue reading LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD

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