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BLESSED ARE THE POOR

BLESSED ARE THE POOR
THE BEATITUDES OF JESUS ARE REVOLUTIONARY.

The Beatitudes present a model of happiness contrary to what is usually communicated by the media and by the prevailing wisdom.

Today, what is glorified is success at any cost, affluence, the arrogance of power and self-affirmation at the expense of others. According to the logic of this world, those whom Jesus proclaimed blessed are regarded as useless, “losers”.

BLESSED POOR

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                                             Matthew 5:3

BLESSED ARE THE POOR -WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

It seems confusing because we ought to strive to be rich in spirit, not poor.

At a time when so many people are suffering as a result of the financial crisis, it might seem strange to link poverty and happiness.  How can we consider poverty a blessing? Does Jesus teach material poverty? Jesus is here talking about the condition of the spirit, not of the wallet.

Jesus loves everybody. Jesus wants to bless everyone, so why would he single out the economically poor for some kind of special blessing?

Economic poverty and sociological poverty often overlap, but not always.  There are the “sociological poor”; these include people who are marginalized and oppressed, rendered vulnerable and given over to all sorts of hardships for reasons not of their own making. They are deprived the basic dignities which should be accorded all human beings–and it their spirits are often crushed, they are often broken-hearted, as a result.

It goes far beyond merely keeping the commandments: trying to gain eternal life. It’s undergoing a profound change in all of our attitudes, our value system, to really come to know Jesus, to hear His message, to imitate His way of life, to follow Him. That will require profound conversion.

BLESSED ARE THE POOR

Jesus is talking more about an attitude, a way of knowing one’s need for God, which is a disposition of the heart and not simply economic deprivation.

“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”                                                                                        Luke 14:13-14

We understand that material goods are not a be-all and end-all for anyone, or should not be. We understand that we need enough to have a full human life, but we don’t need excess. We understand that God made the world for all and not just for a few, and so we need to find ways to share the goods of the earth and the goods of our world so everyone has a chance for a full human life.

The poor in spirit are those who recognize their total spiritual destitution and their complete dependence on God. So that the logic of being more will prevail over that of having more!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.                                                                                                                              Matthew 5:3

DOES “POOR IN SPIRIT” MEANS TO BE HUMBLE?

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HINDU NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

HINDUISM NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

HINDUISM & NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

The doctrine that God created the world out of nothing rather than emanating it out of His own substance or merely shaping some pre-existing material is an idea that simply never occurred to anyone but the Jews and those who learned it from them. Everyone else either thought of the gods as part of the world (paganism) or the world as part of God (pantheism).

Hindus and Christians do not worship the same God. There is no meaningful correlation between the God of the Bible and any of the millions of Hindu gods, nor can God be identified with Brahman, the ultimate, divine essence of the universe in Hindu thought.

Hinduism is pantheistic, not theistic. The Christian doctrine that God created the world out of nothing doesn’t even arise. In Hinduism, the world is part of God (pantheism).

Are there NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE in which a Hindu encountered Hindu Gods? 

Dr. Atwater is an international authority on near- death states as well as a near-death experiencer. She is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. More than 3,000 people are registered at her discussion form site, and we understand that they have one of the largest databases on NDEs in the world.

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Where arguments arise amongst various people and groups is over the interpretation of that light and any form it make take, and how to regard it.

Scientists say it is endorphins; Muslims say it is fantasy; religious fundamentalists of any “stripe” say it is Satan (Lucifer). People of faith say it is either of God or of emissaries from God.

WHAT IS CLINICAL DEAD?

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WHAT ARE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES?

Numerous experiencers see figures and forms in the light. These are variously described as angels, guides, guardians, light beings (beings made entirely of light), religious figures, high holy ones and often kids call them “the people.”

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The vast majority of individuals remain consistent overtime with what they say and do not distort original narratives. That means accusations of New Age jargon, religious prophesy, Christian visions, Western indulgences, or the like, are untrue.

THREE KINDS OF VERITABLE EVIDENCE

 

There can be mixups as in the case of Jeanie Dicus. She was a Jewess yet she was visited by Jesus. This so surprised her and confounded her that she promptly challenged Jesus, and continued to do so throughout her entire near-death episode, saying: “I don’t believe in You. Why are You here?”

Atheists report the same type of visitations as do religious folk. In other words, you don’t have to believe in anything to be surprised at what you find when you nearly die.

Where this situation gets fascinating is when you invite experiencers to draw the high holy one/religious figure who visited them. To a person, you cannot tell the difference between a drawing from someone in the State of Wyoming from one done in Thailand or Israel or Russia or China or Nigeria. Patterning holds; differences in patterning only concern a few details of dress and behavior.

THE DIVERSE WORLD OF HINDUISM

The diverse world of Hinduism contains millions of finite gods whose images are worshiped throughout India and in Hindu households throughout the world. When set next to the strict monotheism of Christianity, it seems absurd on its face to suggest that these two religions have the same object of their worship.

For Hindus, religions are human roads up the divine mountain to enlightenment-religion is relative to human need; there is no “one way” or single objective truth. Hindus also believe that there is no “evil,” apart from the failings of human conscience, and Satan doesn’t exist. Nowhere does one mention the possibility of repentance or forgiveness.

HINDUISM CHRISTIANITY

Yet, many Hindu thinkers claim that all of those gods are just expressions of one ultimate god or one true divine essence. Behind the myriad of local deities is really just one transcendent Being.  Consequently there has never been a Hindu god identified in a Near Death Experience. No one described anything like Krishna who has blue skin or Siva, who has three eyes.

Otis and Haraldsson, two researchers, studied five hundred Americans and five hundred Indians to determine how much religious conditioning shaped one’s near death experience.

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WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD

POWER OF GOD

Walking in the Supernatural Power of God

God gave gifts to people in the Old Testament to enable them to lead the people of Israel in difficult times. The Spirit gave leadership not only to judges, but to people with political power, like kings. . God gave prophets the ability to speak about future events.

POWER OF GOD

Today’s church is not reaching many of the lost, sick, and hurting because believers are not taking the authority and power they have been given through Christ and going out to the world as His body.

What it means to be Born AgainPOWER OF GOD

Yes, you were baptized with water probably as a baby. But so were those who were baptized by John the Baptist. Many of those were also present at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit showered His gifts and power upon most of those present.

Scripture explicitly states that we must first be born again. In order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we must first be committed to new life in Christ. This is when the real transformation begins.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:6, 7 “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                 Acts 13:52 Continue reading WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD

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WHAT IS THE USE OF BELIEVING?

 THE USE OF BELIEVING

Does faith offer something more? Isn’t it possible to live an honest upright life without bothering to take the Gospel seriously? The Church, in fact, has never denied that even a nonbeliever could perform good and noble actions. So what is the use of believing?

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By believing and entrusting ourselves, in fact, we respond to God’s word. Nevertheless, God absolutely does not want to force us to respond to His word. Man cannot be forced to accept the truth.

SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH

We are bound by both our nature and by moral duty to search for the truth, above all religious truth. And once they come to know it they are bound to adhere to it and to arrange their entire lives according to the demands of such truth.

What is not permissible is not trying to reach the truth. The man who does very little to search for truth and good, or when through the habit of sin conscience itself becomes almost blind.

Those who through no fault of their own are not aware of the Gospel of Christ and of the Church, but who nonetheless search sincerely for God, and with the help of grace attempt to carry out His will, known through the dictates of their conscience-they too can attain eternal salvation.

With God, man “creates” the world; with God, man “creates” his personal salvation.

 JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.

TRUST ME

PLACE YOUR TRUST IN ME.

“I love you and all My brothers and sisters.

Do you feel trapped? Do you feel burdened? Is joy drained from your heart?

It is true that you might be down at times, but the next day you feel better. However, some of you carry huge burdens and these are crushing you. You have been hurt by a close friend; you have trouble getting rid of an addiction or your hopes have been dashed because what you expected did not happen. You could be filled with anger at these situations and you feel trapped.

My dear friends, there are many disappointments in life but you must not let these keep you down. Bring your burdens to Me and place them in My hands and I will deal with them. I have the power to refresh you and to give you the graces you need so that you find peace. Do not let the evil one use such situations to turn you away from Me and cause you to sin.

With My help, you will find serenity in the face of any obstacle or problem. If you believe in Me and accept Me as your Friend, then there is no need to despair when you come against a difficult situation. I am always ready to help you. Call on Me at any time and I will be there for you. Simply place your trust in Me, your Savior and close Friend, and rely on My help. I love you.”

These messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.

Source: http://www.queenofpeace.ca/Fr_Melvin_Doucette.htm February 16, 2006

FAITH — MAGIC OF BELIEVING

DOES “ETERNAL LIFE” EXIST?

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Why do many Churchmen comment interminably upon topical issues, but hardly ever speak to us about eternity, about that ultimate union with God that, as faith teaches, remains man’s vocation, man’s destiny, and ultimate end“And so it is appointed that men die once, and then comes judgment”                Hebrews 9:27.

Even those who listen to them have stopped being afraid of hell. In fact, people of our time have become insensitive to the Last Things. On the one hand, secularization and secularism promote this insensitivity and lead to a consumer mentality oriented toward the enjoyment of earthly goods. Man is free but he is still responsible.

Can God, who has loved man so much, permit the man who rejects Him to be condemned to eternal torment? And yet, the words of Christ are unequivocal. Jesus speaks clearly of those who will go to eternal punishment.  “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Matthew 25:46. Who will these be?

Is not God who is Love also ultimate Justice? Can He tolerate these terrible crimes, can they go unpunished?

The Holy Scriptures also include the concept of the purifying fire. The “living flame of love,” of which Saint John speaks, is above all a purifying fire. It is Love that demands purification, before man can be made ready for that union with God which is his ultimate vocation and destiny.

Remember that at the end you will present yourself before God with your entire life. Before His judgment seat you will be responsible for all of your actions, you will be judged not only on your actions and on your words but also on your thoughts, even the most secret.

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 It is true: “No one has ever seen God”. John 1:18god proof

An Angel?

I’ve heard stories of people seeing God in everyday things, but I never thought it would happen to me. “The Photographer 

IS PROOF STILL NEEDED?

Contemporary man has rediscovered the sacred, even if he does not always know how to identify it.

We learn from Plato and Aristotle: “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses”

Is man truly capable of knowing something beyond what he sees with his eyes or hears with his ears?

Man recognizes himself as an ethical being, capable of acting according to criteria of good and evil, and not only those of profit and pleasure. He also recognizes himself as a spiritual being, capable of putting himself in contact with God.  

Of course, there are those who say “I believe in Jesus Christ”, but they don’t affect the way they live. The answer is not that we now have to add hard work to our faith; rather, we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.

Some people say that Jesus is just a crutch. They obviously have never had an encounter with Jesus.

JESUS GOD

Today’s people who live through near death experiences are talking about the same thing Jesus was talking about two thousand years ago. 

Near Death Experience

The proof of heaven starts with thousands of people around the world who claim to have had near-death experiences. (NDEs):

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ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

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BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

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 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

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HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

PROOF OF HEAVEN 2

Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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SEARCH OF LOST CHRISTIAN UNITY

LOST UNITY?

SEARCH OF LOST CHRISTIAN UNITY

People need to know which Churches is that of Christ, since He founded only one Church, the only one capable of speaking in His name. Why would the Holy Spirit have permitted so many different divisions and enmities among those who claim to be disciples of the same Gospel, disciples of the same Christ?  The search: is unity lost?

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Could it not be that these divisions have also been a path continually leading the Church to discover the untold wealth contained in Christ’s Gospel and in the redemption accomplished by Christ? Perhaps all this wealth would not have come to light otherwise.

It is impossible to imagine that this Church, instituted by Christ on the foundation of the apostles and of Peter, should not be one. But we can also understand how over the centuries contact with different political and cultural climates could have led believers to interpret Christ’s message with varying emphases.

Nevertheless, these different approaches to understanding and living out one’s faith in Christ can, in certain cases, be complementary; they do not have to be mutually exclusive. What separates us as believers in Christ is much less than what unites us.

Unfortunately, some Churches originating in the Reformation have a gap, which is considerably wider, since several fundamental elements established by Christ were not respected.

We can trust that “the One who began this good work in us will bring it to completion”                                                                     Philippines 1:6

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IS ONLY ROME RIGHT?              

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