I am practically in tears over how little people actually know about Christianity.

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The Annunciation where the angel Gabriel tells Mary she will be the mother of God (IF she wants to!).

I was speaking with someone on Face Book. She said something that completely stopped me in my tracks. She said she was uncomfortable with Mary because she was forced to become pregnant and give birth to Jesus! Hang on while I get up from the floor.

I think that the need by some people to turn a profit at church has left Christianity woefully lacking in gatekeepers.

Mary was never forced into her pregnancy. She always had a choice and she chose ‘Yes!’. Luke 1:38 of the KJ bible.

No wonder there are so many lost souls out there. Before we can share the gospel with them we have to unravel the string of lies they have been told.

Seriously. I just-can’t-even… I bet a feminist told her that Mary would have had an abortion if she could have. Believe folks…. Abortions were a ‘thing’ even back then.

Mary was obedient to the word of God. Obedience does not mean mindless or lacking in a will of our own. Obedience is a choice. We make obedience choices everyday. What? How? When we obey our local laws. When we stand in the 15 items or less line and fewer than 15 items. When we recycle or drive the speed limit. That does not mean we are mindless sheep. In fact, we are usually better off when we ARE obedient.

When I was a protestant, there were many misunderstandings passed along as fact about Mary and Joseph, their relationship, the birth of Christ and yes, even His conception. One of the saddest realities of Christianity to face, and the toughest, is the lack of continuity. So much so within Protestantism that there of hundreds of thousands of different denominations because people cannot agree on the word of God! For Protestants I do connect it to their take on sola scripture, the bible alone. Well it’s not ‘the bible alone’ it’s the blind leading the blind much of the time.

At least in Orthodoxy we have the wisdom of the ancient fathers to help us understand such a tough book. If you are having a tough time understanding scripture I highly recommend getting your hands on commentaries by the ancient fathers to help guide you.

Online Orthodox book stores include but are not limited to:

Holy Cross Monastery in WV

Ancient Faith book store

SVOTS press and book store

Buy some books. Learn things. Dig deep and grow some roots.






Closer to Jesus?

A Year of Weekly Readings by Crosby, Cindy
Photo taken from ebay.
This review excerpt taken from Google books:By allowing us to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers help us drink deeply from the only water that can give us true life. life.

Published in Apr 11, 2007… it’s a devotional! An Orthodox Christian devotional. As rare, and elusive as unicorns of myth and legend.

In Protestantism, one only has to throw a stone to find a devotional. Not so with Orthodoxy. Yes, we have books. Books about the ancient fathers, nuns, abbesses, abbots, angels, monks, prayer, psalms, etc., but books you open everyday to read from and pray with are rare.

Orthodoxy is intense. We read hard, pray hard and feast with joy in Orthodoxy. Mostly books written by and written about ancient fathers as an example of righteousness, but I really wanted a daily devotional. So, I bought the devotional pictured above. I have no idea if I will like it. There are no photos of what’s inside. (I bought it off of ebay for a fraction of what it would have cost on Amazon.). Pretty much everything I have encountered with Orthodoxy is like an advanced university course. Be-that-as-it-may, you can still build a relationship with Christ through; prayer, reading your bible, reading books written by the ancients, prayer, fasting, giving alms, etc.

Will this devotional automatically make me feel closer to Christ? I doubt it. But it will, hopefully, provide welcomed insights into our ancient faith.

For now, say your prayers, give alms, be kind to one another as God is kind to us!


Believing in, and pushing the teachings of, evolution leads to death

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The lie is; evolution is real and there is no God.

Believe your bible.

Evolution is a heresy and should never be condoned by the pulpit. It is what is behind abortions, Hitler and his gang of thugs burning Europe and ultimately bringing the world genocide and WWII.

Soon, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of 911. Twenty years, can you believe it’s been that long?

The same rally cry, ‘never again!’, which echoed around the world after WWII and in America after 911 seems to have been forgotten. We can’t even have political discussions without them deteriorating into fist fights and in some tragic cases, even death. Heck, vegans can’t even declare their beliefs without extreme vitriol and hate to the point of making death threats. Where is our sense of loyalty and community to one another simply because we call ourselves, American? Standing shoulder to shoulder against our enemies is a thing of the past. There is so much death and infighting we are eating ourselves.

What does ouroboros mean? The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, variously signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death.

http://www.dictionary.com

What an odd definition. A snake, or anything else for that matter, eating itself ultimately destroys itself. Only Christ was resurrected. Only the Christian Trinity is infinite. See how the lies look cool but ultimately lead to death?

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This poor thing is never going to live again. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself.

This poor thing is never going to live again. There is no infinity in it. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself. This is where America is right now. We are standing on the edge of a knife. We are either going to go too far in the direction of death and become Russia during its darkest times of killing its own people and almost, ultimately, itself as a nation, or we are going to straighten up, tighten our ‘mercy belts’ and stop attacking each other when we do not see eye-to-eye.

Micah 7:6
For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

Matthew 10:21
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.

Matthew 10:35
For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Luke 12:52
From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.

This is all coming about because the war really is virtue against barbarism. It is not virtuous to kill unborn children simply because they ‘got in the way’ of your life. It is not virtuous to threaten, or attack, people who eat meat. It is not virtuous to say you want to attack ‘the patriarchy’ because you hate men. it’s not ok to hate men. It’s not ok to hate anyone.

It is hard to be patient with people who are attacking you. It is hard to pray for your enemies. Mercy is hard. That's why Jesus told us to be merciful. 

James 2:13 For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy … because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. “Blessed are the merciful, for they

Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have … For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” For God said to Moses

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Be merciful

Think about it, why was Jesus hated so much? No other deity in the history of the world has be vilified and hated as much as Christ. He taught; peace, mercy, love, going the extra mile (literally and figuratively). other religions teach similar things but no one swears in the name of pagan gods. No one burns pagan symbols, attacks Norse creation myths, or does any of the hateful things people do do Christian symbols.

‘To the barbarian, virtue is a blemish.’-(I heard Rabbi Lapin say this but I think he was quoting someone else. I can’t remember who.)

Christ is hated because He taught unprecedented levels of virtue. He taught that life is sacred. Although he did not abolish the law, he took the law to a new level. There was to be no more manipulation of the law (but it still happens in churches everywhere).

I urge you to leave your church if they; support abortion, gay marriage, your pastor is divorced and remarried, they do not believe the eucharist IS the body and blood of Christ, they teach evolution in any form over or in conjunction with creation, they push tithing while members of your congregation are starving and losing their homes while your pastor lives in a mcmansion, they promote ‘if you’re good enough’ no harm will ever come to you (that’s legalism folks), basically, if your church boasts that it is ‘progressive’ it’s not a proper Christian church. What they are really doing is promoting the views, and values of the world.

This book is an excellent resource for understanding what the world was like when Christ came into it, and what people were into that was so unacceptable, Hint: pretty much everything that has become acceptable to progressive ‘christianity’ is just a rehash of what Christ taught against during His ministry.

When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by [Marcellino D'Ambrosio]

FIND ME… BUY ME… READ ME! LINK

Scripture tells us, ‘God never changes’. So why all of the changes to Christianity? Why are there hundreds of thousands of denominations? Each denomination convinced it is the only way to be Christian and yet it looks almost nothing like the early church?

Find, and read, books that support creation over evolution. read them to your children. Teach them God is sovereign, not science. Teach them that all human life is sacred.


The gift of prophecy?

The 4 Clairs Of Intuition & How To Tap Into Each

One of the things I struggled with when I was a member of a certain house of prayer was the tendency for people to misunderstand the difference between clairvoyance, prophecy from God, and observational information, and other ways of what I now call, ‘organic knowing’.

The prophets of the bible would not recognize much of what goes on in a, ‘spirit filled service’ as being from God.

The ladies’ group at church is reading from the book, Fr. Arseny. Here is what he said about the topic.

Another time I asked him, “Fr. Arseny! We, your spiritual children, often talk
about the fact that spiritual fathers frequently have the gift of
prophecy or clairvoyance…”. Fr. Arseny interrupted me sharply
saying, “Don’t continue! You don’t know what real prophecy or
clairvoyance is.
Take the mother of a small child. She sees and
notices all his actions, and she can foresee what he is going to
think or do because he is her child and she loves him. All this
isn’t prophecy or mind reading; it is a kind of spiritual
observation, which is common to many. True prophecy and
mind reading is given by God to a few chosen people, people
like Fr. John of Kronstadt, but certainly not to us sinful people.
Let us stop this conversation, it is useless,” said Fr. Arseny

Bolded text is mine.

We need to take a step back and consider everything we do, making certain we have dedicated it to the glory of God.



Your best self?

We hear so much these days about ‘self-care’. We used to be focused on self-improvement. I think things have a way of getting out of hand if there is no, ‘God plan’.

As Christians, everything we do should be with God in mind. Scripture is a great way to understand God and His will (did you get that… HIS will (for our lives.

One of the great warriors for God, and self-improvement… biblical self-improvement is, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I love listening to, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He gives great, biblical based advice in a loving, fatherly way. I’m not Jewish but he’s ‘my’ Rabbi.

Here is a video of his. I plan to implement some of the things he advises. I am picking and choosing what to do because taking on too much, even with good intentions, can backfire and end up defeating the purpose.

5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed | TheSelfEmployed.com

The things I am going to do for the next week at least?

  1. No t.v.. this is a big deal for me because I love stories and I love t.v. and movies. So no cheating. I will not be watching Amazon Prime or Netflix. I will allow myself Rabbi Daniel Lapin or Orthodox videos.
  2. read more. I love to read and I do so in between other tasks and even on commercial breaks during t.v. programs. Not for the next week. I will be committed to dedicated reading and reading out loud to one’s self is something he recommends. I will be doing that 3x per week for 20 minutes.
  3. Last, but not least, I will commit to daily journaling. I will occasionally write here to there in a journal, if I can find it. My commitment is to write on my planner daily the 5 things for which I am grateful.

Here is the video.

I will be keeping you updated on my progress.