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  1. Jeffrey Epstein’s Soul, Prayer, Judgement, Mercy, And Hell

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Soul, Prayer, Judgement, Mercy, and Hell Famed Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel once quoted a saying from an ancient rabbinical text: the angels weep whenever a soul is condemned to Hell. Our Lord seemed to echo that angelic emotion with His agonized sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before He died. If the angels lament the loss of one soul, how much more does God mourn the loss of one whom He created in His image and likeness to live with Him forever? Contue:...
  2. Spanning Forever

    (Romans 1:16) My soul, God’s blessing and mercies come through living trust in Him (Psalms 115:9-11) Who shall trust Almighty God? Whom shall the Sovereign bless? In Whom shall they have confidence Which spans forever? Let Israel (seed of Abraham), The remnant of Priest Aaron, The worshipping, whosoever-sands Trust now in His help-shield! ( Psalms 115:12-15) Whom shall Adonai bless? Whom shall He make their God? On whom shall living blessings flow, Which span forever? Let Israel (seed of...
  3. Experiencing God

    If you haven't already read this book you should consider putting it on your list. “Experiencing God” has been out for many years and has been read by millions; in 2008 it was revised with seven new chapters along with many personal reflections from those who have been blessed by its pages. This is a must-have in the library of any Christian and an absolute joy to read as your connection to God is reinforced and focused to a point of clear understanding. Distinguished theologian Henry...
  4. Prisoners Are Beloved Children Of God

    Prisoners are Beloved Children of God Every once in a while I like to share something about my experience in writing prisoners. I fell into it by accident, if truth be told. One day the abbot brought me a letter from a prisoner about 5 years ago and requested that I write to him. It is been rewarding for me on many levels. Some of the men I write to, actually need to be in jail. Others got caught doing something very stupid when they were young. One prisoner will never get out for...
  5. Mary's Role Iln The Christian Path

    Mary's role iln the Christian Path Every since I was a small child, I have had a devotion to the Blessed Mother. I do think because of that, my devotion has not interfered with my intimacy with Christ Jesus, but only over the years deepened it. This is the experience of untold numbers of Christians from the old expressions of the Christian faith. Also, I have met many non-Catholic’s who have admitted to me a love of Mary, as well as of the Rosary. There will perhaps never be a time when...
  6. God's Not Dead

    Newsboys God's Not Dead Let love explode and bring the dead to life A love so bold To seek a revolution somehow Let love explode and bring the dead to life A love so bold To bring a revolution somehow Now I'm lost in Your freedom In this world I'll overcome My God's not dead He's surely alive He's living on the inside Roaring like a lion God's not dead He's surely alive He's living on the inside Roaring like a lion Roaring, He's roaring, He's roaring like a lion Let hope...
  7. Sharing The Good News

    Take a few minutes to once again focus on this simple truth. When Jesus sent his apostles out to begin their own personal ministry, he empowered them with the ability to heal the sick and drive out demons. He also spent some time offering them clear instructions on what to expect along the way. Some of these instructions are important lessons that apply to our own relationship with Jesus and to our efforts to share the gospel. If you are a Christian, much of the world is hostile to your...
  8. Trust In You

    Lauren Daigle Trust In You Letting go of every single dream I lay each one down at Your feet Every moment of my wandering Never changes what You see I try to win this war I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest Mighty warrior, king of the fight No matter what I face You're by my side When You don't move the mountains I'm needing You to move When You don't part the waters I wish I could walk through When You don't give the answers As I cry out to You I will trust, I...
  9. Christ - Too Familiar Or Too Strange.

    Christ taught the crowd proclaiming, “I am the bread of life!” (John 3: 48). After that teaching, many left Jesuses’ crowd. Among the followers who left Christ, I see two groups. The first group left as they questioned, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” (John3:42). For them, Christ is too familiar. They clinked on to his humanity it was hard for them to believe His divinity. This group still exists today they...
  10. Your Treasure

    Take a few minutes to once again focus on this simple truth. In Christ’s day, the Jewish philosophy was that those who are rich are those whom God loves. In Deuteronomy 28, in the Old Testament, God promised to bless the Jews materially if they were obedient to His Word; and He also told them there would be discipline and poverty if they disobeyed. Based on this instruction, the Jews thought that riches were a sign of God’s blessing. During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus took some time...
  11. Changing Gears

    I am thankful to have been able to learn so much from this site, and from what I've learned, the most important thing in our relationship with the Trinity God, by whom we pray in Jesus' name, is the time spent with God intimately, Him within us. I have found the scriptures are useful for many things, including creating tools to take down imaginations and thoughts that stand against the knowledge of God. However, the way scriptures are commonly applied, tends to defeat this purpose,...
  12. Ain't No Grave

    Johnny Cash Ain't No Grave There ain't no grave can hold my body down There ain't no grave can hold my body down When I hear that trumpet sound I'm gonna rise right out of the ground Ain't no grave can hold my body down Well, look way down the river, what do you think I see? I see a band of angels and they're coming after me Ain't no grave can hold my body down There ain't no grave can hold my body down Well, look down yonder Gabriel, put your feet on the land and see But Gabriel...
  13. We Believe

    Newsboys We Believe In this time of desperation When all we know is doubt and fear There is only one foundation We believe, we believe In this broken generation When all is dark, You help us see There is only one salvation We believe, we believe We believe in God the Father We believe in Jesus Christ We believe in the Holy Spirit And He's given us new life We believe in the crucifixion We believe that He conquered death We believe in the resurrection And He's comin' back...
  14. Evolution Of Worship Music

    David Wesley A cappella medley filled with songs still in use today, but with connections to almost 1500 years of Christian worship. It's all crammed into 7.5 minutes, so strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride! SONG LIST! c. 560 (Original Old Irish poem) – Be Thou My Vision (Dallan Forgaill) 1225 (original poem) All Creatures of Our God and King (St. Francis of Assisi) 1529 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Martin Luther) 1668 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Joachim Neander) 1779 –...
  15. Fr. James’s Funeral

    Fr. James’s funeral All the years that I have been here, we have never had such a crowd for a monk’s funeral. It was a touching, and beautiful, experience for the whole community. Our lives are interesting, we go through our lives meeting others on a daily basis. We interact with one another, yet for the most part, it never occurs to us how we have influenced those around us. We do remember those who have touched us deeply. What we become is made by one choice at a time. There is no...
  16. Oh Happy Day

    Anthony Brown w/ FBCG Combined Choir Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) He washed my sins away (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray And live rejoicing every, everyday Oh happy day He taught me how Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day)...
  17. Serving The Kingdom

    As servants of the kingdom of heaven we are called to surrender our lives in this world to include wealth, fame, etc. to serve the will of the Father. There are far too many who make the claim to know Christ and yet in the end He (Christ) will tell, "Depart from Me, I never knew you!"
  18. Receiving Fr. James’s Behrens Body

    Receiving Fr. James’s Behrens body When a member of our community dies, we gather the day before the funeral to receive the body. I guess this is around my 55th time for this, and a very powerful liturgical event. Family, and friends of the Monastery gather for the ‘Vespers’ for the dead. The body is placed in our bier, and 8 men are the pall-bearers. The body leads the procession to the front of the church, where it is placed beneath the Paschal Candle. The candle that is lit at the...
  19. Kingdom Of God (spiritual) Vs Kingdom Of Heaven (physical)

    Kingdom of God (SPIRITUAL) vs Kingdom of Heaven (PHYSICAL) Throughout scripture two kingdoms: physical & spiritual are revealed. Cain physical, Abel spiritual Ishmael physical, Isaac spiritual (See Gal 4:22-31) Esau physical, Jacob spiritual Israel physical, Body of Christ/Church spiritual Adam physical, Christ Spiritual (1 Cor 15:45) 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a quickening spirit I...
  20. Riding The Waves

    Riding the waves Emotions rise and fall, fueled by unruly thoughts, like ocean waves, we learn to ride, knowing that it will pass, and calm restored. There are storms and lightning, we may feel like we are drowning, then it calms and we find peace for a time. There is love and friendship, the waves beautiful and they carry us, over the rough eddies that we must traverse, carrying us into deeper love and trust, learning forgiveness and compassion. In the midst of the whirlwind, we can...
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