2 Corinthians 11:1-21-WHEN IS IT OK TO BOAST?/ and a PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN REFUGEES

I am in a Bible Study Group that is studying 2 Corinthians 11:1-21. Paul talks about Boasting. One of the question in our lesson is: When is it OK to boast??? I think most people brag or boast at one time or another. I know I do when I did a good job at something. I don’t boast to get attention, I boast when I am proud of what I did, and I know it is with God’s help, but I don’t always say that When do you brag? Think about this… the Answer is Yes..but it is only legitimate to boast about the POWER THAT COMES THROUGH GOD AND FURTHERS THE GOSPEL AND GOD’S KINGDOM. This is why Paul is bragging in his letter to the Corinthians. SOMETHING FOR US TO THINK ABOUT………………..

Another question related to this Chapter: RECALL A life experience that made you feel weak and most in need of God’s strength?? It took me awhile to come up with an answer, I am sure there were many times, and then I realized that is part of MY FAITH JOURNEY. Think about this, every time we feel weak and most in need, are also the time we renew our faith in Jesus Christ. Because that is when we realize that we can’t make it without Him.

The time I thought of was when I was told by my first husband that he wanted a divorce. When it really hit me that he was moving away, and I was going to be taking care of 4 children, ages 7 to 16 by myself, I fell on my knees and prayed, many times, knowing I could not do it alone. Well, they are all grown up now, and because the Lord was there for all 5 of us, through many hard times, and many really good times, everything turned out well and my children are now wonderful, caring, Christian adults, and they also became wonderful parents. I can’t tell you how many times I asked God for help, and he was there every time we needed Him

When I came home from Bible Study, I thought of many more time and prayed and begged God to help me. It has not always been on my time, but in the end I know that the help I received came when I needed it most.

THERE IS A SONG OUT NOW, CAN’T THINK OF THE SINGER RIGHT NOW, BUT I HEAR IT ON THE STATION: KLOVE. It says something about: “I didn’t know it would be like this… And it made me start thinking of more of my Faith Stories. IN FACT, I am now 76 years old, and when I look back on my life and what I had planned when I started out, I would have to say “I didn’t know it would be like this… I has been so much better than I ever could have imagined. If we listen really hard, maybe we will understand that God wants so much more for us than we originally ask for. I pray that all of you will have so much more to life than you expect.

PRAYER; The prayer tonight is totally unrelated to the above subject. I received a request today from Catholic Relief Services to help the Christian Refugees in Iraq, Syria and Gaza. Catholic Relief Services and Caritas are working to help these families. Together, they have assisted 350,000 war affected Syrians across the region with shelter, food, medical care, and trauma counseling and education for children. In Gaza, they wait for breaks in the violence to rush in medical supplies and relief kits. CRS is committed to meeting the most urgent humanitarian needs in all 3 places, and they will remain in each of these war-torn areas for as long as there are families who need help. But they cannot do it alone, since the funds they need come mostly from donations. You can get more information at: http://www.crs.org Remember these are normal ordinary middle class families with normal lives, and all of a sudden, they are running for their lives simply because they are CHRISTIAN. Could it happen to us???THE PRAYER FOR TO NIGHT IS FOR THESE UNKNOWN REFUGEES.

A PRAYER FOR OUR UNKNOWN FRIENDS: HEAVENLY Father, welcome into your embrace our friends overseas whose names we do not know, but whose terrible plight we rush to remedy. Bless the suffering people who struggle and sacrifice on behalf of their families. Grant them sustenance, shelter and opportunity. For this we give you thanks. Amen

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FROM MAGNIFICAT

“Whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace.”

“Every Christian call is in some way a call to persecution and martyrdom.  In many places in the world in our day Christians are persecuted and in danger of death. Each one of us is called to die daily to self and to imitate the suffering Christ. Is our faith strong enough that it can withstand persecution and hold fast in the face of death?”

“Intercessions:  Our strength is in God alone and so we pray:

R: Give us courage, Lord.

When others challenge our faith,-may we not fear to stand up for the truth. R

When we fear suffering for our faith,-let us not be tempted to compromise our beliefs. R

When we see other Christians neglect their religious duties,-may we not be tempted to settle for mediocrity. R”

This is why I believe it is right and proper to mention religion and Christianity on Face Book or any social site.  Think about it, Political Correctness is destroying this Nation.  If people can’t discuss important issues, how can we come to any solutions????  I have the obligation to speak about my faith, it is part of my life.  I believe a good many problems we have in this Country could be solved with a believe in God and the love of Jesus Christ.

 

 

WE ARE THE CHURCH(NOT THE BUILDING)

I have been waiting awhile to post this until the correct time, I think this is the time. Since this is back to church Sunday. This came from the Harvest Magazine.

“REV. ROGER WILLIAMS:  some years ago, there was a review in the Wall Street Journal of a new book on Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. I’d like to share a section of that review with you.”

“The Rev. Roger Williams was an exasperating man.  The story is told that, early in his career, he became convinced that the only scriptural church was one composed solely of godly members, an awkward position for a minister of the established Church of England, which seated godly and ungodly in the same pews and ministered equally to both.  Williams was briefly satisfied by New England’s compromise: the godly announced themselves and made up the communicant church while the remaining parish members sat passively in the pews, unable to take the Lord’s Supper.”

Basically things went from bad to worse and …..Soon he decided that it was impossible to distinguish the wheat from the chaff in this life and withdrew to pray with his wife……he couldn’t be to sure about her either. For the rest of his life, Williams prayed alone in his closet, a congregation of one awaiting the Second Coming”

In a way, Roger Williams’ story is comical, but in another sense, it is tragic. His idealism and zeal made him unable to understand and accept his brothers and sisters. His seemingly high principles left him unable to join others in a community of prayer and faith.”

“While Williams’ case is certainly an extreme one, it is not without parallels today. There are any number of people whose expectations of their churches make them unwilling to go to church when they discover to THEIR HORROR WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG; THAT THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE WEAK AND EVEN THEIR LEADERS ARE SOMETIMES SINNERS.”

“BUT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SINNER-LESS CHURCH. AND EVEN IF THERE WERE ONE, AS SOON AS YOU JOINED IT, IT WOULD NO LONGER BE SINLESS. ‘If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves; and the truth is not in us’ (1 John 1:8) Church is just the opposite of the famous quotation of Groucho Marx: ‘I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.'”

And this is the most important point made in the article: ” FURTHERMORE, THERE IS NO  CHRISTIANITY BY YOURSELF. CHRISTIANITY CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE IN GROUPS. THE GROUP CAN BE AS SMALL AS TWO, INDEED THE MARRIED COUPLE IS THE SMALLEST UNIT OF THE CHURCH, BUT THERE IS NO INDIVIDUAL VERSION OF CHRISTIANITY.

………………….AS ONE AUTHOR PUTS IT: SEPARATE FROM THE CHURCHES WITH ALL THEIR FAULTS, ‘THE INDIVIDUAL IN QUEST OF GOD, HOWEVER SINCERE THAT SEARCH, LIVES THE UKCONFRONTED LIFE. WITHOUT CHURCH, WE HAVE MORE PRIVATE FANTASY THEN REAL FAITH.'”

by Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Henchal