Monday, March 02, 2009

Julian Of Norwich Video

Here's a link to a wondeful video about the life and message of 14th centruy English Christian mystic Julian of Norwhich.

Her great saying, "...All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well"


Saturday, April 12, 2008

The moments of our Lives

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.


Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year ~ 2008

A New Year’s Prayer

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year


Monday, October 30, 2006

A Young Martyr

A horrifying story from Iraq. Please PRAY for the church in Iraq.

(AINA) — According to the Assyrian website, a 14 year old Christian Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, from Baqouba, Iraq was decapitated at his work place on October 21.
Ayad Tariq was working his 12 hour shift, maintaining an electric generator, when a group of disguised Muslim insurgents walked in at the beginning of his shift shortly after 6 a.m. and asked him for his ID.
According to another employee who witnessed the events, and who hid when he saw the insurgents approach, the insurgents questioned Ayad after seeing that his ID stated "Christian", asking if he was truly a "Christian sinner." Ayad replied "yes, I am Christian but I am not a sinner." The insurgents quickly said this is a "dirty Christian sinner!" Then they proceeded to each hold one limb, shouting "Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!" while beheading the boy.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Iraqi Christians face Genocide

They are facing a brutal persecution not seen against Christians in centuries. They need our prayers!!

This from Michelle Malkins blog:

Report: Another victim of Pope Rage

By Michelle Malkin · October 13, 2006 08:50 AM

The Pope Rage death count rises. Reader Steve G. sends word of a priest murdered by jihadists--who once again prove their critics right:
Relatives of a beheaded Iraqi priest said his captors had demanded a church apology for recent papal comments about Islam.
They said the Orthodox priest was abducted Sunday by an unidentified group, which demanded a ransom. The kidnappers also wanted the priest's church to condemn controversial recent remarks by Pope Benedict. In a speech last month, the pope quoted a medieval text describing Islam as a religion spread by the sword.
The relatives said the priest's church had already posted signs condemning the pope's statement. A similar message was posted again after the abduction.
The priest's son had apparently been talking with the kidnappers by phone, and had agreed to pay a $40,000 ransom. But contact abruptly ceased Tuesday night. The priest's decapitated body was found Wednesday in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
Since the start of the Muslim holy month, U.S. officials in Baghdad said the number of attacks there is up by 15 percent.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Ramadan "historically" brings more violence. And Caldwell warned that the military is assuming "it will still get worse before it gets better." He's anticipating a continued increase in violence over the next two weeks, until the holy month ends.

AINA has more details and a plea:
On Monday, October 9, a prominent Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) priest, Fr. Paulos Iskander (Paul Alexander), was kidnapped by an unknown Islamic group. His ransom was posted at either $250,000 or $350,000. This group had demanded that signs be posted once again on his church apologizing for the Pope's remarks as a condition for negotiations to begin.
Father Alexander was beheaded on Wednesday.
An email from a priest in Sweden, Adris Hanna, describes the Muslim terror campaign against the Christians in Iraq:
The Syriac-Orhtodox priest Paulos Iskandar was kidnapped this Monday, October 9, and beheaded today Wednesday October 11.
The Bishop in Mosul wrote me an email tonight and told me that the funeral will be held in Mosul tomorrow.
Christians are living a terrified life in Mosul and Baghdad. Several priests have been kidnapped, girls are being raped and murdered and a couple of days ago a fourteen year old boy was crucified in the Christian neighborhood Albasra.
I have also spoken to a group of nuns that were robbed and treated brutally on their way between Baghdad to Amman in Jordan.
The murder of father Paulus is the final blow for Christians, and now only hell is expected for the Christians of Iraq.
We the oriental Christians in Sweden and the rest of the Western world must protest against the genocide. We must do what we can to stop the rape, threats, hatred, robberies, murders… We must do something.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

13 year old Amish girl shows " greater love..." in action

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Two of the survivors of the shooting told their parents that 13-year-old Marian Fisher, one of the slain girls, asked to be shot first, apparently hoping the younger girls would be let go, according to Leroy Zook, an Amish dairy farmer.
"Shoot me and leave the other ones loose," Marian has been quoted as saying, Zook said. His daughter, Emma Mae Zook, was the teacher who ran from the schoolhouse to a farm to summon police.

from MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press Writer

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pray for the Amish Families

By now most of you have heard about the tragedy in Lancaster County, PA. The Amish families have shown the light of Christ in the midst of a very dark, evil situation. Please take a look at a true religion of peace, Christianity, as practiced by these faithful Amish families. This is from AP writer Michael Rubinkam's coverage of the story....

As they struggle with the slayings, the Amish in this Lancaster County village are turning the other cheek, urging forgiveness of the killer and quietly accepting what comes their way as God's will.
"They know their children are going to heaven. They know their children are innocent ... and they know that they will join them in death," said Gertrude Huntington, a Michigan researcher and expert on children in Amish society.
"The hurt is very great," Huntington said. "But they don't balance the hurt
with hate."

What an amazing example of faithfulness to the message of Jesus and the truth of the gospel. These Amish families are honoring God and have become a living example of the power of love and the triumph of good over evil. I thank God for their courage and example. May we all learn from it.

More from the same article by Michael Rubinkam....

The Amish have also been reaching out to the family of the gunman. Dwight Lefever, a Roberts family spokesman, said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them.
"I hope they stay around here and they'll have a lot of friends and a lot of support," Daniel Esh, a 57-year-old Amish artist and woodworker whose three grandnephews were inside the school during the attack, said of the Robertses.
Huntington, the authority on the Amish, predicted they will be very supportive of the killer and his wife, "because judgment is in God's hands: `Judge not, that ye be not judged."

and more....

Enos Miller, the grandfather of the two Miller sisters, was with both of the girls when they died. He was out walking near the schoolhouse before dawn Wednesday _ he said he couldn't sleep _ when he was asked by a reporter for WGAL-TV whether he had forgiven the gunman.
"In my heart, yes," he said, explaining it was "through God's help."

Please pray for the families who lost children the Ebersole family, the Fisher family, the Miller family, and the Stoltzfus family. Also the 5 families who have daughters that were critically injured and are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.

In a day and age where the slighest insult or preceived insult will incur rage, violence and murder from Islamic fundamentalists let us look to this shining example of the power of love and forgivness we find in the Amish community. Christians everywhere should be inspired and encouraged by their faithful example. Those who persist in mocking and discrediting Christianity should take another look, and then take a long hard look into their own souls.