Category Archives: Religion

A Reflective Ash Wednesday

I wish everyone who observes a reflective and redemptive Ash Wednesday. Today I received my ashes at St. Polycarp. I was there to work with other citizens to do some good in our county. I believe Scripture tells us the two are related. Whether that is Mathew 25 or Isaiah 58. As we renew our consecration to our Lord and reflect on his redemption, let us not just fast by giving up something, but fast by dedicating your heart to GOD and stretching your hand out to your fellow people. 4"Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. 5"Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one's head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD? 6"Is this not the fast which Read more

Our Christmas Present to You

Celtic Woman is a great way to relax for Christmas! Merry Christmas, may the blessings of Christ our Redeemer be upon your life for now and through eternity. He conquered death so we could enjoy life. He took on poverty so we could have the riches of heaven. He defeated sin so we could be partakers in His righteousness. He shared the suffering of humanity so we could know the goodness of GOD. I love my Lord and I hope if you don’t know what I mean that you will give me a call 302-734-0366 and discuss it. There is more to Christianity than mere religion. There is a deep and personal friendship with a true and living GOD who loves you. That is the meaning of life, the reuniting of GOD and man. Anyway, the sermonette is over, enjoy the music.

Hobby Lobby Ruling a Boost for Liberty

The High Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act can't make people who own Corporations choose between their business and their beliefs. Freedom is still alive, even by one vote. The Supreme Court recognized the diversity of this country. Forcing people to pay for what they sincerely believe is the termination of innocent human life is incompatible with the heritage of diversity. Even when we had a draft, we exempted people from combat that was even when national survival was at stake. This ruling preserves people's right to choose on both sides. You have right to Ella and Plan B, but I have a right not to pay for it. America has always respected the right of people to practice their faith in their business, churches, family, and government. The Constitution bans religious tests. It prohibits laws that inhibit the free exercise of religion. It forbids setting up a state sponsored Read more

Merry Christmas, Delaware

My Friends, I pray that you have a blessed and Merry Christmas! Christmas is special to me because it shows me that GOD is willing to reach over the great divide of our making to meet us where we are.  All we have to do is be ready to listen.  The shepherds, the wise men, Simeon, Anna, Elizabeth, and of course Mary and Joseph received the great revelation of the ages during their normal lives, but they stopped and paid attention then acted upon it.  GOD is reaching out to all of us if we will pay attention that one Word will change our lives. Christmas reminds us that GOD loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there.   Read more

His Holiness Benedict XVI 2012 Christmas Message, English Translation

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, a happy Christmas to you and your families! In this Year of Faith, I express my Christmas greetings and good wishes in these words taken from one of the Psalms: "Truth has sprung out of the earth". Actually, in the text of the Psalm, these words are in the future: "Kindness and truth shall meet; / justice and peace shall kiss. / Truth shall spring out of the earth, /and justice shall look down from heaven. / The Lord himself will give his benefits; / our land shall yield its increase. / Justice shall walk before him, / and salvation, along the way of his steps" (Ps 85:11-14). Today these prophetic words have been fulfilled! In Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, kindness and truth do indeed meet; justice and peace have kissed; truth has sprung out of the earth and justice has looked down from heaven. Saint Read more

Reprieve

A reprieve for religious freedom has been found in the 1st circuit court of appeals. The court is ordering the Obama administration to revise their health care contraceptive rules to accommodate religiously motivated institutions not just churches. This overturns two lower court rulings and is a victory for Protestant Wheaton College and Catholic Belmont Abbey College specifically. The broader sweep of the ruling is a major victory for religious freedom and diversity over arbitrary government power to decide a whimsical definition of the common good over individual conscience.

The Meaning Behind The Sacrifice and Why It Still Matters

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23.  For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  For GOD sent not His Son to condemn the World, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:16. 17  Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Matthew 6:10 GOD loves us.  The goodness of GOD is the story of history.  We made a mess of life.  Our craziness, hatred, and greed is a cancer consuming the good on the earth.  Our greed leads us to short cuts that even harm nature itself.  Our hatred turns even man against man.  The world is full of unnecessary suffering, but it is the world we made.   Hey, it was worse 2k ago. The GOD who made us cares too much about us to leave us to stew in an ever increasing Read more

Good Friday Controversy

Did President Obama merely have a slip of the tongue when he said Jesus is a son of God not that the Lord Jesus is the Son of GOD. We are all sons or children of GOD, but according to New Testament Scripture, the Lord Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of GOD or as the NIV puts it God's one and only Son. The subject seems to have legs in some circles especially with the President's Muslim roots being a subterrain factor with some. I doubt the election will turn on the difference between a or the nor should it, but it is interesting as a matter of insight. It is even more interesting that the press pays attention to every syllable the President utters, but not as much to his policies which are leading to the moral and financial bankruptcy of a nation. Have a blessed Good Friday. Remember that He was the sacrifice for our sins (crimes against the law of GOD). For GOD so loved the world Read more

Matthew 6

  I know that it seems as if all we down here in Sussex County talk about is prayer here and prayer there.   We have become the county of the prayer law suit. Our county council has been sued over its former practice of holding an organized prayer during its monthly meetings and the Indian River School Board was also sued for holding an organized prayer during its meetings.   This post will center more around the IRSB issue, than the Sussex County Council suit. This is because I believe that the council has solved their issue by now saying a prayer before calling the meeting to order. This has not always been the case and is why they were sued.   I have made my opinion on this issue well-known. I feel that once these public meeting are called to order, the elected officials become a body government and no longer are acting as individuals and so, are no longer afforded the same Read more

Christmas is still Important

In today’s world, we often forget why Christmas matters. I believe that by secular standards, He is one of the ten most influential people to ever live (many would argue the first, but I am not looking for an argument). His teaching completely revamped human culture. His movement has grown century after century. His devotees have had as great an impact for good in the history of the world as anyone ever born. Consider the state of the world before Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. The world was a very dark place where violence and the dark side of power were revered. The voices of people who advocated living by the better side of our nature never quite gained traction. After him, there was a philosophical, societal framework for a Kingdom based upon love, mutual respect, and justice which could spread across cultures and unite people of all kinds of heritages. Before Jesus there would be Read more

Children Of Abraham

  I would like to take this time to wish all a happy holiday season. I know that the fact that I have said a holiday season will offend some.  Those who see their faith as a team sport mostly. I would however ask all who worship the one God, to remember that we are all children of Abraham.   This includes the Muslim, the Jewish and the Christian faiths. And even many of the other faiths around the world that have grown out of the one God belief.  We should try to remember that the belief in a God should unite us, not separate us. In the three major religions we all come from the same family tree, whether we want to admit it or not. When we seek to show some sort of superiority of faith above another, we are actually attempting to belittle our brothers and sisters.  As a Christian I am moved, especially at this time of year, to remember that this is a season of love. It was Read more

How Strong My Faith

Say Merry Christmas  I was inspired to write this post after hearing this song the other day.    It seems as if every year, at about this, time we are bombarded with stories about how the Christian faith is under attack.    We hear about  how Nativity scenes are no longer allowed on the town square.    We hear about the outrage of stores not using Merry Christmas in their store windows. And may God help anyone using the abbreviation of XMAS !    We are told time and time again how our Christian faith is being stolen from us. How this nation was founded upon Christian principles and that if stores do not have Merry Christmas in the windows, that our nation will fall into ruin. Ba! Humbug!    I have often written about my view that government and faith are not intended to be blended. I feel that if our leaders are truly righteous in their faith, then they will Read more

Atheists Attempt to Bully NY 9/11 Memorial Committee

Two beams formed a cross and were about the only thing left standing after the 9/11 attacks.  It almost as if Christ himself was honoring the Priests who gave their lives comforting, aiding, and blessing the injured and dying.  It is part of the story that some radical godless bullies do not want told. The mere fact the beams resemble a cross and a church had preserved the beams and donated them to the memorial is deemed to disqualify them from the Memorial.  The president of the group spewed the following: The WTC cross has become a Christian icon," said Dave Silverman, president of the atheist group. "It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It's a truly ridiculous Read more

Sussex County GOP Executive Committee Resolution Stands United with Council On Prayer Issue

Whereas, The Sussex County Republican Party Executive Committee acknowledges that the First amendment prohibits Congress from passing any law establishing religion, the practice of reciting the Lords Prayer does not constitute establishment by Congress or by the Sussex County Council, from the founding of this nation prayer to the almighty has been the norm in government meetings from Town Councils to the House of Representatives to the US Senate, -Benjamin Franklin in the Constitutional Convention did say” I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I Read more

My Redeemer Lives

GOD loves you and has a plan for your good. That plan was set up at the foundation of the earth. GOD knew we would struggle and fail, but he loved us enough to redeem us from our frailties and give us his strength. When the GOD who gave us life gave us liberty, he knew we would misuse it. GOD knew there was a moral superiority to liberty despite the sometimes messy aftermath.  In the end, it produces the greatest good.  Without the freedom to fail there is no success. Without the freedom to hate, there is no love. Without the freedom to have a free will there is no true devotion. The gift of liberty was the biggest gamble in history of the universe. It came at an enormous cost. In order to cover the multitude of sin, GOD had to shed his love upon us in a way that even the angels could not imagine. He gave us his own Son. Good Friday is when we remember the sacrifice of His suffering. He Read more

Illinois New Civil Union Law Impacts Faith Based Adoptions

Science and Religion agree that a mother and father are the best arraignment for children. Sadly, the new civil union law, which like Delaware amends the definition of the family is erupting in controversy. It is forcing Faith based organizations to adopt to gays couples. We all know that sometimes the ideal situation is not available. A loving family even if incomplete beats an abusive one or being constantly switched between foster homes and group homes with no attachment. I am not opposing gays and lesbians adopting children. I am opposing making their right to adopt paramount over the right of people to practice their faith or children to have a fair evaluation of prospects for their best interest. Let the free market of ideas come into play. The state will operate according to state policy. The faith based groups according to their tenets. A courageous Democrat, Senator William Haine Read more

His Holiness States An Obvious Fact

Obvious to most, the universe didn't happen by accident.  It is intelligently and wonderfully made.  Most importantly for us, it was created for a purpose by design.  That means we are created for a purpose and by design by Supreme Creator.   Pope Benedict  said, "Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God."  The evidence is overwhelming.  Here are 93 examples  of fine tuning in the universe necessary for life.   Doubters arrogantly think there way is the best and therefore GOD can't exist.  The truth is the joke is on them and their lack of understanding. Politically, the implications are profound.  The notion of human rights, limits on the authority of government, cultural institutions, the value of the individual, the necessity of religious in  public life,  the authority Read more

The War Against Christianity: Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al Qaeda insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier. A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence. Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off. "Nobody can ignore the threats of al Qaeda against Iraqi Christians," said Chaldean Archbishop Read more

Proud of These Guys

A shout out to a couple of members of my Church here. Congratulations on the first project which will soon be released.  There is nothing wrong with good Theology mixed with cool music.  It is another tool to reclaim the culture.  Now back to your normal programing.

Pope On Right Track As Usual

His Holiness Benedict XVI made a common sense pronouncement on condoms being a step to personal responsibility for those with AIDS.  Like several Catholic theologians, I have long wondered how condoms which do not involve chemically altering the body to be infertile or worse kill off zygotes were in the same category.  There was nothing in the Church Fathers let alone the Scriptures which would forbid their use.  St. Jerome condemned the potions to make one infertile not simple barriers.  The only time Scripture condemned someone for preventing pregnancy was a man who had covenanted with his brother's widow to allow her to have a child according to the law.  He dealt deceitfully with her spilling the seed on the ground.  That is a debate the Church will continue to have, the encyclical of 1968 seems to settle that issue for now with serious Catholics and my opinion is meaningless.    Read more

The Bishops Take Their Place

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seem to have the same feelings the rank file displayed in the recent election.  Catholic voters went Republican.  The election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan over his more liberal counter part will hearten cultural conservatives of any faith.  Archbishop Dolan was an original partner with Chuck Colson in the Manhattan Project. He is a staunch pro-life proponent.  Even more encouraging for the future is the fact that the leading advocate against the disgraceful fraud of same sex marriage Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Kentucky was elected Vice President and likely successor.   The American Bishops are now refusing to go along for the ride in the culture wars.  They are preparing to lead.  We in the Evangelical community welcome the renewed partnership.  It hearkens back to the days of His Holiness John Paul II.   When GOD's people are in one Read more

Where does Natural Law, the 10 Commandments, our Republic, and Glen Urquhart

Where does Natural Law, the 10 Commandments, our Republic, and Glen Urquhart come together? Since man’s beginning we have had to deal with weakness and vulnerability. Moses and the 10 Commandments(1200 BC) helps, Natural Law helps, and Religion plays a key roll. One tends to overlook religion’s sustained importance in making our Republic work. The Founders knew children required a found- action in ethics & morals to rightly support our country throughout life. Our candidate for the U.S. Congress is in step with our Founders: parents lay the foundation for morals & ethics using religion as a key teaching tool. Ask adults where they learned morals and ethics growing up, the answer most often credits parents and religion. The “sub-prime” mortgage meltdown is a current example of man’s weakness and vulnerability where greed took over. We must not abandon the Read more

St. Nicholas Church at the World Trade Center

The New York Times July 3, 2008 The story of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its efforts to rebuild after the collapse of the World Trade Center is one of well-intentioned promises that led to endless negotiations, design disputes, delays and mounting costs. It is, in other words, a microcosm of the seven-year, $16 billion, problem-plagued effort to reconstruct the entire trade center site. Within a month of the attack on the trade center, Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, pledged that the four-story church would rise “on the same sacred spot as a symbol of determined faith.” Gov. George E. Pataki agreed.But today, the church exists only on blueprints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency overseeing reconstruction, has not finalized the exchange of land needed to provide the congregation with a new home Read more