11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Joy is the second revelation of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). This joy that is born in us by the Holy Ghost rises above circumstances, and focuses on the very character of God. There is so much to be joyful for in the Lord. We can rejoice over God's righteousness (Psalms 71:14-16), salvation (Psalms 21:1; 71:23), mercy (Psalms 31:7), creation (Psalms 148:5), Word (Psalms119:14, 162), and faithfulness (Psalms 33:1-6). This joy is a joy that surpasses earthly understanding...
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The charismatic movement has been drawing in an increasing number of young Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants, especially in Addis Ababa, and the leaders of the different churches are reacting in variant ways.
Aid to the Church in Need has been working with Catholic leaders, especially in the Addis Ababa Archdiocese, to reach out to the young charismatics by planning programs to offer Catholic teaching, including a special emphasis on the Eucharist, Confession and Marian devotion.
Bishop Lesane-Christos Matheos, an auxiliary of that archdiocese, told the aid agency that the charismatic, or neo-Pentecostal worship style "attracts young people, gives them direction and challenges them -- it helps cultivate the life of young people to live their faith."
However, he noted that some of the Catholic groups -- the communities tend to follow ecumenical lines -- lacked thorough grounding in Church teaching, since few priests or catechists have been involved with the movement members.
The prelate said that "some [priests] are suspicious of the charismatic renewal because of similarities with Pentecostal groups."
The Pentecostals of the early 20th century were known for splitting off and forming new denominations, whereas current charismatics tend to stay within their churches.
The bishop expressed the belief that "it doesn't help" to abandon Catholics who join the charismatic movement, as this "would bring a great negative impact." Rather, he said, "we need to embrace it."
He noted that leaders from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the largest Christian denomination in the country, have recently clamped down on involvement with this movement. However, the aid agency reported that the Orthodox Church has seen declining numbers as more people seek out the Pentecostal worship style.
Bishop Matheos said that the Catholic Church, which only has some 800,000 members in Ethiopia, is developing new initiatives to reach out to the charismatics.
He explained that steps are being taken so that "it grows as a proper movement of the Catholic Church."
The aid agency is supporting a specific program to train leaders of the Charismatic Renewal.
The prelate noted that through the new programs implemented by the archdiocese, the young people are being more integrated with the Church.
The archdiocese developed a five-year pastoral plan that includes sending lay Church leaders to other countries such as Uganda or India "to see the authentic charismatic movement," the bishop said.
He added that charismatic groups will be invited to teach leaders to reduce some of the "unhealthy spirituality" that can be found in members.
Bishop Matheos explained that a potential problem is "over-emotionalism: Emotion is not bad, God communicates through emotion, but we don't want just emotion; we also need to involve the mind."
He said that another problem is that "some people have the feeling that only charismatics are saved -- it is an extreme way of thinking."
"The charismatic renewal movement mustn't become a ghetto," the prelate said. "It needs to be inclusive."
Bishop Matheos affirmed: "Sometimes the Spirit reveals itself in the charismatic way, but it also works in another way. They have to open their eyes to see the spirit leading the church in other lay activities."
The aid agency reported that a revised and expanded version of the Life in the Spirit seminar -- a basic Catholic charismatic teaching course -- which includes teaching on areas where there may be doubt, such as the Eucharist, is now being used by some groups in Ethiopia.
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It's that time of the year!
We go Christmas shopping. We go to parties and drink spiked egg nog (if we're old enough). We see our families. We celebrate and remember Jesus Christ's birth in Christmas Eve services around the world! It's debatably the happiest of time of year.
This jubilee is not shared by everyone. There are the lonely (including internationals) without families that we need to bring to our home celebrations; there are soldiers serving around the world that we need to support; and yes, there are slaves.
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1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
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re·viv·al Pronunciation –noun
|1.||restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.|
|2.||restoration to use, acceptance, or currency: the revival of old customs.|
|3.||a new production of an old play.|
|4.||a showing of an old motion picture.|
|5.||an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.|
|6.||an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening: to hold a revival.|
|7.||the act of reviving.|
|8.||the state of being revived.|
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I believe that in this age there are many different beliefs within the Church about what Revival is. This video "Revival Hymn" captures what true revival is, uses verses to bring repentance, and explains what qualities do not make up true Christianity. It discusses the infiltration of humanism into fundamental Christianity as well. It brought me to my knees in tears several times having to pause the video. I believe that simply watching this entire video will prompt some to commit their lives to Christ. Give it a chance! (It's 35 minutes of non-boredom audio sermon with pictures in the background. Make sure you watch it all the way through because there are a couple minute long musical pauses.)
Holy Spirit breathe on me
until my heart is free
let sunshine fill it's inward parts
with not a cloud between
Holy Spirit breathe on me
fill me with power divine
kindle a flame of love and zeal
within this heart of mine
Breathe on me, breathe on me
Holy Spirit breathe on me
take Thou my heart
cleanse every part
oh Holy Spirit breathe on me.