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The Fruit of the Spirit - Long-suffering [17 Dec 2010|02:39am]

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The Fruit of the Spirit - Peace [05 Dec 2010|02:04am]

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The third revelation of the fruit of the Spirit is peace. This peace that is born out of the Spirit of Jesus surpasses all understanding... PeaceCollapse )

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The Fruit of the Spirit - Joy [29 Nov 2010|01:41am]

[ mood | Blessed ]

Psalm 16
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 Fruit of the Spirit - Love [24 Nov 2010|02:08am]

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The fruit of the Spirit is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. One spiritual fruit with nine different revelations or parts. When one accepts Jesus Christ, He enters the heart and bears this fruit (that the Father delights in) by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I think of it like this... Imagine if you will, a garden. And all fruitful trees are planted by Him. He constantly roams this garden seeking His fruit at an appointed time. When He comes upon a tree that bears no fruit, He draws a sword commanding it to be hewn down and cast into the fire.... But then Jesus steps in and says "Not yet... let me water it with the Word, nourish it with the Holy Spirit, tending it with love and grace. And if it does not bear fruit within my appointed time...then cut it down and cast it into the fire." And the Father nods in agreement appointing a time of grace by the Son through the Spirit.

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Get Saved! [04 Aug 2010|06:56pm]


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Bishop Lesane-Christos Matheos on Charismatic Movement [04 Jul 2010|08:45am]

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, JULY 2, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Faced to growing numbers of charismatics in Ethiopia, Catholic leaders are expressing openness to welcome this movement, and offering catechesis to strengthen ties with the Church.

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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~All I Want for Christmas is to Free Sudanese Slaves~ [12 Dec 2008|07:25pm]


(This message is for all believers in unity of the faith.  X-Posted Elsewhere)

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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Is the Supernatural Grounds for Faith? [19 Jun 2008|01:29pm]

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
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.

I, my friends, have experienced the supernatural. Read more...Collapse )
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What does true Revival look like? [11 Jun 2008|03:11am]


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.
9.Law. the reestablishment of legal force and effect.

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.)
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Breathe on me by Hatch/McKinny [19 Mar 2008|02:53am]


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.

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My Testimony [14 Mar 2008|08:40pm]

Hi, my name is Daniel. I grew up in a Christian home and I have many times committed my life to God. Read more...Collapse )Now I have a sense of real joy and peace in my life. I may be on disability, but there is meaning to my life. I have a direction and a future as the Lord promises. In His Word, (The Bible), He says,

"God works out all things to the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose."
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future."

Many of you who post on this blog insist that you do have a relationship with God. It may be true. But keep in mind that the Bible says the road leading to everlasting (eternal) life is narrow and the road leading to destruction is wide. Read more...Collapse )

You have to know you're lost to be found.

Romans 3:23-24Read more...Collapse )
We all deserve to be in Hell. We are all slowly dying. And every man is without excuse.

Romans 1:18-20Read more...Collapse )
But there is hope if we acknowledge our sin. We need to confess Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior by mouth and believe that Jesus was raised from the dead after dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus will not reject us if we approach Him. Cry out Him.

Romans 10:8-13Read more...Collapse )
From here on, you begin a new life with God and live that new life with salvation securely with God in peace.

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."

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God Bless You!

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HELLO [11 Mar 2008|08:57pm]


Hello if you are a blogger and you like to share Jesus and stuff I want to encourage you, I just got a message from a guy who was saved through a blog I wrote-tell people what God means to you what He's done and stuff.

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~ Don't Forget ~ [15 Apr 2007|02:09pm]

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday!

Say a Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at 3 p.m.
( or the Our Father and the Creed anytime)
and receive a plenary indulgence!

If you've had any "deeds of Mercy" in mind lately, today is also a particularly good day to carry them out...

For more, click here

Hope this finds you all well :)

Peace be with you,
M. S.
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~Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception~ [08 Dec 2006|11:08pm]


May you all be greatly blessed today.

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[24 Sep 2006|06:11pm]

This isn't about charismatic activities, but oh well, thought I'd share - it's as close as I'm getting to anything like that lately.

I went to a community church today, it was interesting. I enjoyed it, I think I'm going to go next week as well. The speaker spoke about overcoming life's problems, what wasn't rooted in scripture seemed to have a good basis in psychology. There was no witnessing or speaking in tongues like the last time I went to a community church, and I didn't know the music, but it seems pretty organized.
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Pope's speech [18 Sep 2006|01:48pm]

Given the current controversy stemming from Pope Benedict XVI's address to the University of Regensburg on Sept. 12 I strongly recommend that everyone read what the Holy Father actually said. I will come as no surprise to learn that what is being portrayed (and what most Muslims are offended by) is not actually the intent of his words. Most Muslims, like the rest of the world, are being misled by quotes out of context. The full text of the address can be found at http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=46474

Actually, this address is worth discussing even though I couldn't follow all of it. It contains an important critique of modern thought and relationship to religion.
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[17 Sep 2006|09:27pm]

Kind of an interesting twist to prayer...

I'm not sure how many other people may feel that sometimes, you just DON'T have time to sit and pray in the day. I know I struggle with this right now... I have school, which I sometimes barely get out of bed in time for, work, and of course family and social concerns. So, as much as I may try, I keep missing time for prayer.

So, I subscribed to a Podcast recently... b/c I always have mine in my purse, and my purse goes everywhere with me. It's from SQPN, and it has a daily prayer breakfast podcast that takes the same amount of time as my walk to class. I adore it. I think about these matters, and others of course. So, it's become a way to guide my prayers. There are several avalible, and I'll have to get the names of some others. I just thought I would share this in the world of fast paced, and somewhat confusing periods.... Technology is another tool that can be used in your faith life, if you use it correctly.

Just a thought I wanted to share.
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Favorite passage [17 Sep 2006|06:26pm]

I am curious about what scripture passages the Lord has used to speak to people. On passage that God has use in my life in many ways is Phil. 4:4-7

"4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

The image of peace in this passage has always stood out to me. This is not a warm fuzzy feeling, nor even a state of mind. This is something real and solid that God uses to protect us. The peace of God guards my heart and mind, what do I have to fear?
Do other people have verses that have stood out to them?
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A Question and Fact to learn more about the Charismatic Renewal [14 Sep 2006|03:04pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Since this is a Charismatic group, I thought I would post a question and answer paper, so that the members here can read and understand what exactly the Charismatic Renewal is and how it benefits the Church and us as individuals. I put it under this LJ cut because of its length. ^_^ Enjoy!

Charismatic Renewal: what it is and what it is notCollapse )

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Prayer stabilizes our lives. [10 Sep 2006|02:00pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Trying to get some life back into this community.

The priest today stressed having stability in one's spiritual life. He compared it to the school building that was being built behind the church. State inspection showed that the soil was unstable, so a company had to come in and place 90 geo-piers to stabilize the soil. The priest said that our lives is like the unstable soil and we try to build upon this soil only to be tossed about and shaken. Prayer is the geo-piers that stabilize the soil and keep us rooted in place. So he challenged the congregation to spend seven minutes each morning with God. Even created a plan to help get us started.

It goes like this: 1/2 Minute - Prayer for Guidance (Psalm 5:3 is a good one)
4 Minutes - Reading the Bible
2 1/2 Minutes - Prayer

For the Prayer time, he told us to think of it as ACTS.
Adoration ~ just worshiping and praising God.
Confession ~ agree with God that you have sinned and wish to be washed clean
Thanksgiving ~ thanking God for anything and everything
Supplication ~ ask God for your petitions, earnestly and humbly.

Of course, the point here is to get in a routine of praying to God every morning for seven minutes. So what are you guys' thoughts of this? Do you pray every morning? Do you take "time-outs" of your day to just sit and communicate with God?

Also this is the second time an add has slipped into the group. Hopefully, the moderator will delete it, or someone will? For I'm not sure how exactly that's done. It just shouldn't be there. This isn't a place for advertisements. xP

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