The Ultimate Gift of Christmas

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Christmas is a very exciting time of year, especially for children. They are focused on all the gifts they will receive. Adults also get excited about seeing the joy in the eyes of those children as they receive those gifts. But if you ask my parents, they probably weren’t too excited when my siblings and I would wake them up at 4am on Christmas morning. As children, we couldn’t wait to run to the living room and see what Santa had brought us. Of course, mom and dad would make us go back to bed for a couple of more hours so they could get a little more sleep. We on the other hand, were too excited to sleep. Continue reading

Did Jesus promise a “Cross” or “Earthly Prosperity?”

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What do preachers such as Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin and Oral Roberts have in common? Well, they all preach some form of a Gospel message known as “prosperity”, “health and wealth” or “name it and claim it.” Take a look at Joel Osteen for instance. He professes that “as children of God, we are over-comers and more than conquerors and God intends for each of us to experience the abundant life he has in store for us.” He, along with many other well known televangelist, teach that if we are a believer in Christ and his follower, then we are promised to have wealth and good health in our time spent on earth. In other words, a Christian is promised worldly prosperity and deliverance from sickness in this lifetime. All we must do is go out and claim it for ourselves. But, is this true? Continue reading

Martyrdom: Dying for Ones Faith

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Why would someone die for their faith? As a Christian, what is the difference between a Christian martyr as opposed to a martyr of a different faith belief system such as the Muslim faith? It seems that if people are willing to die for their faith, then you and I would have to take a serious look at their belief. How would we determine which faith is more true if both are willing to die for their belief? Someone might ask, “What makes the early Christians death for Christ, more compelling than the Muslims who are willing to die for their belief about what Mohamed said? Continue reading

Is Jesus Against Homosexuality?

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We live in a place and time where the moral law of God is being watered down by a society that wants all “truth” to be relative. A society that seeks to suggest immoral behavior is really not immoral. And in fact, tries to make the case for it being okay. One of the biggest issues facing American society today with regards to this is homosexuality. So, for a Christian, how would one answer the question posed in the title of this blog post? Continue reading

“Baptism of the Holy Spirit” – Charismatic Renewal

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Early in the 20th century, a movement began to spring up out of mainline Protestant churches. This movement came from Christians who started to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in a profound way. The gifts they received at Baptism were more awakened inside them and they started to worship God in a more outward manner. Because these Christians were misunderstood, they essentially were pushed out of their mainline churches and this started the Pentecostal movement of churches. So, when did this same sort of movement come to the Catholic Church? Continue reading

The Feast of All Souls Day

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When we die, our souls will end up in one of two places, right. Heaven or Hell. November 1st is the day when the Church honors, remembers and celebrates those people who have made it to the beatific vision of heaven as their final destination. In doing so, they have become Saints. But what about the following day, November 2nd, which is the feast of “All Souls Day?” What does this day refer to? Continue reading

“The Trail of Blood…”

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Have you ever been approached by a Baptist Christian who says that he can trace his Baptist roots all the way back to Jesus? You probably won’t find too many today, but there are still a few out there. There are those that claim that the Baptist denomination didn’t first start with John Smyth in the year 1609. Continue reading