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Religion

  • Worry is unscriptural

    We have the notion that things can give us peace, but in reality they create worry. Do you remember the thrill of your first car? You could not rest until your name was on the Bill of Sale. Then you discovered the headache of taking care of your car and meeting the payments.

    King Solomon said, “People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich are always worrying and seldom get a good night’s sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12 NLT).

  • Fear not - even when times are grim

    Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 1:1-3

    John wrote to disclose the revelation he had of Jesus Christ and the intense spiritual warfare the church would face before Christ’s ultimate victory over the enemy. John’s revelation contains many images and symbols to help us understand the otherwise indescribable spiritual events he saw.

  • Christianity chosen from many options

    Do you have a religion? I do. I follow Christianity. Some people follow Islam. Others follow Buddhism. These are religions worth learning about.

    It was during the middle ages that Christianity became popular. It became a political power in Western Europe in 500 A.D. Christians believe that Jesus, the son of God, was sent to Earth and died on the cross to save humanity. Through faith in Jesus, one can be saved from God’s punishment. Believers go to Heaven and have eternal life with God. This is very similar to another religion, Islam.

  • Jesus came to earth to minister to man

    Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”  He also said to his disciples, “So send I you.” He had a ministry and so do we as Christians.

    In 1 Peter 3:18-22 Peter speaks of Jesus’ ministry. First, he spoke of the death of Christ. He was the “Just One” who was treated unjustly. Why? That he might die for the unjust and bring them to God he died as a substitute for us (2:24). Peter tells us that Jesus suffered for well-doing and not because of any sins he committed (2:22).

  • Winter makes spring more inviting

    “For we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

  • No one understands like Jesus

    It is interesting to note in the gospels the blending of the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Jesus was in a boat with the disciples. Weary, he fell asleep. A storm caused the disciples to wake him asking, “Master, don’t you care that we perish?” Jesus rose and said, “Peace be still!” The waters obeyed his command. You can see his humanity in his tiredness and you see his divinity as the waves obey his command. The humanity and divinity of Jesus is apparent from the beginning of his ministry.

  • Meet Charlemagne, the Christian Emperor

    In 742 on a cold, blistering winter day, King Pepin III (Pepin the Short) was expecting a child. The child was named Carolus Magnus, also known as Charlemagne. Charlemagne didn’t receive proper education as a child. His childhood was overtaken by the laborious task of the activities of preparing himself to control his father’s lands.

  • Man will never outgrow God

    Men today believe in a little God and a big humanity. Man is taking the place of God. When you look at the inventions and progress of man, you feel that man is outgrowing God. Man is being glorified and God is being forgotten.

    But God is a great sovereign God. When David surveyed the handiwork of God he was made to exclaim, “What is man that thou art mindful of him ….” (Psalm 8:3-4). Consider some ways in which we see the greatness of God in the Bible.

  • Close the door to the past

    The new year is a good time for reflection and reaching out. But we can’t reach out until we close the door to the past. It is impossible to reach back and reach out at the same time. Paul said we must let go of one to go for the other.

  • Ursuline Sisters elect new leaders

    Five Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph were elected Dec. 29-31 to a six-year term as the Ursuline Leadership Council. They will begin serving on July 18.

    Sister Sharon Sullivan, a native of Texas, was elected as congregational leader. She is academic dean and vice president of academic affairs at Brescia University, a job which she began on an interim basis in August 2007 and accepted on a permanent basis in January 2009.