lord jesus christ on his cross

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”

- Galatians 5:22-25 (NLT)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
—  Philippians 2:3‭-‬11

Every year, thousands of people repent of their sins, but none of these ever regrets his decision. Many repent concerning time misspent and opportunities neglected. But no one has ever declared that he repents of repenting, and turning towards God. No one was ever sorry that he served the Lord. No man ever said, at the end of his days, “I have read my Bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful about my soul”. Rather, a Christian will say, “Had I my life again, I would walk more closely with God. The way of Christ may have its cross, but it is a pleasant and peaceful path.

Let repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ be the great pillars of our religion. May we, while we repent, believe; and while we believe, repent. May these be uppermost in the creed of our souls.

J. C. Ryle - Repentance

anonymous asked:

I mean this as nicely as possible, it might not sound that nice but understand the heart behind it is out of genuine curiosity. Why is it that Catholics pray to saints and Mary, yet in the Bible it clearly states that there is no other way to the Father except through Jesus and all else is idolatry? AND How is it the Catholic Bible has added in a few books when it states not to add or take away anything

No worries anon! 

WARNING….this is going to be  l o n g.

Let’s start with Mama Mary.

Growing up, I assumed Mary was central to every Christian’s faith. But as I got older and talked to some of my non Catholic friends, I realized that many Christians were uncomfortable by the role Mary plays in our faith. And I was amazed. I couldn’t wrap my mind around how anyone could misconstrue our love and honor for Mary as worshiping a false God…

I once read  St. Louis de Montfort’s teaching on Marian consecration and it emphasizes that we must make a gift of ourselves, entirely (body, soul, our exterior goods, and our interior spiritual goods), to Our Lady… What? St. Louis makes it sound so extreme… no wonder Protestants think we worship Mary.As I read it, I started panicking: “Why would I do that? I thought I was supposed to give all of that to God? And if I do this, am I worshipping Mary instead of God?” Thoughts like this were racing through my head. Seeking answers, I continued reading and realized that the purpose of all of this was to belong entirely to Jesus through Mary. Hmm. Plot twist.Still, I wondered if the purpose of all of this was to belong to Jesus, why not go directly to Him? Why spend so much time asking for our Mother’s intercession?

To Jesus Through MaryWhen Catholics pray to Mary they are not worshiping her, rather they are honoring her and asking for her intercession on their behalf — in fact, more than praying “to” her, we pray “with” Mary, asking her to pray with and for us. St. Louis de Montfort uses an incredible analogy of a peasant requesting a favor from a king, to explain Mary’s role in our relationship with God: “It is as if a peasant, wishing to gain the friendship and benevolence of the king, went to the queen and presented her with a fruit which was his whole revenue, in order that she might present it to the king. The queen, having accepted the poor little offering from the peasant, would place the fruit on a large and beautiful dish of gold, and so, on the peasant’s behalf, would present it to the king. Then the fruit, however unworthy in itself to be a king’s present, would become worthy of his majesty because of the dish of gold on which it rested and the person who presented it.” We are that peasant — sinful and broken — wishing to gain the favor of the King. Mary, Queen of Heaven, willingly takes our messy, imperfect prayers and purifies, sanctifies, and beautifies them; placing them on a dish of gold before our King, Jesus.

As Jesus was dying on the cross “he said to his mother, ‘Woman behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Son, behold, your Mother” (John 19:26-27). In that moment, Jesus gave us his mother. We honor Mary, not only because she is our mother, but because God, himself, honored her. Out of all the women in the world, God chose Mary to bring his Son into this world. Mary gave God her unwavering yes, becoming a vessel for God’s plan for Salvation. From the moment of conception to the foot of the cross, she is the perfect embodiment of the obedience of faith (CCC 144). It is for this, that we hold Mary in such high esteem.

St. Maximilian Kolbe said: “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin Mary too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did and if anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his mother, he will not have Christ for his brother.” By loving and honoring Mary, we can grow in the ability to emulate her life — to make a complete and total gift of ourselves to God, to give God our ‘yes.’ Through Mary we can grow to know and love her son, Jesus, more deeply because she continuously directs our hearts to Him. “Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life,love Him as You loved Him, and serve Him as You served Him….” St. Teresa of Calcutta

Let’s face it, Mary’s role in the Church and in the story of salvation is quite important. It is by God’s grace we are saved, however Mary was the vessel in which grace (Jesus) entered this world. It is Mary who, without question, said yes to the angel when asked to bring into the world the son of God. It is Mary, along with her husband Joseph, who protected the savior when King Herod was looking to kill Him. It was Mary who, on behalf of the host at the wedding, interceded for them and told her son, “They have no wine” (John 2:3). Mary was the first tabernacle, the first to have within her the true presence of Christ. She is the mother of Jesus Christ. She is the handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38). Her yes to God reversed Eve’s no to the will of God. God literally appointed Mary as the vessel in which salvation would be born into the world. The Church would be in error if she did not honor the mother of Salvation. Let us allow Mary to lead us to her son and with her, let us pray, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Luke 1:46-47).  

I challenge you to place yourself at the foot of the cross and take these words as if Christ was speaking them to you. Because the reality is, He was. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27).



The Saints.

Just to make it very clear up front, Catholics and Protestants believe firmly in the command that we are to pray to God constantly, and without reservation. We agree on that. The Catholic Church does not and has never encouraged folks to take their attention or prayer off of or away from Jesus.When I pray to Christ for you, as your friend, it’s called secondary mediation. I am doing the same thing that the saints do for me when I ask them to pray with me to Jesus… to join their prayers to mine, en route to Christ. Since they’re closer to Him than I am, it actually makes even more sense for them to pray for me, than for my earthly friends to pray for me. Let me explain more…

It’s important to explain that there are different types of prayer. Prayer to God includes worship. Prayer with Mary and the saints includes honor, but not worship. 

Meditation- Many people are confused about what “mediation” really is and quote something like 1 Timothy 2:5– speaking about how Christ is the only Mediator between man and God (which the Catholic Church agrees with, by the way). But mediation in a more general sense is any one of us praying for or with each other. This is what St. Paul encourages in the four verses immediately preceding that verse about Christ as the one mediator (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Prayers on our behalf to Christ by either saints living in Heaven, or friends living on earth would be called a secondary mediation. St. Paul talks about this throughout his epistles, like in Romans 15:30-32, Colossians 1:4, 9-10 and 2 Corinthians 1:10… (want a couple more? Try Romans 10:1, and 2 Timothy 1:3). 

The saints in Heaven are alive and are perpetually in prayer. They are absolutely living in Heaven, just as you and I live, but to an even fuller extent, because they are back home with God. He is ‘the God of the living, not of the dead’ (Mark 12:26-27). Since they are far closer to God than we are (2 Corinthians 3:18), as sinful humans walking the earth, their prayers are more powerful. The saints in heaven are free of all sin, which is what hinders our prayers (Matthew 17:20, 1 John 3:22, Psalms 66:18) and they are in total, perfect union with God. We are still united with our saintly brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 12:21-27, Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 3:15), as “death cannot separate us from Christ” (Romans 8:35-39).

As Christians we’re supposed to honor those worthy of it (Romans 12:10, 1 Peter 2:17) and the saints are absolutely worthy of it! To give honor is not the same as “adoration” which is only appropriate to give to God. It’s less a matter of praying to Mary and the saints as it is praying with or through them, to Christ. After all, the Mother of our Lord prophesied that ‘all generations will call me blessed’ (Luke 1:48). No other faith on earth fulfills this prophecy with the degree of faithfulness that the Catholic Church does. We honor Mary and the saints not because they desire it, but because they deserve it. Lastly, we are commanded to “honor father and mother” (Exodus 20:12). In honoring Mary … who was given to us as our spiritual Mother (John 19:26-27) … we follow in Christ’s footsteps and fulfill God’s command. Mary is the new Eve, perfectly obedient and mother to all the living. Christ proves this by calling Mary ‘woman’ at Cana (John 2) and upon the cross (John 19). This was not a sign of disrespect (since Jesus is sinless … Hebrews 4:16) but, rather, to demonstrate that Mary fulfills the prophecy in Genesis 3:15.The saints are literally praying harder for your salvation than any soul on earth. Pretty cool, huh?If you want to learn more about the communion of saints and the “goings-on” of prayer in heaven, check out Hebrews 12:1, 12:18-19 and 12:22-24 and Revelation 5:8, 14 and then Revelation 6:10 and 8:3-4.

And Lastly…

Catholics DID NOT “add” books to the bible. Martin Luther took 7 books out of the Bible (1 and 2 Maccabees, Judith, Tobit, Baruch, Sirach, and Wisdom, and additions to the books of Esther and Daniel.) Catholic Bibles contain all the books that have been traditionally accepted by Christians since Jesus’ time. Protestant Bibles contain all those books, except those rejected by the Protestant Reformers in the 1500’s.

“Jesus loves you!”

This is not a catchy slogan to get you to come to our church. These are not words that we write to make ourselves look like nicer people. This is not a phrase we say casually without knowing the true meaning behind it. These are words that have changed our whole life. These are words that we pray sink deep into your soul. These are words we hope become the focus of your being, and bring a whole new purpose to your life. Jesus truly does love you. We believe He loved you SO deeply that He died on a Cross for you. He loves you more than any person ever will, and He is the only One who can truly satisfy the deep longings of your soul. Meditate on these words and ask God to show you His love for you, for we believe He is faithful to do that because He has done it for each one of us.

Matthew 16:24-25 English Standard Version (ESV)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!” None of us want to think that we are wretched. When we compare ourselves with others we think we are somewhat better or okay, we don’t realise how wretched and pitiful we are. When Isaiah saw the LORD Almighty in all His glory, he said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” When he saw the holiness of God, he recognised his own sinfulness. We can never go to God in this sinful state. Today, we have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for us. He will save us by His grace and make us righteous, all we have to do is place our faith and trust in Him. Would you ask Him to be your Saviour and Lord?

“He who wishes to cleanse his heart should keep it continually aflame through practicing the remembrance of the Lord Jesus, making this his only study and his ceaseless task.”

~St Diadochos of Photik

(Photo © dramoor 2017 Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica, Catalonia, Spain)

5 marks of a false Gosple

The gospel, or “good news,” is essentially the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world for the purpose of reconciling God’s people to Himself. Sadly, there is much perversity masquerading as the gospel, yet it’s designed to lead man away from the truth, and into a false sense of relationship with the Creator. Many cults and false religions have arisen contrary to the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3), but there are far more subtle attacks on the biblical gospel that, in many cases, go unnoticed, and are poisoning the church today. These are 5 telling marks that a gospel being preached is false.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. –Galatians 1:6-7

1.) The gospel exalts man. This may sound like an obvious one, but sadly, so many preachers today preach a gospel that exalts man. Arminianism is perhaps the most notorious of these. Man is said, contrary to Scripture, to have within himself some level of “goodness” to be able to “choose” God. Scripture teaches that man cannot choose God (Romans 3:11) because we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

Others may teach that God has chosen to save man, not solely according to the purposes of His own will (Eph 1:11), but because of some inherent value in us. Sure, we have some value to God–we are created in His image. We were also created to glorify Him. But Scripture clearly teaches that it is not because of any value or goodness in us that God has chosen to save us, he chose to save us to display His own glory (Romans 9:23).

This mark of a false gospel places our hope in something false–a hope in something other than Christ alone. It places our hope in something within ourselves, and God will not share His glory with any other.

2.) The gospel teaches that you are saved from temporal afflictions. This is mostly found in the Prosperity, Health and Wealth, and Word of Faith movements. Essentially, it teaches that when you are saved, you no longer have to suffer from worldly calamities such as poverty, sickness, and disease. Further, it teaches that if you do suffer from these things, that your faith simply isn’t strong enough. Often, your level of faith is purportedly reflected in how much money you give to the organization propagating this false teaching.

This teaching can certainly lead people astray, giving some who are not truly born again a false sense of security in practices such as tithing and seed-faith offering. Once again, Christ as the sole object of our faith is diminished and our faith is placed in our good works and is evidenced by our prosperity.

The apostle Paul teaches worldly struggles are not only likely but that God uses them for His glory, in which our purpose is to glorify God.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong…” –2 Corinthians 2:10-11

3.) Emphasis is placed on the Holy Spirit more than Jesus Christ. Many charismatic churches teach a gospel that emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit more than the work of Christ. Certainly, the Holy Spirit, equal with the Father and Christ, is worthy of our acknowledgment. But the Work of the Holy Spirit is always to point to Christ and not to Himself (John 16:14-15). Yet these charismatic churches, in many ways, teach that the Holy Spirit is the primary end of our salvation and that it is manifested through signs and wonders performed by those who have “received Him.” This often results in aberrant teachings such as that speaking in tongues is a necessary evidence of salvation.

Jesus Christ, however, is the primary ends of our salvation. As stated in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 above, His grace is sufficient. Seeking for signs and wonders, Christ said, is evidence of a wicked and adulterous people (Matthew 16:4).

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. –Philippians 2:9-11

4.) It is attractive to the world. Another sign that a gospel being preached is false is that it is attractive to the world. Many false gospels contain half-truths and, even in some ways, may sound very much like the gospel. But the world is impatient with the inward work of regeneration and sanctification through Christ. They seek fulfillment through entertainment and other carnal means which give them a false impression of their own piety. The message of Christ’s bloody death on the cross and his endurance of God’s wrath is watered down to the point that it is meaningless, while rock bands, laser light shows, and music devoid of any theological substance are echoed throughout the churches that teach this way. In other words, if the world is not offended by the gospel message being preached, it is false.

Scripture teaches that Christ is offensive, even calling Him the “rock of offense (1 Peter 2:8),” and that the gospel is foolish to the world.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. –1 Corinthians 1:18

5.) The gospel is not derived from Scripture. Many false churches teach that Scripture is insufficient to receive the knowledge of the grace of God. This is most prevalent in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. Most cults have some form of this aberrant teaching as well, however, there are plenty of other churches, “evangelical churches,” that have strayed from the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) as well. We have seen in recent years pastors like Andy Stanley stray away from the authority of Scripture as well. This opens the door to all sorts of error, most of it significant and eternally damning.

The Scriptures themselves are the testimony of Christ and His plan of redemption. They are the complete revelation of Jesus Christ sovereignly preserved by the Holy Spirit to teach, reprove, and equip the saints for everything necessary in this life. There is nothing else that we need to be made complete in Him.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17

Yet, false gospels that are not derived from Scripture always end up being a teaching that is contrary to the biblical gospel. It always ends up being a gospel of meritorious works as opposed to grace, or a gospel of some other (co)savior and (co)redeemer as opposed to Christ alone. It always minimizes the exclusivity of Christ as the only Lord and gives many a false hope in other beliefs and religions.

It is Christ alone who saves and it is Christ alone who is King. If your church is teaching another gospel or if you notice any of these signs of a false gospel in your church, it may be time to move. Don’t just sit there and put up with it.

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. –2 Corinthians 11:4

Genesis 1:27
So God created human beings in his own image.
    In the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Acts 10:28
Peter addressed them, “You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don’t do this - visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other.

Racism makes no sense whatsoever from a Christian point of view. No true Christian can ever support the idea of one race being "superior” to another. The only people that could’ve possibly had a legit claim at being the “better people” would’ve been the Jewish people because of their standing as God’s people back in the Old Testament days, but because of our Lord Jesus Christ’s death at the cross, we are now all equals in the eyes of God.

I find it particularly interesting when I see someone saying “kill the Jews!” and they wear a cross around the neck to show that they are “Christians”. Don’t those people realize that Jesus was a Jew? Are those people screaming to “kill the Jews”, are they saying they wish they could’ve been born 2,000 years ago and perhaps be one of the Roman soldiers that spat on Jesus’ face, flogged Him, mocked Him and finally killed Him? I honestly don’t understand how can anyone be against the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Psalm 122:6
Pray for peace in Jerusalem.
    May all who love this city prosper.

The Lord wasn’t white like the movies portrait Him, and when Jesus returns He will rule the world from Jerusalem. Scripture tells us that there was nothing special about how He looked and He completely blended in with the people. Mary was a descendant of King David (through the bloodline of Nathan) and Jews back in those days didn’t really intermarry with other races, so He would most likely be just a normal-looking Middle Easterner for that time (the type that would be “randomly” selected by the TSA). But the truth is the color of His skin really doesn’t matter, as Martin Luther King Jr once wrote, “The color of Jesus’ skin is of little or no consequence because what made Jesus exceptional was His willingness to surrender His will to God’s will.”

Supporting racism means you don’t believe in God, because racism implies you don’t believe God created Adam and Eve, therefore you don’t believe in the Bible; or perhaps you are picking and choosing what parts of the Bible you are choosing to believe. By accepting God’s Word as truth, you are also accepting the fact that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and subsequently of Noah after the global flood.

I read something that really caught me by surprise the other day. What it seems to be a pretty nice blog, lots of religious images and all that good stuff, but then some posts about how whites are “superior” to blacks. That’s just some sad stuff. I’m white but I surely don’t think of myself better than anyone based off my skin color. I’m not even better than anyone because of my faith in the Lord. We are all equals, in every aspect of the way, in the eyes of the Lord while we are alive on this Earth, the only difference will be after our deaths when Christians will be allowed into Heaven and the lost (non-believers) will be cast into Hell. There is absolutely nothing that makes you better than anyone else while on this Earth. Beauty fades (Proverbs 31:30), family doesn’t matter (Matthew 10:35-37), wealth is a snare (Matthew 19:24), being physically fit doesn’t matter (1 Timothy 4:8), being good looking doesn’t matter (1 Samuel 16:7) and nationalities don’t matter (Acts 10:28). The only aspect in our lives that actually matter is our devotion to the Lord.

Romans 15:7
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

We are a whole new nationality. We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We are a new creation, a new race of people. You are no longer simply North American, South American, European, and so on, you are now part of God’s people when you embrace the Lord Jesus as your Savior and decide to follow His perfect rules and regulations. We’re not related to whatever ethnic group we came from anymore. We now relate to a new source. You are now part of a new race of peoples in our Lord Jesus Christ. Who you were will never compare to who you are in Christ.

There is only one race, the human race. God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.

All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We are all one in Christ.

Being a racist simply means you haven’t accepted our Lord Jesus into your heart. If you are unable to love your neighbor (whether it be someone across the street or someone in another part of the world) because they have a different skin color than yours or because they come from a different ethnic group, how can you really expect to think Christ resides in your heart? God is love and by discriminating someone based on their skin color shows God isn’t a part of your life, yet.

1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

-/—/-
The great exchange… at the Cross.
My sin for His Righteousness.
At the cross Jesus took what I deserved, in my place, and in return I got saved, redeemed and restored to a right relationship with God.
Yeah, that’s amazing grace.
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You must never be afraid, if you are troubled by a flood of thoughts, that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending, that the war will last for your lifetime, and that you cannot avoid incessant downfalls of all kinds. Know that our enemies, with all their wiles, are in the hands of our divine Commander, our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whose honour and glory you are waging war. Since He himself leads you into battle, He will certainly not suffer your enemies to use violence against you and overcome you, if you do not yourself cross over to their side with your will. He will Himself fight for you and will deliver your enemies into your hands, when He wills and as He wills, as it is written: ‘The Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee’ (Deut. xxii, 14).

+ From Unseen Warfare, St. Theophan the Recluse and St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

“I saw an Angel, the executor of God’s wrath… about to strike the earth…I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel’s helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment….”

The following day an inner voice taught her to say this prayer on
ordinary rosary beads:

  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
  • Then on the Our Father Beads say the following: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
  • On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  • Conclude with (three times): Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (Diary 1146)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.“ Revelation 12:11
The blood of Jesus Christ is a powerful weapon for spiritual warfare. We overcome satan when we claim what the blood of Jesus does for us:
• Redeems and cleanses me from every sin (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:7)
• Justifies me, making me righteous, (Romans 5:9, Hebrews 13:12)
• Reconciles me with God, (Romans 5:1)
• Enables me to boldly approach God’s throne(Hebrews 10:19)
• The life is in the blood (Lev. 17.11) The life of God is in the blood of Jesus. Therefore when you apply the Blood of Jesus in your life, every dead situation comes to life.
"Lord, I cover myself and my loved ones (state them by name) with the blood of Jesus. In the Name of Jesus Christ, by the power of His blood, I break off every power of darkness against the plans of God in my life. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. The enemy has no authority over my life. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME (OR MY FAMILY) SHALL PROSPER!” In Jesus Name. Amen

Where the Sun Shines: Part 3

I said I was going to post parts 3 and 4 together, but I didn’t want to keep you guys waiting any longer… Sorry I’ve been so busy lately. Translating the sermon in this part was kind of grueling. Anyway, here are the next 10 pages of Where the Sun Shines! This section includes what actually happens when Josef gives his cross to Roberto.

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anonymous asked:

nanachiiiiii make me sad please maybe a scenario with aomine having a fight with his s/o as shes about to tell him shes carrying his child in her belly and you know harsh words which leaves the s/o broken and they split up obv then years from now their path crosses once again and then happy ending please oh please

lord jesus christ idk this had been my writer’s block for the past week and idk what i just wrote nor do i even think its good ugHHH T - T SORRY BUT HERE YOU GO DEAR ;;;

-ADMIN NANACCHI

The moment the alcohol wore off and the pounding in his head subsided to a small thud, Aomine groaned loudly. He reached out for the hundredth time, trying to find the familiar heat that used to greet him in the mornings; that made him smile; only to feel the cold air hit his fingertips. Ignoring the urge to sigh yet again, Aomine sat up and stared lazily around the room.

The fact that you had been gone for years shouldn’t phase him-it shouldn’t even be in his mind. But, since the moment you left, his heart couldn’t stop throbbing. Aomine could care less about the fact he was going to be late for work today, because today was going to be one of those days he needed for himself. He needed time to reconcile; to accept that his life will continue being this way.

“Get a hold of yourself.” Aomine mumbled as he ran a hand through his bed hair. Getting up from his bed, he took a moment to stare at the photo near his side. Took in the smile you and him shared. The way your lips were formed in the photo; adorning the blush you had on your cheeks. He was captivated.

It was the same expression you had that day when you woke him up from his nap. The same smile, the same flushed cheeks-it was all there. But the moment he opened his eyes, he kissed his teeth; turning away in favor of getting more shut eye.

“Daiki.”

“I’m trying to sleep ____.” Aomine muttered, throwing his arm over his eyes to stop the light from hitting him.

“But it’s important!” He heard you whine. Groaning, he rolled his eyes and made no effort to move. “Aomine, please!”

“Leave me alone, you’re…”

“Annoying..” He whispered at the picture. Aomine had taken it with him and placed it across his kitchen counter. Leaning against it, coffee in hand, he took a sip. It was here where the two of you fought; where you forced him to sit down and took out a present from behind the kitchen, handing it to him.

“This is stupid.” He had said while shaking the box angrily. “Why would you even do something like this? It’s not even wrapped properly. I could be sleeping.”

Subconsciously, Aomine placed a hand over his cheek. He could remember how the slap to his face took him aback. The heavy breathing; the tears he couldn’t clear from your face; the smile he took for granted-gone and replaced.  It was a fight that he assumed would cost him nothing, but instead took everything he ever worked for. The effort he once made to make sure he made a good life for you and him became worthless. The home you once shared with him became a constant reminder that something was missing. The air itself became unbearable without the familiar scent you had.

Everything had fallen apart.

If someone had told him earlier not to act like a dumbass that chose sleep over his soulmate, than perhaps he would’ve chosen his words carefully. Perhaps he wouldn’t have ruined whatever gift you were giving to him. Perhaps Aomine wouldn’t be wallowing alone over what could’ve been.

Now as he left the apartment and began his walk to work, he could only feel the overwhelming grief of losing you.  For the fifteen minutes he took to walk past the rush of people, his legs felt heavy. It took all that Aomine had to move as regret ate at him.

As he made way towards the staircase to the subway, he noticed a woman having trouble taking her stroller down the stairs. Sighing loudly, he took the stroller away from the woman, and brought it down the steps as he went down himself. If he passed by the stroller and went to work, he would’ve felt guilty; better to feel accomplished rather than guilty and sad.

Aomine placed it to the side, letting the people behind him walk by. “There you go.” He said. Turning his attention to the side, he noticed the woman was nowhere near him. Aomine looked up the stairs and covered his eyes slightly, shielding them from the sun. “Oi, shouldn’t you be down here too?”  Frowning when he didn’t get a response, he took another look at the stroller and turned back to the top of the stairs. “Are you going to leave your kid down here alone or what?” A hint of annoyance laced in his tone. This was going to make him late for sure.

Readying himself to call out to the woman, again, he felt a sense of nostalgia hit him. As she walked down the stairs, he saw her hurriedly fix her hair to the point that it seemed like she was purposely hiding her face. Aomine heard a whisper; so quiet that he didn’t even realize she said something. But that wasn’t what caught his attention.

The scent of morning dew mixed with laces of light essences of lilies assaulted him. This was something he use to never get tired of. It was one of those things he wished he could do for the past few years; not like this but in a form of a hug-one where he could indulge himself in. “Hey..” He called out, reaching to grab the woman’s arm.

“Don’t touch me Daiki.” Aomine widened his eyes at the sound of his name. The lull of the syllables said out loud after so many years. Before he could even explain that he acted before he could think, he was faced with something he thought was out of his grasp. The longer hair that adorned the slightly chubbier cheeks; eyes that seemed to radiate anger towards him; it was you-an older you. Your fists were clenched as you breathed heavily. “Don’t touch anything that belongs to me.”

The joy he suddenly felt was erased by his sudden frustration. “Would it kill you to say thank you ____?”

“It would.”

Aomine scoffed. He imagined this moment for so long, but he didn’t expect it to be like this. He didn’t expect you to have matured more; to face him when you became much more beautiful; to have another man’s baby. Eyeing the stroller once again, he ran a hand through his hair angrily. “Unbelievable…”

“What?” You raised an eyebrow at him. “Unbelievable that you’d have to face someone as annoying as me again or the fact that you just helped someone without them asking you to do so?”

“Are you trying to fight with me again ____?”

“I was trying to leave thank you very much.”

“What if I told you not to?”

“I’m still leaving,” You said as you tried to turn away from him.

“You’re acting like a kid ____.” Aomine growled as he kept a hand on your wrist.

“Stop calling me by my name.”

“Why? Do you like the guy who calls you it now?” He nodded towards the stroller. “How long did it take for him to give you that thing over there huh?”

“Shut up Daiki.” You said quietly.  

“Couldn’t wait to hop on to the next guy that showed you attention right ____?”

“Stop.”

“You probably were getting it from any guy that came near you after you left me.”Aomine continued; ignoring your small plea to stop. He couldn’t help the words coming out of his mouth-he felt jealous; envious; angry that someone other than him saw what he wanted to keep to himself. Aomine was furious at the thought of another man taking you as his. ”I thought I was crazy for sex, but you probably just bested me out of my own game after having to give birth to that bastard’s kid over there. Let me guess he hit it and ran right?” Aomine snorted when you didn’t say anything to him. “Wow, your baby’s daddy couldn’t even give you and his kid a ride to the local daycare either I’m guessing how pathetic. Here I was thinking I was the one at a lost.”

“Are you done?” Aomine blinked a couple of times before he finally looked at you. He felt like an asshole now as he saw how hard you were trying to hold your tears in. “That bastard you’re referring to, is you idiot.” You said shakily. Aomine froze, his expression turning from one filled with confusion to surprise. “What?”

“That baby’s dad is you so you’re the pathetic one dumbass. Now leave me alone.” You made a move towards the stroller, getting ready to run away, but this wasn’t going to happen again. No way were you running away from his life again. Even though Aomine was confused and not in the right state of mind, he forced himself to go to the stroller before you. He ignored the loud yelps of people he pushed aside; forgetting to apologize as he did so.

He shook a bit as he kneeled to take a look at the blue eyed boy in the stroller staring back at him. The resemblance to him was crazy; it made him want to yell out happily that he was a dad; but it made him also realize the responsibility he was going to take. “Is he really mine…?” Aomine stared at you as you avoided his gaze.

Getting up, he leaned over the stroller, and pushed your hair behind your ear. You made no move to avoid his touch as he wiped away a tear. “Oi, don’t cry.”

“It’s annoying I know.” You mumbled.

“It’s not.”  Aomine sighed. “I…can we just go somewhere to talk for a bit?” He saw the conflict in your eyes as you tried to find some kind of excuse to avoid him. He felt his palms sweat as he tried to think of the possibilities you would say to him to get away again-to leave him alone for the second time. But, at the sight of the slight nod you gave him; it filled him with so much happiness that he couldn’t fight the urge to pull you into his arms.

Despite you hitting his chest and the struggle you gave him, Aomine knew, this was the chance-a chance to not only apologize and step up, but a chance to have you.

And that was more than enough to calm the pain he held in his heart for the past years.