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The case for religious freedom has been debated ad nauseam since its inception and ratification into law in December 1791. There are some who believe it to be the "First, Most Cherished Freedom" as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops proclaimed in their response to President Obama's HHS Mandate. It is often used to defend unpopular or outrageous beliefs held in the name of religion- and invoked as a trump card in any disagreement over inflammatory comments or actions. Indeed, we have both frequently evoked our right to free exercise of speech and religion to gently remind those who disagree with us that the benefit of First Amendment protections is the dialogue that results from conflicting points of view. However, what is unacceptable in all cases is the use of the First Amendment as a means to attack, discriminate, and dehumanize another person and/or group of persons; discrimination...
It is a privilege to go before our LORD in prayer being confident that He works out all things for the good of those whom He loves.
Christopher You have been in my prayers and your posts have been a blessing to me. I identify with the issues discussed relating to your struggles. And I find encouragement in that you draw upon the LORD for strength.
My wife‚Äôs family are church going RC's. My wife, by virtue of her birth rites, will claim to be a RC yet she is very very hostile towards Christ and the Gospel message. I have children who are given to anti biblical upbringing.
As a Christian, I could tell you how good I am .. so unlike her. I could tell you how I love Jesus and would follow Him anywhere. "Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee". But the truth is, while I want to gloat in the idolatry of my self-righteousness, God wants to conform me to His image. Jesus is using her to hold a mirror to me- to move the rock that I call my heart. What crawls out from beneath is a vile selfish wretch.
Jesus calls the man to a higher accountability. Our model for a husband is Jesus. If Jesus treated His church the way we treat our wives ...
John/UK, I hope you don't mind the attention, but I wanted others to try and get a feel for what you're up against with these in case anyone felt like jumping in.
Cluster headache is a condition that involves, as its most prominent feature, an immense degree of pain that is almost always on only one side of the head. Some doctors and scientists have described the pain resulting from cluster headaches as the most intense pain a human can endure ‚ÄĒ worse than giving birth, burns or broken bones. Cluster headaches often occur periodically: spontaneous remissions interrupt active periods of pain, though there are about 20% of sufferers whose cluster headaches never remit. Some people affected with cluster headache have committed suicide, leading to the nickname "suicide headaches." The cause of the condition is unknown. It affects approximately 0.1% of the population and men are more commonly affected than women.
Christopher000 wrote: Mike Wrote: Christopher, you'd be surprised at how many lift you up in prayer. I have nothing left to say without repeating myself over and over. I would pay to meet privately with each one of you so you could see on my face how much I really do appreciate it.
I've been meaning to comment, Chris.
I know what you are dealing with as well and pray for you. I've suffered from deep depression for over 13 years. However, it was that desperately low point in my life more than 10 years ago that finally brought me to my knees begging God to either deliver me or take me home. Well, I'm still here and He did deliver me in such a reassuring way that I would never forget, grow cold or turn away from Him. He's stuck with me for eternity.
That said, I still deal with depression from time to time.... I believe remnants of those dark days before He called me. Whenever it comes to the surface I am best able to get the victory over it by filling my mind with the blessings God has given me and trusting Him to make my path straight when I can't see it in front of me. I think of what Jesus told Paul: "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."
Mike Wrote: Christopher, you'd be surprised at how many lift you up in prayer.
I have nothing left to say without repeating myself over and over. I would pay to meet privately with each one of you so you could see on my face how much I really do appreciate it.
John, will do, buddy. You know, once in a while I'll get tight muscles in my neck and traps. The muscles in the back of my neck make me feel like I have a dull headache which can last all day and it's miserable. I know how that feels, but I can honestly say that I have never had a bonafide headache. I can imagine how bad they must be just from those tension aches I get, so I wouldn't wish them on anyone. I have an Aunt who gets migraines so I know what you guys go through. Anyway, of course I will, and if it's not a God given thorn in your side, I wouldn't expect them to be around much longer. : )
former Franciscan priest Emmett McLoughlin wrote: The purpose of this book is to show that the Roman Catholic Church in its most important work [sanctification] is a failure. Among its members crime and immorality are greater than the unchurched or the members of other churches. Whatever else the Roman Catholic Church may be able to do... it cannot, it has not, and it does not make the majority of its members better and holier....
A Roman Catholic priest who is fully supported and funded by his Roman Catholic bishop and Roman Catholic diocese is getting the boot from the Roman Catholic staff of a Roman Catholic student center for doing what exactly?
Teaching 2,000 year old Roman Catholic doctrine on biblical marriage.
Where does this end?
No wonder mental illness amongst Christians is on the rise.
Mike wrote: Christopher, you'd be surprised at how many lift you up in prayer.
That's right, Mike. And it is a most wonderful thing when brethren and sisters who differ on secondary issues can unite in prayer for a brother in Christ who, after all, is in the same body, and washed in the same blood, of like faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, our beloved Saviour and Lord.
Christopher, I am right glad to hear of your confidence in prayer, and would appreciate it if you would pray that my cluster headaches would cease. Thanks.
Christopher000 Good question. Just what to do we communicate with each other as brothers in Christ and especially when we are seeking God in what to be pursuing God in our praying?
Even this news article about GW University is illustrative toward the continued fervent refusing to give in or give up intercession (could we say aka spiritual warfare?) for your wife and others with unsaved family so need in the times we are living in.
For now if you have the time I think a brief, staying in touch kind of email would be great.
AND for others who are praying let me share briefly what we might by the grace come to agreement on in our prayers for Christopher and especially for his wife.
Because this was prayed for me Because of the testimonies others have given of their own Salvation Because IMHO these requests are in wonderful harmony with the Revealed Will & Sovereignty and Grace of God (which ought to encourage us to fervent labor in our praying)
- that God would make Himself real to Michelle - that He would bring witnesses into her life that she would listen to (hear His Word) - that He would convict her of her sin, her need of Christ and give her the faith to cry out to Him to be saved from her sin.
"The case for religious freedom has been debated ad nauseam since its inception and ratification into law in December 1791. There are some who believe it to be the "First, Most Cherished Freedom" as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops proclaimed in their response to President Obama's HHS Mandate."
uh.. it is first, and was put in the First Amendment for a reason. So "some who believe it to be..." are correct. Look up the history. This being Huffington Post, the ignorance isn't surprising, though.
Christopher, you'd be surprised at how many lift you up in prayer.
Wow...thanks a lot, Michael! I've never, as far as I know, ever had anyone praying for me, much less many...wow! I would love for people to continue even though I posted what I did. The more strength, the better because I don't want to go backwards, thinking I was all set. Maybe the demons (?) are still waiting to try again. What would you like? A rundown on my personal struggles along with how prayer has helped so quickly and noticably, or a report on Michelle? There is nothing to report with Michelle and I think that one will take much, much time, unfortunately. She has two feet planted very firmly in the world. A while back, in response to something, she used the phrase, "Oh my (blanking) G-d" I was horrified and told her that I don't want to ever hear that come out of her mouth again. She apologized but I told her it wasn't me she offended. Anyway, that's an example of where she's at. : (
Christopher000 wrote: I won't clog up anymore threads after this but wanted to provide an update to those who were praying:
Christopher000, Rhode Island Thanks for the update. Your name is becoming known among the people Sarah, my wife, and I attend church with AND people you don't even know are lifting you and your wife up in prayer.
If it is all right to ask, please send me an email with what I might share with and encourage those who are interceeding for you and Michelle, in Sunday School, in 'our' Sunday Evening Small Group, and in Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. And thinking it is safe to say we aren't the only ones praying for you, my brother, it is wonderful to hear you feel a noticable difference. Praise God, Praise God
So anyway, to wrap it up...thanks!...to all who had a few minutes here and there to pray. The prayers made a real, bonafide, tangible, very noticable difference. I sometimes think that people find prayer to be a boring chore; done more because it's expected as opposed to realizing that things begin happening in the unseen realm the moment we begin. I am a big fan of prayer because I have seen it work, beyond certainty, over and over again in my own life...it's unmistakable. Sometimes the results take time, sometimes the results happen in a different way than we expect, sometimes there are no results becauseGod knows best, and sometimes the results are immediate, in your face, and unmistakable...POW...poof!...there ya go, buddy. The power of prayer, being a boring phrase to some, is the most powerful weapon that anyone could ever hope to have at their disposal. The problem is that it is intangible, we can't see it, touch it, or smell it, but believe me, for other reasons I can't say, prayer is the real deal, the most powerful weapon in all the universe; after all, who or what is more powerful than God almighty who singlehandedly answers and implements this fierce weapon that can be used to build or to destroy? Prayer is not a boring, useless chore...it's the real deal.
I won't clog up anymore threads after this but wanted to provide an update to those who were praying: I have been feeling much better over the past 4 days or so. This is a BIG deal. For the past several months, I had been spiraling downhill, mentally, very quickly. I had never been so low, so consistently, and without a break, ever. I had moments here and there when I would post, but I became much more serious, the humor stopped, and the posting less frequent. I would wake uo each AM; looking forward to going back to sleep that night. Nothing whatsoever has changed in my life, but the major, major depression seems to be subsiding. I haven't had a break lasting more than a couple of hours much less 4 days...so this is quite the relief. I was really beside myself wondering how much longer I could go on feeling like I was and still function. I held off posting, but I think 4 days is a pretty good sign that God stepped in and said, "Enough!" to whatever is was. Maybe demonic opression since I have had some very dark days and still have battles that I could never tell you all about because you would label me as a loon; imagining things.
They are complaining about what many of them are doing themselves, so what they comment on has no moral force. One who has moral force is Jesus,
Matthew 19 3 And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?" 4 And He answered and said, "Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, 5 and said, 'FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE; AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? 6 "Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."---NASB
So, I don't why the queers bother to complain about many Catholic bishops who are their fellow queers and have many other sins besides. Probably even many of the Catholic laity don't pay any attention to them.