Death threat for simply questioning a rule that needs to die

A Catholic nun in Spain has found herself on the receiving end of an on-line petition and death threats from her fellow Catholics due to her “controversial” statements on Mary and Joseph’s martial relationship.

Now what kind of “controversy” could she create in order to receive such treatment? She simply suggested Continue reading

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5-5-2016 More Than Mother

A woman’s voice above the crowd “said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!’ But He said, ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” (Luke 11:27-28 NKJV).  Jesus was born of Mary, the only virgin mother, ever!  And, yet, His spiritual family means more to Him than she did!  Before this incident, some had “said, ‘Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it’” (Luke 8:20-21 NKJV).  His spiritual family is “the house of God, which is the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15 NKJV), composed of all who “call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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An Explanation of Belief

In a small town (village) was a young woman, the age of which is unknown, but perhaps as young as her early to mid-teen years. She had a character that stood before all who paid any attention, and certainly the Lord did (Luke 1:30). Her name was Mary, and Mary did not have to be the way the Holy Spirit described her to be, but she chose a path in life that was above the paths many lived.

About 6 months after the grand (and divine) visit with Zacharias, Gabriel visited Mary in the small town of Nazareth. No doubt, Mary was startled by such a visit and, presumably, in a location that had privacy all around “he” visits with her. Frightened, perplexed, and confused, the angel reassured her because she was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28). “What manner of visit could this be?” she asked.

What the Lord’s messenger said was humbly received with the grace by which she lived her life. That which the angel told her was fantastic to be sure. She would carry a child in her womb, a son; more than that, the child would sit on the throne of David, the great patriarch and loved servant of the Lord (Luke 1:33-34). Though she did not know how this could be, she not once expressed doubt but that it could be!

The angel explained to her how this would come about, and just as she did not understand the “mechanics” of it then, we do not now understand today. She accepted this, and moreover, the angel gave her a sign, telling her about her relative Elizabeth now being six months pregnant. Can you imagine the joy at such news! Yet, there was a natural, physical problem. Joseph.

For three months she stayed with Elizabeth (Luke 1:56). I wonder if they talked about how to handle that situation (among the great many things a grandmotherly aged woman would teach to a very young woman). Mary knew, being raised in a strict Jewish environment, that people would note her pregnancy and that she and Joseph were not “officially” married, having consummated that union. Imagine her apprehension; yet, Joseph came to know (Matthew 1:18-19), but how he came to know is untold to us. Perhaps Mary broke the news to him, but the fantastic nature of such a thing seemed much too extraordinary to believe, much less accept.

Not only was Mary a young woman of great virtue, but there was something in Joseph that was equally the same, for the Holy Spirit called him a “righteous man” (Mt. 1:19), and because both were righteous in the Lord’s eyes, to these two the Savior was brought into the world.

Truly, a time for thanksgiving.

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HEART FOR JESUS!

When there is the expectation of a child being born, what will become of that life is held dear, especially in a mother’s heart. Though Mary’s conception was out of the ordinary (Luke 1:34-35), her experiences as a mother would have been most natural. Her role, however, began with an OPEN HEART to what God was going to be working through her in the coming of the Messiah into the world. (Luke 1:38) It was an OPENNESS IN SPITE OF NOT UNDERSTANDING all the details and all that was to come.

Our Lord’s coming and life journey on earth were filled with wonder. Following the visit of the shepherds we read. . .

“(19) But MARY TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS, PONDERING THEM IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:19 ESV)

Then, when Jesus was of the age of twelve — after finding he was not among their relatives for their journey home — they returned to Jerusalem, marveling to find Him in the Temple talking with the teachers there. Again we read. . .

“(51) And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And HIS MOTHER TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:51 ESV)

Jesus’ earthly parents “DID NOT UNDERSTAND” (Luke 2:50 ESV), but a treasury of moments and thoughts began to FILL THE HEART of Mary. Other than the description of Jesus growing intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2:52) we do not have much written about Jesus’ early years. Most of what is recorded in the Gospels is that of His three short years of ministry.

We might wonder what other thoughts Mary may have TREASURED UP IN HER HEART. Though there was a STRUGGLE IN UNDERSTANDING (note also Luke 8:19-20), the OPENNESS following the Lord’s resurrection and ascension into Heaven had her in the midst of the disciples. (Acts 1:12-14) In spite of life’s struggles and sometimes confusing situations, may our OPENNESS OF HEART to the truths of Jesus keep us in the midst of His disciples.

Have a great day POSSESSING A HEART THAT TREASURES THOUGHTS OF JESUS! – Carl Hanson

Part 1 of a 3 part series from “teEn-MAIL”

(“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org)

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Just a few questions for my Catholic friends…

Been thinking here lately (I’m really opening myself up to zingers there!) about the catholic church situation and what the catholic church itself teaches about the pope and even Mary.

So the pope’s word is supposed to be infallible, right? When does it become so? Was his word as a “cardinal” infallible? And since he’s still alive does his word continue to be infallible? If not, how does one go from being fallible to infallible and back to fallible again? Talk about a rollercoaster ride! And also, is Benedict still the most-holy or is he only normal-holy? Or is he even Benedict anymore?

Now when it comes to Mary and her conception being “immaculate” from “original sin” how did she come to be that way? Jesus was born in the flesh according to her genetic material, right? Were her mother and father immaculate as well? How about her grandparents? And her great-parents and their great-grandparents? When did this whole “immaculate” thing start in the gene pool? Why didn’t the siblings of Jesus get the same benefits of their mother’s “immaculate” condition? Scratch that last question – seems like I remember something about sex between a husband and a wife not being allowed and no other children being born. But the other questions still stand.

Thanks.

And by the way, if you do give an answer in the affirmative, please give a scripture reference that affirms your affirmation along with it 🙂 That would be most helpful.

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Mary veneration – JAM

Pilgrims crawl up the steps and into the Church of the Virgin de lo Vasquez, located northwest of Santiago, Chile. The pilgrimage is part of the Feast of Immaculate Conception and Mary worship. The doctrine says that in order for Jesus to be born without sin, it was necessary that Mary’s conception be immaculate. Thus on December 8th 1854 Pope Pius the 9th declared Mary’s immaculate conception church dogma. The Bible clearly teaches the virgin birth of Jesus but is silent concerning Mary’s conception. As for Mary veneration, it says, “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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