Sermons & Discussions for 2017-March

 

Sermons

  1. Paris Reidhead
    • Satanic Strategy By Paris Reidhead
      Published On :- 2014-Jan-5th
      Link
  2. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson- Discerning Transition and Receiving Direction
      Published On: 2013-Feb-3rd ( Super Bowl Sunday 2013 )
      Added On :- 2017-Feb-27th
      Link
  3. Live Your Song. | Jon Foreman | TEDxUniversityofNevada
    Published On:- 2016-Feb-8th
    Added On:- 2017-Feb-27th
    Link

 

NFL Players Trip to Israel

Background

Over the weekend I became aware of a story that tracked a planned visit of NFL players to Israel.

Story

Here is a good take of the story penned by Allison Kaplan Sommer:

Haaretz – Israel News
Link

What was supposed to be a high-profile image-buffing visit by a delegation of 13 NFL players to Israel ended up failing to draw enough players to field a team.
In the end, only five of the players originally slated on the seven-day trip designed to make them “ambassadors of good will” for Israel ended up arriving to tour the Holy Land and seeing the sights, after a public relations fumble caused the majority to pull out.

The players who made the trip were Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

The decision of the other participants not to come on the trip took place after the visit was publicized by Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan on February 5, with a press release describing the trip as being part of an “intensive fight against the delegitimization and BDS campaigns against Israel, and part of this struggle includes hosting influencers and opinion-formers of international standing in different fields.” The football players would get “a balanced picture of Israel, the opposite from the false incitement campaign that is being waged against Israel around the world,” he said.

Move follows ‘open letter’ from Walker, Belafonte, Glover

The move was followed by the publishing of an “open letter” urging the players not to go, sponsored by pro-Palestinian activist groups and signed by high-profile activists and celebrities like Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover. At the very beginning of the letter, Erdan’s words are cited as evidence that Israel was “aiming to use your fame to advance their own agenda: an agenda that comes at the expense of the Palestinian people.”

The decision by the other eight players not to travel to Israel was led by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who signaled he was pulling out of the trip by tweeting a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. and a statement expressing resentment at what he saw as a manipulation by Israel’s government and declaring he wouldn’t “be used in such a manner.”
Since Bennett’s post, the ministry that had unveiled the trip with great fanfare went silent. After promising various updates on the delegation, Revital Yakin-Karkovsky, executive director for communications and strategy in the ministry, told the Associated Press that it would not comment on the visit.

The Tourism Ministry and the nonprofit America’s Voices in Israel organization, which were also involved in the planning, have also distanced themselves.

According to ESPN, the players who canceled their participation include Bennett’s brother Martellus, a tight end for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, along with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde and Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett, along with retired NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The five players’ government-sponsored trip began Tuesday in the north of the country with a visit to Rambam Hospital, where the five players were given a tour and shown a presentation of a device developed by one of Rambam’s researchers that detects concussions in real time. Later, the players were set to include Yad Vashem and the Hebrew Israelite community in the southern city of Dimona.

Two of the visiting players, Jordan and Kendricks, have kept their fans updated on their travels by posting their adventures on social media.

My Take

Personally, my take is that all of us should do good to the extent that we can.

Carry One Another’s Burdens
…Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith.
( Galatians 6:9-10)

Other Do Gooders

  1. Obama
    • Governor Bill Richardson
      • Gov. Richardson endorses Obama
        March 21st, 2008
        Link
        He drew laughs with a story about how Obama had bailed him out when a moderator called on him unexpectedly during a Democratic debate.

        “I was about to ask the moderator to repeat the question when Barack whispered to me ‘Katrina, Katrina.’ And I gave my Katrina answer. He could have thrown me under the bus, but he stood behind me.”
        Obama had earlier praised Richardson.
        “Whether it’s fighting to end the Iraq war or stop the genocide in Darfur or prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, Gov. Richardson has been a powerful voice on issues of global security, peace and justice,” Obama said in a statement released before the endorsement.
    • John McCain
      • McCain: Obama not an Arab, crowd boos
        By JONATHAN MARTIN and AMIE PARNES
        Dated :- 2008-Oct-10th
        Link
        McCain passed his wireless microphone to one woman who said, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him and he’s not, he’s not uh — he’s an Arab. He’s not — ” before McCain retook the microphone and replied:“No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].”
  2. Brad Paisley
    • Flashback: Brad Paisley Salutes President Obama
      Singer visits the White House in 2009 to perform “Welcome to the Future” for Barack and Michelle Obama
      By Stephen L. Betts
      Date :-  2016-Nov-8th
      Link
      Paisley was a supporter of Obama’s candidacy, not an easy road for a performer in the predominantly conservative landscape of country music. But, as he told CNN in 2009, “On November 4th, I felt an emotion like I haven’t felt in my entire life. I think whoever you voted for, you had to be moved.”

      “Welcome to the Future,” penned with Chris DuBois, acknowledged the troubling history that made Obama’s victory even more significant, with Paisley recalling true events such as a classmate having a cross burned on his lawn because he had asked out the homecoming queen and referencing the brave actions of protester Rosa Parks and civil-rights leader Martin Luther King.Paisley, who had broken down in tears while running through the song during soundcheck earlier that afternoon, recalled doing “everything I could do not to lose it. I had to close my eyes, or I would completely break down.” After the performance, he tipped his hat to the president, thanked him and left the stage. Paisley recalled that once he was offstage he “just started bawling,” taking in the enormity of the moment. Paisley would again perform for the President and First Lady Michelle Obama on July 4th, 2012, and in January 2013 at the inauguration concert celebrating his second term.
    • Exclusive: Brad Paisley shares his night at the White House
      Link
      But this time, the phone call was essentially, “We would like to know if Brad would be interested in performing at the White House in the East Room.”
      It was as simple as that. It’s like, “Yes! More than yes. I’m floored. Why?!”
      And I could never get the answer why. They just wanted me to play.

      Ironically, I read this story just last week on CNN about Michelle Obama’s great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, who was a slave in South Carolina. It’s insane to think about that.

      How the world has changed.On November 4th, I felt an emotion like I haven’t felt in my entire life. I think whoever you voted for, you had to be moved.My grandfather was in the Philippines fighting against the Japanese during World War II — and now I record for Sony and played Japan twice on tour, and loved every minute.If you’d go back in time and tell my grandfather during air raid sirens, “Hang on there. Your grandson — they’re gonna love him,” he never would have believed it.

Conclusion

Times are tough.

We all need help.

Sometimes it comes through friendship and actually working together.

At other times it comes through gracious and symbolic acts.

I am finding out that people sometimes view us different than we view ourselves.

In their lenses, we could have done more than we are doing.

We could have clarified something.

And, when they give us time to do so, and we choose not to do so, they will often move on.

But, that does not mean they forget or worse forgive.

I wish upon each of us “continuance in choosing good leadership“.

A while ago, we had a production problem and I needed help with instructions on how to get the system back operational.

One of seniors in the group explained to me how we got here and I was just staring and wondering if he thought an history is what I needed most of all.

I needed encouragement, access and privilege to the system, and an easy to understand guide.

A good friend shared with me a few years ago something to the effect that “sometimes people think or assume there needs are different than others“.

Closing Scripture

Paul Before the Areopagus ( Council or Court of Justice )
Nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.…
( Acts 17:25-27 )

Dr. Heinz Lycklama :- Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws

 

Lectures

  1. Nuclear Physicist Dr. Heinz Lycklama: Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws
    Credit :- Northwest Creation Network
    Published On :- 2017-Jan-20th

    • Link  ( Added on 2017-Feb-20th )
    • Link ( Added on 2017-Feb-22nd )

 

Indepth

Nuclear Physicist Dr. Heinz Lycklama: Evolution’s Four Fatal Flaws

  1. Evolution’s Achilles Heels ( Book )
  2. Deterioration of the Genome
  3. Knowledge Systems
    • Science
      • Present
      • Repeatable
      • Observable
    • History
      • Past
      • Non-repeatable
      • Eyewitness Account
    • Belief
      • Past
      • Non-Repeatable
      • No Eyewitness Account
  4. Microevolution
    • All Observations involve sorting and loss of genetic information
    • We are not getting better over time, we are losing information
      • Our body is getting worse from generation to generation
  5. Fruit Flies
    • No progressive beneficial changes from simple to complex
    • No increase in quality/quantity of genetic information
  6. Evolution Benchmark
    • Organisms that are worse off than what we started with
    • No beneficial changes that resulted in a better off organism
    • Devolution
      • Devolving, not evolving

 

The Meaning of Evolution

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Knowledge System – Science / History / Believe

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Micro-Evolution Is Observed

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Dobzhansky ‘s Fruit Flies

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Quote by Roger Lewin

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Father Ripperger – Discerning Apparitions ( Discerning of Spirits )

Videos

Father Ripperger teaches:

  1. How do we discern spirits? What about apparitions?
    Published On :- 2016-July-24th
    Added On:- 2017-Feb-16th
    Link

 

Indepth

How do we discern spirits? What about apparitions?

  1. Private Revelations
  2. Criteria for judging whether something is authentic
    • Judging authenticity
    • Why care
      • Demons can cause certain things to happen
    • Prudential considerations about certain apparitions
  3. Church was given Charisma
    • All Power has been given me
      • Go out and
        • …When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted.
          Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
          Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…
          ( Matthew 28:18 )

          • Baptize all Nations
      • Pentecost
      • Church & Apostles
        • Discern Spirit
  4. Most people who claim to have faith do not have it
  5. Those who have it
    • Met lady
      • Never claimed
      • Knew where deamon located
      • Their names
      • And, how to get it out
  6. Acquired Knowledge of discernment
  7. Can not be base on your emotions
    • Demons have access to
      • Your Emotion
      • Your Memory
      • Your Mind
        • Associate
      • Feelings
      • False Information
  8. Church gift of discernment
  9. The actual person or position with discernment authority
    • Pope
    • But, he has granted to the local Bishop
    • Bishop can be overridden by Pope’s agreeing to look into it
  10. Criteria
    • False
      • If it is contrary to Objective Catholic Doctrine
        • God will not contract itself
      • If it is contrary to Theologian
        • Council of Theologians
          • 800 Century
        • If not followed, you are likely to fall into error
      • If some if false, some of the Revelation may still be true
    • Grace
      • God gives grace to record and report it with full accuracy
    • Fact that a Prophecy is fulfilled does not mean that the Prophecy is from God
      • Demons can get in the middle and realize where things are headed
      • And, pass it along
    • Revelations containing curious or useless matters can be interpreted as not necessarily divine
      • If they are getting involved in things that has no impact on people’s salvation, then one knows that is likely not the case
    • Detailed, lengthy
      • Positive
        • Our lady has the virtue of silence
        • All authentic apparitions are concise
        • Brief, clear, and precise
        • Can not be interpreted
        • Must be formal and precise
      • Negative
        • All lengthy are diabolic or human
    • Person giving the Revelation
      • If the person is humble, well balanced
    • Person receiving the Revelation
      • Examined carefully
        • Temperament and well balanced
        • Not giving to excessive motifications
  11.  Communism
    • Violates Subsidiarity
      • Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.
        Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority.
        Link
  12. Public Revelation
    • Publication Revelation passed when the last Apostle passed
  13. Possession
    • Womb?
      • In the 1800s in Southern Italy, many people became possessed in the womb

Sensus Fidelium

Prelude

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a set of videos published via YouTube by Sensus Fidelium.

 

Sensus Fidelium

Wikipedia
Sensus fidei (sense of the faith), also called sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful) when exercised by the body of the faithful as a whole, is “the supernatural appreciation of faith on the part of the whole people, when, from the bishops to the last of the faithful, they manifest a universal consent in matters of faith and morals“.

Quoting the document Lumen gentium of the Second Vatican Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church adds: “By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium),… receives… the faith, once for all delivered to the saints… the People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.

The terms sensus fidei fidelium (sense of the faith on the part of the faithful) and sensus fidei fidelis (sense of the faith on the part of an individual member of the faithful) are also used.

Videos

  1. End Times According to Robert Bellarmine
    Sermon on St Bellermine’s teaching of the end times. Who & what is the anti-Christ? Where will he come from? What armies will fight the faithful? What will the anti-Christ do? Who stands against him? What happens when the anti-Christ tries to re-create the ascension? 
    Link
  2. Discerning of Spirits
    St Ignatius of Loyola teaches us how to discern spirits that are in our lives. We look at St Augustine for an example of this.
    Published On: – 2017-Jan-11th
    Link
  3. Discerning Apparitions ~ Fr Ripperger
    How do we discern spirits? What about apparitions? What do we do? For more please visit http://www.sentrad.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest
    Published on :-2016-July-24th
    Link
  4. How Do I Know If I Am Going To Heaven?
    Powerful, and positive message about the beauty of God’s standard for our happiness. The story of Rudolf Hoess
    Published On: – 2017-Feb-5th
    Added On: 2017-Feb-19th
    Link

 

Indepth

End Times According to Robert Bellarmine

  1. Absolute Signs of end times by Saint Bellarmine
    1. Gospel preached all over the world
    2. And, Roman Empire terminated
  2. AC  manifestation hindered by
    • Political Might of the heathen Roman Empire
    • Lifted up and spiritualized by the Spiritual Power of the Church piercing through the Roman Empire and becoming Christendom
  3.  Society
    • Only two types of societies
      • Natural Society
        • With a political order which does not reference Lord’s incarnation
        • Once that society accepts those who do not live according to God’s commandments
          • That society drops to the level of those ruled by man’s nature
          • Foretold of the Post-Christian Period
      • And, another
        • Faithful to teaching of the Catholic Church
  4. AC  period can not come
    • Until the great apostasy
      • The falling away
    • No longer will the nations have unified faith of Lord and Order
      • Once the countries have left their unity with the Holy Father and the true faith
  5. The Man of Sin
    • The man of sin or so called AC will become manifest
  6. The AC coming for the Jews
    • Just as Christ first came to the Jews
    • And, then to the Gentiles
    • So will the AntiChrist
  7. AC will embody the Devil
  8. Time
    • The power which has hindered the development of the lawless one cannot simply be taken away by the AC
    • As that power is Divine
    • And, so it will have to wait till the appointed time
  9. The Power of the Roman Church
    • Shall transition into democracy
    • The gentile nation will reject Catholicism
    • leave the power of true God and return to paganism
  10. AC
    • Coming for the Jews
      • Another will come in his own name and you will not reject him
      • Born of Jewish stock
      • Just like Christ first came to the jews and later he joined the gentiles to himself, so will it be when the AC comes
      • The AC will come to the Jews who are awaiting him
      • And, then one after the other, he will subject the gentiles to himself
    • Will first come to those who are waiting to receive him
  11. Preaching of Enoch & Elijah
    • These two prophets
    • Enoch to Gentiles
    • Elijah to Jews
      • Jews will convert
    • Enoch and Elijah
      • Oppose the AC
      • Conserve the Jew
    • Restore all things
    • Elijah & Enoch will be killed
      • Revelations 11
      • 260 days clothed in Sackcloth
  12. Attacked Church
    • All evil men will get together and with open authority attack men in the Church
    • Hearts outside church, but body in Church
  13. Sit of AC?
    • As to the sit of AC, where will he rule
    • Saint Paul said that the AC will take upon the sit of God and claim to be God
    • Saint Robert
      • Rome
    • Jerome?
      • Jerusalem
        • Temple of Solomon, Temple of David
    • Saint Robert
      • Rome
        • Saint Peter
          • Apostolic See
    • None of the early Christian fathers use the word Temple for Christian Churches
  14. Prophecy is only fully understood in its fulfillment

 

Loyal Rue – IN LIGHT OF SCIENCE, LET’S BEGIN ANEW WITH A ‘NOBLE LIE’, PHILOSOPHER SAYS

Loyal Rue

Loyal Rue is a philosopher who is questioning the Christian Worldview based on new revelations that is arising from Science.

I first became aware of Mr. Rue and his views based on listening to Ravi Zacharias and others from RZIM.

 

Noble Lie

George W. Cornell, AP religion writer
Published On 2001-Jan-20th
Link


Religious philosopher Loyal D. Rue says modern culture urgently needs a “noble lie” – a myth that links the moral teachings of religion with the scientific facts of life.

He said science “has eroded the plausibility of the Judeo-Christian myths. It has got into our heads and consciousness in such a way that the traditional myths can’t be swallowed.”The myths, he said, include archaic views of the universe; a presumption that humans are at the center of existence; and the stories of Jesus’ resurrection and of Moses bringing God’s Ten Commandments down from a mountain.

Dispel the myths of religion, he said, and all that is left is nihilism, which considers life and the universe meaningless.

“Nihilism is not something that can be argued away. . . . ,” he said. “I assume it’s true. But it is ultimately destructive,” a “monstrous truth.”

The myths served as a framework for religious teachings that brought about man’s betterment, Rue says. Without their “integration of cosmology and morality” – of cosmic facts with idealism – people will deny fixed standards and do whatever they choose, splintering society.

Or, they might embrace the “totalitarian option,” which relies on government to force humans to behave, he said.

Rue, 46, a professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, presented his thesis at a recent symposium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington.

A churchgoing but skeptical Lutheran, Rue suggests that we start all over, and create a new myth – a “noble lie” that squares with what is known scientifically, something that is convincing though it may not be factual.

What would that lie be? He doesn’t specify. “It remains for the artists, the poets, the novelists, the musicians, the filmmakers, the tricksters and the masters of illusion to winch us toward our salvation by seducing us into an embrace with a noble lie,” he told the scientific meeting.

Perhaps, he said in an interview, it is possible to rework, transpose and rephrase the Judeo-Christian tradition to make it plausible again.

In any case, the illusion must be “so imaginative and so compelling that it can’t be resisted,” so “beautiful and satisfying” that all would feel they have to accept it, he told the meeting.

“What I mean by the noble lie is one that deceives us, tricks us, compels us beyond self-interest, beyond ego, beyond family, nation, race . . . that will deceive us into the view that our moral discourse must serve the interests not only of ourselves and each other, but those of the earth as well.”

He said this lie would present a “universe that is infused with value. And such a universe is ultimately, I think, a great fiction. The universe just is. But a noble lie attributes objective value to it.”

He said “the great irony of our moment in history” is that what “we have most deeply feared” – being deceived – “is the ultimate source of our salvation from psychological and social chaos.”

He said “a good lie, a noble lie, is one that can’t be shown to be a lie by exposing it to a known truth or to science.”

“We need a kind of myth, a story, a vision of universality, that will get us pulling together, not just as Americans, but that will make us one, and give us solidarity of purpose,” he said.

“It must be a lie that inspires us to give up selfish interests in the service of noble ideals. . . . ” he said. “Without some kind of shared orientation, we can’t cooperate and can’t have a coherent society.”

“Without such lies we cannot live,” he said.

 

Interviews

  1. Loyal Rue pt 1: “Amythia” (interviewed by Barlow and Dowd)
    Loyal Rue, professor emeritus of Luther College in Decorah Iowa, wrote his first book, Amythia, in 1989. In 2014, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd conversed with Loyal about his book and the malady of modernism, amythia.
    Date Published :- 2014-August-22nd
    Link

 

Indepth

Loyal Rue pt 1: “Amythia” (interviewed by Barlow and Dowd)

  1. Many religious people are seeing their Children leave the Church and what Amythia offers is one of the ways to accommodate what is attractive to these young people and what is unattractive in staying in traditional Churches; while also emphasizing that staying in Church and de-emphasis the problematic areas
  2. My thinking is changed about the Church
    • There has to be a new story, yet
      • It has to have continuity with the past
      • It has to be plausible
      • Intelligible, it could not be embarrassing to an Intelligent Being
  3. Tried to give an art to the new Story
    • The distinctiveness was the covenant
    • And, the plausibility is the Scientific World View
  4. But, the problem
    • Is that you have a myth that is embedded in a Cosmetology that is unbelievable
  5. And, the bigger problem became
    • How does one leave behind a cosmology that is becoming increasingly unbelievable
    • But, bring along the myth that was constructed upon the old cosmetology
  6. Customology together with humanity
  7. Michael Down – The Road Ahead
    • Take “BIG HISTORY” and trying to see how to “wrest” that destiny unto a naturalistic World View
      • Rather than wait to be saved by Cosmo Element
      • Taking hold of Saving the Planet
    • Covenant
      • Covenant becomes our covenant with Reality
    • Serving/Saving
      • Saving the Future
      • Serving becomes saving the Planet
    • If the Church will have any future
      • It will be the second coming of Christ
      • It will not be waiting on Christ
    • It will have to take responsibility
    • The Story of the Gospel is so hugely invested in Western Culture to just trash the whole thing
    • And, found that they just have to re-interpreted in a Science and in an Inspiring Way
  8. Loyal Rue
    • And, that is not too difficult to do
    • If you think about what the covenant is
    • If you think about the Hebraic Covenant
      • Most people will say that is the 616 laws
    • But, if you abstract it and say that it simply dictates if you follow these rules, you will live
    • And, so when will being that into the 21st Century we will see that it translates to our responsibility to
      • Global Warming – Take care of the environment
      • Address lack of Water
    • If Humanity accepts that and the Church accepts then we should be able to go the Churches and present it to them
    • Part of writing the book is an hope that the art will help us do that
    • Encourage Churchgoers to go back into their Church and evangelize this new message

 

Book

  1. Amythia – Crisis in the Natural History of Western Culture