Recently, I was in a hospital waiting room and reluctantly picked up an issue of Guidepost Magazine. I very seldom read Guidepost because the long time publisher, Norman Vincent Peale, promotes heresy and diabolical religions. He has also denied the virgin birth and the necessity to be born again.
As I perused the magazine I landed on an article by Anna Gentile, a hospital chaplain. The article was about Guideposts and Gentile’s work with sick children. In the first paragraph she wrote:
“Put your hand on your chest,” I tell the young patients in the hospital where I work. “Can you feel your heartbeat?” They nod. “Now, with each beat, you can say, ‘I am, I am, I am.’” That prayer, addressed to the great “I Am,” is at the beginning of the journal in each Guideposts for Kids Comfort Kit I give out, and I can’t begin to tell you how much comfort it gives.” – Happy Birthday, Sparkle, Anna Gentile, Guideposts, July 2016
I believe that Christ is pleased when we care for and minister to little children whether they are sick or not. However, giving toys to sick children and teaching them to say “I am, I am, I am,” to God is spiritually equivalent to handing them poisoned candy. The practice smacks of Contemplative Prayer. During Contemplative Prayer the individual may count his or her breaths and chant a word or phrase. Continue reading
Well, the “Save Hillary” campaign has begun. The faction that hates our nation and would like to destroy capitalism, democracy, and outlaw Christianity, has evidently decide that they need Clinton to complete that agenda. Thus, America is like a creature consumed with hatred for its legs and has decided to gnaw them off. Repulsive? It’s not repulsive enough to describe the sheer ignorance of people who desire to kill police officers because of the debatably wrong actions of a few. None of the Dallas police officers deserved to die. To kill innocent people because one is incensed that innocent people were killed is as stupid as a creature mutilating itself.
We are a nation on the verge of losing our liberty. Two wrongs do not equal one right. The protests and rioting are not about justice. Its fruit is injustice—the murder of innocent people. The disturbances are about creating a diversion and causing as much chaos as possible to provide a paltry excuse for Martial Law. We have a president that has repeatedly shown that he will lay down a grain of sand and call it a beach. He needs but the hint of an excuse to ignore the Constitution and act in accordance with his whims. Continue reading
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” – Matthew 7:24-27
In the above passage, Christ tells us how to endure a destructive storm. Consider that each of the individuals heard the words of Christ, each of them built a house, and they both went through a storm that produce a flood and great wind. However, only one house endured and survived the test. Continue reading