Dec 042016


The writer of the beloved Christian hymn, AMAZING GRACE, was John Newton. The original title was FAITH’S REVIEW AND EXPECTATION, published in 1779.

Newton led a difficult life as captain of slave ships before his conversion to Christianity in the 1750’s.

The title ascribed to the hymn, “1 Chronicles 17:16–17”, refers to David’s reaction to the prophet Nathan telling him that God intends to maintain his family line forever. Some Christians interpret this as a prediction that Jesus Christ, as a descendant of David, was promised by God as the salvation for all people.

Newton became acutely aware of four things taught in the Bible:

(1) I must realize that in my present condition I am a sinner before God.

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

(2) I cannot save myself from eternal punishment in hell.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

(3) Christ has paid for my sins and my punishment with His death on the cross.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16).

(4) I must accept His crucifixion as payment for my sins, personally.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

“But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

Click on the blue headline link at top to read about the Scripture messages behind the lyrics of “Amazing Grace”.


Nov 242016


Breitbart: “The Catholic Bishops of Poland together with President Andrzei Duda proclaimed Jesus Christ as King of Poland Saturday and called upon him to rule over their nation, its people, and their political leaders.

In a ceremony at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, the bishops commemorated the 1,050th anniversary of the Christianization of Poland by entrusting the nation to the kingship of Christ.

The Prayer:

“Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ,” the bishops prayed together with the congregation, “We Poles stand before you to acknowledge your reign, surrender to your law, and entrust our homeland and the whole nation to you.”

Humbly bowing our heads before you, King of the Universe, we acknowledge your dominion over the Polish nation, those living in the homeland and throughout the world.

“We renounce the devil and all his works,” they said. The congregation also asked divine assistance for their rulers, including President Duda.

“We entrust to you the Polish people and Polish leaders,” they said. “Let them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with Your laws.”

“Rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation — for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind.”

Opinion: Amen and Amen.

(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)

Nov 242016


The Daily Beast: “Five members of the NYPD had been shot to death in the line of duty in just over two years, beginning with the two detectives who were assassinated as they sat in their radio car just before Christmas in 2014.

Dallas had lost five cops in a single night in July. Baton Rouge had lost three in a single day later that month. But the cops in all these cities had kept on, ever ready to race into danger.”

Opinion: This past week a police officer was killed in Texas and another wounded in Missouri in apparently unrelated ambush-style shootings, while a third officer was shot and wounded in Florida, authorities said on Monday.

Since the turn of the century first responders have been under fire. On 9/11 there were 411 who responded to the World Trade Center and were killed. This included: 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

According to new national statistics, 42 police officers were shot and killed in 2015 which was a decrease from 126 killed in 2014. So far in 2016 there have been 131 officers killed in the line of duty.

There are a lot of empty chairs at Thanksgiving tables today. These families need our prayers.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”

Romans 8:26-28 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”


Nov 242016
Happy Thanksgiving

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