Anyone Can Change 

 http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/anyone-can-change/ ‎   As we grow in our Christian faith, many come to understand that anyone can change for the better at any time. For many people, that belief if one of the most controversial parts of being a Christian. After all, some mistakenly think, people living in sin are not deserving of God’s love. But that could not be further from the truth.   The world is filled with people who have lived sordid lives, only to have their lives turned completely around 180 degrees by God to live blessed lives in keeping with Holy Scripture. Surely we know some—you may even be one! That is exactly what happened to St. Paul and also St. Augustine who reportedly lived a rather extravagant, elite lifestyle and went on to have a great conversion to the point of choosing to give away his significant wealth to dedicate his life completely to Christianity.   As Christians, we are not only called to love and embrace all people, we are called to love them into a relationship with Jesus Christ–What an adventure in faith-filled living! Family, friends, strangers, and enemies alike, we are to somehow find a way to love and care for others, even if our humanness tells us otherwise about the unlovable. It may involve reaching out to someone you’d rather avoid because you have a ‘history,’ whom you find offensive or uncomfortable to be with, or someone you are lacking in affection or respect for. In essence, we must put aside our feelings and differences, and reach out to others, especially to those in most need.   When we get...

How to Prevail Against All Odds

How to prevail against all odds… We need to remember that Jesus is our Savior, in all things great and small. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He is with His flock wherever we go protecting us, comforting us, providing wisdom and discernment through His Word, and paving the way for victories great and small as we call upon His Holy Name. For Holy Scripture tells us: “The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” “…Stand up and tell them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them; for it is I this day who have made you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass, against the whole land…They will fight against you but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.”   Jeremiah 1:4-19 With all the current events swirling around us regarding the Sanctity of Life, this Scripture reminds us that all human life—including your life and mine–is a precious gift from God. This beautiful, uplifting biblical passage also serves as a wonderful reminder that God is our Creator; and that He knew each of us intimately before we were even born into this world. That is, He not only knew us, but created a plan for each soul in the building up of the Kingdom before we were even born! This prophetic writing from Jeremiah beckons us...

The 10 Commandments: Relevant or Passe?

Today’s Sunday Church Reading: “Moses said to the people…In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Deuteronomy 4:1-2 The 10 Commandments, as given to Moses by God Himself, give great discernment, direction, and light to our days.  This Scripture clearly tells the Israelites that we are not to add to them or subtract from them, because by so doing, the  meaning may be obscured and essentially changed. This message was not just meant for the Israelites, but for all Judeo-Christian followers for generations to come, until the end of time. Are the 10 C’s relevant or Passe? As a succinct, brief reminder, Jesus gave us His mandates to 1) Love God with all your heart and mind, and 2) Love one another, which is the summation of the 10 Commandments, rather than a replacement for them. Today, when we follow Jesus’ mandate mindful of the 10 Commandments, we are able to avoid sin, which separates us from God and each other. The great message here, is all about Love. That is, God’s love for us, and what we do to show our love for Him in return. It is not a one way street, as the door swings both ways. When we love God, we recognize that we are sinners, but trust He loves us despite that fact. However, we try to follow the 10 C’s as closely as possible, asking for forgiveness when we fall short. As this Scripture passage says, we must find a way to love the orphan (born and unborn), the grieving widow, the...