I pray that those who would destroy our country and our way of life would just acknowledge this simple truth. But I doubt that they will.
I pray that those who would destroy our country and our way of life would just acknowledge this simple truth. But I doubt that they will.
This post was first published three years ago on July 16, 2017. I’m re-publishing it because Matthew 13 is today’s reading, and to remember one of FOTM’s loyal readers, Lophatt (his comment below), who departed from our troubled world last October. I trust he’s in a much better place, with our sweet Lord.
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
Let us strive to be “rich soil” who really hears and takes our Lord’s words to heart.
And if we are “rich soil,” just remember that He expects much from us, for to whom much is given, much is expected.
So use the gifts He’s given us — wholly undeserved — wisely and well, so that we each will “bear fruit” of “a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold”!
And remember, always, to tell the Triune Godhead that we love Him with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole soul, and with all our strength.
May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
The jet streams from three U.S. Navy Blue Angels fighter jets formed an angel.
Below is a video on various angel sightings.
I know that the last segment on the “angel” saving a man from being run over by a truck is a Chinese computer game. (Hoax-Slayer)
Have you had a sighting of or encounter with an angel? If so, please tell us!
For angelic encounters, see:
I will extol you, my God and king;
I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and worthy of much praise,
whose grandeur is beyond understanding.
One generation praises your deeds to the next
and proclaims your mighty works.
They speak of the splendor of your majestic glory,
tell of your wonderful deeds.
They speak of the power of your awesome acts
and recount your great deeds.
They celebrate your abounding goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice….
The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he destroys.
My mouth will speak the praises of the LORD;
all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
St. Augustine said to sing is to pray twice.
As in Psalms 145:7, the Bible contains myriads of exhortations to “sing to the Lord”.
Not just sing, but sing joyfully, as if your heart is bursting with radiance.
But in the name of a “second wave” of COVID-19 (but no one would say the spike is due to the #BLM protests and riots), some tyrannical states and counties, such as California, now forbid singing in churches.
So please join me here in singing two of my favorite songs: “Holy, holy, holy” and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”!
And may the peace, joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
I’m thinking about this, and hope it is food for thought for all who visit Fellowship of the Minds.
Yesterday, June 30, 2020, Spirit Daily posted a truly alarming image from social media of what appears to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a Saharan dust storm over some place called Chalatenango:
Spirit Daily‘s comment (I supplied the red bold emphasis):
From Twitter (mailbag):
See the 4 horsemen? Someone took a picture of that image formed from the dust happened at 1:40 in the afternoon in Chalatenango Mexico
But Spirit Daily does not give the source link or date of the apocalyptic social media post, nor are we told who Hey Maje Wacha 530 is.
So I did my research on the Internet and found the following:
(1) A huge sand storm from the Sahara Desert in North Africa, the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. has made its way across the Atlantic, engulfing some Mexican cities and America’s Gulf coast states.
Here’s an NBC “Today” news video on the dust storm.
The UK Express reports on June 27, 2020:
Shocking footage from Torreón, Mexico showed a huge wall of dust encompassing the entire city, sparking claims of the “apocalypse”. The sand storm from the Saharan Desert has reached North America after travelling across the Atlantic last week. Incredible videos of the sand storm hitting Mexico went viral, as the dust blocked out the sun and sparked travel chaos over visibility concerns….
The storm is expected to continue moving north and east through the weekend, reaching areas from Texas and Florida all the way up to as far north as the Canadian border.
Here’s a YouTube video of the dust storm over Torreón on June 24:
(2) Hey Maje Wacha 530 is a Mexican media/news company. On June 25, 2020, Hey Maje Wacha 530 posted the four horsemen image on its Facebook page.
(3) An alert Facebook poster Orlando Elgordo Fernandez found the original undoctored image, which proves that the Four Horsemen image is a photoshop. The image wasn’t even taken in Chalatenango, but in Torreón, Mexico.
In fact, the Express article I referenced earlier in this post included the above image. The image is also in the NBC “Today” news video on the dust storm, from which I had this GIF made, showing there are no Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the dust storm.
(4) There is no Chalatenango in Mexico, as Spirit Daily claims. The only Chalatenango I could find on Wikipedia is a city in El Salvador.
The times we find ourselves in are already distressing and unsettling without the Mexican news media company and Spirit Daily posting the very alarming and misleading Four Horsemen image, without undertaking the necessary research to verify the image.
Therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities….
The Lord GOD speaks….
I brought upon you such upheaval
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
Yet you returned not to me,
says the LORD.
So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
and since I will deal thus with you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
World Magazine reports, June 27, 2020, that according to a calculation by National Right to Life using data from the Guttmacher Institute, the total number of reported abortions in the United States between 1973 (when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion) and 2017 is 61,628,584.
Of the more than 61.6 million reported abortions:
While the number of abortions had gone down since 1990, the total number of 61,628,584 reported abortions in the 44 years since 1973 is more than twice the population of Australia, near six times the population of Greece, and more than seven times the population of Switzerland.
Below are the countries whose total population is less than the 61.6 million U.S. abortions since 1973 (source: Wikipedia):
You demon-possessed advocates of abortion must be so proud.
Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
What a grim reading for today.
For the first time, Jesus predicts His impending persecution, terrible suffering, and death by execution. Then, He warns that being His follower is not a path of roses, but one of self-abnegation and suffering:
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
Christians actually have had it good in America, compared to both the early Church and the many persecuted Christians across the world today, especially in the Middle East where Christianity is near extinction. See:
But the days of the comfortable U.S. Christian are rapidly fading, as the light of Christ dims in post-Christian and Left-radicalized America. See:
No matter what the future brings, we are to heed the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
In the meantime, we take strength and solace from our Lord’s words and promise:
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? . . . For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
May the peace and strength of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
I don’t know how it came to be that so many view Jesus the Christ as an effeminate wimp.
Is it because He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, without protest or fighting back?
But do they not know that Jesus’ suffering and death were redemptive and restitutory?
The dictionary defines “restitution” as reparation made by giving an equivalent as compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused.
Every wrong must be rectified. But our first parents’ fall was so cataclysmic that not only was human nature itself perverted so that all of Adam and Eve’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin with an inclination to evil (fomes peccati: tinder for sin), no man could restitute for that first sin. Only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make amends — by becoming incarnate, and to be tortured, suffer and die on a cross.
As Jesus explained in Luke 22:22: “for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined.”
Jesus couldn’t be further from being an effeminate wimp.
A physical laborer — carpenter — by trade, Jesus must have been brawny and strong. He would have to be strong to withstand being whipped until the flesh on His back was stripped, have 1″-2″ long thorns pierced into his head (try piercing your scalp with just a pin), carry a cross weighing 75-125 lbs, then be nailed to a cross by 5″-7″ long iron spikes. (See “Good Friday: Remembering His Passion and Sacrificial Love“)
Nor does Jesus expect us to be wimps.
He instructed us in Luke 22:36: “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
He didn’t mean a spiritual sword. By “sword,” He meant it literally.
Furthermore, why would He tell us to acquire a sword if He doesn’t expect and want us to use it in self defense?
The equivalent of a sword today is a gun. Molon labe!
Just be sure you acknowledge Him before others because if you don’t, He will not acknowledge you before the Father.
And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
Conservatives and Evangelical Christians long supported Chick-fil-A because its founder, the late S. Truett Cathy, ordered that his restaurants be closed on Sundays to allow employees to attend church and spend time with their families. Chick-fil-A also donated to charities that supported the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, which enraged the Left. LGBT activists declared a boycott of the restaurants which was countered by supporters of Chick-fil-A who showed up en masse to dine in the restaurant chain.
But that was then.
Today’s Chick-fil-A is no longer founder Truett Cathy’s model company.
Last November came news that Chick-fil-A was donating to anti-Christian, pro-abort, LGBT organizations.
Now, Dan Cathy, 67, the super-woke chairman-president-CEO of Chick-fil-A and son of the late Truett Cathy, with a net worth of $6.6 billion, is prostrating himself before the Black Lives Matter movement by “shining the shoes” of a black rapper and calling on whites not only to repent for their racism, but “put words to action” by expressing their contriteness by shining black people’s shoes.
On Sunday, June 14, 2020, pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, held a 70-minute roundtable discussion with Dan Cathy and Christian rapper Lecrae on police brutality and an Atlanta police officer’s shooting of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot two days earlier.
Beginning at the 32:32 mark in the video of the roundtable, Cathy spoke of a Chick-fil-A restaurant being burnt to the ground and a dozen other restaurants being vandalized by “protesters,” then he said:
“I know as Caucasians we can point fingers at the looters and those that were causing vandalism…. But my, my, my plea would be for the white people, rather than point fingers at that kind of criminal effort, would be to see the level of frustration and exasperation and almost a sense of hopelessness that exist among some of those activists within the African-American community that are so exasperated. I just hope we can feel some level in this moment. There’s got to be some emotional response of understanding how exasperated and how hopeless people are feeling at this point….
[39:25 mark] I invite folks just to put some words to action here, [Cathy walks over to rapper Lecrae] and if we need to find somebody that needs to have their shoeshine, we need to just go right on over and shine their shoes. [Cathy then cleans Lecrae’s tennis shoe and gives him a hug.] …Any expressions of a contrite heart, of a sense of shame, a sense of embarrassment begin with an apologetic heart. I think that’s what our world needs to hear today.”