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Sunday Devotional: A contrite, humbled heart

Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7

The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and so man became a living being.

Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
and placed there the man whom he had formed.
Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow
that were delightful to look at and good for food,
with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
“Did God really tell you not to eat
from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree
in the middle of the garden that God said,
‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'”
But the serpent said to the woman:
“You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized that they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together
and made loincloths for themselves.

Michelangelo's Temptation and Fall

The Fall of Adam and Eve is a mystery wrapped in a conundrum.

Although they had everything in that bucolic first garden, including and especially the unimaginably sublime gift of seeing and conversing with the Creator (Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day” –Genesis 3:8), they still chose disobedience and betrayal.

All because of the sin of grandiose narcissism — of wanting to be “like gods,” who would determine for themselves “what is good and what is evil” although they already knew right from wrong. As the Book of Jeremiah 31:33 says, when God created humans, He’d embedded the knowledge of what is right and wrong within each of us:

“I will put my law within them
and write it on their hearts and minds.
I will be their God
and they will be my people.”

In wanting to be their own gods, that is, with their own conception of right and wrong, our first parents contravened the First Commandment (“You shall have no other gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3). Another way to say “wanting to be their own gods” is “Do as thou wilt” — the motto of satanist Aleister Crowley and the church of Satan, and the zeitgeist of our time.

That first sin by our first parents was so cataclysmic that it fundamentally changed the natural order of the world. Henceforth, God would no longer be theirs, and they would no longer be His people.

A door was opened to chaos, and a price must be paid for being human. Where once was joy and ease, there would be banishment, toil, pain, hardship, sickness, disease, and eventual death (“with painful labor you will give birth to children“; “by the sweat of your brow”; “for dust you are and to dust you will return”). Humankind’s relation with other creatures and the physical environment turned askew as “visible creation has become alien and hostile to man.”

So catastrophic was the breach that human nature itself became perverted. Henceforth, all of Adam’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin — “tinder for sin” (fomes peccati) and inclined to evil. As St. Anselm lamented¹:

“I fell before my mother conceived me. Truly, in darkness I was conceived, and in the cover of darkness I was born. Truly, in him we all fell, in whom we all sinned. In him we all lost.”

¹St. Anselm: Basic Writings, translated by S. N. Deane (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court, 1961), p. 24.

So immense was our first parents’ fall that only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make amends — by becoming incarnate, to be tortured and die on a cross.

Jesus loves us this much

And so we come to Lent.

Since Jesus prepared Himself for His public ministry in 40 days, Christians imitate Him with prayer and fasting during this time of Lent to prepare for Holy Week. In remembrance of how Christ our Lord willingly suffered and died for our sins, we are asked to pray, fast, and make a sacrifice during Lent by surrendering something that gives us pleasure, and/or by doing something good that we don’t ordinarily do.

Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 19

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a contrite, humbled heart….

May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Éowyn

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10-year-old boy sees Jesus figure in hospital; begins recovery

Hayley Minogue reports for WKRG, Feb. 2, 2018, that a 10-year-old Gulf Coast boy named Thelonious Ziegelschmid-Sylvester lost 100% of his skin after a one-in-a-million reaction to a common antibiotic.

The boys’ parents rushed him to the hospital and within hours they learned their son had an extreme case of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Note: Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis is a severe skin reaction. Early symptoms include fever and flu-like symptoms. A few days later the skin, including  mucous membranes such as the mouth, begins to blister and peel, forming painful raw areas. Complications include dehydration, sepsis, pneumonia, and multiple organ failure.

Tony Sylvester, Thelonious’ father, said: “It just kept getting worse and worse, literally right before our eyes you could see the blisters spreading. You could look at him… It was like growing, it was growing. You could look at him and then look back again and it had moved. There was more and more and more.”

During his four-month stay at Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas, on his darkest day, Thelonious saw a Jesus figure in his room, after which he began to recover.

Thelonious said he saw the figure with great clarity:

“After a while, I saw this man standing in the corner of the room in a white robe with a beard. White skin, brown beard, brown hair. He smiled at me and it was like I was back in my body. I thought it was really strange but . . . I just kept getting better from that point. It wouldn’t go better and then worse, better then worse. It would just get better after that.”

Asked if he thinks he had been visited by an angel or God, he answered, “That’s what I believe.”

Fr. Christopher Viscardi, priest and professor of Theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, said: “It’s an empirical evidence that reaffirms what we’ve always believed in faith about being human. There’s a deep spiritual dimension and we live not by bread alone that we also had this spiritual dimension in that we are made for the presence of God and God’s presence sometimes enters into our awareness in surprising ways.”

Asked if he truly believes Thelonious had been visited by Christ, Fr. Viscardi said: “Who knows? God is not just another little UFO. God is present in all things at all times. I truly believe God is with me right now, God is in the universe. God gives life, so there’s nothing different about this. I think people need something special to say this is God, well God is everywhere all the time.”

Thelonious still has trouble holding his head up because of muscle weakness. He is sensitive to light because the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome has left him legally blind. Scars on his legs serve as reminders he almost lost his life.

Thelonious’ parents want to spread the word about Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — that it can happen and it is devastating.

For more on Thelonious’ journey, click here.

To donate to his GoFundMe, click here.

~Eowyn

Where are Pharaoh and his army?

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Our 21st century pharaohs meet every summer at Bohemian Grove for toasted marshmallows and campfire stories.

“The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.” – Proverbs 10:29

The Lord had just led Moses and the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry ground with an unprecedented miracle. The water on either side of them stood like a wall. God had rescued them from a cruel and corrupt government.

Now it looked like God’s blessing was about to become a trap for the escapees, as Pharaoh rushed with his whole army across the very path created for Israel’s escape. Imagine the sense of terror among the people when the saw this.

But the miracle that saved God’s people became the destruction of their enemies. Moses, speaking by faith said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” – Exodus 14:13

Now let’s apply this lesson to America 2018

Donald Trump, the unexpected candidate, won the office of president against all odds.

He then proceeded to surprise the world by instituting one act of governmental righteousness after another. But in hot pursuit, his (and our) enemies, the elites who would be our masters, have led their legions out to crush our new hope.

At moments I have felt the terror of what they threaten to do to us.

But I “will have no fear of bad news; my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. My heart is secure, I will have no fear; in the end I will look in triumph on my foes.” (– Psalm 112:7-80) If we personalize our faith in God this way, we will be able to stand still, and see the glory and salvation of the Lord.

“The waters covered their adversaries; Not one of them was left.” – Psalm 106:11

“Mommy, why doesn’t Mr. Pharaoh come around anymore?” 

“Honey, Mr. Pharaoh drowned.
He won’t be back.”  

Coral-encrusted object in Red Sea could be ancient Egyptian chariot wheels

 

 

Sunday Devotional: ‘If you wish, you can make me clean’

Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”

And He did, with a simple touch of His hand, saying,

“I do will it. Be made clean.”

In our time of advances in medical science, leprosy, a bacterial infection, is curable with a multidrug regime of therapy, comprised of dapsone, rifampicin, clofazimine, and other antibiotics — over the course of 6 to 12 months.

But Jesus cured the man’s leprosy INSTANTLY, by simply willing it.

We Christians can be so habituated that our faith becomes routine and routinized.

We need to re-read the Gospel accounts of Christ, like the passage in Mark 1, with fresh eyes and minds, and be AMAZED . . . .

See also:

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

Melania Trump had White House exorcised

The Left had a cow when, a year ago on February 18, 2017, Melania Trump recited The Lord’s Prayer at a rally of 9,000 people at Orlando-Melbourne Airport, Florida, on February 18, 2017.

The Left are sure to go into another meltdown when they learn that Melania Trump had the White House exorcised before moving in.

Paul Begley is the pastor of the Community Gospel Baptist Church in Knox, Indiana. In a CNSNews audio recording (below), Begley said:

“When the President [Trump] allowed 40 pastors to come into the White House and . . . lay their hands on him –seven times he’s done this– that’s unheard of, we have never. I mean the guy has got flaws, we all do. But at least he’s humble in recognizing that he needs God enough that he keeps bringing them in for prayer. I gotta say this: It might have started with the First Lady [Melania], I’d be honest with you.”

Evangelical leaders pray over President Trump, July 10, 2017

“The First Lady, in the five hours when the Obamas and the Trumps were down in the Capitol and Trump’s being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Melania Trump said to her husband, ‘I’m not going to go into that White House unless it has been completely exorcised.’

I mean because apparently, over the eight years that the Obamas were there and maybe even some of the presidents before him, there were all kinds of idol gods and images, and all kinds of artifacts in there that were demonic, even some of the stuff left over from the Clinton era ’cause they were really tied in with the Haitians. I can tell you if you read The Serpent and The Rainbow story, you’ll find out just how much Haitian witch-doctor influence was in Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s lives. They constantly went back there. They spent their honeymoon with a witch doctor! Who does that?”

Note: Begley is referring to Wade Davis’ book, The Serpent and The Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic. See also:

“But Melania said, ‘You gotta get all that out of there. And send in some preachers, priests (she wanted priests, anyone), go in there and cleanse the White House or I would not spend one night in there.’

And he [Donald Trump] did! During the five hours when they were changing carpets and drapes, there were people in there packing up every item. The only thing left was one cross on one wall. They cleansed the White House. They had people anointing it with oil, praying everywhere.

This was a major spiritual . . . you’ve got to take the seat of authority when you go into spiritual warfare, you start with the spiritual authority and then it goes from there out. And I think that might have been where the whole thing began — in a mighty way of exorcising the demons.”

H/t FOTM‘s MCA

~Eowyn

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, hypocrite

Rep. Joseph “Joe” Patrick Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts), 37, is the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and grandson of Bobby Kennedy, brother of former President John Kennedy.

An heir to his great-grandfather Joseph Kennedy’s fortune, Joe #3  holds substantial investments in trusts and is estimated to be worth between $20 million and $60 million.

On January 30, 2018, a drooling Joe #3 gave the Democrat Party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

A practicing Catholic with a sweet tooth, in 2017 Joe #3 gave up sugary snacks for Lent. But he and his wife, health policy lawyer Lauren Birchfield, are stridently pro-abort, never mind the fact that the Catholic Church calls abortion an intrinsic — i.e., non-negotiable — evil.

Below is a pic of the couple at a pro-abort rally, garbed in pussy-pink T-shirts that say: “I stand with Planned Parenthood” — the same Planned Parenthood abortion mills that harvest and sell aborted babies’ body parts and organs, including the brain of a baby whose heart was still beating when his brain was “harvested”.

By the way, there are claims on the net that Joe Kennedy III lives in a mansion surrounded by a wall (see below) — evidence of his hypocrisy when he grandly proclaimed in his Democrat Party response: “Build a wall and my generation will tear it down.”

However, Snopes says:

  1. The house is not Joe’s but was purchased in 1933 by great grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., which was sold by the Kennedy family in 1995.
  2. The house is located in Palm Beach, just a few feet from the ocean. The wall is a seawall designed to keep the ocean from damaging the property.

Joe Kennedy III is pro-gun control, pro-gay marriage, pro-illegal migrants, and calls the Republican health care reform “an act of malice,” while supporting Planned Parenthood’s acts of true malice and evil — the abortion killing of little, innocent, defenseless human beings and harvesting their organs.

holocaust vs. abortion

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

What should we bring to the Lord?

Micah 6:6-8 is brief, direct and comprehensive

It is easy to get caught up in our religious requirements and the demands on our time, and get off center from what really counts.

“With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?

Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?

To
act justly
and to
love mercy

and to
walk humbly
with your God.”

PEACE