Sunday Devotional: Petition God with a grateful heart

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Philippians 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.

sodiers praying1Convoy duty
Dear God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
We worship You, we praise You, we glorify You.
We thank You for so many completely gratuitous gifts, especially life itself.
Please bless and protect our brave men and women in the military who, everyday, risk their very lives in so many places across the world, including the 3,000 being sent to West Africa to “combat” the ebola epidemic

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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Petition God with a grateful heart

  1. Joining in your prayer. . .

    For 1700 years Christianity has presented the Old and New Testaments as records of historic events, and false religions were born of that deception.
    It is now academically accepted that the Bible has no historic relevance, and no archaeological or historical evidence exists to support its stories as real world events.
    Organized religions have a major economic interest in maintaining literal interpretation of both Old and New Testaments, for when the emptiness of biblical stories is fully absorbed, the entire edifice of Christianity is revealed as false. — a total fraud.
    The Bible is headed for well-merited obscurity, and those who think they have found a religion in words written on its pages may find that they are troubled with dyspepsia. (a disorder)
    A non-Church examination of the origin of Old and New Testaments reveals a new account of the development of Christian belief, and provides a conflicting and supportable version opposing that put forward by Church leaders.
    The Encyclopedia Biblica states categorically:
    “With respect to the Canonical Pauline Epistles, none of them are by Paul.
    They are all, without distinction, pseudographia (false writings). The group (ten epistles) bears obvious marks of a certain unity, of having originated in one circle, at one time, in one environment, but not of unity of authorship” (Encyclopedia Biblica III pg. 3625-26).
    Jesus Christ is a religious assumption, a very different story off the history of Christian origins
    The Gospels are ‘utopian literature’, an ancient form of unhistorical creative writing that had its model earlier in Plato’s Republic (427-347 BCE).
    The Church admits that the Epistles of Paul are forgeries, saying,
    “Even the genuine Epistles were greatly interpolated to lend weight to the personal views of their authors”
    (Catholic Encyclopedia, Farley ed., vol. vii, p. 645).
    Likewise, St Jerome (d. 420) declared that the Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the New Testament, was also “falsely written” (“The Letters of Jerome”, Library of the Fathers, Oxford Movement, 1833-45, vol. v, p. 445).

    • Friend, I just want You to know Jesus is real. There’s no denying that. People who didn’t believe in Jesus didn’t deny that He existed. Tacitus’ and Josephus’ account of Jesus’ existence are accepted as valid by almost all historians. The Catholic Church has done some terrible stuff to spurn people away from Christianity and sadly, away from a God that loves those people and all people. I don’t know you’re perspective on religion, Jesus, or anything for that matter. You’ve lived a life probably worlds away from what I’ve lived. I was a Methodist, that then went into Islam because of how devoted and passionate Muslims are about Allah. However, I found know Truth there, I then went on a quest where I probed every aspect of the Bible and that’s how I found my Lord and Savior, Jesus. You may have major issues in your life, but Jesus will smooth those out–It’s tough, not anything like what Joel Osteen will tell you, but If you keep wondering who Jesus is, with an open mind. You’ll find Him friend. I hope and pray you do, I love you buddy, Jesus loves you more than I ever will. BTW: You remind me of myself and how I used to view the Gospel as baloney, but now I view it as bread that I can’t live without. Have a great day and God Bless!

    • @ “Ian Greenwood” in London, UK:
      “Jesus never existed”
      Tell that to the three most important Roman historians of the first-century period — Tacitus, Suetonius, and Josephus. All three made mention of Jesus:
      1. Josephus, a Roman Jew, was born in 37 C.E., just after the death of Jesus, mentioned Jesus twice in his writings. Contemporary Christian theologian Mark Allan Powell, author of Jesus As a Figure in History, finds it noteworthy that Josephus, a Jew who was not a Christian, would refer to Jesus with the term “Christ,” which means messiah or savior. Josephus wrote: “At this time there appeared Jesus a wise man. For he was a doer of startling deeds, a teacher of people who receive the truth with pleasure. And he gained a following both among Jews and among many of Greek origin. And when Pilate, because of an accusation made by the leading men among us, condemned him to the cross, those who had loved him previously did not cease to do so. And up until this very day the tribe of Christians (named after him) has not died out.”
      2. Tacitus (56-117 C.E.), a Roman senator, recorded that Jesus was “executed in Tiberius’s reign by the governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.” Tacitus wrote this in the context of introducing the Christians who were followers of the executed man.
      3. Suetonius, writing in around 120 C.E., reported that the emperor Claudius expelled Jews from Rome because of trouble arising over “Chrestus.” Most scholars think “Chrestus” is a mangled spelling of the Latin for “Christ.”
      Since you live in London, I can’t help but wonder if “Ian Greenwood” is the alias of a Muslim.

      • Excellent comment to the person in London. Not only the historians that you mention, but also the apostles themselves are percipient witnesses of the existence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and many other disciples.

  3. When you don’t have faith, it is easy to go along with what “Scholars” say is the truth about the written word of God. How very sweet it is to see the pictures of our military troops beseeching their Eternal Father for guidance and protection in carrying out their duties. Dr Eowyn, thank you for this important reminder–we must give thanks for the blessings that have given us–if we expect further blessings to flow.

  4. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence
    and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
    This is such a treasured verse! I even had this very verse put on marble for my granddaughter. It covers everything! Eternal thanks, dear Dr. Eowyn, for this post!

  5. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful and enlightening post. We must overlook the stupid, unrealistic and irrelevant comments of the individual called Ian, and appreciate the message of St. Paul’s letter which is the Second Reading at Mass this weekend. He wrote to this congregation to encourage them in their troubles, and to help them keep their minds and hearts upon Jesus, and upon all excellence and virtues that come from Him and are gifts poured out to us. I think His message is most appropriate for our military, as they are involved in situations so full of hatred and evil. Thank you for all of the touching pictures. St. Paul was reminding us to have hope, no matter what we are worried about or what situation we are in.


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