Posted by: celticanglican | April 3, 2018

No, These Weren’t Yours to Begin With

This is a reprint from my now-archived Liturgical Christianity Portal blog
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One of the more interesting exchanges I had on this blog started off innocently enough with me stating why I didn’t believe God sanctioned polygamy for Christians. Online discussions being what they are, it soon devolved into my being accused of being “no student of Scripture” for not agreeing with one commentator about their assertion that Christians were to follow the Levitical law.

In short, I had pointed out that polygamy was something that the Bible did not specifically condemn because of the cultural context, but was not sanctioned as an example to follow either, and pointed out a couple of examples of other practices that are no longer accepted within Christianity. The commentator took exception to this, asserting that Christians were still to follow the Law.

I think it’s easy for some to get caught up on Jesus’ statement that he did not intend the abolish the Law (Matthew 5:17-20), without considering his fulfillment and what it meant. What does that really mean for us?

  • Jesus did not invalidate the Law during his earthly ministry, however, he did institute a covenant of grace (Romans 6:13-14)
  • Jewish teachers in both Biblical times and today never saw the Law as being for Gentiles. In fact, many believe that only the laws given to Noah are applicable for non-Jews. (Gen. 9:8-17)
  • Early Christians leaders did not impose the Law on Christians (Acts 15)

We are under the law of grace – thanks be to God!

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Posted by: celticanglican | April 1, 2018

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Posted by: celticanglican | March 24, 2018

Prayer Requests: Eve of Palm Sunday

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first, he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

All who continue to mourn in the wake of the Parkland shooting and Austin bombings

Marty, who was able to return to her nursing facility instead of hospice

Doris, COPD and back/knee problems

Iris, whose husband is drinking again after earlier problems

Teresa, who is recovering from surgery

Bev, feeling under the weather recently

Maurice, legal troubles

Arlene, recent troubles following heart surgery

Michael, a prisoner in a state of estrangement from his wife and daughter

Aaron and family, he has an uncle who constantly mocks everyone’s faith, causing difficulty

Marie-Helene, good results from upcoming mammogram

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Posted by: celticanglican | March 12, 2018

Prayer Requests: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came downv from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Pastor Terry’s healing from a back injury leaving him disabled

Debbie, still having frustrating blackouts

Teresa as she continues to undergo treatment

Kenny, who is seeking wisdom, truth and a deeper understanding of God’s words to him

Iris, struggling with her husband’s drinking

Posted by: celticanglican | March 4, 2018

Prayer Requests: Third Sunday of Lent

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers:

For the Church:

All persecuted Christians, especially Asia Bibi

For an increase in faith, hope and love on the part of all Christians

For all in authority:

For American lawmakers as their decisions impact those of their communities and the world

For the world:

For all who live with oppression, violence, poverty and sickness

For local communities:

For the people of all communities coping with the aftermath of mass shootings

For those in any need or trouble:

For Martha‘s continued healing from her struggles with asthma

For Samuel, recently released and in need of some place for he and his wife to live.

For Judy and Bill, searching for a place for their son to live after his release. He is a habitual offender and they cannot have him again due to his behavior. Pray for provision, peace between them, and that their adult son will take responsibility for his life.

For Dale’s continued successful radiation and chemo treatments

Ken’s wife’s relative who recently had prostate cancer surgery

Debbie, who has a nagging case of the flu

For the truth to be known in Marlene’s case

For Mark, a prisoner who has been out for 20 years but still struggles with anxiety and depression

For Kirsten and her husband as he has an upcoming prison release, for a good reintegration and blessings in their marriage

The departed:

For the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham and for his legacy to inspire many

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Posted by: celticanglican | March 1, 2018

Interesting TNR Take

via How Universities and Prisons Help Cats

Posted by: celticanglican | February 26, 2018

Prayer Requests: Monday of 2 Lent and Commemoration of Emily Morgan

Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant Emily Morgan, may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with her attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

An update from Sharon:

Tomorrow I was supposed to have another stent put in. They have postponed it and sent me to a surgeon specializing in this particular area for some machinery broke down and the procedure could cause a stroke or death if plaque dislodged for it would go straight to the brain. The surgeon wants to do a blood flow test on Tuesday before determining if problem is significant enough to do it.

I  got the fun of witnessing to the surgeon when he was puzzled  that serious conditions found when my last stent was put in in October no longer existed. I said that’s because a lot of people are praying for me. He replied, “tell them to pray for me”.

Mac, like many men mask /express fear with the appearance of anger. He was upset when they put off the procedure in November, then exploded at the poor office girl when they postponed it again on the 14th, then when the doctor himself called to say the equipment broke so they were sending me to a surgeon Mac let the doc have it. So, when Shirley and I explained what the surgeon said, I wasn’t surprised that he got mad .  Then I pointed out the possibility of a stroke and how it could have been God protecting me with each delay, and the equipment breakdown. It was beautiful to watch that angry  face soften, as he saw It was God’s love, not the foolishness of man. A look  of wonder came over his face. Isn’t God special to use this in so many ways?

Looking unto Jesus, the author and perfected of my faith.
Hugs
Sharon

A request from Martha:

The steroids were good/ but I also have bronchitis- wheezing cough.

 So I have not had antibiotics since around Feb. 10 – so
I now have them/ she thinks this will help.
 She said I was blessed/ not getting the Type A flu-  which pneumonia
comes with that – whole different story. She said the B is not as associated
with severe/ hospitalization./ pneumonia   So pray we all stay away from flu A.
So she said keep on taking/ breathing treatments and go down to 10 mg
of steroid a day- not 40 or 60 or 80 – that is completed/ now. She had
added an antibiotic which she said will help with secondary infection, bronchitis.
The E.R. did not prescribed one. She said last time I had antibiotic it helped/toward
first of Feb. But most likely needed another round. She was not in her office some of
the things I had to see other Dr (s).
And rest/ and try to control stress/ which triggers asthma attacks.
And take cough :”perle” tablet which will help calm the cough’ and it is
not a narcotic/ and if needed tylenol – for aches etc.
 and Stay on oxygen 5 more days at least.
 And I am better – I have been without oxygen/ more lately
 but she said that puts a strain on the heart/ without good oxygen level.
 So 3 visits to Dr. (just one to my main Dr. she was on it.)
one visit to the PA/ and then today’s visit with her/ regular Dr.
after I became sick, and then two trips to E.R. oh dear.
 Tired.. of this.   praying for each of you !1 Blessings/ and breakthrough of the Lord  to you and good health
and also provision/ and situations the Lord has under His control//// Psalm 138:8   –
 Hope all is going OK there.  Thank you for your continued prayers. With a low immunity and a senior age,
and cancer patient and also history of pneumonia and other ailments; she said stay away from public places.
She said I had a rough time, but all in all, no hospitalization and no congestive heart failure and no pneumonia
was a good thing.
 Love and prayers
 ((soft hugs of His Grace))
Posted by: celticanglican | February 17, 2018

Prayer Requests Start of Lent

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers!

I have an urgent prayer request for my brother Terry. He is currently incarcerated on a bogus charge that could lead to him spending 40 to 60 years. My brother is a born again Christian. I would ask that you please pray in agreement with me that God will intervene in this situation and that he will be released very soon. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Rev. Roger

Anna has been going from chills and shivers to burning up feverish hot and very fatigued. On her pnuemonia meds still. Concerned about her. All the stress of trying to continue to afford hotel and find a place is really taking a toll on us. I swelled up again yesterday and still pretty swollen but have to work later after church. Appreciate increased prayers please. The urgent care center is open til ten pm near church, take oyr insurance if need be. Thanks and blessings Jaynne
My husband saw a real bad car wreck on the road awhile ago, please pray for total healing for any injured and salvation if unsaved. God is able and faithful. God bless. Love, Jaynne
From Zara’s mom, losing some of her child’s SSI benefit: Been working on this paper work for about a hour & I’m no where near done. Our current fight is to keep our bigger source of our 2 incomes. Please send prayers. I’m really sick of fighting.
Updates from Teresa:
First, I Praise God for healing me two other times of a breast lump and then a major breast mass. God removed them completely. I am claiming that Victory again in Christ, if it be His will. Please pray in agreement for the biopsy scheduled for Valentine’s Day at 3:30 p.m. to go perfectly to God’s Victory and Glory. Thank you so much! With Love in Christ!
Second update: Thank you so very much for praying about the biopsy today. They went ahead and did a double biopsy. The Doctor was pretty certain the one mass is not to worry about. She didn’t say about the other. I praise God because I felt his presence and your prayers. I have never been treated with more love and tender care than I was by Doctor McCay and two nurses. Then, the director of the center’s assistant came down to give me her card and tell me that she is here for me with anything I need. She hugged me and said ‘God bless you’…the dr. hugged me and one of the nurses, too. I felt God’s Holy Presence, and I trust the results to come back great if God’s will. Thank you for praying for benign goodness in His hands. Love you much!
Dear ones. my Ken has his P.E.T. scan tomorrow to determine whether they got all of the ‘”C’s” he has been fighting for the past 18 months.. I have a deep and calm feeling in my heart that they have…Kenny is a strong person and a hard worker, has a wonderful outlook and happy heart. Father has turned his heart and head in this, to trust in Him. Please continue to pray that he is completely healed of both Lymphoma and Prostate. 

Please pray for Susan, a kidnapping victim
Dear Warriors
Please lift in strong prayer, Dereck Edwards. He is stiff and sore today moving around very slowly. He is working very very hard to sustain himself and build a better future. A lot of physical labor involved here.
Pray for Gods healing hand to ease and soothe all sore muscles and stiffness.
For strength as he gets through his jobs.
For Jody’s brother to connect with strong aftercare support so that he can break the cycle and stay out of prison for good. Pray also that he can reconnect with his children and family.
For Gisele, seeking guidance in letting her 5-year-old son begin a relationship with his incarcerated father. Gisele made the decision to leave the father for their safety, and she would also like prayers for his salvation and maturity while in prison. She will also be moving back to France in a few months with her son, and she hopes that he and his father can maintain a healthy correspondence relationship.
I AM SAD. All of a sudden early Mon- today 6 a.m. or so – starting gaging, coughing, and choking/ bronchitis.
FELT FINE when I went to bed last night/ Sun. UNREAL. Now I was suppose to see the cong. Heart Dr. Wed/ and I need to –
but I can not raise my head/ I am sitting here/ at computer – almost- falling over. THE COUGH IS INCESSANT
NEVER NEVER STOPS. I AM SO TIREd/ HURT SO BADLY. PRay for me. This has me concerned.
With my past 7 pneumonias – from 1994 – till 2009 – oh dear. Anyway- the PA said it probably is not contagious- My regular Dr. was not there today/in office.
BUT HECK/ ?? who knows, and also I am upset/ because it could be cong. heart failure. He took no x rays. I went for labs//potassium today and those results will not be back till Tues A.M.
This is how fluid builds up in one’s heart.??/ so I NEED SO BADLY to get my butt LOL LOL to the specialist/ for CHF on WED. Pray I can get some rest. I do not know why this is showing up in “Blue” type.
Pray I can do it – oh dear. I am going
The bronchitis no one has ever gotten it from me not even pneumonia/ have they gotten. LOVE you, Martha
MY WIFE’S RELATIVE Nikki is having HER 3rd BABY.  SHE IS HAVING COMPLICATIONS.  GOD BLESS YOU.  LOVE Wayne and Jennifer
From Rev. Raul: Please place my brother in law and sister in law both have stage 4 terminal C.

Ask to be saved and healed in whatever form it comes.
Thank you, God bless.
From Rod: Prayers are requested for Robins dad and Jeanne’s friend Laurie
both of them are suffering from cancer and would accept all the prayers
available.
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and
make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Posted by: celticanglican | February 16, 2018

What We Have Done and Failed to Do

Altar Santa Creu

When I was trying to think of a blog post befitting the start of Lent, I was going to go with the Litany of Penitance that’s in the Book of Common Prayer. I’m still going to post that, but also add some thoughts that have been running through my head since Ash Wednesday.

When a tragedy of the scope of a mass shooting happens, there is, of a course a lot of focus on what was done. Maybe, though, we need to shift our focus to what we have failed to do, both as a society and part of the Body of Christ.

We have failed to stop asking, “How long, O Lord” and not taken action to demand better of our leaders and larger society. Yes, it’s horrifying, sickening, maddening – but the time needs to come for us to get up and DO something about all these evils.

We have allowed pundits motivated by big paychecks to frame our arguments for us and stopped prayerfully and carefully thinking about what we can do to change things. We were gifted with reason and intellect for a reason – we need to use this to take action in whatever ways we are motivated to do so.

We have followed a false gospel that offers cheap grace and demands no accountability while refusing to be Christ’s hands and feet. Offer all the thoughts and prayers you want, but let your sense of Christian charity actually mean something, and stop sitting and waiting for the “end of all things” to happen before you do so.

It’s all too easy for people to offer simplified solutions for deeply rooted problems. It’s part of our human nature, but also a big contributor to our sins of omission that allow tragedies to keep happening that never should have happened.

Maybe instead of waiting for “someone” to do something, maybe we should be asking if that “somebody” might be us. I’ll close with the litany (a couple of days late, but no less timely):

Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and
strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We
have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved
your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the
pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation
of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those
more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and
our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to
commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our
indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our
neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those
who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of
concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Almight God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

Posted by: celticanglican | February 5, 2018

Is the Time Right for a Rescue Networking Social Media Site?

If you’re on Facebook and do a rescue crossposting, you probably know the drill: you share an urgent death row pet to a few groups and possibly join another group in the meantime. The next thing you know – BAM! You find yourself restricted from joining or posting to FB for 24 hours or more.

What can you do? The appeal option doesn’t give you an option to talk to an actual person who could sort things out. You’re basically at the mercy of an algorithim that needs to learn to distinguish between commercial posts and posts affiliated with a shelter.

Some rescuers have argued in favor of ceasing crossposting in favor of directly emailing rescues. However, this isn’t without problems – some rescue websites don’t have valid email addresses listed, some simply don’t respond to emails and others might have trouble coordinating things if you’re emailing about an animal you’re not close enough to to foster yourself.

I think the key might be smarter crossposting, combined with better networking tools than most social networks offer. Here are some tips:

  • Instead of resharing every rescue post you come across, try to focus on animals from your local pound or special groups, such as specific breeds/special needs/seniors/nursing litters or pregnant moms/owner surrenders/animals with few shares
  • When you contact or tag a rescue about an animal, see if there are a few others they may also be interested in – sometimes it’s easier to make an effort to pull more than one, especially if a transort needs to be set up
  • Utilize your Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts if you have them

I think a social networking site meant for crossposting is long overdue, but know such things take time to publicize and build. In the meantime, please visit Stop Pet Euthanasia on Facebook to share your thoughts on this idea.

 

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