Amateur Anglican

Sunday Morning Irish Musings

Christ Be With Me

– St. Patrick

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

Salvation is of the Lord.

Salvation is of the Christ.

May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us

Amen


Oh my. Ireland. You have believed a lie. That to be free and strong you must destroy life. Cain murdered Abel. Pharaoh murdered the male children of the Israelites. Herod murdered the young boys of Bethlehem. Sparta left to die those children unfit for its vision of itself as a warrior city-state. Nation destroying nation, bloody civil wars and industrialized mass murder.

Let us ponder Mary:

Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


Mary submitted to the will of God, at great personal risk. She could have be stoned to death. Her betrothed husband could have left her. Joseph had to have a dream to stay with her, at risk of his reputation as a good man. Ultimately, at great personal anguish to Mary when her son was whipped, scourged and nailed to a cross for the sins of entire world. Are we “moderns” such frail creatures that a baby is such a tragedy to our lives that the solution is to destroy that life? What coarseness does this bring to our souls and our society? In what insidious ways has it crept into the psyche of our culture? And who will the knife fall upon next when fleshly pleasures require it? My life is secure in Christ. My life rests on the life, death and resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus who is called the Christ. The finished work of Christ. I have faith that He can save me. I refuse to bend the knee to the prevailing culture. Abortion is wrong. It is evil. It’s a consumption of the frail and helpless while feeding the uncontrolled pleasures of the flesh. How long will God endure this injustice? May God have Mercy on us.

Soli Deo Gloria

Gifts of the Spirit

The Problem Is Enmity, Not Ethnicity

The Problem Is Enmity, Not Ethnicity

The Problem Is Enmity, Not Ethnicity
— Read on justthinking.me/2018/04/16/the-problem-is-enmity-not-ethnicity/

Alfie Evans has been murdered by the British Government

May his memory be a blessing.

I’m Angry

It’s a monstrosity. The child was supposedly on “life support”. They turned off the ventilator and HE KEPT BREATHING. This is when they should have medically re-evaluated the child. Instead they withheld food and water and essentially STARVED THE CHILD TO DEATH.

If I have the basic facts wrong, please feel free to correct me, but I think this is a fair summary of the events.

It appears this week the UK has decided that post birth abortions are fine as long as it’s “in the best interest of the child”. Starving a child to death is in his best interest? How soulless. How grotesque. How banal. How evil.

The tweet that I’ve used as the image for this post shows the rather Big Brother feel the UK police are bringing to this tragedy.

We’ve Ignored Truth

One of the earliest Christian books, outside of the New Testament texts, was the Didache. It is essentially a distillation of biblical teachings.

Chapter Five:

  • 1. But the Way of Death is this: First of all, it is wicked and full of cursing, murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, witchcrafts, charms, robberies, false witness, hypocrisies, a double heart, fraud, pride, malice, stubbornness, covetousness, foul speech, jealousy, impudence, haughtiness, boastfulness.
  • 2. Persecutors of the good, haters of truth, lovers of lies, knowing not the reward of righteousness, not cleaving to the good nor to righteous judgment, spending wakeful nights not for good but for wickedness, from whom meekness and patience is far, lovers of vanity, following after reward, unmerciful to the poor, not working for him who is oppressed with toil, without knowledge of him who made them, murderers of children, corrupters of God’s creatures, turning away the needy, oppressing the distressed, advocates of the rich, unjust judges of the poor, altogether sinful; may ye be delivered, my children, from all these. (italics mine)

What we are seeing is the fruits of the tree of death. Legalizing abortion led to this. Rejecting centuries of Western Civilization led to this. Rejecting inspired biblical truth led to this. England has spit in the face of her Creator and Redeemer.

And don’t go saying it can’t happen in the United States: Theresa Marie Schiavo. A feeding tube was compared to life support. Well, if you stop giving anybody food and water, death occurs within about 72 hours.

The heartlessness is all over (these stories are very shocking, if you’ve recently eaten or are easily shocked, please avoid these): here and here.

What Next?

Christians must pray. We should be on our knees weeping in confession to a Holy God. We must pray for our enemies. According to Life Site the Roman Catholic priest who had been ministering to the family was banned from the room when he reminded staff that God was watching.

Whatever we do next should be in love and with compassion. We should expect rejection and possibly persecution. Marginalization is already underway. You will need deep spiritual practices that go beyond reading your bible.

What will you do when they take your bible away from you?

Listen to the Critics

I listened to a Tim Keller podcast this week on the critiques of Religion:

“The modern critique of religion comes from Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche. Freud claimed that religion is Read More

A Tale of Two Kingdoms by Michael Horton

There is no better time to refresh our memories about the “two kingdoms” doctrine than at election time in the United States, when American Protestantism often seems divided more by …
— Read on www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/tale-two-kingdoms/

Changes

Gone is https://adiscipleofjesusblog.wordpress.com

It’s now http://www.amateuranglican.com

Other updates coming.

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

Why Anglican?

I know I’ve written about the “Amateur” portion of my blog in “Why Amateur?”(see link above). But, why Anglican? is also a valid question. So indeed, why am I an Anglican? Please remember that it is just a room off the main hall of Christianity (please google CS Lewis for what that means, if you don’t know).

This does take as an assumption that I am a Christian. Or, maybe better: Am I a Christian? No, Read More

Good Friday

From a self described Reformed Christian on his journey with Anglicans during Lent. Welcome brother.

Feileadh Mor

good friday

Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned…

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