MCM World Media Recording Artist, Cindy Hughlett takes top honors at 2013 AMG awards.


FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

MCM Recording Artist, Cindy Hughlett has been honored by the International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences by receiving two prestigious awards at the 2013 Artists Music Guild. The honors include Song of The Year Award “Love Struck Me” and Female Artist of The Year Award. “Love Struck Me” was performed and co-written by Cindy Hughlett and Terrance Allan, produced by Wally Moyers.

The International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, Inc. recognize the artistic achievements of select individuals with their AMG Heritage Awards. The AMG, founded by Emmy Award winners, David L Cook and Chris Nowels, began the Heritage Awards to recognize and present twenty five awards to artists in various categories. Despite the term music in the organization’s title, it umbrellas all forms of artistic expression.

According to MCM president, Mark Carman, Cindy is presently in production of a brand new CD featuring more wonderful original songs pended by the award winning artist. This release to be titled “Something Old – Something New” will include new songs as well as adaption of popular standards that Cindy presents during her live concerts.

Cindy was born in Texas, daughter of a preacher of a little country church. She was singing by the time she could talk and began piano lessons when she was six years old. Influenced by Amy Carmichael and missionaries that would visit their church and share their testimonies, God stirred a desire in her early childhood to become a missionary.

A significant portion of the proceeds from sales of Hughlett’s recordings are donated to International Cooperating Ministries, A Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization that builds churches in impoverished regions all over the world. For more information on the music and ministry of Cindy Hughlett: http://www.cindyhughlett.com







New Book Gives Readers an Engrossing Story of Faith and Courage


United Kingdom (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

For many people, life is a constant struggle of survival and such a struggle can either show the true nobility of a person or show the evil inside a person. In the “Mission of Martin O’Shea,” the author John Stephens has created a story that exemplifies that humans can exhibit nobility and evil in the worst of times.

The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” revolves around the life of young Martin O’ Shea. Born in Dublin to an impoverished Irish family, life has always been hard for Martin, especially with incompetent parents and four siblings to look after. Soon he gets fed up and leaves Dublin for greener pastures. He goes to London and finds himself homeless and jobless and in danger of starving. Luckily he finds a friend in a young woman named Maria who helps him get a job with the local criminal kingpin, the evil Mr. Elgon. The job is simple enough – befriend helpless immigrants and the destitute around London and bring them to Mr. Elgon so he can sell them into servitude as factory workers or prostitution. Martin and Maria soon establish themselves within the Mr. Elgon’s organization and are doing quite well for themselves, but the two are soon ridden with guilt and wish to get away from it all. The only problem is Mr.Elgon does not want them to leave and Mr. Elgon can be quite persuasive… and dangerous.

This exciting and interesting children’s book is imbued with the good Christian values that the author espouses. The author has written this book with the intention of creating a great adventure book that also spreads the faith.

The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” is a truly fun and enriching read for all readers.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.

About the Author

John Stephens after retiring from the Royal Air Force as a pilot at the age of 43 entered college for a different career in teaching. On retiring again at 65 he now enjoys writing, mostly with a Christian angle. Married twice, and losing both wives to cancer, the author has known to balance the full emotions of joy and sorrow in his life. His first wife, Flora, gave him two children and his second wife, Audrey, led them all into Christian living. She had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. John is an active member of an Anglican church.

The Mission of Martin O’Shea * by John Stephens

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Trade Paperback; £9.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4836-9982-0

Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-9983-7

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at 800-056-3182. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call 800-056-3182.

Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at 800-056-3182 or on the web at http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.







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New Religious Fantasy Novel Shares Faith Through an Adventurous Tale


England (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

John Stephens, the prolific author of several books including nine small Christian books of biblical plays, releases a new Christian fantasy novel, titled “Peter and the Snow White Dove.” Stephens’ inspiration and mission was to write a religious fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by all ages, whether by Christians or not-yet-Christians, giving occasional pause for thought.

Taking its cue from religious and biblical teachings, the novel’s main character is Peter, a young farmer who speaks to God (the Great King) but is not yet a true believer. The Great King is a kind ruler who loves all his creation and works for their good. Peter is sent on various adventures by the King, and is aided by the other main character, Snowy, a dove called who is synonymous with the Holy Spirit.

“Peter and the Snow White Dove” has a light touch, with humour, and can be understood by even small children if read to them. It has a compelling message that has always been relevant for the past two millennia. In all Peter and Snowy’s adventures, God’s presence is suggested. Christians will recognize it at once, non-believers will do so eventually. It is a pleasurable and amusing tale that never fails to share a few insightful thoughts on faith.

Other books by Stephens under the same publisher and available through different online retailers include: “With Peace in Mind,” “Without Doubt,” “Large Crumbs of Comfort,” and “Playtime for Truth.”

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.

About the Author

John Stephens was born in Hereford, England, in 1926. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 when he was 17 years old and served as a wireless operator aircrew, continuing until the Korean War when he retrained and was commissioned as a pilot. At the age of 40 he married Flora, a German national, and they had two children. Sadly, Flora died of a brain tumour after nine years.

At the age of 43, he went to college for training as a teacher, a career in which he continued until retiring at the age of 65. Two years after the death of Flora he married Audrey, who had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. It was then that Stephens’ life was turned around. With Audrey’s encouragement, including attendance at a Billy Graham meeting at Aston Football Ground and attendance at many Christian conferences, he gave his life to the Lord. Audrey died of cancer in May 2000. Today Stephens is an author and an active member of an Anglican church.

Peter and the Snow White Dove * by John Stephens

Publication Date: September 30, 2013

Trade Paperback; £13.99; 129 pages; 978-1-4836-8543-4

Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-8544-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 800-056-3182. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call 800-056-3182.

For more information, contact Xlibris at 800-056-3182 or on the web at http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.







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"It's the mission that comes first," he continued. "We often say the Church has a mission. But I think we could also say, the mission has a Church." On evangelization Cardinal Lacroix said a lot of people think it is going out with "just a Bible under …
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Evangelism on the Internet

The internet today has to grown to play enormous role in our daily lives. Everyday over 1 billion people access the internet for everything from social networking to shopping. Many Christians have embraced the internet and have been able to use its power to reach an amazing amount of people. However, in the Christian community, there still remains the idea that the internet is the devil’s playground, full of sinful websites.

In this day in age, we need to use the internet to carry out our calling. Can you think of a greater way to reach the world than the world wide web? Each person who uses the internet has a great opportunity to share their faith with the world, and bring those who can connect with them to Christ.

Here some ways to spread the word about Jesus Christ online:

1. Use your Facebook to share your faith
Facebook is free and anyone can sign up. You can start sharing by posting Bible verses, Christian links, and devotional thoughts on your page for your friends to see. You can also comment on group or friend’s posts with appropriate Christian resources.

2. Starting a Blog
Blogs are free and easy to create and generally come up pretty well in search engines. Everyday people search for answers to all sorts of questions from divorce to parenting. If you share your thoughts from a Christian perspective on the subject, imagine the impact that you can have on someone’s life. You can create your own free blog on WordPress.com or Blogger.com.

3. Post Videos
Many churches today have embraced digital technology and have begun to post videos of their sermons. Post these videos on your Facebook profiles, blogs, and anywhere else you can think of.

If you church has not been able to post videos yet, help them. YouTube is completely free and easy to use.

4. Embrace Twitter
Yes, Twitter is here to stay and is still growing. There are millions of users and the more connections you make on the website, the more people will see your “tweets.” Handy tools such as hashtags help push your tweets into popular categories. No need for long messages that people may not read. There are tons of statements that you can make about your faith in 140 characters or less (Bible verses, Prayers, etc.) and a huge possibility that many will read them because they are so short.

6. Connect with Old Friends & Relatives
Many people have found long lost friends and relatives online. These connections would have been lost without modern technology and the wonders of social networks. Maybe you remember someone from your past that you wish you could have at least talked about The Bible, if only once. Well, now you have that chance. You may feel a little awkward speaking to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while, so try to ease into the conversation. Reconnect, and then let them know about the precious gift that Jesus Christ has left for them.

There are of course many other ways, but it’s up to you to determine which is the best method to share with your friends and family.

Amanda Leavelle is the head of web marketing for Tapestry Productions Inc. They bring Christian Art to the public through biblically inspired prints by Ron DiCianni.

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West Maui Vacation Properties Announces Gorgeous Villa Now Available in Kapalua, Maui


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

Looking for the perfect place to stay in Maui? Whether it’s a family vacation or romantic getaway, the Kapalua Bay Villas are the ideal place to vacation. The Kapalua Bay Villas are located oceanfront at Oneloa Bay in Kapalua (West Maui) and provide direct access to the beach. This particular unit, 25B3, is situated right down near the ocean, so it isn’t far to go to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. A recent guest, Michelle Vaughan, says, “We have stayed nearby at both Napili and Kaanapali several times; however, this was by far and away the best accommodations we have stayed at on Maui”.

The villa is approximately 1,500-square-feet and offers spacious, well- appointed accommodations for even the most discerning traveller. The main floor boasts a kitchen, dining and living area, complete with a covered sundeck to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. There is a pullout couch in the living area offering extra sleeping space.

The piece de resistance is the Master Bedroom upstairs. Imagine a king size bed with luxurious bedding and pillows that is surrounded by windows looking out over paradise. “Waking up to such spectacular scenery is a pretty good way to start the day”, says Michelle Vaughan, a recent visitor.

For convenience the villa is equipped with a well-outfitted kitchen with Dacor appliances and a full-size washer and dryer. The bathrooms are luxurious and spa-like. There are plenty of bath and beach towels, as well as beach chairs and even boogie boards. The location is quiet and private and yet near to restaurants and shops for easy accessibility.

The next area over is Napili Bay, a well -known sandy beach only a few minutes by car from the Villa. It is much busier than Oneloa Bay, but a nice change of pace. At the end of Napili Bay is the Sea House Restaurant. Right on the beach, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is an absolute must for those staying nearby.

Kapalua Bay is known as one of the best golf resorts in the world and offers two legendary courses for the avid golfer. There is also a Golf Academy for those wishing to learn the basics or increase their skills.

Lahaina is a short drive from Kapalua Bay and offers enjoyable seaside shopping and delicious and varied dining experiences. The American Planning Association has ranked Lahaina’s Front street as “one of the top ten greatest streets”. Once the center of the whaling industry, visitors here frequently see Humpback whales off Lahaina’ s beaches during breeding season, which runs from late December until early May. There is a particularly large Banyan tree in Lahaina, located in Banyan Tree Square, which was planted on April 24, 1873 by William Owen Smith as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries.

Maui is the second most visited Island in Hawaii and geographically has a very varied terrain. Weather conditions are incredibly diverse depending on the location on the island. Typically the leeward side of the island, where the Kapalua Bay Villas are located, is the driest and hottest, with rainfall in Lahaina reported to be approximately 12” annually.

There are so many wonderful adventures to be had on Maui. Activities centering on water sports, including snorkelling, scuba, and snorkelling and boat tours are popular, as are golfing, hiking up the volcano, and horseback riding. Whatever the choice, Kapalua Bay Villas are the perfect starting point from which to experience it all.







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Why are Catholics less faithful than Mormons?

Question by STRAUSSIAN: Why are Catholics less faithful than Mormons?
The Catholic church in America is full of so-called “cafeteria Catholics” who do things like vote for pro-abortion candidates, or engage in premarital intercourse, or so on. The number of Catholics who tithe annually to their church is quite low, and the number of 18-year-old men who volunteer to go on Catholic missions after highschool is also very low.

Compare that to the Mormons – Mormons exhibit far more faith, on average. There are so-called “Jack Mormons” who don’t take it seriously, but the number of 18-year-olds volunteering to go on Mormon missions is VERY high, as is the number of tithes. Overall, Mormons are much more faithful to their religion than Catholics.

Why is this? Why are Catholics so faithless compared to Mormons?

Best answer:

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you speak as though blind faith was a GOOD thing … it’s not …

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Liberty University Press Releases Church Planting How-To


Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) January 18, 2014

“At Home in a Strange Land: Ministries that are Transforming Communities and Planting Churches in North America” was released recently by Liberty University Press.

“At Home in a Strange Land” is a compilation of stories about the experiences of church planters as they attempt to start Christian organizations in some of the most resistant areas to Christianity in North America, such as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Quebec, Canada.

Author William Brown recommends a small group discipleship approach to church planting that is biblical, reproducible, and economical. Drawing on his past experiences as a church planter, pastor, professor, and Nehemiah Project Director, Brown presents various principles and practices for ministry, focusing on the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology as well as building on the Great Commission’s call to make disciples.

Brown tells the story of how each church founder felt God’s calling to church planting, and how God led them to their new homes in diverse locations in North America. Through every story, Brown weaves the common thread of earning the right to share the Gospel by living a servant lifestyle. According to Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brown’s book is “not the average church-planting manual.”

“Most of the church planters who have written chapters in this book are men whose work I have observed firsthand,” Patterson said. “These church planters tell their own stories, which are among the most remarkable that I have seen.”

“At Home in a Strange Land” is now available for purchase via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:

William E. Brown is lead pastor of North Star Baptist Church and is an assistant professor at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. His church ministry focuses on service projects, small groups, personal discipleship, and Bible teaching.

Brown has been involved in church planting and ministry in Washington state, Alaska, and North Carolina. He has been an Army aviator, bush pilot, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator, and public school teacher. These experiences have given him a passion for the un-churched and un-evangelized.

Brown has also served as an assistant professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and director of the North American Mission Board’s Nehemiah Project. While at SEBTS, Brown developed the North American Church Planting program. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married sons and live in North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Theology/Evangelism, an M.Div., and an M.Ed.

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Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. More than 100,000 students attend classes on its 7,000-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.







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Papa’s Prayer Intentions: April 2012


Let us join our Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:

General Intention:

Vocations: That many young people may hear the call of Christ and follow him in the priesthood and religious life.


Missionary Intention: Christ, Hope for Africans. That the risen Christ may be a sign of certain hope for the men and women of the African continent.

Amen!

God bless you all!

Thank you for praying together as one body, the Body of Christ.

P.s. I’ll fill you in on what’s happening, just as soon as I get a gap. Watching God work wonderfully!

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MCM World Media Recording Artist, Cindy Hughlett takes top honors at 2013 AMG awards.


FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

MCM Recording Artist, Cindy Hughlett has been honored by the International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences by receiving two prestigious awards at the 2013 Artists Music Guild. The honors include Song of The Year Award “Love Struck Me” and Female Artist of The Year Award. “Love Struck Me” was performed and co-written by Cindy Hughlett and Terrance Allan, produced by Wally Moyers.

The International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, Inc. recognize the artistic achievements of select individuals with their AMG Heritage Awards. The AMG, founded by Emmy Award winners, David L Cook and Chris Nowels, began the Heritage Awards to recognize and present twenty five awards to artists in various categories. Despite the term music in the organization’s title, it umbrellas all forms of artistic expression.

According to MCM president, Mark Carman, Cindy is presently in production of a brand new CD featuring more wonderful original songs pended by the award winning artist. This release to be titled “Something Old – Something New” will include new songs as well as adaption of popular standards that Cindy presents during her live concerts.

Cindy was born in Texas, daughter of a preacher of a little country church. She was singing by the time she could talk and began piano lessons when she was six years old. Influenced by Amy Carmichael and missionaries that would visit their church and share their testimonies, God stirred a desire in her early childhood to become a missionary.

A significant portion of the proceeds from sales of Hughlett’s recordings are donated to International Cooperating Ministries, A Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization that builds churches in impoverished regions all over the world. For more information on the music and ministry of Cindy Hughlett: http://www.cindyhughlett.com







New Book Gives Readers an Engrossing Story of Faith and Courage


United Kingdom (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

For many people, life is a constant struggle of survival and such a struggle can either show the true nobility of a person or show the evil inside a person. In the “Mission of Martin O’Shea,” the author John Stephens has created a story that exemplifies that humans can exhibit nobility and evil in the worst of times.

The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” revolves around the life of young Martin O’ Shea. Born in Dublin to an impoverished Irish family, life has always been hard for Martin, especially with incompetent parents and four siblings to look after. Soon he gets fed up and leaves Dublin for greener pastures. He goes to London and finds himself homeless and jobless and in danger of starving. Luckily he finds a friend in a young woman named Maria who helps him get a job with the local criminal kingpin, the evil Mr. Elgon. The job is simple enough – befriend helpless immigrants and the destitute around London and bring them to Mr. Elgon so he can sell them into servitude as factory workers or prostitution. Martin and Maria soon establish themselves within the Mr. Elgon’s organization and are doing quite well for themselves, but the two are soon ridden with guilt and wish to get away from it all. The only problem is Mr.Elgon does not want them to leave and Mr. Elgon can be quite persuasive… and dangerous.

This exciting and interesting children’s book is imbued with the good Christian values that the author espouses. The author has written this book with the intention of creating a great adventure book that also spreads the faith.

The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” is a truly fun and enriching read for all readers.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.

About the Author

John Stephens after retiring from the Royal Air Force as a pilot at the age of 43 entered college for a different career in teaching. On retiring again at 65 he now enjoys writing, mostly with a Christian angle. Married twice, and losing both wives to cancer, the author has known to balance the full emotions of joy and sorrow in his life. His first wife, Flora, gave him two children and his second wife, Audrey, led them all into Christian living. She had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. John is an active member of an Anglican church.

The Mission of Martin O’Shea * by John Stephens

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Trade Paperback; £9.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4836-9982-0

Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-9983-7

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at 800-056-3182. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call 800-056-3182.

Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at 800-056-3182 or on the web at http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.







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New Religious Fantasy Novel Shares Faith Through an Adventurous Tale


England (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

John Stephens, the prolific author of several books including nine small Christian books of biblical plays, releases a new Christian fantasy novel, titled “Peter and the Snow White Dove.” Stephens’ inspiration and mission was to write a religious fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by all ages, whether by Christians or not-yet-Christians, giving occasional pause for thought.

Taking its cue from religious and biblical teachings, the novel’s main character is Peter, a young farmer who speaks to God (the Great King) but is not yet a true believer. The Great King is a kind ruler who loves all his creation and works for their good. Peter is sent on various adventures by the King, and is aided by the other main character, Snowy, a dove called who is synonymous with the Holy Spirit.

“Peter and the Snow White Dove” has a light touch, with humour, and can be understood by even small children if read to them. It has a compelling message that has always been relevant for the past two millennia. In all Peter and Snowy’s adventures, God’s presence is suggested. Christians will recognize it at once, non-believers will do so eventually. It is a pleasurable and amusing tale that never fails to share a few insightful thoughts on faith.

Other books by Stephens under the same publisher and available through different online retailers include: “With Peace in Mind,” “Without Doubt,” “Large Crumbs of Comfort,” and “Playtime for Truth.”

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.

About the Author

John Stephens was born in Hereford, England, in 1926. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 when he was 17 years old and served as a wireless operator aircrew, continuing until the Korean War when he retrained and was commissioned as a pilot. At the age of 40 he married Flora, a German national, and they had two children. Sadly, Flora died of a brain tumour after nine years.

At the age of 43, he went to college for training as a teacher, a career in which he continued until retiring at the age of 65. Two years after the death of Flora he married Audrey, who had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. It was then that Stephens’ life was turned around. With Audrey’s encouragement, including attendance at a Billy Graham meeting at Aston Football Ground and attendance at many Christian conferences, he gave his life to the Lord. Audrey died of cancer in May 2000. Today Stephens is an author and an active member of an Anglican church.

Peter and the Snow White Dove * by John Stephens

Publication Date: September 30, 2013

Trade Paperback; £13.99; 129 pages; 978-1-4836-8543-4

Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-8544-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 800-056-3182. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call 800-056-3182.

For more information, contact Xlibris at 800-056-3182 or on the web at http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.







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For Canada's newest cardinal, walking with poor is part of evangelization
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Calling the Ecclesial Movements: Pope Francis Encourages Focolare, all the
Blessed John Paul II coined the phrase "New Evangelization" Among the many places he it was used was his 1990 Encyclical Letter entitled "Mission of the Redeemer." He wrote, God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully …
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Catholic Education, the Common Core and the New Evangelization
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Evangelism on the Internet

The internet today has to grown to play enormous role in our daily lives. Everyday over 1 billion people access the internet for everything from social networking to shopping. Many Christians have embraced the internet and have been able to use its power to reach an amazing amount of people. However, in the Christian community, there still remains the idea that the internet is the devil’s playground, full of sinful websites.

In this day in age, we need to use the internet to carry out our calling. Can you think of a greater way to reach the world than the world wide web? Each person who uses the internet has a great opportunity to share their faith with the world, and bring those who can connect with them to Christ.

Here some ways to spread the word about Jesus Christ online:

1. Use your Facebook to share your faith
Facebook is free and anyone can sign up. You can start sharing by posting Bible verses, Christian links, and devotional thoughts on your page for your friends to see. You can also comment on group or friend’s posts with appropriate Christian resources.

2. Starting a Blog
Blogs are free and easy to create and generally come up pretty well in search engines. Everyday people search for answers to all sorts of questions from divorce to parenting. If you share your thoughts from a Christian perspective on the subject, imagine the impact that you can have on someone’s life. You can create your own free blog on WordPress.com or Blogger.com.

3. Post Videos
Many churches today have embraced digital technology and have begun to post videos of their sermons. Post these videos on your Facebook profiles, blogs, and anywhere else you can think of.

If you church has not been able to post videos yet, help them. YouTube is completely free and easy to use.

4. Embrace Twitter
Yes, Twitter is here to stay and is still growing. There are millions of users and the more connections you make on the website, the more people will see your “tweets.” Handy tools such as hashtags help push your tweets into popular categories. No need for long messages that people may not read. There are tons of statements that you can make about your faith in 140 characters or less (Bible verses, Prayers, etc.) and a huge possibility that many will read them because they are so short.

6. Connect with Old Friends & Relatives
Many people have found long lost friends and relatives online. These connections would have been lost without modern technology and the wonders of social networks. Maybe you remember someone from your past that you wish you could have at least talked about The Bible, if only once. Well, now you have that chance. You may feel a little awkward speaking to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while, so try to ease into the conversation. Reconnect, and then let them know about the precious gift that Jesus Christ has left for them.

There are of course many other ways, but it’s up to you to determine which is the best method to share with your friends and family.

Amanda Leavelle is the head of web marketing for Tapestry Productions Inc. They bring Christian Art to the public through biblically inspired prints by Ron DiCianni.

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West Maui Vacation Properties Announces Gorgeous Villa Now Available in Kapalua, Maui


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

Looking for the perfect place to stay in Maui? Whether it’s a family vacation or romantic getaway, the Kapalua Bay Villas are the ideal place to vacation. The Kapalua Bay Villas are located oceanfront at Oneloa Bay in Kapalua (West Maui) and provide direct access to the beach. This particular unit, 25B3, is situated right down near the ocean, so it isn’t far to go to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. A recent guest, Michelle Vaughan, says, “We have stayed nearby at both Napili and Kaanapali several times; however, this was by far and away the best accommodations we have stayed at on Maui”.

The villa is approximately 1,500-square-feet and offers spacious, well- appointed accommodations for even the most discerning traveller. The main floor boasts a kitchen, dining and living area, complete with a covered sundeck to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. There is a pullout couch in the living area offering extra sleeping space.

The piece de resistance is the Master Bedroom upstairs. Imagine a king size bed with luxurious bedding and pillows that is surrounded by windows looking out over paradise. “Waking up to such spectacular scenery is a pretty good way to start the day”, says Michelle Vaughan, a recent visitor.

For convenience the villa is equipped with a well-outfitted kitchen with Dacor appliances and a full-size washer and dryer. The bathrooms are luxurious and spa-like. There are plenty of bath and beach towels, as well as beach chairs and even boogie boards. The location is quiet and private and yet near to restaurants and shops for easy accessibility.

The next area over is Napili Bay, a well -known sandy beach only a few minutes by car from the Villa. It is much busier than Oneloa Bay, but a nice change of pace. At the end of Napili Bay is the Sea House Restaurant. Right on the beach, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is an absolute must for those staying nearby.

Kapalua Bay is known as one of the best golf resorts in the world and offers two legendary courses for the avid golfer. There is also a Golf Academy for those wishing to learn the basics or increase their skills.

Lahaina is a short drive from Kapalua Bay and offers enjoyable seaside shopping and delicious and varied dining experiences. The American Planning Association has ranked Lahaina’s Front street as “one of the top ten greatest streets”. Once the center of the whaling industry, visitors here frequently see Humpback whales off Lahaina’ s beaches during breeding season, which runs from late December until early May. There is a particularly large Banyan tree in Lahaina, located in Banyan Tree Square, which was planted on April 24, 1873 by William Owen Smith as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries.

Maui is the second most visited Island in Hawaii and geographically has a very varied terrain. Weather conditions are incredibly diverse depending on the location on the island. Typically the leeward side of the island, where the Kapalua Bay Villas are located, is the driest and hottest, with rainfall in Lahaina reported to be approximately 12” annually.

There are so many wonderful adventures to be had on Maui. Activities centering on water sports, including snorkelling, scuba, and snorkelling and boat tours are popular, as are golfing, hiking up the volcano, and horseback riding. Whatever the choice, Kapalua Bay Villas are the perfect starting point from which to experience it all.







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Why are Catholics less faithful than Mormons?

Question by STRAUSSIAN: Why are Catholics less faithful than Mormons?
The Catholic church in America is full of so-called “cafeteria Catholics” who do things like vote for pro-abortion candidates, or engage in premarital intercourse, or so on. The number of Catholics who tithe annually to their church is quite low, and the number of 18-year-old men who volunteer to go on Catholic missions after highschool is also very low.

Compare that to the Mormons – Mormons exhibit far more faith, on average. There are so-called “Jack Mormons” who don’t take it seriously, but the number of 18-year-olds volunteering to go on Mormon missions is VERY high, as is the number of tithes. Overall, Mormons are much more faithful to their religion than Catholics.

Why is this? Why are Catholics so faithless compared to Mormons?

Best answer:

Answer by cryptic_non_sequitur
you speak as though blind faith was a GOOD thing … it’s not …

Give your answer to this question below!

Liberty University Press Releases Church Planting How-To


Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) January 18, 2014

“At Home in a Strange Land: Ministries that are Transforming Communities and Planting Churches in North America” was released recently by Liberty University Press.

“At Home in a Strange Land” is a compilation of stories about the experiences of church planters as they attempt to start Christian organizations in some of the most resistant areas to Christianity in North America, such as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Quebec, Canada.

Author William Brown recommends a small group discipleship approach to church planting that is biblical, reproducible, and economical. Drawing on his past experiences as a church planter, pastor, professor, and Nehemiah Project Director, Brown presents various principles and practices for ministry, focusing on the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology as well as building on the Great Commission’s call to make disciples.

Brown tells the story of how each church founder felt God’s calling to church planting, and how God led them to their new homes in diverse locations in North America. Through every story, Brown weaves the common thread of earning the right to share the Gospel by living a servant lifestyle. According to Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brown’s book is “not the average church-planting manual.”

“Most of the church planters who have written chapters in this book are men whose work I have observed firsthand,” Patterson said. “These church planters tell their own stories, which are among the most remarkable that I have seen.”

“At Home in a Strange Land” is now available for purchase via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:

William E. Brown is lead pastor of North Star Baptist Church and is an assistant professor at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. His church ministry focuses on service projects, small groups, personal discipleship, and Bible teaching.

Brown has been involved in church planting and ministry in Washington state, Alaska, and North Carolina. He has been an Army aviator, bush pilot, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator, and public school teacher. These experiences have given him a passion for the un-churched and un-evangelized.

Brown has also served as an assistant professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and director of the North American Mission Board’s Nehemiah Project. While at SEBTS, Brown developed the North American Church Planting program. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married sons and live in North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Theology/Evangelism, an M.Div., and an M.Ed.

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Papa’s Prayer Intentions: March 2012

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for this month:

General Intention: Recognition of the Contribution of Women.

That the whole world may recognize the contribution of women to the development of society.

Missionary Intention: Perseverance / Faithfulness of Persecuted Christians.

That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to those who suffer discrimination, persecution, or death for the name of Christ, particularly in Asia.

Faithfulness

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Papa’s Prayer Intentions for Feb 2012

February 2012

General Intention: Access to Water.
That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life.

Missionary Intention: Health Workers.
That the Lord may sustain the efforts of health workers assisting the sick and elderly in the world’s poorest regions.

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Papa’s Prayer Intention: January 2012

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for:

JANUARY 2012


General Intention:

For Victims of Natural Disasters.


That the victims of natural disasters may receive

the spiritual and material comfort they need

to rebuild their lives.


Missionary Intention:

Christian Dedication to Peace.


That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness

to the name of Christ before all men and women

of good will.

I’m going to spend some time, meditating on these, the Holy Father has a deep spirituality, & we can fly to great heights when we follow his lead.

We so often miss the need for spiritual comfort in peoples lives, perhaps because so many seem not to need spiritual comfort, suffering from a type of spiritual anorexia. If we lack with meeting material comfort needed to rebuild lives, where are we with spiritual?

Interesting, in his Mission Intention, BXVI mentions ‘men & women of good will‘. Hmmm, just like the angels declared to the shepherds proclaiming Jesus birth… “peace to men of good will”. This is thought provoking, people who do not have good will towards someone, anyone, will not have true peace, why? Good will towards all man is essential to peace within. We need to let go of all animosity, & pray for good will towards everyone.

Unforgiveness is spiritual cholesterol, blocking relationship, both with God & others. Man cannot be in a state of grace & have unforgiveness in his heart / lack good will towards another. We need to be set free! Free to Love properly, purely, wholeheartedly. Come Holy Spirit!

We pray everyday, the Our Father, as Jesus taught us to pray, asking forgiveness of our sins conditional to our forgiveness of others… it’s a pretzel grip! We can’t get out of it without letting go of every debt/ grudge we are judging & condemning another of.

“That the dedication of Christians to peace… may bear witness to the of the name of Christ… to men & women of good will.” Those who do not have good will, cannot see Christ, because their hearts are hard towards man, Truth, Justice & indeed, God Himself. Their intentions are not pure, an agenda is at play.

Come Lord Jesus & strip us of all that is not You. We want to bear witness to Your Name. We forgive all sins against us, in Your Precious Name. Amen!

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The Papa’s Prayer Intentions for December 2011

Pope Benedict XVI

We’re going to start giving the Monthly Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father, each month here on New Evangelization Mission- God Blog.

Remember I spoke about Plenary Indulgences in Holiness Made Easy: How to become the spotless bride …? Well, now we’ll be giving you the Papa’s prayer intentions for each month to make this easier, since praying for his intentions is important, so we are spiritually united, as a family, the family of God.

Here goes, this month, the Holy Father is praying :

General Intention:

That all peoples may grow in harmony & peace through mutual understanding & respect.

Mission Intention:

That children & young people may be messengers of the Gospel & that they may be respected & preserved from all violence & exploitation.

God bless, -Jo

 

 

 

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Is it Love, is it Love, is it Love, is it Love that I’m feeling?

 

Is Love a fancy or a feeling? What is Love? Do we know how to recognize it?

Why is it that in some people’s presence – or for a long while after, you feel bruised, flat, squashed, as though you have nothing of value to offer or give. Like “What rock have you squirmed out from under?” Less human, treated with contempt, somehow the unspoken message rings loud & clear, you will always be inferior in their eyes, nothing you ever do is good enough. Sound familiar? I’ve just crossed paths with one such as this. Don’t keep falling for it. Whenever you start feeling small, I tell myself -stand with your shoulders high. You were created for Love. Believe.

Pure Love

Some people make you soar, like a kite in full flight. They have a way of making you realize your full potential, you feel treasured, loved & of great worth – even when you didn’t do a thing.

These people are

The sheer comfort of acceptance

Lovers in the truest sense. They love you because… they do… & the person sitting next to you & the next & the next.

They see a crowd as symphony of individuals – well, just because they are. These souls are secure enough to radically love in a way that utterly transforms those around them. They are not afraid of your gifts & talents, or of anyone else shinning.

Being safe

They give Love because they are first open to receive, nurturing it deep within & giving birth to new possibilities of life & wonders of being. The souls of these Lovers are in union with God. They live with passion, these pro-lifers; they live in God & God lives in them.

Secure relationships are built on pure love

True Love has a purity to it, in fact only true love is pure. Those who are pure of heart, pure in their intentions towards others, are our real lovers. They are not interested in gaining anything at your expense. They are interested in YOUR good. These people KNOW that their good, is dependent on your good. This is truth. ~ Sheer Heaven!

Life giving love

Real purity is a state of the heart. What use is it if someone is physically pure, but polluted in thought?

Only the pure of heart can see God. Only the pure of heart can truly love.

Brothers

“To defend his purity, St.Francis of Assisi threw himself into a thorn bush. St Benedict rolled in the snow. St.Bernard threw himself into an icy pond. And you, what have you done? Don’t say, “It’s the way I am,it’s my character.” It’s your lack of character. Esto vir! Be a man! When you decide firmly to lead a clean life, chastity will no longer be a burden on you. It will be a crown of triumph.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva

Where true love is dwelling, God is dwelling there

 

 

Let us ask God to bring about this purity of heart that allows us to truly Love:

“Beloved, we ask for this purity that allows You to be completely glorified in our every thought, word & deed, that we may Love as You Love. With You, Lord, all things are possible. May Your Name be praised. Thank You for coming to set us free, that we might truly have life to the full. We Love You Jesus. Amen.”

At the end of the day, unless we see God in others, they’re unlikely to see God in us. Let us live this new way of Loving, let us see God in all we meet. “Thy Kingdom come… Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Let us bring Heaven to earth & earth to Heaven!

St Therese, asked her Daddy one day:

“Papa, is Love like Glory, in that it’s only worth anything if it is forever?”

 

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Evangelization

Welcome back!

I want o share over the next while, some of the things we do to evangelize are really simple but effective. Ricky & I love to have great Catholic resource on hand to share with others. Here in Africa, one needs a Dish for EWTN & in South Africa, it’s only available via Satellite. As a consequence, few Catholics know their faith. Surprisingly enough even the Head Catechist with 17 years in this leadership role, in my sisters parish, had no clue that skipping Mass on Sundays was a mortal sin.

To get people into the Bible, into the Faith & introduced to Jesus the Eternal Word Made Flesh, we have to give tasty bits of really good material, to spurn them on to growing in their relationship with God – the only way to True Life.

Having cool resources in our back pocket makes evangelizing easy, it takes a love of ones faith a longing to share. The Great Adventure is a big bonus. Having the Scriptures come to life & finding your story in HIStory- thank You God!

These evenings, in south Africa, were loads of fun. Oodles of delicious filter coffee on the tea trolley, fresh & hot in flasks; an urn of piping hot water for tea lovers & of course, hot chocolate. A bring & share of yummy eats, would be on the table. Dvd’s were projected onto a large screen, so visibility was perfect no matter the number & we’d settle in for a event of good laughs & faith sharing. We tried to make everything beautiful, homely & relaxing, so that all felt we’d had a special treat. This was wonderful for the community, the teens would always be there in number, thanks to Fr. Gerald, who’d have traveled far & near to collect the bunch, form the townships & all over. They’d bring their latest ipods & phones to impress us with, & really engaged the topic of the day, asking well thought out questions. The teens also added sparkle with their cute characters & cheeky quips.

Light hearted & life giving, we grew in friendship & faith.

I bless God for my awesome husband who shares my dreams & crazy schemes, a deep love of God & all things Catholic.

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Coming Home: Brandt Dotson

Brandt Dotson: you have the floor:

Thank you! During my own personal journey I was discovering more and more about what was wrong about Protestant faiths. I grew up going to many denominations (Wesleyan, Evangelical, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist) and as an adult was actively involved in Pentecostal ministry (non-denominational and Assemblies of God.)

However, the more I read my Bible, the more disconnected I was becoming with other Christians, yet more connected I was becoming with God. Intellectualism and reason is discouraged in non-Catholic Christianity (something I never understood) and the more I was seeking to learn the more discouraged I was becoming. My desire to deep theological training led me to Bible School, but I decided not to attend any because they all had used-car salesman pressure tactics to get me to enroll and they wouldn’t answer questions I had about theology, or help with any direction to find what it is I need to be doing for God.

Brandt is Home

Brandt

I just kept reading and reading the Bible. I’ve read it cover to cover many times (I stopped counting at 8) and I began to realize that I had so much willy-nilly doctrines that I had been told from various different places. And the more I studied the Bible, the less I was seeing the truth of God in the Christian Culture. I kept coming to my own conclusions about scripture that wasn’t lining up with what I was taught, yet I was still concerned that maybe I was getting something wrong with my interpretations. All I wanted was a single voice to guide me, and I could not find it.

So I was curious why the Culture was so different than what I was experiencing when reading Paul, John, James, and Peter’s letters. I began researching 1st century Christianity and discovered the Didache. I was amazed at how simple and straight forward it is. I went back to the origins of the Pentecostal movement, and was amazed to find that it was less than a hundred years old! I started researching the early Protestant theologians, particularly Luther and Calvin, and it was easy to see that they were false teachers.

Wait a minute! If these guys were coming up with wacky doctrines, how is it that so many people follow them, considering all you have to do is read the Bible and see they were wrong! It doesn’t take a scholar, either, not divine revelation. Just a basic understanding of Scripture shows it!

So I looked into Catholicism, something I realized that I knew nothing about. All I had was a culture of anti-Catholic behavior that I was raised with. It was easy to see that the criticisms of Catholic beliefs are so off-base that it’s downright comical. I was also amazed at how reasonable the Catholic Faith is! And I could see that many interpretations of my own that I got from the Bible lined up with Catholic beliefs perfectly!

So I read the Catechism, studied the Sacraments, studied the Mass, and it’s all Biblically based! All the while the Holy Spirit was leading me. My eyes opened and realized that countless different contradictory denominations that can’t even agree on simple Gospel couldn’t be right, and a Church that was still standing after two thousand years with the same unchanged belief couldn’t be wrong!

So I started going to Mass and I fell in love. I wept the first time I saw the Eucharist presented and heard the bell, even though I could not yet partake. I joined the RCIA, but I’ve already learned most of what they are teaching (plus I already have Biblical knowledge from my life as an active Christian.) I just need to learn terminology, and there’s a few things here and there that I haven’t quite come to full understanding and belief yet. So here I am with a heart for God and a head like a sponge.

They (Other Christian groups) say you don’t need reason because you have

Faith & Reason, allow us to fly

spirituality, but I realized that what they call spirituality is really just manufactured surface emotion, and real spirituality is so much deeper than that. Anyone can feel warm and fuzzy listening to positive music and hearing encouraging words, but it’s just emotion (not that positive emotions are a bad thing, because the aren’t.) However, one can encounter the same experiential feelings at a secular concert or watching a good movie with a large crowd. It’s no different than what you feel listening to praise music or a motivational sermon in a packed church. Charismatic worship services are entertainment. Basically, they’re all about pleasing man, and not at all about pleasing God. (Of course, anybody in those services who really do have a heart for God are pleasing Him, but it’s about their own heart, and not about the music.) When the word ‘worship’ is used in the Bible, it involves someone on their knees or flat on their face, completely surrendered to God. Worship is NOT pogo dancing, no matter how fun it is. I struggled with that for a very long time, and I even thought something was wrong with me, and I thought I was horrible because I just couldn’t express myself to God in that way, no matter how hard I tried. It really grieved me, especially when others would say I was being prideful for not waving my arms in the air and having a good time. It wasn’t that at all, though! And I’m a musician with a creative mind, so it’s not like I’m some fuddy-duddy who’s scoffing at the kids. But going to mass made me see than church isn’t about me, church is about God. God says multiple times to love Him with all your heart, all your MIND, all your strength and all your soul. Our hearts let us love Him. Our minds let us meditate on Him and praise Him with our tongues, our strength lets us serve Him, and our soul connects us to Him. If you take one or more of those out of the equation you’ll never fully experience Him!

Thank you for everyone who read that long note!

Welcome Home Brandt! Thanks for sharing your story of conversion into the Catholic Church, this big Home of brothers & sisters from all walks of life. It’s good to have you.

To read more about why Brandt is “moving in”, here is a link to his own Blog:

http://aloneforchrist.blogspot.com/2011/11/brandt-dotsons-95-theses_18.html?spref=fb

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New Evangelization Mission

 

The New Evangelization, “new in its ardor, methods and expression”, was so close to the heart of John Paul II, has found a home in my heart.

In Redemptoris Missio John Paul II says, “the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”

Pope Paul VI states in Evangelii Nuntiandi, “We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize. . .”

”Evangelization will always contain
as the foundation, centre and, at the same time,
the summit of its dynamism — a clear proclamation that,
in Jesus Christ salvation is offered to all men,
as a gift of God’s grace and mercy.”
“The new evangelization,
is not a matter of merely passing on doctrine
but rather of a personal and
profound meeting with the Savior.”
John Paul II

We are all included in this great work of God, as laborers in the Lord’s Heavenly Harvest, “Missionary activity is a matter for all Christians, for all dioceses, and parishes, Church institutions and associations.” J.P. II. At all times, I wish to be found at my Fathers business. Thus quenching this thirst for souls my Beloved is thirsting for. It involves drawing close to Christ, leaning upon His Breast. Learning to Image Him by growing in holiness & doing the Father’s Will.

Many people have lost their faith, their hearts have grown cold. Some need to be re-evangelized, & others evangelized, since their families never managed to pass on a vibrant faith that gives life, they never had faith that bore fruit. Faith needs to be LIVED, renewed, enlivened, fanned into flame. This needs Catechesis, teaching & living testimony of others who are Alive in Christ, who are Renewed by the Holy Spirit, Transformed by The Good News of Jesus Christ & unable to hold back the life that is within them. A Life of Witness. As Jesus taught us, “...come follow me.” We cannot give what we do not have … we must be in a radiant relationship with Jesus, in order to give life. Or watch our work be burnt up.

The world overflows with bad news, if the Good News is not presented with authenticity, as GOOD NEWS … nobody will want it. Good News brings Life, Freedom, Love, Joy & a New Spirit. If we proclaim the Gospel without Joy … the Message falls flat. Oh Cause of Our Joy, come to our aid, that we may carry Jesus our Ultimate Joy to all nations as You carried the Christ Child.

.. it is painfully clear that many Catholics (and other Christians)
have not been effectively incorporated into life in Christ.
Baptized as infants many have never made a personal commitment
to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
As adolescents and adults many drift away from the Church.
Evangelization must be directed to the Church itself. ~ John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio

What the world needs now, is a clear proclamation of Jesus Christ! The world needs to be inspired, encouraged & transformed, by faith & reason, the understanding that allows our faith to soar to the Heavens. Evangelization leads to a Civilization of Love. We need to be introduced to a profound & living relationship with Jesus, built on the Rock of Peter, closely united to the Pope & the Church that Jesus founded, formed morally, socially, & spiritually. Not merely sacramentalized but evangelized. These two need to go hand in hand!

This takes effort of a mighty team, the Church & the Laity, joining hands. John Paul II, said this in his address to the Bishops in Latin America, ”. . . the bishops together with their churches [ought to be] engaged in forming and increasing the number of laity who are ready to collaborate effectively in the work of evangelization.”

The message of Jesus Christ needs to transform all aspects of life. From the courtrooms to the hospitals, to the bedroom, to Wall Street, every school & entertainment area. There must not be an area of live left that is not united to Christ, Redeemed & made new. Jesus came to make all things new. Come Holy Spirit.

“It is not possible,” John Paul II states,”to bear witness to Christ without reflecting his image, which is made alive in us by grace and the power of the Spirit.” in Redemptoris Missio. “Holiness must be called a fundamental presupposition and an irreplaceable condition of everyone in fulfilling the mission of salvation in the Church. The universal call to holiness is closely linked to the universal call to mission. Every member of the faithful is called to holiness and to mission.” He also states,”the future of mission depends to a great extent on contemplation. Unless the missionary is a contemplative he cannot proclaim Christ in a credible way.” A “person of the Beatitudes (poverty, meekness, acceptance of suffering and persecution, the desire for justice and peace, charity)… the characteristic of every authentic missionary life is the inner joy that comes from faith. . . the one who proclaims the”Good News” must be a person who has found true hope in Christ. “

“Missionary activity, renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others!”

“…entering a new missionary age,which will become a radiant day bearing an abundant harvest, if all Christians, and missionaries and young Churches in particular, respond with generosity and holiness to the calls and challenges of our time.”

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