Capturing the Mind of the Millennial for Christ Jerry Latimer Creates Sunday School Lesson with an Innovative Approach


(PRWEB) July 15, 2014

The bell rings and a class of intermediates end their chatter and head for the door of the church classroom. A parent standing outside, waiting on their child to emerge, walks into the room to shake the Sunday School teacher’s hand. “My son really loves your class, none of his other teachers can get him to talk.” Another parent chimes in that her daughter now looks forward to Sunday mornings.

The teacher smiles and looks around the now empty classroom, pondering how his background in investment banking, student government, and home remodeling, got him here. At 26 years old, Jerry Latimer wonders if carpentry might be his next vocation.

“It took Christ 30 years before he started walking in the fullness of his calling…” Jerry said. “The way I see it, I’ve got four more years to grow from mistakes.”

If by mistakes, Jerry means a flurry of accomplishments, then he has made plenty. At only 16 years old, he initiated and led a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at M. L. King high school, he went on to be Vice President of the Mercer University campus ministry, All God’s Anointed People Evangelizing (A.G.A.P.E.), and a Summer Vacation Bible School teacher at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He currently serves what has now turned into a 4-year term teaching Sunday School to a coed group of teens ages 12-15.

“It’s an awkward age,” Jerry said. “People are scared to teach this age range because the kids are in transition. They are not little children and crayons are out of the question, but they’re not quite old enough for lessons about predetermination or the 7 seals.” Each week on Sunday morning, he packs life lessons and Bible stories into 1 hour. When he first began teaching, he endured many months of blank stares from disinterested pre-teens and teenagers. After some time he realized, “Having been raised in church, I am well aware of how boring Sunday school can be at times. Many of the lessons were difficult to understand at a young age, and the stories were from an adult’s point of view and perspective. Many teachers only told the stories from their point of view instead of bringing the story down to my level.”

His idea isn’t a novel one. Major corporations and top tier schools clamor to figure out ways to attract and advertise to Generation Y (aka Millenials ages 0 to 31). Jerry has embarked on a journey to reaching the hearts of the generation that’s asking “why” the most.

Studies on the Millennials generation find that they have shorter attention spans than their already impatient predecessor, Generation X. Most shockingly, Millennials have the highest percentage of individuals who claim that they don’t believe in God, more than that of Generation X and the Baby Boomers put together.

“I always promised myself that if I ever became a Sunday school teacher, I would make sure that the information was entertaining and educational,” Jerry said. The curriculum used church-wide for everyone from the toddlers to the senior citizens and Jerry found it to be too rigid to be relatable to a child. “It’s clear it was created from an adult’s perspective and it doesn’t attempt to share personal stories about their background as a part of the lesson.”

After almost a year of overcoming the poor reaction from his class, Jerry began developing a method of teaching that the students responded to best. With the blessing of the Sunday School Superintendent, he began to develop an idea. The method was simple, promoted participation, and translated well in the class room. The method involved carefully crafted questions that had a high success rate with boys and girls of getting thoughtful dialogue. The method was memorialized in his head, but with Jerry’s busy work and volunteer schedule, putting pen to paper seemed to be an impossible task.

Then, what he thought was impossible became reality. After climbing the ladder at a Fortune 500 company gaining certifications and promotions, he found himself laid off and in the unemployment line. “I felt like John, exiled from the city of workers to an island of Patmos all by myself,” Jerry said.

As he hunted for a new job, he spent his free time starting the daunting task of creating a relevant Sunday School curriculum. After 4 months of compiling all the points and effective lessons, he had gathered over the past 4 years of teaching, Real Talking Points by Jerry Latimer became a reality.

The instructional book gives the student an in-depth walk through the life of Jesus. Each lesson takes an aspect of Christ’s time on earth by first relating it to our time. On the subject of “Jesus is Visited by Nicodemus,” the open-ended preliminary discussion question asks, “Have you ever tried to explain new technology to your parents? Was it hard to explain or easy? How did you help them understand the device or process?” The lesson then introduces the applicable Scripture passage, and asks the follow-up questions, “Explain what it means to be born again. Discuss what a Pharisee represented, and how all the knowledge he learned could not help him understand what it meant to be born again.”

During an age where many “tweens” feel that they are being talked at rather than listened to, Real Talking Points’ lessons places value in the students’ view of the world and encourages conversation about things that are important to the students. The lesson plan is then much more easily discussed in that context.

Jerry says that he plans to follow the great commission and “Go.” “I would like to see if Real Talking Points is relatable in other countries, so I would like to have it translated into Spanish and Mandarin,” Jerry said. “I feel if I can just help just one child out there that doesn’t know Christ, then I have done enough.”

Real Talking Points – Open ended questions for discussing God’s Word with Today’s Generation can be purchased on amazon at the link below, and is also available digitally for the iPad, Nook, Kindle, and Android devices.

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Talking-Points-Discussing-Generation/dp/099145961X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404873498&sr=1-1&keywords=real+talking+points







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Local Youths Take on Malaria PreventionTyphoon Relief Through Unique Fundraiser Idea


Colorado Springs, Co (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

Three Colorado Springs youths are using their creative skills to fight malaria and help typhoon victims in the Philippines. This week, the youths presented a check to Compassion International, a Springs-based child development ministry dedicated to rescuing children from poverty around the world.

Eight-year-old Kevin Lester made paper bracelets with the name, “Jesus” written on them. “The bracelets also included nail holes to represent the nail holes in Jesus’ hands,” said Kevin’s mother, Nerissa Lester. Kevin gave the bracelets away while encouraging recipients to donate to Compassion’s Bite Back campaign, a program designed to provide malaria nets to families around the world. His efforts raised $ 240 for the campaign—enough to provide nets and malaria education to 13 families.

“In our family bible devotional, we recently read Luke 12:48, which reminded Kevin that to people like him to whom much is given, much is expected in return,” said Rob Lester, Kevin’s father. “It’s great seeing children helping children in an event like this.”

Brother and sister team, John and Elizabeth Borders, also created paracord bracelets as a fundraiser for typhoon victims in the Philippines—they raised $ 444. The money will help families who are still reeling from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November of 2013, killing over 6,200 people. Compassion ministers to over 70,000 children throughout the Philippines.

“We are always encouraged by how much good young people can accomplish when they unleash their dedication,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “These children saw the devastation of natural disaster, saw the impact a preventable disease like malaria can have, and decided to do something about it. By faith, they took action, and families in some of the poorest countries in the world will benefit because of that dedication.”

The youth worked alongside their church, Faith Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, to raise the funds.

Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,200 Christian churches in 26 countries to release over 1.4 million babies, children, and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 13 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on twitter at @compassion.







The Doctrine of Evangelical Outreach

One of the first things a person should do before joining any organization is to read its mission statement. After all, why would you want to join a group if you don’t agree with its goals and beliefs? The same principle applies, if not more so, when it comes to joining a religious organization, ministry or church. The first place to look when thinking about becoming a new member of a religious group is its doctrine or set of beliefs. Here is a look at the doctrine of Christian ministry Evangelical Outreach.

Founded by holiness preacher and director of the ministry Dan Corner, Evangelical Outreach is dedicated to the proclamation and defense of the Christian faith.An ordained minister who pastored for nearly seven years, Corner preaches against various doctrines of grace and for the true holiness doctrine of heart purity.He is mainly known for refuting the popular doctrine of eternal security.

When it comes to the Bible, Evangelical Outreach believes the scripture is the “inspired and inerrant Word of the Living God which contains everything we need to know regarding salvation and how to behave in order to please God”.Unlike Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, Corner does not believe in other sacred texts or additions to the Bible.

On the subject of salvation, Evangelical Outreach states that salvation “is by grace and not by works.” However, he also believes that the believer’s security is conditional. This means that although at the point of instant salvation one is declared righteous, given the gift of eternal life, and made a child of God, that same person can lose the gift of salvation if he or she becomes an enemy of God. Therefore, the ministry preaches the holiness doctrine in an effort to help Christians avoid the sinful path and prepare for death.

What is the unforgiveable sin? According to Evangelical Outreach, there are many ways a person can become an enemy of God, including pleasing the sinful nature.However, Corner suggests that not all sins are unforgivable. The one unforgivable sin, according to the doctrine of Evangelical Outreach, is when a person believes Jesus had an evil spirit and performed miracles through the help of a demon or Satan.

Richard A. Manfredi has written about www.evangelicaloutreach.org.Dan Corner gives his point of view on the once save always saved doctrine. Learn about evangelical outreach, conditional security, eternal security and the antichrist conspiracy.

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The World Banks Call For Action To Help An Estimated 2.5 Billion People In Poverty Only Adds To The Urgency Of A Christian Heavy Lift Co. Already Making A Difference


Greensboro, North Carolina (PRWEB) May 19, 2014

Few multi-million dollar companies are given away to achieve their stated purpose and mission. In the case of Barnhart Crane and Rigging, a $ 250 million dollar company based in Memphis, Tennessee, the purpose of building a successful heavy lift and transport company was “to glorify God by providing an opportunity for His people to use their skills and gifts in His service through constructive work, personal witness and ministry funding.”

“Some people think we are crazy but [giving the company away] was a wonderful relief to us. Our personal balance sheet changed a lot that day, but our lifestyle did not change at all. If I die now, we can pass on the stewardship of the company without having to transfer the dangerous part – the weapon of wealth,” says Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging and member of America’s leading executive roundtable, The C12 Group.

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But Barnhart has turned “the weapon of wealth” into a practical instrument of economic hope for poor families in need of stable financial systems. During the 2014 spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank Group in Washington, DC, participants warned of the negative impact of having an estimated 2.5 billion people in developing countries with little or no access to traditional financial services. Research findings by the International Finance Corporation showed that about 200 million formal and informal micro, small and medium enterprises in Africa and other developing countries lack the financing they need to grow.

This revelation is not new for Barnhart Crane andd Rigging, it has been donating millions for years to non-profit mission groups dedicated to Christ-centered microenterprise development. Oganizations providing biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty.

GROVE, God’s Resource Operating Very Effectively, is the company’s philanthropic organization comprised of 55 Barnhart employees who determine where company donations can do the most good. Most of the donations boost international development and Christian ministry in Africa, the Middle East, India, and southeast Asia, where the GROVE sees needs larger than those at home. “That’s where God is really working. All the ministries we work with are meeting the needs of growing The Kingdom,” says Joye Allen, GROVE administrator. The group focuses its giving on five causes: Christian evangelism, church planting, Christian discipleship, leadership training, and ministering to the poor.

Learn more about GROVE

GROVE’s biggest grants have gone to Hope International, which provides microfinancing in developing regions around the world; the Seed Company, a Bible translation group; and Strategic Resources Group, an umbrella organization for Christian ministries in the Middle East.

In the countries where HOPE operates, $ 50 or $ 200 can purchase healthy feed for animals, a sewing machine, a cart to transport produce to market, or a market stall in which to sell goods. It can also allow an entrepreneur to purchase supplies in bulk or to hire an employee to increase efficiency.

GROVE donations have touched the lives of thousands through their partner ministries with the aim to grow The Kingdom of God. According to Hope International, selected as GROVE’S premier partner, it has helped more than 400,000 clients — most of whom were women – in areas like the slums of India.

Though the bulk of its giving is overseas, GROVE also works closer to home with financial contributions to Repairing the Breach, helping youth in rundown Memphis neighborhoods, and Citizens for Community Values, helping women escape the sex trade.

Barnhart believes the God that he serves is amazing and that “HE has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams and I am grateful to have learned that it is so much more joyful to be a giver than a consumer.” Barnhart is one of the newest members of the C12 Group in Nashville, Tennessee, led by John Logan. The C12 Group, equipping CEOs and owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose, gives members a way to focus on the enormous benefits of bringing marketplace ministry to life.

According to Don Barefoot, CEO of The C12 Group, “based on several member surveys over the years, it’s safe to say that nine out of 10 of us [Christian CEOs & owners] would agree that we’re not doing what we can in this vital dimension. We know that there are serious unmet ministry opportunities available to us as we conduct business and that we really need to step up to faithfully grasp the responsibility that God assigns us as stewards and servant leaders. As in the case of Barnhart Crane & Rigging, where thousands of lives around the world, from employees to those in poverty stricken areas around the globe, have been touched through the love of Christ at work within the organization.”

To learn more about the C12 Group and how membership can help CEO’s and business owners improve financial and ministry performance in a meaningful way, visit The C12 Group.

About Barnhart Crane & Rigging

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of heavy lifting and transportation solutions. The company has locations across the United States. Services also include logistics, machinery moving, and plant relocations. Barnhart’s Quality Management System is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard and has been registered since 2000.

About The C12 Group

The C12 Group is America’s leading executive roundtable for Christian CEOs and owners building great businesses for a greater purpose. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share proven best practices, combined with eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, dedicated Christian author and CEO, C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.

Christian CEOs & Owners Building GREAT Businesses for a GREATER Purpose ©2014, The C12 Group, all rights reserved.

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Evangelization Cross (Lal-lo, Cagayan)
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The Apostles preaching the Gospel
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"They preached every day both in the Temple and in private houses, and their proclamation of the Good News of Christ Jesus was never interrupted".

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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







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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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Capturing the Mind of the Millennial for Christ Jerry Latimer Creates Sunday School Lesson with an Innovative Approach


(PRWEB) July 15, 2014

The bell rings and a class of intermediates end their chatter and head for the door of the church classroom. A parent standing outside, waiting on their child to emerge, walks into the room to shake the Sunday School teacher’s hand. “My son really loves your class, none of his other teachers can get him to talk.” Another parent chimes in that her daughter now looks forward to Sunday mornings.

The teacher smiles and looks around the now empty classroom, pondering how his background in investment banking, student government, and home remodeling, got him here. At 26 years old, Jerry Latimer wonders if carpentry might be his next vocation.

“It took Christ 30 years before he started walking in the fullness of his calling…” Jerry said. “The way I see it, I’ve got four more years to grow from mistakes.”

If by mistakes, Jerry means a flurry of accomplishments, then he has made plenty. At only 16 years old, he initiated and led a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at M. L. King high school, he went on to be Vice President of the Mercer University campus ministry, All God’s Anointed People Evangelizing (A.G.A.P.E.), and a Summer Vacation Bible School teacher at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He currently serves what has now turned into a 4-year term teaching Sunday School to a coed group of teens ages 12-15.

“It’s an awkward age,” Jerry said. “People are scared to teach this age range because the kids are in transition. They are not little children and crayons are out of the question, but they’re not quite old enough for lessons about predetermination or the 7 seals.” Each week on Sunday morning, he packs life lessons and Bible stories into 1 hour. When he first began teaching, he endured many months of blank stares from disinterested pre-teens and teenagers. After some time he realized, “Having been raised in church, I am well aware of how boring Sunday school can be at times. Many of the lessons were difficult to understand at a young age, and the stories were from an adult’s point of view and perspective. Many teachers only told the stories from their point of view instead of bringing the story down to my level.”

His idea isn’t a novel one. Major corporations and top tier schools clamor to figure out ways to attract and advertise to Generation Y (aka Millenials ages 0 to 31). Jerry has embarked on a journey to reaching the hearts of the generation that’s asking “why” the most.

Studies on the Millennials generation find that they have shorter attention spans than their already impatient predecessor, Generation X. Most shockingly, Millennials have the highest percentage of individuals who claim that they don’t believe in God, more than that of Generation X and the Baby Boomers put together.

“I always promised myself that if I ever became a Sunday school teacher, I would make sure that the information was entertaining and educational,” Jerry said. The curriculum used church-wide for everyone from the toddlers to the senior citizens and Jerry found it to be too rigid to be relatable to a child. “It’s clear it was created from an adult’s perspective and it doesn’t attempt to share personal stories about their background as a part of the lesson.”

After almost a year of overcoming the poor reaction from his class, Jerry began developing a method of teaching that the students responded to best. With the blessing of the Sunday School Superintendent, he began to develop an idea. The method was simple, promoted participation, and translated well in the class room. The method involved carefully crafted questions that had a high success rate with boys and girls of getting thoughtful dialogue. The method was memorialized in his head, but with Jerry’s busy work and volunteer schedule, putting pen to paper seemed to be an impossible task.

Then, what he thought was impossible became reality. After climbing the ladder at a Fortune 500 company gaining certifications and promotions, he found himself laid off and in the unemployment line. “I felt like John, exiled from the city of workers to an island of Patmos all by myself,” Jerry said.

As he hunted for a new job, he spent his free time starting the daunting task of creating a relevant Sunday School curriculum. After 4 months of compiling all the points and effective lessons, he had gathered over the past 4 years of teaching, Real Talking Points by Jerry Latimer became a reality.

The instructional book gives the student an in-depth walk through the life of Jesus. Each lesson takes an aspect of Christ’s time on earth by first relating it to our time. On the subject of “Jesus is Visited by Nicodemus,” the open-ended preliminary discussion question asks, “Have you ever tried to explain new technology to your parents? Was it hard to explain or easy? How did you help them understand the device or process?” The lesson then introduces the applicable Scripture passage, and asks the follow-up questions, “Explain what it means to be born again. Discuss what a Pharisee represented, and how all the knowledge he learned could not help him understand what it meant to be born again.”

During an age where many “tweens” feel that they are being talked at rather than listened to, Real Talking Points’ lessons places value in the students’ view of the world and encourages conversation about things that are important to the students. The lesson plan is then much more easily discussed in that context.

Jerry says that he plans to follow the great commission and “Go.” “I would like to see if Real Talking Points is relatable in other countries, so I would like to have it translated into Spanish and Mandarin,” Jerry said. “I feel if I can just help just one child out there that doesn’t know Christ, then I have done enough.”

Real Talking Points – Open ended questions for discussing God’s Word with Today’s Generation can be purchased on amazon at the link below, and is also available digitally for the iPad, Nook, Kindle, and Android devices.

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Talking-Points-Discussing-Generation/dp/099145961X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404873498&sr=1-1&keywords=real+talking+points







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Local Youths Take on Malaria PreventionTyphoon Relief Through Unique Fundraiser Idea


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Three Colorado Springs youths are using their creative skills to fight malaria and help typhoon victims in the Philippines. This week, the youths presented a check to Compassion International, a Springs-based child development ministry dedicated to rescuing children from poverty around the world.

Eight-year-old Kevin Lester made paper bracelets with the name, “Jesus” written on them. “The bracelets also included nail holes to represent the nail holes in Jesus’ hands,” said Kevin’s mother, Nerissa Lester. Kevin gave the bracelets away while encouraging recipients to donate to Compassion’s Bite Back campaign, a program designed to provide malaria nets to families around the world. His efforts raised $ 240 for the campaign—enough to provide nets and malaria education to 13 families.

“In our family bible devotional, we recently read Luke 12:48, which reminded Kevin that to people like him to whom much is given, much is expected in return,” said Rob Lester, Kevin’s father. “It’s great seeing children helping children in an event like this.”

Brother and sister team, John and Elizabeth Borders, also created paracord bracelets as a fundraiser for typhoon victims in the Philippines—they raised $ 444. The money will help families who are still reeling from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November of 2013, killing over 6,200 people. Compassion ministers to over 70,000 children throughout the Philippines.

“We are always encouraged by how much good young people can accomplish when they unleash their dedication,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “These children saw the devastation of natural disaster, saw the impact a preventable disease like malaria can have, and decided to do something about it. By faith, they took action, and families in some of the poorest countries in the world will benefit because of that dedication.”

The youth worked alongside their church, Faith Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, to raise the funds.

Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,200 Christian churches in 26 countries to release over 1.4 million babies, children, and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 13 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on twitter at @compassion.







The Doctrine of Evangelical Outreach

One of the first things a person should do before joining any organization is to read its mission statement. After all, why would you want to join a group if you don’t agree with its goals and beliefs? The same principle applies, if not more so, when it comes to joining a religious organization, ministry or church. The first place to look when thinking about becoming a new member of a religious group is its doctrine or set of beliefs. Here is a look at the doctrine of Christian ministry Evangelical Outreach.

Founded by holiness preacher and director of the ministry Dan Corner, Evangelical Outreach is dedicated to the proclamation and defense of the Christian faith.An ordained minister who pastored for nearly seven years, Corner preaches against various doctrines of grace and for the true holiness doctrine of heart purity.He is mainly known for refuting the popular doctrine of eternal security.

When it comes to the Bible, Evangelical Outreach believes the scripture is the “inspired and inerrant Word of the Living God which contains everything we need to know regarding salvation and how to behave in order to please God”.Unlike Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, Corner does not believe in other sacred texts or additions to the Bible.

On the subject of salvation, Evangelical Outreach states that salvation “is by grace and not by works.” However, he also believes that the believer’s security is conditional. This means that although at the point of instant salvation one is declared righteous, given the gift of eternal life, and made a child of God, that same person can lose the gift of salvation if he or she becomes an enemy of God. Therefore, the ministry preaches the holiness doctrine in an effort to help Christians avoid the sinful path and prepare for death.

What is the unforgiveable sin? According to Evangelical Outreach, there are many ways a person can become an enemy of God, including pleasing the sinful nature.However, Corner suggests that not all sins are unforgivable. The one unforgivable sin, according to the doctrine of Evangelical Outreach, is when a person believes Jesus had an evil spirit and performed miracles through the help of a demon or Satan.

Richard A. Manfredi has written about www.evangelicaloutreach.org.Dan Corner gives his point of view on the once save always saved doctrine. Learn about evangelical outreach, conditional security, eternal security and the antichrist conspiracy.

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Catholic young people and new media: a seminar to boost the evangelization

Catholic young people and new media: a seminar to boost the evangelization
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The World Banks Call For Action To Help An Estimated 2.5 Billion People In Poverty Only Adds To The Urgency Of A Christian Heavy Lift Co. Already Making A Difference


Greensboro, North Carolina (PRWEB) May 19, 2014

Few multi-million dollar companies are given away to achieve their stated purpose and mission. In the case of Barnhart Crane and Rigging, a $ 250 million dollar company based in Memphis, Tennessee, the purpose of building a successful heavy lift and transport company was “to glorify God by providing an opportunity for His people to use their skills and gifts in His service through constructive work, personal witness and ministry funding.”

“Some people think we are crazy but [giving the company away] was a wonderful relief to us. Our personal balance sheet changed a lot that day, but our lifestyle did not change at all. If I die now, we can pass on the stewardship of the company without having to transfer the dangerous part – the weapon of wealth,” says Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging and member of America’s leading executive roundtable, The C12 Group.

More from Alan Barnhart about potential dangers of profit and wealth

But Barnhart has turned “the weapon of wealth” into a practical instrument of economic hope for poor families in need of stable financial systems. During the 2014 spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank Group in Washington, DC, participants warned of the negative impact of having an estimated 2.5 billion people in developing countries with little or no access to traditional financial services. Research findings by the International Finance Corporation showed that about 200 million formal and informal micro, small and medium enterprises in Africa and other developing countries lack the financing they need to grow.

This revelation is not new for Barnhart Crane andd Rigging, it has been donating millions for years to non-profit mission groups dedicated to Christ-centered microenterprise development. Oganizations providing biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty.

GROVE, God’s Resource Operating Very Effectively, is the company’s philanthropic organization comprised of 55 Barnhart employees who determine where company donations can do the most good. Most of the donations boost international development and Christian ministry in Africa, the Middle East, India, and southeast Asia, where the GROVE sees needs larger than those at home. “That’s where God is really working. All the ministries we work with are meeting the needs of growing The Kingdom,” says Joye Allen, GROVE administrator. The group focuses its giving on five causes: Christian evangelism, church planting, Christian discipleship, leadership training, and ministering to the poor.

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GROVE’s biggest grants have gone to Hope International, which provides microfinancing in developing regions around the world; the Seed Company, a Bible translation group; and Strategic Resources Group, an umbrella organization for Christian ministries in the Middle East.

In the countries where HOPE operates, $ 50 or $ 200 can purchase healthy feed for animals, a sewing machine, a cart to transport produce to market, or a market stall in which to sell goods. It can also allow an entrepreneur to purchase supplies in bulk or to hire an employee to increase efficiency.

GROVE donations have touched the lives of thousands through their partner ministries with the aim to grow The Kingdom of God. According to Hope International, selected as GROVE’S premier partner, it has helped more than 400,000 clients — most of whom were women – in areas like the slums of India.

Though the bulk of its giving is overseas, GROVE also works closer to home with financial contributions to Repairing the Breach, helping youth in rundown Memphis neighborhoods, and Citizens for Community Values, helping women escape the sex trade.

Barnhart believes the God that he serves is amazing and that “HE has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams and I am grateful to have learned that it is so much more joyful to be a giver than a consumer.” Barnhart is one of the newest members of the C12 Group in Nashville, Tennessee, led by John Logan. The C12 Group, equipping CEOs and owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose, gives members a way to focus on the enormous benefits of bringing marketplace ministry to life.

According to Don Barefoot, CEO of The C12 Group, “based on several member surveys over the years, it’s safe to say that nine out of 10 of us [Christian CEOs & owners] would agree that we’re not doing what we can in this vital dimension. We know that there are serious unmet ministry opportunities available to us as we conduct business and that we really need to step up to faithfully grasp the responsibility that God assigns us as stewards and servant leaders. As in the case of Barnhart Crane & Rigging, where thousands of lives around the world, from employees to those in poverty stricken areas around the globe, have been touched through the love of Christ at work within the organization.”

To learn more about the C12 Group and how membership can help CEO’s and business owners improve financial and ministry performance in a meaningful way, visit The C12 Group.

About Barnhart Crane & Rigging

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of heavy lifting and transportation solutions. The company has locations across the United States. Services also include logistics, machinery moving, and plant relocations. Barnhart’s Quality Management System is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard and has been registered since 2000.

About The C12 Group

The C12 Group is America’s leading executive roundtable for Christian CEOs and owners building great businesses for a greater purpose. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share proven best practices, combined with eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, dedicated Christian author and CEO, C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.

Christian CEOs & Owners Building GREAT Businesses for a GREATER Purpose ©2014, The C12 Group, all rights reserved.

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Evangelization Cross (Lal-lo, Cagayan)

Some cool Evangelization images:

Evangelization Cross (Lal-lo, Cagayan)
Evangelization

Image by ~MVI~ (warped)
The cross is believed to be 300 years old and was installed at a park in front of the Lal-lo church to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Our Lady of Piat image in Lal-lo from Macau, China. Across is the mighty Cagayan River.

Olympus Camedia (SWP North Luzon Cluster Consultations, June 2005). Slightly improved with Picasa.

world evangelization
Evangelization

Image by Imagens Cristãs

The Apostles preaching the Gospel
Evangelization

Image by Lawrence OP
"They preached every day both in the Temple and in private houses, and their proclamation of the Good News of Christ Jesus was never interrupted".

– Acts 5:42, which is part of today’s First Reading at Mass.
My sermon for today can be read here.

This stained glass window is in the former church of St Paul’s, Jericho in Oxford.

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.

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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







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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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