Narconon Arrowhead Releases New Guide for Sober & Safe St. Patrick’s Day


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Historically, St. Patrick’s Day was intended to be a traditional day for spiritual renewal and for the offering of prayers for missionaries across the world. The holiday began in Ireland, and is celebrated on March 17th every year. It is thought that March 17th marked the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

As the Irish emigrated far from their homeland, their history and their celebrations went with them. Today, in Ireland, March 17th remains the traditional day of offering prayers for missionaries across the world–before other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin. In cities across America which are home to large Irish populations, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with the “wearing of the green”, parades, music, songs, and Irish food and drinks.

Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day which most of us recognize include the shamrock—the leaf of the clover plant (symbol of the Holy Trinity); the flag of the Republic of Ireland in green, orange and white, the color green, and Irish beer.

Also a part of St. Patrick’s Day is the leprechaun and the pot of gold at that end of the rainbow which the leprechaun is said to hide there.

It can be a day of fun and happy celebration of Irish ancestry and heritage, and a way to recognize Ireland’s influence on America today. At the same time, an overabundance of alcohol and too much partying can lead to consequences which were never intended to be a part of St. Patrick’s Day, and what it represents.

A Guide for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has become a high-risk time for drunk drivers on the roadways, and increased driving under the influence (DUI) related traffic collisions. It is likely there will be sobriety checkpoints in an effort to prevent drunken driving and related vehicle accidents. A night in jail for a DUI, the loss of driver’s license, or the loss of a life was never intended to be a part of St. Patrick’s Day.

Narconon Arrowhead, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern Oklahoma, is releasing the following guidelines to help everyone enjoy a happier, safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day:

➢    Plan ahead this St. Patrick’s Day.

➢    Know before you start partying or drinking how you will get home safely, and with whom.

➢    If you plan to drink, ensure you have a sober designated driver, no fail.

➢    If you plan to drink, leave your car keys at home.

➢    Never drive while you are alcohol or drug impaired. No exceptions.

➢    Never let your friends or a family member drive while drug or alcohol impaired. No exceptions.

➢    Never get in a vehicle or ride as a passenger with a driver who is drunk. No exceptions.

➢    Call a friend, a family member or a taxi to make sure you get home safely if you have been drinking and failed to designate a driver beforehand.

➢    Take public transportation to get home safely, if necessary.

➢    Do not let a person who is drug or alcohol-impaired get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Take their keys. Help them to get home safely. No exceptions. And if you see a driver on the road who you think may be drunk or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, call 911.

The executives and staff of Narconon Arrowhead wish everyone a safe, sober and memorable St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Sources:

http://www.lapdonline.org/march_2014/news_view/55803

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/st-patricks-day-leprechauns-shamrocks-and-binge-drinking







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Merlin H. Olivers new book calls readers to devote lives to God


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 09, 2015

Author Merlin H. Oliver makes an end-time call to readers to live lives devoted, in the Spirit, to establishing kingdom authority with his new book, “I Want You To Know My Glory” (published by WestBow Press).

“God wants you to know that His transcendent glory is invading Earth right now.” Oliver says. “This is a must read for everyone.”

Similar to the Bible, “I Want You To Know My Glory” begins in a garden. It uses stories to show the reader how to live in God’s presence daily. Within the pages of his book, Oliver shares accounts from his personal life and uses them to impart unto readers revelations on how to establish a perfect society.

Oliver advocates for readers to: love one another, walk in the unity of the Holy Spirit, live lives of repentance and forgiveness, pursue the restoration of all things, and unite love-sick worshipers who cry out for the King’s return.

“A life lived in the Spirit will cause encroaching evil to retreat,” Oliver says. “In this way, victory may be accomplished daily.”

“I Want You To Know My Glory”

By Merlin H. Oliver

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841793

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841779

E-Book | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841786

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Merlin H. Oliver is the founder and director of Inner Circle Worship Ministries, Inc. He has traveled to many nations on missionary assignments and has more than 20 years of experience in the supernatural, due to the glory of God. Niagara Falls, New York, where he currently resides, has benefited mostly from his missions. His next missionary assignment will be his family in the United Kingdom.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. For more information, visit westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.







SEND International Appoints New Missionaries


Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) January 28, 2015

On SEND International’s US campus in Farmington, Michigan, eight people have just endured a week of evaluations and interviews to determine if missions with SEND is right for them. All eight were accepted for their various ministries in one of SEND’s 20 areas of the world. These new candidates will have one more week of training before going out to raise support for their ministry with SEND.

Steve Baker, the Director of Personnel Selection & Training for SEND-USA, said, “I am delighted to announce that all eight people have been appointed to long-term missionary service with SEND International. Would you join me in praising God for His direction, wisdom, guidance and strength for not only the candidates but also everybody else involved in the process?”

Among the new candidates are Andy and Abby Gilbert, church planters in Tennessee. Their new role with SEND will be to return to southeastern US to recruit new missionaries. Andy says, “This new role will utilize the administrative and organization skills I gained working in a secular job, as well as using my seminary background and teaching gifts. I am excited to lock arms with those looking for a way to go [into missions] and providing them the steps to do so. I look forward to the daily opportunities to guide and nurture these future missionaries out onto the field.”

Another new candidate is Alex Logan who will be headed to Japan to work with youth. “The pressure that these Japanese students feel is some of the highest they will feel in their entire life. They need to perform well and few people simply love them.” Alex wants to show those students God’s unconditional love.

The other new missionaries include Lisa Antonishek headed to Spain, Mike and Sheryll Warner preparing for work in a remote Alaskan village, Shigeko Yamaguma going to Japan, and Stephanie Lankhorst bound for Bulgaria.

SEND International is an interdenominational faith mission agency with approximately 600 missionaries in more than 20 areas of Asia, Eurasia, Europe and North America. SEND’s mission is to mobilize God’s people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. SEND members are multinational and are recruited and sent from sending offices and partner agencies around the world. For more information on SEND’s mission and ministries, visit http://www.send.org.







Cabrini College Students and The Joy of Sox Distribute New Socks to the Homeless for Socks For the Homeless Day

(PRWEB) February 18, 2015

Cabrini College students worked with local non-profit The Joy of Sox® to deliver 7,340 pairs of new socks to the homeless of the Philadelphia region in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” – Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

On a holiday tied to chocolate candy and candy hearts, why socks for the homeless on Valentine’s Day? “People are usually generous between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, but after the new year donations just dry up,” says Tom Costello Jr., founder and chief sock person at The Joy of Sox. “The idea was that in addition to calling your Mom or giving a loved one flowers on Valentine’s Day, to also remember the homeless during this cold weather and donate socks to a shelter or help support a nonprofit that does.

Earlier in the semester, 20 Cabrini students helped sort and pack the socks into the boxes to get ready for distribution. Today, 8 Cabrini students loaded up 4 vans and spread out across the region delivering 7,340 pairs of new socks to 18 shelters. In addition, the students picked up about 3,500 pairs of new socks that had been collected during sock drives by school and church groups and caring individuals. The new socks will be sorted and distributed later in the month.

Costello continues, “With about 10,000 homeless in the Philadelphia area and many of them wearing their socks 24/7 they usually need a new pair at least once a month. So these new socks will go a long way to help make homeless toes happy toes.”

Costello has learned a lot from the men and women he helps on the streets since he founded The Joy of Sox. “The homeless rarely get donations of new socks, which can be harder to get than food at shelters,” says Costello. Since many homeless often don’t receive new socks, they wind up wearing their old wet socks 24/7, which can result in serious health conditions, including fungus, infections, and gangrene.

“Socks for the Homeless Day” is beginning to catch on as resolutions or proclamations have already been passed in Pennsylvania, New York and North Dakota. These legislative acts were initiated by The Joy of Sox and sponsored in Pennsylvania by Sen. Daylin Leach, in New York by Assemblyman Brian Curran, and in North Dakota by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

For more information about The Joy of Sox, please contact, Tom Costello, Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, 610-745-1075.

About The Joy of Sox®. The Joy of Sox is a locally founded 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of providing joy to the homeless by giving them new socks. Started in 2010, they have supplied over 135,250 pairs new socks to facilities for the homeless in 20 states and three countries.

About Cabrini College. Cabrini College is a coeducational Roman Catholic residential liberal arts college in Radnor, Pennsylvania, founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. It was one of the first colleges in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement. Undergraduate and graduate enrollment is 2,800.

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Readers Can Identify with the Divine Messages in New Xulon Title


Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Within the pages of Rae Neal’s new book, Midnight Melodies: From the Seas and Rivers of Life, ($ 14.99, paperback, 9781498416047; $ 7.99, e-book, 9781498416054) readers will discover a compilation of rich poems, which convey experiences from the author’s riveting past and present. It was revealed to Rae, during her childhood, the type of amazing divine calling that she would have as an adult. Through the grace of God, the author continues to fulfill her call in ministry as a foreign missionary, preacher and teacher of the Bible, and ordained pastor. These poems are a reflection of Rae’s amazing journey of life, yet they place emphasis on the beauty of everyday things.

“My book contains a collection of life expressions in poetical free-verse form; topics inspired by life’s glorious colors and depths that are observed through our God-given experiences and observations,” states the author. “The word pictures of the poems highlight the many blessings, questions, surprises, and wonders of our existence, all of which can draw readers into a deeper, more intimate relationship with their Creator.”

With an educational background in ministerial studies pursuant to rhetoric and writing at Tulsa University, Rae Neal is known for her verbosity in preaching sermons and teaching Bible studies rather than writings. After years of living in other cultures, grappling with demanding missionary tasks, responding to the joys and disappointments of everyday life, Rae returned to Oklahoma. Without realizing it, she had been provided with a rich and varied background from which an in-depth perspective of life was fashioned. As a married woman and a pastor, her poetry is the result of nightly inspirations with a viewpoint developed by one who has traveled the journey.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Midnight Melodies: From the Seas and Rivers of Life through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Media Contact: Rae Neal, rae(dot)neal(at)cox(dot)net







E-Discovery Trailblazer Babs Deacon Joins Venio as Vice President of Training and Education


Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

Venio Systems, the leading provider of integrated, end-to-end electronic discovery software for corporations, law firms and service providers, today announced Babs Deacon as its Vice President of Training and Education.

Deacon is an eDiscovery and litigation support industry pioneer with more than 25 years of discovery and information governance experience. She specializes in providing consulting, project management and data reduction services to law firms, corporations and government clients, including management of the 9/11 WTC project for the Law Department of the City of New York. As a consultant and practice support manager for several prominent law firms, Deacon has dedicated her efforts to educating, mentoring and evangelizing about discovery best practices and tactics.

“Babs has been a leader in the industry longer than anyone, and we are thrilled to be able to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients,” says Bimal Tamraker, Venio’s President and Chairman.

She is a frequent contributor to numerous legal publications, has developed accredited courses approved by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) boards, is a current faculty member of The Organization of Legal Professionals, and was a contributor to the original EDRM content.

“I’m so excited about being a part of Venio’s mission to provide practical education to attorneys and other eDiscovery professionals,” says Deacon. “I plan to focus principally, at least at first, on best practice workflow and project management.”

Deacon’s distinguished industry leadership roles include serving on the executive boards of the East Coast Association of Litigation Support Managers and the National Board of Women in eDiscovery, and co-chairing the EDRM Evergreen Project. She has been a speaker at major industry events, including LegalTech, Women in eDiscovery and ILTA, since 1989 and has trained thousands of eDiscovery professionals.

Babs will be present at Venio’s booth #2613 at LegalTech New York on February 3-5, 2015 at the Hilton New York.

About Venio Systems

Venio Systems, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a team of innovators and developers with 20 years of experience in providing e-discovery solutions. Venio Systems was created to address the industry’s lack of truly integrated e-discovery systems. Venio Integrated E-Discovery Platform is a fully functional web-based application designed to provide law firms, corporations and government entities the ability to manage all phases of discovery from a single tool. Venio Systems remains on the forefront of innovation to provide solutions anyone can use. For more information, visit http://www.veniosystems.com/.







Washington Adventist University and REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School Sign Agreement to Jointly Provide Urban Ministry Training


Takoma Park, Md. (PRWEB) December 12, 2014

The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Department of Religion will soon be offering courses in field evangelism to students interested in urban ministry who are also participating in the REACH Columbia Union Evangelism School (RCUUES) in Philadelphia, Pa. The two schools and the Columbia Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church signed a memorandum of understanding recently that will guide the joint training effort.

“We are pleased to work with the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School to help train students who are interested in urban ministry,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. “Washington Adventist University has long been a gateway to service, offering encouragement to faculty, students and staff who participate in mission trips locally and abroad. This agreement offers students yet another opportunity to learn how to better serve others in our North American cities and urban areas.”

“Engaging young adults is a priority for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Columbia Union Conference,” said Dave Weigley, president of the Columbia Union Conference. “This partnership will provide a great opportunity for us to help our young people experience the mission of our church firsthand. We’re pleased that one of our own young adults, Dr. Tara VinCross, will serve as director and help prepare young leaders for service.”

As part of the signed agreement, faculty from the WAU Department of Religion will provide leadership training in discipleship, community development, urban agriculture and various aspects of evangelism. The joint effort will provide students with the opportunity to gain a unique experience in metropolitan/urban ministry through a selection of courses that will enrich their experience in urban ministry. The REACH Urban Evangelism School’s hands-on curriculum is offered as a 12-month training and experiential program that prepares students for ministry in cities and urban areas throughout North America.

Students interested in urban ministry and participating in the Urban Evangelism School program will be able to earn up to 15 credits that will be transferrable to any college, and can be counted toward a degree. The WAU courses that will be offered include such topics as Jesus and the Gospels; Ellen G. White and the Gift of Prophecy; Knowing and Sharing Christ; Ministry in the City; The Theory and Practice of Urban Ministry; and Church Growth in the Urban Setting.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, students in the evangelism school program who take the WAU-provided courses will be required to maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average and must be recommended for the courses by their instructors and the advisory committee of REACH Columbia Union, based on classroom and field evaluation.

The REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is required under the agreement to maintain a high standard of student personal integrity and academic rigor throughout the experiential learning process. The agreement also requires the evangelism school to offer its Urban Mission Year experience to WAU Theology students and those with other majors. As part of the agreement, the Urban Evangelism School will provide appropriate housing for participating WAU students at a location that is close to the school’s Ministry Center in Philadelphia.

For more information about REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School, go to http://reachcolumbiaunion.squarespace.com. For more information about Washington Adventist University, go to http://www.wau.edu







Supporting missionaries activities in the third world countries

Supporting and working for the under-privileged people, is one of the ways you can serve socially. A Charitable Organization is a type of non-profit organization. There are many Charitable Organizations that work for the poorest of the poor people so as to make their life meaningful and worthy. The volunteers of these organizations travel to many countries across the globe so that the problems of the people could be understood who live in the remotest of villages.

Similarly, there are charities collected for poor children too. The Charity Child aids in providing the basic amenities of life to the children across the globe, or wherever needed, i.e. in the times of natural disasters. In different countries, there are many NPOs (Non-Profit Organizations) that work for various needs of small and young children. From food to clothing, shelter, education, etc are the requirements of the children that these charitable organizations work for.

The NGOs or NPOs work on different sectors of improvement in Health, Better Employment Opportunities for Women and Provision of Working from home, Care of Old Age People, Orphans, Families badly affected due to Natural Calamities, Shelter and Support to Neglected Old Age Parents, Provision of Educational Facilities to the poor and the needy children and Youngsters.

The international charityTrusts are like a blessing to the poorest of the poor. It works hard at every step so as to provide better living conditions to the underprivileged classes. All its resources are poured into the service of the poor strata in various countries and for the most deprived areas of the countries such as Africa, India, and China. The organizations support missionaries, ministers, other charities, churches, and other Mission oriented activities. These trusts provide international charity for the deprived areas in many parts of the world.Many charitable trust works on a 100% charitable basis and it doesn’t employ any paid staff.

Working for charity means there should be a clear vision, i.e. the vision for the poor and their benefit. The Holy Book Bible too teaches us about justice and mercy. The donations collected for the well being and care of the poor, are honestly and purely utilized for a particular cause only. Since many years lot many Charitable organizations are there, who are working for the World Countries. Donations from the general people, and donation collected from institutions are a great support for the betterment of the needy ones. There are many Projects undertaken by the organizations that comprises of various areas of improvement and betterment of the underprivileged population. The Volunteers who join these charitable organizations, time-to-time visit various places for social service looking after the people in urgent need.The honest and punctual functioning of the Charitable Organizations or Trusts helps at a large scale to erase poverty in many parts of the world and other neglected small size countries.

 

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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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Narconon Arrowhead Releases New Guide for Sober & Safe St. Patrick’s Day


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Historically, St. Patrick’s Day was intended to be a traditional day for spiritual renewal and for the offering of prayers for missionaries across the world. The holiday began in Ireland, and is celebrated on March 17th every year. It is thought that March 17th marked the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

As the Irish emigrated far from their homeland, their history and their celebrations went with them. Today, in Ireland, March 17th remains the traditional day of offering prayers for missionaries across the world–before other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin. In cities across America which are home to large Irish populations, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with the “wearing of the green”, parades, music, songs, and Irish food and drinks.

Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day which most of us recognize include the shamrock—the leaf of the clover plant (symbol of the Holy Trinity); the flag of the Republic of Ireland in green, orange and white, the color green, and Irish beer.

Also a part of St. Patrick’s Day is the leprechaun and the pot of gold at that end of the rainbow which the leprechaun is said to hide there.

It can be a day of fun and happy celebration of Irish ancestry and heritage, and a way to recognize Ireland’s influence on America today. At the same time, an overabundance of alcohol and too much partying can lead to consequences which were never intended to be a part of St. Patrick’s Day, and what it represents.

A Guide for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has become a high-risk time for drunk drivers on the roadways, and increased driving under the influence (DUI) related traffic collisions. It is likely there will be sobriety checkpoints in an effort to prevent drunken driving and related vehicle accidents. A night in jail for a DUI, the loss of driver’s license, or the loss of a life was never intended to be a part of St. Patrick’s Day.

Narconon Arrowhead, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern Oklahoma, is releasing the following guidelines to help everyone enjoy a happier, safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day:

➢    Plan ahead this St. Patrick’s Day.

➢    Know before you start partying or drinking how you will get home safely, and with whom.

➢    If you plan to drink, ensure you have a sober designated driver, no fail.

➢    If you plan to drink, leave your car keys at home.

➢    Never drive while you are alcohol or drug impaired. No exceptions.

➢    Never let your friends or a family member drive while drug or alcohol impaired. No exceptions.

➢    Never get in a vehicle or ride as a passenger with a driver who is drunk. No exceptions.

➢    Call a friend, a family member or a taxi to make sure you get home safely if you have been drinking and failed to designate a driver beforehand.

➢    Take public transportation to get home safely, if necessary.

➢    Do not let a person who is drug or alcohol-impaired get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Take their keys. Help them to get home safely. No exceptions. And if you see a driver on the road who you think may be drunk or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, call 911.

The executives and staff of Narconon Arrowhead wish everyone a safe, sober and memorable St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Sources:

http://www.lapdonline.org/march_2014/news_view/55803

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/st-patricks-day-leprechauns-shamrocks-and-binge-drinking







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Merlin H. Olivers new book calls readers to devote lives to God


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 09, 2015

Author Merlin H. Oliver makes an end-time call to readers to live lives devoted, in the Spirit, to establishing kingdom authority with his new book, “I Want You To Know My Glory” (published by WestBow Press).

“God wants you to know that His transcendent glory is invading Earth right now.” Oliver says. “This is a must read for everyone.”

Similar to the Bible, “I Want You To Know My Glory” begins in a garden. It uses stories to show the reader how to live in God’s presence daily. Within the pages of his book, Oliver shares accounts from his personal life and uses them to impart unto readers revelations on how to establish a perfect society.

Oliver advocates for readers to: love one another, walk in the unity of the Holy Spirit, live lives of repentance and forgiveness, pursue the restoration of all things, and unite love-sick worshipers who cry out for the King’s return.

“A life lived in the Spirit will cause encroaching evil to retreat,” Oliver says. “In this way, victory may be accomplished daily.”

“I Want You To Know My Glory”

By Merlin H. Oliver

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841793

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841779

E-Book | 360 pages | ISBN 9781490841786

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Merlin H. Oliver is the founder and director of Inner Circle Worship Ministries, Inc. He has traveled to many nations on missionary assignments and has more than 20 years of experience in the supernatural, due to the glory of God. Niagara Falls, New York, where he currently resides, has benefited mostly from his missions. His next missionary assignment will be his family in the United Kingdom.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. For more information, visit westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.







SEND International Appoints New Missionaries


Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) January 28, 2015

On SEND International’s US campus in Farmington, Michigan, eight people have just endured a week of evaluations and interviews to determine if missions with SEND is right for them. All eight were accepted for their various ministries in one of SEND’s 20 areas of the world. These new candidates will have one more week of training before going out to raise support for their ministry with SEND.

Steve Baker, the Director of Personnel Selection & Training for SEND-USA, said, “I am delighted to announce that all eight people have been appointed to long-term missionary service with SEND International. Would you join me in praising God for His direction, wisdom, guidance and strength for not only the candidates but also everybody else involved in the process?”

Among the new candidates are Andy and Abby Gilbert, church planters in Tennessee. Their new role with SEND will be to return to southeastern US to recruit new missionaries. Andy says, “This new role will utilize the administrative and organization skills I gained working in a secular job, as well as using my seminary background and teaching gifts. I am excited to lock arms with those looking for a way to go [into missions] and providing them the steps to do so. I look forward to the daily opportunities to guide and nurture these future missionaries out onto the field.”

Another new candidate is Alex Logan who will be headed to Japan to work with youth. “The pressure that these Japanese students feel is some of the highest they will feel in their entire life. They need to perform well and few people simply love them.” Alex wants to show those students God’s unconditional love.

The other new missionaries include Lisa Antonishek headed to Spain, Mike and Sheryll Warner preparing for work in a remote Alaskan village, Shigeko Yamaguma going to Japan, and Stephanie Lankhorst bound for Bulgaria.

SEND International is an interdenominational faith mission agency with approximately 600 missionaries in more than 20 areas of Asia, Eurasia, Europe and North America. SEND’s mission is to mobilize God’s people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. SEND members are multinational and are recruited and sent from sending offices and partner agencies around the world. For more information on SEND’s mission and ministries, visit http://www.send.org.







Cabrini College Students and The Joy of Sox Distribute New Socks to the Homeless for Socks For the Homeless Day

(PRWEB) February 18, 2015

Cabrini College students worked with local non-profit The Joy of Sox® to deliver 7,340 pairs of new socks to the homeless of the Philadelphia region in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” – Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

On a holiday tied to chocolate candy and candy hearts, why socks for the homeless on Valentine’s Day? “People are usually generous between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, but after the new year donations just dry up,” says Tom Costello Jr., founder and chief sock person at The Joy of Sox. “The idea was that in addition to calling your Mom or giving a loved one flowers on Valentine’s Day, to also remember the homeless during this cold weather and donate socks to a shelter or help support a nonprofit that does.

Earlier in the semester, 20 Cabrini students helped sort and pack the socks into the boxes to get ready for distribution. Today, 8 Cabrini students loaded up 4 vans and spread out across the region delivering 7,340 pairs of new socks to 18 shelters. In addition, the students picked up about 3,500 pairs of new socks that had been collected during sock drives by school and church groups and caring individuals. The new socks will be sorted and distributed later in the month.

Costello continues, “With about 10,000 homeless in the Philadelphia area and many of them wearing their socks 24/7 they usually need a new pair at least once a month. So these new socks will go a long way to help make homeless toes happy toes.”

Costello has learned a lot from the men and women he helps on the streets since he founded The Joy of Sox. “The homeless rarely get donations of new socks, which can be harder to get than food at shelters,” says Costello. Since many homeless often don’t receive new socks, they wind up wearing their old wet socks 24/7, which can result in serious health conditions, including fungus, infections, and gangrene.

“Socks for the Homeless Day” is beginning to catch on as resolutions or proclamations have already been passed in Pennsylvania, New York and North Dakota. These legislative acts were initiated by The Joy of Sox and sponsored in Pennsylvania by Sen. Daylin Leach, in New York by Assemblyman Brian Curran, and in North Dakota by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

For more information about The Joy of Sox, please contact, Tom Costello, Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, 610-745-1075.

About The Joy of Sox®. The Joy of Sox is a locally founded 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of providing joy to the homeless by giving them new socks. Started in 2010, they have supplied over 135,250 pairs new socks to facilities for the homeless in 20 states and three countries.

About Cabrini College. Cabrini College is a coeducational Roman Catholic residential liberal arts college in Radnor, Pennsylvania, founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. It was one of the first colleges in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement. Undergraduate and graduate enrollment is 2,800.

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Readers Can Identify with the Divine Messages in New Xulon Title


Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Within the pages of Rae Neal’s new book, Midnight Melodies: From the Seas and Rivers of Life, ($ 14.99, paperback, 9781498416047; $ 7.99, e-book, 9781498416054) readers will discover a compilation of rich poems, which convey experiences from the author’s riveting past and present. It was revealed to Rae, during her childhood, the type of amazing divine calling that she would have as an adult. Through the grace of God, the author continues to fulfill her call in ministry as a foreign missionary, preacher and teacher of the Bible, and ordained pastor. These poems are a reflection of Rae’s amazing journey of life, yet they place emphasis on the beauty of everyday things.

“My book contains a collection of life expressions in poetical free-verse form; topics inspired by life’s glorious colors and depths that are observed through our God-given experiences and observations,” states the author. “The word pictures of the poems highlight the many blessings, questions, surprises, and wonders of our existence, all of which can draw readers into a deeper, more intimate relationship with their Creator.”

With an educational background in ministerial studies pursuant to rhetoric and writing at Tulsa University, Rae Neal is known for her verbosity in preaching sermons and teaching Bible studies rather than writings. After years of living in other cultures, grappling with demanding missionary tasks, responding to the joys and disappointments of everyday life, Rae returned to Oklahoma. Without realizing it, she had been provided with a rich and varied background from which an in-depth perspective of life was fashioned. As a married woman and a pastor, her poetry is the result of nightly inspirations with a viewpoint developed by one who has traveled the journey.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Midnight Melodies: From the Seas and Rivers of Life through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Media Contact: Rae Neal, rae(dot)neal(at)cox(dot)net







E-Discovery Trailblazer Babs Deacon Joins Venio as Vice President of Training and Education


Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

Venio Systems, the leading provider of integrated, end-to-end electronic discovery software for corporations, law firms and service providers, today announced Babs Deacon as its Vice President of Training and Education.

Deacon is an eDiscovery and litigation support industry pioneer with more than 25 years of discovery and information governance experience. She specializes in providing consulting, project management and data reduction services to law firms, corporations and government clients, including management of the 9/11 WTC project for the Law Department of the City of New York. As a consultant and practice support manager for several prominent law firms, Deacon has dedicated her efforts to educating, mentoring and evangelizing about discovery best practices and tactics.

“Babs has been a leader in the industry longer than anyone, and we are thrilled to be able to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients,” says Bimal Tamraker, Venio’s President and Chairman.

She is a frequent contributor to numerous legal publications, has developed accredited courses approved by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) boards, is a current faculty member of The Organization of Legal Professionals, and was a contributor to the original EDRM content.

“I’m so excited about being a part of Venio’s mission to provide practical education to attorneys and other eDiscovery professionals,” says Deacon. “I plan to focus principally, at least at first, on best practice workflow and project management.”

Deacon’s distinguished industry leadership roles include serving on the executive boards of the East Coast Association of Litigation Support Managers and the National Board of Women in eDiscovery, and co-chairing the EDRM Evergreen Project. She has been a speaker at major industry events, including LegalTech, Women in eDiscovery and ILTA, since 1989 and has trained thousands of eDiscovery professionals.

Babs will be present at Venio’s booth #2613 at LegalTech New York on February 3-5, 2015 at the Hilton New York.

About Venio Systems

Venio Systems, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a team of innovators and developers with 20 years of experience in providing e-discovery solutions. Venio Systems was created to address the industry’s lack of truly integrated e-discovery systems. Venio Integrated E-Discovery Platform is a fully functional web-based application designed to provide law firms, corporations and government entities the ability to manage all phases of discovery from a single tool. Venio Systems remains on the forefront of innovation to provide solutions anyone can use. For more information, visit http://www.veniosystems.com/.







Washington Adventist University and REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School Sign Agreement to Jointly Provide Urban Ministry Training


Takoma Park, Md. (PRWEB) December 12, 2014

The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Department of Religion will soon be offering courses in field evangelism to students interested in urban ministry who are also participating in the REACH Columbia Union Evangelism School (RCUUES) in Philadelphia, Pa. The two schools and the Columbia Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church signed a memorandum of understanding recently that will guide the joint training effort.

“We are pleased to work with the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School to help train students who are interested in urban ministry,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. “Washington Adventist University has long been a gateway to service, offering encouragement to faculty, students and staff who participate in mission trips locally and abroad. This agreement offers students yet another opportunity to learn how to better serve others in our North American cities and urban areas.”

“Engaging young adults is a priority for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Columbia Union Conference,” said Dave Weigley, president of the Columbia Union Conference. “This partnership will provide a great opportunity for us to help our young people experience the mission of our church firsthand. We’re pleased that one of our own young adults, Dr. Tara VinCross, will serve as director and help prepare young leaders for service.”

As part of the signed agreement, faculty from the WAU Department of Religion will provide leadership training in discipleship, community development, urban agriculture and various aspects of evangelism. The joint effort will provide students with the opportunity to gain a unique experience in metropolitan/urban ministry through a selection of courses that will enrich their experience in urban ministry. The REACH Urban Evangelism School’s hands-on curriculum is offered as a 12-month training and experiential program that prepares students for ministry in cities and urban areas throughout North America.

Students interested in urban ministry and participating in the Urban Evangelism School program will be able to earn up to 15 credits that will be transferrable to any college, and can be counted toward a degree. The WAU courses that will be offered include such topics as Jesus and the Gospels; Ellen G. White and the Gift of Prophecy; Knowing and Sharing Christ; Ministry in the City; The Theory and Practice of Urban Ministry; and Church Growth in the Urban Setting.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, students in the evangelism school program who take the WAU-provided courses will be required to maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average and must be recommended for the courses by their instructors and the advisory committee of REACH Columbia Union, based on classroom and field evaluation.

The REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is required under the agreement to maintain a high standard of student personal integrity and academic rigor throughout the experiential learning process. The agreement also requires the evangelism school to offer its Urban Mission Year experience to WAU Theology students and those with other majors. As part of the agreement, the Urban Evangelism School will provide appropriate housing for participating WAU students at a location that is close to the school’s Ministry Center in Philadelphia.

For more information about REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School, go to http://reachcolumbiaunion.squarespace.com. For more information about Washington Adventist University, go to http://www.wau.edu







Supporting missionaries activities in the third world countries

Supporting and working for the under-privileged people, is one of the ways you can serve socially. A Charitable Organization is a type of non-profit organization. There are many Charitable Organizations that work for the poorest of the poor people so as to make their life meaningful and worthy. The volunteers of these organizations travel to many countries across the globe so that the problems of the people could be understood who live in the remotest of villages.

Similarly, there are charities collected for poor children too. The Charity Child aids in providing the basic amenities of life to the children across the globe, or wherever needed, i.e. in the times of natural disasters. In different countries, there are many NPOs (Non-Profit Organizations) that work for various needs of small and young children. From food to clothing, shelter, education, etc are the requirements of the children that these charitable organizations work for.

The NGOs or NPOs work on different sectors of improvement in Health, Better Employment Opportunities for Women and Provision of Working from home, Care of Old Age People, Orphans, Families badly affected due to Natural Calamities, Shelter and Support to Neglected Old Age Parents, Provision of Educational Facilities to the poor and the needy children and Youngsters.

The international charityTrusts are like a blessing to the poorest of the poor. It works hard at every step so as to provide better living conditions to the underprivileged classes. All its resources are poured into the service of the poor strata in various countries and for the most deprived areas of the countries such as Africa, India, and China. The organizations support missionaries, ministers, other charities, churches, and other Mission oriented activities. These trusts provide international charity for the deprived areas in many parts of the world.Many charitable trust works on a 100% charitable basis and it doesn’t employ any paid staff.

Working for charity means there should be a clear vision, i.e. the vision for the poor and their benefit. The Holy Book Bible too teaches us about justice and mercy. The donations collected for the well being and care of the poor, are honestly and purely utilized for a particular cause only. Since many years lot many Charitable organizations are there, who are working for the World Countries. Donations from the general people, and donation collected from institutions are a great support for the betterment of the needy ones. There are many Projects undertaken by the organizations that comprises of various areas of improvement and betterment of the underprivileged population. The Volunteers who join these charitable organizations, time-to-time visit various places for social service looking after the people in urgent need.The honest and punctual functioning of the Charitable Organizations or Trusts helps at a large scale to erase poverty in many parts of the world and other neglected small size countries.

 

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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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