TO THE SCIENTIST, SPACE ENTHUSIAST, THE SEEKER, THE LOVER OF TRUTH, REVELATION OF TRUTH, EVIDENCE, INGREDIENCE OF LIFE


DrTony:

This was worth re-blogging. Besides, in one sense, I am one of those to whom it was addressed (as are all those who read it).

Originally posted on Full Of Roses Inspirationals:

ELEMENTS

From the very beginning of creation
He set in place with care and patients
The very ingredients of life
Elements Scattered as treasures
Mysteries bringing pleasures
Such as the precious metal gold
Gases with stories yet to be told
Super Novas, big bangs, creation, change
The universe, galaxies, planets, solar systems
Life on a mission
To reveal, astonish, commission
Gifts waiting to behold
If one looks deep a story will be told
Finger prints left behind
Of one yes, hiding, longing for you to find
The widening of your heart, an expansion of your mind
The blue prints of your life, by the power He emits
Giving elements

Revelation 4:11
Verse Concepts
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

2 Kings 19:15
Verse Concepts
Hezekiah prayed…

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The Return of the Seven Month Full-Term Baby


DrTony:

I would add that part of what Christie writes is true for me.

Originally posted on The Thoughtful Pastor:

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After I wrote of my support of the recent SCOTUS decision that affirms marriage for all citizens, one commentator wrote of his agreement for certain civil rights for gay couples and then added this caveat, “Marriage is a contract between two people of opposite sex that want to have children and raise a family. That is not biologically possible between gay and lesbian couples.”

So, I ask these questions:

  • Should we then make fertility a requirement for marriage?
  • How would hetero couples prove their abilities to reproduce before marriage?
  • What about older couples who desire to marry but who are no longer biologically capable of reproducing?
  • What about those who have suffered from childhood cancers whose treatments have rendered them infertile?
  • If a couple announces before marriage that they do not wish to ever have children, should we then deny them the right to…

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Get Over it, Christian Pastors: You are NOT Being Persecuted


DrTony:

I think that we all need to read this. Thanks, Christy!

Originally posted on The Thoughtful Pastor:

By 1st United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons By 1st United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We commonly refer to this amendment  as “separation of church and state” or “separation of church from state.” Either way, the intent is clear: the US shall not have a required church where all citizens must maintain membership. We are astoundingly free to practice our religion the way we want.

Which is why I don’t understand the conservative church outrage over the June 26, 2015 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. That decision granted to all adults the right…

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Three Flags


DrTony:

In addition to what I have already posted for this Memorial Day (https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/what-are-we-supposed-to-remember/), I wanted to bring this one back. I was in a conversation the other day with some veterans who were raising funds for the local VA hospital in our area. We seem so ready to send our young off to war but then we forget them when they came home.

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Heart On The Left:

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TRUST


DrTony:

Tom, thanks for posting this prayer. I found this to be highly appropriate for what is going on in my life right now.

Originally posted on Hopeful:

I shared this prayer by Thomas Merton last year. But isn’t this great?

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe 601655_169972666467393_1690513489_nthat the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death…

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Looking in from the outside — a pastor visits another church


DrTony:

I am doing like several others on the Methoblog have done and reblogging this piece by Jay Voorhees. It is worth reading and, more importantly, the basis for examining how your church reacts to visitors. I would also point out that I mentioned some of the problems with web pages in my own piece last August, “Can You Find Your Church?” – https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/can-you-find-your-church/

Originally posted on Only Wonder Understands:

As most of my Facebook friends know by now, I’m currently in Los Angeles having helped my eldest drive from Nashville to establish a new home. Needing to recover from the drive and needing some time off, I chose to stay over a few extra days to enjoy the sunshine, connect with some old friends, and generally relax. That is how I found myself this morning going through the task that many do each week — trying to find a church to attend, and walking into a new place of worship unannounced.

I do have pastor friends here in the area, and I gave serious thought to visiting their churches. But it as I thought about it, I decided it would be interesting to not lean on my previous relationships but to go somewhere cold — just like most of the visitors to our churches. For most of us in…

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This Is Our Witness?


DrTony:

We sing that people will know that we are Christians by our love but somehow I don’t think that is what people sometimes here. We have to begin thinking about what we are doint.

Originally posted on ancoraimparo87:

My oldest grandchild texted me this link a couple of days ago. “Take a look at this,” she wrote, “and tell me what you think when you get a chance.” The link opens an article about the church trial of United Methodist pastor  Frank Schaefer for officiating at his gay son’s wedding six years ago. His action violated the denomination’s clear prohibition of clergy performing same-sex marriages.  Rev. Schaefer was found guilty of violating the policy and suspended for thirty days. At the end of his suspension he must either agree to follow all provisions of the United Methodist Book of Discipline (the denomination’s law book) or surrender his ministerial orders.

This whole affair was news to my granddaughter. She’s not a United Methodist, so she hasn’t followed our internal conflict closely. She’s been raised Catholic, and has grown into an intelligent, curious young adult with intense curiosity about a…

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