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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Radical Inclusiveness

From segregated churches of East Texas to destitute slums of India, the Rev. Charles Moore fought for human rights.

He delivered sermons about racism and sexism. He stood vigil against the death penalty. He went on a hunger strike to protest discrimination against gays and lesbians.

But during retirement, the United Methodist minister questioned whether he had done enough. He saw the broken world around him.

On a Monday afternoon in June, Moore, 79, drove from his home in Allen to Grand Saline, the town of his childhood about 70 miles east of Dallas. He traveled along country roads near fields of wildflowers and grazing cattle. In a strip-mall parking lot, outside a dollar store, beauty salon and pharmacy, he knelt down, doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire.
 
As flames engulfed him, he screamed and tried to stand. Witnesses rushed to put out the blaze with shirts, bottled water and, finally, an extinguisher.
He was flown unconscious to a Dallas hospital, where he died from burn injuries.

Moore had intended his act to be a grand but selfless gesture in the manner of Buddhist monks who have done the same before him.
 
“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others, but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service,” he wrote in one of the notes he left behind.

He had considered doing it at Southern Methodist University, where he had earned a degree at Perkins School of Theology. He expected that his self-immolation would make national news and hoped his message of social justice would be broadcast along with his funeral.
 
But his final act drew little notice. A report in the Grand Saline Sun described him as an elderly man who seemed troubled. An article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph asked if he was a “madman or a martyr.”
He left his family and friends reeling from grief and trying to make sense of his death. At a memorial service Saturday at Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin, he will be remembered for the work he did — not for the way he died.

Charles Robert Moore was born July 18, 1934, on the outskirts of Grand Saline, home to about 3,000 people, numerous churches and a large salt mine. He saw the ministry as a path out of his family’s little frame house and the dusty farmland that felt confining.

In his notes, Moore said he found a home in the academic world of SMU, where he earned degrees in English and divinity. He was mesmerized by his schoolwork and inspired by his teachers at Perkins.
In the 1950s and 1960s, he worked at churches in suburban San Antonio and then in Carthage in East Texas.


It was a tense time in Carthage. Moore and the Rev. Jack Albright, another United Methodist minister, supported the civil rights movement. But people were afraid of integration, and some churchgoers called them communist sympathizers and racial slurs.
“He did not win a lot of friends — nor did I,” Albright said.


The ministers would meet at a coffee shop for a two-person support group.

“When people are raised and spend their life in an atmosphere of segregation, it’s very threatening to make changes,” said Albright, who retired in the East Texas town of Jacksonville. “The issue was how hard do you push, especially if you are going to create a lot of confrontation.”

But Moore was undaunted by popular opinion.
“He was very clear about where he believed the church should be about opening its doors to African-Americans and treating them like human beings,” Albright recalled.


Frustrated and tired, Moore enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University and Harvard Divinity School. In the mid-1960s, he moved with his first wife, Patricia, and two sons to inner-city Chicago, where he worked for the Ecumenical Institute to create economic and educational opportunities in troubled areas.
 

They opened a preschool, started a job training program and rebuilt a dilapidated neighborhood that had burned during riots after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Later, Moore worked in a slum in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He traveled to developing nations in Africa and the Middle East.

In his writings, he said his 12 years with the Ecumenical Institute exposed him to “the pallor of illness and poverty on a world scale.”
Among a group of optimistic advocates, Moore offered a “heavier and gloomier perspective,” said Terry Bergdall, now executive director of the Ecumenical Institute. He said Moore’s speeches were inspiring but not rosy. In one, he called himself a “fundamentalist for social justice.”


Moore returned to Texas in the 1980s, serving in various churches. In 1990, he went to Austin to lead the 100-year-old Grace United Methodist Church, with its six-person choir and dwindling congregation.
He fixed up the quaint old building, added stained-glass windows and hired a homeless man to be the groundskeeper. In sermons to the white-haired worshippers, he took up a new cause, welcoming gays and lesbians to the church and condemning their exclusion.

During his decade as pastor, the church started a pumpkin patch on its lawn, hosted a religion school for a Jewish congregation and opened its doors to a chapter of PFLAG, which held meetings for parents, friends and families of lesbians and gays.
The congregation began to grow.

Andy Smith, now of Dallas, attended Moore’s church and called him “a major figure of my life.”

Moore appointed Smith and other openly gay members to church leadership roles. He prodded the congregation with views that were unpopular or uncomfortable.

“He gave the best sermons of any pastor I’ve ever known,” Smith said. “They weren’t always uplifting; that wasn’t his style. What he did would challenge you to think.”


In 1995, when United Methodist bishops held a worldwide meeting in Austin, Moore went on a hunger strike to protest the church’s treatment of gays and lesbians. One of his colleagues, the Rev. Sid Hall, tried to talk him out of it. But Moore dismissed his concerns.

He had “a conviction that if the Bible stood for anything, it stood for radical inclusiveness,” Hall said.
“If you ever were on the side of powerlessness, if you were ever on the margins yourself and were looking for someone to help you, Charles was the person,” he said.
 

The hunger strike made headlines. Moore broke his fast after 15 days, when the bishops issued a statement that acknowledged their role in contributing to the the stigma and ostracism of gays and lesbians and encouraged Methodist churches to welcome them. The bishops did not advocate a change to a church policy, which stands today, that calls the practice of homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Hall said he struggles with Moore’s death. Perhaps, he said, his old friend was so in tune with the pain of others, “for whatever reason, he wasn’t able to pull back from it.”

Even so, he said Moore left him a final lesson.
“I have no doubt that there will be some people who use this to blow off everything he worked toward. They’ll say, ‘It’s what we knew all along. He was a nut case.’ And there will be others who just feel the tragedy and loss of his life,” Hall said.

“And there will be those like me, that even though I don’t agree with what he did, I’ll be able to struggle with and wrestle with the message he believed in and examine my own life. I’ll ask myself, ‘Am I doing enough?’”

After he retired in 2000, Moore moved back to North Texas to be closer to family. He settled with his third wife, Barbara, near a park in Allen where he visited with his two young grandchildren.
 

In private, he wrote about his inner turmoil. He regretted not taking more risks to fight discrimination during his years in the ministry. He began to contemplate self-immolation as a forceful way to convey his message of social justice.

“I have always felt that death for a cause was my destiny, but never so much as during the past several years — when it has admittedly been a preoccupation,” he wrote.

In his typewritten notes, he said that his efforts seemed futile, the progress of the world too slow. He underlined a passage in a New Yorker article about Tibetan monks who set themselves aflame to protest China’s rule.

Moore wrote that he attempted the act several times, but fear and the simple beauties of the world tempted him to stay.

“The turning leaves on the trees in my front yard are almost reason enough to keep living,” he wrote.
In the end, Moore chose Grand Saline as the place of his last protest. He left a note on his car saying he’d been troubled throughout his life by his hometown’s history of racism and the prejudice he witnessed there as a boy.

After his death, Moore’s son-in-law, Bill Renfro, found a folder of notes on his study desk, along with letters for his family.


Renfro said he is certain that Moore didn’t intend to hurt members of his family, though they can’t make sense of his death. “He did this selfless act, this sacrifice for others, but he also did not think thoroughly through the consequences of the act.”
Moore left his wife detailed instructions about his death benefits and credit cards to cancel, but he couldn’t prepare her to live as a widow.


“He was taking care of the worldly things for her, but what he failed to realize was the emotional turmoil that he would leave behind. And not just her, but his sons, his grandchildren,” said Kathy Renfro, his stepdaughter.


One of the saddest parts, she said, is that Moore didn’t realize he still had the potential to bring about change.
Bill Renfro said, “I wish I could have sat down and pointed out, ‘Charles, look at what your life has meant to the world. Look at what it’s meant to individuals. You’ve changed their lives.’”

The Rev. Lou Snead, a retired Presbyterian minister from Austin who will lead Moore’s memorial service, likens his old friend to an Old Testament prophet. He said Moore challenged structures of power and directed people back to the Bible’s teachings of social justice.


“He understood almost instinctively Jesus’ message — love, justice and peace require an intentional way of embodying that in the world around us,” Snead said. “He was about transforming the culture.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Baptized With The Holy Spirit And Fire

 

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." Matthew 3:11

The beginning of a new and living way had begun with the advent of Jesus, the Son of the living God stepping out on to His mission field to make disciples and to build His church of living stones. The old way was to be done away with and new wine was about to be poured out into a totally new wineskin. No more temple, ritual or dead man-made religion, the Holy Spirit was going to reside from now on in the hearts of men who are washed with the Savior's own blood and purified with the very fire of Heaven!
His kingdom had come and His will was being done on earth as it was in Heaven. 

God came down clothed in flesh to cleanse mankind from the generational curse of Adam with His own blood to set the captives free once and for all from the bondage of sin! The world was turned upside down and the entire religious landscape would change from a dry and lifeless ritual to a vibrant living breathing temple of human beings filled with the Spirit of God! 

 Unbelievable to many, impossible to the established religious leaders, but life changing to the poor and needy of the world, a Savior had come from Heaven to set them free, deliver and heal them, and even raise their dead!
 
I don't think we can grasp the full understanding of what Jesus did when He came to earth as a God-King to rule the world because we are so infected with religion and sometimes I think people believe this old, old story is just a fable or a fairy tale for children because if we really believed that Jesus died, was buried and rose again to give us life eternal we would act like Him! 

The assembly of the saints of God are now the same as their Lord, they have been resurrected from their fleshly graves, delivered by the power of God, washed in His blood and empowered with His Spirit to do the greater works that will continue His kingdom on earth until He returns!

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned. Matthew 4:16

THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS NO LONGER A PLACE 

"Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:2

When Jesus was dying on the cross, the angels of God tore the veil of separation in two in the Jewish temple to signify that man no longer needed a fleshly priest to go before the Most High. 
 
The old priesthood, Religiosity was done away with, man was free to go before the throne of God by grace alone.  Jesus came so that the whole religious system that was killing the Souls of men could be torn down.  

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like white sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27


Man was the new temple made of flesh and blood and the Spirit of God would dwell in them, building a house with living breathing organic material that would ultimately become His body. 

A spiritual man was created by the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. When JESUS CHRIST arose from the dead, HE became the Head and we became His body in the earth, an exact replica of Him, empowered with His Spirit and commissioned to do the greater works that He said we would do. 
 
Unfortunately, what the Church body is today is a cheap imitation, demonically inspired to seduce man back under the bondage of the old priesthood, complete with temple, priest, (Senior Pastor) and rules, regulations and laws. 

This is why the modern day consumer driven, event-motivated, pastor ruled churches are dead and lifeless, because Jesus destroyed this system 2000 years ago!
 
The most powerful assembly of believers that ever lived upon the earth, filled with the Spirit of the living God and free from the bondage of religion, turned the world upside down, seeing hundreds of thousands saved and delivered without the aid of Church leaders, Televangelists, Women Priests, Gay Bishops, Lesbian Decon, pews, buildings, etc.   
 
 There are no Cathedrals to see, no monuments to men or ancient artifacts to be amazed by, just the TRUE story of GOD coming down from Heaven into a Human body to show US the way home.  The Apostles changed the world by laying on of hands and giving the living Spirit of GOD to those who would believe.  
WAKE UP!!!



"Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:19,20


ASK !!!
  "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8


Jesus built a building of men and women who are sold out, blood bought and filled with Holy Ghost power. These Believers were  sent to give unmatchable testimony of GOD'S resurrection power.  They were sent to LIVE and preach the gospel through out the whole world.  
 

The kingdom of God is not static, it is a living breathing organic vineyard that cannot be contained, boxed in or potted. JESUS CHRIST'S ministry is alive and well today. We are HIS living stones. We must wake up, throw off the shackles of demonic oppression because Billions sit in darkness in man-made temples of wood, hay and stubble, rotting away practicing lifeless rituals. They have good intentions, but the road to HELL is paved with good intentions.  

The time is NOW! Wake up before it is too late and you are found unworthy to enter into an eternal rest with the living GOD. 
Lord I pray right now for all who read this and I ask you LORD to set fire to their lives, leave them no rest, let nothing of the world be left in them. Give them eyes to see and ears to hear that JESUS CHRIST came to Save the world not condemn it. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Supreme Court is Going to Force Gay Marriage upon America


Hillary Clinton just spoke at 2015 Women in the World Summit.  In her speech she let it be known that Christians will have to change their religious beliefs or be forced to by legal legislation.  

Her exact words were..."Deep seated biased Religious beliefs will HAVE to be changed..." 


The United States Constitution  on the Freedom of Religion....

The part of the Bill of Rights that is most important to the separation debate is the First Amendment, in particular, the two religion clauses of the first Amendment. These clauses deal precisely with the issue of what government can and cannot do with respect to religion. Below, we lay out the wording of these clauses, and what is at issue in their interpretation.
The establishment clause makes up the first ten words of the First Amendment. It reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...
The free exercise clause makes up the next six words of the Amendment. It reads as follows:
or prohibit the free exercise thereof;
Together, these clauses comprise the most specific statement in the Constitution about the powers of the federal government over religion. It is interesting, for example, to note that both clauses are phrased in the negative, that is, they describe what the federal government cannot do with respect to religion.

Now, in 2015 the United States Supreme Court, by deciding that gay marriage is the law of the land, will FORCE by threat of financial penalties and taxes the FREE Exercise of Religion to be impinged upon. 
 
 Once the SCOTUS rules that homosexuals have the right to marry ALL Christian, Churches, business, institutions will be FORCED by law to deny their deeply held religious Faith. This means that the Catholic Church will be forced to marry homosexual couples.  It means that Christian business owners Churches, Foundations, individuals  will become 2nd class citizens. Homosexuals who make up less then  1 percent of this nation will be a specially protected class of citizens who rights superseded the rest of this nation. 
 

Make no mistake, the SCOTUS ruling is a deliberate, planned assault upon Christianity.   Just as the NAZI's denied the rights of Jews in Germany in the 1930's; TPTB hidden within the bureaucracy are slowly removing, brick by brick, the foundations, upon which the United States stands, the family. 


Once the American family is destroyed by silencing those who believe in GOD and removing their Constitutional right to freely practice their Faith, the children of this once great nation will be led by the hand into sexual depravity.  Then, by design the STATE can begin it's indoctrination into the new age of Human enlightenment...

 "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The All Out Assault Against Heterosexual Men

The all assault against contact sport playing, walking tall, red meat eating, fast driving, upright, honest, no backing down, Cowboy hat wearing, bass playing, whiskey drinking, woman chasing, freedom loving, 2 barrel shotgun blasting, base stealing, hockey fighting, backseat of a mustang love making, tire burning, wheels screaming, tank driving, MLRS loading, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force volunteering, tobacco spiting, beer pong champion, Texas Hold'em million dollar pot betting, strip poker playing, bull fighting, home run hitting, bare knuckle boxing, MMA fighting, PHAT Ass loving, leg man, breast man, all around ladies man, God's gift to women, truck driving, heavy equipment operating, long shore loading, deep sea fishing, cave diving, paratrooper wing wearing, Navy Seal killing, Infantry stomping, 9-5 working, weekend loving, red blood American Males ends HERE...! 

Screw the Hollywood elite, the globalists, and the far left sissies. No normal person looks at the debacle of a 65 year old man stuffing bags of silicone in his chest and wearing a dress as normal. Putting a dress and wig on does NOT make you a woman. Bruce Jenner is a disgrace to himself and to his family. His own son was horrified by Bruce's mutilation of himself.  No surprise that the far left liberal obama just thinks the world of Bruce. 
Literally takes my breath away So much respect for our military men and
In no way is Bruce being brave, the US Marines at Iwo Jima were brave.  The men and women of law enforcement, the fire department who risk their lives everyday are brave.  Bruce is nothing but the far left's puppet. The rabid, man hating, liberals want to emasculate all men.  The homosexual agenda goes hand in glove with the insanity of Bruce and his self mutilation.   After all, weak, confused, feminized, homosexual men are much easier to control and manipulate.    
 
The thing the globalist, New World Order far left liberals fear most are strong willed, intelligent, well educated, physically capable men.  That's because it is strong men who stood up to the British and created this great country.  It was red blooded American men who were unyielding in the face of overwhelming Japanese Naval strength during the eraly part of WWII. It was the same men who turned back the tide of Nazi Fascism    It was capable American men who fought their way into Baghdad in M1 Abraham tanks to defeat a murderous dictator.  

Bruce Jenner is just another symptom of the rot which is eating away at this nation.  Bruce Jenner is a self centered, egotistical, absent farther. Those are the very words of his own children.  Bruce goes on to say how because of his new wig and finger nails he has the bravery to flaunt the fact he wanted to have his oldest daughter aborted.  Wow, must have taken a lot of bravery to want to run away from his responsibilities as a man and as a father. 
 
 
Bruce Jenner can chop off his dick, shave his Adams apple, and have plastic surgery till he runs out of skin or time. However, this will not change the thing he is trying to run away from most.  No matter how many wigs he puts on, no matter how many tubs of make-up he slathers on his wrinkled face, he's still Bruce Jenner.  
The fact that he has gone this far with this insanity is simply a testament to the level of dislike he has for himself.  What Bruce needs is someone to sit him down and speak the truth to him.  Bruce needs GOD in his life and the sad part is...
Bruce has enough money and enough sycophants around him to make sure that will never EVER happen.   I will pray for Bruce and our country and I hope you will too.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Medically Documented Healing Miracles


Pastor Don Nordin is talking about many miracles that he has ever seen. In his church congregation, many people got healed from God and many of them have medical documents to verify it. God is healing us! Jesus Christ is the only way!

 Even the Doctors have to testify that what happened medically can only be a miracle.  



Entire Arab Muslim Family Converts To Christianity


From the lie and grave of Islam To eternal life in Christianity Saleem Kaliff lead his entire family to the saving grace of JESUS CHRIST.

Monday, May 25, 2015

By the Fruit It Produces you Will Know




     “My name is Aidan, and I come from the north of Ireland, but I live in England. I came to Medjugorje for my first trip back in February 1991 – totally unplanned. I had a free ticket with a parish in England, and I came here not knowing anything about Medjugorje. I took some advice and I was told to expect good weather and expect to be spiritually renewed. So I came with my summer clothes, with a cardigan, and I didn’t get the weather I was expecting at all! It was winter weather and very wet.

  “But what happened there, to make a long story short... there was a person there that I thought I knew – an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in nine years. She was the sister-in-law of a fellow I went to college with back in Dublin. And this person, I thought I knew her. But from the waist down, no, it wasn’t her, because the woman I knew had a short leg.


Aidan

     “Well, towards the end of my pilgrimage, this woman came up to me and asked if I was Aidan, and I said yes, I was. She introduced herself as Fennella. And I said it was very exciting! So she turned to her friend and asked if she should tell me...and I said, 

“Yes, please tell me!”

 “She went on to explain that on Tuesday evening during the apparition (which at that time was taking place on the left tower of the church), she happened to be standing at the door to the tower; and her left leg, from her knee through her thigh, began to burn. And the burning sensation continued right up until the Consecration at the Mass, which could have been an hour. And after the burning sensation ceased, her legs were the same length!!!"


     “She told me this story, but she said that it wasn’t the whole story. She said that was only the physical miracle! I do believe that Medjugorje is a place where miracles happen. And some are confirmed by physical miracles. The actual miracle in her situation was a healing of the memory, the healing of a guilt that she carried for some 30 years. Back then, she was going to a disco in Dublin with her sister – she was about 15 or 16 – and a drunk driver ran into them. 


The sister was killed outright, and as a result of the accident, the growth in her leg was stunted. So not only did she get the healing of the memory and of the guilt, but she also got the growth back to her leg! And she said she was going home after the healing, the miracle, to tell her mother the truth. 


     She carried this for 30 years, this guilt. So Medjugorje is about peace! She received peace 30 years after a tragic event in her life. 



     “I personally received peace here. I had been to Confession, but I couldn’t forgive myself. And it was one evening, and I was at Mass outside, and a weight just lifted off my shoulders. And I can’t explain what the guilt was about, but it was just a pure weight that was lifted off my shoulders. In Medjugorje, Our Lady comes as the Queen of Peace, and any pilgrim who comes to Medjugorje, comes at Her own personal invitation. 


Those are Her own words. I heard them myself one night at an apparition on the mountain. Coming here is a response to Her personal invitation. And what She wants to give every pilgrim here is peace. 


     “We think actually of the Christmas message which was very different (Christmas 2013) because Our Lady didn’t give a message. It was Jesus, the Infant King of Peace, who said, “I am your peace. Live My commandments.” So peace can only come from Our Lord. 



     “And to think that Our Lady’s first message to the people here was “Peace, peace, peace, and only peace. Peace between God and man, and peace between men.” So Medjugorje is peace. No matter where you are, peace pervades this place – peace in your hearts and in your families. 



     “So please, take it from me! I am an example of responding to the invitation, and now I have that peace. And I hope that anybody who comes here can have that same peace. It is the peace, which Jesus says, our world cannot understand.”



 


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