Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ten Commandment Tuesday - How To Delete A Commandment You Don't Like

I Bring You These Fifteen... oops... Ten Commandments...
Are there 10 commandments? Mel Brooks told us that there were really 15 commandments but there was this issue coming down off Mt. Sinai. An atheist who didn't know anything about the bible he was arguing against said that there were over 600 commandments. I've been told that the 10 commandments are God's instructions to the Jews, so as gentiles they don't apply to us.

Are the 10 commandments the be-all, end-all of how God wants us to obey or are they merely guidelines?

The 10 Commandments seem to be a difficult to achieve moral imperative, but our salvation is no longer depending on the law, our salvation is in Christ. It is by our faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved, and that's only through God's grace. Does that mean that we can pitch the 10 Commandments off to the side and do what we want? Let me quote what Dennis Prager said at the beginning of this series:
[The 10 Commandments are] so relevant that the Ten Commandments are all that is necessary to make a good world, a world free of tyranny and cruelty... In 3,000 years no one has ever come up with a better system than the God-based Ten Commandments for making a better world. And no one ever will
And that's all we need to know, the 10 commandments are both marching order for the Jews, and guidelines for behavior as Christians. Having faith in Christ does not make murder or theft permissible because Jesus did not replace the 10 Commandments, what He did was make it proper application to the heart (Romans 8:1-4). Gotquestions.org tells us:
In place of the Old Testament law, Christians are under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40)
So it's good to review the 10 commandments, 1-4 tells us how to love God and 5-10 tells us how to love each other... unless you're a Roman Catholic. Given the option to remove a commandment a good Protestant would remove #4 - remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy and I've already covered that commandment from the Protestant point of view. But no matter if you're a sabbatarian or someone that demands repeal of Commandment #4, one day off a week to rest, recuperate, and recharge is a good idea, and God is the creator of good ideas.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mancow: Speaking my truth to Harvest Bible Chapel's Pastor James

Harvest Bible Chapel Pastor James MacDonald, 
left, and Mancow Muller at a men's retreat in 
Michigan.courtesy of Mancow Muller
I've listened to conservative pundit Mancow Muller on and off for years, he's funny, entertaining and always dead on point. Besides an awesome Van Dyke beard Mancow and I have something else in common; our past contains a pastor who in public preached a very good gospel. However behind closed doors our pastors were very different animals. 

The lawsuit Mancow mentions in this op-ed is a defamation lawsuit James MacDonald filed against Julie Roys, a reporter for the bi-weekly Christian World magazine,  who investigated Harvest and the blog  “The Elephant’s Debt,” begun by former church members Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant, who questioned the financial stability of the church and accused MacDonald of putting Harvest Bible $44 million in debt. Mancow is now considering a class action lawsuit against Harvest and MacDonald

Mancow: Speaking my truth to Harvest Bible Chapel's Pastor James By Mancow Muller

"Do you worship Jesus Christ or James MacDonald?" I asked someone yelling at me over the phone this past Sunday after I dared go to Harvest church again.

Dumbstruck to silence. Nothing. "Exactly," I said, "you can't answer me." The phone went dead. 

Last time I checked, the Bible says Jesus is the "author and finisher of our faith" and that should be our focus -- not Pastor James MacDonald.

"For it is time for Judgment to begin with God's household ..." 1 Peter 4:17

MacDonald's books line my shelves. His CDs are scattered about my car. I have only one Bible, but so much James MacDonald.

Two of my recent vacations have been with him, including one halcyon day where he baptized me in the Jordan River in the Holy Land of Israel.

At Harvest Bible Chapel, with its network of seven Chicago-area campuses run by MacDonald, I was but one of the many thousands seeking Christ. I wanted my twin daughters and my formerly Catholic wife to have a real, living and current relationship with Jesus Christ just as I have.

Dressed in a weathered black leather jacket covering his hulking frame, snow-white Van Dyke beard and gleaming bald dome, MacDonald makes for a striking figure at the pulpit. His Bible-based sermons are some of the most entertaining you'll hear. You leave one of his services on a Sunday jazzed and revved up for the week ahead.

His preaching is good for the soul and good for the community.

Big questions are asked and answered at Harvest. Is there a God? Do I matter? What happens after we die? Everyone says the same thing when they witness his command of the altar. "What a gift he has!" But gifts are easy to abuse, easy to take for granted.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Random Bits

Abbie Johnson worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years. Through those years she rose to be a clinical director, but what she saw started to disturb her. Rather than making abortion safe and rare, Planned Parenthood saw (sees) it as a product that must be sold as often as possible. They started pushing quotas and raising those quotas while Abby and her co-workers were required to convince young women to have an abortion, and to hell with the alternatives. 

Then on September 26,2009 Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw was the horror of a 13 week old baby for it's life against the doctors instruments until in horror she watched that little child killed and chopped to pieces in it's mother womb.

Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is. Planned Parenthood did not take Abby’s departure sitting down. The organization is fully aware the workers who leave are their greatest threat. They took immediate action to silence Abby with a gag order and brought her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and it was ultimately thrown out of court. The story of Abby's fight comes out March 29th: Unplanned 

On the day that Pope Francis’ sex abuse summit is due to start, “In the Closet of the Vatican” will be published claiming to lift the lid on gay priests in the Vatican and the double lives of senior officials.

Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay living double lives having casual sex with gay partners and using male prostitutes

Former Cardinal and Full Time Pervert Theodore McCarrick is going to be defrocked (that's telling him  Mr. Pope! Good thing you didn't have to break out the brass ruler!) {Survivors of Catholic schools know what the Brass Ruler means}

NJ Catholic dioceses release the names of 188 priests and deacons accused of sexual abuse of children 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Random Bits

I was going to open with a commentary poking fun at "Glowarms" those folks that are addicted to the fanciful notion that people are causing Global Climate Change. Glowarms should show us that a cooler earth is a kinder earth by walking a paper route in Hettinger, North Dakota for the month of January.

But I was dissuaded from exploring the obvious by the words of our president:
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated that he would ‘execute a baby after birth.’ To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb... Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children—born and unborn—are made in the holy image of God.”
I can say no more.

The Democrats not only love slaughtering babies in the womb, they want to kill them after they're born. Again - a mother (Senator Patty Murray) prevents the murder of children after they' are born

If you thought New York's Murder Abortion On Demand law was disgusting? Wait until you see the blood stained copy of Vermont's new proposed new law calls for the unrestricted slaughter of babies from conception to the moment of birth and if the baby somehow survives it has no rights to live so it can be tossed in the garbage while fully alive. Oh, and this bill was introduced by Ann Pugh, a mother of one, and Maxine Grad, mother of 3