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TWO AND A HALF MEN OR IS IT ONE?

Media have been buzzing with the story of Angus T Jones stating that his show is “filth”. This was from him openly discussing the challenge of being a christian and his role in the hit comedy Two and a half men”. He is now baptised and is claiming to be a Seventh-Day Adventist christian who said that he does not want to be a hypocrite.

What do you think about the story? What advice would you give Angus with his dilemma?

French primary school kids to get lessons in gay parenting

“Primary school children in France will be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, under new plans announced by the French Government. The move comes as the French Government continues to press ahead with a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, which is due to be voted in January 2013. French Minister for Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said children as young as six and seven will learn about homosexual relationships and same-sex parenting.” Extract from http://www.christian.org.uk/news/french-primary-school-kids-to-get-lessons-in-gay-parenting/ I was very disturbed reading this during lunch today at work. However, when discussed this with someone else, they have said that it could also be something positive. What are your views?

Age Aint Nothing But A Number

Most of us were appalled when we heard on the news about the 15yr old girl and her teacher going abroad and is currently missing. We saw the parents crying and pleading for their daughter to return to them. This news was disturbing for some but others argue that she may get married within a year. They say that in some cultures this is the norm where a young virgin girl is married to a much older man. In the bible we see many relationships were the husband is much older than the wife. Does age really matter when two people really love each other?

Olympics London 2012 – Conspiracy?

The Olympic games are coming to an end, however many are in anticipation to see if the rumor of an attack will happen. Many of us have heard about the 2012 logo spelling out the word ‘Zion’ and the Illuminati symbolism also being shown in the design of the Olympic buildings such as the track stadium lights. However, knowing this, what should we as christians do about this?                                                                                                              For those who are not aware of this subject, it is explained more in depth in the following YouTube clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ny_8ZGjK1s&feature=related What are your ideas?  

The Episcopal Church Accepts Same Gender Couples & Transgenders

The Episcopal General Convention, Indianapolis, approved the right to bless same gender couples and for transgenders to be ordained. The motion in the House of Deputies carried by 78% in the clergy order, with the clergy in 85 deputations voting yes, 22 no and 4 divided; and 76% in the lay order, with laity in 86 deputations voting yes, 19 no and five divided. The bishops approved the resolution on July 9 with a roll call vote of 111 to 41 with three abstentions. There have been various debates regarding that the bible does not condemn same sex marriages. It has been stated that in the Bible, sisters and brothers got married and some bishops state that they cannot remember the last time they married a couple that was from different addresses. Isn’t being a Christian mean that we should accept all? Deputy Pete Ross of the Diocese of Michigan, said “The signs outside our church say all are welcome. Do we need an asterisk?” What are your thoughts??   Further reading: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2012/07/11/new-zealand-church-to-debate-nature-of-marriage/ http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2012/07/10/blessing-rite-authorized-for-provisional-use-from-first-advent/ http://www.religiontoday.com/blog/episcopal-church-clears-way-ordain-transgenders.html

VIP

Growing up in church, I have found myself accepting God as my personal saviour a bit later on in age. After I gave my life to Jesus, I found it difficult trying to be how He would want me to be and decided to keep praying and asking God for guidance and support. When I tried to invite my friends to church they will come up with the same excuse that ‘church people’ are hypocrites and that church is boring. When I finally managed to persuade my friend to come to church she said that she didn’t have a good experience as she was told off for sitting in a member’s seat. I was really embarassed and decided to take her to another neighbouring church where she now regularly attends. Now, I am not saying that it doesn’t happen at every church, but what can we really do as a church to stop this from hapenning? I really believe that it still applies anywhere that you go that if you experience a negative situation no matter how well you enjoyed yourself, that negativity will take over and that is what will be taken with you. Let’s think about how we meet new people and try and make them our VIP as I’m sure that is what God would want us to do!

‘Do These Things Really Happen?’

Dad came home drunk and mad, he pulls out a gun and shoots his wife and turns the gun on himself and pulls the trigger. The little girl sits behind a couch crying. The police came and took the little girl to a new family, and she went to her first visit at church. She walks past the building and sees a picture of Jesus on the cross. The little girl then asks the teacher “How did that man get off the cross?” The teacher replied “He never did” then the little girl argued “Yes he did. Because the night that my mummy and daddy died he sat next to me behind the couch, telling me everything was going to be alright”. We always get these kind of scenarios sent to us all the time. This was sent to me quite recently, and I thought to myself, ‘Do these things really happen? In this country?’ What are your views on this?  

Child of God

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. by Marianne Williamson

Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

‘Baby, I’m leaving you!’ ‘I’m sorry your application got rejected!’ ‘Did you even try? You failed terribly!’ ‘You’re not good enough!’ ‘We have chosen someone with more experience and qualifications’ ‘I’m sorry they did not make it!’ ‘I don’t love you anymore!’ ‘I hate you so much!’ Any of this sounds familiar to you? Some of us have experienced one or all of the above quotes. Had those days when you feel down and out? Those days when you don’t want to get out of bed? When you don’t want to talk to anyone? Have you felt that emptiness? That loneliness? That bitterness? Many of us always want to try and comfort those in need. Maybe this is not something that you would want to hear when you are feeling this hurt, however God did not create us to struggle and suffer. Trials and tribulations are there to make you strong, to grow in faith and to have that closer relationship with God. Remember the words, “Weeping may endure for a night, Joy comes in the morning!” Let us remember that this world is not our home! We are just passing through.

WWJD?

..I’m not a leaflet person. Mind you, I think leaflets can serve a valuable purpose, especially to disseminate medical information and conditions. But can anyone take seriously a leaflet that purports to offer “Quick Answers to Life’s Big Questions” or that claims to tell you “What Happens When You Die” or how to “Find Purpose in Your Life”? A leaflet? Really? I know the people who give out leaflets don’t intend to be callouts, but a leaflet, to me, is another way of saying, “Sorry about your problem. Here’s 20 pence. Call Oprah.”…Who cares about facts when you’re suffering? Who cares about THE TRUTH when what you want is solidarity, the touch of a human hand, a hug, a kind word, a hot cup of tea, or maybe a laugh or two. And some of us need so much more. Maybe the real question we should ask ourselves is not so much “What would Jesus do?” but “What would Jesus have me do?” The passage above is taken from Keeping It Real In the Real World by Becky De Oliveira. We as Christians have a challenge in trying to meet with the community and tell them about the love of God as many have this sort of idea. How else are we meant to reach the community? Actions are louder than words! Let’s all remember this. Let us get to know the individual, even if it is the same lady we see on the train everyday, the receptionist at work or the postman. Let’s show some act of kindness so that people can see that there is something different about us.