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The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary by Richard Bennett (Former RC Priest) www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
The Gospel, the Roman Catholic, and True Revival by Richard Bennett, Former RC Priest www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From The Perplexity Of The Convent To Life In The Lord Jesus Christ - Richard Bennett www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From Polish Tradition to Biblical Truth - Richard Bennett And Former Roman Catholics www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
From a Roman Catholic Hippie to a Baptist Preacher - Interview by Richard Bennett www.puritandownloads.com The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! The immense heritage of Puritan and Biblical pastors, leaders, and teachers is given
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November is National Adoption Month. To recognize this important issue, we are publishing personal adoption testimonies this month.Adoption is very near and dear to our hearts. After six years of marriage, and many prayers for a child, earlier this year we welcomed our daughter Zelie-Louise Layla Rose into our family through adoption. This experience has been a profound journey of faith for us—a pilgrimage—and God has taught us so much through it, and through the people we’ve encountered along the way.Our adoption story, in a nutshell: we were married in 2011, experienced the heartache of infertility, and in 2015 discerned a call to adopt. Adoption is a calling; not every couple without children is called to pursue it, but all couples should discern it. We then completed our home study (the state’s approval process for pre-adoptive parents) for domestic, infant adoption and after a year and a half of actively waiting, we were chosen by our daughter’s birthparents in February 2017. Zelie was born on April 6, 2017, and we were blessed to be with her from her very first moments after birth. She is a beautiful, energetic, delightfully happy baby who brings immeasurable joy into our family!Being so personally close to adoption, and being such a new adoptive family, there is both so much to say and at the same time no way to adequately capture all that adoption means to us. Nonetheless, here are a few things we have learned about adoption so far.Adoption is……an act of heroism. And by that we are not talking first about adoptive parents like ourselves, but of birthparents. Selfless love means putting another’s needs ahead of your own desires, and that is exactly what birthparents do. It’s crucial to say that birthparents don’t “give up” a child for adoption, but rather “place” a child or “make an adoption plan.” The latter speak to the proactive love and generosity shown by birthparents in choosing a family for their child, despite the pain and heartache that it can mean for them. We will always teach Zelie that her birthparents are her heroes for their loving decision to place her in our family.…a response to a loss. This truth is necessary to acknowledge, that adoption happens because there is some crisis or difficulty so grave that a child cannot be raised by his or her birthparents; this is undeniably a tragedy. In a perfect world, we’d have no need for adoption (nor would infertility exist), but in this actual world, adoption is a loving response to a difficult situation, and a powerful example of bringing hope and beauty out of very hard circumstances. It’s important for all involved in adoption to be mindful of the losses involved, especially as an adopted child grows and processes his or her feelings about it. Here, open adoption (some level of ongoing contact between the adoptive and birth families) can help answer a child’s questions, provide connection with his or her heritage, and offer an opportunity for the child to stay connected to the birthparents.…a powerful act of hospitality. Borrowing from this beautiful piece by adoptive father Timothy O’Malley, adoption expresses great hospitality and welcome. There is a reason why Scripture speaks so often of us as God’s adopted children! “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son . . . so that we might receive adoption” (Galatians 4: 4-5). Zelie will always have her precious heritage from her birth family, including genetic connections, her looks, and so forth, and we will help her cherish that part of her identity. But when we adopted her, she became fully and truly a member of our family as well. She is forever our daughter. (Side note: this is why adoptive parents bristle when asked, “Do you have any of ‘your own’ children?”) As Timothy O’Malley explains, the hospitality of adoption is a message that speaks to the heart of all parenting: “Adoption reminds us that every act of parenting is a moment of hospitality, a moment that allows love to flourish anew in the world… a love that always comes as gift.”…a challenging process. Adoption is not for the faint of heart! For potential adoptive parents, the process involves lots of paperwork and an examination of all areas of your life, at times feeling excessive or downright invasive; likely lots of waiting as you hope day after day for “the call”; and a deep vulnerability as you entrust your family’s growth to the Lord, mediated through the very earthly realities of agencies, lawyers, and prospective birthparents. Seen in the right way, trying to adopt is an incredible opportunity to grow as a couple in patience, humility, and trust. The delicacy of the adoption process, and the strong emotions involved, means that it’s also crucial to work with ethical adoption professionals who safeguard the rights and dignity of all those involved: adoptive parents, birthparents, and the child. For couples hoping to adopt, prayer is so important every step of the way.…a miracle of love. The sacrifices given do not compare to the great gift received—a blessed, unique child—who is a miracle of God’s love never before seen on this earth! When we received Zelie into our arms, you could say we went from “zero” to a fullness of love who smiles and dances around with the wonderful name of Zelie. We marvel at how such a tiny infant can not only draw love and laughter out of us, but also so wonderfully love us in return. Zelie is an unrepeatable miracle of love entrusted to us by her birthparents and by God. For this unfathomable responsibility, we will be forever grateful and we will love Zelie every day of her life.Daniel Meola is a catechetical specialist at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.; Bethany Meola is a stay-at-home mom who loves being with Zelie full-time. The couple lives in Bowie, Md. and blogs about their adoption at http://www.adoptionpilgrimage.blogspot.com
Temple Baptist Church - 9-6-20171 Peter 5:1-4Introduction:A. Last week, we took a short look at the responsibility of the Elder or Pastor of the local church. The pastor is not a dictator but an overseer. The Shepherd is also one of the sheep because he is one.1. He feeds the flock.2. He protects the flock.3. He sets an example for the flock.B. Tonight, I want to look at the local church which is called the “flock of God” and “the Lord's heritage” in this passage.1. The “flock of God” speaks of their earthly existence.2. The “Lord's heritage” speaks of their future glorification.John 10:27-31 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.1. Sheep Are To Be Gathered Together.a. The Church Is A Place Of Commandment - Hebrews 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;b. The Church Is A Place Of Exhortation – Hebrews 10:25b But exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.c. The Church Is A Place Of Presence - Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.d. The Church Is A Place Of Peace - John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.e. The Church Is A Place Of Joy - John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.2. Sheep Are To Be Submissive To The Under Shepherd.a. Follow Him - Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;b. Obey Him - Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.c. Pray For Him - Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.d. Respect Him - Hebrews 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.e. Know Him - 1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;f. Honor Him - 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.3. Sheep Are To Feed Upon The Pastures That Are Provided.a. The Danger Of Hearing - Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.1) The Danger Of Letting God's Word Slip - Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.2) The Danger Of Not Growing Spiritually - Hebrews 5:11-12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.3) The Danger Of Self Deception - James 1:22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.4) The Danger Of Destruction - 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.b. The Duty Of Hearing - Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.1) Hold It Fast - 2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.2) Hold It Forth - 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.c. The Devotion Of Hearing - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.4. Sheep Are To Bear Wool. (Wool in the bible is a type of purity.)a. The Holiness Of Salvation - Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.b. The Holiness Of Sanctification - Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.5. Sheep Are To Beget Sheep.John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.Romans 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Israel is pushing to sway the 21 nations on UNESCO's World Heritage Committee to reject a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, when the committee meets in Krakow, Poland, July 2-12.
You Are All A Bunch of CowardsCoward. That's what the Attorney General of the United States just called you. A coward. No, you're not the only one who lacks the courage to do something unpleasant. Apparently the entire nation is, and just to make sure that he topped the icing with a nice red cherry, he also denigrated over 200 years worth of our majestic heritage. His words are forthcoming, but I want to make sure that you understand that in the mind of Mr. Eric Holder, the greatest nation on the planet is made up of a bunch of milquetoasts. He must have gone to the same history class as our finally-proud-of-my-country First Lady. His exact words, according to an AP story were, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He said, “we have always been” cowards. Besides being both childish and elitist, I think it was a good strategy. I mean, didn't schoolyard insults always promote tolerance in your neighborhood? Consider it on this level: I think Chavez and Ahmadinejad alone fulfill the slander quotient for our nation. Apparently some people are just not content to leave well enough alone. Do they teach all law students to call everyone sissies while sounding extremely pious? Don't answer that. Instead, let's take a quick roll call. The most racially integrated nation in the world, made up of people from every nook and cranny on the globe, that since its inception has championed freedom of speech and religion around the world? Check. Plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me...?” Check. Thirteenth Amendment? Check. Interracial president? Check. AG using his pulpit for race-baiting during Black History Month? Check. Don't believe me about the race-baiting? Disagree with Mr. Holder and see what you get called – a racist. State publicly that the government can only force segregation so far and you instantly become a bigot. What Holder doesn't get is that you can't socialize or regulate friendships. Most often people choose their friends based on something much deeper than skin color. I learned from organized sports that there's only one color – the one on the jersey. From the military I learned that the only colors that really matter are the ones on the flag, and from the Bible I learned that God concerns himself with only a few colors – the crimson stain of our sins and white purity which comes with forgiveness in Christ. I'm Caucasian, meaning my skin is a lighter tone than others, but that has nothing to do with the color or size of my heart. No, I don't have a problem talking about race and I doubt you do either. Yet, I do have a big problem with a high ranking government official perpetuating a culture of guilt and divisiveness. He would have done better to call me a honky or a cracker. He could have called me white bread. I would have been less offended. That doesn't really bother me. Call me a racist if you want. My friends know better. Just don't call me a coward. Those are fighting words. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.  For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
You Are All A Bunch of CowardsCoward. That's what the Attorney General of the United States just called you. A coward. No, you're not the only one who lacks the courage to do something unpleasant. Apparently the entire nation is, and just to make sure that he topped the icing with a nice red cherry, he also denigrated over 200 years worth of our majestic heritage. His words are forthcoming, but I want to make sure that you understand that in the mind of Mr. Eric Holder, the greatest nation on the planet is made up of a bunch of milquetoasts. He must have gone to the same history class as our finally-proud-of-my-country First Lady. His exact words, according to an AP story were, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He said, “we have always been” cowards. Besides being both childish and elitist, I think it was a good strategy. I mean, didn't schoolyard insults always promote tolerance in your neighborhood? Consider it on this level: I think Chavez and Ahmadinejad alone fulfill the slander quotient for our nation. Apparently some people are just not content to leave well enough alone. Do they teach all law students to call everyone sissies while sounding extremely pious? Don't answer that. Instead, let's take a quick roll call. The most racially integrated nation in the world, made up of people from every nook and cranny on the globe, that since its inception has championed freedom of speech and religion around the world? Check. Plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me...?” Check. Thirteenth Amendment? Check. Interracial president? Check. AG using his pulpit for race-baiting during Black History Month? Check. Don't believe me about the race-baiting? Disagree with Mr. Holder and see what you get called – a racist. State publicly that the government can only force segregation so far and you instantly become a bigot. What Holder doesn't get is that you can't socialize or regulate friendships. Most often people choose their friends based on something much deeper than skin color. I learned from organized sports that there's only one color – the one on the jersey. From the military I learned that the only colors that really matter are the ones on the flag, and from the Bible I learned that God concerns himself with only a few colors – the crimson stain of our sins and white purity which comes with forgiveness in Christ. I'm Caucasian, meaning my skin is a lighter tone than others, but that has nothing to do with the color or size of my heart. No, I don't have a problem talking about race and I doubt you do either. Yet, I do have a big problem with a high ranking government official perpetuating a culture of guilt and divisiveness. He would have done better to call me a honky or a cracker. He could have called me white bread. I would have been less offended. That doesn't really bother me. Call me a racist if you want. My friends know better. Just don't call me a coward. Those are fighting words. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.  For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
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