Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
journey in Europe
(because I haven't seen any falcons)
ENTRY 1636 | WEDNESDAY,
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling
to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken
in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter
purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the
Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day
will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man
of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes
and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of
worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming
himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still
with you I told you this? And you know what is restraining him
now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery
of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains
it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless
one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with
the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and
his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of
Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because
they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God
sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what
is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the
truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
St. Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2:1-12,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in the Republic of Malta
"drone" was flying up and down the airway over Republic
Street, Malta's main tourist thoroughfare, last Sunday after church.
There was a lot going on that day, mainly a "Fun Run" that
brought hundreds, maybe thousands, of extra people into the city center
on a beautiful Sunday, and earlier there was a real helicopter going
back and forth, apparently on behalf of some media crew "covering"
the fun run and making more noise than I ever heard in such a setting
as that. It periodically drowned out the sermon inside the church,
in fact. Everyone was trying to figure this drone out; I wondered
if it was big enough to kill someone if it fell from the sky as it
very quickly flew up and down the length of several blocks over and
over again. It hovered there for quite a while. It turned out to be
a toy that could be held in one of its owner's hands, although a very
efficient and dependable toy compared with anything mechanical that
my boys and I ever played with.
mostly cloudy and last evening there was lots of heat lightning, but
no thunder or drizzle that I felt. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
R. Reno in First Things: the marriage pledge is the opposite
Iranian converts are bringing new life to East German church
lists what food banks need the most, and what they get too much
activists plan 'revenge' beheading, but refuse to sink to ISIS tactics
Obama's amnesty hurts the 45% of working-age, low-education jobless
How should evangelicals respond to decision in Ferguson?
rally to defend traditional family; will the media notice?
is not Santa Claus; prayers should not sound like Christmas lists
Lawrence Farley: 'Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God' «
(This department alternates with Writing
general advice is sound, the "payoff" in today's "worldview"
meme, promising a reward for doing the right thing, strikes a discordant
note. We should do right things because they are right and doing that
is our aim in life, not because there's a payoff in our own old age
if we do them. And the Ten Commandments are more specific when it
comes to "the old," telling those who want to be God's people
to honor their parents, not just respect them.
difference? I would say that honoring your parents is what you do
whether they're watching or not, even if they have passed away. Without
preaching the fifth commandment to us, our parents let my brothers
and me know clearly that anything we did when we were out in the world
that brought dishonor to them would bring a penalty we didn't even
want to know. Respecting "the old" can mean as little as
"not giving them any lip"
but kicking over the traces as soon as they're out of sight. «
humor for your turkeyday
A man becomes
spiritual insofar as he lives a spiritual life. He begins to see God
in all things, to see His power and might in every manifestation.
Always and everywhere he sees himself abiding in God and dependent
on God for all things. But insofar as a man lives a bodily life, so
much does he do bodily things; He doesn't see God in anything, even
in the most wondrous manifestations of His Divine power. In all things
he sees body, material, everywhere and always - "God is not before
his eyes," (Ps. 35:2).
John of Kronstadt «
real friendship is a sort of secession, even a rebellion. It may be
a rebellion of serious thinkers against accepted clap-trap or of faddists
against accepted good sense; of real artists against popular ugliness
or of charlatans against civilised taste; of good men against the
badness of society or of bad men against its goodness.
thought: Have you ever "friended" someone on
Facebook that you know only casually, and then when you start
seeing his or her stands on socially moral issues and what's
good for us as a people and what's bad, you were amazed at
how different his thinking was to yours? It seemed to be wrong
on everything! Paul says here that God has given people
the delusions they want, and they want them to justify their
own compromises with sin. Usually, if such persons are professing
believers, it starts in sexual compromise. "Well, it
wouldn't be so bad if I had a little fun, too...." Haven't
we all made such excuses? One compromise leads to another,
until the whole mind is clouded by delusion and seeing wrongs
as rights and rights as somehow misguided or "old fashioned."
Eventually, Paul cautions, the Son of Perdition (Satan) will
have almost everyone thinking this way. Let no one deceive
you, Paul warns. And don't deceive yourself, especially. «
on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are
blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if
some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «
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