Sunday, January 19, 2014

John 8: 12 Bible Verse Reflection 011914

By M. J. Joachim

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8, Verse 12)

What strikes me most about this verse is that Jesus didn’t say we should be bogged down by man-made rules and guilt. He didn’t condemn us or cast us aside for being sinners. 
This verse provides an opportunity to look beyond ourselves, cultures and expectations. It encourages us to think bigger, elevating our aspirations to things of God, without letting anything else get in the way.
There will be darkness, but if we follow Jesus, we’ll be okay. 
Wow, do I feel loved when I read this verse!
Thank you for visiting and commenting on Christian Catholic today. Please feel free to reflect and blog about today’s verse, adding your link in turn to this hop. 
Next week’s verse for reflection is:
On its fallen trunk rested all the birds of the air, and by its branches were all the beasts of the field. (Ezekial 31, verse 13)


Thanks again for visiting,


M. J.


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Spiritual Poetry: Paradox

By M. J. Joachim

Linking to d’Verse Open Link Night 011414

The soul
Quenched by thirst
Yet not thirsty
Or hungry
As we know it
Defined by the world
Captured by sight
Ritual
Expectation
Fortune or fame
Loneliness 
An illusion
Spirits cling
To heaven
And God

Thank you for visiting and commenting on Christian Catholic today. 

Be sure and check out my new Prayer Request 2014 and Weekly Bible Verse Reflection Blog Hop pages, located at the top of this blog. 

Also, Effectively Human is hosting a Humanitarian Biography Writing Contest, if anyone is interested in entering. 

M. J.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Weekly Bible Verse Reflection Blog Hop 011214

By M. J. Joachim

Saul replied to Samuel: “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed the command of the Lord and your instructions. In my fear of the people, I did what they said. (1 Samuel, Chapter 15, Verse 24)
This verse screams to me! I think of Ancient Rome, Slavery, Hitler, Roe vs. Wade and the recent housing market collapse. I think of how often so many of us just go with the flow, accepting things as if we don’t have a voice or choice in the matter. Without warning, something punches me in the gut, bringing me back to my senses.

Maybe we don’t have control over all the evil in the world, but we don’t have to stand idly by and keep to ourselves about it either. There’s no doubt we will make some people uncomfortable, when we choose the less popular side, the one that boldly states, “It’s not okay. What’s happening is wrong, and we don’t intend to play the game, for the sake of keeping peace and not ruffling feathers.”

I’m not talking about waging war on the powers that be. I’m talking about being who we are – Christians abiding by Christian principles. Only God can convert hearts. We have an opportunity to be His tools, if He so chooses to use us as such.

We in turn have tools at our disposal. One of my tools is my blogs, a place where my voice will never be silent. Just this past week, I wrote a post on Effectively Human titled, Regarding a Father’s Rights and the Right to Be Born. It was inspired by a conversation with my son, a man with rights of his own, sharing his voice to discuss important issues affecting his generation. 

These issues have affected many generations now, and they will continue to do so. Our discussion reminded me once again, silence can be deadly. We need to use our voice, exercising our right to free speech, and touching the lives around us with the tools we have been given.

Reflecting on the Word of God is vitally important for Christians of every denomination. This blog hop offers a unique opportunity for us to discuss the same Bible verse together, on a weekly basis.
Simply add your blog to the link list provided, and share your reflections in turn. All I ask is that you link to this blog in your post, since I am the host of the hop.

The Bible verse to be reflected on next week, January 19, 2014, is:

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8, Verse 12)

I sincerely hope you’ll join us! Please remember, if you don’t have time to post on Sunday, posting on Monday or Tuesday will be just fine.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on Christian Catholic today. I’ll look forward to seeing you again soon.

M. J.

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Photo Credit: David Ball, A Bible from 1859, GNU Free Documentation License (Please note: If you use the above photo with your post, proper credit as listed must be included with your post.)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bible Verse Reflection Blog Hop

By M. J. Joachim

Reflecting on the Word of God is vitally important for Christians of every denomination. This blog hop offers a unique opportunity for us to discuss the same Bible verse together, on a weekly basis. 

Simply add your blog to the link list provided, and share your reflections in turn.

This week’s verse is: 

Saul replied to Samuel: “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed the command of the Lord and your instructions. In my fear of the people, I did what they said. (1 Samuel, Chapter 15, Verse 24)

Post your reflection beginning Sunday, January 12, 2014. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, Monday or Tuesday will be fine. 

Be sure to visit other blogs reflecting on this verse, to join in the discussion about what this particular verse means.

I’ll be posting another verse for next week’s reflection, at the end of next week’s post, so we can all discuss that one the following week.

Please mention and link to me and my blog in your posts, since I am the host.

Thank you in advance for sharing this post and helping me spread the word about this special blog party. 

It’s a pleasure to receive your visits here on Christian Catholic. Blessings to all!

M. J.

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p.s. This blog was formerly called, Being Catholic. I changed the name of this blog, to more accurately reflect the nature of the community I hope to develop here.


Photo Credit: David Ball, A Bible from 1859, GNU Free Documentation License (Please note: If you use the above photo with your post, proper credit as listed must be included with your post.)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weekly Bible Verse Reflection Blog Party Announcement

By M. J. Joachim

Hello kind followers. Today I’d like to introduce you to a new weekly feature for this blog. It is a Sunday, Weekly Bible Verse Reflection Blog Hop, where I post a Bible verse and participants submit a reflection for it. 

Each week, I will post a verse to be reflected on, in the following week’s blog hop. 

You sign up on the linky provided. Then, the following Sunday, you share your reflection to the verse provided. I encourage you to get creative with your posts. Photo journalism, poetry, thorough research, arts & crafts, family gatherings – just about anything you can think of can be used as your reflection, provided you show how it links to the verse in some way shape or form.

We all spend time visiting and commenting on each blog participating, through the week. Those linking up and not participating on a regular basis will be removed from the list.

Please mention and link to me and my blog in your posts, since I am the host. It would also be much appreciated if you would follow my blog, though it’s not mandatory since we’ll be following each other in our weekly Bible Verse Reflection Blog Party anyway.

The verse to be reflected on next Sunday (January 12, 2014) is:

Saul replied to Samuel: “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed the command of the Lord and your instructions. In my fear of the people, I did what they said. (1 Samuel, Chapter 15, Verse 24)

Please feel free to invite more people to this party as you are able, so we have lots of interesting and thoughtful posts to visit. Thank you. I’m looking forward to visiting your reflections for the above verse next week.

M. J.


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Photo Credit: David Ball, A Bible from 1859, GNU Free Documentation License (Please note: If you use the above photo with your post, proper credit as listed must be included with your post.)