The Joy of Discovery in Scripture with Hal Fletcher

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May 03 2017 Regaining a Diminishing Faith

Jeremiah was a great prophet in ancient Israel.  He brought before the people’s eyes how they, as God’s children, were going astray.  Jeremiah called them to return.  Today, it is alleged that the Queen of Prophets is coming to Medjugorje.  There, she is inviting us to draw closer her Son.  Recently, she invited us “to pray, not to ask but to offer sacrifice – sacrificing [ourselves].”  She sees the faith in our hearts “diminishing” and comes to bring us help!

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April 19 2017 Knowing Scripture; Knowing God

What does one say in mixed company when the question of God’s existence comes up?  Scripture offers us many examples.  People came to believe by hearing the stories of what God had done.  We can offer the same!  Consider Pharaoh and the Israelites in Egypt.  They witnessed not 1, but 10 plagues before believing.  The non-God-fearing Jethro in Midian likewise heard about the plagues and the Exodus miracles, and praised God!  And Rahab, also hearing about the wonders God had done, likewise came to believe and follow the Lord.  Through prayer, and by sharing the events of salvation history from Scripture, people in our lives will also come to believe.

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April 12 2017 – Knowing Scripture; Knowing God

What does one say in mixed company when the question of God’s existence comes up? Scripture offers us many examples. People came to believe by hearing the stories of what God had done. We can offer the same! Consider Pharaoh and the Israelites in Egypt. They witnessed not 1, but 10 plagues before believing. The non-God-fearing Jethro in Midian likewise heard about the plagues and the Exodus miracles, and praised God! And Rahab, also hearing about the wonders God had done, likewise came to believe and follow the Lord. Through prayer, and by sharing the events of salvation history from Scripture, people in our lives will also come to believe.

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March 08 2017 Peace in the Midst of Turmoil

Interesting and challenging times such as these require a return to the basics of faith.  Keep it simple, but pray.  “Implore the Most High to strengthen your faith”, and live it “profoundly”, Our Lady has allegedly exhorted.  It also helps to recall how the gift of God’s Spirit was promised to ancient Israel and fulfilled by Jesus.  Today, we receive this gift through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.  With it, out of our hearts will “flow rivers of living water”, water for the good of those who do not yet know the love of God.

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February 15 2017 Day 7 Sets Man Apart for Life in God!

In creating everything that exists, all being, God had a method that culminated in the creation of man.  Giving him dominion over the rest of creation, God did not stop there.  In addition to endowing man with “natural law” upon which moral law is built, God blesses man with “divine law” and so creates the Sabbath on Day 7.  This shows us that God intends man be with him, by grace, throughout eternity.  The Sabbath is for worshipping God and adoring him, so that we may live with him.  Here is the greatest self-image we could ever conceive!

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February 08 2017 – Our Lady’s Antidote to Turmoil

We live is tumultuous times. Whether it be the US President, the Church or other parts of the world, there is much unrest. While we could forever debate why these challenges exist and never come to a satisfactory answer, Our Lady comes to tell us what to do about them. This is beautiful. This can bring us peace. “[Y]ou who are striving to offer every day of your life to my Son, you who are trying to live with Him, you who are praying and sacrificing – you are hope in this peaceless world”

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February 01 2017 – Acknowledge God and Pray for Peace!

We have a beautiful example in Jonah. He had turned away from God’s calling, but when a storm threatened, he recognized his error and confessed it. As a result, God had mercy. Better still, when the Ninevites also repented of their waywardness, God relented. In our world without peace today, unsettled by man’s plans for happiness apart from God’s plan, let us continue to raise our game and follow God more closely. Then find ways to help for those who do not yet know the love of God.

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January 25 2017 5 Stones Against Our Goliaths!

 

God is good.  He is so good that even against impossible odds, he enables us to prevail.  Consider David when he faced Goliath.  Goliath was almost 10 feet tall and a great warrior.  David was a youth and a shepherd.  In Medjugorje Our Lady has allegedly given us “5 stones” for battle against our “Goliaths”.  Let us take-up these stones and wield them with David’s confidence in God, and pray for peace as Our Lady asks!

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