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If You Give Everything, You’ll Gain Everything

Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Being brought up in a Bible-believing Protestant home, I had to memorize verses from the King James Version of the Bible. I’m glad I did. Not only did I learn God’s word by heart, but the words were written in my heart. They’re in there. Down deep.
One of the verse I had to learn was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” It is a question of priorities, and it is really very simple: Put God first and everything else falls into its proper place. Put God first and you shall have all things according to their worth.
The converse is therefore also true: Put something else first and you will lose all things, and the surprising thing is that you will eventually also lose the thing that you put first. Here are some examples:

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 7

Chapter twelve accounts the death of the First Apostle James and the arrest of Peter. Herod wants to be popular among the people and has many guards to guard him. The biblke states that there were four squads of four guards. Doing the math, that means sixteen guards were guarding Peter to keep him in jail. He was shakled by “double chains”. Two chains are holding Peter in place and two guards are right next to him on each side. Two guards are right outside the door and the others are about the place. Sounds like he is heavily guarded. Does this have anything to do with the resurrection of Jesus and only the two at Jesus’ tomb? Who knows. Either way, Peter getting out is not a very likely prospect.

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Desperate Parents Plea With Judge Not to Turn Off Their Son’s Life Support and Kill Him

It would be difficult to imagine a more heart-wrenching scenario, eerily reminiscent of the now famous case of Charlie Gard.

As we posted back in December, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, has asked the court to allow the hospital to disconnect the life support systems of 20-month-old Alfie Evans.

His young parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, are fighting to convince…

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Just Jesus and Me is a Lie

Fr Barr explains how Jesus came to die on the cross for us, but His ministry was to establish His Church for our good. As the Bible says in Genesis; “It is not good for man to be alone” (2:18). God established His Church to be a means of grace for each other. You are the Body of Christ. You are a means of grace to each other as well as the hierarchy and the sacraments.