News Wednesday— St. Patrick Wasn’t A Drunk

Good afternoon readers! It is News Wednesday and St. Patrick’s Day. I know that today for a lot of the world is a day of drunkenness and partying. Well readers I found a great story I want to share with you and that I found here. Enjoy!

St. Patrick was a MISSIONARY!

by Ann Dunagn March 17, 2010

Do your kids know that St. Patrick was a missionary?

All throughout the month of March, we should remember the real missionary story of St. Patrick. Whenever we see GREEN decorations (in stores, restaurants, etc.), we can use these as sporadic “reminders” to teach our children we’re all called to GO and to share God’s GOOD NEWS.

Quick Facts:

St. Patrick’s Day – MARCH 17th

Patrick was the first Christian missionary to Ireland. In the United States, celebrations include city parades, Irish cultural celebrations, and the wearing of green.

Who was Saint Patrick?

“Saint” Patrick (389 – 461 AD) actually went to Ireland twice – first as a slave, and later as a missionary. Born in Britain, Patrick is widely known as the first Christian missionary to the Irish people. During his youth (from 16 to 22 years old), he was captured and taken to Ireland. While there, young Patrick repented of his sinful, backslidden condition. Years later, after escaping to his homeland, he received a vision from God calling him to return to the Irish people to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Patrick obeyed God’s call and went back.

For the remainder of his life, Patrick ministered among the unreached tribes of Ireland – confronting Irish idolatry and sorcery, converting many to Jesus Christ, and baptizing thousands of people. Tradition says he used the three-leaf Irish clover to teach the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

According to historian William Federer, who wrote St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, From Tragedy to Triumph, “He was actually a missionary and he converted 120,000 druids from paganism to Christianity.” Federer claims that in the fifth century A.D., Patrick did more than perhaps anyone in history to spread Christianity in Europe. Although druids attempted to kill him over a dozen times, Patrick continued to prech the message of Jesus Christ, and throughout his ministry he pioneered over 300 Christian churches. Patrick also spoke out against slavery, and because of this, some call him the world’s first abolitionist.

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So readers, I hope you have/had a great St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you learned something. I did.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Music Monday — We Are The World 25 for Haiti

Morning Readers! Today is Music Monday! Today I wanted to share with you the “We Are The World 25 for Haiti” song. Twenty-five years ago, “We Are The World” was recorded to help out Africa. To watch the original video and song, click here. With the earthquake in Haiti, celebrities and musicians set up a re-recording of this song for the 25th Anniversary. The new recording was recorded on Feb. 1, 2010 in the same studios as the original. Below is the new recording and video. Enjoy and continue to pray for and support Haiti. Check out http://wearetheworldfoundation.org/ for more information as well.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Why Do You Want Him? (part 1)

Good afternoon readers! I hope God has blessed you on this wonderful day.

This post will coverĀ  the first section of Chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. So far we haveĀ  looked at why we need the Spirit, what we are afraid of, and the theology of the Holy Spirit. Taking what we have learned from those chapters, lets look into Why We Want Him.

Mr. Chan asks some thought provoking questions in this chapter.

Why do you desire the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life?

Do you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit merely for your own benefit?

In the Bible, it tells the story of Simon the magician. He tried to buy the Holy Spirit’s power from the apostles. Find out more about Simon the magician here. Peter responded in Acts 8:20:

“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!”

I highlighted the next couple sentences that Mr. Chan writes. You can find it on page 84.

The Holy Spirit is not a commodity to be bought or traded according to our individual wants, whims, or even our felt needs. We absolutely cannot have this discussion about the Holy Spirit without calling our motives into question.

We will continue Chapter 4 at a later date.

Before I leave you, here are some questions to think about till next time.

  1. Why do you want the Holy Spirit? Is it for power? Is it for your own betterment and purposes? Or is it because you want to experience all that God has for you? Is it because you love the church and desire to be a better servant to your sisters and brothers?
  2. Why do you want the Spirit? Are your needs greater than your pursuit of God?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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