Showing posts from October, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015 Holloween

1 Samuel, Chapter 12, Verse 20
“Do not fear,” Samuel answered them. “You have indeed committed all this evil! Yet do not turn from the LORD, but serve him with your whole heart.

Friday, October 30, 2015

1 Samuel, Chapter 12, Verse 14
If you fear and serve the LORD, if you listen to the voice of the LORD and do not rebel against the LORD’s command, if both you and the king, who rules over you, follow the LORD your God—well and good.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1 Samuel, Chapter 4, Verse 20 She was about to die when the women standing around her said to her, “Do not be afraid, you have given birth to a son.” Yet she neither answered nor paid any attention.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Judges, Chapter 14, Verse 11 Out of their fear of him, they brought thirty men to be his companions.
This verse is about Sampson the strongman of the bible; who struck fear into the hearts of the pagan Philistines. Nevertheless how different was Sampson from his pagan neighbors? Justyn Rees has an interesting shortened tale of the tragedy of Sampson that is available online that is a quick thought-provoking read in his book entitled, “Old Story New”.[1]

Sampson who was born endowed with great physical strength started out following God but failed to continue walking in the spirit of He that Is. John Maxwell[2] points out that like Gideon many men fail toward the end of their life because they dilute the vision God had given them, and have become too comfortable with their success and lack the self-control to overcome their weaknesses. John’s advice to leaders is to be self-disciplined using a quote from Plato, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” John points out a five ste…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Judges, Chapter 9, Verse 21
Then Jotham fled and escaped to Beer, where he remained for fear of his brother Abimelech.

A lot of people seem to escape to Beer! That’s a joke but unfortunately it is a common response to fear. Liquid courage we use to call it in the military. However, today I would like to change the subject to that of the family.
Jotham was raised in a large family 70 brothers and we do not know how many sisters. Families are the breeding ground of either love or hate; of either evil or good and finally of either excellence or apathy. A great family whether large or small is the seedbed of either greatness or smallness. This is the reason there is such a focus on the family in the church now. Families are the factories of a person’s character and character determines a person’s destiny which leads us back the study of John McCain’s book, Character is Destiny"[1]
Today we will be examining the life of Wilma Rudolph who was one of the fastest women on earthand is John M…

Monday, October 26, 2015

Judges, Chapter 8, Verse 19-20 19“They were my brothers, my mother’s sons,” he said. “As the LORD lives, if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you.”20Then he said to his firstborn, Jether, “Go, kill them.” But the boy did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, for he was still a boy.
Jether was still a boy when asked by his father to continue the cycle of violence. Sometimes children are wiser than parents. Children instinctively know that being fair starts with understanding your own shortcomings and listening to that small voice of conscience.
The reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) used the phrase when saying:

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love... Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy,…

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Judges, Chapter 7, Verse 10-11
10If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your aide Purah11 and listen to what they are saying. After that you will have the courage to descend on the camp. So he went down with his aide Purah to the outposts of the armed men in the camp.

“Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” (Mk: 10:49)
Christ calls us to a greater purpose than he did Gideon:
No man or woman of good will can renounce the struggle to overcome evil with good. This fight can be fought effectively only with the weapons of love. When good overcomes evil, love prevails and where love prevails, there peace prevails. This is the teaching of the Gospel, restated by the Second Vatican Council: "the fundamental law of human perfection, and consequently of the transformation of the world, is the new commandment of love"…Christians must be convinced witnesses of this truth. They should show by their lives that love is the only force capable of bringing fulfillment to per…

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Judges, Chapter 7, Verse 3 So announce in the hearing of the soldiers, “If anyone is afraid or fearful, let him leave! Let him depart from Mount Gilead!”Twenty-two thousand of the soldiers left, but ten thousand remained.
Fear! Those who are fearful are ruled by their emotions. Gideon knew this emotion well for he was a man afraid. What changed him? It was God! God had changed his fear into hope and love for the reign of God. God had changed his unbelief into resolute iron will.
Saint John Paul II was a sword of Gideon; he reminded us that we too must be unafraid that we must be bold and remember that Gideon did not defeat the Midianites with the sword but with fear.
Gideon needed to lead a night attack against the Midianites and Amalekites. His plan was to have every soldier carry a trumpet and a torch, the latter inside a clay pot, and blow the trumpet and reveal the torch upon command. The racket and the sudden appearance of hundreds of torches would doubtlessly panic the enemy tr…

Friday, October 23, 2015

Judges, Chapter 6, Verse 27
So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD had commanded him. But he was too afraid of his family and of the townspeople to do it by day; he did it at night.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. (Mt. 11:25)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Judges, Chapter 6, Verse 9-10
9I rescued you from the power of Egypt and all your oppressors. I drove them out before you and gave you their land.10And I said to you: I, the LORD, am your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are dwelling. But you did not listen to me.
Today is the Feast of Saint John Paul the Great. His greatest words to us were to "Be Not Afraid". In addition he also gave us the luminous mysteries of the rosary and advocated the Divine Mercy of God. I am currently working on a book for the year of Mercy which starts on 12/8/2015 which uses hiking in the Sedona, Arizona area to hike and pray the Divine Mercy and other spiritual treasures such as the rosary using the backdrop of the red rocks. In celebration of Saint John the Great I am providing a portion of the book from the Rosary Hike for my readers that covers the luminous mysteries of Saint John Paul the Great.

8 Rosary Hike Airport Loop/Table Top Trails #211
During this hike y…