Americans and Western Europeans are heavily influenced by business advertisements. The world pictures Santa Clause as a jolly fat man in a red suit because of an advertisement by Coca Cola. In America, Christmas decorations begin to appear at Halloween and they are taken down on December 26th, or thereabouts, because Christmas Day is over. … Continue reading Christmas is not over till it’s over
God is Holy Yesterday, we started getting acquainted with God and we found out he is not really like us. In fact, we possess none of the attributes God has that we talked about and it is a little hard for us to relate to them, though we can rejoice in them. God has other … Continue reading Living With Jesus: Week 4, God is Holy and Sovereign
A little girl asked her father, one day, “Daddy, what is God like?” The question caused the girl’s father to stop and ponder, “How do I know what God is like?” There are two ways to decide this issue. First, we can imagine what God is like in our minds. The problem with this is … Continue reading Living With Jesus: Week 3, What is God Like?
by Dr. Augustine Thomas, OSB Now we turn our attention to the modern connection between the occult and the Prosperity Gospel. There is a clear tie between these two religious practices, let the reader take note. In his book A Different Gospel D.R. McConnell (himself a charismatic) fully documents the modern origins of the movement … Continue reading What’s Wrong With the Prosperity Gospel? Part 3: The Modern Occult Connection
In the early days of the Church there arose a heresy that the early Church was united is saying was started by Simon the Sorcerer. You can find his story in Acts 8.9-24. He was very worldly minded and wanted riches and power so people would look up to him. Since he did not get … Continue reading Living With Jesus: Week 2, One God in Three Persons
by Dr. Augustine Thomas, OSB After Simon Magus’s (Sorcerer) death, people further developed his thought into various heresies that the Church spilt its blood to overcome. One of the “children” of Simon’s religion taught that Jesus only appeared to be a man, but wasn’t. He was a spirit. He only appeared to suffer on the … Continue reading What’s Wrong With the Prosperity Gospel? Part 2
by Dr. Augustine Thomas “Living for Jesus a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do”. So go the words of a famous song. You are taking an exciting journey. You are going to be living with Jesus the rest of your life and where he leads you will be … Continue reading Living With Jesus: Week 1, The Beginning
Simon the Sorcerer tries to buy the Holy Spirit from St. Peter Part 1: Ancient Roots By Dr. Augustine Thomas, OSB What is wrong with the Prosperity Gospel? Many people love and follow its teachings and believe they are faithful followers of Jesus Christ, but are they? Are they following Christ or another religion that … Continue reading What’s wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
By Dr. Augustine Thomas St. Nicholas’ face from forensic reconstruction 2004 St. Nicholas is one of the most revered saints by all Christians. We celebrate his memory on December 6th each year. He was only a bit over five feet (1.52 meters) tall and had his nose broken at some point in his life. His … Continue reading The Real Santa Claus
Our Christian calendar is universal (catholic) in faith that leads us to worship the one true living God through Christ in unity and community of Christ. Worshiping with a cycle of the calendar was not new in the community of God. The ancient Jews were celebrating the Old Covenant in remembrance of God’s redemption and … Continue reading The Christian Liturgical Calendar