U.S. bishops have been seeking affordable and universal healthcare since 1919, and were early supporters of the Affordable Care Act, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, but they have been put in a “tough place” because of mandates that go against church teaching.
“We started bristling and saying, ‘Uh oh, this isn’t comprehensive because it’s excluding the undocumented immigrant and its excluding the unborn baby,’” Dolan said in an interview with NBC’s David Gregory that aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
The church backed Obamcare because of religious conviction and dictates of conscience, Dolan told Gregory. “And now we’re being asked to violate some of those.”
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In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. John 1:1-2, 14 AMP
The first thing I want after gorging myself with Thanksgiving richness is something light and clean! Greens of any kind fit the bill! They are nature’s own detox for the body! Here is my recipe for all three types of “Greens”. Some may want cornbread and green onions with it, but for me just pass the “Greens” and “Pot Liquor” (the juice from the Greens)! If you have a ham bone left over that is fine to use, if not you may use bacon. Enjoy!
Prewashed/packaged greens of your choice. (I usually do mustard greens, 2-3 packages)
4-6 slices of bacon
3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
salt to taste
Fill a large pot 1/2 full. Add bacon, vegetable oil, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and let the bacon boil for 20 minutes or until done. Add your Greens (they will cook down) and stir well into the hot water. Bring your water back to a boil and turn down the heat to a simmer. Put the lid back on the pot and cook for 30-45 minutes. Stir often and make sure your water does not evaporate. You want to make sure the Greens stay covered! Serve in a bowl when you are done…you don’t want to lose one drop of that delicious juice!! Enjoy!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
Have you ever felt as though someone is enjoying YOUR blessing as you look on “empty-handed”? Oh, we don’t dare admit that even for a second we wonder if God has been unfair to us!! We don’t admit it, because even though it does look like someone else is basking in what we have fasted, prayed, and believed for, that which seems so elusive to us came so easily to them instead. Deep down we know God is fair! So what has happened here?
I have seen beautiful young ladies, full of the Holy Spirit who lead godly lives and are true to God through and through pray for a mate and wait for years for that mate to come. Then I see Christian men who seem to be attracted to girls that will never bring anything but misery. They marry them (careful guys, everything that glistens is NOT gold!), and sure enough, the godly girls sit on the sidelines at the reception, happy for their friend but wondering why their time never seems to arrive.
I have wondered what is going on in my life with my home. I have never been one who really dreams of a particular type of house. I would see others telling me of what they wanted, how they would arrange it, all the new architectural designs, the best kitchens, huge walk in closets that are the size of my family room and I am and will always be happy for them, but that was never my priority.
One day as I looked at my starter home I had been in for over 25 years, I began to dream. Oh, it had hit me, too! I wanted a closet my husband and I could fit into at the same time. I wanted a kitchen he didn’t have to shut the refrigerator door for me to put something in the dishwasher and vice versa! I began to pray, thanking God for the home I have, but letting Him know my desires, too.
We put the house on the market and in a month it “sold” and in a 2 week period, the “sale” fell through. That wasn’t too bad…I cried the night I found out and the morning after for about 10 minutes, but I have been dry-eyed since. What got me was the fact ladies I taught when they were in the fourth grade are living in MY dream home!! Don’t get me wrong! I am so happy for them and they deserve it, but my question to God was, why don’t I have mine, yet? God is always so patient with me. He gently spoke to me and said, “Juliana, that is not the only beautiful home I have to give. My reserves are full and there is plenty for you!”
We can so easily listen to satan when he whispers, “God likes them better! You aren’t ever going to have certain things, you might as well forget it…you have never been anyone’s “favorite”, even now!” Oh, and he doesn’t fail to bring up things that have happened to you in life to “prove his point”! But the fact of the matter is this…we are ALL God’s favorite! Nobody is more special or loved more than another. Just because your blessing didn’t come and someone else’s did doesn’t mean yours isn’t coming!! Satan is seeing if you will continue to stand, or throw it all out the window. God isn’t “seeing” what you will do. He knows! He wants you to know what you will choose!
Tests are not about what God needs to know about you. God already knows what you are going to do because He knows you better than you know yourself. Tests are to show YOU what YOU are made of, or what you need to develop in. In my case, I needed to develop perseverance and let patience have its perfect work. Was I going to get upset with God and tell Him how I have stood in faith, I am not getting any younger, and just why can others have things in their 20s I have waited 30 years for? Or, was I going to rejoice, not covet, and continue to believe my blessing was on its way and will be better than what I could ask for because I HAD sought God, loved Him, know Him personally, and because of that I know His character and I know He isn’t cruel, nor will he short change me.
Most of the time where problems come in is when we seek the gifts instead of the giver. If you don’t know God as your Father, you will liken him to an earthly authority figure that was in your life. Maybe your father wasn’t a kind man. Maybe your father abandoned you and your mom was so busy trying to provide for the family you were inadvertently pushed to the side. There could be a thousand scenarios and I cannot possibly list them all. But, whatever the case God is not a man that He should lie, as the Word tells us. He has spoken it and He WILL do it! God doesn’t have human frailties like people do. His character is unmarred and you can fully and blindly trust Him!
No matter how much we have heard this before, sometimes we need to rehearse it over and over in our minds until it isn’t just head knowledge, but true revelation…something we know that we know that we know, as my Paw-Paw used to always say. Gloria Copeland always says, “In consistency lays power”. It has to eventually come if you are believing according to God’s word. If you are believing according to His word then you are believing according to His will and if you are believing according to His will you will have what you have asked for IF YOU DOUBT NOT IN YOUR HEART! (1 John 5:14-15)
Dare to believe, dear reader!! Be assured your answer will come even though you don’t you see it now. This is true faith and that is the catalyst to answered prayer!
Blessings to you!! I will see you soon!
My Thanksgiving day was wonderful! My Thanksgiving night was a nightmare! I woke up with gastritis and all of its nasty symptoms!! But, I had one of the best Thanksgivings I remember by far!
My mother had found an old box of pictures as she was cleaning out a closet a couple of weeks ago. She wanted me to go through them with her. It contained old photos from when I was a baby and old, antique photos of my grandfather’s side of the family. There were pictures of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, great aunts and uncles, and cousins from years long past. My mother began to tell me about each one. Her favorite aunt, the cousin we had that was a Methodist missionary to Africa, and that is the one I couldn’t get enough answers about.
It seems this particular cousin had left at a young age to be a missionary to Africa. He married and adopted a child from there. That is the only thing I know. I have searched high and low for him and there is nothing on google that comes close to him.
It is my understanding, he married a sweet Methodist lady, they adopted a little boy, and my cousin died there working all of his life as a missionary. He never quit or retired. He served the Lord until the day he died. It saddens me I cannot find out more. As children we just aren’t interested and, as adults, we often wait until the grandparents that could have told us everything we want to know have died, and the valuable information with them.
I don’t want birthdays and the dates of deaths. I want details of lives, the dreams, the visions, the acts of kindness, their philosophy of what was really important! I want the wisdom that accrued through the years. I want to know if their children are alive and where they are.
I have friend who prays in an abandoned cemetery. This is a true story, as bizarre as it sounds. I asked him why he did that. He said it was because nobody is there at 6 a.m. and he won’t be interrupted or disturbed. My friend is a very successful businessman. There is always a demand on him for something. This cemetery is his “alone” place with God. You truly can’t get more quiet than that!
One day as my friend walked among the tombstones, praying, the Lord spoke to him and asked him to look and tell Him what He saw. He told the Lord he just saw markers of where the dead had been buried. God spoke to his heart and said, “No, what you are seeing is a dream that never became a reality, a cure for cancer that was never found, the evangelist that was to have been used by Me to bring thousands to salvation, the one who could have been a mighty leader in government and stopped catastrophes that didn’t have to take place, but they only saw themselves and their weaknesses. They never grabbed hold to what I had planned to do through them, and so the cures, leadership, and ministries died with them. You are seeing unfulfilled visions, purposes, and dead dreams.”
How sad, precious reader! So many lives birthed to make a difference and death came before the difference could because someone thought too much of what people thought or for their failure to prioritize God’s agenda over their own. They let their own lack of belief in what God could do through them outweigh what God was waiting to do the entire time with them!
My cousin, Ralph was not one like that I don’t think. He left on his mission, gave himself fully to it, and never returned because ministers never really retire. There is always another soul to reach for, another person in need of healing, another young life to mold for Christ because there is no time to waste! They always have that unction to keep going because that unction is the anointing and it never leaves us!
I will continue to search for any tidbit about Ralph I can get. Maybe I will be able to find his son or grandchildren. I must say, I am quite curious about this man who saw opportunity instead of obstacles! I hope I have some of that in me!
God bless you, dear reader! I will see you soon!