Filled With The Spirit In A Pentecost Liturgy

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My first Pentecost as a Catholic, and there I was, an altar server. I had also served the week before and had done the reading out of the Acts of the Apostles all the Month of May. The weeks between Easter and Pentecost have always been important to me, primarily during my years as a Pentecostal Pastor. For during the weeks between Easter and Pentecost, I would often Continue reading “Filled With The Spirit In A Pentecost Liturgy”

The Detrimental Affects of Pornography On The Mind

Brain-SquishViewing pornography is detrimental to brain function, with the extent of brain malfunction not yet known. Subsequent to the detriment of the mind, are the detrimental affects of pornography on society.

Society has yet to witness the complete results of the proliferation of pornography. Not long ago the use, availability and proliferation of pornography was difficult to ascertain. What’s more, obtaining and viewing pornography was looked at with disdain and shame by the western societies. But those two things have changed in recent years. First, with the proliferation of digital and online pornography, the study of its use is more scientific. Second, due to shifts in popular morality, western society’s view of pornography has softened.

Apart from religious and moral objections to pornography, there is a growing body of research and study into the actual affects of pornography on the human mind. This study and information is absolutely essential for a responsible society.

Kuhn and Gallinat “found a significant negative association between reported pornography hours per week and gray matter volume in the right caudate…”(Kuhn & Gallant). Gray matter being that which “contains the cell bodies, dendrites and terminals of neurons. . . where all synapses are” (Grey Matter and White Matter). Grey matter is “a part of the brain used for the transportation of information from sensory and motor stimuli”(Grey Matter, Wikipedia).

 

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Parents dragged to hell by their children

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Pulling, yanking, screaming, kicking and carrying on. A child finally throws himself on the ground, refusing to go the direction the mother intends to go.

We’ve all seen this scene; in the mall or grocery stores. And then, like a closing scene from a terribly disappointing movie, the mother gives in to the child’s demands.

Many parents have lived their life with a desire to go to Heaven, and have made decisions that they were taught, would please God and be worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when sin was found in their life, they were taught to repent, turn from their sinful ways, and make it right by living for God afresh. They were taught there is Mercy and Pardon for those who are truly repentant, and desiring a Holy walk.

Then their children came along. And their children wanted MTV, their children wanted video game consuls. Their children wanted girlfriends and boyfriends at very young ages. Their children wanted to ‘experiment’ with drugs and alcohol. Their children were allowed to choose their own religion, yet guilt-tripped whenever they Continue reading “Parents dragged to hell by their children”