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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Be Like A Tree

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

And he will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also will not wither; and whatever he does will prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the LORD know the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly will perish.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Do Not Lose Heart!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed... All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Are You Having A Hard Time Forgiving?

Speak these scriptures out loud...

Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Isaiah 43:25-26
25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. 26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.

Acts 3:19
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Isaiah 1:18
 18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Ephesians 1:7
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Hebrews 10:17
17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."

Daniel 9:9
 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

Colossians 1:13-14
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 103:12
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Numbers 14:19-21
19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now." 20 The LORD replied, "I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth,

Micah 7:18-19
18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Matthew 6:9-15
9 "This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ' 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Mark 11:25
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. "

Matthew 26:28
28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

False Prophet Watch- Munday Martin- "Make Jesus Famous"

I was introduced to a young Munday Martin years prior to his becoming a Faith Healer. We met for lunch. At the time, he was wanting to be a filmmaker. Every video he has posted of "healings and miracles" are wrought with the power of suggestion. Not one of the videos show anything that is demonstrably a miracle and no evidence other than people bending and moving and talking is offered. In other Munday videos, claims are made that a woman has a new gold filling appear in her tooth, or cancer is gone. I have challenged Munday on his You Tube to offer evidence and bring the doctor's reports or follow-up interviews with the individuals in the videos. He has yet to do so.

Years ago I attended a meeting in which an evangelist told an amazing, moving, story of a healing that had taken place in one of his meetings. The story was riveting and truly inspirational as to the power of God and the love of our savior for mankind. The only problem is, I had heard the exact story told in first person by another evangelist. Such stories are the tools of these roving faith healers, When pressed, they admit they are just stories, but justify this practice by saying, it "increases people's faith." By any account, it is called, lying. Perhaps this is why Munday will not do follow up reports? Perhaps the failure to validate the claims made in his meetings will cause people to lose faith? If the claims are false and no healing are taking place, in what or whom is Munday inviting people to have faith?
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world."

When hearing of these miracles and seeing these video claims, one must weigh what the faith healer says has occurred with what can actually be witnessed or confirmed. Set aside the music, the use of a microphone and the emotions. Watch for subterfuge and suggestion. The following is Munday's You Tube heading, description and You Tube Video, which he invites others to "share". I am sharing, so that you might see the unreliability of its claims. Notice he starts with a presupposition that the man has metal in his body - unverified. He says he "got word" of another miracle where a man's metal disappeared. He inserts that story in the description to influence what one is about to view. This is likened to Benny Hinn's practice of providing wheelchairs to attendees at his conferences. They do not require a wheelchair, but are told it is for their comfort. In actuality, it is for the theatrical visual of seeing them rise from the wheelchair, when Benny heals them.  

Munday invites people to come to the front, if they want "metal to dissolve from their body." The only thing we actually see on the video is that the man is bending "better" with no pain. The claims are by his wife standing nearby, by not the man himself. So, what was so amazing in Munday's video and why is it a miracle? Test the spirit:

[from You Tube]
Amazing Metal Cage Miracle: Munday Martin
Watch this amazing miracle as Munday Martin calls out a word of knowledge for someone who has metal in their body in Phoenix, Az. This man had a METAL CAGE implanted in his back 2 months prior from a severe car accident! He came and was completely healed and made whole by the power of the Holy Spirit! His wife was crying as she witnessed God's healing power as her husband was now able to do what he COULD NOT do before! Munday just got word this year in 2015 that this same miracle happened in a meeting and a man with metal bones implanted all throughout his body from a car accident went to the doctor and all the metal was gone in his body, taking away 30 years of pain. Holy Spirit, we ask you to use videos like this to make Jesus famous. There is truly nothing impossible with our God! Feel free to share this amazing video!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Do Not Destroy

A Michtam of David Set to the tune of 
"Do Not Destroy" 
From Psalm 59

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

Awake to help me, and behold!
You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah

At evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
Indeed, they belch with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips;
For they say, “Who hears?”

But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
You shall have all the nations in derision.
I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.
My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.

Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah

And at evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
They wander up and down for food,
And howl if they are not satisfied.

But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Save The Lions, Kill The Babies


Do you remember the slogan, "Save the seals, Kill the babies"? We have a new animal to value over human life. "Save the Lions, Kill the babies." Same folks who practice this twisted morality are even calling for the death and torture of the American dentist who mistakenly killed with an arrow a protected lion in Africa. 

A while back, some pro-life Christians were peacefully protesting outside an abortion clinic. A pro-choice woman was screaming out, "Bring back the lions! Bring back the lions!" Apparently it is okay to use lions to kill undesirable humans for sport. Abortion is murder and those who advocate it are either uninformed or have a seared conscience.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mother Helena Needs A Place To Sleep

Please give with a grateful heart.
GO FUND ME (Click for more info)
"My hope is to find Mother Helena a place to sleep before the winter sets in. "
The need that is driving this campaign for funds is for the purchase of a used camping trailer that will be used as a place for an elderly nun, Mother Helena, to sleep. Mother Helena has been an Eastern Orthodox nun for over 14 years. She came to our Abbey of the Holy Name in New Jersey to practice a life of ascetical discipline and prayer. Since the abbey is a community of elderly monks, Mother was given a small camping trailer next to the Abbey to use as her cell. By day, she participates in the communal life of the monastery - prayer in the abbey church, work and meals in silence. But by night, she must leave the abbey and retire to her cell for solitude.

During the past year, the small 18 ft. trailer she has used for her place of rest has deteriorated. My assistant, Brother Anthony, and I have fixed the leaking roof with tarps and plastic bags, but the the racoons and rodents have gnawed their way in and have made it no longer habitable. She has been forced to sleep on the sofa in the common room of the abbey, a situation that is unacceptable by virtue of the respect that should be given to her and the monks who pass by from their cells to the abbey church.

We are a small archdiocese of the Traditional Eastern Orthodox Christian Church with only a handful of parishes in the States that are both small and poor. Our Metropolitan lives in simplicity and poverty, a life chosen to emulate the call of the Lord Jesus to sell all, give to the poor and follow Him. 

I am a married priest living in Orrtanna, Pa, pastoring a small congregation of the archdiocese in Emmitsburg, MD. I have put put out a call to the handful of people who practice our Traditional Orthodox Christian faith and will add all donations to this campaign. My hope is to find Mother Helena a place to sleep before the winter sets in. 

What is Mother Helena like? Sincere and good natured. faithful and smart. She prays for us every day, takes care of her three cats and does what she can to clean and cook for the elderly monks of the community. I know she will pray for you who are able to help!

Fr. Elias                  GO FUND ME (Click for more information)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Companies That Fund PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Which Of These Do You Fund?

Adobe
American Cancer Society
American Express
AT&T
Avon
Bank of America
Bath & Body Works
Ben & Jerry’s
Clorox
Converse
Deutsche Bank
Dockers
Energizer
Expedia
ExxonMobil
Fannie Mae
Ford
Groupon
Intuit
Johnson & Johnson
La Senza
Levi Strauss
Liberty Mutual
Macy’s
March of Dimes
Microsoft
Morgan Stanley
Nike
Oracle
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Progressive
Starbucks
Susan G. Komen
Tostitos
Unilever
United Way
Verizon
Wells Fargo
Xerox

And from the United States taxpayer? $528.4 million... a year...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Remnant ROCOR Blog Co-Administrator Commits Act of False Impersonation


JTO has confirmed that Minas Michael Christie, co-administrator with Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham of the Remnant ROCOR blog, has falsely impersonated an Orthodox Clergyman on-line. Christie, who has been the subject of several recent JTO articles exposing his criminal background, multiple civil infractions, copyright infringement, and vile on-line gay chat, created a false Google ID using the initials and last name of Deacon Joseph Suaiden. Suaiden, a deacon in the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles, is the administrator of NFTU.net, an Orthodox news source that lists itself as "True Orthodox and Ecumenical News".

JTO first learned of Christie's deceitful act when he used the false Google ID in an attempt to post a comment on the JTO blog. 


The comment, that was not published, was from a D.J. Suaiden read: 
"Greetings Reader Nathan. Please visit my brand new blog and let me know what you think. I hope you will consider providing a link to it on JTO. I think it's important to get this information out to all True Orthodox. That said, I'd like you to know that I'm working on a JTO posting for it pending your approval. Perhaps you'll consider co-authoring the article with me. Thanks. http://nf-tu.blogspot.com."
The comment was not from Deacon Joseph Suaiden. It was from Minas Michael Christie posing as the deacon. The fake "D.J. Suaiden" was designed by Christie to falsely impersonate the deacon.  The comment, apparently intended for JTO administrator Nathan Lee Lewis, led Lewis to believe it was from the actual deacon. This caused Lewis to click on the link. The nf-tu blog or Nates From The Underground, contained mocking memes and other derogatory content. The nf-tu.blogspot.com address was a blog created by Christie to mislead by mimicking the NFTU.net that Deacon Suaiden operates. However, it is Christie's criminal use of the false personal ID that most clearly meets the following definition:

"False personation is the crime of falsely assuming the personal identity of another person to gain a benefit or to cause harm to the other person. Hence, the offense of false personation requires a deliberate effort to pass oneself off as another. It is also called false impersonation. “False personation is punishable as either a felony or a misdemeanor.”[ People v. Chardon, 77 Cal. App. 4th 205 (Cal. Ct. App. 1999)]."

Christie's potentially felonious act prompted the real Deacon Joseph Suaiden to issue a warning:
"Anything coming from this Google account:
https://plus.google.com/103770769386703450234/
It’s not me. It’s Minas Christie with a fake Google account (I have no personal Google account, or email.)"

As of this posting, the false Google ID is still active, and has been since at least August of 2014.

Christie's nf-tu blog, using the actual logo of the NFTU.net, disappeared within a few days of its creation, but was replaced soon after by a new blog called KFTU or Journey To Knuckleheads From The Underworld. Christie's use of stolen photos on the KFTU blog has prompted pending legal action for copyright infringement.

Christie's nf-tu blog was briefly linked on the Remnant ROCOR blog. His KFTU blog is currently linked on Remnant ROCOR as a "Member Blog". Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham who co-administer the Remnant ROCOR blog with Christie, are members of the Russian Church Abroad under Bishop Agafangel of Odessa, Ukraine. Minas Michael Christie, who also uses the on-line alias, MRXRISTIDIS, and the name Michael M Christie, is a member of a Genuine Orthodox Church in Florida.

JTO has confirmed that Christie's GOC priest is aware of his on-line conduct but has been unable to curtail Christie's illegal activity. It is unclear as to whether or not any official ecclesiastical action has occurred or is planned regarding Christie. What is clear, however, is that Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, co-administrators with Christie on the Remnant ROCOR blog, are aware of Christie's past and present criminal conduct but have yet to disassociate themselves from him. 

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