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Friday, 26 February 2010


This word seems to have been introduced by the use of the Latin credo, "I believe".
...That which is believed; any system of principles which are believed or professed; as a political creed.
WIKI:  Creed

A creed is more than a church's standard.  It is personal, "I believe".  It has vast implications on one's life in every sphere of life.  It's declaration spans history, ethics, morals, politics, and all laws.  When there is no declarative creed there is no direction in life and there is no justice.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


The Collect

The Epistle

The Gospel

The baptism of Cornelius is an important event in the history of the Early Church. The gates of the Church, within which thus far only those who were circumcised and observed the Law of Moses had been admitted, were now thrown open to the uncircumcised Gentiles without the obligation of submitting to the Jewish ceremonial laws.
—F. Bechtel, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908.[3]

WIKI:  Stationed in Caesarea, the capital of Iudaea province, Cornelius is depicted in the New Testament as a God-fearing man who always prayed and was full of good works and deeds of alms. Cornelius receives a vision in which an angel of God tells him that his prayers have been heard. The angel then instructs Cornelius to send the men of his household to Joppa, where they will find Simon Peter, who is residing with a tanner by the name of Simon.
The conversion of Cornelius only comes after yet another vision given to Simon Peter (Acts 10:10-16) himself; in Simon Peter's vision, he sees all manner of four-footed beasts and birds of the air being lowered from Heaven in a sheet. A voice commands Simon Peter to eat. When he objects to eating those animals that are unclean to Mosaic Law, the voice tells him not to call unclean that which God has cleansed.
When Cornelius' men arrive, Simon Peter understands that the vision permits the conversion of the Gentiles. When Cornelius himself meets Simon Peter, Cornelius falls at his feet in adoration. Picking Cornelius up, Simon Peter welcomes him. After the two men share their visions, and Simon Peter tells of Jesus' ministry and the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit falls on everyone at the gathering. The Jews among the group are amazed that Cornelius and other uncircumcised should begin speaking in tongues, praising God. Thereupon Simon Peter orders that Cornelius and his followers be baptized.

How to live "The Good Life"

Should we all live in terms of our own desires?  Would that give each of us "The Good Life"?  If so than, for most of us, each of us must work for someone else because family businesses will be extinct and everyone knows that one man cannot do it all in order to make a business successful.  We would each have to pay a rent or mortgage, electric water, internet, ....  We would each have to pay car payments, insurance and all the other expenses that go with maintaining a car.  We would each have to pay for someone to care for us as we age and get sick.

The Good Life is not in terms of our own desires.  It is about others.  It is about the regeneration of the entire creation.  It requires a standard and a sovereign.  It requires God.  In and through God is The Good Life.  It may not be an easy life but it will produce and leave an inheritance greater than our understanding and we will all have justice in our lives.
Isaiah 30:21
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

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