I just feel that God gave it to me, and I gave it to the world." Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. There is such joy in the truth. I was five years old at the time and didn’t understand the the reason why he would take his own life. Reading your Guide and the subsequent comments of other readers, I feel like a Notre Dame football player after a Knute Rockne half time speech! The antagonist in the story was always trying to wipe the civilization out. Jupiter and Saturn to Align in the Sky This Month for First Time in 800 Years as a ‘Christmas Star’ The two largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, have fascinated astronomers for hundreds of years. We served there at various times for over 40 years. more and more anti-Christian-in times like these, when there are school shoot-ings, and violence mentioned on the news almost. I am so blessed by this song. Thank you once again for straight-on preaching, and especially for compiling those scripture passages which will be printed out. I’ve used this structure to train catechists, evangelists, core … In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times. Hence, the secularization of our culture has reached into our faith in a large way. I am grateful for your post and "story behind the song." These are unpleasant times, but not unexpected. She was burdened and stressed by the turmoil and evil in the world. Not everyone in this world is so jaded that he will not respond to joy and the message of the truth. You bring up the same point the priest at mass brought up in our church this Sunday. This song was composed during the fearful days at the height of … There is one difference, noted by C.S. May God protect us from temptation, and bring us to repentance and reconciliation. What is the Gospel Message? With that in mind, permit these quotes, which both describe an all-too-familiar scene and also offer advice about what to do in the midst of confusion and storm. And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. I read that document written by then Cardinal Ratzinger, posted on Father Z’s blog, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons. You may use keywords like "and" and "or". And we have collectively and too easily tolerated contraception, promiscuity, cohabitation, divorce, single motherhood (absent fatherhood), and all sorts of confusion about life, marriage, and family. She shared that after learning how the … We have to focus on our God and know that He is always in control no matter what. Weather it is current events, or softening to the Spirit as I age, I feel an urgency to ‘get right with God,’ and make peace with my neighbor. If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. But the underlying message, There’s something wrong with you. We who would believe and seek to come out of this world must examine our lives and repent of drives and actions like these. Times of conflict, war, national division, hunger, poverty, or relative peace or prosperity do not diminish the love and power available to us from God. My wife is enjoying the new Kawai CP! Coronavirus Messages “Like all difficult times, this shall pass too. Simply and clearly draw back from this confusion and see it for what it is: ungodly, confused, worldly, and devoid of the Spirit. The implication is that they were not living under God’s time, as Jesus was. Notice that the rulers of this world are passing away but the word of the Lord remains forever. Sound familiar? (If one has enumerated several occasions, indeed, and wishes to compare several to several, I retract my advice.) The Word of God … I fear the main stream media and their minions are salivating in anticipation of the insuing circus they will make out of this visit. But I have thought about the significance of that song all of my life. Jesus, the One who says these things are true, says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. As believers, we look up. Blessed by this Blog message! for publishing ” A Guide for troubled and confused times.” And thanks to all those who responded with comments of confidence and steadfastness. As she read those words, inspiration for the song came, and she jotted lyrics on a small notepad she had in her apron pocket. Thanks for your posts in these very sad times. I've been waiting all year to spend Christmas with you! But they are now more arrogantly on display than ever before, and the capacity to deceive multitudes is as never before. It was an insightful and inspiring blessing! What is the GOSPEL Journey message? Sadly, though, it has returned on our watch and we need to take responsibility for the situation. I typed this article while listening to the sermon, to help others. The first time I remember hearing this song was at my father’s funeral. We can take this time like a special time in the desert to encounter our lord Jesus Christ. Be very … Please prayerfully study this information as it is of utmost importance for everyone. Traveling as a family to minister for 25 years. Thank you as always Monsignor. Some of us can imagine that during that period of time, he didn't have anything to give to his people wrong. Yes, the hatred of the truth, the blaspheming, and the contempt for sacred doctrine are nothing new. The “we” whom I mention is sort of general and meant to refer to all of us (including self) in varying degrees. Let us be willing to go out and die with Him if necessary, out of love for this confused culture and the many who have been deceived. You said something the other day that resonated with me. Knowledge without wisdom is like a car without a key, or a life without a known purpose. The notion of cyclical time is common to religions like Buddhism and Hinduism, and it has become popular in the modern “New Age” movement. I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse." Gospel: Great Gospel Texts. The first is a trio (you can skip the ad in a five seconds). People are living the existence of an animal with their Master treating them with extreme cruelty, constantly lowering their expectations of who they are and what they will become. However, God’s plan of salvation began shortly after Adam and Eve rebelled against Him, if … For it is too often the case that many today hold the unbiblical notion that most, if not all, are going to Heaven. Never give up. He himself was scoffed at, ridiculed, called a threat, and finally crucified outside the city gates. … May God continue to bless and use you and your ministry! Monsignor, as you well know, the average layperson deals with many friends, relatives and co-workers who see no problem with the SCOTUS decision and ascribe to the #Love Wins doctrine. This is the worse abusive relationship one can find themselve in, the Lord says come with me, you are great and precious in my eyes, lets us walk to the Father. Those living by man’s time are not … Our windows of opportunity with proponents of SSM are often short, and we need the brightest, faithful Catholic minds to cobble together a series of clear, concise arguments that we can employ – at least enough to give our skeptical friends cause to pause. And while I want to comment primarily on the reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition certainly deserves some attention as well. In our lives we will encounter storms of life, some which threaten to tear our whole ships apart. A number of renowned gospel stars are honouring deceased Rwandan pastor, philanthropist and researcher, Jean Rwihaniza Gapusi, through a song, Ndineza, that was released recently. Let’s meet, discuss possibilities, move forward in our culture instead of trying to resteer a sinking ship. The early Church certainly experienced a similar struggle. The mind is a powerful gift but misused, will believe because I think, I am. I feel especially close to Sts. (Genesis 1-2) In these two chapters God creates all of the universe and everything in it (Genesis 1:1), including the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. “In Times Like These,” a hymn written in 1943 by Ruth Caye Jones and popularized by Mahalia Jackson in 1963 during the height of the civil rights movement, is a favorite hymn in many of our churches. Many people think that the Gospel message is limited to the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I've never seen her, but we had fellowship around the gospel of Christ. Read the Fathers and do not succumb to trendy revisions of the Word of God. It will neither last nor emerge victorious. Russia and Germany used abortion, contraception. Monsignor, The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB and ninety-two times in the NET Bible. In Times Like These: History of the Hymn Some of the best-loved Christian hymns have come out of a sense of helplessness to what is going on in the world of the authors and this song is no exception. Let us not lose hope and pray to God for brighter days ahead.” “Coronavirus has made us aware that if we want to survive, we have to fight the virus together. It will bless your life for Jesus Christ! He finally decided that this ‘invasion’ was external and malevolent. While Alcoholics Anonymous is known as a recovery program that people use in their quest for sobriety from alcohol, it also teaches a religious gospel claiming forgiveness of sins, a relationship with one’s creator, and eternal salvation. Preach, preach, preach, even if your own children scoff or manifest confusion and error. We live in dainty times and don’t like strong and clear descriptions. Yet still the rapidity of what even five years ago would have appeared unlikely, bewilders and feels like whiplash. All too familiar. Not only am I inspired by the truth of the Gospel, as you pointed out in the Guide, but I’m infused with renewed hope by knowing there are so many faithful members of the “winning” team! Greed, consumerism, excess, the arrogance of our science, the thought that we know better than the ancients,  the demand for comfort, and the insistence on flattering our arrogant egos are all common problems in the world. Do what I say and it will be okay, and my response to it, I have questions, but this seems like the most risk-free option, provided the foundation for trauma later on. The following Bible verses and themes are often used to justify the urgency of personal evangelism. It is easy to become discouraged, worried and fearful. Greear proudly claims so. Grab a life boat and begin a new life!! Set the mood with one of these romantic Merry Christmas wishes for lovers, perfect for writing in a card or text message to your special someone. digital grand piano that our church recently purchased. The message and answer I got in this dark times we are all experiencing is “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” This was from the Sunday’s gospel following the SCOTUS Friday decision on SSM. I still believe we will be protected to practice our faith. I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit the past week has brought me to a point of cynicism. Text Introduction: How do we find peace in time like these? At the same time, we know that Jesus understands our suffering and accompanies us in the most intimate of ways. What then are we to do? This Rock is Jesus, the only One! He was once very depressed, “blue on blue” but struggling through it. Considers at length John’s Gospel, specifically how that Gospel’s different purposes help explain John’s lack of a “kingdom-centered” gospel message. But see what the text says: we do not owe them assent; it is the unrepentant disobedient who will have to render an account to Him who will be their Judge. We’d like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles. The devil can not read our minds. Sound familiar? The New Testament picks up the great themes of Old Testament redemptive history and sees them fulfilled in and through the person and work of Jesus. God help us. In Revelation 14 we see three angels proclaiming, 'with loud voices', three important messages to the world. And let’s be clear that there are more problems today than just sex. Many today will resist and quote “authorities” to seek to refute you. Thank you for your quotes and many that refer to the “last days” and thank you for a Church that prepares us for these “last days”. What I wanted to share is the best way to summarize and teach the basic Gospel message that I’ve come up with so far. Our family grew and we enjoyed singing, playing and sharing together in churches, Bible conferences, and banquets for over 25 years. I plan to offer reparations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this coming First Friday July 3rd with Mass, Communion, (hopefully) Confession (if it’s offered) and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for our country. But if your anchor grips onto the solid rock, there is no storm that can destroy you. And permit the joy of the Gospel to permeate your life such that people will notice and ask you for the reason. Never, never, never defile the faith by bad conduct or inconsistency. We as Catholic faithful should show our gratitude with mass displays of public prayer across this nation throughout the Pope’s time here. Are we ready? That in an essence is the message of II Timothy. However, He also promises that we have victory through our faith because Jesus … The article, over-all being excellent, as usual but, with all due respect, I would dispute one comparison. I would like to just thank God for being faithful all the time. I wish someone would write a contemporary version of this song because I think it’s a loss to the church that it’s not part of most churches’ repertoire … And let anyone, like the Church, say that there should be limits and then just listen to the outraged cry: “Intolerant, bigoted, homophobic, uptight, hateful!” Yes, many are astonished that we do not simply join in their celebration of all sorts of illicit sexual union, debauchery, and greed. The dark will tears apart reason and logic. Perfectly organized. His victory is in the cross,ours too, go to the foot of the cross, ” The Incredible Catholic Mass”. 98 talking about this. The Solid Rock is still there and always has been, but too many people have chosen to throw their anchor on sinking sand. Christians are being killed, persecuted, and forced to flee their homes. In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he lays out the content of the gospel message, “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. Listen to In Times Like These - Los Angeles Gospel Quartets in the 1960s and 70s by Eli "Paperboy" Reed for free. Tax exemptions will disappear and quickly I’m afraid. I am enthused by this seeming new apologetics movement represented by your format, catholic.com, and various authors like Dave Armstrong and Peter Kreeft. I heard recently on Catholic Radio that 55% of American Catholics believe in same sex marriage. There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Now that it's here, I … Awesome or Awful? Notice again: lies, deceits, fallen, demonic notions, and seared consciences. They are a tough assessment of what is really going on. No, the situation is much broader than that. My commitment to be a “champion” for Christ is renewed. Yes, the cross shows the paradox of God’s ways, victory comes in an unlikely way. Read. And thankfully we do have those to build our lives on and depend upon. Yikes! Sang on the radio each week while in college. I am a retired SBC pastor-preacher (since Aug. '08), but I still preach as needed throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry! The scriptures are my text, yet a hymn is also "a God revealing/speaking" occasion! May they continue to strengthen us all in the times ahead. She had written 15 other songs, but "In Times Like These" became her best known. Listen to Gospel Message | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. 166 Tracks. 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