“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Friday, November 16, 2018

A THOUGHT ABOUT FULLNESS OF THE HUMAN FAMILY

Remember, everyone has something to give to the Human Family. Encourage and include people with disabilities to share their gifts, talents and unique abilities—even if it's just their presence. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

THE ONLY LEGITIMATE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENTS


"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." - Thomas Jefferson

If human life is not worth protecting, what is? Those things that care for, advance and protect all human

life is the only legitimate reasons for governments to exist. These principles must be the motivation for all legal and policy actions of a government for its people.

A DIFFERENT AND BETTER CHOICE

My father
& me
I have always had a good imagination, beginning in early childhood. My father often ruffled my hair and referred to me as his daydreamer. My mother often yanked my ear and called me a scatterbrain. A strong imagination can be a blessing, it can also be a curse. 

A dream is worth dreaming when it brings beauty to
life but not when it causes pain. To hope in a hope that can not be or will not happen is no hope at all. I hoped for love and it was beautiful because it was possible and it came true.

I dreamed of health but it only brought pain. But
savage attacks of multiple sclerosis also taught me that sometimes dreams were all I had. When the truth of my circumstance was too much to bear, I retreated to dreams. I dreamt of how things could have been or might have been.

It was in that dreamland that I discovered a reality on a different dimension, a dimension that made the realities of this world pale in comparison. Ironic. The Author of all reality met me in my pain and invited me to unite my suffering with His salvific suffering. 

And so I replaced ethereal dreams with the
objective reality of Jesus Christ because he met me in my deepest anguish when nobody else could or would. He understood me more completely than I understood myself. He loved me when I was unlovable.

That is why my first loyalty is to Christ. That is why I speak of Him when I give speeches. A secular disability group once asked me to give a keynote address to their annual national conference. The spokesperson said, "We want you to speak but we don't want any of that Jesus crap." I responded, "If I can't speak of Christ, then I have nothing to say. He is my hope." She withdrew the invitation.

An agnostic or atheist might respond that all my talk of dreams and belief in God are nothing more than a cruel disease affecting my mind. If that be the case then leave me to my dreams, let me believe in something higher than what is here. I am content. Cynics would strip me of my belief in Christ—if it
was possible—and let me sink in despair then offer me the secular progressive's solution to my anguish: A lethal injection.

No thank you. I choose a different and better reality: Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WHAT AMERICA SHOULD LEARN FROM CANADA

Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith is one of North America's top bio-ethical thinkers. He has written and spoken extensively about the perils of assisted-suicide not only to the sick and disabled but also to the moral underpinnings of western civilization itself. 

Read his latest column in the American publication National Review Online: "Canadian Hospital Waiting Room Promotes Euthanasia" Canada legalized medically assisted suicide in 2016. Already the tentacles of euthanasia can be found in a Canadian ER. How many others? Legal euthanasia puts the sick and disabled in peril and threatens the proper place for palliative care. Canada legalized assisted suicide under the guise of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). What we got was euthanasia by lethal injection.

If the United States should learn anything from Canada it is not to be like Canada. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

SO YOU SAY YOU'RE PRO-CHOICE?

So you say you're pro-choice. Choose adoption, not abortion. Choose life, not death. Never choose death for yourself or another life. You may regret making life denying decisions. You will not regret making life-affirming decisions. It's really quite simple. You may say that it's easier said than done. Everything is easier said than done.

Here's a truth every person must understand. You
are valuable even when you've ceased to believe it. Decisions should not be made when you are submerged beneath the waves depression or dire circumstances. Your unborn baby is valuable even if he/she is unwanted. You may not want to be a parent but there are thousands upon thousands of childless couples who desperately want to be parents. 

So you say you're pro-choice? Choose to live and let live. All I am saying is give life a chance. -- MDP



Saturday, November 10, 2018

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES AND CANADA'S LEGALIZED ASSISTED SUICIDE

In 2016, Canada legalized medically assisted suicide for terminally ill and severely disabled Canadians. Many Christian social service agencies did not know how to respond to this new legal framework, not only as professionals but as Christians. The federal government's law was couched within the euphemism Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) to make the murder of sick and dying people sound respectable. 

[NB: After more than two years of Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying, less than 1% of patients were assisted self-administered suicides. More than 99% were lethal injections by a doctor. That is not assisted suicide, it is euthanasia. It is not medical assistance in dying, it is medical killing.]

Even before the law passed pressures began to force Catholic institutions to kill suicidal patients who fit the criteria Canada's odious new law (bill c-14). For example, liberal newspaper columnist Paula Simons wrote a column: "If Covenant Health won't obey law, it shouldn't get public funds to run public hospitals"  It must have pleased the Prime Minister. He recently appointed this awful woman to the Canadian Senate. (Ah, the rewards of being on the progressive left in Canada.)

When the C-14 became law, I was asked to address Catholic Social Services in Edmonton, Alberta, to try and make sense of this horrible new reality. I spoke as chronically ill and disabled person—and placed my address within a context of Catholic teaching.  Click below to hear what I said. MDP


Friday, November 9, 2018

A PROFILE OF ALCOHOLISM

People know me as an advocate for Life and disability issues. Fewer people know that I am an alcoholic. It's been thirty-eight years since my last drink—but the alcoholic personality remains even without alcohol.  I think God left that thorn in my flesh so that I never think I did it all by myself. He led me out of my addiction. It was my first miracle. Early on He told me not to forget those days because many people are still there.


My family has been scarred by alcoholism dating back generations.

Over 30 million Americans are problem drinkers. At a tenth the size of America, Canada has 5.8 million problem drinkers. Alcoholism costs the U.S. economy an estimated $249-billion annually and $14.6-billion to Canada. The human cost is incalculable! 

Alcoholics Anonymous was started in Akron Ohio in 1935 and has helped millions of people stop drinking, and provides family support through Al-anon and Alateen. They do wonderful work and I have great respect for their presence in communities across North America and the U.K.. 

But there is much more that needs to be done at governmental, community, and research in scientific, psychological and sociological levels. It makes sense to support programs at governmental and community levels that address alcoholism, educate young people about risks of alcohol abuse, support recovery and programs and support families of alcoholics.

Alcoholism is no respecter of persons. It spans every social strata of society, both genders, and every racial group. 


Elizabeth Vargas
new book
Between Breaths
available at
bookstores & Amazon
I came across a revealing and brutally honest interview with former ABC news co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas about her journey with the disease. It is excellent and I thank Ms Vargas for her courage and willingness to talk about a disease that needs to be addressed more. Click on the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPLJuyULAZ8


TERRORIZING TUCKER CARLSON'S FAMILY

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A PHOTO OF AN ABORTED BABY
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Linkedin says Will Oremus is a technology columnist
at the liberal online publication Slate. Slate published an article on November 8th 2018 by Oremus entitled No, It's Not OK That Leftists Threatened Tucker Carlson's Family at His D.C. Home. Now I suppose you might be wondering why Slate's technology reporter would be writing about the liberal left's shenanigans that had little or nothing to do with technology? That's fodder for another post.

Oremus gave us his take on the leftist group "Smash
Smash Racism DC/antifa
chanting & threatening violence
outside Tucker Carlson's house
Racism D.C." and their descent on Tucker Carlson's home on the night on November 8th. In a scene reminiscent of the Ku Kluz Klan surrounding the house of a black family, about twenty protesters hooligans threatened the Carlsons with Klansmen style intimidation tactics  They rang the doorbell and 
chanted threats such as "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!" A thug threw himself against the door. They spray-painted his driveway. Apparently, one woman was heard shouting she wanted to "bring a pipe bomb."

Neither Mr Carlson nor his children were there at the time, but his terrified wife was home and she hid and called the police

Oremus' disapproved of the behaviour of the mob but went on to say it was "understandable that Antifa activists would feel a desire to make Carlson taste the kind of fear immigrants and minorities often feel in Trump's America." He did not understand why they would actually do what they did? They did what they did because they are Antifa! Thugs. And like the Ku Klux Klan, they hide their faces because they know, in their heart of hearts, what they're doing is immoral.

As a vocal pro-life Christian, I am acquainted with the dirty underbelly of progressive left tactics, but is also fodder for a different post. Let's look at the statement of Oremus that he understood why the Antifa mob would want to "make Carlson taste the kind of fear immigrants and minorities often feel in Trump's America." 

Legal immigrants have nothing to fear. Only illegal
immigrants and undocumented migrants should be concerned and with good reason. They snuck into America illegally, in violation of established immigration laws. They have no right of citizenship by simply being in the United States, any more than I would. That is not "Trump's America." It is the long-established sovereignty of America. As far as minority populations go, their problems existed long before the Donald Trump Presidency. 


Antifa activist and their motto
America is a nation of laws. Antifa does not recognize the rule of law. They are anarchists. Antifa is not simply exercising their freedom of speech, they are trying to silence opposing views through threats of violence and intimidation.

Oremus said that "Carlson and his ilk thrive on the perception that liberals are hypocrites, that they lack basic decency." Replace the word 'liberal' with 'progressive left' and Oremus could lump me in with Carlson's ilk. They are hypocrites. They do lack basic decency. I would bet that the progressive left and their ilk (to use Oremus' word) have many of the same faces in groups like 'Smash Racism D.C., Antifa, and rallies supporting abortion. I would imagine many are liberal Democrats. If they do not show up for organized mob events, the progressive left gives discreet winks of approval. 

Oremus said, "Carlson and others like him revel in highlighting isolated acts of violence of liberal activists or immigrants to rile up conservative viewers." I take issue with Oremus' assertion that violence by liberal activists is isolated. It is not. Acts of violence by liberal activists against pro-Life people are on the rise. (I know, I keep track.)

Supporting the violence of abortion is a lack of basic
decency. Claiming to support human rights yet supporting the killing of unborn babies or euthanasia is hypocritical. Expressing one's own freedom of speech, thought and expression yet trying to deny it from others is hypocrisy. Advocating democracy yet obstructing a duly elected President because things did not go the Democratic Party's way in the 2016 election is hypocrisy. It is not democratic. It is actually contempt for democracy.

Terrorizing a family at their home must be decried by all people of good will. It must not be tolerated. The people behind Smash Racism D.C./Antifa must become pariahs in society. As a member of Tucker Carlson's 'ilk', I stand with him and his family and against these thugs and their 'ilk'.

MDP
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https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/tucker-carlson-threatened-antifa-wrong-liberals.html?fbclid=IwAR1Z7dnmyyQieJCmxrFIkr1juMd59QIBCAgYySSBiofQMArCFSy8u17uyik Article

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DARE TO DREAM (EVEN IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES)

Dare to dream. Sometimes dreams are all we have. There is beauty in the world and yet the greatest beauty lies within you, for you bear the image of God. That small flame of pure beauty still flickers even if depression, desperation or defeat say otherwise. Attune that small internal voice you've heard since early childhood to recognize the presence of that divine Image. Live your life in a way that brings flickering embers into a full flame that illuminates your whole being. 

One must not make the terrible decision to commit
suicide—assisted or otherwise—when they are at their lowest point. Suicide closes the door to possibilities the future may hold. If I had ended my life after being diagnosed with aggressive multiple sclerosis thirty-four years ago, I never would have known my five beautiful grandchildren. They need me and I need them, they love me and I love them. Never extinguish the possibility of love that may be around the next corner.  

Don't listen to autonomists who hold extreme self-determination as the highest human ideal. They would watch you self-determine yourself out of existence! Suicide kills more than people—it kills possibilities and dreams yet to be dreamt. It kills the future.

Please don't make decisions involving death when you are submerged beneath the waves of desperate circumstances. There is a way to rise above the surface. I know, I found it. 

MDP  

Monday, November 5, 2018

BARRIERS TO BEAUTY

Disabilities and the modelling industry. Is it just a flash in the pan? I hope not but fear so. The concept contradicts many perceptions of beauty that do not conform to the modelling industry's constructs of perfection. There's another reason.

People with disabilities do not generally have the financial resources to have much impact as consumers. Many are just trying to survive without being concerned with high fashion. In fact, if any other segment of the population had the levels of poverty, under-employment and unemployment as people with disabilities, it would be considered a national scandal!

And yet, I applaud people with disabilities as models. Why? It chips away at so many prejudices and barriers. It challenges cultural perceptions of perfection and beauty. Beauty simply is. It is not a human construct, it is a God construct. It can transcend human definitions—and even itself—through struggle, to become a more complete beauty. Perfection can and does exist within imperfection. What is seen by the eyes is the beginning of an internal change in people's hearts. 

And when human hearts change, barriers to inclusion and acceptance can come down.  That which challenges our senses or perceptions or prejudices are often the fertile ground where real internal human growth happens. (Granted, not everything that challenges is good, that is where discernment is needed.)

Jesus described the eye as a lamp of the body. The eye is an entrance to the heart and mind and even the soul of a person.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness."[1] 

He was referring to eyes that see well, and perceive well, and illuminate a person's whole being—or the opposite. It is possible to perceive darkness as light or light as darkness. Bad eyes lead to bad perceptions. 

We live in an era where that strange possibility has materialized all around us. Evil is called good and good evil. That's why the Bible must be the standard for right versus wrong, morality versus immorality, liberty versus licence. It is immutable.

Moral good is that which allows people to rise to their full potential that God intended when He created them.[2] I would even go further and say that 'good' includes encouragement and nurture of individuals to find purpose and meaning to their lives, within a prayerful and proper Biblical context. 

Part of human nurture and encouragement involves helping to clear away barriers to people reaching their
fullest potential and discover the purpose and meaning of their lives. A redefinition of beauty — both physical and in art — clears barriers that bind and restrict human development.  Then there is the worst tragedy of all. Barriers to beauty kill dreams.
MDP
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[1] Luke 11.34 & Matthew 6.22.
[2] See CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1906.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

THE MAIN CRITERION FOR SUPPORTING POLITICIANS

In 2019, I will be voting in two elections: federal and provincial. I will not vote for any candidate who says they are pro-choice—for the choice to which they refer is the choice to kill an unborn child. Nobody should have the freedom to choose to kill another human being. Does that make me a one issue voter? No, but it is a disqualifying issue in the same way that I could not vote for a candidate who was anti-semitic, regardless of whether they had a good economic platform and plans for job creation.

I care deeply about the environment and the economy and I don't believe we have to choose between them: We can have a sensible balance. I care deeply about health, justice, trade, agriculture, and policies that support inclusion, family life and children. I want good roads, good infrastructures, good hospitals, good schools. I want to know parents are able to choose the kind of education their children receive. I want impartial, non-activist judges and fair courts. I want proper, reasonable immigration policy that is orderly—not simply throwing open the borders of the nation. I believe in a strong national defense and military. 

And yet, it's worth nothing if national, provincial or state politicians do not place the protection and care of all human life at the very apex of priorities and policies. All laws and policies must be motivated by those priorities or enhance them. 

A political candidate who supports the freedom to kill unborn children or agrees with assisted suicide and euthanasia of the sick and disabled is unfit for the high calling of public office. 

MDP

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

CONTRACT WITH GOODNESS

Saint Teresa of Jesus said "Love is never idle, and a failure to grow would be a very bad sign." Even in stillness, love should be animated.

Incurable illness, severe disability, and grief can stunt love's growth. Bitterness can grip love in a stranglehold. We must not allow that to happen. Suffering is a high stakes business. It can either draw us closer to Christ or drive us away from him.

It's easier to succumb to bitterness and resentment than to search for purpose and meaning in our suffering—but search we must if anguish is to be a vehicle for good rather than evil in our lives. We can progress or regress in our pain. It's up to the sufferer. God gives us free will to search or reject Him.

I heard an agnostic refer to Christians as people who have a contract with goodness. Although his choice of phrasing is foreign to the typical parlance of Christians, it does have validity and a kernel of truth. I would alter the 'g' in goodness to a capital 'G'. Christians have a contract (the act of conversion) with Goodness (the source of all goodness, which is God). We are called to live that contract with Goodness regardless of the circumstances or evil in which we may find ourselves. Goodness exists regardless of what people do. 

Authentic and genuine human purpose and meaning must align with Goodness—or it is counterfeit. We do not define goodness, it simply exists independent of how humans respond to it. Goodness and love are closely aligned. In their purest context, they are born in the same place and come from the Author of both.


Goodness does not need to align with human definitions of goodness. Humans must align themselves to the definition of goodness as defined by Goodness. Goodness is never idle, and failure to seek Goodness and live out goodness is a very bad sign.

MDP

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

JESUS WAS NOT A SAINT NOR A PROPHET!

A number of years ago I wrote an article in which I reflected upon the truths about human suffering to be found in Saint Pope John Paul II's 1984 Apostolic letter SALVIFIC DELORIS: THE CHRISTIAN MEANING OF SUFFERING.

I received an email from a man who identified himself as Mirabai. He wrote, "... [It] seemed like the concept of divine love is so universal." He then referred me to an eastern religion website that no longer exists. I found the following quote:

"Gitsaji teaches us our true religion and the way to
happiness, joy and peace. Our true security lies in being obedient to the Truth, in loving God unconditionally and in acting at every moment according to our duty at that particular time by forgetting the past and not worrying about the future, because neither one is with us presently. the lives of true saints—Buddha, Mahavir, Gandi, Jesus, Ramakrishna, etc.—teach us to universally accept Truth, love and spirituality. This is contrary to traditional, ritualistic religion. ... The presentation of this subject is not complete by any means and merely provides an opportunity for all of us to get involved in learning and practicing universal religion as taught by Gitaji and all other other major religions."Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj

Hmmm. I had an opportunity to respond as a Christian layman to a Mirabai, a religious non-Christian. I tried to be kind but direct and explained why Jesus was not just another saint in a long line of saints—He was/is not a saint at all! He is the only Messiah for all humanity.  That's what Jesus said: 



"I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me."(1) [Emphasis added.] 

That's what Jesus said. Saints do not try to mislead people, prophets do not lie. Jesus was neither saint or prophet. Who was He? He called himself God and his miracles and resurrection proved it. He was the great I AM just as He said. Thomas Schultz stated in his 1962 doctoral dissertation at Dallas Theological Seminary:

"Not one recognized religious leader, not Moses, Paul, Buddha, Confucius, etc. have ever claimed to be God; this is, with the exception of Jesus Christ. Christ is the only religious leader who has ever claimed to be deity and the only and the only individual ever who has ever convinced a great portion of the world that he is God."(2)

Exclusivity of Christ

In claiming to be 'the truth' and one with God, and saying he was the only way to God, Jesus ruled out being put together in a long line of deities. Since its beginning, Christianity has understood and accepted Christ's exclusive claim. Christ's unique status as God's only begotten son (John 3.16) is stated by Jesus and the Creeds of Christianity dating back into antiquity. The Apostle's Creed states, "I believe in
Oldest surviving
Nicene Creed manuscript
dating back to the 
6th Century
 God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son." The Nicene Creed says, "We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, through Him all things were made, for us men and for our salvation."



To claim that Jesus is just one of many incarnations of deity is to misunderstand his own claims, as well of his followers beginning with Saint Peter, then throughout the ages—spanning 2,000 years. If there are many incarnations of divinity, Jesus can not be included, for that would make him a lair by his own words, or insane.

If one takes the time to examine Christ's claims, there
are really only three responses: He must be discounted as a liar, a lunatic or accepted for what he claimed to be.(3) If Jesus is, in fact, God made man, the great I AM, and if he is the only way to God, then every individual is called to respond to this revelation.
MDP
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(1) John 14.6.
(2) Thomas Schultz, The Doctrine of Christ with an Emphasis Upon Hystostatic Union. Unpublished dissertation. Dallas Theological Seminary, May 1962. p. 209, as cited by Josh McDowell in his book Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Campus Crusade For Christ, 1972, p.92.
(3) This idea was put forth in C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1952) and given considerable attention in Evidence That Demands A Verdict mentioned above.

Friday, October 12, 2018

CHRISTIANS AWAKEN TO A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR CHILDREN'S HEARTS, MINDS AND SOULS!

CHRISTIANS AWAKE! Canadian provincial government declares war on Christian education -- despite Charter of Rights & Freedoms guarantees otherwise.

Read the article in the link at the bottom of this & watch the video in it. Don't think this educa-tional outrage can't happen in your jurisdiction? I didn't either: It did. Christians outside Alberta: Tenaciously guard your freedom to educate your children as you see fit. Christians in Alberta awaken to the assault on your constitutional freedoms guaranteed in s-2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Nothing less than the hearts, minds and souls of your children or grandchildren are at risk!

Albertans, throw the New Democrats out of office
Alberta NDP premier
Rachel Notley with her
anti-Christian
Education minister
David Eggen
next spring. Demand that the government that replaces them rescind sections of the School Act that discriminates against Christians & restore funding to Christian schools! 


The socialist New Democratic Party (NDP) believes in freedom of choice as long as all possible choices agree with their agendas and ideology. In other words: one choice. 
https://thechristians.com/content/byfield-christians-awake-the-government-has-formally-declared-you-its-enemies/?mc_cid=f1913e635b&mc_eid=4008d964a3


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CHRISTIAN TRANSFORMATION

In my speeches and writing, I have often referred to
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
in prison
the spiritual transformation of Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His faith in Christ developed while sentenced to eight years in a Russian labour camp because he dared criticize the government. He chronicled his experiences in prison in a series of writings including a trilogy entitled Gulag Archipelago. 


Solzhenitsyn described a spiritual illumination that came to him while languishing in a dank, dark stinking prison cell.  What is particularly noteworthy is that despite his miserable circumstances, Solzhenitsyn began to comprehend the transforming liberty of the children of God.
 In the midst of his appalling situation, he experienced salvation and joy!

"But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3.16-18)


I, too, have experienced God's illumination and joy even in the midst of degenerative and disabling multiple sclerosis spanning more than thirty years, then cancer.  

Suffering has the concealed power to draw the sufferer toward Christ (if the sufferer allows it). Christ grants a special grace that transcends suffering (if the sufferer allows it). Tears of sorrow and tears of joy can flow together.  With Christ, the sufferer can transcend their anguish to discover a glorious transforming liberty of the children of God, regardless of their circumstances or wretched prospects for their future on earth.

I came across an address of early Church Father Cyril of Alexandria (378-444). In it, he commented on Scripture passage above:

"Does this not show that the Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell and alters the whole pattern of their lives? With the Spirit within them it is quite natural for people who have been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook ... ."

Saint Cyril went on to speak about how the Spirit gives cowards courage. He stated that this was obviously what happened to the disciples. The Spirit transformed cowardly men — who earlier scattered and hid when Jesus was arrested — into men of courage and resolve for Christ. They faced trials, persecutions and torture. All but John were martyred. 


From then until now, millions of Christians fortified
Christians martyred by ISIS
by the Holy Spirit have courageously faced persecution, trials, torture, sickness and death. 



All who turn to the Lord in faith will be transformed. 
We will gaze with unveiled faces at the glory of God and will be transformed to the same glory.  My puny mind fails to understand the reality that awaits us—the features and magnitude of that transformation. His truth is still partly veiled, I still see as though in a mirror dimly.  Now I see only in part, but I will see Him face to face. I will know just as I am known. (See 1Corinthians 13.12 & 1 John 3.2.)

It will be the same for all who turn to the Lord.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A TRULY CIVILIZED SOCIETY

Massachusetts State House
Exactly 20 years ago, I was asked to appear before a Judicial Committee of the Massachusetts state legislature. They were studying a pending assisted suicide bill. I flew across the continent to the building with the gold dome in Boston and gave my testimony. 

I told the senators that the first and highest obligation of any legislature is to protect and care for its citizens. Laws and policies that support life with dignity and lift up their sick and disabled must be supported. Laws and policies that do not must never be supported. I reminded the senators that centuries of Anglo-American common law prohibited or punished assisted suicide. The bill they were considering contradicted that long legal and moral history. 

And when my testimony was done I flew back to
my little house on the hinterland of western Canada's prairies, in Beaumont, Alberta, to tend the yard God provided for LaRee and me. I hoped the Massachusetts senators would tend the yard God put before them. I simply told the senators what they already knew deep within their own hearts to be true.

Truly civilized societies protect and care for those who cannot protect themselves, beginning the
weakest and most defenceless. Abortion has no place in a truly civilized society. It protects unborn children and provides life-affirming options for their mothers. A truly civilized society reaches out to its mentally and physically ill suicidal people to lift up their natural human dignity. It clears away barriers from its disabled citizens so they can reach their full potential. A truly civilized society is a community of communities that includes all its members. Killing has no place in a truly civilized society. 

Mark Davis Pickup
Email: HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca

Sunday, September 23, 2018

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY


H.W. Pickup
my father
My father has been dead for nearly 50 years. He was of an older generation that believed Christians' should hold themselves accountable to civic responsibility and their faith should be reflected in their public and private lives. Below is a quote of his about the Christian Church in the community.


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“The Christian Church is the most stabilizing influence for any community and that influence is reflected in the interpersonal relationships of its people. This stabilizing and strengthening influence – supplied by Christians who are aware of their responsibilities to live under the direction of their God – has its effect also on their young folk: It is reflected in the schools; it has its effect in young people’s appreciation generally of things that are provided for them at all levels of government, as well as by their families. Not only are they easier to serve within the municipality, but they almost govern themselves. These are ideal people within any community.”

Howard W. Pickup
1960