Be catholic

The Apostles’ Creed

  1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
  2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
  3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
  4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
  5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
  6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
  7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
  8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
  9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
  10. The forgiveness of sins:
  11. The resurrection of the body:
  12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
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Monday Prayer

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Father, this world sometimes bewilders me and is beyond my understanding.

I see poverty and disease, storms and earthquakes, war and killing. Many hearts are bound by ego and fear.

Please strengthen my faith in your higher purpose and open my mind to the truth that everything is unfolding according to your divine plan.

Let compassion and love for my brothers and sisters flow from me and may we all be uplifted by your glory. AMEN.

~ Prayer for Strength of Faith During Difficult Times

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Connect Missions Address Change? Not Yet!

ConnectMissionsHighResLogoAs many of you know we are moving to Atlanta this month. Some are probably wondering where you should send your support. Here is your answer. Please continue sending your support to Louisiana here:

Connect Missions                                                                                                                                  P. O. Box 122                                                                                                                                    Kenner, LA 70063

We will be getting a new address in Georgia soon, but will be keeping our address in Louisiana until January 2015. So please continue to send your tax-deductible gifts there. You are welcome to give online as well at ConnectMissions.org/Give. Email us about automatic withdrawal options also.

Thank you for your continued support during this transition and expansion of our ministry.

Adam and Michelle

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Angie Smith: Woman of Faith

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Listen in the Quietness

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To try to run away from life is impossible to do,

For no matter where you chance to go, your troubles will follow you –

For though the scenery is different, when you look deep inside you’ll find

The same deep, restless longings that you thought you left behind . . .

So when life becomes a problem much too great for us to bear,

Instead of trying to escape, let us withdraw in prayer –

For withdrawal means renewal if we withdraw to pray

And listen in the quietness to hear what God will say.

~ Listen in the Quietness, Helen Steiner Rice

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Uneducated

It was my first semester of seminary. I thought I was pretty smart when it came to the whole God and Jesus thing. However, Dr. Fred Norris set out to make sure that I, and my fellow brilliant students, left grad school with humble spirits. 

He told a story of how we would one day have an 80 something year old woman on the front row of our church. She would have a 6th grade education. We would not think much of her we and we would be WRONG! 

He told us not to believe the lie that this woman was “uneducated.” He told us how she would have the Bible memorized and have life experience that we could only hope to one day attain.

Later Dr. Norris told us the importance of finding the people in our congregation who had experienced life. Whether it be death, miscarriages, or rape, there would be things that would happen in the lives of people to which we could not minister. It would be important to know people’s stories so we could connect the “real” ministers of the church with people in need.

“Educated.” Dr. Norris had multiple degrees. Yet, he would sarcastically say he needed help tieing his shoes. Haha! Then he would laugh a big robust laugh.

I tried to take Norris’ class every semester I could. On the subject of being educated, I took the following notes from one of his classes:

No one is uneducated. There is not a single person I will ever meet that is uneducated. There are some that don’t have a formal education, but none that are uneducated. Everybody has a story that they can tell you and you can learn from.

My father had a limited education. However, I learned so much from him. I learned to play hurt, to work hard and how to be a father and husband. Still, there were so many other things I could have learned from him. It is crazy how much he knew with only a high school diploma.

Do you know someone who is “uneducated” but has taught you a lot? Please share in the comments section what they taught you. Thanks!

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Monday Prayer

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Our Father, you called us and saved us in order to make us like your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Change us, day by day, by the work of your Holy Spirit so that we may grow more like him in all that we think and say and do, to his glory.

Amen.

~ Change Us, Day by Day, Soren Kirkegaard

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