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Organized Religion is the Image of THE CHURCH in America.

People of THE CHURCH are attentive to God’s Direction, His Will and His Word, many, many times falling short in their efforts.  Organized religion is often about looking for stuff from God, asking Him to Change His Will and adjusting His Word to fit its needs.  The sad Truth is organized religion is the image of THE CHURCH in America.

 

It…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 22, 2020 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Marian Anderson, American contralto; first Afro-America singer to perform at the White House

“Prayer begins where human capacity ends.”— Marian Anderson

Oh Lord!  If only the American people would realize they have reached their end.

Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 14, 2020 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

WHY I POST ON PHIL’S BLOGS

I am an unpaid, non-pastoral layperson… and a sinner.  So why do I post on Phil’s blogs?

 

While I make no claim to prophecy, one of my life Bible verses is Ezekiel 2:1-3:11.  But having been an accountant for my entire career, I have a difficult time proceeding until I’ve been held Accountable.

This may be best…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 6, 2020 at 8:06pm — No Comments

TRADITIONAL COLUMBUS DAY POEM - REIMAGINED

I am an unpaid, non-pastoral layperson… and a sinner.  While I make no claim to prophecy, one of my life Bible verses is Ezekiel 2:1-3:11

I recently heard a sermon on waking up ourselves and the church (Rev. 3:1-6).  Coupling that with a sermon I heard the week before regarding tolerating Jezebel’s/Judas’ (a male version of the name) practices as acceptable within the Faith (Rev. 2:18-29), a prayer of…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 4, 2020 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Attempt at honest dialog by an old, non-police officer white guy.

One of the Civil Rights protest slogans is "No Justice No Peace."

 

That slogan has strong implications. When a peaceful Civil Rights protest is followed by rioting, it makes me wonder, “Has implication turned into action?”  The answer to that question affects my view of race in America.

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on June 2, 2020 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From an unpaid, non-pastoral lay person:

Saw a sign that read, "The Church has left the Building," in front of a church in Palatine, Illinois on May 9th.

They had added more to their sign below this phrase, probably about on-line worship and stuff.

But I really didn’t see that part.

I…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on May 10, 2020 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

RE-IMAGINING OUR ATTITUDE

We’re in a pandemic!  What is God waiting for?

 So many in the world have said, "no," to Him--and He Respects that.  God isn't causing Covid-19.  But He's not Intervening.  He is Waiting on the sidelines--to be invited back in: to be called by His Creations.

 We Creatures of His have free will: the right to say "yes" or "no" to God. And we humans have been sending Him a…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on March 26, 2020 at 2:52pm — No Comments

A logical look at praying

Many think being on one’s knees is the way to pray.  But knee pain can set in quickly.

 

Some set a clock for a certain time of daily prayer.  When time is up, prayer concludes.

 

A walk with God is best because the distance of the walk lengthens the conversation.  A person gets more…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on February 25, 2020 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

Saying "yes" or "no" to God

Spoken of frequently in Christianity is a personal relationship with Christ.  One either has that or does not.  God seeks all of the world (John 12:47).

 

God has Given us free will.  Free will is nothing more and nothing less than having the right to say, “no,” to God.  All human sin is committed after one says, “no,” to God.  But Grace allows that same sinner to say,…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on February 20, 2020 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Time Off

Christians should understand that, while we are always On Call, we are not On Duty 24/7/365.

God Knows we're in for the long run.  But He also Knows that humans cannot run as fast or as long as He Can.  He told us to take a rest (e.g. Exodus 20:8)

So, at those times when you may think you are not doing the Lord's Work, consider that it may just be a…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on February 15, 2020 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

HOW I STOPPED PRAYING

It was only in 1998, when I started studying the Bible, that I realized God had found me in 1968.



A fellow college student told me there was room for only 144,000 people in Heaven. He then asked if I had accepted Christ as my savior.



At age 20, without ever having studied the Bible, I replied with a question. “So, with all the lives that have been lived, over the…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on June 15, 2019 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

WHY SHOULD GOD BLESS AMERICA?

God bless America.  That is the poorest excuse for a prayer I’ve ever heard.

Americans bark out that demand hundreds of times every minute of every day.  That phrase has no humility.  That phrase has no confession of need.  That phrase offers no supplication.

Issuing this command to God is blasphemous.

A proper prayer for God’s blessing would be, at a minimum, “God, please bless America.”

A more appropriate prayer would be, “God, we have pushed you to the…

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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on May 6, 2019 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts to Enhance Your Resurrection Celebration Day

Quotes to Enrich Your Easter were posted by Craig Lounsbrough, M. Div., LPC at www.craiglpc.com/quotes-enrich-easter/. The quotes were shared with me by Phil Miglioratti. I would like to share the points The Lord Showed me from these quotes and, where relevant, to what He specifically Led me.…



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Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Where is it?

I had been in and out of prayer this morning.  Then I was Given this to think about.

Humans are made up of the physical and the spiritual.  The physical part we can readily see.  The spiritual we can only see manifestations thereof.

So where, exactly, is the spiritual located inside the human body?  The heart?  The brain?  I couldn’t figure it out.

My best guess is that the spiritual in a human body is where the “brain bone” is connected to the “heart bone.”

Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on April 8, 2019 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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