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This website is an attempt to provide myself and others an experience of authentic Christian Catholic faith. In these days it is difficult for Catholics to discern a true Catholic identity. Who is a true and authentic Catholic? These questions must be viewed in the context of the Church of the last few centuries.

Over that period of time the Church has become cluttered because of it's richness. It is one thing to explain and defend the Church as it is, it's altogether another to reform the Church so that it is significantly more relevant and effective in accomplishing it's two primary Scriptural and Christ-given goals of fostering salvation and sanctification. It must undergo radical change and profound reform to re-focus these goals clearly and accomplish this divine commission.

The current decades-long immorality crisis which God has purposefully and mercifully uncovered concerning the numerous predator homosexual priests and numerous victims reveals just how far sin has crept into the ark of God and how dark the Church has been at it's roots for decades and perhaps centuries. It should compel the Catholic Church to re-think and re-formulate itself from top to bottom. Especially at the top!

But back to the reason for this website. It is to promote authentic Catholic salvation and sanctification.

First, a Catholic is a Christian. And a Christian is one who loves God and his neighbor because of his faith in and love for Jesus Christ. To love Jesus is to love the Father, and to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit. A Catholic lives a Trinitarian spirituality, honoring God in each divine Person and experiencing the work of each divine Person in his/her life.

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Second, a Catholic loves the Word of God. He is convinced of the authenticity of the canonical Holy Scriptures, their inspiration, infallibility and reliability, along with Church teaching and tradition, (The magisterium and catechism). A Catholic turns to the Scriptures, praying, reading and studying them continually, especially the gospels.

Third, a Catholic belongs to an historic community of believers originating from the Apostles, their teachings and the Fathers of the Church, which was founded on St Peter. He loves the Catholic Church which has transmitted and preached the gospel of salvation for two millennium.

Fourth, a Catholic, from birth to death, receives the grace and love of God in the sacraments. He is born anew in Baptism, he is kept new by the Holy Eucharist, he is renewed by the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, he is restored when he fails and falls into sin by Confession and Reconciliation, he commits to a way of life in Marriage or Holy Orders, and is healed and prepared for heaven by holy Unction.

Fifth, a Catholic enjoys the fullness and richness of the Christian life through the communion of the saints both past and present (St. Therese of Liseiux, St. John of the Cross, St Thomas, St John Paul II, Theresa of Calcutta, etc) the sacramentals, the many traditional devotions (the rosary, a novena, a scapular, the sign of the cross, divine mercy, grace before meals, silent adoration, ashes on Ash Wednesday, the Stations of the Cross, the honor to relics, Corpus Christi procession, etc.) which have been given by the Church, and by the special graces of the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary.




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Sermon Outline



    I. Title:
    II. Time:
    III. Texts:

    OT:

    Epistle:

    Gospel:

    IV. Theme(s) and/or Outline:

    V. Truth:

    VI. Telling:

    I. Theme Introduced with Story/humor

    II. Transition line to the Theme

    III. Topics which develop the Theme (points)

    IV. Transition to the closing

    V. Termination of the sermon with:

    The Theme re-enforced

    An Exhortation

    A Closing Prayer

    VII. Tunes

    Sermon Prep

    How to prepare a good sermon!


    Important preliminary and organizing questions:

    1. What is a Sermon? Know what you’re engaged in! A simple definition will do:

    A sermon is a purposeful, prepared and planned message given to people based upon a passage of the Word of God, the Bible.

    a. Notice that it is purposeful. It has one or more objectives and goals. The minister of the sermon must discover these objectives and goals and maintain them as the guiding and organizing principles of his sermon preparation. What are these goals or objectives? They are the same goals which the Spirit of God has in His work in the world and in the church. See “Why a Sermon is given!”

    b. Notice that a sermon is prepared. It is not a spontaneous, adlib, and off-the-cuff message, though it may and should have spontaneity. A sermon should not be constrained to written words or restrained in expression.

    c. Notice that it is planned. There is a plan and structure to a good sermon. It ought to have a profile or outline of stages, steps and movement, just as a good story has stages, steps and movement.

    d. Notice that a sermon is given! A sermon is always a gift offered. The author is a gift-giver. He does not offer a sermon from merely duty or obligation. He desires and is moved to give a message which emerges from his spirit-heart which has been touched by the Spirit.

    e. Notice that a sermon is given to people! That is, to people who are willing and desiring to receive a message and those who are not. To people who are saved and growing in Christ, and to those who are unsaved and do not know Christ in the Spirit. To people who are before him concentrated or distracted, emotionally preoccupied with their own concerns of life, well or ill. Knowing the audience is an important element which the sermon-giver must discern, not only by his own insights and understanding but especially by what the Holy Spirit reveals to him.

    f. Notice a sermon is based upon a passage or passages of the Bible which is God’s Word. [Please see: The Five Ways to Bible Understanding]. The passage may be one word, one verse or several verses. But the sermon derives from, thrives on, and returns to this passage. For this is God’s Word and it alone is able to give life, light, love and reveal the likeness to Christ which is always the Father’s desire.

    You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

    And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

    They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

    Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?


    2. Why a Sermon is given!

    Because God, the Holy Spirit has something to say!

    If you want to say something that does not originate from the Spirit speaking in you, then it will be a fruitless and purposeless message, no matter how eloquent and well-prepared. A sermon is a message from God to the sermon-giver before it is a message from God through the sermon-giver to the people. Your first duty is to listen and discern what is being preached to you by the Spirit.

    If we are attentive to His Voice as we begin to prepare a sermon message or during our own study and listening to the Word each day, we will hear the Holy Spirit speak softly but persuasively within our spirits in one or more of some twelve ways which are both messages to us personally and themes which the Spirit desires to give to the people though you. These are the reasons why a sermon is given. In regard to ourselves [and later to the people], the Spirit of Christ desires to Counsel, Correct, Comfort, Convert, Convict, Confess, Cleanse, Console, Congratulate, Convince, Commune, and Conform us to the likeness of Jesus Christ.


    1. Counsel us: The Lord is COUNSELING you. That is, He will help you to think through, work out something which you need to resolve or decide. He is your Inner mature voice and He will speak to you in a reasonable, rational, mature, logical, objective, morally responsible and biblically wise way. He will give you His guidance, His wisdom. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. (l Cor l2:7-8). If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him”(James l:5).


    2. Correct us: The Lord is CORRECTING you. He has shown you that you are in error, deception, self-deception, or denial. He will point out some error in the way you are thinking or seeing things. He will show you that you are lying about something to yourself or someone; that you are escaping or not living according to the truth. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). Send forth thy light and thy truth: let them lead me (Ps 43:3).



    3. Comfort us: The Lord COMFORTS you. You will experience the Lord strengthening and loving you. He will lift you up, uphold and support you in what He says to you. You will feel safe and secure through the speaking of His Word to you. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Ps 23:4). I, even I, am He that comforteth you (Is 5l:l2). He has ministered to your pain, anxiety, tribulation or turmoil. He has eased your burden, your grief, your despair, discouragemnet, disappointment and self-condemnation. He will remove guilt and shame and give you hope and encouragement. The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Rom l5:l3).


    4. Convert us: The Spirit desires to convert the hearts of those who have not been born-again and re-convert, revive, renew the hearts of those who have been born-again. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”



    5. Convicts us: The Lord has CONVICTED you of some sin, some failing, some ungodly thinking, feeling or behavior. He does not do this to harm you or to hurt you or to make you burdened with sin or guilt or shame. Not at all! Instead, He will convict you in order to help you confess your failing, admit your sin, and seek His forgiveness and renewal. Learn to distinguish and discern the different voices you are hearing when there is guilt, shame or conviction.If you are feeling overwhelmed with guilt or shame, it is more likely coming from your own personality; your critical inner voice attacking your self-esteem, or it is Satan who seeks to make you discouraged and defeated. When God convicts, He does so in a powerful manner, but always in a spirit of hope, encouragement, renewal and reconciliation. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.(Ps 69:5). Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight (Ps 51:4).

    6. Confess the Name of Jesus to us: Always Jesus confessed the Father. And always, the Spirit confesses the Name of Jesus. The Spirit would have us confess the Name of Jesus. He would have us honor the name of Jesus. But these are written that you may[ 20:31 Some manuscripts may continue to] believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    7. Cleanse us: The Holy Spirit is always seeking to remove us from sin and remove sin from us. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[ 16:8 Or will expose the guilt of the world] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

    8. Console us: sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

    9. Congratulate us: While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

    10. Convince us: The Lord has CONVINCED you of something. He will press home some fact or show you something which you are not seeing. He has been teaching or educating you. There may be something which you are not understanding. He will show you something which you didn't know about Himself, yourself, others, or your walk with Him. He will enlighten or inspire you. How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them (Ps l39:l7). Nothing is all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Heb 4:l3).

    11. Commune with us: The Lord has COMMUNED with you. God may simply want to be close to you and abide with you. He may simply want you to enjoy His company and He yours. It is enough to know that He is present; that He is near; that you are together. You will feel the warmth and security and delight of His presence. He is telling you He wants to be close and intimate to you. He says, Be still and know that I am God.(Ps 46:l0).

    12. Conform us into the likeness of Christ: Ephesians 4:13 says. The Spirit continues to work in us "until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ."


    3. Who delivers a sermon? What kind of person? This means that you must be a person who is in the kind of spiritually sensitive state to be able to receive God’s Word or message to you. The condition of your heart must be spiritually sensitive, unclouded, and pure enough to hear, listen, and receive the still small Voice of the powerful Spirit of God.



    4. How to prepare a sermon: the human author and the human work. We see that a sermon originates from the Holy Spirit. Yet it must pass through the human author for in all messages from God there is the internal (Spirit) messenger and the external (Preacher) messenger.



    The following is a helpful outline for preparing a sermon. A sermon can be seen as a movement through six stages, or as having six elements.



    I. Title: Though the first listed is the Title; in reality, the Title may be the last element to emerge. The Title may be catchy, humorous, or mysterious. While it serves the purpose of “tagging” the sermon for future reference and the people’s attention, the title also serves to capture the essence of the sermon for the preacher. If he doesn’t have a title, he doesn’t have a succinct summary of his message; and if he doesn’t have a succinct summary of his message, he may in fact, not have a very cogent message to be heard.


    II. Time:
    Simply designates the day, holiday, holy day, event or liturgical time in the church calendar, ex. 4th Sunday after Easter, May 15, 1999. Also serves as a reference marker in your files.
    III. Texts: There is usually an OT, Epistle and Gospel reading on most Sundays. My standard is to make one of the readings the basis for the sermon or to always read the passage on which the sermon is based. If the readings are designated, then use those, or if you are called to use another, be sure to read it or have it read as a substitute for another reading. Try to preach from the OT as well as the NT. Try to preach from the Gospels as well as the Epistles.

    OT:

    Epistle:

    Gospel:

    IV. Theme(s) and/or Outline: The theme (and sub- themes) is the heart of your sermon. Hearing the theme from the Holy Spirit and then effectively preaching the theme is the way in which the Spirit accomplishes His purposes (the 12 “C” words above).

    The theme should be distinguished from the Truth below. The theme is a succinct sentence or paragraph of the central message which you (and the Spirit) desire the people to receive. A person should be able to leave church and not only remember the joke or some ideas expressed but a central, dominant point or message. That’s the theme. Of course, there may be sub-themes also.


    Here it is best to illustrate. You are led to this passage: Ephesians 5:1-18. What theme or themes emerge?


    V. Truth: The call to personal action or application. The Truth is not the same as the theme. While the Theme is the central idea or thought understood by the listener’s mind; the Truth is the central “touch” or “feeling” stirred in the listener’s heart by the Spirit. When Christ taught the people and his disciples, not only did they hear themes and ideas, but more importantly, they received personal touches from the Holy Spirit. This may not always be evident. However look at:

    But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
    When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
    14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
    15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
    16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    It is the Spirit to spirit message. It is the personal message with the listener’s name on it. It is one or more of the 12 C’s applied intimately and personally to each listener. While all may hear the same theme of the sermon, the Spirit will apply personal truth and call each person to action uniquely and personally.


    VI. Telling:

    I. Theme Introduced with Story/humor

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    II. Transition line to the Theme

    III. Topics which develop the Theme (points)

    IV. Transition to the closing

    V. Termination of the sermon with:

    The Theme re-enforced

    An Exhortation

    A Closing Prayer

    VII. Tunes


    Ephesians 5 Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him. 2Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God.
    3Since you are God's people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. 4Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. 5You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
    6Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. 7So have nothing at all to do with such people. 8You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, 9for it is the light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth. 10Try to learn what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (12It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) 13And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; 14for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said,
    "Wake up, sleeper,
    and rise from death,
    and Christ will shine on you."
    15So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people. 16Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. 17Don't be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.
    18Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. 20In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.


    TEN ADMONITIONS:


    1. Since you are God's dear children __Your life must be controlled by love

    2. Since you are God's people - it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed, or language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. No one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

    3. You should give thanks to God.

    4. You must live like people who belong to the light - 8You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light.

    5. 6Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words. 7Have nothing at all to do with such people.
    6.
    11Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. 13And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; 14for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light.

    7. 10Try to learn what pleases the Lord. So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people. 16Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. 17Don't be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.

    8. Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit.

    9. 19Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts

    10. 20In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.