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Musings and ramblings regarding daily life, news and things that come my way.

Are you ready for your Flood?

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For those of us in Western Canada the idea of flood waters rings very true these past few days. With torrential rains and the bow river flooding most of downtown Calgary, the vivid images, pictures and video from the destructive power of that flood are clearly imbedded in our minds. The shocking thing for most people was just how fast those surging waters rose to dangerous levels. From reports of stadiums flooded, zoo animals being uprooted and flooded out, to the scary tales of people (75,000 of them) being awoken at 2am to get out of their houses and do it now! And of course the even more tragic news of those who have lost their lives because of it all. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be awoken at 2am with a police officer advising you to leave your house – immediately. Or perhaps you were one of the unlucky ones who got no warning before the flood hit and water poured in the windows of your home.

Our houses - Our homes - Our places of safety and sanctuary away from the raging chaos of the day. Yet here at a moment’s notice nature was literally beating down the walls of comfort. What panic and confusion they must have felt, and I wonder how many of them had the comfort of knowing their Savior during such turmoil.

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Pope Says Athiests Who 'Do Good' are Redeemed

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Interesting development yesterday in the Roman Catholic Church when their pontiff declared1 during his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome that doing good was all that was required for salvation and that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including Atheists.

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“They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”

Unfortunately for the pontiff, the Word of God declares otherwise. While it is true that all good things come from God, the bible is clear of what it is that man is capable on their own.

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Be Careful who your partner is

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Just received the latest news letter from our friends at Proclaiming the Gospel this morning. I was struck by a couple of articles they provided in that they demonstrate not only how much we need to reach out to those in the RCC religion, but also how apparent it is that the evangelical church in North America has no real discernment on this issue.

The first issue is what the new Pope mentioned in a "Eucharistic Concelebration with the Eminent Cardinals Resident in Rome on the Occasion of the Feast of Saint George" (April 23, 2013) LINK in which he is quoted as saying:

And in this way the Church is increasingly a Mother, a Mother of many, many children: she becomes a Mother, ever more fully a Mother, a Mother who gives us faith, a Mother who gives us our identity. But Christian identity is not an identity card. Christian identity means being a member of the Church, since all these people belonged to the Church, to Mother Church, for apart from the Church it is not possible to find Jesus. The great Paul VI said: it is an absurd dichotomy to wish to live with

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