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I would like to say I was shocked at the results of a study we conducted recently, showing that over half of U.S. Christians are not very mature spiritually—ranking somewhere equivalent to a toddler or younger when compared with physical growth stages.
However, as a pastor, I have observed that many of us can tend to get stalled out in our spiritual journeys, so I wanted to share some keys for moving forward.
As Christians grow in spiritual maturity, it becomes necessary that we begin to take responsibility for our own choices. As we continue to feed on the Word of God, we're likely to come across certain passages that call for major changes in our established habits and behaviors—and when our fleshly, immature "toddler" mentality kicks in, we may resist what we're reading. We demand to know why, or we stomp our feet and say "No!"
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark16:15).
In over 50 years of ministry here's one of the most asked questions I've faced: "How do you witness to a good Catholic?" There are many who are ready to respond when they receive genuine love, encouragement, hope and friendship in these turbulent times.
I was raised Catholic, with 12 years of parochial schooling and privileged to write a nonthreatening, humorous and helpful book "Clap Your Hands!" which reached over a quarter million (mostly Catholics) for Christ.
Sherry Johnson was in fourth grade when she was raped for the first time by a "deacon" at her mother's country church. It would not be long before an "elder" of the independent sect began raping her as well.
When 8-year-old Sherry tried to tell her mother about the abuse, she did not believe her. Later, teachers at the public school Sherry attended realized she was pregnant. Sherry was just 10 years old.
If the U.S. Senate passes HR 8404, pedophiles will rejoice because child bride "marriages" will spread across the country.
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