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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Witnessing to Catholics

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Hello all,

Does anyone know of any good literature on how to witness to Catholics?  I was raised Catholic myself, but I never really bought into their doctrines and stopped going when I was about 15, so I guess I never had to be broken of Catholic brainwashing like many people who have been in it their entire lives may need to.  I am planning to move to Mexico when my parents pass away and I know it is dripping with Catholicism down there.

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Brother Stafford,

Hello! I do hope that all is well with you.

Concerning how to witness to Catholics. John R. Rice, the Sword of the Lord, wrote a booklet called, Dear Catholic Friend," that may be appropriate. Here is the Sword of the Lord website with the booklet. : http://www.swordbooks.com/falsedoctrine.aspx

Let us know if you find other material that you find suitable for your needs.

God bless!

Alan

 

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Catholics respond to love, concern and honesty, sincereity etc...hard core ones may never be won to the Lord, some may already be saved according to their prayers to the Lord as their Saviour, some may not know they are saved, and sure almost all will be rather babe like in their belief system...but then again if poor can have GREAT FAITH in the Lord because of their dependence on HIM in prayer and reality, so you have to know the individual as in almost all cases of witnessing, at least long term witnessing. If short term and just blasting away because of the corrupt Catholic church system, it usually doesnt work but again, sometimes nothing ventured nothing gained.

Its a mine field but the Holy Ghost can give you discernment for each individual sheep, for they each are individuals before the Lord, which means you might not be able to go by mere labeling, but may have to hear from the Lord individually for them if you truly care for them..

Also do note, as with <Muslims etc etc Jews etc etc... you have to watch it because a religious change can mean excommunication in their lives, families, jobs etc... be wise as doves and sheep IMO

 

David

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Catholics are just people, like any other that have been exposed to false religion. If you have a "usual" way of approaching people to witness to them, there is no reason that the usual way should not work.

Please consider that you do have a "leg up", or sort of a head start because of your Catholic upbringing. What I mean in this respect is simply that you should already know what they believe and why they believe it. You can easily contrast this knowledge with the truth that you now possess and effectively speak to the truth versus error between ritualistic religion and the truth of God's Holy Word.

It is wise to remember that there will be a difference between witnessing to a Catholic and someone that has not been exposed to any religion, because they may have to be shown the fallacy of doctrinal error as opposed to the truth. The order of the day would then be; tread lightly at first and lovingly always.

 2Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 
 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 
 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 

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