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Hope TV the Christian cable network was
kind enough to send me an advanced copy of their new show UNHOOKED.
The show which currently spans 28 thirty minute episodes seeks to
show those impacted by addictions a compassionate way to recovery.
Each segment of the first episode opens
with an addict we only know as Keith. Keith shares the story of how
he found himself the victim of addiction, the impacts it was having
on his life, and the journey he took on his way out of those
Two of the show’s hosts Pastor Bernie
Anderson, and Dr Kiti Freier Anderson spent much of the show
interviewing this episode’s guest Dr. Mickey Ask. The three of them
went through a detailed explanation of what is an addiction, many of
the common reasons people fall victim to addiction etc. They did not
place emphasis on one recovery model over another in this episode,
but were non judgmental approach throughout.
This episode contained a lot of
information for such a short program. I myself ended up with a page
and a half of notes preparing for this article. Much of it I may use
for more than this one brief article.
As the series progresses I hope that we
can see more through the eyes of the addicts, pastors, and clinicians
that have been there. They are the ones who often have the strongest
message and greatest impact on those who are suffering. Soothing
music plays through much of the episode. This sets a calming tone
that many of those the show is trying to reach may find comforting. I
like that the show uses both a clinical and spiritual approach, and
shows how someone seeking to recover doesn’t have to choose between a
spiritual or clinical recovery, but can journey to recovery aided by
the best both spheres have to offer.
I would definitely suggest you give
this show a try if you or anybody you care about may be suffering
with an addiction.
The show will be available on Hope TV
which can be found on Hope Channel can be seen on DirecTV Channel 368, Roku, and via live stream
at the show’s website http://www.hopetv.org/unhooked
It airs Sundays at 9pm Eastern and Tuesdays at 3:30 pm Eastern. More
information about the show can also be found at its website.
NOTE: The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not asked to give a positive review by Hope Channel.”
Forty-five years ago today, my Uncle M.L., the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by an assassin’s bullet. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if that shot had never been fired; what our nation would be like if that bullet had missed. Many are the times I wish he were here.
But though Uncle M.L. is no longer with us on earth, his voice lives on in the words he used to change our nation in the cause of justice.
We are a more just society today because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Not because he brought new ideas into the public consciousness, but because he reminded us of fundamental, eternal truths – truths that needed to be restated and lived out. He once asked and answered this question: “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?” He went on to explain:
“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These timeless truths must be restated again today.
Remember Reverend Martin Luther King — let us not forget that he was an ordained Baptist minister and preacher of the Word of God – taught that we are to respect the law. But he also taught that there is a law higher than man’s. There are no commands more deserving of obedience than God’s.
Those commands caused Uncle M. L. to look beyond city ordinances, state statutes, or even federal law for guidance. He believed that those ordinances, statutes, and laws were to be respected, but that they were to be weighed against God’s law or what some would term natural law to determine if they were just.
The same is true today. But some still look to themselves to determine right and wrong.
We are told by the Obama administration that it is “unjust” that women should have to buy their own birth control pills, so everyone else must reach into their pockets to pay for them.
We are told by abortion advocates that it is “unjust” that some women cannot afford to abort their babies, so tax dollars must be used to finance the killing of those children.
We are told by same-sex “marriage” advocates that it is “unjust” that men cannot marry other men and women cannot marry other women, so 2,000 years of wisdom must be abandoned.
And yet, the Bible tells us that human life is sacred. We are thereby to choose life over abortion. The Bible teaches us that natural marriage between one man and one woman is part of the procreative process. We are thereby compelled to choose holy and procreative matrimony.
In forgetting our heritage, in distancing ourselves from God’s moral rules, we are doing Uncle M. L. a disservice, and we are in danger of coming face to face with disaster. So, in remembering Uncle M. L. today, I urge America and the world to remember that he was a servant of God who, though imperfect, tried to point people to the truth.
- Happy Easter (bummyla.wordpress.com)
Vatican City, 21 March 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis has sent a message to the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, on the occasion of his enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral in London, UK, this past Thursday. Archbishop Welby is the 105 Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
“The pastoral ministry,” writes Francis, “is a call to walk in fidelity to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be assured of my prayers as you take up your new responsibilities, and I ask you to pray for me as I respond to the new call that the Lord has addressed to me.”
“I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed.”
Vatican City, 21 March 2013 (VIS) – Today was made public the message that Benedict XVI wrote this past 4 February to the Most Reverend Justin Welby on the occasion of his election as Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Pope wrote that the archbishop was taking up his office “at a time when the Christian faith is being called into question in many parts of the Western world by those who claim that religion is a private matter, with no contribution to offer to public debate. Ministers of the Gospel today have to respond to a widespread deafness to the music of faith, and a general weariness that shuns the demands of discipleship. Yet the hunger for God, even if unrecognised, is ever-present in our society, and the preacher’s task, as a messenger of hope, is to speak the truth with love, shedding the light of Christ into the darkness of people’s lives. May your apostolate yield a rich harvest and may it open the eyes and ears of many to the life-giving message of the Gospel.”
Benedict XVI concluded with the prayer that “the Lord grant you strength and wisdom” in whatever challenges the new archbishop may encounter and asking that “the Holy Spirit guide you in all that you undertake in his name.”
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WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Mideast Christian News (MCN), the first professional and independent News Agency specialized in covering Christian minorities in the Middle East, was launched officially on January 7, 2013.
The local media hides and distorts reality, while international Media fails to report regularly, as they are focusing on the regional conflicts. Hence the severe need for professional coverage especially in the New Islamic Era that’s starting in the region. MCN’s aim is to fill this gap.
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MCN was founded by Dr. William Weessa, who has extensive experience in developing and managing news media services. In 1997, he established the Arab language programming for the multilingual European television (Euro News). He directed the Arabic-language news service at Radio France International (RFI) (1992-1997).
In 1979 he received a PhD in Communications from the Sorbonne University.
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Below is a sampling of the comments of various leaders and groups around the United States on the election of Pope Francis I.
“Pope Francis stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him,” Cardinal Dolan said. “Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis. The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“The Catholic world rejoices that the Chair of Peter is no longer empty. The Cardinal-electors have chosen Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th Successor of Peter and the Bishop of Rome. I offer Pope Francis my fidelity and obedient love as the Chief Shepherd of the Universal Catholic Church and my daily prayers that he will confirm our faith in Jesus Christ and lead us in holiness and to fullness in charity to all and be a voice for world peace.”
- Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
“This past Tuesday, Cardinal DiNardo asked the people of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to pray for the Church, the Cardinals, especially himself, and for the new Pope. Since then, we have been praying to God the He would send His Holy Spirit upon all involved in the election of our new Pope. Today our prayers have been answered. We now have a new Pope, Francis. We congratulate him and pledge our unending support to him. May God Bless our new Holy Father.”
- Bishop George A. Sheltz
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
“Pope Francis is a humble leader who has vigorously defended the fullness of the Gospel on issues of public concern. Life, marriage, religious liberty and economic justice are borne out of the Church’s defense of the dignity of every human person beginning with the unborn. Pope Francis represents a historic invitation to all Catholics, especially Hispanic Catholics, to respond to the call of the New Evangelization in American political life.”
“I am very happy with the election of Pope Francis.
For us as Catholics, this is a beautiful spiritual moment, a time of joy and thanksgiving.
A time for prayer for the whole Church. This is a great day, not only for Catholics, but for the whole world. Because the Pope is the living sign of the universality of God’s Church. And the Pope is a sign of Jesus Christ’s love for the world and for every person in every nation.
I have had the privilege of knowing our new Holy Father through our work together on
the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. I look forward to seeing him and getting
to know him better while I am in Rome next month. It is a beautiful sign to have a new Pope who is the first Pope from the Americas, from the New World. The election of Pope Francis is a call for all of us to strive for holiness and to work to make our countries and ourcontinents a “new world of faith.”
So today we thank God that he has given us a Pope who is a humble man who lives with simplicity and a desire for holiness.
Our new Pope is a defender of the poor, a strong teacher, and a leader committed to renewal in the Church and the new evangelization of our world.
I join my brothers and sisters in the Church in Los Angeles and throughout the Americas and the whole world in offering my prayers for Pope Francis and pledging my loyalty and love for him and my obedience to him.
I ask the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for our new Pope. And I pray that we
all go to Jesus, closely united to the Pope, through Mary.”
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Departing for a moment from strictly American reaction the Rt Rev. Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury gave the following statement which gives us insight into the thinking of Non-Catholic Christian leaders. As head of the Anglican Communion, Welby is also the spiritual leader of the members of the Episcopal Church here in the United States.
“We wish Pope Francis every blessing in the enormous responsibilities that he has assumed on behalf of Roman Catholics around the world.
“His election is also of great significance to Christians everywhere, not least among Anglicans. We have long since recognised – and often reaffirmed – that our churches hold a special place for one another. I look forward to meeting Pope Francis, and to walking and working together to build on the consistent legacy of our predecessors. May the love of Christ unite us, and intensify our service in a genuine and fruitful ecumenism that can be a blessing for the Body of Christ throughout the world.
“Pope Francis is well known as a compassionate pastor of real stature who has served the poor in Latin America, and whose simplicity and holiness of life is remarkable. He is an evangelist, sharing the love of Christ which he himself knows. His choice of the name Francis suggests that he wants to call us all back to the transformation that St Francis knew and brought to the whole of Europe, fired by contemplation and closeness to God.
“As I begin tomorrow a prayer pilgrimage toward my own inauguration as Archbishop in Canterbury next Thursday, Pope Francis will be much in my own prayers, as he will be throughout the coming months and years.”
Rt. Rev. Justin Welby
The Archbishop of Canterbury
“In the humility and vigor of his first appearance, Pope Francis gave immediate hope and spiritual renewal to the world’s Catholics.
“Secular liberals hoping the new pope will bend the Church’s teachings to their political agenda — such as acceptance of same-sex marriage — will no doubt be disappointed to discover that Francis is, in fact, a Catholic.
“It was an inspired and history-changing choice for the cardinals to elect the first pope from the New World.
“As American Catholics face a continuing battle with the Obama administration, and the President’s secular liberal allies, over Obamacare’s abortion mandate and President Obama’s push for universal acceptance of same-sex marriage, we can take heart that we have a new pope who has already shown he is willing to stand before worldly leaders girded only in Christ’s teachings to tell them they are wrong.
“In Argentina, the Pope worked to assert the church’s moral influence and support traditional values.
“As Bishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis’ legacy in Argentina included rebuilding the Church’s reputation after many followers were disheartened when the Church failed to openly challenge Argentina’s murderous 1976-83 dictatorship.
“If Pope Francis’ outspoken criticism of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner didn’t stop her from imposing radical secular liberal policies, such as same-sex marriage and adoption to free contraceptives for all, he provided the great moral compass that society must have when temporary political expediency points a nation or a people in the wrong direction.
“Such moral leadership and courage will inject much-needed backbone into the bishops, priests, and lay-leaders here in the United States, where the Church has too often adopted the trends and habits of a secular amoral society.
“The election of Pope Francis is a life-changing, world changing event for Catholics, and all Christians, who can be inspired by what he told priests in Argentina last year: ‘Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.’”
Richard A. Viguerie
“Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus extend cordial best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope. The election of Pope Francis – the first pope from the American hemisphere – highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today. Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity – the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Both in our efforts for evangelization and in our charitable work, we will strive with him to bring the light of Christ to the people of our continent during his historic pontificate.”
Official Statement of the Knights of Columbus
“I rejoice with all the Catholics of the world in the election of Pope Francis. His life as a disciple of Jesus Christ and his service as a Jesuit priest and as Archbishop of the local Church of Buenos Aires have prepared him for his universal pastoral service as successor of St. Peter. His great sense of humility, his eloquent preaching of the Faith and his life of simplicity and dedication to the poor already mark him as a fitting Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Universal Church.
May I also add how privileged I was to participate in the conclave. It was a humbling and enriching experience. “
+ Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Below is a statement from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, on the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I
I join my brother Cardinals in giving thanks to God for the election of Pope Francis I, the 266th successor of St. Peter and Vicar of Christ. The clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Boston celebrate this blessing for the Church.
At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus commissioned St. Peter the rock upon which the Church would be built. Pope Francis continues that mission in an increasingly secular culture, where many people have not come to know or have forgotten that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. The world will greatly benefit from Pope Francis witnessing Jesus’ call for us to love God and love one another. We pledge our faithful support for the Holy Father as he leads the Church in proclaiming the New Evangelization, inviting all people to a develop a closer relationship with Christ and to share that gift with others.
May God grant Pope Francis the grace and strength to lead the worldwide community of more than one billion Catholics. The Holy Father has already shown us his deep humility in the invitation to pray with him, for him and for the Church. We pray that the Holy Spirit, who led us to choose the Holy Father, will guide him in witnessing the eternal truths of our faith.
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley
Archbishop of Boston
“It is a brilliant stroke of the Holy Spirit that completely faked out the media (and me too, I have to say). A son of Ignatius takes the name of Francis. A man of Old World heritage who is part of the New World. Truly a Pontifex Maximus (which means “the greatest builder of bridges”). He’s solidly orthodox with a zeal for the poor. His model is the obedience of Ignatius and the poverty of Francis. How blessed we Catholics are in our popes!”
Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio
Founder and Publisher of Ignatius Press
“The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel congratulates Pope Frances on assuming the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. We wish him great success in guiding the Catholic faithful and continuing the great work of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to strengthen the friendship between the Church and the Jewish People that began at the Second Vatican Council.
“At a time when the entire human family desperately needs to recommit itself to fundamental moral values for humanity to flourish, we pray that the Church and Pope Francis will be successful in teaching the world the truths of Judeo-Christian ethics and the intrinsic value of the human person created in God’s Image,” said R. Shlomo Riskin, founder and Chancellor of CJCUC.
All of us at CJCUC look forward to continued cooperation with the Vatican and Catholics everywhere to teach mutual understanding between Catholics and Jews and to defend religious tolerance and freedom for all.”
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Chancellor, CJCUC
Mr. David Nekrutman, Executive Director, CJCUC
Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, North American Director, CJCUC
Rabbi Dr. Angel Kreiman-Brill, Latin American Director, CJCUC
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding in Israel