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For you this week:

  • Reflection for Saturday: Do not be afraid when strange things occur
  • Inside the Ministry: Paperback books coming soon
  • Next Smart Event: The Story in the Bible
  • Video Series: God's Amazing Word on Miracles

Saturday June 19, 2021

Scriptures2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 34:10-13
Matthew 6:24-34
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061921.cfm
Podcast:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2021-06-19

No one can serve two masters.... You will be devoted to one and despise the other.... Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life.... Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first the Kingdom of God. (From Saturday's Gospel reading)

Today’s Prayer:
Lord, give me wisdom to see beyond evil and beyond the worldly things, and may nothing stop my determined race to Your Kingdom to meet You. Amen.


Reflection for Saturday:
Do not be afraid when strange things occur

church burned"How much worse is it going to get?" That's a question I've been asking the Father for the past few years, ever since homosexual marriages were legalized in the US and it became obvious that immorality had become "politically correct" and Christian values were increasingly despised. 

I asked again when the pandemic locked everyone out of church. I asked yet again when a very pro-abortion candidate took over the US presidency while some bishops and priests even encouraged it. And when the "cancel culture" became the new norm. And when demonic influences confused people so much that we're no longer allowed to believe the science of gender (I'm sorry but two X chromosomes in the DNA do not become XY when the female self-identifies as a man). Did you hear the latest idiocy? A female who gives birth is no longer a "mother" but a "birthing person".

Every time I ask, "How much worse is it going to get", I also ask, "What can be done to stop it?"

And God always answers: "You can't stop it without Me. Teach people about the necessity of living in a personal relationship with My Holy Spirit, because it is only the Holy Spirit who can change a person's mindset. Teach people how important it is to stop serving two masters but to give themselves entirely to Me and to become ready for the Holy Spirit to transform the world."

Recently, he added to this message. It came to me so strongly and with such a sense of urgency that I immediately wrote it down:

Do not be afraid of the things that shake up others. I'm shaking the world to produce a shift in the atmosphere. The shaking has come first to hearts, minds and souls to cause people to turn to Me. Look about. Everything you see that has been like an earthquake of the status quo, shaking up and destroying the old way of life -- this has been My hand of preparation for what is to come. Even the earth recognizes what I'm doing in the heavens.

Do not be afraid. I will teach you what you need to know about frightening events that cannot be understood by those who do not turn to Me. I will not abandon you, says the Lord. I will not forget you or neglect to protect you in the days to come when every idol that man clings to is destroyed. I do not come to destroy you and those for whom you are praying, My beloved. I come to destroy the idols.

Do not be afraid when strange things occur, because I am a God of surprises and everything I do is good. I'm about to do things that you have not been able to imagine possible. I am the God of the impossible. Rejoice for I am coming, says the Lord. I am coming with great power and might and glory. I have heard your prayers and your cries. All whom you lift up to Me and every need that you've covered in prayer will benefit from My power and might and glory.

Keep praying. Your prayers matter. Increase your prayer life. This is how you will know how to interpret the signs of the times. This is how you will have the peace of rejoicing when non-believers are shaking in fear. I will not forget you or abandon you. I hold you close to my heart. You are in My protective love. Through prayer and My Holy Spirit, you will see and understand with great rejoicing the signs of My glory on the earth. 

Can you see his glory yet? It's already here! Since God is here, so is his glory. When we choose to serve only God, detach from worldly ways, and allow the Holy Spirit to correct our wrong thinking, our eyes become open to God's plan. We rejoice, realizing that he is exposing evil so clearly that it looks ridiculous. He is waiting as more and more people realize this and decide to run to him for help. He is building up an army of Christians -- Catholics and Protestants. Nothing frightens the enemy more than the sound of God's people approaching as a united army!

At the beginning of the pandemic, I said that God is "rebooting" the world. (Interestingly, I said this before hearing about "the Great Reset".) We can compare it to the days of Noah or the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah when evil had taken over so thoroughly that God had to intervene in a drastic way. However, this time it's happening with the benefit of the death and resurrection of the Messiah and after the Holy Spirit descended upon all Christian believers. Spend time meditating on what that extremely important difference might look like.

And make sure you prepare by rebooting your own life through the Sacrament of Confession and the purifying (resetting) of your own ways. If our world is suddenly covered in the darkness of volcanoes erupting or the internet and power grids being disrupted by China (or whichever disaster theories you've heard about), you want to be so close to God that you can actually rejoice instead of tremble in fear.

With the Word of God (Psalm 18:30-31 NIV) we can sing:

As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?


Inside the Ministry: Paperback books coming soon!

Terry Modica writing a bookIn an exciting development, several of my ebooks are going to be published as paperback books by Charis Publishing.

I've been running a poll to find out which book to publish first. You can see the survey results at gnm.org/terry-modica-author/which-book-would-you-buy-first.

The winner is Knowing God’s Will and Doing it Well.

Next I'll write a little more on that topic and then turn it into the publisher. Watch this newsletter for the link to where you can place your order. These paperback books will be available for shipping within many countries.

Please keep this endeavor in your prayers!

(If you're wondering about the status of my book 30 Days to the Father's Heart, we're still waiting to hear back from the first publisher I sent it to. Charis wants to publish it if the other publisher doesn't.)


The Story in the Bible

The Story in the Bible (21-part study course)

July 5 – 25

The Story in the Bible is a thorough over-view of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, in story-telling fashion, with PDF downloads that include maps and pictures. It’s the story of Jesus. It’s the story of salvation. It’s also the story of your own life! Find out how it all ties together.

Journey through the entire Bible in 21 days. Make a commitment to listen to the daily podcast — a half hour or less — a day, and you will be glad you did! After you finish the course, you’ll receive a Certification of Celebration.

Participate by email or join our e-classroom on the Telegram app. Or make progress through the stories in the Bible with new friends in our SmartCatholics gathering place.

An archived copy is available  on our media site if you prefer to take this course another time.


video series on miracles

God's Amazing Word on Miracles (video series)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a short Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The first session introduces the series by looking closely at John 1:1-5 ("In the beginning was the Word…."). Thus we begin a course of short but power-packed teachings on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we believe it, but it's time to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us throughout our lives.

Get started now @ gnm-media.org/john-11-5-gods-amazing-word-miracles.


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Thank you for reading this newsletter.

Terry ModicaYour servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
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