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Here is a real deep logical quote for all you geniuses out there. Are you ready? "Things that are different are not the same!" The obviousness of what it is saying made me laugh the first time that I heard it. It's so redundant that's it's almost stupid! Yet there are many people out there who cannot fathom the truth of what it is saying. Let me illustrate what I mean.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me."
The little article "the" means "the one and only." Therefore Jesus is saying, He is the one and only way to the Father. That means He is the only way to Heaven (salvation) Acts 4:12. He is our only mediator (go between) I Timothy 2:5 and only through Him do we have access in prayer (Ephesians 2:18).
Now, the application of the quote is this; some people say things like, "You have your faith I have mine," or "You believe what you want to believe and I'll believe what I want to believe," thinking how they believe is accepted with God! My friend, "things that are different are not the same"! If what your faith or belief is, does not match what the Savior said, why do you think you are in good standing with God? Someone I know said," People who are deceived don't know they are deceived or they wouldn't be deceived anymore." (Chew on that one awhile.)
So the issue isn't what your belief is or whether or not you're a Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Episcopal or whatever. For anyone who will be saved and have eternal life will obtain it the same way regardless of denomination. The way is through repentance and faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! "Things that are different are not the same!"
Lenten schedule at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, begins on March 5, Ash Wednesday. Mass will be celebrated at 700 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with the distribution of ashes.
Stations of the Cross are each Friday of Lent, at 7:00 p.m. followed by Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. Until 12:00 noon.
Eucharistic Adoration is on the first Fridays of March (7) and April (4), after the 12:10 p.m. Mass until Benediction, at 8;30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Bible study the gospel of Mark will be Monday evenings, after the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
St. Martin of Tours, Jackson, PA and St. Paul's, Starrucca, PA Catholic Churches have scheduled the following for Ash Wednesday, March 5: 7:00 a.m. Mass and the Distribution of Ashes; 9:00 a.m. Mass and Distribution of Ashes; 12:10 p.m. Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Ashes; 5:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Word for Children and Distribution of Ashes; 7:00 p.m. Mass and the Distribution of Ashes.
For more info contact St. Martin of Tours Rectory at 756-2541.
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