Archive for February, 2013

Celtic Saints. Part-Two.

St. David. March 1st.

We know very little about who Dawi Sant was? He was believed to have been born around 500AD in Caerfai, Pembrokeshire and died in 589AD. He was probably converted by an Irish missionary team, who arrived off south-west Wales 10-20 years after the death of Saint Patrick. The endeavour to reach the western parts of Britain were well underway by now.

David was canonized by Pope Calixtus in 1123AD. David may have been more than one person, who worked very hard in a very hostile environment to preach and teach. He is remembered by his famous words ( Gwnewch y pethau by chain) ‘Do the little things.’ It is claimed that St. David made pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem, but this is unlikely since the Celtic Church was hostile to Papal interferences.

A Cathedral in Saint Davids and a small church near by Glyn Rhosyn are attributed to him, while a stained glass window in  Clonard, Ireland records him as being the teacher of St. Finnian. Isaiah 61:10, Revelation 14:2, Psalm 23:4, 1 Timothy 4:8, Proverbs 30:24.

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Celtic Saints. Part-One.

‘A month of Saints.’

The month of March marks the celebration of a number of Saints, that could be described as the founding fathers of the Celtic Church. March 1st St. David of Wales, 5th March St. Piran of Cornwall and the 17th Saint Patrick of Ireland and Nigeria. But the 17th is also the feast day of the legend of Joseph of Aramathea coming to England and founding Glastonbury.

It is only Patrick’s account of the pagan society of his day that can be dsecribed as a reliable source of information. It is a great window into the conditions of the times of post Roman Britain and Ancient Ireland. Patrick was not the first Christian to visit Ireland, but he was the only one to have a lasting impact and from his work in 500AD the Celtic Church was established with a massive outreach of gospel message to the western fringes of the ‘British isles.’  1 Timothy 1:15-16.

Saint Valentine. Part-Three.

‘Lust is not Love.’

Sex in marriage is not lust, it is a natural loving aspect of God’s character, because that is how we produce the next generation. But it is also for our pleasure within the vows of marriage.

God does not like lust and adultery, because one leads to the other.The sad conclusion of the end result is divorce and all the pain that can go with it, especially if there are children.

It is said ‘ that many Valentine gifts on the 14th February will be given to the mistress and the boy friend, but not to the good wife and caring husband?’

Matthew 5:31-32, Exodus 21:7-11, Deuteronomy 21:10-14, Job 31:9, Psalm 81:12, Proverbs 6:24-25, 1 Corinthians 10:6-7, Ephesians 4:22,  1 John 2:16-17.

Saint Valentine. Part-Two.

A Good Wife.

The fist things to say is ‘that no one is perfect.’ All of us are sinners, failures, that’s the fact of being a human. The Bible is a book that gives the reader guidelines for living our daily lives, all the more better if we know the Lord as our personal Savior.

Today in western societies we use the word partner to describe the relationship of two people. But in the marriage of men and woman essentially that is the foundation of relationship. A good marriage means having two people who are prepared to ‘give and take.’  Psalm 128:1-4,  Proverbs 31:10-31.

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