How great He is to bless you,
In a way beyond compare!
In a manner that’s so wonderful,
And that the two of you can share!

He’s blessed you with a grace unique.
No one else can claim this gift.
A baby possessing your qualities,
And your spirits He will lift!

Our Lord has loaned this child to you,
To love with all your heart.
To raise in His pure and simple way,
Right from the very start!

Rejoice and praise the One above,
For His great and wondrous deeds!
And be thankful that He’s always there,
To meet all your daily needs.

Kate Plourde

2000

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There are times when I’m so lonely
I can’t handle what I’m going through.
It’s as if I’m in a valley
Asking what am I going to do?

I feel so lost and so alone,
And my heart can’t take the pain.
I don’t know why this is happening…
That reason’s just not plain.

So I asked the Lord to answer me
and He spoke out loud and clear;
“The reason a valley is what it is
Is because there’s a mountain near”!

“When you feel like you can’t see Me,
It’s not because I don’t care.
Your eyes aren’t fixed on the other side.
If you looked you’d see Me there”!

“I’m always there, I’m right beside you.
And I’ll never let you down.
Man’s words and actions vacillate,
But My foundation is always sound”!

“Rest your life in My Hands always,
And I’ll bless you all the while.
Although I allow those wilderness times,
I’m always with you Child”!

“I was, I am, and will always be,
Right there when you call My Name.
Just wrap your life around My Word,
And great comfort you will gain”!

Kate Plourde

1983

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Just reading Your Word is a privilege
I never dreamed would be
So much a part of my daily life
And impossible to shake free.

It’s become a vital food for me
To feed my hungry soul
It quenches the thirst I have for truth
And lets mysteries unfold!

It ministers to every single need
No one does He overlook
Our questions have all been answered
In this Solitary Book!

My King James Bible, a miracle indeed
The way it all seems to flow
The same Spirit authored each single word
So we would all be able to grow!

So if you want wisdom then read God’s Book
And He’ll never let you down
Be persistent in your search for truth
And your foundation will be sound!

Kate Plourde

1994

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Oh God! I beg You, please no more hurdles today!
Dear Lord I beg you don’t send another one my way.
I don’t think I can take it and I’m reaching my end.
Please Lord, draw near to me as I really need a friend!

I ask what kind of a friend would allow such a thing?
My life has no purpose, there is no song left to sing.
I can’t be a blessing to others feeling this way.
My body is so broken, it feels useless and frail.

Dear Child, please realize I know how much pain you now feel.
I have allowed it so you can bless others in need.
There are many who suffer and have no one to share.
Till they meet you and see that your friendship is rare.

Be patient for I know all that is now and will be.
Your life truly brings praise, honor and glory to Me.
Each time that you encourage your family or friends,
You bring tears to My eyes in the most special of ways.

The pain you experience keeps you humble and meek.
Do not forget it is My Face for which you must seek.
My Kingdom is soon coming with no hurdles to war.
You’ll be in My Presence always where pain is no more!

Kate Plourde  ©1983

I remember that day like it was yesterday.
I realized I was doomed, pretty hopeless I’ll say.
But The Comforter entered and brought me such peace.
I knew I was different, that burden released.

Those tears just kept coming, His Love could it be?
How precious and sacred that time was to me!
He washed me and saved me from sin and despair.
I was heading for hell, it seemed no one did care.

But my Heavenly Father loved a wretch such as me.
That He sent His Dear Son to shed blood on a tree.
He took upon Him all my sin and my shame.
That some day with Him I would be able to reign.

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow.
How wonderful these words which bless my soul.
Too great for me is this Act of Great Love.
Provided by my Father from Heaven Above!
Thank you Lord for saving my soul!

Kate Plourde

1981

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When you’re by your self, and no one’s around
When not even a single soul in your world can be found
Simply turn to God’s Word, it most certainly is true
That God can be found to bring solace to you.

He has placed letters for comfort, and some teach us to pray
Letters from His Spirit which His thoughts do convey
To a flock that He loves and has promised to guide
Through the valleys and rivers, to our home up on high.

All of life’s paths are laid out in a pattern
Designed by a Master Hand guiding each turn
His Love is more than that of your friend
This Saviour will be with you to the very end!

Kate Plourde

1981

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26. July 2006 · 2 comments · Categories: Poetry · Tags: , ,

My heart is longing for a country I’ve never seen!
With rolling hills, beautiful valleys and fields of green.
Glorious sunrises and sunsets are painted on the horizon,
By the Hand of a Saviour who loves His creation!

Fix your eyes upward and long for that day.
Do not be distracted by this world on your way.
To a country where a rainbow lies behind a Great Throne
Be encouraged as you walk toward your Heavenly Home.

by Kate Plourde

1985

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The Lord left us with specific instructions on how to deal with the brethren – no matter how old a brother or sister is in the Lord! How does God want us to treat those who are younger in the faith? For that mater, how does God want us to treat anyone in the faith? Peter’s account of how we should behave ourselves in this area is quite clear.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (2Pe 1:5)

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (2Pe 1:6)

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (2Pe 1:7)

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2Pe 1:8 )

Let’s list the characteristics Peter instructs us to add to our faith along with Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition for that characteristic. I must say that this brings conviction to my heart:

1. Virtue – Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law. In this sense, virtue may be, and in many instances must be, distinguished from religion. The practice of moral duties merely from motives of convenience, or from compulsion, or from regard to reputation, is virtue, as distinct from religion. The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue and religion.

Those who have been saved for many years and have grown in the Lord should exercise these characteristics rather than harshly instruct the spiritually younger. We should not instruct the spiritually younger if we are not living virtuously – in other words, we should practice what we are about to preach.

2. Knowledge – A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas. We can have no knowledge of that which does not exist. God has a perfect knowledge of all his works. Human knowledge is very limited, and is mostly gained by observation and experience.

Also, we should be knowledgeable in what we are teaching the spiritually younger and not just voicing an opinion. We should stand ready to back up what we are stating with the Scriptures.

3. Temperance – Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.

Why would the Lord put temperance here? Why would we need temperance toward new believers? I found this quite interesting actually. Sometimes we are so passionate about a certain topic that we lose our patience when a younger believer questions why we believe it. This truly opened my eyes today. How many times have I been quick to admonish a younger believer over using the NIV or “social drinking”! I surely was not practicing a moderation of my passion in these areas. I should, instead, with that patience share that knowledge of Scriptures to back up my passion. It’s the Word of God that will have the best impact on the spiritually younger believer… not my opinion. It’s the Word of God that taught me … why should it be any different for them? In fact, this can go even further and include those in our church who have been sitting under the teaching for years yet still are babes in Christ. Not all children grow at the same pace – so why should I think that all believers will grow at the same spiritual pace. Our temperance is so necessary so that we do not blast them or bull doze them with our beliefs but gently encourage them with the Word.

4. Patience – A calm temper which bears evils without murmuring or discontent

Hmmmmm, what a statement! Do I bear evils without murmuring or discontent when I practice my patience?

5. Godliness – A religious life; a careful observance of the laws of God and performance of religious duties, proceeding from love and reverence for the divine character and commands; christian obedience.

Do I practice christian obedience? Before I am quick to correct another believer, I must remember Christ’s words in Matt. 7:5 “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

6. Brotherly kindness – Toward your brothers and sisters in Christ: Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. Kindness ever accompanies love.

Do I contribute to the happiness of my brothers and sisters in Christ? If not, why not? Or do I ignore them and/or burden them with my actions or words?

7. Charity – In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.

I love Noah Webster’s definition under brotherly kindness – he states “Kindness ever accompanies love.” When we truly love the brethren, we will be kind to them. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (1Pe 3:8 )

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Listed below are just a few teachings from the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church along with verses from the Bible indicating whether that teaching is scriptural or not.

After I received Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour, I desired to question and search things out for myself. After years of being told what to believe by my parish priest, I was now able to read my own Bible and study for myself. I was able to question the Word of God directly and not my parish priest.

I write this to encourage my Catholic friends and family to search for themselves. You would not allow someone else to chew your food and then give it to you to swallow, would you? Of course not! But you do, my friend, each time you sit in church and listen to the priest and you don’t prove it out for yourself through the Bible!

Do you open the Bible to search out for yourself whether the things you believe have truly come from God? If not, WHY not? God commands that we do our own studying. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15) Paul doesn’t tell the people to leave it up to him to divide the word of truth. Paul tells his people to do this for themselves! Furthermore, Paul doesn’t tell them to study so that they can be approved of men, but approved unto God!

The Catholics are no different in their lack of studying and lack of knowing what God’s Word actually said. They are as guilty as the Jews for following the traditions of men instead of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Jewish Christians not to listen to those fables and man-made commandments because they deceived the people. “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” (Tit 1:14) and “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…” Mark 7:7-8 and “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

What does the Bible say in response to some of the doctrines Catholics have been taught? Please don’t just stop reading here but take a moment to read on. If the truth is revealed to your heart, then this blog has fulfilled its purpose. This same Truth set me free over 26 years ago and I have never looked back. I pray that I can make an impact on as many Catholics as possible before the rapture or my death occurs! “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Joh 8:32)

Who/What is our final authority?

Catholic Doctrine Says:

*The 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church declares: “It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” (Pg. 29, #95)

The Bible says:

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God…” 1 Thessalonians 2:13

What is salvation based on?

Catholic Doctrine Says:

“The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: ‘For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained.'” Pg. 215, #816.

Here, the 1994 catechism confirms the existing teaching of Vatican II, that salvation is only through the Roman Catholic church:

“…all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation…” Pg. 224, #846

The Bible says:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Joh 14:6) and

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Act 4:12) and

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom 1:16) and

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2Co 7:10) and

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” (Eph 1:13) and

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1Th 5:9) and

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2Ti 3:15)

Who Has the Power To Forgive Sins?

Catholic Doctrine Says:

There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive.” Pg. 256, #982

“By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to forgive the sins of the baptized…” Pg. 257, #986

The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ…” Pg. 363-364, #1448.

The Bible says:

“Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” Mark 2:7 and

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 and

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee… I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin…” Psalm 32:5

King David went directly to God to ask forgiveness for his sins: “Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:18 and

“Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight…” Psalm 51:2,4.

King Solomon also: “Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.” 2 Chronicles 6:21 and

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

No one has to go through a church to receive forgiveness but to God Himself: “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” Psalm 86:5 and “… if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

Does Mary Truly Save?

Catholic Doctrine Says:

“Taken up to heaven she (Mary) did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…” Pg. 252, #969

“Being obedient she (Mary) became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Pg. 125, #494

“She (Mary) is inseparably linked with the saving work of her Son.” Pg. 303, #1172

The Bible says:

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Jesus Himself declared that He is the ONLY way to heaven: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 and

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved… ” John 10:9 and

“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour.” Isaiah 43:11 and

“Yet I am the LORD thy God… there is no Saviour beside me.” Hosea 13:4 and “The God of my rock he is… my Saviour…” 2 Samuel 22:3 and

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.

After Jesus’ birth, the angel repeated himself: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.

Over and over, we read that Jesus is the Saviour: “… we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42 and

“Him (Jesus) hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour…” Acts 5:31 and

“Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:” Acts 13:23 and

“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ…” 2 Timothy 1:10 and

“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Titus 1:4 and

“Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;” Titus 3:6 and

“… the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” 1 John 4:14

Who is Our Intercessor:

Catholic Doctrine Says:

Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” Pg. 252, #969

The Bible says:

“…if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1 and

“Behold, God is mine helper…” Psalm 54:4 and

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6 and

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 and

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5

“And for this cause he (Christ) is the mediator of the new testament…” Hebrews 9:15 and

“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:” Hebrews 9:24 and

“Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25 and

“… It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34 and

“… he (Jesus) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:27 and

“For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18 and

“According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access…” Ephesians 3:11-12 and

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

Who Can Interpret God’s Word?

Catholic Doctrine Says:

The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.” Pg. 30, #100

The Bible says:

“… received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11.

In other words, they interpreted the Scriptures for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit. “And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” Mark 12:24.

Why did Jesus chastise the Sadducees for not knowing the Scriptures if it was impossible for them to interpret them? And why did Peter, Catholicism’s first ” pope,” declare the following? “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 2 Peter 1:20.

Why does Paul instruct us to study the Bible if we can’t interpret it? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.

Jesus admonished the Jews to: “Search the scriptures…” John 5:39 and

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 and

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” John 16:13.

The Apostle Paul recognized that the Holy Spirit was the One who taught him: “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 2:13 and

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12.

Why are Christians commanded to memorize the Scriptures if they can’t understand them? “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11 and

“Keep my commandments, and live… write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 7:2-3.

I pray that today’s blog has given my Catholic friends just one iota of encouragement to dig in God’s Word for themselves. You will be held accountable for your own studying. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Act 17:11)

*Taken from the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church

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~Psalm 3:3-4 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. (3) I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. (4)

God hears

As we’ve been going through this series, we have been learning about God’s attributes. Today’s verse teaches us that God does hear us when we cry to Him. I can’t begin to tell you how many times someone has told me that they do not feel as though God hears them. They continue to say that their prayers seem to stop at the ceiling. Does that sound familiar to you? Don’t believe it for a minute. God tells us that He does hear us and that He stands ready to help us. David said he cried with his voice and God heard him. God hears us as well!

God’s shield

The weary believer gets to a point in his life that he is overwhelmed and feels as though he has been totally abandoned. However, our God stands ready to shield us from total despair if we allow Him. Sometimes we just cannot see His shield in our lives because we are so absorbed in our circumstances. That is why it is so important that we stay in the Word. Reading brings life to our down heartedness. Reading brings to light God’s promises and comforting words. One can hardly read Psalms without walking away with a ray of hope. Why is it that we fail to go to the place where healing can occur when we need it the most?

God lifts us up

The best part of the verse is that God is the lifter of the weary believer’s head! Whether your head is stuck on a pillow because you’re exhausted or your head is drooped because of depression, God WILL lift it. He is there waiting and willing to do this. Read the Word and envelope yourself within the pages of encouragement. God will wrap His arms around you and bring you that much needed comfort and peace.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!