Forever in Our Hearts - Tribute to the Victims of the Newtown School Shooting

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  • 2013-01-09T00:49:32

Marinus de Jong i beieve yes i believe they are angels and they have been washed in their own BLOOD may the lord repose their soul Amen

  • 2013-01-09T00:47:13

you never know God mercy ,all what we can do to pray for their parents may the Lord Jesus Christ give them peace and support them ,thisis a deep scar will stat forever in their heart,they will cry day and night beside their nightmare ,Please have mercy ,because jesus is mecyfull

  • 2013-01-07T00:32:21

No, it's not dumping salt on open wounds. It's telling the truth for those who've never heard the Gospel! It's so important to tell the whole truth about Jesus, even when it hurts! Mark IS doing the loving thing.

  • 2013-01-06T18:35:14

THERE ARE JUST NO WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW I AM FEELING AT THIS TIME , TO TAKE THE LIVES OF THE CHILDREN AND TEACHERS IS UNFORGIVEABLE PRAYING FOR ALL.

  • 2013-01-03T23:47:04

You have a good point there mindfulheart.

  • 2013-01-03T23:40:29

Why not pray for the dead too? I believe in God. I'm not religious but I try to be the best that I can. My heart goes out to all the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary. When things get rough for me I turn to God and beg him. Now things are very sad and tragic for the loved ones left behind. I Pray and Hope that someday they will be come stronger through God's love and help.

  • 2013-01-02T15:45:57

God bless them! Lord please end school yard violence.

  • 2012-12-30T02:10:21

Willie Sung ^ I don't think you get what Gershon is trying to say! He is NOT disputing WHAT Mark is saying but his timing and lack of compassion for those who lost someone in this tragic event! A total lack of tact and compassion! I don't think God would be so harsh! Sad? Yes! But really?? Let's just dump some salt on their open wounds! If more people would respond with compassion while representing God and His word, then perhaps more people would be lead in His direction and not run away! Hug and show Gods love! Don't wag a condeming finger!

  • 2012-12-28T16:18:48

Dios por favor bendicie, guarda, dáles fortaleza, y esperanza a cada una de las familias que perdieron a estos pequeñitos ayúdales a superar este gran dolor. Bendigo a Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Amado Padre proteje a todos los niños del mundo.

  • 2012-12-23T01:12:12

Merry Christmas

  • 2012-12-22T16:24:36

Never ever forget... "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15. ~ He can now receive them home from all their wanderings. If an earthly father would rejoice to receive his children home after a long absence, and especially an absence fraught with many dangers and perils,--how much more shall God rejoice to receive his children home--as much more, as He loves his children better then they do theirs? ~ The children are enjoying a place we can't even imagine. Beauty beyond our comprehension and eternal fellowship in extravagant glory. http://www.gospeltruth.net/1849OE/490606_saints_death.htm

  • 2012-12-22T14:21:11

Hey Mark I just wanted you to understand from our point of view and you can take it for what it is.Catholics and Protestants can agree on two things regarding the afterlife: Souls in hell will not grow close to God, and those in heaven cannot draw any nearer to him. If purgatory does not exist, prayers for the dead are useless. But if a state of purification exists for some after death, and if prayers can help others in their process of sanctification in this life (Job 1:5: 1 Thess. 5:23), it seems reasonable that prayers would be beneficial to those who are being sanctified after this life. This narrows down the essential question: Does purgatory exist? If sin still clings to Christians (Heb 12:1), but there is no sin in heaven (Rev. 21:27), there must be a purification that takes place after ones death and before one enters heaven. Even if it were "in the blink of an eye," this final stage of sanctification must take place, so those who die in God's favor may be cleansed if any affection for sin remains in them. Paul mentions this in 1 Corinthians 3:13-15: "Each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work, which any man has built on the foundation, survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire." Paul's thought calls to mind the image of God as the refiner's fire and fuller's soap mentioned in Malachi 3:2. Fuller's soap removed stains from clothing. A refiners fire was an oven of intense heat where precious metals were placed in order to purify them of their corrosion and dross. In the same way, purgatory is when a soul is immersed into the fire of God's love and lifted out of the residue of its imperfections. And here is another question we get: Weren't prayers for the dead an invention of the medieval Church? Prayers for the dead are not only older than the Middle Ages, they predate Christianity. In the Old Testament, Judah Maccabee and his companions pray for the souls of departed soldiers: "It was a holy and pious thought. Therefore, he made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin" (2 Macc. 12:45). While Protestants do not accept this as an inspired book, it is worthwhile to point out that even today Jews have a prayer called the Mourner's Kaddish that is offered for the purification of the deceased. This practice of praying for the dead is also recorded throughout ancient Christian documents, such as the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and in the writings of Perpetua, Tertullian, Cyril of Jerusalem, Epiphanius of Salamis, John Chrysostom, and Augustine. Since all of these men wrote between A.D. 160 and 421, prayers for the souls in purgatory can hardly be considered a medieval invention. On the contrary, refusing to pray for the dead is a novel idea in light of historic Judaism and Christianity. Just to understand where I come from and not to open a Pandora box which this is not a forum to discuss. but we should all strive to live like saints and not trying to aim for purgatory.

  • 2012-12-22T12:56:08

U don't get what Mark is trying to say. not everyone who dies is going to heaven except for little kids. adults otherwise is diffrent U can't pray them out of Death. Once U die then judgement that's it unless if u never read the book 23 minutes in hell I highly recommend this book

  • 2012-12-22T04:50:20

So true

  • 2012-12-21T18:49:47

This week (Friday Dec. 14 to Friday Dec. 21) has been a difficult one! Every day was filled with news reports about the Newtown shooting, and stories of funerals of very young and also mature people. Un-imaginable is the grief and sadness of families who have lost loved ones in this tragic shooting. May our prayers be with them, and the spirit of Christmas lift up their own spirits. Today (Friday Dec. 21) is the alleged end-of-the-world according to the Mayan calendar. So far (i.e., 10:40am), nothing dramatic has happened in my neighborhood. Last night I talked with a friend in China (15 hours ahead of the US, which meant Friday noon), and nothing had happened there either. So I assume that NOTHING dramatic will happen today, and my son Jonathan can celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow, Saturday December 22, as planned. If anything, let the Mayan calendar and the senseless shooting in Newtown remind us to be ready for the return of Jesus Christ. If that happens, then the 27 victims of the senseless shooting in Newtown would NOT have died in vain.

  • 2012-12-21T03:23:27

in response to someone's post :let me just say that it is cruel to even post the possability that the adults that were murdered may have not known Jesus or had salvation and may have gone to hell! just cruel and very ungodly to say when your suppose to be supporting..encouraging and bring God's hope..love and promises NOT darkness to this hurting familys and friends! only God truely knows ones heart..only God knows ones salvation..not us! it is not our place to pass judgement on who goes to heaven and who doesn't. yes its important to spread the truth of God..of salvation and heaven and hell..but to those living not about those already dead and make their loved ones feel even more helpless and sorrow.it is just cruel to ever tell anyone that their adult loved one may be in hell! God is a God of love & light..strength & endurance..hope & forgivness and mercy.. those who follow him should be spreading encouragement..hope and love just like Jesus would not darkness.. these poor souls are already dead..nothing can be undone or changed..they cant come back and do life over.. so those that are posting that these adults that were murdered may not have had salvation and may be in hell..well there's nothing Godly in spreading more sorrow and pain by sugesting such a thing! those words are hurtful to the love ones who may see this and just a very evil thing to say in a situation like this! all these children and adults were brutally murdered! these adults sacrificed their lives in attempt to save these children's lives! I guarentee that didn't go unnoticed by God! so stop judging because only God knows their hearts! and those who follow Christ need to ACT more Christlike not comdem! what a terriable thing to say at a time like this! God Bless all the loved ones of these victims..may they be surrounded by love..kind words..hope..encouragement..peace and God's presence and comfort..Lord may every victim of this evil be at peace now in your merciful loving arms..both children AND adults! lord we know sometimes satan wins a battle but you always win the war! you know how the story of our life ends and your love and light shines through the darkest evil. may you bring many blessing from this. what evil meant to cause harm..you turn to good and blessings! God bless every aching heart tonight and always..in your son Jesus name AMEN!

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