One of the Ways Christ’s Atonement Served To Redeem the Whole World


A Good Story Illustrating One of the Ways
Christ’s Atonement Served To Redeem the Whole World

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States.

Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course his freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery.

Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going on to seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor’s class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. ‘How many push-ups can you do?’

Steve said, ‘I do about 200 every night.’ ‘200?

That’s pretty good, Steve, ‘ Dr. Christianson said.
‘Do you think you could do 300?’

Steve replied, ‘I don’t know…. I’ve never done 300 at a time.’

‘Do you think you could?’ again asked Dr. Christianson.

‘Well, I can try,’ said Steve.

‘Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,’ said the professor.

Steve said, ‘Well… I think I can…yeah, I can do it.’
Dr. Christianson said, ‘Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind.’

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. No, these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson’s class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, ‘Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?’

Cynthia said, ‘Yes.’

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?’

‘Sure!’ Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, ‘Joe, do you want a donut?’

Joe said, ‘Yes.’

Dr. Christianson asked, ‘Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?’

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.

When the professor asked, ‘Scott do you want a donut?’

Scott’s reply was, ‘Well, can I do my own push-ups?’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘No, Steve has to do them.’

Then Scott said, ‘Well, I don’t want one then.’

Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?’

With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push-ups.

Scott said, ‘HEY! I said I didn’t want one!’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘Look! This is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.’ And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, ‘Jenny, do you want a donut?’

Sternly, Jenny said, ‘No.’

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, ‘Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?’

Steve did ten….Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say, ‘No!’ and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.

Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, ‘Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?’

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, ‘Well, they’re your pushups. You are in charge now. You can do them any way that you want.’ And Dr. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, ‘NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!’ Jason didn’t know what was going on.

Steve picked up his head and said, ‘No, let him come.’

Professor Christianson said, ‘You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?’

Steve said, ‘Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut.’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘Okay, Steve, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?’

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘give me a donut.’ ‘Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?’

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Dr. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters. Steve’s arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders, and very popular.

Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, ‘Linda, do you want a donut?’

Linda said, very sadly, ‘No, thank you.’

Professor Christianson quietly asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?’

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. ‘Susan, do you want a donut?’

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. ‘Dr. Christianson, why can’t I help him?’
Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, ‘No, Steve has to do it alone; I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes.’

‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?’

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, ‘And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, ‘Into thy hands I commend my spirit.’ With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.’

Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.

‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’ said the professor, adding, ‘Not all sermons are preached in words.’

Turning to his class, the professor said, ‘My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spared not His only Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever. Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid.’

‘Wouldn’t you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?’

Submitted by Joan P. with thanks to our friend Kathi M.

Easter Obituary

Submitted by Father Walter
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WHY do some folks insist that everyone NEEDS Jesus Christ to go to heaven?


Q: WHY do some folks insist that everyone NEEDS Jesus Christ to go to heaven?

As a Jew, I find it incredibly insulting and dismissive of both me and my belief system for these folks to insist that without accepting Christ, I will never get into Heaven. Now, admittedly, we Jews generally don’t believe in heaven or hell, but the thought itself is insulting and dismissive.

What do YOU think?

A: I think that you have the right to believe whatever you wish, even if it’s wrong.

Good luck with that.

I believe that God is sovereign and all powerful, and that he can “save” anyone he cares to “save” … for any reason … or for no reason at all.

That said, anyone who IS “saved” will be as a result of the grace that Jesus Christ … the Messiah … obtained for us by his perfect and atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.

What the “odds” are of that grace being made available to those who stubbornly cling to obsolete and outdated apostate religions, in spite of the best efforts of others, is unknown.

Who do you think the whore is in the Book of Revelation?


Q: Who do you think the whore is in the Book of Revelation? 

A: The original “woman riding the beast” is the pagan goddess Europa, for whom the continent of Europe was named.

You’ll find a statue of same gracing the front of the EU parliament building located in Brussels, Belgium today (see photo).

Plenty of hills, plenty of kings, plenty of scarlet, and plenty of whoring going around there, to this day.

As for the rest, and how everything might one day come together, your guess is as good as anyone’s … because so far … all have consistently guessed wrong.

Christians, prayer, and free will?


Q: Christians, prayer, and free will?

How come you ask God to help you be a good Christian? Isn’t that saying that God could help you if he wanted, and therefore if he hasn’t been helping you, then he’d rather that you did so by your own choice?
And what’s with asking God to help prevent you from sinning?
And surely, if he is omniscient, he knew you were going to ask that anyway, right?
And he also knows whether or not he’s going to answer that prayer, and also knows how you’ll respond whether he answers it or not?

And also – if he DOESN’T answer a prayer from you for help in being a better christian, then what the hell does THAT say?

A: It isn’t quite that simple.

It typically takes much more than simple prayer to figure out all of what God has in store for us.

It takes a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in ALL of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the universal (Catholic) Church.

It doesn’t get any better than that, this side of Heaven.

Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?


Q: Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

Do you also pray to saints?

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

My Catholic Reply: 

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

A: We pray to God, and we give worship to God alone. We include all Christians, all the angels, and all the saints, in our prayer life. That’s what authentic “communion” and authentic “church” is all about.

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

A: The Pope is certainly NOT God. The Pope is the legitimate, authoritative, and powerful leader of the universal Christian Church that was founded by Jesus Christ, that has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

A: The Pope has the authority to bind and loose on earth and in heaven, because Jesus personally endowed the leader of the universal church with that power. Jesus remains the only judge as to whether our particular actions or inactions constitute a sin. In the mean time, the Pope provides a prudential opinion on the matter, for the good of the whole church.

Do you also pray to saints?

A: See the answer to your first question, above.

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

A: To be a saint, a person must be admitted into heaven, according to the judgment of Jesus Christ. When the Church chooses to officially declare a person a saint, the Church considers the matter to be a certainty, according to the power of “the Keys” and according to the power of “binding and loosing”, which was personally given to the Pope and to the Church, by Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the universal Christian Church.

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

A: I don’t. There’s no official requirement for any Catholic to do so. Some have and some do, and for very practical purposes … none of which have ever been contrary to the Christian faith.

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

A: Anyone who has been baptized with water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is a member of the authentic, universal (Catholic) Church. Some imperfectly so.

Those who (for whatever reason) are unable or unwilling to accept ALL that God has revealed, for the purpose of our salvation, through the only Church that was ever founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed by Jesus Christ … the Catholic Church … are charitably invited to prayerfully consider the words of St. Paul:

Phi 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
Phi 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
Phi 2:3 Let nothing be done through contention: neither by vain glory. But in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
Phi 2:4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.
Phi 2:5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Phi 2:6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Phi 2:7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
Phi 2:8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
Phi 2:9 For which cause, God also hath exalted him and hath given him a name which is above all names:
Phi 2:10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
Phi 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Phi 2:12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois Announces SummerFest!




Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois
Announces SummerFest!

Raffle, Concert, Food, Games, & More … All for a good cause!

Friday June 20, 2008 from 3 to 10 PM at Our Lady of Peace, 701 W. Plainfield Road, Darien IL 60561.

Details here …