Patrick Briney, Ph.D.

Encouraging words for standing on the promises of God.

St. Patrick’s denomination?

Posted by prbriney on March 19, 2013

I do not know if St. Patrick’s association with the Catholics or Baptistic people can truly be discerned after 1600+ years with only two documents composed by him.

You can find St. Patrick’s confession at http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/p01.html.

There are five points that are significant to me. In paragraphs, 1, 26, 32, and 41 he refers to: ‘nor were we obedient to our priests’, ‘episcopate’, ‘rank of Bishop’, and ‘the daughters of the chieftains are to be seen as monks.’ I would not be surprised based on these comments that he was associated with the Catholic church.

However, in the years of his ministry, being around AD 450, the Catholic church was still in its early formative years. It was not the Catholic church we know today. It was probably more like some of our Baptist conventions and associations today. But St. Patrick does not mention any particular association with a church. In paragraph 48, he mentions ‘ for the sake of God and his Church.’ This could be a generic reference, or it could be reference to the ‘universal’ Catholic church concept that was spoken of in the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381, just 70 years before St. Patrick’s ministry.

Though St. Patrick’s church association appears to be indeterminable, his profession of faith for salvation sounds good, his confession shows fruit of the Spirit in his life, and paragraph 60 indicates to me that he believed in eternal security. These distinctives are Baptistic though denominations as we know them today were not formed yet. And because the Catholic church was in its formative years, I suspect that many churches associated with Catholicism in that day were New Testament, Baptistic churches. The inclination to centralize and unify continues to this day among many new testament churches.

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Thoughts for atheists

Posted by prbriney on February 1, 2013

Atheists believe nothing exploded into everything. Does that make sense to anybody else?

Having no other than themselves to appeal to, atheists resort to SELF-righteous standards to judge others.

Atheist claims that scientists not atheists say unfalsifiable theories are unscientific. Really? Atheists don’t claim that unfalsifiable theories are unscientific? Where is the logic in that?

How do atheists explain the origin of the universe without contradicting laws of science?

How do atheists explain the origin of life without contradicting laws of science. Better yet, show that it is possible.

How do atheists demonstrate that living systems have the potential for unlimited change?

How many atheists does it take to build a house? None. It builds itself.

Properties of energy supported by laws of biogenesis and probabilities say life could not originate naturally. God wins. Presumption of atheism loses.

Fallacy: thinking that fulfilled predictions disprove other explanations. They don’t.

Atheist claims that if there was no similarities between human and ape DNA, then evolution would be false. This is not true. It would simply mean that they are not similar.

 

Science rules out what is not possible to discover what is possible. Atheism loses.

 

If extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, what shows that energy created and organized itself contrary to what is known?

 

There’s nothing extraordinary in believing God created. Most do. Extraordinary indeed is believing energy created itself contrary to what is known.

 

Properties of energy indicate that the universe and life do not create themselves. Atheists claim they do. Who is right?

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Clever phrases

Posted by prbriney on January 22, 2013

1.  The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was  Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2.  I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island,  but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3.  She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.

4.  A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it  was a weapon of math disruption.

5.  No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

6.  A dog gave birth to puppies near the road  and was cited for littering.

7.  A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would  result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8.  Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9.  A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall.  The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11.  Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said:  ‘Keep off the Grass.’

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and  pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts.  In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you’d be in Seine .

21.  A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says,  ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again  that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says, ‘Are you sure?’  The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain  during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

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Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

Posted by prbriney on December 30, 2012

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

A new year message

MBBC, December 12-30-12

Patrick Briney

How many days have you been alive? Just multiply your age by 365 to get an idea. You can be more accurate by multiplying the number of months since your last birthday and multiplying that by 30. The important thing to know about this number is that it represents more than just days that you have lived. This number represents the number of opportunities you have had to make your life a success. This number also represents the number of opportunities that have passed you by – never to be recovered.

Text: Matthew 6:34, Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The key to tomorrow’s success is what you do today; and the key to today’s success is Read the rest of this entry »

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Remembering noble sacrifices

Posted by prbriney on May 27, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

It is so easy to forget or just not think about those who have died in war. But once we understand what the purpose of the day is, it seems disrespectful and callous not to be thankful and to mourn the loss of those who sacrificed their personal futures and pleasures so that we could enjoy ours.

If it were not for Memorial Day, would we remember; Remember those who died in war, remember why they died, remember for whom they died?

Some died willingly and others against their will. Some volunteered and others were drafted. Some fought for Read the rest of this entry »

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Zig Ziglar motivational quotes

Posted by prbriney on May 24, 2012

Success  •A goal properly set is halfway reached. • Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. • Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. • If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. • Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future. • Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. • Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands. • If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. • If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if Read the rest of this entry »

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Truth

Posted by prbriney on May 7, 2012

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Helpless to help

Posted by prbriney on April 8, 2012

Text: John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Like any verse, there is a lot to say about this one. But in these brief moments, I want to focus on the disciple, whom I believe to be John, standing with Mary, watching the cruelty inflicted on her Son and his beloved friend and Master unable to do anything about it.

1. Some here have experienced horrible tragedy. Some are still suffering post trauma. Others are still enduring an on-going crisis. This will help personalize the suffering that occurred 2,000 years ago.
2. Today, I would like us all to consider cruel, cruel, deep pain. I would like you to imagine the day of your most horrific moment in life as we turn our attention to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Let’s make this personal, because it was not just Christ who Read the rest of this entry »

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Pastoral image humor

Posted by prbriney on February 19, 2012

Six images portraying what others think a pastor does.

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Catchy Phrases

Posted by prbriney on February 13, 2012

Don’t give up. Moses was once a basket case!

Try Jesus, if you don’t like Him, the devil will take you back.

If you don’t like the way you were born, try being born again.

Free coffee and everlasting life. Yes membership has its privileges.

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