Blessed

Nathan, PQ and I will be leaving FL today. We have always visited my mom for Thanksgiving. This has been a wonderful and refreshing time in the Lord. My heart is heavy to leave my mom, yet full of love and gratitude. I am so thankful for all the love and support that I receive from my physical and spiritual family.

Thank you dear reader for being on this journey with me. I love you and I look forward to spending more time blogging over the Christmas break.

Lord God, thank You for refreshment and renewal. Thank You Lord God for my mom. Thank You Lord for this reader. Thank You Lord for family. Prepare our hearts Lord to love as You want us to love. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

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Blue Collar Theologian

My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

63 thoughts on “Blessed”

      1. She is doing great and has been such a HUGE encouragement to me as I’ve walked through counseling and dealt with crazy emotions! She just humbly and patiently points me to Jesus every single time.
        🙏😭🙌 such a blessing

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      1. I am doing well Mandy, thank you for asking. It is towards the end of the year and we are looking forward to the summer holidays and wind down from bible study happens next week. We will take a long break over the summer holidays.
        But December also gets very busy in church with carols and many other activities.
        How long a break will you get from your classes over Christmas.

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      2. That’s wonderful you get a summer break!!! I will have 6 weeks off. Most people are taking a 4 week course in January, however I can’t. I am absolutely exhausted and I need to spend time with the Lord and His people!!!! You are such a beautiful gift, Manu!!!!

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      3. Oh I can imagine. A break will be good. You will be rested and refreshed when you get back to it. I also kind of feel like I am running on fumes at the moment.

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      4. 🧡🧡🧡🤗🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘😘🙏🙏🙏🙏 Lord God, thank You for Manu! What a gift she is to me and so many others! Lord God, fill Manu with strength and wisdom to finish well. Prepare Manu Lord for the summer break and may she bask in Your glory and goodness. In Jesus’s Name I pray! Amen!

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      1. Amen, Alan! You are such a great bruv in Christ and I pray you know that!!!! So thankful for you and Susan!!!! Definitely want to coordinate some Skype times when I am off!!!! I am blessed by your friendship, Alan!!!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  1. Hey Mandy! So glad to hear you, Nathan and PQ could spend time with your mum! I look forward to some more of your blogs over the the Christmas break! Sending much love to you and family 🥰

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      1. Thank you so much Mandy!! Those kind words have really encouraged me! We all love you too! Praise God! Hope that you have a great week! God bless 🥰

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      1. Awesome to hear, and it went well had a good time with family I haven’t seen in a while and some good food.

        It’s been a good series to follow, Jimmy has been a blessing!

        Glad to have you back! Hopefully my computer is fixed so I can participate more!

        Have a blessed day sister!

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  2. Mandy, this is so beautiful to read. There remains nothing quite as precious to me on earth as spending time with my parents during their glory years. We grew closer in those few years than we had over the course of five decades (at least).And the wonderful thing is, I continue to get to know them more and more deeply as the days and years go by. That is one of God’s many, many remarkable blessings!❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Amen, Deborah! I love your response, thank you!!! God is so gracious in allowing us to know our parents for who they are, what a humbling gift!!!! Thank you for sharing this with me, I appreciate it!!! Keep smiling for Jesus!!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🧡🧡🧡

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      1. Thank you, Mandy! I actually read a book about Adolf Hitler and his 1923 “beer hall putsch” in Munich. A fascinating read. I’d been meaning to read a good book about the putsch since we visited our grandson in Germany in 2016 and his other grandparents took us to Munich and we stumbled upon a very significant putsch landmark. Well, I wouldn’t call that book uplifting, but it was as interesting as all get out.

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      2. Ok, so I just learned something new. On US Catholic.org it says, “ex cathedra means that the pope can explicate an article of divine revelation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in full possession of his role as Peter’s successor. When he does so he is protected from error. This ex cathedra possibility was supported by the Second Vatican Council. However, this does not mean that every time the pope speaks he is speaking infallibly.” Ok, so maybe you can help me, how are people to discern when the pope/vicar of Christ is speaking “infallibly” or as a mere man? Also, how are peoples consciences not pricked that this is WRONG? It is terrifying to me and becoming more and more real how demonic the RCC institution truly is. God was not present at Vatican 2 when they came up with making the pope’s words on par with God. This is really mind boggling to me. Since I became a Christian a LONG time ago, I held to sola Scriptura, now more than ever are we seeing the fruit that is produced from a lack of affirmation of sola Scriptura.

        Anyway, I hope I didn’t make your cold worse! Any help or thoughts on ex cathedra, the councils etc would be great! Thank you for being willing to listen and help me wade through this muck! I don’t know if Cathy will see this but I would be interested in her and Billy’s thoughts as well. Y’all are helping me so much with Romanism.

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      3. Thanks for the good question, Mandy! I have A LOT of peeves when it comes to RC-ism, but papal infallibility is right up there. The First Vatican Council defined papal infallibility as dogma in 1870. The context was that pope Pius IX had lost all of the Papal States in Italy to Garibaldi and the Risorgimento. He was just about to lose Rome also and insisted the prelates at VC1 declare papal infallibility as dogma. Pius IX lost all of his territories, but infallibility was his “victory.” He excommunicated Garibaldi and anyone who participated in the Risorgimento.
        Catholics insist the pope is infallible only when he issues an official declaration in his capacity as principal teacher of the church (“ex-cathedra” from the chair of St. Peter) on issues of faith or morals.
        Here’s where it gets interesting. Catholic theologians can only agree on two papal declarations that are deemed to be infallible, the immaculate conception in 1854 and Mary’s assumption into Heaven in 1950. So what’s the point of having this infallibility charism if it’s never exercised? Some have pointed to the condemnation of Galileo, which involved two popes, for his advocacy of heliocentrism, as a good example of why popes should not “go out on a limb” defining supposedly infallible dogma.
        Yes, untethering itself from Scripture as its sole authority, the RCC has manufactured multitudes of “sacred traditions,” which it claims carry the same weight as Scripture.

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      4. That is fascinating (in a bad way) about the 2 infallibility declarations. The way Jorge is going, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to issue a 3rd in the name of some kind of social cause. I could be wrong. Do you think the RCC will split over Francsis or unlike in Protestant churches, they will “stay together” even in the midst of their differences?

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      5. Francis won’t be defining any infallible dogmas (although I get your comment about his championing social causes). He’s much more of a “pastoralist” than a “doctrinalist.” He’s even made some remarks critical of papal infallibility, much to the chagrin of Catholic conservatives.
        There was a growing threat of schism back in 2016 with pope Francis’ “Amoris Latetitia” controversy (the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday installment), but that has subsided because conservatives are in a Catch-22. One of their most beloved tenets is absolute fealty to the pope.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this Mandy! So glad you made the trip and with PQ too! I’m trying to go to CA but Bob won’t go without Starry! Not sure how that would work…
    I’m still here with Mom. We surprisingly found a good church for worship and fellowship when we’re here. I really need it!
    Glad you had such a good Thanksgiving – I’m sure your mom cherishes that time with you all. ❤

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  4. Amen Mandy! We love you too and glad you had a good time. It’s good to have a break from school,be refreshed and renewed. Sometimes study is so intense it’s hard to do good old devotions. School, family, friends, rest, renewal, me time, devotional time all good.

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