I attended a Seminar last night given by Mike Cumbie. An ex-Pentecostal turned Catholic. And his topic for the night was "Immaculate Deception". Which brought the word GEBHIRAH into my awarenss which a I will post on shortly. Marian Doctrine was the last hurtle he had to overcome. And he explained it how he researched and discovered thru immersion into the Judaic Culture of the times made it all clear and simple. Mike Cumbie was born and raised a Baptist. You can view his website here: http://www.mikecumbie.org Here is an excpert from his front page: From the heart of the Deep South, steeped in Southern Baptist tradition Michael Cumbie's call from God to preach the Gospel came at age 14. At age 19, while attending college and working on a degree in Music Education Michael experienced a life changing charismatic encounter with the Holy Spirit. Increasingly dissatisfied with fundamentalist, evangelical preaching of the Gospel, he began to understand just exactly how the early church had worshiped with its signs and symbols - and its focus on the Eucharist. Although a Protestant Pastor for 23 years, Michael ultimately realized that to be truly in one accord with "ancient historic" Christian practice, means to be in union with Rome, where the chair of the successor of St. Peter is located, he continued his studies and research. Michael was even ordained to the sacred priesthood (see picture gallery 2) with an "old catholic" group in 1993. Eventually he realized that his denomination and the Roman Catholic Church would not become one any time soon, and he discovered that this quest for the fullness of Faith could only be realized in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2001, Michael and his three children were received into the Catholic Church. Michael's wife Sherry came back to the Catholic Church that day as well, after a 28-year absence. Michael Cumbie's conversion story is entitled "No Bread on the Table, No Crumbs on the Floor" because of his great love of, and respect for the Most Holy Eucharist. Michael Cumbie is an experienced speaker, musician and worship leader and will inspire any audience with his knowledge, wit and incredible sense of humor. Michael will have your audience rolling with laughter while appreciating their Catholic Faith in a way that no other speaker can! This guy was phenominal in his presentation. His story: http://www.catholiccompany.com/product_detail.cfm?ID=5519 Is the "Christian church" in America irrelevant? What difference does the Mass make? Why would God give abundantly of the gifts of His grace only to ask for them back? For one popular Protestant preacher, the search for the answers to these and other crucial questions was only the beginning of a remarkable journey of faith, hope, laughter and tears that is guaranteed to strengthen your faith in, and love for, the Catholic Church! Fresh Perspective No Greater Gift: The Michael Cumbie Story is the engaging, enlightening, sometimes poignant and often laugh-out-loud-funny story of Michael Cumbie's personal journey to Catholicism. A former Pentecostal Protestant Pastor, Michael will both amaze and amuse you as he shares his journey to the Catholic Church and relates his life-changing discoveries about the difference between evangelical and liturgical worship. This charming but powerful message is sure to give you a fresh perspective on some of the most important aspects of your own faith. Led by the Spirit A convert to Pentecostalism from a strict Southern Baptist upbringing, Michael was one day led by the Holy Spirit to stop in a Catholic Church to pray. Inspired to return many times, he was deeply affected by the beautiful architecture and holy décor he found there. Now on this full-length video feature you'll experience Michael Cumbie's inspiring witness of how, through this experience, the Lord led him to the fullness of the truth through love of the Catholic liturgy. Spiritual Spark Taped before a live audience, this entertaining and inspiring presentation allows Michael Cumbie to demonstrate the winning personality and love of the Church that has made him such a sought after conference speaker. In this moving testimony, you'll discover the treasures that Michael found in the Catholic Church and the sacrifices he was willing to make to embrace them. As he sincerely shares his own "journey to Rome" with humility, simplicity and good humor, you will come to a more joyful appreciation of the great mysteries of the Church. When you watch No Greater Gift: The Michael Cumbie Story, you'll discover a renewed spiritual spark and a revitalized love for Holy Mother Church and those who serve Her. What will you learn? Why God sometimes asks us to sacrifice a good thing, so He can give us something better What the difference is between evangelical and liturgical worship How the Catholic Church is the "universal sacrament" of salvation Why if there's "no bread on the table" there can be "no crumbs on the floor" What it means to be "Rome-o-phobic" Why all Christians must return to "ancient liturgical worship" How Matthew 16:27 relates to the situation in the Church Why society is doomed without the Holy Eucharist How art and architec- ture are an indispensable aid to worship I AM NOW ON HOLY FIRE! WANTING TO BECOME A PART OF THE HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH. I CAN'T WAIT TO START ATTENDING RCIA CLASSES IN THE FALL! PRAISE BE JESUS! PRAISE BE GOD! AND PRAISE BE THOSE ALREADY IN HEAVEN BASKING IN THE GLORY OF GOD!