Christopher Keith Riley was the 3rd child to Kevin and Mavis Riley born on 24 November 1954 in Eucha Hospital. He had an older sister Helen, an older brother Peter then 2 younger brothers Wayne and Greg. He was born and raised in Eucha, Victoria. He went to Salesian College for school. He became a Priest at the age of 21. (Williams, 2010)
In 1991 Father Riley opened up a non-denominational community organisation for less fortunate young people who are recovering from abuse, homeless and/or drug dependant called Youth Off The Streets. Youth Off The Streets helps these young people pick up their lives and work on overcoming immense personal trauma such us neglect, psychological, emotional and physical abuse. (Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets, 2016)
(Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets, 2016)
The reason I chose Father Chris Riley as my modern day prophet is because I believe his work is extraordinary. He is a great guy and they way he is helping these kids turn their lives around is amazing. We need more people like him in our world.
The Prophet Amos
In the Old Testament of the Bible there are Twelve Minor Prophets, Amos being one of them. Amos lived from during the long reign of King Jeroboam II (786-746BC). He preached in the northern Kingdom of Israel but he was from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Before Amos became a prophet he was a shepherd and a farmer.(Mindel, 2017)
He is the first to propound the concept of a God who is universal and is not just the tribal deity of the Hebrews. What God demands of man is moral purity and social justice, rather than the rituals and sacrifices of organised religion
Social justice is important.
Amos denounces the hypocrisy of the wealthy who obeyed the law but took advantage of the poor.
God as judge of all nations.
Visions revealing God's purpose
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!" (Amos 4:1)
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)
"The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD." (Amos 8:11)
(Father John Riley's Youth Off The Streets. 2016)
How Amos and Chris relate to each other
Amos and Chris relate to each other because they are both think that everyone is equal and that we should help everyone no matter who they are. They help the venerable and needy with their kind hearts
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