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  • CIA Operative Sent Back In Time To Stop Chris Tomlin From Messing With All The Hymns

    11/22/2017 1:14:51 PM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 11-20-17 | Babylon Bee
    CIA Operative Sent Back In Time To Stop Chris Tomlin From Messing With All The Hymns November 20, 2017 By: Babylon Bee UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, MD—In a dimly lit basement beneath the offices of one of America’s oldest churches, senior leaders representing denominations from all over the spectrum of Christian faith, in conjunction with the CIA, are making the final preparations before they send a highly-skilled time-traveling operative back to the year 1983 in an attempt to change the course of Chris Tomlin’s life, and the state of modern hymn singing forever.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/22/2017 6:29:30 AM PST · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Another Profession Closed to Christians?

    11/21/2017 5:12:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/16/17 | Ann Widdecombe
    Felix Ngole was thrown off his social work course because of his beliefs on marriage. The message for Christians is starkFelix Ngole is a Christian who was thrown off a social work course at Sheffield University because he wrote on Facebook in 2015 that he supported the Kentucky registrar who had refused to handle gay marriages and provided a link to a biblical quotation. He lost an appeal that his rights to freedom of speech and thought had been breached. University bosses told the court that the issue was his “fitness to practise”. That should worry us, for it implies...
  • Venerating the Oppressors?

    11/21/2017 5:09:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    About 40 students march at Stanford seeking the renaming of a street and three campus buildings named after St. Junipero Serra Native students and their allies marched in Wednesday’s Walk to Rename in support of renaming buildings and streets honoring Junipero Serra on campus. The students convened in the courtyard outside of Serra house in Stern Hall and walked down Galvez Mall to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s office in the Main Quad, where they presented letters of discontent to administrators. “To the window… to the wall… no more Serra Mall!” marchers chanted. In an open letter co-signed by a coalition of...
  • Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has Died. The Memory of a Young Catholic

    11/21/2017 4:58:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/17/17 | Piccolo agnello del Signore
    He was perhaps the only bishop who was not a member of the Patriotic Association, although he was recognized by the government. In 2005 he was invited to the Synod on the Eucharist, but the government did not allow him to attend. He spent over 20 years in forced labor camps. His praise of the Letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics. Since the beginning of the year his health had deteriorated. Funeral will be held on 25 November.Fengxiang (AsiaNews) - Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, bishop of Fengxiang (Shaanxi) died this morning at 7.20 am at the age of 95....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/21/2017 6:49:08 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • The Story of an Underground Catholic Priest in China

    11/20/2017 6:23:04 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Madrid, Spain, Nov 17, 2017 / 12:15 am (ACI Prensa).- Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in China. Those who adhere to Rome are persecuted by the Chinese government, which only grants freedom of worship to those belonging to the state-controlled Patriotic Church. Fr. Joseph recently shared his story on the “In the Footsteps of the Nazarene” program by the EUK Mamie Foundation, run by the Home of the Mother of Youth congregation of religious sisters. His back faces the camera in the interview, and the precise...
  • Pope Francis Confirms Construction of Syriac Church in Istanbul

    11/20/2017 6:17:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 11/15/17
    Pope Francis confirmed construction of a Syriac church in place of the former Latin Catholic Cemetery in Turkey's Istanbul, Vatican Ambassador Paul Russell said while visiting Istanbul's Bakırköy Municipality Mayor Bülent Kerimoğlu. According to the report of Turkish daily Hürriyet, the Pope's confirmation settles a dispute between Syriac Christians and Latin Catholic priests over use of the cemetery as land for the new church. The project, in process since 2013, was stopped by the court after Latin Catholic priest Pawel Symalaza filed a lawsuit claiming the group's ownership rights to the land. The ambassador stated that Latin Catholic priests were...
  • Talk of Restoring Monarchy in Russia Premature - Maria Romanova

    11/20/2017 6:14:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/17
    Moscow, November 16, Interfax - Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, the head of the Russian Imperial Family, said she hopes to move to Russia soon and believes that it is "not yet the time" for the restoration of monarchy. "I really hope for that [move to Russia]. I am often asked [about the fact] that I live in Spain, but visit Russia often. I hope I will soon live in Russia and go abroad to visit," the grand duchess told reporters on Thursday. In response to a question about her attitude to the restoration of monarchy in Russia, she said...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/20/2017 6:44:05 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 11-20-17 {Prayer}

    11/19/2017 10:06:22 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 23 replies
    11-20-17 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 22:28 For the Kingdom is the Lord's, And He Ruleth Among the Nations....
  • Pat. Kirill Tells of Importance of Developing "Heart Level" Contacts Among Pious Russians, Americans

    11/19/2017 4:57:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/17
    Moscow, November 16, Interfax - Contact between believers in Russia and the United States will help improve the bilateral relationship, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman. "Our relations with the U.S. at the level of Churches' interaction were extensive even during the quite difficult Soviet period," the patriarch said. "It was an important factor in maintaining the relations during the Cold War," he said. The current level of relations leaves much to be desired, he said. "It seems to me that we are now going through not the best of...
  • Openly ‘Gay’ Catholic Deacon Under Review as San Francisco Archdiocese Considers Obscene Evidence

    11/19/2017 4:51:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/16/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An openly “gay” ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is currently under “review” as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone considers evidence demonstrating his flagrant departure from Catholic teaching. In June LifeSite provided evidence of Deacon Brian Bromberger’s explicit endorsement of homosexual behavior and public authorship of smutty material for a local “gay” newspaper to the Archdiocese. Archdiocesan spokesman Mike Brown said in a recent interview “the Archbishop appreciates your bringing this matter to his attention,” but acknowledged, "We have been aware for some time of the deacon’s past public activities." He stated that the Archbishop...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/19/2017 6:41:46 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Newsmax's 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America

    11/18/2017 10:45:44 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 41 replies
    newsmax ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Jen Krausz
    Evangelicals come from many different Christian denominations, but they all have a common belief in the holiness of scripture and the centrality of faith in Jesus Christ for their lives. The Pew Research Center estimates that about 25.4 percent of Americans, or about 62 million adults, are evangelicals. The evangelical faith of these prominent Americans has shaped their lives and influenced their politics, morality, and careers, as well as their personal lives. This Newsmax list of the 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America includes pastors, teachers, politicians, athletes, and entertainers — men and women from all walks of life whose...
  • Ukrainian Parliament Makes Catholic Christmas a Public Holiday

    11/18/2017 5:47:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/17
    Kiev, November 16, Interfax - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved changes to the Labor Code by adding Catholic Christmas, December 25, and removing May 2 from its list of national public holidays and non-business days. The changes to Article 73 of the Code of Labor Laws were backed by 238 people's deputies in attendance. "With the passage of this bill, Christmas will be marked in Ukraine twice: on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar, and on January 7, according to the Julian one," Lyudmila Denisova (People's Front), head of the parliamentary committee on social policy, said during debate...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/18/2017 7:39:03 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • At Least as Dangerous as Porn

    11/17/2017 7:51:20 PM PST · by metmom · 30 replies
    desiringGod ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2017 | Jon Bloom
    When you think of the kind of trials that test your faith (James 1:2), do you ever think of material prosperity as one of them? Most of us don’t. We tend to think of suffering, adversity, and loss that put us in places of significant need. And we try to avoid experiencing such needs if at all possible. If such experiences come, we really want, and therefore pray, for God to deliver us from the needy seasons as soon as possible. For surely a God who loves his children would not want them experiencing need, right? He’d want to bless...
  • Orthodox Activists Call for Kremlin Stars to be Replaced with Double-Headed Eagles

    11/17/2017 5:35:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/15/17
    The Russian Orthodox activist movement Forty Times Forty has called for the ruby stars to be removed from the towers of the Kremlin, to be exchanged with two-headed eagles, which, according to the organization, could serve for reconciliation and the restoration of historical justice, reports RIA-Novosti. “We sincerely believe that the ruby stars should stand on those buildings that were built during the 70-year Soviet period of Russian history, but not on the Kremlin towers, which the Bolsheviks have nothing to do with building,” the movement’s statement reads. In a century of revolution, when, in the view of the movement,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/17/2017 6:31:04 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...