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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/16/2017 6:23:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...
  • Detroit Parish Converted Into Gospel Theatre

    12/15/2017 6:08:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/12/17 | Alexander Slavsky
    Dissident bishop was pastor of parish for yearsDETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A historic Detroit parish has become a music hall after a financial collapse and a shrinking congregation. Saint Leo Catholic Church, established in 1908, reopened in October as the Detroit Gospel Theatre; before then, the parish had been overseen by controversial, pro-gay Bp. Thomas Gumbleton for 23 years. The archdiocese of Detroit sold the church to gospel artists this year after the congregation dwindled to only 150. The re-opening kicked off October 14 with a Grand Opening Gospel Celebration. Saint Leo opened in 1889 during Detroit's manufacturing and shipping boom...
  • British Government Refuses to Say Whether Proclaiming Divinity of Christ is a Hate Crime

    12/15/2017 5:55:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/14/17 | Staff Reporter
    Lord Pearson says the government refused to answer when he asked whether stating religious belief could be 'hate'The British government has refused to say whether telling people about the Christian faith could be a hate crime. Lord Pearson of Rannoch, a UKIP peer, says when he raised a question on the issue on the House of Lords, the government failed to state clearly whether Christians cannot be prosecuted just for stating their beliefs. “I said to the government ‘Will they confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be...
  • Group Opposes Senator’s Bell-Ringing for Salvation Army

    12/15/2017 5:51:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Connecticut Post ^ | 12/8/17 | Neil Vigdor
    Deep in the heart of Trump country, the Salvation Army’s ubiquitous red kettle is turning into a cauldron of controversy for Sen. George Logan. An Ansonia Republican, Logan’s volunteer work as a bell-ringer outside a Walmart in Naugatuck for the Salvation Army, which is a Christian charity, has drawn opposition from a secularist group. The Freedom From Religion Foundation called on Logan to keep up the separation between church and state. The group wrote to him Tuesday to voice its objections to him ringing the bell outside the big box store twice this week, including an appearance scheduled for Saturday...
  • 40 Facts About It's A Wonderful Life

    12/15/2017 10:00:51 AM PST · by ealgeone · 38 replies
    msn.com ^ | 12/7/2017 | John Birmingham
    For fans of the iconic movie you will enjoy the slideshow.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/15/2017 7:30:48 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 15 (NKJV) A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath 01 A soft answer turns away wrath, 00 But a harsh word stirs up anger. 02 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, 00 But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 03 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, 00 Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 04 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, 00 But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 05 A fool despises his father's instruction, 00 But he who receives correction is prudent. 06 In the house of the...
  • If Americans Hate Donald Trump and Judge Moore, What Then?

    12/15/2017 5:59:21 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 30 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/15/17
    It should be clear to any observant Born Again believer that someone bigger and more powerful is behind the scenes here in America (Eph. 2:1-2). Now, this Alabama state race was nothing more than a continuation of demonic Trump hatred and godlessness at war with Judeo/Christian values. The heart of this race - if you remove the curtain - reveals the battle of demonic lawlessness against Judeo/ Christian values and God ordained moral absolutes; in which Tuesday, lawlessness triumphed! More and more Americans today are embracing and siding with moral relativism, spiritual relativism, lawlessness and godlessness and when such evil...
  • Turkish Nationalists Lead Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia in response to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

    12/14/2017 6:18:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/13/17
    A group of people from the ultranationalist youth organization Alperen Hearths recited the Muslim call to prayer and performed Mulsim prayers inside Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia on Monday, in response to President Donald Trump’s recently-announced decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The group is linked to the right-wing nationalist Great Union Party. Their act comes a few days after Justice and Development Party deputy Şamil Tayyar called for Hagia Sophia to be reconverted into a mosque, in retaliation for Trump’s decision. “If you say so, let Hagia Sophia be opened to prayers. We...
  • School Inspectors Want New Powers to Tackle Faith Schools that ‘Clash with British Values’

    12/14/2017 6:13:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/13/17 | Staff Reporter
    Ofsted also said it is a problem that there is no requirement to register home-schooled childrenBritain’s school inspection body is demanding new powers to tackle conservative faith schools that spread beliefs that “clash with British values”. Ofsted claims in its annual report that an increasing number of religious schools teach a curriculum that undermines tolerance and respect, and says that its work is being hampered as there is no legal requirement to register children as home-schooled. Amanda Spielman, the group’s head, said spreading “shared values” would be one of Ofsted’s main priorities for the coming year. “Current legislation is inadequate...
  • New Film Shines a Spotlight on the Crisis in the Vatican

    12/14/2017 6:09:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 12/13/17 | Paul Stark
    Editor’s note: the following is from Paul Stark, Director of the forthcoming film, The Vatican Deception. There’s a new feature documentary film coming to theaters on January 18, 2018 called The Vatican Deception. It’s a powerful investigation into the past century through the lens of the Fatima prophecies, and it offers insights into the current crisis in the Vatican, how the crisis is linked to key global events, and why there’s a battle in the Vatican to conceal the prophecies. Those who know the story will see many familiar themes compiled in a comprehensive documentary designed to captivate the experts...
  • Why Would Christians Go Christmas Caroling Outside an Abortion Clinic?

    12/14/2017 2:03:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 14, 2017 | Eric Scheidler Pro-Life Action League
    A young woman sits in the waiting room of American Women’s Medical Center on Chicago’s northwest side, waiting to be called back to the operating room for her procedure. Even now, she’s unsure about the choice she’s made. She knows that abortion is against her religion, but she feels cornered. This is the only way out. Then she hears something that breaks through her anguished thoughts. A group of voices is singing outside the building. She recognizes the familiar words of a Christmas carol: “’round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild.” Outside, a group of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/14/2017 8:44:39 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 14 (NKJV) The Ways of Life and Death 01 The wise woman builds her house, 00 But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 02 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, 00 But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 03 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 00 But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 04 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; 00 But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 05 A faithful witness does not lie, 00 But a...
  • The Rest of the Story [Chanukah]

    12/14/2017 1:58:51 AM PST · by jjotto · 9 replies
    chabad.org ^ | undated | Asher Lowenstein
    ...There were many people who, enthralled by the appealing lifestyle of the Greeks, sought to discard their Jewishness and embrace the new customs: they were the Hellenists, in whose eyes all of the traditional practices were impractically archaic. To perform circumcision or refrain from eating pork could only further the Jewish particularity and distinctiveness, which was what the Hellenists were fleeing from. For them, the solution was to proclaim all of the Jewish customs unbinding and irrelevant... t the other extreme were a group of people led by the Maccabees, whose only concern was defending their heritage. Their indignation was...
  • Facing Student Pressure, Georgetown Continues Contraception Coverage in Insurance Plans

    12/13/2017 5:14:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Hoya ^ | 12/3/17 | Elizabeth Ash
    Georgetown University health insurance plans are continuing to cover contraception, despite a religious exemption from coverage requirements, following an advocacy campaign led by members of the student group H*yas for Choice. Two rules issued by the administration of President Donald Trump on Oct. 6 rolled back a mandate of the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, which required most employers to cover contraception in employer-provided health insurance plans. The Trump administration’s rollback expanded the list of organizations that can claim religious exemptions to the mandate to include nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies and religious institutions of...
  • In War-torn Homs, Syria, an Altar is Re-Consecrated—a Symbol of Faithful’s Resolve....

    12/13/2017 5:11:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 12/8/17 | Maria Lozano
    THE RE-CONSECRATION of the altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Peace (Dec. 1, 2017) was a new milestone on the journey back to normalcy in Homs, Syria. For three long years, 2011-2014—the city split between rebels and the Syrian regime—it was the setting for some of the fiercest fighting of the civil war. By the time the government took full control of Homs again, the city was left in ruins. In his emotional homily for the occasion, Melkite Patriarch Youssef Absi said, addressing an audience of more than a thousand: “Many have fallen as martyrs, your homes...
  • Return To The Past - Ancient Pagan Gods Being Honored Around The U.S., World

    12/13/2017 4:14:02 PM PST · by Maudeen · 33 replies
    Prophecy News Watach ^ | 12/13/2017 | WND.com
    They're doing it again! The same group that recreated the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal is now honoring another pagan deity. The United Arab Emirates, the Italian mission to the United Nations and the Institute for Digital Archeology have re-created a statue of the goddess Athena which once stood in Palmyra, according to Breaking Israel News. Though Athena was venerated as a goddess of reason, she was also known as "Athena Promachos," a war goddess, and the re-created statue features her holding a spear. The exhibit, titled "The Spirit In the Stone," is...
  • Metro Allows Ads From Pro-Abortion Group Denies Ad Celebrating Christmas and Jesus’ Birth

    12/13/2017 6:52:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Tony Perkins
    When it comes to advertising on the D.C. metro, free speech is in for a bumpy ride. In a classic case of viewpoint discrimination, a federal judge is siding with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for turning down ad space to the Catholic Church. WMATA defended the move by saying it bans “religious, political, or advocacy” messages (depending on who’s defining them, apparently, since the Human Rights Campaign still enjoys a prominent space in the subway’s line-up). Even so, the Archdiocese of Washington complains, nothing about their message was overtly spiritual. The scene is three wise men, two...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/13/2017 6:16:41 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 13 (NKJV) Wisdom Loves Righteousness 01 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, 00 But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 02 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, 00 But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, 00 But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 04 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; 00 But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 05 A righteous man hates lying, 00 But a wicked man is...
  • Irish Media Falsely Claims Most People in Ireland Want to Legalize Abortion

    12/12/2017 5:27:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    NRL News Today will run two posts today about how much blatantly anti-life and pro-media bias there has been of late in so many stories. That applies not just to the United States which we will discuss in our second of two stories but internationally. Our first post is the latest in a lengthy series of stories we’ve written about how determined the Irish press is to present information about abortion in a manner that screams “false news” in order to introduce permissive abortion in Ireland. The latest came out over the weekend in (where else?), the Irish Times. The...
  • Pro-life Leaders from 13 Countries Accuse Pope Francis of Failing to Uphold Church Teaching

    12/12/2017 5:21:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/12/17 | Staff Reporter
    One signatory accused the Pope and other members of the hierarchy of spreading errorsLeaders of pro-life organisations from across the world have signed a letter accusing Church leaders, including Pope Francis, of undermining their movement through ambiguous statements and actions contrary to Catholic teaching. The letter says that over the past 50 years the pro-life movement has “relied in a particular way on the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church, which affirms the moral law with the greatest clarity.” However, the signatories say that in recent years that teaching has increasingly been replaced by “ambiguity, and even by doctrines directly...