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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Godly Anger Versus Selfish Anger

    08/20/2017 6:19:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] is not provoked" (1 Cor. 13:5). Self-centered anger cannot coexist with love. The great eighteenth-century preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards had a daughter with an uncontrollable temper. When a young man asked Dr. Edwards for his daughter's hand in marriage, he said no. The young man was crushed. "But I love her and she loves me," he pleaded. "That makes no difference," Edwards replied, "she isn't worthy of you." "But she is a Christian, isn't she," the young man argued. "Yes," said Edwards, "but the grace of God can live with some people with whom no one else could...
  • The Lord Who Provides

    08/20/2017 6:18:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:13-14). When God provides for a believer, He’s being true to His name. The Old Testament gives God many names, but one of the most lovely is Jehovah-Jireh, translated in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-20-17, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/19/2017 7:57:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2017 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7Thus says the LORD:Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come,my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,ministering to him,loving the name of the LORD,and becoming his servants—all who keep the sabbath free from profanationand hold to my covenant,them I will bring to my holy mountainand make joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt offerings and sacrificeswill be acceptable on my altar,for my house shall be calleda house of prayer for all peoples. Responsorial Psalm...
  • The Generosity of Love

    08/19/2017 5:53:34 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not seek its own" (1 Cor. 13:5). Love transforms selfish people into self-sacrificing people. From the time of Adam and Eve, replacing God with self has been at the root of all sin. Our first parents had only one restriction: "From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Gen. 2:17). But Eve believed the serpent's lie that God was trying to keep her from realizing her full potential (Gen. 3:5). She ate the forbidden fruit, gave some to Adam,...
  • Dare to Be a Daniel

    08/19/2017 5:53:10 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all’” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). Trust God, who controls everyone and everything. In Daniel 6, King Darius chose 120 princes to help him govern his kingdom. Over the princes he appointed three presidents, with Daniel being the first president. The princes and other two presidents were jealous of Daniel, so they devised a scheme against him. They told the king that he should make a law requiring every person to make his requests only...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-19-17, OM, St. John Eudes, Priest

    08/18/2017 8:52:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2017 Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:14-29Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,and addressed them, saying: "Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,and serve the LORD.If it does not please you to serve the LORD,decide today whom you will serve,the gods your fathers served beyond the Riveror the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." But the people answered, "Far be...
  • Treating Others with Consideration

    08/18/2017 5:46:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not act unbecomingly" (1 Cor. 13:5). Considerate behavior demonstrates godly love and adds credibility to your witness. When I was a young child, I loved to slurp my soup. I didn't see any harm in it even though my parents constantly objected. Then one evening I ate with someone who slurped his soup. He was having a great time but I didn't enjoy my meal very much. Then I realized that proper table manners are one way of showing consideration for others. It says, "I care about you and don't want to do anything that might disrupt your...
  • Recognizing God's Ownership

    08/18/2017 5:45:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). God owns everyone and everything. One day when John Wesley was away from home, someone came running to him, saying, “Your house has burned down! Your house has burned down!” Wesley replied, “No, it hasn’t, because I don’t own a house. The one I have been living in belongs to the Lord, and if it has burned down, that is one less responsibility for me to worry about.” John Wesley viewed his material possessions from a biblical perspective, for Scripture makes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-18-17

    08/17/2017 8:08:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 18, 2017 Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:1-13Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,summoning their elders, their leaders,their judges and their officers.When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people: "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: In times past your fathers, down to Terah,father of Abraham and Nahor,dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the Riverand led him through the entire land of Canaan.I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.To Isaac I...
  • Becoming an Effective Minister

    08/17/2017 5:41:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Love . . . is not arrogant" (1 Cor. 13:4). Love is the key to effective ministry. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 Paul says, "Love does not brag and is not arrogant." We often equate bragging and arrogance, but in this passage there is a subtle difference. The Greek word translated "brag" emphasizes prideful speech or actions; "arrogant" emphasizes the attitude of pride motivating those actions. The prideful attitudes of the Corinthians were evident in several areas. In 1 Corinthians 4:18-21 Paul says, "Some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you...
  • Finding True Contentment

    08/17/2017 5:40:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “To me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). True contentment is found only in Christ. There has never been a society in the history of the world that has had as many commodities as Americans have. We are living in affluence that is unheard of in the world’s history. The key philosophy behind it all is this: only as you accumulate enough assets to satisfy your particular lifestyle can you really be happy. Sad to say, Christians have bought into that philosophy. Now, there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with commodities, but it is wrong to think...
  • Awaiting the City of God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    08/17/2017 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Evangelical Christians love America. Some see in her the last hope of creating a Christian nation. But it is not a Christian nation. It is pagan to the core. It is in danger of becoming, if it is not already, the new “Evil Empire.” The Mayflower Compact is a museum piece, a relic of a forgotten era. “In God We Trust” is now a lie. Yes, we must always work for social reform. Yes, we must be “profane” in Martin Luther’s sense of going out of the temple and into the world. We do not despise the country of our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-17-17

    08/16/2017 8:27:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 17, 2017 Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17The LORD said to Joshua,"Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel,that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenantto come to a halt in the Jordanwhen you reach the edge of the waters." So Joshua said to the children of Israel,"Come here and listen to the words of the LORD, your God.This is how you will know that there is a living God in...
  • North Korea and Bible Prophecy

    08/16/2017 1:18:55 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Omega Letter ^ | 8/14/17 | Pete Garcia
    With things heating up in the Pacific northeast, people are wondering what a potential war with North Korea means’ in the prophetic picture. Let me be upfront and state that I believe a war with North Korea will transpire, and that they are about to experience fundamental regime change. Let me be clear in saying that the North Korean regime under Kim Jong Un (KJU) will collapse through divine action. Now God may use the military, diplomatic, or economic means, but it will happen because He allows it. As a result, the Gospel will go into North Korea even if...
  • AMERICA - Why Didn't Someone Do Something?

    08/16/2017 6:23:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | June 29, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence” (Daniel Webster; 1782-1852). Why didn’t someone do something? Those five words still haunt my thoughts today. Sometime ago, I sat speechless as I listened to a man recount his trip to a holocaust museum with his young daughter. As they walked by photos of the death camps, gas chambers, and countless bodies piled one upon another, his daughter silently...
  • Exalting Others

    08/16/2017 6:19:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Love does not brag" (1 Cor. 13:4). Love exalts others; pride exalts self. Most of us shy away from people who have an inflated view of themselves or place themselves at the center of every conversation. Yet perhaps you too struggle with the temptation to spend most of your conversations talking about yourself. Even if you would never openly brag about yourself, might you at times secretly resent others for not acknowledging your accomplishments? That's the subtlety of pride. Boasting always violates love because it seeks to exalt itself at the expense of others—to make itself look good while making...
  • Serving Your Master

    08/16/2017 6:18:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon’” (Matthew 6:24). The believer is to serve God, not riches. When reading Matthew 6:24, many people say, “I believe that you can serve two masters. I work two jobs.” The reason they say that is they don’t understand the Greek word translated “serve.” It refers not to an employee in an 8-to-5 job but to a slave. A slave is one who is constantly and entirely devoted...
  • Rejecting Kingdoms of This World (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    08/16/2017 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Augustine stood by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. He had heard of the hordes of barbarians that were moving as a juggernaut against Rome and the empire. The reports were ominous and foreboding, lending little reason for hope of the survival of the Roman culture. Augustine said a prayer in three parts. In the first part, he implored God to save the empire. In the second part, he asked for grace to accept the destruction of civilization as he knew it, if that should be the will of Providence. In the third part, he asked that in either case...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-16-17, OM, St. Stephen of Hungary

    08/15/2017 9:06:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2017 Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 34:1-12Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,and the LORD showed him all the land—Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordanwith the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,and as far as Zoar.The LORD then said to him, "This is the landwhich I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobthat I would give to their descendants.I...
  • US Catholics to Mark 50 Years Since Navy Chaplain's Heroic Death

    08/15/2017 8:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services will celebrate the Annual Mass for Father Capodanno Sept. 5 at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass will take place at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time....