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  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumacher’s economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the book’s publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 4 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs...declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage

    10/21/2014 8:59:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Full Title: Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs. Hillsong's pastor, stressing the church's need to stay relevant, declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage There’s a good piece by Andrew Walker in First Things on a popular international church network called Hillsong’s apparent equivocation on marriage. At a recent New York press conference, the ministry’s leader, Brian Houston, declined to answer whether the ministry affirms the biblical position. Instead, he stresses the church’s need to stay “relevant.” Earlier this year the pastor of Hillsong’s New York’s congregation, the ultra hip Carl Lentz, shared similar views with CNN. His wifeadded:...
  • SATIRE: Bouncers Hardest Hit

    10/21/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Language from the Relatio rejected by the Synod. Over at the blog That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, that is a mouthful, brings news of this latest development: London’s Catholic Churches are already undergoing a...
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-14

    10/20/2014 9:11:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • Hell's Best Kept Secret

    10/20/2014 8:40:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    Living Waters ^ | 1982 | Ray Comfort
    "No zeal for the lost, no hunger for the Word, no burden to pray...strangers to holiness." This describes a large number of the people who sit in our church pews today. This is the result of our man-centered gospel which is being served up in our pulpits. We have multitudes of lukewarm Christians with a false sense of security regarding their salvation. This man-centered gospel also has a massive casualty rate. It's producing 90 backsliders per 100 decisions. These people are not really backsliders. I would like to suggest they have never slidden forward. These people have not been warned...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/20/2014 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Satisfies You Today's Scripture "They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (Psalm 37:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow God’s commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. God always shows Himself strong on behalf...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2014]

    10/20/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? " This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are...
  • Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings

    10/20/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didn’t Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? You’re bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 23 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden drama—with a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyer’s dream is not “vampire”...but “meadow.”...“Mountain Meadows,”...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-14, OM, St. Paul of the Cross

    10/19/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2014Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we were...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 19, 2014]

    10/19/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unheeded Secret " Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world —John 18:36 " The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation . . . . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-19-14, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/18/2014 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2014Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,subduing nations before him,and making kings run in his service,opening doors before himand leaving the gates unbarred:For the sake of Jacob, my servant,of Israel, my chosen one,I have called you by your name,giving you a title, though you knew me not.I am the LORD and there is no other,there is no God besides me.It is I who arm you, though you know me not,so that toward the rising and the setting of the sunpeople may...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2014]

    10/18/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion " . . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7 " Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love...
  • 11 of the Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

    10/18/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    All of these are from the Things Jesus Never Said Facebook Page.
  • What the Synod of Bishops isn’t talking about (Hijacker Bruno Forte in charge of final report)

    10/18/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    The final report The final document of the Synod of Bishops is being written by Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, general relator of the summit; Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Vatican’s office for the synod of bishops. It is expected to be presented early next week. Eight other synod members, with at least one representative from each continent, were additionally assigned to the document’s drafting committee, including Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that is now coming to an end was called by Pope Francis to lay...
  • The Meaning of Six hundred and Sixty Six (666)

    10/18/2014 8:14:08 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 143 replies
    666 has meaning behind it. John the Revelator was Hebrew. He would have known that each Hebrew letter of the alphabet (which is a number too) has a meaning and/or symbol to it. In the scripture it was written as six hundred and sixty six. Not 666. I find the meaning of this is to be "in the end times, a head will emerge, Satan (snake), and will hook people into sin(disbelief in my book). Allow me to show you how it works by viewing this: I believe that the letters used to write six hundred and sixty six would...
  • What heaven's really like-by a leading brain surgeon who says he's been there: Read his testimony

    10/17/2014 10:38:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | Dr. Eben Alexander
    When I was a small boy, I was adopted. I grew up remembering nothing of my birth family and unaware that I had a biological sister, named Betsy. Many years later, I went in search of my biological family, but for Betsy it was too late: she had died. This is the story of how I was reunited with her — in Heaven. Before I start, I should explain that I am a scientist, who has spent a lifetime studying the workings of the brain. My adoptive father was a neurosurgeon and I followed his path, becoming an neurosurgeon myself...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-14, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2014 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2014Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist    Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/17/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Greatness of His Favor Today's Scripture “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us...raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past — how He parted the Red Sea or stopped the sun for Joshua or fed...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 17, 2014]

    10/17/2014 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key of the Greater Work " . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12 " Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power...
  • Stethoscope

    Watch it until the end! You WILL be SURPRISED!!!
  • Twitter Blocks #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Campaign That Supports Subpoenaed Houston Pastors

    10/17/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Twitter allegedly blocked a new online campaign designed to support the Houston pastors who were subpoenaed by the city's lawyers demanding that they turn over their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the city's first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The #HoustonWeHaveAProblem campaign and petition were created by Faith Driven Consumer, the same organization that supported and helped to reinstate Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty" after he was thrown off the show for his comments about homosexuality surfaced from a GQ interview.
  • “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old”

    10/17/2014 8:13:02 AM PDT · by avenir · 15 replies
    So begins the Maskil of Asaph, Psalm 78. As synods and councils and elderships wrangle over things long ago settled by God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, I wanted to encourage fellow believers to find an audio bible they like and "baptize" their minds in the complex and glorious beauty of His Psalms. I have been richly blessed by doing so while working and riding my bike. Music? Let me tell you, the Psalms are REAL music to a believer's ears. Though steeped in the era of Law, God's manifold wisdom and loving kindness are absolutely "fresh and...
  • In the Church’s hour of greatest need, Dolan fails again

    10/16/2014 9:14:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks haven’t seen this, yet. Reader MFG sent this to me this morning. I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere. Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and “solemnizing” divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-14, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2014 7:58:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 1017-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2014Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr    Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/16/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Where Strength and Joy Are Found Today's Scripture “Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.” (1 Chronicles 16:27, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Bible tells us that in God’s presence, there is fullness of joy — the most abundant and complete! And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord. Notice this verse says that strength...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 16, 2014]

    10/16/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Master’s Orders " Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest —Matthew 9:38 " The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the...
  • 24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in the 21st Century

    10/16/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The global face of Christianity has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. So much so, that everything that seemed so permanent about “the way the world was” no longer holds. Information courtesy of PewForum, here’s where things stand:
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-16-14, OM, St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    10/15/2014 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 1:1-10 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,to the holy ones who are in Ephesusand faithful in Christ Jesus:grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in Christwith every spiritual blessing in the heavens,as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,to be holy and without blemish before him.In love he destined us for adoption to himself through...
  • Does the (Third Jewish) temple need to be rebuilt?

    10/15/2014 7:58:19 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 53 replies
    Amazing Facts blog ^ | July 19, 2013 | Bible Answers by Pastor Dave
    Q. Does the Jewish temple need to be rebuilt before Jesus returns? A. With the constant turmoil always threatening stability in the Middle East, many Bible commentators are speculating louder than ever about whether the Jewish temple will be rebuilt in the months and years to come. Entire Christian ministries are established to assist in the building of the temple to hasten the return of Jesus. For many, such an event will signal the start of the final events of earth’s history. However, in the same way many Christians misplace the focus from spiritual Israel to the literal Jewish nation,...
  • How an incorrect translation of the synod report created chaos

    10/15/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    Vatican City, Oct 15, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself. The document's original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of the synod. In prior synods the official language had been Latin, esteemed for its precision and lack of ambiguity. The point of controversy occurs at paragraph 50 of the relatio. The Italian original, after praising the gifts and talents homosexuals may give to the Christian...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/15/2014 3:13:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Answer the Door Today's Scripture “...Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture says that joy comes in the morning. When you wake up each morning, God sends you a special delivery of joy. It comes knocking at your door. When you get up in faith and make the declaration that “this is going to be a good day,” do you know what you just did? You just answered the door. You just received the gift of joy that God sent to you. The problem...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 15, 2014]

    10/15/2014 3:04:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (2) " He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2 " The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But— “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”— that is limitless (John 1:29). The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-15-14, M, St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    10/14/2014 8:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 15, 2014Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Gal 5:18-25 Brothers and sisters:If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are obvious:immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.I warn you, as I warned you before,that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, generosity,faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.Against such there is no law.Now...
  • On the Secular Humanist agenda, from The Man the Networks Love to Hate (1989)

    10/14/2014 5:41:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    The Man the Networks Love to Hate
    Recently I read “The Man the Networks Love to Hate” (1989), by Rev. Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association. It was an informative read, particularly in showing how those who oppose Christianity have been working over the years to get our society to where it is now. Below are some excerpts from it. The first excerpt is on secular humanism. Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell were beginning to talk quite a lot about it in the 80’s, but the media responded by calling it “the right’s new bogeyman” and conspiracy theory. Wildmon says he didn’t know much about...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/14/2014 5:09:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Get Your Joy Back Today's Scripture “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” (1 Peter 1:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If the circumstances of life have taken away your joy, today is the day to get it back. You weren’t meant to live this life feeling drained, depressed and down. God wants you to be excited about your future and learn to enjoy each and every day. If you don’t make the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 14, 2014]

    10/14/2014 5:07:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1) " Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ —Matthew 28:18-19 " The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the...
  • A North Korean Defector Realizes Years Later Her Father Was An Underground Christian...

    10/14/2014 4:18:47 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    Do the Word ^ | 10/13/14 | Pastor Foley
    Frequently North Korean defectors in South Korea will look back on peculiar behaviors of parents and grandparents in North Korea and realize with great astonishment that their family members were actually underground Christians. JBM, one of our Underground Technology students, recently shared just such a story with us. Think on this as you eat your breakfast this morning and your children or grandchildren silently observe your behavior: My father studied medicine at [X] University in Japan. After he graduated, he opened a hospital in [NK city] and worked as a health minister in NK. My mother was a housewife. Because...
  • Advice for the Pope in Light of the Synod

    10/14/2014 3:01:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Rev. Dwight Longenecker
    The Holy Father has been very good in lecturing priests and telling us what to do. We are to go out into the world and “make a mess.” We are to “smell like the sheep.” We are to welcome all with compassion, forgiveness and mercy. We are to be good and kind pastors who administer the sacraments with care and concern. We are to seek out the poor, castigate the rich, side with the unfortunate, heal the sick, support the immigrants and reach out to the lowly. We are to welcome the divorced and remarried, not judge those with same...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-14-14, OM, St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

    10/13/2014 7:49:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 14, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gal 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters:For freedom Christ set us free;so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling youthat if you have yourselves circumcised,Christ will be of no benefit to you.Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcisedthat he is bound to observe the entire law.You are separated from Christ,you who are trying to be justified by law;you have fallen from grace.For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of...
  • Cardinal on his own Report's paragraphs on homosexuality (One big circus, no one in control)

    10/13/2014 7:26:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    The upheaval in the manipulated and censored secret Synod Assembly is so great not even the rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo, is able to vouch for what he signed and had published under his own name! When presenting the "Relatio post disceptationem" this Monday, Cardinal Erdo was asked by reporters about the scandalous paragraphs on homosexuality, homosexual unions, and the raising of children by homosexual "couples", that are in most aspects a 180-turn away from the 2,000-year-old permanent doctrine and practice of the Church, as taught even more strongly in the last two pontificates. Instead of explaining them, he refused to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/13/2014 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 10/13/14 | Joel Osteen
    Set the Tone Today's Scripture “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” (Psalm 34:1, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you think about? What’s the first thing you say? Do you set the tone for success, favor and blessing? Yesterday may have had some hardships or some difficulties, but it’s a new day. We should be on the lookout for God’s blessings. The scripture tells us that the darker it gets in the world, the brighter it’s going to be...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 13, 2014]

    10/13/2014 5:02:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth " . . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens —Exodus 2:11 " Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After he launched his first strike for God and for what was right, God allowed Moses to be driven into empty discouragement, sending him into the desert to feed sheep for forty years. At the end...
  • Religious Freedom Under Attack in the Muslim World

    10/13/2014 1:55:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The deplorable state of religious freedom in the Islamic world came to the fore in May when news of the arrest, imprisonment, and death sentencing of a pregnant Christian wife and mother on the accusation that she had left Islam for Christianity reached the world. On May 15, Meriam Ibrahim of Sudan was sentenced to flogging followed by hanging for apostasy after she repeatedly refused to convert to Islam.
  • 7 More Words You Didn’t Know Had Christian Origins

    10/13/2014 8:58:52 AM PDT · by millegan · 20 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 13th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you “7 Words You Didn’t Know Had Christian Origins.” But, of course, Christians have contributed far more than just seven words to our language! So here are seven more words you didn’t know had Christian origins. 1) Goodbye “Goodbye” (also “goodby,” “good bye,” or “good-bye”), comes from the older English term “godbwye,” which is a contraction of “God be with ye.” (“God be with ye” = “godbwye”) The French (adieu) and Spanish (adios) words for parting ways are also related to commending the person to God. [There are 6 more at the link]
  • Catholic bishops go liberal on sex:

    10/13/2014 5:20:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 103 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 October 2014 | John Hall
    Catholic bishops meeting to discuss 'family issues' at a two week summit have said unmarried couples living together can be 'positive', and gay relationships and divorces must be welcomed. Displaying remarkably liberal attitudes for a Church famed for its conservatism, bishops meeting in the Vatican today also said that a couples' decision on the use of contraception should be respected.