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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Evening Devotional: The Last Enemy (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 1:15:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | July 29, 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26 Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15:24–29 Devotional At every funeral we experience concretely that death remains an enemy. Once a person breathes his last he is out of our reach. Death is so final. But why do believers need to die if Christ has gained the victory over death? In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul addresses this issue and confirms the glorious gospel of Christ’s victory over death. Death came into the world because of sin. Since Christ conquered sin He has conquered death, too. Death is not a natural...
  • The Christian Life is Monastic Life

    07/29/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-18-2013 | Fr. Natham Duffy
         To a culture whose core values are self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and self-sovereignty, Orthodox monastic life appears as an affront and a scandal. What could be more contrary to our individualistic society which prizes comfort, ease, and “freedom” above all other concerns than a life of utter self-abasement, strict obedience, and striving after Holy suffering for Christ’s sake? The monastic life is a call to prophetic, apostolic, martyric, Christian witness, but is it a completely distinct call from the general Christian calling? Do the commandments to pray unceasingly (1 Thess. 5:17) or to sell all we have, give to the...
  • The Wisdom of God - Chapter 11 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • Three Faithful Wounds - Chapter 25 (Ecumenical)

    07/29/2015 10:16:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, says the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 27:6. And lest we imagine that the preacher is the one who does the wounding, I want to read Job 5:17 and 18: "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: for he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole." You see, the one who does the wounding here is not the servant, but the Master Himself. So with that in our minds I want to talk to you about three faithful wounds...
  • Dying for Christianity: Millions at Risk Amid Rise in Persecution Across the Globe

    07/29/2015 6:18:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Harriet Sherwood
    Increase in murder, as well as rape, torture and discrimination, has led the pope to warn of a ‘form of genocide’ Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”. The scale of attacks on Christians in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America has alarmed organisations that monitor religious persecution, with most reporting a significant deterioration in recent years. On his recent trip to Latin America, Pope Francis said he was dismayed...
  • President of Planned Parenthood Did Her Cause No Favors (Protestant Caucus)

    07/29/2015 5:49:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | July 29, 2015 | Denny Burk
    (Denny Burk is Associate Professor of New Testament and Dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.) The President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards did her cause no favors in her appearance this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” (see above). Stephanopoulos was not a hostile interviewer, yet Richards failed to answer the simplest of questions put to her. It was clear that she had a set of talking points that she was determined to repeat no matter what Stephanopoulos asked. Instead of actually answering the questions, she kept repeating the talking points ad...
  • Morning Devotional: The Things People Say (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/29/2015 5:41:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    “Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.” - Ecclesiastes 7:21–22 Spend just a few minutes listening to kids as they play on the playground or in the park, and there are a couple of phrases you will almost certainly hear spoken. If a younger girl catches her sister doing something that she is not supposed to do, the little sister will soon exclaim, “I’m telling mommy and daddy!” Find a little boy who is being teased by another...
  • Spiritual Amnesia (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:51:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins” (2 Peter 1:9). If you don’t practice spiritual virtues now, you’ll forget their significance later. Physical nearsightedness and mental amnesia both are unwanted conditions. Nearsightedness (myopia) causes people’s eyes to focus the parallel rays of light in front of the retina. They can clearly see things right in front of them, but the farther out they look, the more out of focus objects become. Amnesia, of course, is memory loss. Sometimes it’s selective, but usually it’s total—everything prior to a certain time...
  • The Joy of Anticipated Reward (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:48:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:7). Your future reward is directly related to your present service. The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there's a future aspect as well: the joy of anticipating the reward you'll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-29-15, M, St. Martha

    07/28/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2015   Memorial of Saint Martha Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down from Mount Sinaiwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiantwhile he conversed with the LORD.When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Mosesand noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,they were afraid to come near him.Only after Moses called to them did Aaronand all the rulers of the community come back to him.Moses then spoke to them.Later on, all the children of Israel came...
  • Evening Devotional Life in the War Zone (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:26:27 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | 7/28/2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26 Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20–28 Our children are born into a war. The labour room of every hospital is a war zone. Enemies surround us! Satan and a godless society are not our friends and will do us no favours. It could not get worse! There is an enemy within our own ranks. We are frequently our own worst enemies! Every day we battle the desires of our own sinful nature. If it were not for the saving work of Christ and the powerful message of victory in the...
  • Fruitfulness (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Proving Your Faith from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:27:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • Sola Scriptura or Sola Cardia? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:19:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7/27/2015 | Eric Raymond
    Protestants speak of the term sola Scriptura as foundational to our understanding the Bible. But, what does it mean? And, why is it important? The Reformation principle of sola Scriptura has to do with the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all spiritual matters. Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture. (John MacArthur via Ligonier)“The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture:...
  • Morning Devotional: Boasting About the Future (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” - Proverbs 27:1 Knowing that the Jews in exile would have a hard time believing that God was willing and able to keep His promises of restoration and return them from Babylon, Isaiah the prophet wrote to the exilic community about the character and attributes of the Lord in comparison to those of the pagan idols. In describing what set Yahweh, the covenant Lord of Israel, apart from the gods of the other nations, Isaiah emphasized God’s knowledge of the future. He is the One...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-15

    07/27/2015 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2015   Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all riseand stand at the entrance of their own tents,watching Moses until he entered the tent.As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come downand stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.On seeing the column...
  • Lexington County (SC) investigators arrest man wanted for 18 months, scammed churches

    07/27/2015 12:26:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock
    The State ^ | July 24, 2015 | HARRISON CAHILL
    LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A man who was wanted for 18 months for failure to pay child support payments is also believed to have scammed several churches throughout the Midlands, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials. Sheriff Jay Koon said James Fletcher “Les” Spires, 42, was taken into custody in Camden with the assistance of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and Camden police. Investigators say Spires used a network of people to help him evade law enforcement. Koon said Spires was living in an office building in Camden and was using only cash to “stay off the grid.” Spires...
  • Agape Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:41:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • Rejoicing in Your Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:39:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice" (1 Pet. 1:6). Contemplating your eternal inheritance should give you joy that transcends any temporal circumstance. Joy is a major theme in Scripture. The psalmist said, "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright" (Ps. 33:1); "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed" (Ps. 71:23). Even creation itself is said to rejoice in the Lord: "Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • Morning Devotional: The Vain Search for a Righteous Man (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 5:43:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/27/2015
    “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” - Ecclesiastes 7:20 Nobody’s perfect, the old saying goes, and this truth is confirmed every day in our experience. We might pore over our work for hours, even days, seeking to catch every error, and yet the report we handed to our boss ends up having mistakes here and there. We measure and remeasure a wall so that we can center a picture that will bring some beauty to our living room, but then after hanging it, it is positioned just a hair too much...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-15

    07/26/2015 7:31:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2015   Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 Moses turned and came down the mountainwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;tablets that were made by God,having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,he said to Moses, “That sounds like a battle in the camp.”But Moses answered, “It does not sound like cries of victory,nor does it sound like cries of defeat;the sounds that I hear are cries...
  • Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

    07/26/2015 3:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Patheos' The Friendly Atheist Blog ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hemant Mehta, editor
    Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms. Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda: “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks, a...
  • Forgiven & Forgotten

    07/26/2015 12:28:39 PM PDT · by metmom · 54 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 13, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Right now you may be feeling guilty about one thing or another: what you said to your spouse last night, those unrelenting thoughts, something you did years ago and regret, actual lying and cheating. What do you do with this guilt? Do you try to ignore it? Bury it? Would you like to know how to handle it for good, how to find true and lasting forgiveness? Let me give you an important principle for believers: Definition is a prerequisite to recovery. In other words, if you can define a problem, you can usually deal with it. Vague anxiety without...
  • The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring

    07/26/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by metmom · 162 replies
    CHARISMANEWS ^ | 3/10/2015 | Troy Anderson and Jessilyn Justice
    As the world waits to see what the end of a seven-year biblical cycle known as the Shemitah may bring this fall, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse. *snip* In The Mystery of the Shemitah, Cahn described how this biblical pattern is connected to numerous events in modern history, including the rise of America to superpower status, World Wars I and II, the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, the Six-Day War and even the rising of the World...
  • Brotherly Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:24:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness . . .” (2 Peter 1:7). Real Christian discipleship will include practical brotherly love. A genuine love for God will invariably lead to a love for others. That’s what Jesus said of the two great commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) that summarize the Ten Commandments. The apostle John also related love for God and love for others: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The...
  • Your Secure Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:20:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is . . . reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it. When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god, or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-26-15, Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    07/25/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2015   Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,and fresh grain in the ear. Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.” But his servant objected,“How can I set this before a hundred people?” Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.” “For thus says the LORD,‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’” And when they had eaten, there was some left over,as the LORD had said. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11,...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Court: Family-Run Pharmacy Must Carry Plan B Despite Religious Objections

    07/25/2015 5:54:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/24/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so. “Today’s decision is unfortunate,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on Thursday. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.” At issue is a 2005 state law that mandates pharmacies provide the morning-after and week-after contraceptive pills to customers even if they religiously object to doing so. Individual...
  • Perseverance and Godliness (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant Caucus)

    07/25/2015 5:04:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness” (2 Peter 1:6). Godly perseverance is a sure evidence of true salvation. Commentator Michael Green has this to say about the believer who displays biblical perseverance: “The mature Christian does not give up. His Christianity is like the steady burning of a star rather than the ephemeral brilliance (and speedy eclipse) of a meteor.” The Greek word translated “perseverance” in today’s verse (hupomone) refers to consistent endurance in righteousness and faithfulness in resisting temptation. The precise meaning for hupomone is hard to pinpoint. There is no exact...
  • Your Incorruptible Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant Caucus)

    07/25/2015 5:00:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away" (1 Pet. 1:4). Unlike earthly treasures, your eternal inheritance can never be taken away from you. Despite the benefits of bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and a myriad of other investment opportunities, every earthly inheritance eventually is lost. If someone doesn't steal it, or if it doesn't lose its value in a stock market crash or recession, death will separate it from you. It's inevitable! That's why Jesus said, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break...
  • When Getting Better Doesn’t Matter (Protestant Caucus)

    07/25/2015 4:54:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Key Life ^ | June 10, 2015 | Steve Brown
    The gospel of free sins makes getting better sort of irrelevant. In fact, the constant pressure to “get better and better, every day in every way” is driving people away from the truth of the gospel. It’s not about getting better. Let’s start with a principle: almost everything of any importance is found while we’re headed somewhere else. I know that runs counter to the common wisdom of most leaders, but nevertheless, it’s true. We are admonished by almost everybody “who knows” that goals are important and if we don’t aim at something, we won’t hit anything. While setting goals...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-15, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2015 8:52:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2015   Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our...
  • Radical Freedom

    07/24/2015 8:36:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 29 replies
    Key Life ^ | Wednesday July 22, 2015 | Steve Brown
    The Christian faith is radical. In fact, if what you call “Christian” is not radical, then it is probably not Christian. Those of us who have been around Christianity a long time have forgotten how radical our faith really is. In fact, that we believe it at all is a very cogent argument for its truth. Nobody in their right mind would make it up. Think about it. We believe that there really is a God who created the whole world for His purposes and that those purposes are being worked out in history. We believe this God is holy...
  • The Church, or Christ?

    07/24/2015 7:31:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 5, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    A Catholic priest once told me something an older priest said to him at a party for his archdiocese’s seminarians headed off to study at the North American College in Rome: “Those poor boys. They leave here in love with Jesus, and come home in love with the Church.”
  • Self-Control (from the book “Strength for Today”)

    07/24/2015 7:19:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance . . .” (2 Peter 1:6). Personal self-control demonstrates the certainty of your salvation. In Peter’s day, the word translated “self-control” was used to describe athletes. The successful ones abstained from sexual activity and an unhealthy diet for the sake of disciplined training exercises. You practice personal self-control when you control your desires and don’t allow them to control you. Let me share some practical tips that have helped me with self-control. 1. Start small. For example, begin by cleaning your bedroom or office, then extend that discipline to the...
  • Inheriting Heaven or Hell (from the book "Drawing Near")

    07/24/2015 7:15:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Everyone receives an eternal inheritance—either Heaven or Hell. We have seen several aspects of the believer's inheritance, and will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matt. 25:41,...
  • Russian Orthodox Ch Urges Authorities Against Leaving People Without Ideological "Wheel and Sails"

    07/24/2015 6:18:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/24/15
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The authorities should not exclude themselves "from the ideological sphere, from the spirit sphere," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. "If it lacks this, this means that people find themselves without wheel and without sails," the priest said. "Many today would want the authorities not to have faith, an ideological component and were just managers but I want to hope that this is not so in our history, in our future," he said. It is necessary to overcome "the...
  • The Ransom Price (from book "Days of Praise")

    07/24/2015 12:53:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    The Institute for Creation Research ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 | Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.
    “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) The thought that the death of Jesus and His shed blood were somehow the ransom price paid to redeem lost sinners from an eternal prison in hell has been a stumbling block to many of those very sinners. Yet that is the teaching of Scripture, whether it appeals to their reasonings or not. “Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold. . . . But with the precious...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-15. OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2015 8:27:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2015   Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 20:1-17 In those days:God delivered all these commandments: “I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.You shall not have other gods besides me.You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their...
  • This is Free Republic. We're on a mission from God.

    07/23/2015 6:10:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 150 replies
    Jim Robinson
    This is Free Republic. Our mission here is to fight against the America-hating, God-hating, capitalism-hating, abortionist/homosexualist leftist revolutionaries and marxist/fascist totalitarians who are hellbent on destroying our constitution, our religious freedom, our economic freedom, our Judeo-Christian way of life and the America we love. Pro-life, pro-family, conservative Catholics, Protestants and Jews are not the enemy. All pro-life, pro-family pro-America believers in our one true Judeo-Christian God are our guests, friends and allies in this effort, so please quit attacking your allies! Your attacks are not going to convert anyone. Please save your ammunition for the enemy. We’re on a mission...
  • (From the book "Strength for Today") Knowledge

    07/23/2015 12:49:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . in your moral excellence, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). Moral excellence cannot develop in an intellectual vacuum. It’s a frightening thing to realize the extent to which our culture downplays knowledge in favor of emotions. These days people are more likely to ask, “How will it make me feel?” instead of, “Is it true?” Sadly, the church has bought into the spirit of the age. Many people go to church, not to learn the truths of God’s Word, but to get an emotional high. The focus of theological discussion also reflects the contemporary hostility to knowledge. To a...
  • (From the book "Drawing Near") God's Motive for Your Inheritance

    07/23/2015 12:41:52 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "According to His great mercy" (1 Pet. 1:3). Every dimension of life, whether physical or spiritual, is a testimony to God’s mercy. When God saved you and granted you an eternal inheritance, it wasn't because you were special or more deserving of His love and grace than others. It was because He sovereignly chose to love you and extend His great mercy to you. That's why Paul said, "God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you...
  • Jesus Loves The Little Children (Protestant Caucus)

    07/23/2015 5:48:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | July 23, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung
    Oddly enough, it’s sometimes progressives who are most eager to move the culture backward. As we reflect in horror at the utter callousness with which some persons and organizations speak of (not to mention crush) the tiniest humans, it’s worth remembering that the ancient world was unabashedly open to the killing of children. For starters, they had almost none of the sentimentality we have towards kids. There was no Disney, no summer camps, no play dates. Family life–even if there was such a thing–certainly did not revolve around children. In general, children, were useful at best, burdens at worst, and...
  • How Should Christians Respond to Attacks and Insults?

    07/23/2015 5:45:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | July 23, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    Has anyone ever said something unkind to you or about you? I think we all have had that experience. Becoming victims of slander or malicious gossip can be difficult to bear. However, God calls us to exhibit a very specific kind of response in such circumstances. Years ago, I received a letter from a friend who is a pastor at a church in California. In it, the pastor included a copy of an article that had appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Although the article included a photo of him standing in his church and holding his Bible, it was...
  • UK is Denying Refuge to Christians Fleeing ISIL, Say Church Leaders

    07/23/2015 4:51:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Charity launches petition with backing of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, calling on the Government to provide a safe haven for Christians fleeing jihadi tyranny in Syria Church leaders have accused David Cameron of “turning his back” on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to offer them refuge in the UK. Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, led criticism aimed at the Government for failing to provide a safe haven to Christians trying to flee the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). He will sign a petition that is being launched on...
  • The black stone of Elagabal {maybe now of allah?}

    07/23/2015 1:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    "Elagabalus Aureus Sol Invictus" by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.  http://www.cngcoins.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The reverse of the imperial coin depicts horses pulling a wagon on which there is the sacred black stone from the temple of god Elagabalus in Emesa, modern Homs in Syria. The stone was associated in Rome with the cult of Sol Invictus by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (c. 203 – March 11, 222).  After his death he is commonly known as Caesar Elagabalus according to this his favorite god. The name is the Latinized form of the Syrian Ilāh...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-15, OM, St. Bridget, Religious

    07/22/2015 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2015   Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt,on its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai,they pitched camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain,the LORD told Moses,“I am coming to you in a dense cloud,so that when the people hear me speaking with you,they may always have faith in you also.”When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the...
  • (From the book "Strength for Today") Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2015 5:08:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur
    “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5). God’s provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, “Let go and let God!” If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...