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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/25/2014 2:25:31 PM PST · by Vision
    Email ^ | 11/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way to Enter Today's Scripture Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that todays verse tells us that we shouldnt just come to Him any old way. We shouldnt come empty-handed to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2014]

    11/25/2014 2:22:59 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally....
  • Oprahs network releases sneak peek of The Rob Bell Show

    11/25/2014 11:03:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Nov 24, 2014 | Jonathan Merritt
    Riding on the success of a pile of bestselling books and a hit video series, Pastor Rob Bell became one of the most sought after religious speakers in America during the early 2000s. But after Bell questioned whether hell was real in his New York Times bestselling book Love Wins, many conservative Christians tried to oust him from the inner circle of evangelicalism. How did Bell respond? By quietly bidding his haters adieu, leaving his church, and attaining even more success. In 2011, Bell was named one of TIMEs 100 Most Influential People in the World and, after finding his...
  • How the Pilgrims and Reformation Formed America

    11/25/2014 8:57:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    charismanews ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paul Strand
    We know the Pilgrims became some of America's first English settlers. And because of Thanksgiving Day, we certainly know they were thankful. But what else was it about these devout Christians that helped them shape what became the most free, most powerful nation on Earth? It had much to do with the religious beliefs that were so precious to them; they were willing to face death and uncertainty in a strange New World to live those beliefs out. World-Changing Reformation The Pilgrims' Protestant faith was forged in the Europe of 500 years ago, ripe for a revolutionor what would become...
  • Theres no getting around Jesus teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 7:41:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 85 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 11-25-2014 | Keaton Halley
    From the beginning of creationwhat did Jesus mean? Theres no getting around Jesus teaching on the age of the earth by Keaton Halley Published: 25 November 2014 (GMT+10) Not everyone welcomes this news, but some of Jesus statements imply, of necessity, that the world is young. This is something I regularly point out when I speak in churches about creation, and it is a theme on which we have written previously, in articles such as Jesus on the age of the earth and in chapter 9 of Refuting Compromise. To reiterate the argument briefly, Jesus claimed that human history began...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-14, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2014 9:45:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19 I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,“Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.”So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,and...
  • A crisis of materialism in the Church has left it morally adrift

    11/24/2014 5:37:55 PM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    At least some of the faithful of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta had to feign a sense of surprise when sexual abuse accusations against Bishop Eddie Long first surfaced in 2011. ....prominent megachurch pastor, T.D. Jakes, was also curiously quick to forgive Mr. Long. His sins will be washed in the blood, was all Mr. Jakes could muster in the form of disapproval.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/24/2014 5:13:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    Its no Surprise to God Today's Scripture For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that its no surprise to God. Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, I cant believe this is happening. No,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 24, 2014]

    11/24/2014 5:11:54 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Direction of Focus " Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 " This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped,...
  • Priest picked by Pope Francis as sex crimes prosecutor failed to report abuse complaints: report

    11/24/2014 11:26:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 24, 2014 | AP
    An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vaticans sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe. The Rev. Robert Geisinger, the second-highest-ranking leader of the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s, knew as early as 1995 about abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald McGuire, and he advised church officials as late as August 2002 on how to discipline McGuire, the Globe reported in Sunday editions. The newspaper...
  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:15:25 AM PST · by millegan · 22 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall. Today, were looking at weird pagan influences on the National Mall in Washington D.C.. While the U.S. certainly has been greatly influenced by the Christian faith, it has also been influenced by certain strains of Enlightenment thought that are decidedly un-Christian. Remember that while the U.S. was in its infancy in the late 18th century, over in Europe during the French Revolution crowds took the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the replaced the altar with an altar to Liberty. This type of thinking was in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-14 M, St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest,Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2014 8:25:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2014Memorial of Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs   Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,and with him a hundred and forty-four thousandwho had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.I heard a sound from heavenlike the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,before the four living creatures and the elders.No one could learn this hymn except the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 23, 2014]

    11/23/2014 1:41:09 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Distraction of Contempt " Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. —Psalm 123:3 " What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of mind. “Take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Malachi 2:16). Our state of mind is powerful in its effects. It can be the enemy that penetrates right into our soul and distracts our mind from God. There are certain attitudes we should never dare to indulge. If we...
  • Mother, son robbed at gunpoint outside Lakewood Church (Osteen Dome)

    11/23/2014 5:15:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    click2houston ^ | Nov 20 2014 | Ryan Korsgard
    When Ellie Spivey and her 30-year-old son left Lakewood Church on Wednesday night, they had nothing but positive thoughts. They have attended the church on the Southwest Freeway for 13 months since the Spivey family moved to Houston from Florida. I noticed that he had a gun and it was right here," said Russ Spivey. He and his mom were getting into their Jeep parked in a parking lot on the south side of the Southwest Freeway at Edloe Street. He told Local 2, There was a black weapon, a gun pointed at my mother and she was fighting for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-23-14, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/22/2014 7:48:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 69 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2014The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe    Reading 1 Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord GOD:I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flockwhen he finds himself among his scattered sheep,so will I tend my sheep.I will rescue them from every place where they were scatteredwhen it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep;I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out,the strayed I will bring back,the injured I will bind up,the sick I will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 22, 2014]

    11/22/2014 3:04:40 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Shallow and Profound " Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt...
  • Skydiver Has Visions of Afterlife Following Fiery Plane Crash

    11/22/2014 2:40:15 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    CBN ^ | November 21, 2014 | Robert Hull
    CBN.com -“The first time you open your parachute, it’s pretty amazing. It’s so peaceful. The panorama—you’re hanging a half a mile above the earth. So it wasn’t about the adrenaline; it was about the pleasure. It was about the pleasure of being in free fall. Feeling like you could fly.”Mickey Robinson was a professional skydiver; he loved falling from the heavens and drifting safely to earth. But one day just after takeoff for a practice jump, the plane’s engine stalled, hurling Mickey and his companions toward the ground at over 100 miles an hour. “The motor just quit and we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-14, M, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/22/2014 9:45:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Rv 11:4-12 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:Here are my two witnesses:These are the two olive trees and the two lampstandsthat stand before the Lord of the earth.If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouthsand devours their enemies.In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.They have the power to close up the skyso that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.They also have power to turn water into bloodand to afflict...
  • The Father's Love Always at Work for You!

    11/22/2014 8:44:24 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/22/14
    Gods ETERNAL and PERFECT LOVE transcends the realms of time and ETERNITY. It seeks ONLY our HIGHEST and BEST for His glory in RIGHTEOUSNESS in this world and for our ETERNAL future (Rom. 8:28, 1 John 3:1-3, 4:9). It is the Fathers delight to give us good things! And the majority of those good things that He gives us are NOT material blessings but spiritual blessings and wisdom, heavenly discernment, REALITY, TRUTH, ETERNAL and Heavenly perception, earthly provisions, good, sound believing friends in the Lord, Divine protection from the evil one (Satan), opportunities to bring glory to His WONDROUS Name...
  • Count It All Joy! Song

    11/22/2014 8:40:21 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    A Christian song of personal testimony You tube link and video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ1aE6qHSOc
  • How to win friends and wealth the Osteen way!

    11/21/2014 8:11:46 PM PST · by longhorn too · 101 replies
    Just a few moments ago I had a post promptly pulled because of being a little risqu with the Osteen Daily Devotional. I hope this one manages to stay afloat for more than a few minutes. If it is pulled I would like to know why. Anyway, for anyone who would like a good laugh try this you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qev-i9-VKlY
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/21/2014 2:02:14 PM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    Email ^ | 11/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Press Through Today's Scripture Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Mark, chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through her town. Something deep on the inside said to her, This is your season. This is your time to get well. In the natural, when she saw all the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 21, 2014]

    11/21/2014 2:00:28 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “It is Finished!” " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4 " The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of...
  • The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

    11/21/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by Gamecock · 110 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    What is it that solves the problem of our sins? A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the lawthrough faith in Jesus Christ (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as the center of the whole Bible. Martin Lloyd Jones called it the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture. Leon Morris said it is possibly the most important single paragraph ever written. As I mentioned in a prior post here, I have been teaching a weekly Bible study on the book of Romans to women in the Charlotte community. For the last several months,...
  • Why I Quit Devotionals

    11/21/2014 11:35:30 AM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jessica LaGrone
    I have a confession to make. Im done doing devotionals. It started a few years ago. I showed up for an appointment and learned I would have to wait for about 45 minutes. I headed to my car to find something to do during the wait (this must have been before smart phones, because now none of us ever wonder what to do with 45 minutes). I found a Bible in my car, so I brought it inside. I thought: Great, Ill take this time to do my devotional for the day. Then I realized I couldnt. First of all,...
  • Pastor Joel Osteen to Oprah: "I Can't Be A Big Blessing To People If I'm Poor & Broke"

    11/21/2014 10:33:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 89 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 09, 2012 | Greg Hengler
    I don't know where or how to begin, so since Townhall is a secular website with many Christian viewers, I will simply post a couple pieces of scripture--one for each comment, although there are multiple choice Bible verses contrasting what Osteen personally believes: OSTEEN: "I don't know who would say that you're not supposed to, you know, leave your children better than they were before." GOD: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother'--which is the first commandment with a promise--'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy...
  • Liberal Christianity Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs

    11/21/2014 5:24:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Churchs conflict with non-Christian religions is to be expected. Israels monotheistic faith was in direct confrontation with the many gods of Babylon and Egypt. Christians were confronted with the many altars to the gods of the Greco-Roman Empire. Interfaith was not on the cards. This situation clearly reflected the fundamental differences between the many forms of Oneist paganism in which everything is God, and Twoist biblical faith, in which God is the separate Creator and everything else is creation. In one case everything is one and the same; in the other, God and creation are radically different. There is,...
  • Who Do You Say That I Am.....not every Jesus is the real Jesus.

    11/21/2014 5:21:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    Who Do You Say That I Am? The question is doubly crucial in our day because not every Jesus is the real Jesus. ______________________________________________ Theres Hippie Jesus who teaches everyone to give peace a chance, imagine a world without religion, and helps us remember all you need is love. Theres Yuppie Jesus who encourages us to reach our full potential, reach for the stars, and buy a boat. Theres Spirituality Jesus who hates religion, churches, pastors, priests, and doctrine; he wants us to find the god within and listening to ambiguously spiritual musical. The greatness of God is most clearly...
  • Heaven's Illegal Immigration Policy

    11/21/2014 5:04:26 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    On the eve of Obama's decree we stand at the threshold of entering a new day here in America where - with a swipe of the pen - millions of illegal aliens will be made legal and invade this nation with a heart that withstands our constitutional republic, English language, Judeo/Christian heritage and rule of moral laws. Does this sound harsh to you do-gooders of lawlessness out there? Think again my friends, this act has absolutely nothing to do with helping children or individuals but only seeks to further destroy America, divide Americans and to incite law abiding American citizens...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-14, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2014 9:39:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
     November 21, 2014Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/20/2014 5:06:34 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ignore the Critics Today's Scripture When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him. (Acts 11:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, Stretch forth your hand, and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didnt like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him for doing it on the Sabbath, the day of rest. No matter what you do, some people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2014]

    11/20/2014 5:02:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God " In Him we havethe forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7 " Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through...
  • Hugh Hewitt Argues Against the Afterlife and God's Reward

    11/20/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 64 replies
    Dennis Prager Radio Show | 11-20-14 | Self
    Hugh Hewitt Argues Against the Afterlife and God's Reward Hugh Hewitt, Salem Radio host and establishment GOP par exellance (famous for being a Romney acolyte and biographer) was just on the Dennis Prager show arguing that a person's morality is unaffected by their belief or non-belief in the after life or Heaven or Hell. Prager, Jewish and a fellow Salem host, argued the opposite. I didn't recognize Hugh's voice and at first thought it was a liberal caller sparring with Dennis, saying that whether or not one believes in the after life has no bearing in whether they act in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-14

    11/20/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine...
  • Throw Back Thursday: Reactions to the 60 Minutes Joel Osteen Piece

    11/20/2014 6:27:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    Internet Monk ^ | 14 October 2007
    The mentality that thinks in terms of marketing Jesus inevitably moves toward progressive distortion of him; the pursuit of the next emotional round of experience easily degenerates into an intoxicating substitute for the spirituality of the Word. There is non-negotiable, biblical, intellectual content to be proclaimed. By all means insist that this content be heralded with conviction and compassion; by all means seek the unction of the Spirit; by all means try to think through how to cast this content in ways that engage the modern secularist. But when all the footnotes are in place, my point remains the same:...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/19/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be Still and Know Today's Scripture He says, Be still, and know that I am God... (Psalm 46:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. Theres nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, its easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 19, 2014]

    11/19/2014 2:08:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “When He Has Come” " When He has come, He will convict the world of sin… —John 16:8 " Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every bit of his conscience that God would not dare to forgive him. If...
  • Marrying His Wife's Sister [Jewish/Noachide Caucus]

    11/19/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/13/'14 | Raphael Grunfeld
    Being married to two wives is biblically permitted but rabinically prohibited in Ashkenazi circles since the prohibition of Rabbeinu Gershom in the tenth century. Even under biblical law however, a man may not be married to two wives who are sisters. Neither may a man divorce his wife and marry her sister. Such a marriage belongs to the category of arayot, carries the punishment of karet, and is ineffective. The only situation in which a man may marry his wifes sister is after his wife is no longer alive. Yibum, levirate marriage, cannot be entered into with a woman whose...
  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 5:02:53 AM PST · by Gamecock · 174 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.18.14 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    VATICAN CITY Weve all received gifts we cant use or frankly just dont like. They get stuffed away in a back closet or sold. Some are eventually re-gifted to unsuspecting relatives or friends. But if you are the pope, getting rid of unwanted gifts is not as easy as that, what with the Spartan living conditions and protocol and all. So Pope Francis has found a way to turn the generosity of others into good luck for a few. Starting this week, the Vatican is raffling off tickets for a chance to win unwanted papal gifts that Francis doesnt...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-14

    11/18/2014 10:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2014Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • Catholic Diocese Offers Plan to Settle Abuse Claim

    11/18/2014 4:05:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | AMY BETH HANSON
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/18/2014 3:57:05 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 11/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Like a Flood Today's Scripture ...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by life. You get a bad report, unexpected news, or someone you trusted wrongs you. What does God do? He doesnt sit back and think, Too bad. Sorry your life is so difficult. No, when the enemy comes in like a flood, God raises up a barrier. In other words, that injustice, that bad break, that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 18, 2014]

    11/18/2014 3:55:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Winning into Freedom " If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36 " If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I can’t”; it simply soaks up everything around it. Our spirit hungers for more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God, but sin, our own individuality, and wrong thinking keep us from getting to Him. God delivers us...
  • Pope Francis's defense of doctrine sends the Associated Press spinning

    11/18/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.getreligion.org ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    A colleague offers the following capsule summary of Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield's latest report on Pope Francis, in which the pontiff's defense of traditional church teaching seems to baffle the Vatican correspondent: Francis is a RADICAL no, no, sorry about thathe is now a conservative who sounds just like Benedict -- NO, WAIT -- he really is a liberal at heart, but he is being FORCED by those evil, evil right-wing conservatives to cave--he is at WAR with his own CDF chief (you know, the one he re-confirmed -- but never mind) -- AT WAR, I TELL YOU!...
  • "A Shepherd Look at Psalm 23" (excerpts)

    11/18/2014 11:09:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    1970 | Phillip W. Keller
    1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely...
  • 11 Quotes that Explode the Spirit of Vatican II

    11/18/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by millegan · 16 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    [O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. [...] By the proclamation of the Gospel [the Church] gives [non-Christians] the dispositions necessary for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error and of idols and incorporates them in Christ Sound like something from the superstitious medieval Church? Actually, its a quote from the Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, 16-17; promulgated in 1964).
  • If the Bible was being put together today by the various churches, what would happen? (vanity)

    11/18/2014 8:58:57 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    There isn't much more to this thread than that question. I'll just add that the question came to mind while I was reading the comments on some of the threads about the differences between evangelical and Catholic beliefs, and the recent Catholic synod came to mind, as well as signs of rebellion on homosexuality that are cropping up more than ever.
  • From Jesuit to Jesus

    11/18/2014 5:19:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 91 replies
    I began my Catholic journey in a little country town in northern California in the U.S.A. The town was so small that we did not have Mass every Sunday, but a priest used to come once a month if he possibly could to hold Mass in a big public hall. I have both an older and a younger brother. My father had been trained at the University of Santa Clara. As a result, my parents thought it would be a good idea for us to attend a Catholic boarding school. The Jesuits ran the school and I was a student...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,11-18-14, OM,Ded. St.Peter& St.Paul Basilicas,St. Rose Duchesne

    11/17/2014 9:18:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 3:1-6, 14-22 I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: “‘The one who has the seven spirits of Godand the seven stars says this: “I know your works,that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.If you are not...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/17/2014 3:48:49 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Each Day is a Gift Today's Scripture Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. The little things try to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesnt go your way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause you to lose focus if you let it. We have to...