General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-16, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2016 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said,“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”But Satan answered the LORD and said,“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have you not surrounded him...
  • Empty Cities Video - Moody Bible Institute

    09/25/2016 7:05:56 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    Moody Bible Institute ^ | 9/25/16 | Moody Institute of Science
    This is a great 30 min. video put out by Moody Bible Institute on the fallen cities and empires of the world. Could America be next?
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee?

    09/25/2016 6:37:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • The Need for Understanding

    09/25/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-25-16, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/24/2016 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2016 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the LORD the God of hosts:Woe to the complacent in Zion!Lying upon beds of ivory,stretched comfortably on their couches,they eat lambs taken from the flock,and calves from the stall!Improvising to the music of the harp,like David, they devise their own accompaniment.They drink wine from bowlsand anoint themselves with the best oils;yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph!Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile,and their wanton revelry shall be done away with. Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-16

    09/23/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 11:9—12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the...
  • The God of the Living (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/23/2016 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/23/2016
    “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong” (vv. 26–27). - Mark 12:25–27 Scripture affirms the afterlife and the resurrection of the dead (Dan. 12:2; Luke 16:19–31), but it does not give us many details about what resurrected life will be like. John says we will be like Christ, but...
  • Taking the Offensive

    09/23/2016 3:43:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory

    09/23/2016 3:43:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-16, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2016 7:59:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2016 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to be...
  • Dealing with Despair

    09/22/2016 3:56:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Your helmet of salvation protects you from discouragement and despair. We've seen how Satan attacks believers with his two-edged sword of doubt and discouragement. But he doesn't stop there. He tries to take you beyond discouragement to despair by robbing you of hope. Unless you're careful, his attacks will be successful when you're battle-weary. The prophet Elijah is an illustration of that truth. The highlight of his ministry came atop Mount Carmel, where he slew 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40). Yet immediately after that great victory, he fled for his life...
  • The Spirit and Adoption

    09/22/2016 3:55:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16). The Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts the reality of adoption into God’s family. In first-century Rome, people did not practice adoption exactly the same as they do today. A father sometimes adopted a young man outside the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-16

    09/21/2016 9:28:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What profit has man from all the laborwhich he toils at under the sun?One generation passes and another comes,but the world forever stays.The sun rises and the sun goes down;then it presses on to the place where it rises.Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.All rivers go to the sea,yet never does the sea become full.To the place where they go,the rivers keep on...
  • Conquering Doubt

    09/21/2016 6:54:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). The key to conquering doubt is to focus on the preserving power of God. Doubt comes to Christians in many ways. After you've sinned, your conscience might hiss at you, saying, "Surely you're not a Christian. Why would God save you anyway? You don't deserve His mercy. You're not good enough. How presumptuous to think God could ever use you!" Such doubts are common among Christians who focus on their performance rather than God's power. All too often we're quick to acknowledge God's power to save us but slow to understand His power...
  • The Spirit and Assurance

    09/21/2016 6:54:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us an assurance of salvation. Assurance of salvation is essential to our Christian lives, and I can’t imagine living without it. And we must have clarity about it from a truly biblical standpoint. This begins with realizing that a genuine believer is in the Spirit and has been given a new nature (see John 3:6). If the Holy...
  • Former Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, world's oldest Catholic bishop, dead at 104

    09/21/2016 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    nj.com ^ | 09.21.16 | Mark Mueller
    Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, considered one of the most progressive Roman Catholic bishops in America during his 12-year tenure as head of the Archdiocese of Newark, died Tuesday, the archdiocese confirmed. He was 104. Gerety, the world's oldest Catholic bishop, marked his 77th year as a priest and 50th year as a bishop in June. He spent his final years at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Totowa. "He made an enormous contribution because of his love of the poor and his deep interest in African American Catholics," said retired Cardinal...
  • When Disobedience Is Required (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/21/2016 5:00:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/21/2016
    “Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard’ ” (vv. 19–20). - Acts 4:1–22 From the earliest days of the church, Christians have stressed their duty to be good citizens and obedient to the state. Paul in Romans 13, for example, writes of the believer’s obligation to pay taxes and submit to the right exercise of governmental authority. The first-and second-century Christian apologists (defenders of the faith) such as Justin Martyr...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-21-16, FEAST, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    09/20/2016 7:58:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2016 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of...
  • What Your "Left" With

    09/20/2016 7:26:03 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/16
    My dear friends, when Americans outright reject Almighty God's Person, RIGHTEOUSNESS, people and moral absolutes for time and for a healthy society, we are "left" ONLY with Satan, the Left, tyrants, thugs, reprobates, immorality, tyranny and its horrific consequences, violence and their godless selves (Rom. 1:18-32). How much "peace" do you actually think that mindset and lawless drive will bring to our fallen and crumbling nation? The key to surviving today is to face the REALITY of our day and hour and to see things rightly from Almighty God's ETERNAL perspective! My dear friends, lose the optimistic delusion that we...
  • McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape

    09/20/2016 9:52:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    BreakingNewsFirstNY youtube ^ | Published on Aug 31, 2013 | BreakingNewsFirstNY
    McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape Associated Press: TOLEDO, Ohio — A security video from a McDonald's in Ohio shows a woman punching two restaurant employees and smashing a drive-thru window because she couldn't get Chicken McNuggets. The tantrum caught on tape in Toledo earlier this year shows the customer reaching through the drive-thru window, slugging one worker and then another. She then grabs a bottle out of her car and tosses it...
  • When the State Turns Beastly (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/20/2016 5:17:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/20/2016
    “It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them” (vv. 6–7). - Revelation 13 To understand our relationship as Christians to the state and our responsibilities to the governing authorities, we must take into account all of Scripture. Passages such as Romans 13 are essential, for they tell us our duties when the state is, for the most part, fulfilling its God-given vocation and not showing overt hostility to the church. Yet, as...
  • Repelling Discouragement and Doubt

    09/20/2016 3:47:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Discouragement and doubt are deflected when you know you’re secure in Christ. The Roman soldier's helmet was a crucial piece of armor designed to deflect blows to the head—especially the potentially lethal blow of a broadsword. Soldiers of that day carried a swift and precise dagger designed for close- quarter hand-to-hand combat. But they also carried a giant broadsword, which was a two-edged, three to four-foot long sword. It had a massive handle that, similar to a baseball bat, was held with both hands. With it they could take broad swipes from side...
  • Fulfilling God's Law

    09/20/2016 3:47:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we will be able to fulfill the demands of God’s law. Augustine once said, “Grace was given, in order that the law might be fulfilled.” When God saves us He, by His Spirit, creates within us the ability to obey His perfect law. Because we now live “according to the Spirit”—walking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit—we are able to do the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-20-16, M, Sts. Andres Kim Tae-gon & Paul Chong, Companions

    09/19/2016 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2016 Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste...
  • Another Kim Davis? Christian Government Worker Attempts to Skip LGBT Diversity Video

    09/19/2016 4:49:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 9/16/16 | Julia Duin
    Guess which topic posted on the Washington Post’s “Morning Mix” blog got 2,000 responses within 20 hours? Yep, it was about a government official who balked at having to watch an “LGBT diversity and inclusivity training” video at his workplace, who’s planning on losing his job over it and who has asked his fellow Christians to join him. Anyone who’s applied for any job recently –- particularly in academia – finds oneself having to check certain boxes. I’ve also had to include a statement pledging my troth to diversity, plus give examples the Muslim family I helped sponsor back in...
  • Experiencing Transformation (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/19/2016 6:13:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/19/2016
    We are all born with the same malady. Love for God and affection for Christ are not natural to us. Before we can love God, something must happen to us. Our hearts of stone must be changed into hearts of flesh, hearts that pulsate with new life and new affection for God. When one speaks of being “born again,”he is speaking of his change of heart. When God quickens us from spiritual death, when He regenerates us by His Holy Spirit, He does radical surgery on our hearts. He turns the stone into living tissue. To be converted is to...
  • Extinguishing Satan's Fiery Darts

    09/19/2016 3:45:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, [take] up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Don’t elevate Satan’s will above God’s will in your life. In Ephesians 6:13 Paul characterizes Satan as "the evil one" who attacks believers with flaming missiles. The Greek word translated "evil one" literally means "bad," "vile," or "wretched." All are apt descriptions of the archenemy of our souls, who seeks to maim and destroy us spiritually. The term "flaming missiles" pictures one of the Roman weapons of Paul's day: arrows that had...
  • Spirit-Filled Submission

    09/19/2016 3:45:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Spirit-filled believers will submit to one another. To the world, submission implies personal weakness or the coercive dominance of one person by another stronger, more intimidating individual. Such perspectives, however, are unbiblical. The noted expositor Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes submission’s original meaning in a military context, which helps us understand its scriptural definition: It is the picture of soldiers in a regiment, soldiers in a line under an officer . . . and if he [the soldier] begins to act on his own, and independently of the others, he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-16, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2016 9:19:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with the...
  • The Deeply Troubling Federal Report Targeting Religious Freedom

    09/18/2016 5:32:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/16/16 | Charles C. Haynes
    Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise” may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people. Appeals by religious individuals and groups for exemption from government laws and regulations that substantially burden religious practice are increasingly unpopular and controversial. So much so that many in the media have taken to using scare quotes, transforming religious freedom into “religious freedom.” Now the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appears to be recommending that we make it official:...
  • Trusting God

    09/18/2016 5:56:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Intense spiritual warfare calls for intense trust in God. An on-duty Roman soldier was always dressed for battle but didn't employ his shield, helmet, and sword until the fighting started. But we as Christians must be ready for battle at all times because our enemy is relentless. We can't afford to overlook a single piece of armor or slip into complacency or neglect. In that regard, Ephesians 6:16 says in effect, "Now...
  • Spirit-Filled Gratitude

    09/18/2016 5:55:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Ephesians 5:20). Sincere thanks to God will result at all times if we are truly filled with the Spirit. I’m convinced that gratitude is the single greatest act of personal worship we can render to God. And today’s verse plainly asserts that thankfulness should be a well-rounded, consistent response to whatever God allows to happen in our lives (see 1 Thess. 5:18). Such a thankful attitude is impossible in our own strength, but as the Holy Spirit indwells us, He graciously...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-18-16, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/17/2016 8:43:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2016 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 8:4-7 Hear this, you who trample upon the needyand destroy the poor of the land!“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,“that we may sell our grain,and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?We will diminish the ephah,add to the shekel,and fix our scales for cheating!We will buy the lowly for silver,and the poor for a pair of sandals;even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob:Never will I forget a thing they have done! Responsorial Psalm Ps...
  • Selecting the Proper Shoes

    09/17/2016 9:21:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm . . . having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace" (Eph. 6:14-15). Standing firm while in the conflict requires the right kind of spiritual footwear. I'll never forget a game that took place at the Rose Bowl during my college football days. Being winter time and late in the football season, the field was in bad shape from several days of rain and an entire season of wear and tear. However, the grounds crew painted the field green, so it looked much better than it actually was. I had two pairs of football...
  • Spirit-Filled Song

    09/17/2016 9:20:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). If we are Spirit-filled, we will have songs of praise in our hearts and on our lips. Once a Christian knows about being Spirit-filled and walking by the Spirit, it is still fair for him or her to ask, “But how can I know if the Holy Spirit is really at work in my life?” Ephesians 5:19 answers this question by declaring one of the unmistakable evidences of the Spirit’s full operation in our lives—we will have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-16, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    09/16/2016 10:38:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It...
  • Religious Deception in the Last Days (video)

    09/16/2016 8:50:57 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Believers in Grace Fellowship ^ | Aug 19, 2016 | Pastor Bill Randles
    Religious Deception in the Last Days - Matthew 24 - Pastor Bill Randles
  • A Righteousness That Glorifies God

    09/16/2016 12:10:49 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm therefore . . . having put on the breastplate of righteousness" (Eph. 6:14). A righteous life testifies to God’s transforming power and brings Him glory. We've seen the importance of donning the breastplate of righteousness, but Scripture also discusses the consequences of failing to do so. These consequences serve as warnings to anyone who is prone to neglect righteousness. If you're not committed to righteousness, you not only make yourself spiritually vulnerable, but also forfeit some of God's wonderful blessings. David prayed, "Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation" (Ps. 51:13). His sin had robbed him of...
  • Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

    09/16/2016 12:10:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 32 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). God wants every aspect of the believer’s being to be under the complete control of the Holy Spirit. Pleroo, the basic Greek word for “be filled,” offers three shades of meaning that illustrate what Paul’s command to be Spirit-filled means. First, the word describes the pressure of wind filling a ship’s sails and moving the vessel across the water. That parallels the Holy Spirit’s leading us down the pathway of spiritual obedience. We aren’t primarily motivated by our own plans and desires, but we allow the Spirit’s gracious pressure to move us in...
  • Cooperating with God (Prtoestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/16/2016 5:09:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/16/2016
    Martin Luther gave the following analogy: When we are justified, it is as though a doctor has just administered a sure and certain remedy for a fatal disease. Though the patient may still endure a temporary struggle with the residual effects of his illness, the outcome is no longer in doubt. The physician pronounces the patient cured even though a rehabilitation process must still be carried out. So it is with our justification. In Christ, God pronounces us just by the imputation of the merits of His Son. Along with that declaration, God administers something to us; He gives us...
  • A Vatican That Can't Be Trusted

    09/15/2016 10:19:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.onepeterfive.com ^ | September 15, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Information, disinformation, truths, half-truths and lies all seem to be jumbled up in the communication strategy of the Holy See. The history of the Church is being written through interviews, improvised discourses, articles on semi-official blogs and media-rumours, leaving the field wide open to all interpretations possible and giving rise to the suspicion that the confusion is deliberate. Two recent examples. The first regards the expulsion of the President of the IOR (the Vatican Bank), Ettore Gotti Tedeschi in 2012. In Benedict XVI’s latest book “Last Conversations” with Peter Seewald, the “Pope Emeritus” takes responsibility himself for Gotti Tedeschi’s dismissal,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-16, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2016 8:57:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2016 Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Cor 15:12-20 Brothers and sisters:If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?If there is no resurrection of the dead,then neither has Christ been raised.And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching;empty, too, your faith.Then we are also false witnesses to God,because we testified against God that he raised Christ,whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.For if the dead are not...
  • Of Dolphins and Man: The Vast Difference between Animals and Humans

    09/15/2016 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Dolphins and Man: The Vast Difference between Animals and Humans Msgr. Charles Pope • September 14, 2016 • Those of you who read my posts regularly know that I have often expressed great fascination with and affection for the pets I have had over the years. I am in awe of the whole of the created order, which proclaims God’s glory.However, there are important distinctions between the human person and the created order that sometimes get lost in modern movements such as environmentalism, animal rights, and even in the realms of philosophy and science.Consider a recent article on...
  • Backlash Against "Catholics For Choice" Grows...Group Places Ads Demanding Taxpayer Funding Abortion

    09/15/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 15 Sep 16 | Christine Rousselle
    The pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice placed "Abortion in Good Faith" full-page ads in several newspapers around the country on Monday urging the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Today, we launched a campaign to show that Catholics support abortion funding #InGoodFaith. Join us. https://t.co/rsmlSxOBDO— Catholics for Choice (@Catholic4Choice) September 12, 2016 On Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement condemning the group. Cardinal Dolan said that the use of the name "Catholic" to promote abortion is offensive and that they are in no way...
  • Conforming to the Image of Christ (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/15/2016 4:56:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/15/2016
    The obvious fact that we all sin can create an atmosphere of false security among us, leading us to accept with ease the idea that sin is so commonplace that we ought not to be too bothered by it lest we surrender our mental health to a self-deprecating neurosis. Yet in our desire to console ourselves and maintain a good self-image, we may push to the back burner the mandate of God, “Be you holy, even as I am holy.” Evangelical Christians are most vulnerable to succumbing to this distortion. We stress the fact that our justification is by faith...
  • Prayer request for PennsylvaniaMom

    09/15/2016 3:43:56 AM PDT · by sneakers · 73 replies
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    Our friend, and longtime freeper, PennsylvaniaMom is in dire need of prayers. She has become a dear friend here on Free Republic - especially on the morning Quinn in the Morning talk show thread, to those of us who have been meeting since the thread was started many years ago. Please, please, please add her to your daily prayers. Here is what she sent to me: "I haven’t been on your thread (or Gregs) all summer. Thought that heat, no AC at the house burning the candle on both ends, and just plain old age caught up to me. Throw...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-16, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2016 9:16:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2016 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then...
  • Many US Catholics Don't Have a Positive View of Muslims, Finds Study

    09/14/2016 5:42:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/13/16 | Mazin Sidahmed
    Of 1,027 Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam and one in three said they had either very or somewhat unfavorable viewsOnly 14% of American Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims and Catholic media outlets tend to have a bias against Muslims, a study has found. The findings, carried out by the Bridge initiative, a multi-year research project that focuses on Islamophobia at Georgetown University, conducted research on how mainstream and Catholic media consumption correlates to respondents’ perceptions of Islam. Of the 1,027 self-identified Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam...
  • Guarding Your Mind and Emotions

    09/14/2016 6:24:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm therefore . . . having put on the breastplate of righteousness" (Eph. 6:14). True righteousness begins with a right relationship with God. A Roman soldier would often engage his enemy in hand- to-hand combat. At such times, the weapon of choice was the short sword, with which he sought to penetrate his opponent's vital organs. For his own protection he wore a molded metal breastplate that extended from the base of his neck to the top of his thighs. It helped deflect any attacks aimed at his heart and abdomen. The Roman breastplate has great symbolism in Paul's...
  • Spiritual Restoration

    09/14/2016 6:23:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1). Those walking by the Spirit are to restore sinning fellow believers. God never intended that the spiritual walk be an end in itself. Instead, He wants believers to have a positive influence on fellow believers so that the church will be purified and built up. Galatians 6:1 reveals how those who walk by the Spirit ought to minister to others within the Body of Christ. Paul says they are to restore other brothers and sisters...