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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-17, OM, St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr, St. Sebastian, Martyr

    01/19/2017 7:39:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2017 Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day...
  • The Trinity and Christian Unity (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    01/19/2017 6:06:27 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/19/2017
    “Through [Christ] we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” - Ephesians 2:18 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit worked inseparably in creation, making the universe out of nothing. The three persons also worked inseparably in bringing about atonement for our sin, offering up Christ to satisfy divine justice in the face of our sin. They work inseparably in all aspects of redemption, in fact, including our sanctification. In Ephesians 2:18, the Apostle Paul tells us that the three persons also work as one in bringing unity between Christians. The context of this text is God’s purpose to dissolve...
  • Christ's Gentle Example

    01/19/2017 5:57:42 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all . . . gentleness” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Jesus is the greatest example of gentleness: He became angry when God the Father was dishonored, but not when He, the Son, was. Jesus Christ is our supreme example of gentleness. Paul refers specifically to this in 2 Corinthians 10:1. Jesus Himself said, “I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). Jesus showed righteous indignation when it was proper. When He found the Temple filled with people selling exorbitantly priced sacrificial animals, He drove them out, pouring out their money and overturning tables (Matt. 21:12). He told...
  • Embracing the Truth

    01/19/2017 5:57:15 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed" (Eph. 1:13). The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. After stating salvation from God's perspective in verse 12, Paul here states it from man's perspective. Faith in Christ is your response to God's elective purpose in your life. Those two truths—God's initiative and man's response—co-exist throughout Scripture. Paul rightly called the gospel "the message of truth" because truth is its predominant characteristic. Salvation was conceived by the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); purchased by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-17

    01/18/2017 8:57:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2017 Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be...
  • Embracing the Truth (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/18/2017 5:00:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/18/2016
    Openness to truth where truth may be found is a long-standing virtue that worked on the assumption that there is such a thing as objective truth, to which we should be open. Students of higher education now taught one overarching virtue: to be “open.” The purpose of their education is not to make them scholars but to provide them with a moral virtue—an openness, a relativism that eschews any form of fixed objective values or truth. Its simplistic creed is that there are no absolutes. Without objective standards of truth, we are left with feelings, impressions, and intuitions that can...
  • Proclaiming God's Preeminence

    01/18/2017 1:16:06 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    We were predestined "to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:12). In salvation, as in everything else, God is preeminent. He deserves all the credit. Preeminence implies supreme standing, picturing one who excels over all others in a particular quality or achievement. There is no one more preeminent than God. Ephesians 1:12 underscores that truth. You were redeemed and granted an eternal inheritance that God might be glorified. Certainly you benefit greatly from salvation, but God's glory is the primary issue. Our man-centered culture doesn't...
  • Righteous Anger

    01/18/2017 1:15:36 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all . . . gentleness” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Our anger must be under control and should occur only for the right reason. After the previous lesson, you might think that Christians must always be quiet and passive, never getting upset or angry about anything. Actually, believers do have the right to get angry, but only under certain conditions. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” So there is a certain kind of anger that isn’t sinful. It must be under control, and it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-17

    01/17/2017 7:38:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek,...
  • Marquette: McAdams to Remain Suspended Until He Apologizes

    01/17/2017 6:50:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 1/17/18 | Kassy Dillon
    * Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his personal blog.* Dr. John McAdams has been suspended since December 2014 for questioning a colleague's prohibition on questioning the propriety of gay marriage in class.* Marquette President Michael Lovell is demanding that McAdams issue a statement accepting his punishment, apologizing for the blog post, and admitting "guilt" in the matter.Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his...
  • Should Different Religions Be Treated Differently?

    01/17/2017 7:17:31 AM PST · by livius · 59 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 16, 2017 | William Kilpatrick
    When the planning board of Bernards Township, New Jersey, turned down a plan to build a mosque, the local Islamic society turned around and sued the town for discrimination. Now, a federal judge has ruled that a parking requirement imposed by the township on the mosque was discriminatory. Adeel Mangi, the Islamic society’s lawyer, praised the decision, saying “this is a landmark ruling…that will have national impact in reaffirming that townships cannot treat applicants differently based on their religion.” Andrew Bieszad, an Islam scholar, has a different take. In an article titled “landmark federal court ruling opens the way for...
  • Discipling and Disciplining (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/17/2017 5:52:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/16/2017
    There is a strange dichotomy in the language of the contemporary church. Much is said and written about the important function of discipling new Christians, while at the same time the function of church discipline has almost vanished. Today, discipline is a word used to refer to the instruction and nurture of the believer. It does not usually carry the connotation of ecclesiastical censure or punishment. In one sense, this modern version of discipling is linked to the New Testament model. The term disciple in the New Testament means “learner.” The disciples of Jesus were students who enrolled in Jesus’...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-17, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2017 9:53:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2017 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and said, I will indeed...
  • Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Stands in Front of a Cross While Promoting Abortion

    01/16/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile RichardsÂ’ latest photo op had pro-lifers calling out the abortion chain this weekend for using a cross to promote abortion. On Saturday, Latinos for Planned Parenthood account tweeted a photo of Richards speaking in front of a cross in the Metropolitan AME Church sanctuary Saturday in Washington, D.C. The highly paid CEO gave her speech during a Here to Stay rally protesting President-elect Donald TrumpÂ’s position on immigration. Planned Parenthood co-sponsored the immigration rally and used it to promote its abortion agenda. In a column for Medium, Richards claimed her abortion chain is essential to immigrants...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-17

    01/15/2017 9:24:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2017 Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb5:1-10Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said to him:You...
  • Resting in God's Sovereignty

    01/15/2017 2:19:14 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] made known the mystery of His will according to His kind intention which He purposed in [Christ] with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth" (Eph. 1:9-10). God is intimately involved in the flow of human history and is directing its course toward a specific, predetermined climax. For centuries men of various philosophical schools have debated the cause, course, and climax of human history. Some deny God and therefore deny any divine involvement in history....
  • The Opposite of Covetousness

    01/15/2017 2:18:45 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5). If you are content with what God has given you, you will not be a person who is covetous or a lover of money. I once had a man come into my church office and confess the sin of gluttony. When I told him he did not look overweight, he answered, “I know. It is not that I eat too much but that I want to. I continually crave food. It’s an obsession.” Covetousness is very similar to that man’s...
  • End times harbinger: Nations gang up on Israel

    01/15/2017 10:11:23 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2017
    It’s like an alarm bell in the night for prophecy experts. Seventy nations are meeting in Paris this weekend for a massive summit to coordinate efforts against the Jewish state of Israel. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a statement issued after the conference will demand an end to the “occupation that began in 1967,” a two-state solution and no recognition of Israeli control of Jerusalem. It may even lead to recognition of a Palestinian state. “There’s no telling what this meeting might produce,” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com and author of the new prophecy book “The Restitution of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-15-17, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/14/2017 7:15:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15, 2017 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 49:3, 5-6The LORD said to me: You are my servant,Israel, through whom I show my glory.Now the LORD has spokenwho formed me as his servant from the womb,that Jacob may be brought back to himand Israel gathered to him;and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,and my God is now my strength!It is too little, the LORD says, for you to be my servant,to raise up the tribes of Jacob,and restore the survivors of Israel;I will make you a light to the nations,that my salvation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-14-17

    01/14/2017 12:23:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 14, 2017 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16The word of God is living and effective,sharper than any two-edged sword,penetrating even between soul and spirit,joints and marrow,and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.No creature is concealed from him,but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of himto whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,let us hold fast to our confession.For we do not have a high priestwho is unable to sympathize with...
  • Pursuing God's Will

    01/14/2017 10:38:01 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In all wisdom and insight [God] made known to us the mystery of His will" (Eph. 1:8-9). Even if you haven’t obtained academic degrees, you have wisdom that far surpasses the most educated unbeliever. When God redeemed you, He not only forgave your trespasses and removed the guilt and penalty of sin, but He also gave you spiritual wisdom and insight—two essential elements for godly living. Together they speak of the ability to understand God's will and apply it to your life in practical ways. As a believer you understand the most sublime truths of all. For example, you know...
  • Identifying with Those in Need

    01/14/2017 10:37:22 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:2). Because we too are human beings, God makes it possible for us to empathize with others who might be enduring hardship. The Apostolic Confession, an ancient church confession, says, “If any Christian is condemned for Christ’s sake to the mines by the ungodly, do not overlook him, but from the proceeds of your toil and sweat, send him something to support himself, and to reward the soldier of Christ.” You can see from this quote that...
  • Mary had a Little Lamb

    01/13/2017 8:41:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    January 13, 2017 | vanity
    Mary had a Little Lamb His fleece was white as snow And everywhere that Mary went The Lamb was sure to go He followed her to school each day T'wasn't in the rule He made the children laugh and play To have a Lamb at school And then the rules changed one day Illegal it became To bring the Lamb of God to school Or even speak his name Everyday got worse and worse Days turned into years Instead of hearing children laugh We heard gunshots and tears What must we do to stop the crime That's in our schools...
  • Divine Begottenness and Procession (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/13/2017 5:12:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/12/2017
    “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”- John 14:26 All people possess a human nature, which includes attributes such as a mind, a body, and a will. So, every human being is fully human regardless of gender, race, age, or other qualities. But even though every human being possesses a human nature, we have distinct attributes. For instance, the mind of one human being is not the same as the mind of another. The same applies...
  • Enjoying God's Forgiveness

    01/13/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    In Christ we have "the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of [God's] grace, which He lavished upon us" (Eph. 1:7-8). In Christ we have infinite forgiveness for every sin—past, present, and future. On Israel's Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) the high priest selected two goats. One was sacrificed; the other set free. Before releasing the second goat, the high priest symbolically placed the sins of the people on it by laying his hands on its head. This "scapegoat" was then taken a great distance from camp and released—never to return again (Lev. 16:7-10). The Greek word translated...
  • Showing Love Through Hospitality

    01/13/2017 1:09:30 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Hospitality should be a trait of all Christians, because whenever we display it, we minister to the Lord. If you are a Christian, your responsibility to love others does not stop with fellow believers. The apostle Paul is very explicit and direct about this: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men” (1 Thess. 5:15). “All men” includes even your enemies. The “strangers”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-13-17,OM, St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    01/12/2017 11:14:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2017 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11Let us be on our guardwhile the promise of entering into his rest remains,that none of you seem to have failed.For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.But the word that they heard did not profit them,for they were not united in faith with those who listened.For we who believed enter into that rest,just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter into my rest," and yet his works were accomplishedat the...
  • Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planed Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”

    01/12/2017 7:42:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 12, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Blessing an abortion clinic may seem antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. But various religious leaders came together to do just that on Tuesday at Planned Parenthood’s newest abortion facility in Washington, D.C. DCist reports religious leaders representing more than 20 groups participated in the ceremony inside the new mega-facility, which opened in September. The new abortion facility is located next to the Two Rivers Public Charter School, a sought-after elementary school in D.C, much to the outrage of pro-lifers and parents. “In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” Dr....
  • The Rise of Reformed Christianity in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

    01/12/2017 1:33:40 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | January 13, 2017 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    With more than 16,000 students, Universitas Pelita Harapan is one of the largest Reformed Christian universities in the world. Started just 22 years ago, the university offers a law school, medical school, engineering school, and teachers college—all from a distinctly Reformed worldview. “We don’t even have that in the United States or Europe,” said Ric Cannada, chancellor emeritus for Reformed Theological Seminary. “Here it is in Indonesia. Isn’t it just like the Lord to do something like this in the least likely place—the country with the largest Muslim population in the world?” Though Christians compose only 10 percent of Indonesia’s...
  • Preaching the Kerygma (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/12/2017 11:15:46 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/12/2016
    “There arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. . . . Those who were scattered went about preaching the word” - Acts 8:1–8 Fulfilling Christ’s command to preach the gospel to all nations and make disciples of all peoples (Matt. 28:18–20; Mark 16:15) is an enormous task, and it requires the contributions of all believers to the effort. In fact, as we look at the earliest history of Christianity, we find that even lay Christians, those who have not been...
  • The High Cost of Free Grace

    01/12/2017 4:06:49 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood" (Eph. 1:7, emphasis added). Redeeming grace is free to us, but its cost to God is inestimable. Sin is not a serious issue to most people. Our culture flaunts and peddles it in countless forms. Even Christians who would never think of committing certain sins will often allow themselves to be entertained by them through television, movies, music, and other media. We sometimes flirt with sin but God hates it. The price He paid to redeem us from it speaks of the seriousness with which He views it. After all, we "were...
  • The Importance of Brotherly Love

    01/12/2017 4:06:27 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Genuine love among Christians is a testimony to the world, to ourselves, and to God. The importance of brotherly love extends well beyond the walls of your local church or fellowship hall. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” In effect, God has made love for one another the measuring stick by which the world can determine if our Christian profession is genuine. That’s why it’s so important that we have a selfless attitude and sincerely...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-17

    01/11/2017 10:26:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2017 Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14The Holy Spirit says:Oh, that today you would hear his voice,"Harden not your hearts as at the rebellionin the day of testing in the desert,where your ancestors tested and tried meand saw my works for forty years.Because of this I was provoked with that generationand I said, 'They have always been of erring heart,and they do not know my ways.'As I swore in my wrath,'They shall not enter into my rest.'"Take care, brothers and sisters,that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,so...
  • The Slavery That Frees

    01/11/2017 2:31:45 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In [Christ] we have redemption” (Eph. 1:7). Slavery to sin is bondage; slavery to God is freedom. Freedom is a precious thing. People throughout history have prayed, fought, and even died for it. Our Declaration of Independence upholds it as one of our inalienable rights. But the truth is, no matter what one’s political situation might be, everyone is a slave—either to sin or to God. Jesus said that “everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). Paul added that all of creation is in slavery to corruption (Rom. 8:21). However, believers have “been freed from sin...
  • Having Love for One Another

    01/11/2017 2:31:19 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Christianity’s primary moral standard is love, especially for fellow believers. Love of other believers is a natural outflow of the Christian life and should be a normal part of fellowship within the church. You can no doubt remember how after you were first saved it became very natural and exciting to love other Christians and to want to be around them. However, such an attitude is extremely difficult to maintain. This love, which is a gift from God’s Spirit, must be nurtured or it will not grow—it may actually shrivel. That’s why...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-11-17

    01/10/2017 9:16:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2017 Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18Since the children share in blood and Flesh,Jesus likewise shared in them,that through death he might destroy the onewho has the power of death, that is, the Devil,and free those who through fear of deathhad been subject to slavery all their life.Surely he did not help angelsbut rather the descendants of Abraham;therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before Godto expiate the sins of the people.Because he himself was...
  • Living to the Glory of God

    01/10/2017 6:54:07 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God chose us “to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in [His beloved Son]” (Eph. 1:6). You were created to glorify God. Englishman Henry Martyn served as a missionary in India and Persia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Upon his arrival in Calcutta, he cried out “Let me burn out for God.” As he watched the people prostrating themselves before their pagan idols and heard blasphemy uttered against Christ, he wrote, “This excited more horror in me than I can well express. . . . I could not endure...
  • Worthy Examples to the World

    01/10/2017 6:53:38 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). To be a testimony to the world, Christians need to live what they profess. The nineteenth-century preacher Alexander Maclaren once said, “The world takes its notion of God most of all from those who say they belong to God’s family. They read us a great deal more than they read the Bible. They see us; they only hear about Jesus Christ.” Sound biblical doctrine, as important a foundation as it is, is inadequate by itself to influence the world toward Christ’s gospel. Christians today could learn much from the early Christians, whose...
  • {Zoroastrian} Is Real Change Coming to Iran? Get Ready for March 15, 2017

    01/10/2017 12:36:25 PM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Breaking news Israel ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | Mordechai Kedar
    The social makeup of Iran’s population is very complex, because there is actually no such thing as an Iranian people. There are, instead, Iranian citizens divided into many ethnic groups: Persians make up about 60% of the population, while the rest are Azars, Kurds, Blouchis, Arabs, Turkmen and tens of smaller ethnic groups. The main religion in Iran is Shia Islam, adhered to by 90% of the country’s people, while Sunnis – mainly Kurds and Blouchis – make up about 10%. The country recognizes Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and reserves a parliamentary seat for each religion. Zoroastrianism is based on...
  • Married lesbian couple to lead prominent D.C. Baptist church

    01/10/2017 12:21:22 PM PST · by Cronos · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9 Jan 2017 | Lauren Markoe
    Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Jan. 8 and are set to begin their new jobs Feb. 26. A spokeswoman for the congregation said she didn’t know whether a gay couple leading a church was a first for Baptists. “We look for the best people in the world and that’s who they were,” said Carol Blythe. “We’re very excited.” The 155-year-old church severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012: It was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-17

    01/09/2017 11:00:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2017 Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,of which we are speaking.Instead, someone has testified somewhere: What is man that you are mindful of him,or the son of man that you care for him?You made him for a little while lower than the angels;you crowned him with glory and honor,subjecting all things under his feet. In "subjecting" all things to him,he left nothing not "subject to him."Yet at present we do not see "all things subject to him," but we do...
  • Chinese communist gangs severely beat Christians

    01/09/2017 8:17:49 PM PST · by Bogle · 5 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | January 8, 2017 | Lorraine Caballero
    Communist gangs hired by authorities severely beat several Christians in Hebei province in China after they resisted the destruction of an officially registered church.
  • Pastor apologizes for taking video of disabled woman whose wheelchair had broken down

    01/09/2017 10:56:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    fox4kc.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Molly Balkenbush
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local pastor is taking heat on social media after posting a video to Facebook that gained more than one million views. Sunday night, Pastor Lamond Rushing is apologizing to the handicapped woman it offended. FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush spoke to that woman and the pastor. That video had more than 11,000 shares before Pastor Lamond removed it from Facebook, after our interview with him.
  • Living Out Your Royal Heritage

    01/09/2017 5:14:35 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In love [God] predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will” (Eph. 1:4-5). Because God loves you, He adopted you as His child and grants you all the rights and privileges of family membership. Moses told Israel that God didn't choose them because of their great numbers or any inherent goodness on their part, but as an expression of God's sovereign will and sacrificial love (Deut. 7:7-8). That's true of you as well if you're a Christian. The Greek word translated “love” in Ephesians 1:4 speaks not of emotional...
  • The Importance of Humility

    01/09/2017 5:13:57 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:2). Humility is fundamental to spiritual growth and blessing. It’s no secret that family problems are on the rise. Husbands and wives can’t get along. Children rebel against their parents. Unfortunately, most of the proposed solutions deal only with the peripheral issues instead of the central issue, which is pride. There will never be unity or happiness in a family without humility. Humility is not only essential in families; it is also a basic ingredient for all spiritual blessing. The book of Proverbs is rich with such teaching. “When pride comes, then...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/9/2017 [Prayer]

    01/09/2017 1:43:03 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 26 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1-9-2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-17, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/08/2017 8:21:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2017 The Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I formed you, and set...
  • Matching Your Practice to Your Position

    01/08/2017 7:42:58 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God chose us “that we should be holy and blameless before Him” (Eph. 1:4). The challenge of Christian living is to increasingly match your practice to your position. God chose you in Christ to make you holy and blameless in His sight. To be “holy” is to be separated from sin and devoted to righteousness. To be “blameless” is to be pure without spot or blemish—like Jesus, the Lamb of God (1 Pet. 1:19). Ephesians 1:4 is a positional statement. That is, Paul describes how God views us “in Christ.” He sees us as holy and blameless because Christ our...
  • Divinely Chosen and Called

    01/08/2017 7:42:25 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). We didn’t choose God; He chose us. What is “the calling with which [we] have been called”? It is simply the position we have now as Christians. Paul said the Christians at Corinth were “saints by calling” (1 Cor. 1:2). Peter instructed his readers to make certain about God’s calling and choosing them (2 Peter 1:10). Our calling is a high calling (Phil. 3:14), “a holy calling” (2 Tim. 1:9), and “a heavenly calling”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-08-17, SOL, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/07/2017 8:04:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2017 The Epiphany of the Lord Reading 1 Is 60:1-6Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches of the sea shall...