General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-18

    12/16/2018 8:18:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2018 Monday of the Third Week in Advent Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 7

    12/16/2018 7:29:52 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto...
  • Christ's Eternal Existence

    12/16/2018 6:31:04 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay a foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; and they all will become old as a garment. And as a mantle Thou wilt roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end" (Heb. 1:10-12). Christ existed before the beginning of the world; thus He is without beginning. Jesus Christ is no creature. To be able to lay the foundation of the earth and create the...
  • Seeing the Majesty of Christ

    12/16/2018 6:30:36 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “When [Christ] had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). God has exalted Christ above everyone and everything. Christ in His majestic glory is “heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2). That’s why it is His right to have the title deed to the earth, spoken of in Revelation 5:1-7. There He opens that deed and takes possession of what is rightfully His as heir of all things. Hebrews 1 further describes Christ as “the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature. . . . When...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-16-18, Third Sunday of Advent (Guadete Sunday)

    12/15/2018 8:51:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings at...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 6

    12/15/2018 7:46:59 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. 5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him:...
  • The Lover of Righteousness

    12/15/2018 5:57:48 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy companions'" (Heb. 1:8-9). As the eternal God and King, Christ loves righteousness and hates lawlessness. In these days it's difficult for us as Christians to be totally supportive of our governmental leaders when we see so much of what God calls righteous compromised or ridiculed. But the King of kings—Christ Himself—is the only leader who has a perfectly right attitude toward...
  • Christ's Coronation and Intercession

    12/15/2018 5:57:16 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). Christ is the Sovereign of the universe and a faithful High Priest. Christ was exalted not only in His resurrection and ascension, but also in His coronation. Mark 16:19 says, “When the Lord Jesus had spoken to [the apostles], He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” In Scripture the right hand is a symbol of power and authority. What is the extent of Christ’s authority? Ephesians 1:20-22 says, “[God] seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-18

    12/14/2018 8:59:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2018 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Christ's Superior Nature

    12/14/2018 6:41:11 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Of the angels He says, 'Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.' But of the Son He says, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever'" (Heb. 1:7-8). Jesus Christ is God, and He created the angels. People today who claim that Jesus was just a man, an angel, a prophet, or some inferior god are in error and bring upon themselves the curse of God. The Bible, and especially the writer of Hebrews, are clear about who Christ is. First, the writer deals with the nature of angels when he says, "Who makes His...
  • Christ's Resurrection and Ascension

    12/14/2018 6:40:36 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). Christ’s resurrection and ascension were the first two steps of His exaltation. The first step on Christ’s progress from humiliation to exaltation was His resurrection. In Acts 13 Paul preached on the resurrection of Christ, declaring: “[God] raised up Jesus. . . . And as for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ Therefore He also says . . . ‘Thou wilt not allow Thy holy one to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-18, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/14/2018 5:31:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2018 Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6...
  • Prostitutes, Mistresses, and the Messiah Seven Great Women Of Ill Repute

    12/14/2018 5:56:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 12/7/2018 | Jon Bloom
    A strange thread runs through the most prominent women associated with Jesus: they are all women of, shall we say, ill repute. Most of their notorious reputations spring from sexual scandals. What does this say about Christ? An awful lot. If your habit is to skip over the genealogies in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, you may have missed a treasure buried in this list of forty fathers who comprise Jesus’s ancestry (if we count Joseph), stretching as far back as Abraham. The hidden treasure is the five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Jesus’s mother, Mary. Why are...
  • Building on a Sure Foundation (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/14/2018 5:11:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/13/2018
    René Descartes intentionally doubted everything he could possibly doubt until he reached the point where he realized there was one thing he couldn’t doubt. He could not doubt that he was doubting. To doubt that he was doubting was to prove that he was doubting. No doubt about it. From that premise of indubitable doubt, Descartes appealed to the formal certainty yielded by the laws of immediate inference. Using impeccable deduction, he concluded that to be doubting required that he be thinking, since thought is a necessary condition for doubting. From there it was a short step to his famous...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 5

    12/13/2018 6:43:31 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain...
  • An Amazing New Translation of Isaiah

    12/13/2018 12:22:17 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/13/18 | Dr. Brown
    Dr. Brown interviews Oxford professor Spencer Klavan about his new translation of Isaiah. Dr. Brown and his guest will also take your calls about Bible translations in general.
  • 'Liturgical Dance' Is Not 'Liturgical'

    12/13/2018 8:15:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    Why does doctrine matter? Because doctrine informs practice. From a distinctly Lutheran perspective, it was doctrine that caused the Reformers like Martin Luther to courageously call the Catholic Church to repent and return to "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3), not attempt to start a new church. It was doctrine that caused the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to split from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). It was and is doctrine that sadly causes divisions and keeps us apart. Still, we're told that it must be this way, that this is the...
  • Worship of Distinction

    12/13/2018 6:13:51 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "When He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, 'And let all the angels of God worship Him'" (Heb. 1:6). Jesus Christ is greater than angels because He is worshiped. Even though Jesus Christ humbled Himself and was made lower than the angels for a time, angels are still to worship Him. Since angels are to worship Him, then Christ must be greater than them. Angels have always worshiped Christ, only they worshiped Him as God. It wasn't until His incarnation that angels were commanded to worship Him as God's Son. It is a sin to worship anyone...
  • Elements of Christ's Exaltation

    12/13/2018 6:13:22 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). Christ followed the path to glory so that we could follow Him. Because Christ humbled Himself, the Father wonderfully exalted Him. His exaltation includes the elements of both His resurrection and His coronation—His exaltation to the right hand of God. The apostle Peter said Jesus was “raised up again” and “exalted to the right hand of God” (Acts 2:3233).Peter and the other apostles preached, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus. . . . He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant...
  • Rejecting False Assurances (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/13/2018 5:55:24 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/13/2018
    If we think the Bible teaches universal salvation, we may arrive at a false sense of assurance by reasoning as follows: Everybody is saved. I am a body. Therefore, I am saved. Or, if we think salvation is gained by our own good works and we are further deluded into believing that we possess good works, we will have a false assurance of salvation. To have sound assurance, we must understand that our salvation rests on the merit of Christ alone, which is appropriated to us when we embrace Him by genuine faith. If we understand that, the remaining question...