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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-10-20

    07/09/2020 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-10-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 10 2020 Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10 Thus says the LORD: Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt. Take with you words, and return to the LORD; Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity, and receive what is good, that we may render as offerings the bullocks from our stalls. Assyria will not save us, nor shall we have horses to mount; We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion.” I will heal...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #20: JOSEPH, Part 2 – EGYPT, OR BUST!

    07/09/2020 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 1 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JOSEPH THE SLAVE GENESIS 39 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge...
  • A Living Sacrifice

    07/09/2020 7:48:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Every faculty you have is to be used for God’s glory. In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads with believers to present their bodies to God as a living and holy sacrifice, which is an appropriate and acceptable act of worship. But as someone has rightly said, the problem with living sacrifices is they tend to crawl off the altar. That's because sacrificial living demands spiritual discipline and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. We as Christians aren't always willing to do that. According to Paul, the motivation and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-09-20, OM, St. Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

    07/08/2020 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-09-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 9 2020 Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9 Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the farther they went from me, Sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms; I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #19: JOSEPH, Part 1 – DREAMS, AND REALITY

    07/08/2020 8:53:48 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 14 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JACOB LOVES JOSEPH, SO HIS BROTHERS HATE HIM GENESIS 37 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. by OTTAVIO VANNINI "Joseph and His Brothers" Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers...and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When...
  • The Rise of the Anti- Christ - The EXPONENTIAL Events Which Will Lead Up To The Anti-Christ's 666 Global State!

    07/08/2020 6:42:42 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 76 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/8/20
    When the Rapture of the Church finally takes place - in which Almighty God the Son calls out His body (saints and ambassadors) - it (The Rapture) will be a wondrous sign unto the apostate western world more so than a sign unto the whole world. For all had better be prepared, for Almighty God's "Day of Wrath" is now at hand (2 Thess. 2:3-12)! All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs) Matt. 24:8. The official commencement of this horrific seven year period will be the breaking of the 1st seal (i.e., the "Confirming of the Covenant" -...
  • Offering Spiritual Sacrifices

    07/08/2020 6:24:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Spiritual sacrifices are acts of praise and worship offered to God through Jesus Christ. The primary mission of a Hebrew priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That's why God gave detailed instructions regarding the kinds of sacrifices He required. For example, if a lamb was offered, it had to be perfect—without deformity or blemish. Then it had to be sacrificed in a prescribed manner. It was a serious...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #18: JACOB & ESAU, Part 3 of 3

    07/07/2020 10:44:16 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 7 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    Link to Part 1which told these events:GOD GIVES ISAAC AND REBEKAH TWIN BOYSxxxxx ESAU SELLS HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB STEALS ESAU’S BLESSINGxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB FLEES FROM ESAUxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB’S DREAM Link to Part 2which told these events: JACOB TAKES A WIFE—ER, TWO WIVES! xx LABAN SWINDLES JACOBxxxx JACOB SWINDLES LABANxxxxxx JACOB FLEES LABANxxxxxxxx LABAN PURSUES JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB CONFRONTS LABANxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB HEADS TOWARD HOME and nowJACOB & ESAU, Part 3 JACOB HEADS TOWARD HOME -- AND ESAUGENESIS 32 (NIV, excerpted, emphases added;this section is repeated from Part 2 for context) 3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-08-20

    07/07/2020 10:03:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-08-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 8 2020 Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth. The more abundant his fruit, the more altars he built; The more productive his land, the more sacred pillars he set up. Their heart is false, now they pay for their guilt; God shall break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars. If they would say, “We have no king”— Since they do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them?The king of Samaria shall disappear, like foam...
  • Your Priestly Service

    07/07/2020 7:40:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christians share common spiritual characteristics with Old Testament priests. Peter identified believers as holy priests, but many Christians don't really know what that means because priests aren't part of our culture as a whole. The primary purpose of an Old Testament priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. Priests were chosen by God Himself, specially cleansed through prescribed ceremonies, clothed in a prescribed manner,...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #17: JACOB & ESAU, Part 2 of 3

    07/07/2020 6:18:32 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 6 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    Link to Part 1which told these events:GOD GIVES ISAAC AND REBEKAH TWIN BOYSxxxxx ESAU SELLS HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB STEALS ESAU’S BLESSINGxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB FLEES FROM ESAUxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB’S DREAM and nowJACOB & ESAU, Part 2 JACOB TAKES A WIFE— ER, MAKE THAT TWO WIVES! GENESIS 29 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 9 Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-07-20

    07/06/2020 9:04:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-07-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 7 2020 Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 8:4-7, 11-13 Thus says the LORD: They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction. Cast away your calf, O Samaria! my wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel? The work of an artisan, no god at all, Destined for the flames— such is the calf of Samaria!When they sow the wind, they shall...
  • Access to God

    07/06/2020 6:32:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers. Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear, a man might attempt to appease his idols but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them. Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-06-20, OM, St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

    07/05/2020 10:34:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-06-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 6 2020 Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22 Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt.On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me “My husband,” and never again “My baal.”I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity,...
  • We Are Headed Towards Massive Racial Unrest

    07/05/2020 5:16:13 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 100 replies
    RR ^ | 7/5/2020 | Todd Strandberg
    The whole issue of racism in America has quickly reached a level that is cultic in nature. People are being fired from their source of employment for simply saying that “all forms of racism are wrong.” As web companies clamp down on free speech in the name of ‘social justice,’ going so far as to red-flag the President of the United States and label Christian doctrinal statements as ‘unsafe,’ one tech giant just warned the public that hate speech against ‘majority groups’ doesn’t count. Reddit wants consumers to know that you can say whatever you want about white people, and...
  • Rulers of Darkness

    07/05/2020 11:02:52 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    RR ^ | 7/5/2020 | Daymond Duck
    According to the Bible, there are rulers of darkness (satanic or demonic spiritual forces) influencing the citizens and events on planet Earth (Eph. 6:12). Many U.S. citizens have never seen a time when this was more obvious. Those that have not accepted Jesus as their Saviour are called the children of disobedience (lawlessness) and the children of darkness (Eph. 2:2; I Thess. 5:4-7). Satan is using them; they are living by his rules and doing his work. They do not like America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, the Ten Commandments, public prayer, freedom of religion, what Christians say about abortion, LGBTQ, just one...
  • Union with Christ

    07/05/2020 6:47:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world. The Jewish culture of Peter's time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house, but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers. That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy:...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-05-20, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/05/2020 12:03:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-05-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 5, 2020 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 9:9-10 Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. Responsorial Psalm...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #16: JACOB & ESAU, Part 1

    07/04/2020 10:08:50 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 4 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    GOD GIVES ISAAC AND REBEKAH TWIN BOYS GENESIS 25 (NIV, excerpted, emphases added) 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the...
  • Christ: The Precious Cornerstone

    07/04/2020 6:20:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God" (1 Pet. 2:4). God’s view of Christ is the only accurate standard by which to measure Christ’s worth. I once read about a conversation in the Louvre Museum in Paris. One of the curators of the museum, a man with great appreciation for art, overheard two men discussing a masterpiece. One man said to the other, "I don't think much of that painting." The curator, feeling obliged to reply to the man's statement, said to him, "Dear sir, if I...