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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Avoiding Spiritual Deception

    10/28/2016 4:21:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is . . . profitable for . . . reproof" (2 Tim. 3:16). Scripture is the standard by which you must measure all teaching. In November of 1978, United States Representative Leo Ryan of California visited the People's Temple (a California- based cult) in Guyana. He went to investigate reports that some of the people were being held there against their will. The world was shocked to learn that the congressman and his party had been ambushed and killed. Even more shocking was the grim discovery that followed a few days later. Authorities who entered the compound at...
  • The Law Devastates the Sinner

    10/28/2016 4:20:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive, and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me” (Romans 7:9-11). The law shatters all of man’s attempts at self-righteousness. The old saying “ignorance is bliss” is rarely true, and in the spiritual realm it is deadly. As a Pharisee, one of the rising stars of first-century Judaism (Gal. 1:14), Paul thought himself very much “alive apart from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-28-16, FEAST, Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

    10/27/2016 7:21:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies ^ | 10-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 28, 2016 Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held togetherand grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;in him you also are being built togetherinto a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 R. (5a) Their message goes out through all the earth.The heavens declare...
  • The Law Arouses Sin

    10/27/2016 6:55:39 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead” (Romans 7:8). When confronted with God’s holy law, sinful men are motivated not to obey it, but to break it. It is a perverse fact of fallen human nature that the surest way to get people to do things is to tell them not to do them. When people see a sign reading “Keep off the grass!” or “Don’t pick the flowers!” their first impulse is often to trample the grass and take some flowers. The same is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-27-16

    10/27/2016 5:54:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 10-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 27, 2016 Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firmagainst the tactics of the Devil.For our struggle is not with flesh and bloodbut with the principalities, with the powers,with the world rulers of this present darkness,with the evil spirits in the heavens.Therefore, put on the armor of God,that you may be able to resist on the evil dayand, having done everything, to hold your ground.So stand fast...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-26-16

    10/27/2016 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 10-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 26, 2016 Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.Honor your father and mother.This is the first commandment with a promise,that it may go well with youand that you may have a long life on earth.Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,not only when being watched, as currying favor,but as slaves of Christ, doing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-16

    10/27/2016 4:31:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 10-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2016 Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 5:21-33 Brothers and sisters:Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.For the husband is head of his wifejust as Christ is head of the Church,he himself the savior of the Body.As the Church is subordinate to Christ,so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.Husbands, love your wives,even as Christ loved the Churchand handed himself over for her to sanctify her,cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,that he might...
  • Affirming God’s Sovereignty (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/27/2016 8:23:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/27/2016
    Our God remains incomprehensible and retains His simplicity. He tells us in His Word that He is not a God of confusion but of order. He is not at war with Himself. He is altogether good, altogether holy, and altogether sovereign. This we must affirm to maintain a biblical concept of divine sovereignty. Yet we must always balance this understanding with a clear understanding that God always exercises His power and authority according to His holy character. He chooses what He chooses according to His own good pleasure. It is His pleasure that He does. He chooses what is pleasing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Prayers for canonization continue at 32nd Father Walter Ciszek Day

    10/26/2016 4:39:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Republican Herald ^ | 10.17.16 | Mark Gilger Jr.
    SHENANDOAH — Nearly every pew at St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church was filled Sunday afternoon for the 32nd annual celebration of Father Walter Ciszek Day. The annual Mass commemorates the life and death of Ciszek, whose cause for canonization is being investigated by the Catholic Church. St. Casimir is the worship center of Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Church. It is also where Ciszek was baptized, confirmed and received First Holy Communion. “Please continue to pray that Father Walter Ciszek be elevated to sainthood in our lifetime so that we may celebrate together,” Monsigner Ronald C. Bocian said. He attributed the...
  • Prayers up for my son

    10/26/2016 12:59:49 PM PDT · by Mercat · 49 replies
    Mercat vanity ^ | 10/26/2016 | mercat
    Please ping this to the prayer thread. Our son has been having serious health issues ever since he was laid off last June. He's being offered a job but may still need surgery as well as physical therapy, both of which may make it difficult to work in a new position. Please keep him in your prayers as he tries to get employment to support his family and stay well.
  • Passing on a Godly Heritage

    10/26/2016 9:01:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "From childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15). Planting and nurturing the seed of God’s Word in a child’s mind can produce an abundant spiritual harvest. Not long ago I met with a group of Christian leaders to consider several candidates for a significant ministry position. During our meeting it dawned on me that each candidate's father was a prominent pastor. Each candidate had grown up in a family that daily taught and exemplified biblical truth. That illustrates...
  • The Law Reveals Sin

    10/26/2016 9:00:43 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet’” (Romans 7:7). God’s holy standard exposes man’s rebellious heart. So far in Romans, Paul has told us what the law can’t do: it can’t save us (3—5) or sanctify us (6). At this point the apostle anticipates and answers a question that naturally arises: What, then, was the purpose of the law? Was it...
  • Conforming to God’s Holiness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/26/2016 5:43:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/26/2016
    God is called holy not only because of what He does, but also because of who He is. Originally the term referred more to God’s being than His action or behavior. For us to be called saints (“holy ones”), we must have a catharsis. We must be made clean. No unclean thing can stand before the presence of a holy God. That which is unclean is profane in His eyes. For us to be holy to God, our unclean, unholy moral imperfection msut be purged and our sin removed from us. That is why the absolutely necessary condition for redemption...
  • Heeding God's Warnings

    10/25/2016 7:35:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By [Thy judgments] Thy servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward" (Ps. 19:11). Heeding God’s warnings brings spiritual protection and great joy. Psalm 19:11 concludes David's hymn on the sufficiency of Scripture. How appropriate that it ends noting the value of God's warning, because guarding His people against temptation, sin, error, foolishness, false teachers, and every other threat to their spiritual well-being is a major concern to God. For example, God said to the prophet Ezekiel, "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will...
  • The Heart of the Gospel

    10/25/2016 7:35:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (Romans 3:28). Being dead in sin, man is unable to save himself. As we’ve seen this month, the most serious problem facing the human race is not the destruction of the environment, crime, or the threat of nuclear war; it is sin. The former threaten us with physical death, the latter with spiritual death. Thus it follows that the greatest news ever known is that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Hell may be the destiny of man,...
  • Saved by God From God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/24/2016 5:21:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/24/2016
    “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt” (v. 13). - Exodus 12 The Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—each record the institution of the Lord’s Supper, the sacrament Christ ordained to remember His death on behalf of His people (Matt. 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–20). Since that event two thousand years ago, Christians have regularly celebrated the Lord’s Supper, which is known in some traditions as the...
  • Desiring God's Word

    10/24/2016 4:13:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb" (Ps. 19:10). You should value Scripture more than all earthly treasures. I have a friend who has a beautiful collection of rare Bibles. My favorite is one of the earliest printed copies, dating back to sixteenth-century England. The first time I held it in my hands I noticed that the top third of every page was covered with a dark stain. Tears filled my eyes when I realized it was from the blood of its...
  • The Fearsome Foursome

    10/24/2016 4:13:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death” (Romans 7:5). Four key terms characterize those who are not in Christ. In our fallen, cursed world, disasters are commonplace. Fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters happen somewhere every day. Added to those natural disasters are the man-made ones, such as war, acts of terrorism, plane crashes, train wrecks, etc. But far greater than any of those disasters, and the one from which they all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-16, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2016 8:49:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2016 Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:32–5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure...
  • The Source of Righteousness

    10/23/2016 2:12:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). God’s Word is true and produces righteousness in the believer’s life. The inability of human wisdom to produce right living was reaffirmed in my thinking as I read a contemporary psychiatrist's book on how to overcome depression. The doctor's first suggestion was to shout "Cancel!" every time you have a negative thought. She also recommended playing a tape recording of positive messages while you sleep at night, and listening to positive music during the day. Cultivating a meaningful spiritual philosophy was another of her suggestions. She said...
  • Joined to Christ

    10/23/2016 2:11:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . That you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). No longer married to the law, the believer is now married to Jesus Christ. Of the many New Testament metaphors used to describe the church, the most intimate is that of the bride of Christ. Paul describes that relationship in Ephesians 5:24-27: “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-23-16, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/22/2016 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 10-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2016 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice,who knows no favorites.Though not unduly partial toward the weak,yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.The one who serves God willingly is heard;his petition reaches the heavens.The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;it does not rest till it reaches its goal,nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,judges justly and affirms the right,and the Lord will not delay....
  • Fearing God

    10/22/2016 12:22:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever" (Ps. 19:9). Fearing God leads to reverential attitudes and actions. In the Old Testament, to fear God was to view Him with reverential awe and bow to His sovereign authority. In Psalm 34 David wrote, "Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it" (vv. 11-...
  • Dead to the Law

    10/22/2016 12:22:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 32 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4). The law can no longer punish those who have died with Christ. It’s an axiomatic truth that laws don’t apply to dead people. No policeman would issue a ticket to a drunk driver who was killed in an accident. Nor was Lee Harvey Oswald tried for killing President Kennedy, since he himself was killed by Jack Ruby. In Romans 7:2-3 Paul uses marriage to illustrate that truth: “For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-16, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2016 8:50:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Church's Fear of 'Civil Rights' Prosecution Justified, Iowa Court Says

    10/21/2016 4:37:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 17, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A church’s lawsuit may go forward because it reasonably feared that Iowa’s strict anti-discrimination law would create legal penalties for its preaching and for having single-sex bathrooms and showers, an Iowa court has ruled. “The government acts outside of its authority when it attempts to control churches,” said Steve O’Ban, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “Neither the commission nor any state law has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning sexuality.” O’Ban represented Fort Des...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2016 6:44:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps. 19:8). Obedience to the Word is the hallmark of a true believer. It isn't popular these days to speak of God's Word as a book of commandments. Commands imply law and we're accustomed to grace. But the fact is, both the Old and New Testaments contain many commandments that all God's people are to obey. The apostle John said, "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep...
  • Paying Sin's Price

    10/21/2016 6:43:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we could not pay. In the scientific realm there are universal laws, such as the law of gravity. These laws are built into the creation by its all-wise Creator and keep it functioning normally. Just as God has made inexorable laws to govern the physical dimension, so also has He decreed universal spiritual principles. The most significant of those spiritual laws is that...
  • Fostering Fear of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/21/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/21/2016
    I recently heard a young Christian remark, “I have no fear of dying.” When I heard this comment I thought to myself, “I wish I could say that.” I am not afraid of death. I believe that death for the Christian is a glorious transition to heaven. I am not afraid of going to heaven. It’s the process that frightens me. I don’t know by what means I will die. It may be via a process of suffering, and that frightens me. I know that even this shouldn’t frighten me. There are lots of things that frighten me that I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-16

    10/20/2016 7:40:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 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. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab,...
  • Patriarch Kirill Urges All Countries to Unite in Sacred War on Terrorism

    10/20/2016 7:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/16
    London, October 18, Interfax - The war on terrorism is a sacred war, and must be a common cause of all countries, not just Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told a press conference at London's Luton Airport after his visit to the United Kingdom. "I regret that my words were misread. I never spoke about a sacred war in Syria, I spoke about a sacred war on terrorism. I think very many victims of terrorism in Europe could subscribe to these words. Suffice to recall all that happened comparatively recently in France, in Belgium," the patriarch said,...
  • Living a Joyous Life

    10/20/2016 4:48:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" (Ps. 19:8). Knowing your life is on the right track is a source of great joy. What brings you joy? Your answer will reveal much about your priorities and the direction your life is heading spiritually. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed [happy] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he...
  • Serving a New Master

    10/20/2016 4:48:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Romans 6:19). You must live consistent with your new nature. It is a truism that in the spiritual realm, no one stands still. Sin leads to more sin, while holy living leads to further righteousness. All unbelievers are slaves of sin and have no choice but to sin; yielding to sin comes naturally to them. They are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-16, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2016 9:12:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Gaining True Wisdom

    10/19/2016 2:56:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Ps. 19:7). God’s Word imparts wisdom and knowledge beyond the realm of mere human understanding. David's characterization of God's Word as "the testimony of the Lord" (Ps. 19:7) speaks of its role as God's witness to who He is and what He requires of us. In addition, it's a "sure" witness. That means it's unwavering, immovable, unmistakable, reliable, and trustworthy. Peter made the same point when, after recounting his incredible experience with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Pet. 1:16-18), he said, "but we have a testimony more...
  • Slaves of Righteousness

    10/19/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). True freedom comes from being a servant of Jesus Christ. I once knew a man who, though intellectually convinced that the gospel was true, balked at committing his life to Jesus Christ. When I asked him why, he replied, “Because I don’t want to give up my freedom.” He understood clearly that genuine saving faith requires submission to Christ’s...
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility – prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Anticipating the Day of the Lord (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/19/2016 5:04:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/19/2016
    In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the day of the “visitation of God.” It was seen sometimes as a day of great comfort and rejoicing, and at other times as a day of great distress and judgment. At the birth of Jesus, God visited the earth. This visitation is celebrated in the Spirit-inspired hymn of Zacharias, in which he twice makes mention of God’s divine visitation (Luke 1:68–69, 78). The New Testament calls Jesus the “Bishop of our souls.” He is the Bishop Incarnate. His visit to this world has changed the course of history. The initial visit...
  • God's Transforming Word

    10/18/2016 7:39:23 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul" (Ps. 19:7). God can transform you through His Word into the person He wants you to be. Many today doubt the power of Scripture in dealing with the deeper aspects of the human heart and mind. The Bible may be helpful for certain superficial or "spiritual" problems, they say, but it's too simplistic and inadequate for the more complex psychological issues of modern man. The truth is, however, the best psychology can do is modify external behavior. It cannot redeem and transform the soul. Only God can do that through...
  • Liberty or License?

    10/18/2016 7:38:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16). Freedom from sin does not mean freedom to sin. From Paul’s day until now, the gospel of grace has been accused of providing license to sin. If salvation is the gift of God’s grace, legalists argue, wholly apart from human works, what will motivate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-16, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Martyrs

    10/18/2016 7:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 10-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2016 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in...
  • Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics

    10/18/2016 3:08:25 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 393 replies
    The Federalist ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2016 | G. Shane Morris
    Evangelicals Didn’t Even Study for This Test ...this year, LifeWay used more stringent criteria for evangelical faith, as defined by some group called the National Association of Evangelicals. Only participants who called the Bible their highest authority, said personal evangelism is important, and indicated that trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way of salvation, were labeled “evangelical.” They totaled 586 survey-takers. Everyone expected them to perform better than most Americans. No one expected them to perform worse. Seven in ten evangelicals—more than the population at large—said that Jesus was the first being God created. Fifty-six percent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-16, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2016 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • Memorial Marking Where Moses Saw Promised Land Reopens in Jordan

    10/17/2016 5:44:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 10/17/16 | Dale Gavlak
    MOUNT NEBO, Jordan (CNS) -- The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened its doors to the public amid festivities, after nearly a decade of restoration. Believed by ancient tradition to be the site where Moses saw the Promised Land and died, a church and monastery are perched atop this 3,300-foot rugged mountain facing the northern end of the Dead Sea. It has drawn Christian pilgrims throughout the centuries and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage, tourist, and archaeological sites in Jordan and the Holy Land. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the special envoy of Pope Francis and prefect...
  • Perfect Minded

    10/17/2016 11:49:15 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    ICR "Days of Praise" ^ | October 14, 2016 | Henry M. Morris III
    Daily Meditation:"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." (Philippians 3:15-16) Earlier, Paul had noted that he was not "already perfect" (Philippians 3:12), using a form of the Greek verb teleioo. In today’s verse, Paul uses the adjective form teleios. Although the root of the word is the same, this particular usage is significant. In verse 12, the Holy Spirit inspires Paul...
  • Jesus’ Anointing in Bethany (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/17/2016 5:00:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 70/17/2016
    “Truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (v. 9). - Mark 14:3–9 Bethany, which was located just outside of Jerusalem, served as a home base of sorts for Jesus and the disciples during the final days of His earthly ministry (Mark 11:1; see Matt. 21:17). There in Bethany, not long before our Savior went to the cross, one of the most familiar episodes in the Gospels occurred when Jesus was anointed with perfume. We turn to this story in today’s passage. Mark...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-16, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2016 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 10-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-16-16, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/15/2016 9:09:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies ^ | 10-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2016 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13 In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,“Pick out certain men,and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hillwith the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him:he engaged Amalek in battleafter Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,Israel had the better of the fight,but when he let his hands rest,Amalek had the...
  • Trusting God's Word

    10/15/2016 5:56:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect. . . . The commandment of the Lord is pure. . . . The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:7-9). God’s Word is infallible. Infallibility refers to the truth of Scripture as a whole, whereas inerrancy focuses on the accuracy of every single word. Like inerrancy, infallibility is grounded in the character of God. God cannot lie and does not change (1 Sam. 15:29). He is thoroughly consistent in everything He does, and His Word reflects those characteristics. The psalmist wrote, "The sum of Thy word is...