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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-17, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2017 9:16:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2017 Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:20-25 Brothers and sisters:Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to Godand was fully convinced that what God had promisedhe was also able to do.That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.But it was not for him alone that it was writtenthat it was credited to him;it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,who was handed over for our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-22-17, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/22/2017 1:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2017 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,subduing nations before him,and making kings run in his service,opening doors before himand leaving the gates unbarred:For the sake of Jacob, my servant,of Israel, my chosen one,I have called you by your name,giving you a title, though you knew me not.I am the LORD and there is no other,there is no God besides me.It is I who arm you, though you know me not,so that toward the rising and the setting of the sunpeople may...
  • Fearing God

    10/22/2017 12:16:57 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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

    10/22/2017 12:16:31 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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...
  • HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Aren’t Ashamed of the Gospel

    10/22/2017 7:43:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 22, 2017 | JP
    Chip and Joanna Gaines grace the cover of People magazine’s October 23, issue. The husband and wife costars of the home makeover show ‘Fixer Upper’ – the highest rated series in HGTV’s history – explained why they decided to walk away from their hit series after five successful seasons. I’ve had my suspicions about the Waco, Texas couple since I caught an episode in which Joanna placed several pieces of artwork on a wall. The piece that stood out to me proclaimed: “We walk by faith, not by sight.” I image that many, if not most, of the 46 million...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2017 4:56:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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

    10/21/2017 4:56:31 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-17

    10/20/2017 9:05:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2017 Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:13, 16-18 Brothers and sisters:It was not through the lawthat the promise was made to Abraham and his descendantsthat he would inherit the world,but through the righteousness that comes from faith.For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift,and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,not to those who only adhere to the lawbut to those who follow the faith of Abraham,who is the father of all of us, as it is written,I have made you father of...
  • Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    10/20/2017 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 20 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections. The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about...
  • Witnessing His Glory (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/20/2017 6:19:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The book of James has an unusual sentence construction that links the word glory with the name of Jesus: “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality” (James 2:1). In this verse the words “Lord of glory” have alternate renditions. Some translations read, “Our glorious Lord.” Still another possible translation reads, “Jesus Christ, who is the glory.” B. B. Warfield, in his book The Lord of Glory, says, that Jesus was the glory of God, the shekinah. According to the Old Testament, the shekinah was the visible manifestation of the...
  • Living a Joyous Life

    10/20/2017 5:24:14 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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

    10/20/2017 5:23:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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, 10-20-17, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2017 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2017 Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:1-8Brothers and sisters:What can we say that Abraham found,our ancestor according to the flesh?Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works,he has reason to boast;but this was not so in the sight of God.For what does the Scripture say?Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.A worker's wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.But when one does not work,yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly,his faith is credited as righteousness. So also David...
  • Gaining True Wisdom

    10/19/2017 7:14:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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

    10/19/2017 7:13:47 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | 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...
  • Court: Flipping a Bird at Pastor Doesn’t Put You Behind Bars

    10/19/2017 5:45:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/2/17 | Bill Rankin
    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a disorderly conduct conviction against a man who flipped a bird at his pastor, saying the man’s behavior was protected speech under the First Amendment. The incident occurred at the 12Stone Church in Flowery Branch when David Justin Freeman attended services in August 2014. As the service came to a close, Pastor Jason Berry asked that any teachers who were present to stand and be recognized so the congregation could pray for them to have a successful year. Freeman, who home-schools, stood up, raised his middle finger in the air and stared angrily...
  • Plumbing the Depths of His Person (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/19/2017 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    When we consider Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Logos who became incarnate, we note instantly that in any attempt to plumb the depths of His person we are stepping into the deep waters of the nature of God Himself. In Hebrews 1:3, the author describes Christ as “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.” Imagine someone who not only reflects the glory of God as Moses did after his encounter with God on Mount Sinai, but who actually is the very brightness of the divine glory. The biblical concept of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-17, M,Sts. John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, Comp, Martyrs

    10/18/2017 9:58:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2017 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30Brothers and sisters:Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,though testified to by the law and the prophets,the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christfor all who believe.For there is no distinction;all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.They are justified freely by his gracethrough the redemption in Christ Jesus,whom God set forth as an expiation,through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousnessbecause of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,through the...
  • Exploring Christ’s Nature (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/18/2017 6:54:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    I remember the remarkable success of the little book published in the middle of the twentieth century by J. B. Phillips titled “Your God Is Too Small.” The book was a ringing challenge to seek a deeper understanding of the nature and character of God. It obviously struck a nerve, as multitudes of people devoured the book in a quest to expand their knowledge of the majesty of God. I wish that someone could provoke the same response with regard to Christ. In my years of publishing and producing educational materials for Christians, I have been puzzled by something strange....
  • God's Transforming Word

    10/18/2017 3:55:08 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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...