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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-17

    05/23/2017 8:20:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2017 Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1After Paul's escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:"You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, 'To an Unknown God.'What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not dwell...
  • Christians Tapping Into New-Age Lies as Great Falling-Away Continues

    Is Sister Christian sitting next to you in Sunday service a closet New Ager? Is your pastor tapping into new spirituality? Are you believing a new thought lie? I was simply shocked to read the results of a new Barna study that shows only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview. But I was decidedly dismayed by the subsequent revelations in the report. In a nutshell, Barna found many Christians strongly agree with worldviews that compete with biblical teachings. In other words, many believers are believing flat out lies....
  • Marveling at God's Forgiveness (Matthew)

    05/23/2017 2:13:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). Never lose your sense of awe over Christ’s forgiveness. Matthew describes himself as "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). He is the only apostle whose name is associated with an occupation. Apparently Matthew never forgot what he had been saved from, and never lost his sense of awe and unworthiness over Christ's forgiveness. This is how he set the scene of his own conversion: Matthew 9:1-8 tells us Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic man and then healed him of his paralysis. When the Jewish scribes accused Him of blasphemy for...
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering

    05/23/2017 2:12:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). Stephen’s excellent character teaches us much about responding to suffering and death. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is one of the most inspiring biblical examples of faithfulness in life and ministry. But his personal excellence shines forth most through the familiar account of his death by stoning. As one of the first deacons in the church, Stephen was recognized early on as a man of great faith and spirituality (Acts 6:5). And a few verses later Luke describes him as “full of grace and...
  • Understanding the Basic Conflict (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    05/23/2017 5:59:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/23/2017
    The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could be an allegory for the Christian life. There is a war in our members, a constant conflict between the old and the new, between vice and virtue, sin and obedience. We seem to be moral schizoids. It is a struggle between what the Bible calls the “old man” and the “new man.” Whenever I hear an evangelist declare, “Come to Jesus and all your problems will be over,” I cringe because I am hearing false advertising. I cringe because this promise conflicts with my experience and my spiritual pilgrimage. In one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-17

    05/22/2017 8:48:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2017 Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,and the magistrates had them strippedand ordered them to be beaten with rods.After inflicting many blows on them,they threw them into prisonand instructed the jailer to guard them securely.When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost celland secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were prayingand singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,there was suddenly such a severe earthquakethat the foundations of the jail shook;all the...
  • Justice Alito Warns Seminarians Religious Liberty is in Danger

    05/22/2017 7:42:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Philadelphia, Pa., May 22, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address to graduating seminarians on Wednesday, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. emphasized the importance of religious freedom and the dangers it faces today. Religious freedom means that “no one is forced to act in violation of his own beliefs,” Alito said, according to Catholic Philly. “Most of my life Americans were instilled in this,” he added, and urged the audience “keep the flame burning.” Alito gave the keynote address at the concursus ceremony for the graduating class of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-22-17, OM, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

    05/21/2017 9:34:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2017 Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-17, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    05/20/2017 8:34:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | 05-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2017 Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 8:5-8, 14-17Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philipwhen they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,came out of many possessed people,and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.There was great joy in that city. Now when the apostles in Jerusalemheard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,they sent them Peter and John,who went down and prayed for them,that they might...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-17, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2017 10:46:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 05-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2017 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-19-17

    05/19/2017 10:32:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 05-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 19, 2017 Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:"The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your peace of mind,we have with one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-18-17, OM, St. John I, Pope and Martyr

    05/19/2017 8:32:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 05-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 18, 2017 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,"My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the shoulders...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-17-17

    05/19/2017 8:20:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 05-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 17, 2017 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,"Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved."Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in Jerusalem,they were...
  • Blind Side(King James Bible Discussion)

    05/19/2017 2:42:47 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 1 replies
    Welcome! To The King James Bible Discussion Thread We don't change God's word, His word changes us. This country is in BIG trouble!
  • The number of atheists in America could be 10 TIMES more than previous estimates: Shocking study...

    05/19/2017 9:23:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 19, 2017 | Daily mail reporter
    FULL TITLE: The number of atheists in America could be 10 TIMES more than previous estimates: Shocking study shows a decline in people who believe in God The number of atheists in this country could be as much as 10 times more than previous estimates, according a study published earlier this year. The percentage of atheists in the US varies depending on who - and how - you ask. According to a Gallup poll in 2016, only one in 10 Americans answered 'no' to the question: 'Do you believe in God?' Even fewer actively identify as atheist, with numbers clocking...
  • Tabernacling with God (Protestant/evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    05/15/2017 6:26:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    It was the exodus of the Old Testament that earned the ancient Israelites the description of “pilgrims and sojourners.” They were a semi-nomadic people who lived the life of what Harvey Cox once likened to a floating craps game. They moved from place to place. Even their church was a tent that had to be pitched and taken down repeatedly as they followed the lead of God in the wilderness. This image figures prominently in the New Testament portrayal of the Incarnation. In John’s Gospel, it is written that the Logos, the divine Word, was “with God” and “was God”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-16-17

    05/14/2017 8:38:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 05-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 16, 2017 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-15-17, OM, St. Isidore (Farmer)

    05/14/2017 7:44:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 05-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 15, 2017 Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:5-18There was an attempt in Iconiumby both the Gentiles and the Jews,together with their leaders,to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.They realized it,and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbeand to the surrounding countryside,where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,saw that he had the faith to be healed,and called out in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet."He...
  • Tempering Zeal with Sensitivity (James, Son of Zebedee)

    05/14/2017 4:17:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Zebedee" (Matt. 10:2). Zeal without sensitivity can destroy your life and ministry. There's the story of a Norwegian pastor whose motto was "All or nothing!" His life and preaching were stern, strong, powerful, uncompromising, and utterly insensitive. Reportedly the people in his church didn't care much for him because he didn't care much for them. In his zeal and ambition to advance the kingdom and uphold God's standard, he neglected everything else—including his own family. One day his little daughter became so ill the doctor warned him that if he didn't move...
  • Being Prepared for the Worst of Trials

    05/14/2017 4:17:35 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock’” (Matthew 7:25). Faithfulness in discipleship will mean we are prepared for the worst possible adversity and trial. People are often unprepared for life’s unexpected upheavals. This was vividly illustrated by the once-in-500-year floods that struck the Northern Plains of the United States in the spring of 1997. One community on the Red River in North Dakota was especially devastated by the surprising events. After working diligently for days to...