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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Differences and Universals in Music Across Cultures; An Evaluation Guide for Missionaries

    07/17/2018 7:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Scott Aniol
    A missionary cannot properly evaluate the differences among cultural expressions until he has understood their universals.At the root of the most thoughtful defenses of contemporary worship today is an appeal based on a missions philosophy that stresses indigenous ministry. If, as the International Missionary Council asserted as far back 1938, an indigenous church is one that "spontaneously uses forms of thought and modes of action natural and familiar in its own environment," then it makes sense that a church use those music forms that are most common in its culture. A pastor or a missionary should not expect a church...
  • Adopting Christ’s Attitude (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    07/17/2018 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 7/17/2018
    “Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on the cross!” (Phil. 2:4–8, NIV). Here the attribute of glory is ascribed to all three members of the Trinity. This glory...
  • The Shroud Of Turin Is Not Jesus' Burial Cloths

    07/17/2018 1:36:35 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 34 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 2, 2015 | Kermit Zarley
    Tonight, CNN presented a one hour television documentary special entitled “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery.” I thought this title was inappropriate because the entire episode was about whether or not the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. Thus, the title should have had “Shroud of Turin” in it or the like. CNN did some advertising of this special, so I think they were a bit deceptive about whole thing. They interviewed some scholars, including Ben Witherington III who is a friend of mine. I am always surprised by the attention given the Shroud of Turin by many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-17-18

    07/16/2018 9:23:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 17, 2018 Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 7:1-9 In the days of Ahaz, king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah,Rezin, king of Aram,and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah,went up to attack Jerusalem,but they were not able to conquer it.When word came to the house of David that Aramwas encamped in Ephraim,the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled,as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind. Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz,you and your son Shear-jashub,at the end...
  • Gospel of Mark Ch. 14

    07/16/2018 3:37:02 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. 3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. 4 And there were some that had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-16-18, OM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    07/15/2018 10:40:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 16, 2018 Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 1:10-17 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah!What care I for the number of your sacrifices?says the LORD.I have had enough of whole-burnt ramsand fat of fatlings;In the blood of calves, lambs and goatsI find no pleasure. When you come in to visit me,who asks these things of you?Trample my courts no more!Bring no more worthless offerings;your incense is loathsome to me.New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies,octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear.Your new moons...
  • John Haller's Prophecy Update "Prophetic Spectacles"

    07/15/2018 5:40:48 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Church ^ | 7/15/18 | John Haller
    It's time to put on your "Prophectic Spectacles." It is imperative that we scrutinize everything that is happening around the world. We must take a close, discerning look at the world events that are rapidly transpiring, while taking a similar look inward into our hearts in preparation for those final signs that could signal the soon return of Christ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq-bA9SBLwY
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-15-18, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/14/2018 9:38:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 15, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 7:12-15 Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying,but never again prophesy in Bethel;for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 R. (8) Lord, let us...
  • Does Suffering in the World Disprove God's Existence?

    07/14/2018 3:34:56 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Does Suffering in the World Disprove God’s Existence? By Philip Cottraux War. Plagues. Starvation. Natural disasters. Children dying in the streets. Rapes. Massacres. The Bible says For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), yet why does He allow these things? If He is all-powerful, couldn’t He intervene and stop all of it in an instant? This is perhaps the most common argument against His existence, at least from my experience. If an atheist sniffs out a tweet I’ve made about God’s love, they’ll respond with an image of a child’s body blown to...
  • Gospel of Mark Ch. 13

    07/14/2018 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! 2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? 5...
  • Anticipation of Christ's Return?

    07/14/2018 4:37:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3). True Christians long for the return of their King. The words of the old hymn, “This world is not my home,” express the attitude of every true child of God. True Christians have a hope in their heart, a hope focused on the...
  • Elect in Christ

    07/14/2018 4:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are a chosen race" (1 Pet. 2:9). Election is the spiritual privilege from which all others flow. Unlike those who are destined to destruction because of their rejection of Christ (1 Pet. 2:8), Christians are an elect race of people, bound together by God's redeeming grace. That's cause for great celebration! First Peter 2:9 is an allusion to Deuteronomy 7:6-9, which says, "You are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-14-18, M, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

    07/13/2018 11:28:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 14, 2018 Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin Reading 1 Is 6:1-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings:with two they veiled their faces,with two they veiled their feet,and with two they hovered aloft. They cried one to the other,“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!”At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with smoke. Then...
  • Rejecting Christ

    07/13/2018 5:17:22 PM PDT · by metmom · 56 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "For those who disbelieve, 'the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,' and, 'a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed" (1 Pet. 2:7-8). Rejecting Christ leads to spiritual damnation. Israel was a unique nation, chosen by God to be the guardian of His Word and proclaimer of His kingdom. The Old Testament records His miraculous and providential care for her throughout the centuries, and the prophets told of One who would come as her great Deliverer....
  • Rejection of the World

    07/13/2018 5:16:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Genuine believers love God and reject the world and all its philosophies. As the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), Satan has designed a system that the Bible simply calls “the world.” The Greek term (kosmos) refers to a system encompassing false religion, errant philosophy, crime, immorality, materialism, and the like. Of it the apostle John wrote, “All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust...
  • Abortion Activist: Christians Only Oppose Abortion Because “They Think Women Are Not to be Trusted”

    07/13/2018 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 13, 2018 | Rachel Peterson
    According to Lauren Sandler, opinion columnist for Huffington Post, conservative’s “source document for understanding the rights of Americans is not the Constitution, but the New Testament.” She believes they use this document to force women to submit to their husbands and have babies. Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, although not a evangelical Christian, is a “thriving alumnus of President George W. Bush’s administration, the same administration that “best understood the vigorous political power of cultural conservatives.” He, and other conservative Christians in politics are demanding that “their beliefs be honored as the rule of law.” Sandler claims that “the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-13-18. OM, St. Henry

    07/12/2018 9:45:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-13-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 13, 2018 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 renderas 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 their defection, says the LORD,I will love them freely;for my wrath is turned...
  • Loving Christ

    07/12/2018 9:31:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This precious value, then, is for you who believe" (1 Pet. 2:7). Love for Christ is the primary characteristic of a true believer. First Peter 2:7 speaks of the believer's affection for Christ as contrasted to an unbeliever's rejection of Him. The first part of that verse could be translated, "To you who believe, He is precious." "Precious" means "valuable," "costly," "without equal," or "irreplaceable." Christ is all that, but only believers recognize His supreme value and regard Him with affection. Affection for Christ is the bottom-line characteristic of true believers. Believing in Him and loving Him are inseparable. In...
  • Obedience to God's Word

    07/12/2018 9:30:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3). True believers obey God’s commandments. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection, He gave the following Great Commission to His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Notice that a true disciple was to observe, or obey, all of Christ’s commands. The apostle John understood well the Lord’s instruction. He knew...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-12-18

    07/11/2018 10:36:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-12-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 12, 2018 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 Baalsand 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 onewho raises an infant to his cheeks;Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,they did not know that I was their healer. My heart is...