General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Contemplating Our Destiny (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/24/2017 5:14:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    John the Revelator’s vision provides a glorious picture of what will be in heaven. There will be a high wall with twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates. The wall will have twelve foundations. The gates will be named for the twelve tribes of Israel and the foundations for the twelve apostles. The city will be foursquare, with walls of jasper. The walls’ foundations will be adorned with precious gemstones. The gates will be pearls. The city itself will be made of pure gold and the streets will be paved with transparent gold. These images of breathtaking beauty and...
  • Examining the Clues (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/23/2017 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    John’s vision in Revelation gives us some clues about what heaven is like. Heaven is charged with the absence of things that are conspicuously present in our earthly environment. What is absent? Some of the missing things include tears, death, sorrow, and pain: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4, NIV). Certain types of people will also be absent. No unbelievers, abominable and sexually immoral people, murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, or liars will live in that place....
  • Praying Aggressively

    03/23/2017 4:29:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Praying for God’s will to be done on earth is an aggressive prayer. Many people assume that somehow everything that happens is God's will. But that's not true. Lives destroyed by murderous aggressors and families broken by adultery aren't God's will. Children and adults ravaged by abuse or crippled by disease aren't God's will. He uses sin and illness to accomplish His own purposes (Rom. 8:28), but they aren't His desire. Eventually God will destroy all evil and fulfill His will perfectly (Rev. 20:10-14), but that hasn't...
  • Jesus' Humble Identification with Sinners

    03/23/2017 4:28:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). Except for sin, Jesus experienced the everyday things of a normal man; but He was often not appreciated as the God-man. Jesus could understand what people around Him were dealing with because He lived under the same conditions. He can also identify with us today. It is true that He never married, never went to...
  • Here's How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel

    03/23/2017 4:26:14 AM PDT · by metmom · 36 replies
    CharismaMagazine ^ | 3/15/2017 | CHELSEN VICARI
    Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good. It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-17, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2017 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 03-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they...
  • California May File Lawsuit to Force Churches to Fund Abortions

    03/22/2017 5:05:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | MICA
    California is the only state in the U.S. that requires health insurance plans to cover elective abortions. Its onerous mandate even forces churches and other religious groups to pay for abortions in their employee health plans. The new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in Congress could change that, and some California leaders are upset. The Sacramento Bee reports the proposed American Health Care Act would get rid of taxpayer-funded subsidies for insurance plans that cover elective abortions. If enacted, all of the health insurance plans in the California exchange would no longer be subsidized, according to the report. Here’s...
  • Revival Begins At Home

    03/22/2017 4:57:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    CharismaMagazine ^ | 3/21/2017 | Peter Aiello
    We tend to think revival is something God drops on us without our participation and then we just enjoy the feeling. Instead, it follows the same principle as individual repentance. It is individual repentance. God draws us to His Son, but we have to make the first conscious move toward God before He will draw close to us. Revival on any scale requires individuals who will draw close to God. James chapter 4 describes the process. In verses 1 through 4 he says: "Where do wars and fights among you come from? Do they not come from your lusts that...
  • Abortionist: Stop Telling Me “You’re Not Really a Christian” Just Because I Abort Babies

    03/22/2017 4:51:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortionist Willie Parker has made quite a name for himself by claiming that his Christian faith is what inspires him to keep killing unborn babies. In a new interview with the Alabama Media Group, Parker said he has done “thousands” of abortions at his abortion practices in the South. Claiming the moral high ground, Parker said he provides abortions to women because so many other doctors won’t. “I believe that what I do is rooted in justice, is rooted in love, is rooted in honesty and integrity,” Parker said. “Those are values that, for me are reinforced by my Christian...
  • Praying with Commitment

    03/22/2017 4:39:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Your prayers make a difference! Matthew 6:10 literally says, "Whatever you wish to have happen, let it happen immediately. As your will is done in heaven, so let it be done on earth." That's a prayer of active commitment to God's will. Many people don't pray like that because they don't understand God's character. They think their prayers don't matter and that God will impose His will on them no matter what they do. They tend to pray with passive resignation, indifference, or resentment. I remember praying...
  • The Humility of Jesus' Servanthood

    03/22/2017 4:39:06 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus is the role model of the suffering servant. Jesus not only gave up His divine privileges when He emptied Himself, but He also became a servant. For us, this is the next phase in His supreme example of humility. Paul’s phrase “the form of a bond-servant” can also be translated “the essence of a slave.” Christ’s servanthood was not just...
  • Science And Theology (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    03/22/2017 5:09:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    We have been considering the doctrine of the sovereign providence of God, His active control and direction of all that happens in creation. Generally speaking, this control is invisible to us. That is, we do not see the Lord directly su-perintending the universe; rather, we see the effects of His control, the visible results of what He has planned and purposed as we look on the events of history, the movement of planets and stars, and other phenomena. In turn, that raises the issue of how we explain visible phenomena in the natural sciences as well as how various scientif-ic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-17

    03/21/2017 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2017 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9Moses spoke to the people and said:"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decreesas the LORD, my God, has commanded me,that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will...
  • Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration

    03/21/2017 3:02:14 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    The restored tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be officially unveiled at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. “If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which had oversight of the project, told Associated Press. “This is a complete transformation of the monument.” The delicate restoration was carried out by a team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University, which previously worked...
  • Responding to Christ's Invitation

    03/21/2017 9:17:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). The only acceptable response to Christ’s offer of the Kingdom is to receive it, value it, and pursue it! Many people who think they're kingdom citizens will someday be shocked to discover they aren't. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Some people think highly of the kingdom but never receive the King. They call Jesus "Lord" but don't do His will. Lip service won't do. You must receive the...
  • The Humility of Jesus' Self-Emptying

    03/21/2017 9:16:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 111 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). As part of His humble descent from Heaven to earth, Jesus set aside the exercise of His divine privileges. The next step in Jesus’ pattern of humility as He came to earth and lived among mankind was His emptying of Himself. But Scripture is clear that while on earth our Lord claimed to be God: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). At no time did He stop being God. The Greek word for “emptied” gives us...
  • Understanding the Future (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/21/2017 5:19:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    When we ask questions about matters that elude our full understanding, we tend to look for models or patterns that are similar to what we do understand. We seek for clues to a new and different paradigm. The shift from earthbound thinking to conceiving of heaven is a massive paradigm shift. To speak of our mysterious future is to search for analogies that will give us a hint about what to expect. We cannot say what heaven is, but the Bible does give us hints as to what it is like. We try to imagine the unknown in the light...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-17

    03/20/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 03-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud: "For your name's sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,or make void your covenant.Do not take away your mercy from us,for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,To whom you promised to multiply their offspringlike the stars of heaven,or the sand on the shore of the sea.For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,brought low everywhere in the world this daybecause of our sins.We have in...
  • Building God's Kingdom

    03/20/2017 12:36:34 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). Conversion to Christ involves three elements: invitation, repentance, and commitment. Someday Christ will return to earth to reign in His kingdom. In the meantime He rules in the hearts of those who love Him. Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave us a mandate to evangelize the lost and teach them His Word (Matt. 28:19- 20). When we do, sinners are converted and transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13). That's how His kingdom grows. Conversion is a work of the Spirit in the heart of unbelievers. He uses...
  • No Pride of Position

    03/20/2017 12:36:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    No Pride of Position “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Philippians 2:5-6). Christ’s coming to earth is the supreme example to us of humility. We can usually identify with what someone else has experienced when we have gone through the same thing. Even if we haven’t been through what the other person has, we can perhaps relate because we might someday have a similar experience. However, it is much harder to comprehend what Christ experienced...
  • Pope Francis to priests: Do not be afraid to call on exorcists

    03/20/2017 11:16:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    AOL News ^ | March 20, 2017 | Grant Suneson, Newsy
    Pope Francis gets a lot of attention for his modern views on Catholicism, but he's now backing an ancient and controversial practice in the church. The pope told priests that they should be willing to call on an exorcist if they feel it's warranted, but they should make sure the person is actually possessed first. There are no official statistics, but exorcisms are reportedly on the rise — at least in the U.S. Father Vincent Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said, "The problem isn't that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to play it."...
  • Responding to God’s Call (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/20/2017 5:41:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    We live in daily submission to a host of authorities who circumscribe our freedom: from parents to traffic police officers to dog catchers. All authorities are to be respected and, as the Bible declares, honored. But only one authority has the intrinsic right to bind the conscience. God alone imposes absolute obligation, and He does it by the power of His holy voice. He calls the world into existence by divine imperative, by holy fiat. He calls the dead and rotting Lazarus to life again. He calls people who were no people “My people.” He calls us out of darkness...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 3/19/2017 [Prayer]

    03/19/2017 9:29:20 PM PDT · by · 27 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | 3-20-2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join with us in prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-17, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/19/2017 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 03-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2017 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand...
  • A Divine Appointment With a Widow Whose Husband Killed Two People

    03/19/2017 7:58:55 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 38 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 19, 2017 | JP
    My wife called to tell me she was stuck in traffic not far from our home. When she eventually discovered the cause of the highly unusual Saturday midafternoon backup, her heart was filled with sadness. For it was a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV. The biker was traveling west at “a high rate of speed.,” according to a police report. The Nissan SUV was traveling east. When the SUV turned left, the bike collided with the larger vehicle sending its rider flying through the SUV’s windshield like a projectile. The 28-year-old biker was killed. The 51-year-old husband...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-19-17, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2017 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | 03-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 17:3-7In those days, in their thirst for water,the people grumbled against Moses,saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?"So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people?a little more and they will stone me!"The LORD answered Moses,"Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river.I will...
  • should We Still Keep the Commandments?

    03/18/2017 7:11:14 AM PDT · by metmom · 283 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | July 20, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    Should We Still Keep The Commandments? If you are skeptical because of past experiences with religion, understand that religion is not the answer—a relationship with Christ is. There is a clear difference. Religion says, “I have to follow rules.” A relationship with Christ says, “I want to follow His plan for my life.” Religion says, “I have to go to church.” A relationship with Christ says, “I want to position myself to learn more, worship Him and benefit from fellowship.” Religion offers a set of rituals; a relationship with Jesus offers a guiding light. Religion is man’s attempt to find...
  • Praying for Christ's Rule

    03/18/2017 7:05:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10). When you pray, “Thy kingdom come,” you are praying for Christ to reign on earth as He already does in Heaven. When we hear the word kingdom we tend to think of medieval castles, kings, knights, and the like. But "kingdom" in Matthew 6:10 translates a Greek word that means "rule" or "reign." We could translate the phrase, "Thy reign come." That gives a clearer sense of what Christ meant. He prayed that God's rule would be as apparent on earth as it is in heaven. God's kingdom was the central issue in Christ's ministry....
  • Placing Others Above Yourself

    03/18/2017 7:05:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). One important way to prevent factionalism in the church is to regard other members as more important than yourself. “Humility of mind” is a distinctive New Testament expression. There were similar terms in secular writings, but none that exactly fit the purposes of the New Testament writers. One form of the Greek word was used to describe the mentality of a slave. It was a term of derision, signifying anyone who was considered base,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-17, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2017 8:13:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 03-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2017 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the...
  • Displaying God's Holiness

    03/17/2017 5:23:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). Sound theology that results in holy living hallows God’s name. We have learned that hallowing God's name requires setting it apart from everything common, and giving Him first place in our lives. That starts with believing He exists. Hebrews 11:6 says, "He who comes to God must believe that He is." Beyond mere belief, you must also know the kind of God He is. Many people who claim to believe in God aren't hallowing His name because they have erroneous concepts of who He is. The Israelites thought they were worshiping the true God...
  • The Danger of Selfishness and Conceit

    03/17/2017 5:23:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). Selfishness and conceit can prevent us from doing God’s will. Selfishness and conceit are all too common among people today. It seems there is hardly a prominent entertainer or sports figure who doesn’t portray those characteristics to excess. Yet those traits are the very opposite of what should characterize the humble follower of Christ. “Selfishness” in today’s passage refers to pursuing an enterprise in a factional way. It involves an egotistical, personal desire to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-17, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2017 7:29:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 03-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2017 Friday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28aIsrael loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph went after...
  • When the Spirit of the Age Has a Cosmic Tantrum - Hatred Off the Charts

    03/16/2017 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Olive Tree Ministries ^ | 3/16/17 | Jill Martin Rische
    Whoever thought an entire country could disappear down the rabbit hole? If only we were headed to Wonderland, like Alice and her rabbit! But America is going someplace far darker. The spirit of this age is furious and we are seeing a cosmic tantrum. Hatred Off the Charts Who could imagine that witches cursing Trump would be a top headline on Fox News or that media outlets would actually print the spell, with handy hints on how to curse your President? In what reality does assassination lunacy go mainstream? America -- and now the world -- has lost its collective...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant/evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/16/2017 5:00:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desire—to abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • Hallowing God's Name

    03/16/2017 3:54:08 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). God is holy and deserves your highest respect and your humble obedience. To most people the word hallowed elicits thoughts of Halloween, ivy-covered walls, or starchy religious traditions. But those are all far from its biblical meaning. "Hallowed" in Matthew 6:9 translates a Greek word that means "holy." When Christ said, "Hallowed be Thy name," He was saying in effect, "May Your name be regarded as holy." When you hallow God's name, you set it apart from everything common and give Him the place He deserves in your life. Throughout Scripture, holiness is attributed...
  • Threats to Humility: Doctrine and Hypocrisy

    03/16/2017 3:53:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Avoid pride in your position, intelligence, or spirituality. Years ago, when my children were young, my son Mark told my youngest child, Melinda, to take something out of the room. She said, “You’re not my boss.” Mark replied, “Dad is the boss of Mom, Mom is the boss of Matt, Matt is the boss of Marcy, Marcy is the boss of me, and I am the boss of you.” So Melinda obeyed. After that, Melinda decided she was the boss of the dog, and the dog was boss of nobody. No...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-17

    03/15/2017 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 03-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2017 Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of drought...
  • Putting God First

    03/15/2017 6:01:07 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). Prayer should always exalt God. The Disciples' Prayer illustrates the priority that God should hold in our prayers. Jesus began by exalting the Father: "Hallowed be Thy name" (v. 9), then requested that the Father's kingdom come and His will be done (v. 10). He concluded with an anthem of praise: "For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" (v. 13). His prayer literally begins and ends with God. "Hallowed be Thy name" exalts the name of the Lord and sets a tone of worship and submission that is...
  • Threats to Humility: Riches and Wealth

    03/15/2017 6:00:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4-1-2). Our possessions and positions in life are from God; we can’t take credit for them. Many today take pride in their economic status. They boast about their riches and trust their money, thinking they must be great for acquiring all they have. But remember what Moses said to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land: “You may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power...
  • Becoming a Witness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/15/2017 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The more the laity is involved in ministry, the more they want to deepen their understanding of the Word of God. The more they deepen their understanding of the Word of God, the more they want to put that understanding to work in ministry. One thing that disturbs me about contemporary Christian jargon is the inexact use of the word witness. Too often people use the terms evangelism and witnessing interchangeably, as if they were synonyms. They are not. All evangelism is witness, but not all witness is evangelism. Evangelism is a specific type of witnessing. Not everyone is called...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-15-17

    03/14/2017 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 03-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,"Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their behalf,to...
  • Irreconcilable Differences: Conservatives and Liberals Are Worlds Apart on Worldview

    03/14/2017 11:32:35 AM PDT · by Boomer · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dr. Richard Land
    If it wasn’t already clear during the November election and in the months since the inauguration, conservatives and liberals have some “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to their outlook on the world, especially when it comes to who God is, the inerrancy of the Bible, the definition of success and the meaning of life.
  • 'Creflo Dollar Made Me a Catholic,' Reveals Ex-Evangelical Blogger

    03/14/2017 11:16:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Mar 7, 2017 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A former Evangelical blogger who has since converted to Roman Catholicism has revealed that the prosperity gospel controversies surrounding big-name preachers like televangelist Creflo Dollar are what pushed him in that direction. "The prosperity Gospel movement is bizarre given that Jesus was unequivocal about wealth but, like the secular spirituality of many popular American celebrities, the movement soldiers on," Albert Little, who describes himself as a 31-year old evangelical convert to Catholicism living in Ontario, Canada, wrote on his Patheos blog "The Cordial Catholic." "While it might be a stretch to say that someone like Creflo Dollar made me a...
  • Looking Beyond the Temporal

    03/14/2017 10:25:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Our Father who art in heaven" (Matt. 6:9). With God as your Father, your life has eternal significance. Author H.G. Wells wrote of a man who had been overcome by the pressure and stress of modern life. His doctor told him that his only hope was to find fellowship with God. The man responded, "What? That—up there—having fellowship with me? I would as soon think of cooling my throat with the Milky Way or shaking hands with the stars." Poet Thomas Hardy said that prayer is useless because there's no one to pray to except "that dreaming, dark, dumb thing...
  • Threats to Humility: Strength and Boasting

    03/14/2017 10:25:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Satan will tempt us to be proud of our abilities and accomplishments, but we must remember that every good thing we have is from God. We’ve just studied three steps to humility. Let’s look at the issue from another angle: What kinds of pride threaten to destroy our humility? Where will we struggle to be humble? There are several areas in which Satan will attack us. The first area I call ability pride. We’re often tempted to be proud of our strong points, not our weak ones. I’ve never been tempted...
  • Providential Working Through Miracles (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/14/2017 7:17:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 3/14/2017
    Divine providence tells us that God actively rules over His creatures, directing their actions and decisions to bring about His purposes (Prov. 16:33; Acts 17:26–27a; Eph. 1:11). But as we have seen, the Lord does not typically govern His creation by overriding the skills, talents, personalities, and other aspects of human beings. Furthermore, in ruling and directing the universe and all that is in it, God does not usually suspend the various natural laws and processes that He has established in creation. He does not often work against the order He has put in place but normally works out His...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-14-17

    03/13/2017 7:54:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 03-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 14, 2017 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the land;But...
  • Recognizing God's Fatherhood

    03/13/2017 4:35:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Our Father who art in heaven" (Matt. 6:9). Prayer begins with the recognition that God is your Father and has the resources to meet your needs. The term Father is one of the most commonly used terms in our prayers, and rightly so because that's how Jesus taught us to pray. But as common as that term is to us, it was very uncommon to the people of Christ's day. Then, most of the people who worshiped false gods thought of them as distant, capricious, and immoral beings that were to be feared. Even the Jewish people, who should have...
  • Understanding Who God Is

    03/13/2017 4:29:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). The more we comprehend the greatness of God, the more humble we will become. God is not given proper respect today. He is often flippantly referred to as “the man upstairs”—more of a buddy than the eternal God. Many see Him as nothing more than a cosmic Santa Claus or an absent-minded grandfather who winks at sin. Unfortunately, even Christians can be affected by these views. Such sin dishonors God and undermines the next step to humility: God-awareness. Instead of getting our ideas of God from the world, let’s look at...