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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-17

    02/19/2017 7:55:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 02-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2017 Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10All wisdom comes from the LORDand with him it remains forever, and is before all timeThe sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,the days of eternity: who can number these?Heaven's height, earth's breadth,the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?Before all things else wisdom was created;and prudent understanding, from eternity.The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdomand her ways are everlasting.To whom has wisdom's root been revealed?Who knows her subtleties?To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?And who has...
  • How to Hear God's Voice to Know His Will

    02/19/2017 5:21:33 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    Let me begin by applauding your desire to know God’s will; this is often a sign of spiritual health. God guides those who are willing to follow. When it comes to knowing God’s will, more often than not, unless it’s written in His word, there are no specific answers. For instance, the Bible doesn’t say who to marry or where to work, but it does offer important principles that lead you in the right direction. However, there are other areas that are clearly God’s will for our lives: to be saved and to worship Him, to be holy and set...
  • Avoiding Indiscriminate Love

    02/19/2017 5:01:49 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment" (Phil. 1:9). Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35). In addition to possessing God's love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That's a sacred trust. Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is...
  • The Meaning of Grace

    02/19/2017 5:01:22 AM PST · by metmom · 41 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Lord, the Lord God, [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (Exodus 34:6). Gods grace is His undeserved favor shown to sinners. Gods grace has always been a focus of praise for believers. Todays verse is quoted several times in the Psalms and elsewhere in Scripture (for example, Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Paul is grateful for Gods abundant grace in 1 Timothy 1:14, and John writes, For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace (John 1:16). Today some of our favorite hymns are Amazing Grace, Marvelous...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-19-17, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/18/2017 9:49:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 02-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD." Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the LORD, O...
  • A Prayer for Godliness

    02/18/2017 12:36:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray" (Phil. 1:9). Your prayers reveal the level of your spiritual maturity. As we come to our study of godliness in Philippians 1:9-11, we note that this passage is a prayer. Typically, Paul's prayers reflected his concern that his readers would mature spiritually. That is impossible without prayer because spiritual growth depends on the Holy Spirit's power, which is tapped through prayer. Prayer is so vital that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray at all times (Luke 18:1). Paul commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Peter said we should be "of sound judgment and sober...
  • God's Sacrificial Love

    02/18/2017 12:36:12 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Gods love is vicarious and sacrificial. Today we continue a short study of a topic that brings joy to every Christian: Gods love. Both Paul and John call His love great (Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1), because only great love would provide such a sacrifice as God did in Christ. We have already seen that Gods love is unconditional, unrequited, and righteous. Gods love is also vicarious; it bears the pain of others....
  • Why Are Christian Women Watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

    02/18/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by metmom · 128 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well-illustrated through a story I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor-sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-17

    02/17/2017 8:47:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped forand evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested.By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's.Through this, he was attested to be righteous,God bearing witness to his gifts,and through this, though dead, he still speaks.By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not...
  • Rejecting Refugees Is Like 'Closing the Door on Jesus,' Megachurch Pastor Warns

    02/17/2017 10:53:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/14/2017 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Evangelical megachurch pastor Jason Webb has spoken out against President Donald Trump's temporary suspension of refugee resettlement and argues that preventing refugees from entering the United States is like closing the door on Jesus. Webb, who pastors the 6,000-member Elmbrook Church just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a conservative area of the state, was one of the 100 evangelical leaders who signed onto an open letter published as a full-page advertisement in last Wednesday's Washington Post opposing Trump's Jan. 27 executive order. "When I was asked to sign this letter, there wasn't even really a thought that I wouldn't sign...
  • Rightly Handling Gods Word (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/17/2017 10:38:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The State ^ | 2/17/2017
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 Martin Luther is often identified as one who argued for the right of individual Christians to interpret the Bible for themselves. In large measure, this is correct. After all, Luther himself stood firm on the doctrine of justification by faith alone because he was convinced by his reading of Scripture that the doctrine was true even when much of the medieval church disagreed. Luther is also famous for translating the...
  • 6 False Teachings Bringing Deceptive Darkness Into the Church

    02/17/2017 7:01:56 AM PST · by metmom · 109 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 8,2017
    Since that very moment in the Garden of Eden when a single bite shattered the harmony of the world, man has tried to make his own way, be his own master, and set up his own kingdom. It's nothing new. Nevertheless, if we want to be faithful followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this day and age, we must be alert and ready to boldly stand against the spirit of the age that seeks to modify the message of Christ, undermine His power to set us free from sin, repaint Christ's picture to make Him more acceptable...
  • Beware: This Line of Thinking Will Move You Quickly Into Universalism

    02/17/2017 6:51:33 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 2/17/2017
    Have you taken a close look at your theology lately? Have you caught yourself thinking maybe everyone will be saved in the end? Maybe you've started to accept some of the hallmarks of our culture that the Bible defines as sinsome without even noticing, such as greed and materialism, and some out of fear since Christians are vilified for opposing them, such as homosexuality and abortion. Or you may be thinking, "If God is loving, surely He wouldn't send people to hell for their lifestyle choices. Right?" Perhaps you see people who do not follow God, yet they work tirelessly...
  • How to Lose Your Joy

    02/17/2017 6:24:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (Phil. 4:11). Discontent and ingratitude will steal your joy. True joy is God's gift to every believer, yet many Christians seem to lack it. How can that be? Did God fail them? No. As with peace, assurance, and other benefits of salvation, joy can be forfeited for many reasons: willful sin, prayerlessness, fear, self-centeredness, focusing on circumstances, and lack of forgiveness are the main culprits. Two of the most common joy-thieves are dissatisfaction and ingratitude. Both are by-products of the health, wealth, and prosperity mentality of our day. It...
  • God's Unfailing Love

    02/17/2017 6:23:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8). Gods love is unconditional and righteous. We hear a lot today about love from books, magazines, TV, and movies. If you didnt know any better, youd think that our society is the most loving on earth. Much of the love, though, is nothing more than lust masquerading as love, or selfishness disguised as kindness. But todays verse tells us that God is love; the character of God defines love. To clear up any confusion about love, we need only to look at who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-17, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2017 9:18:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2017 Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came...
  • The Joy of Pleasing God

    02/16/2017 3:10:42 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The blameless in their walk are [God's] delight" (Prov. 11:20). Your love for God brings Him joy. Our focus so far this month has been on the joy we experience in knowing and serving Christ. Before we turn our attention to the theme of godliness, I want you to consider two additional aspects of joy: the joy of pleasing God, and how to lose your joy. Pleasing God is our topic for today. Perhaps you haven't given much thought to how you can bring joy to God, but Scripture mentions several ways. Luke 15:7, for example, says, "There will be...
  • The Comfort of God's Omniscience

    02/16/2017 3:09:55 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    And [Peter] said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You (John 21:17). Since God knows all things, He knows our struggles and will help us through them. Its comforting to know that in the vastness of the universe, Im not lost in insignificance; God knows me personally. Have you ever wondered if He knows youre there? Some godly people in Malachis time wondered that. Malachi spoke words of judgment against the wicked, but the faithful believers feared that God might forget them and that they too would be consumed by Gods wrath. Then those...
  • The New Testament Canon (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/16/2017 5:30:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/16/2017
    Count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. - 2 Peter 3:1516 If Scripture is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the church, then it is vital that we know which books constitute Scripture. There are, after all, many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-17

    02/15/2017 8:30:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2017 Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 9:1-13God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:"Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earthand all the birds of the air,upon all the creatures that move about on the groundand all the fishes of the sea;into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you...
  • Do Babies And Children Go To Hell?

    02/15/2017 6:10:52 AM PST · by bogusname · 69 replies
    The Bible makes it very clear that babies and children do not go to hell...even if their parents are wicked.
  • The Old Testament Canon

    02/15/2017 5:19:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 132 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/15/2017
    [Jesus] said to them, These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. - Luke 24:44 Facing the prospect of losing Europe to Protestantism, Roman Catholics convened a council to respond to the Protestant Reformers and their ideas. This gathering, the Council of Trent, met on and off from 1545 to 1563. Trent is one of the most important councils Rome has ever held, as it codified Roman Catholic dogma regarding justification, the sacraments,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-17

    02/14/2017 8:53:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 8:6-13, 20-22At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,and he sent out a raven,to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.Then he sent out a dove,to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,and it returned to him in the ark,for there was water all over the earth.Putting out his hand, he...
  • The Shack The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

    02/14/2017 10:42:07 AM PST · by Gamecock · 51 replies
    AlbertMohler.Com ^ | January 27, 2010 | Al Mohler
    In spite of the original date, this was an excerpt on The Aquila Report today, assuming because it is about to be released as a movie. _______________________________________________ The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Youngs The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is now one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic. According to Young, the book was originally written for his...
  • The Clarity of Scripture (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/14/2017 6:34:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/14/2017
    These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (vv. 67). - Deuteronomy 6:69 Commentators on Scripture during the medieval era developed a complex means of interpreting the Bible known as the quadriga. According to the medieval quadriga, every biblical passage had a fourfold meaninga literal sense, a moral sense, an allegorical sense, and an anagogical sense. To know the literal or...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-17, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2017 11:04:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2017 Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10When the LORD saw how great was man's wickedness on earth,and how no desire that his heart conceivedwas ever anything but evil,he regretted that he had made man on the earth,and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said:"I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,and not only the men,but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,for I am sorry that I made them."But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then the...
  • The Joy of Anticipation

    02/13/2017 11:32:05 AM PST · by metmom · 57 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it" (Phil. 1:6). God always finishes what He starts. All who love Christ desire to be like Him in spiritual perfection and absolute holiness. We want to please Him in every respect. However, that noble pursuit is often met with frustration and discouragement as human frailties and sin block our pathway. Paul's cry in Romans 7 is ours as well: "That which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I...
  • Evidences of God's Power

    02/13/2017 11:31:33 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know . . . what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might (Ephesians 1:18-19). Gods power is seen in creation, preservation, redemption, and resurrection. Think of all the energy we get from the sun, and multiply that by the innumerable stars in space. But God by His great power created all the stars with no effort whatsoever: By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and...
  • Scriptural Inerrancy (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/13/2017 5:02:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/13/2017
    This Godhis way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. - Psalm 18:30 Because Scripture is the only source of special revelation that we possess, it is the only infallible and final authority for the church. This is the doctrine of sola Scriptura, which the Protestant Reformers embraced in order to correct errors that said other authorities such as post-biblical church tradition are equivalent to Scripture as a rule of faith. As we have seen, the doctrine of sola Scriptura is a necessary consequence of passages...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-17

    02/12/2017 9:06:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2017 Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 4:1-15, 25The man had relations with his wife Eve,and she conceived and bore Cain, saying,"I have produced a man with the help of the LORD."Next she bore his brother Abel.Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil.In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORDfrom the fruit of the soil,while Abel, for his part,brought one of the best firstlings of his flock.The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,but on Cain and his offering he...
  • Tim Tebow and John 3:16

    02/12/2017 4:03:31 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 5 replies
    Self | BwanaNdege
    This morning I listened to Dr. David Jeremiah's sermon on John 3:16 on In his sermon, Dr. Jeremiah mentioned the numerous "John 3:16" signs displayed by football fans in the stands. He also mentioned Tim Tebow's writing that verse reference on his eyeblack. Tebow is as identified with "John 3:16" as he is with kneeling in the end zone.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-12-17, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/11/2017 9:47:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 02-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2017 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 15:15-20If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;if you trust in God, you too shall live;he has set before you fire and waterto whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.Before man are life and death, good and evil,whichever he chooses shall be given him.Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.The eyes of God are on those who fear him;he understands man's every deed.No one does he command to act unjustly,to none does he give license to sin. Responsorial...
  • The Joy of Intercession

    02/11/2017 5:02:36 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Joy of Intercession "Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all" (Phil. 1:4). Intercessory prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a righteous person. There's the story of a special nurse who knew the importance of intercessory prayer. Each day she used her hands as instruments of God's love and mercy toward those in her care, so she found it natural to use her hand as a scheme of prayer. Each finger represented someone she wanted to pray for. Her thumb was nearest to her and reminded her to pray for those who...
  • God Is Always with Us

    02/11/2017 5:02:12 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:18). Understanding Gods omnipresence should encourage us in times of distress and keep us from sinning. It is a great comfort as a Christian to know that God is always present in me both essentially and relationally. No matter what the trial, He is there. Sometimes He might seem faraway, but Hes really no further away than Hes ever been. His promise to us is, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you (Heb. 13:5). God is always...
  • 'I love all my moms': Hundreds of polygamists and their families led by the.....

    02/10/2017 11:51:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | Associated Press and Anna Hopkins For
    FULL TITLE: 'I love all my moms': Hundreds of polygamists and their families led by the 'Sister Wives' descend on the steps of Utah Capitol to demand the legal right to plural marriage The family on the TV reality show 'Sister Wives' and several hundred other protesters in polygamous relationships and their supporters said Friday they won't stop fighting for the legal right to plural marriage. Holding signs that read, 'I love all my moms,' and 'If we were gay, we'd be OK,' the group rallied in the rain on the steps of the Utah Capitol on Friday afternoon. The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-17, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2017 9:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2017 Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 3:9-24The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The LORD God then asked the woman,"Why did you do such a thing?"The...
  • God Is Everywhere

    02/10/2017 1:49:28 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee (1 Kings 8:27). God is in all places; He is not confined by space. No matter how big the universe is, God is bigger. His being fills up all of infinity. He is omnipresenteverywhere present. God says, Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? (Jer. 23:24). Solomon said at the dedication of the temple, Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built! (1 Kings...
  • The Joy of Recollection

    02/10/2017 1:48:56 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee (1 Kings 8:27). God is in all places; He is not confined by space. No matter how big the universe is, God is bigger. His being fills up all of infinity. He is omnipresenteverywhere present. God says, Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? (Jer. 23:24). Solomon said at the dedication of the temple, Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built! (1 Kings...
  • The Power and Infallibility of Scripture (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    02/10/2017 4:56:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/10/2017
    So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (v. 11). - Isaiah 55:1011 The Protestant Reformers worked for many things, but perhaps the goal that they worked hardest to achieve was to restore the churchs confidence in Scripture. Stressing the unique inspiration and authority of the Bible, the Reformers sought to bring the Western church in submission to the Word of God after many years of the churchs following those who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-17, M, St. Scholastica, Virgin

    02/09/2017 8:50:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2017 Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin Reading 1 Gn 3:1-8Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animalsthat the LORD God had made.The serpent asked the woman,"Did God really tell you not to eatfrom any of the trees in the garden?"The woman answered the serpent:"We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;it is only about the fruit of the treein the middle of the garden that God said,'You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'"But the serpent said to the woman:"You certainly will not die!No, God knows...
  • Building the Kingdom of God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/09/2017 6:18:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/9/2017
    Our readiness to perform our task becomes critical when we realize the world also has a missionto capture and assimilate the church. If the church becomes an echo of the world, the mission of the world is accomplished. It is our task to build the city of God. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. He who will work to build the kingdom of God must be on guard against arrows that are directed at his facebut perhaps even more on guard for the arrows directed at his back. Nehemiahs work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. But...
  • The Joy of God's Peace

    02/09/2017 4:29:25 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:2). Nothing you face today is beyond the purview of Gods grace and peace. Paul's wonderful benediction for grace and peace was ever on his heart. He offered it in each of his epistles and expounded on it throughout his writings. Grace is the outpouring of God's goodness and mercy on undeserving mankind. Every benefit and provision you receive is by God's grace. That's why Peter called it "the manifold grace of God" (1 Pet. 1:10). Just as your trials are manifold or multifaceted, so...
  • God Doesn't Change

    02/09/2017 4:29:03 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end (Psalm 102:27). God never changes, so He can be trusted to do what He says. God alone is unchanging (or as the theologians say, immutable). The psalmist says, Even [the heavens and earth] will perish, but Thou dost endure. . . . Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end (Ps. 102:26-27). Though Israel deserved destruction for its sin, God was faithful to His covenant with Abraham, saying, I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-17

    02/08/2017 10:35:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2017 Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-25The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name.The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for...
  • Abortionist Kermit Gosnell: The Bible Confirms I Was Doing the Lords Work

    02/08/2017 5:51:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Kermit Gosnell shows no remorse for his abominable actions in his Philadelphia abortion clinic, actions which have him serving multiple life sentences. Gosnell, a late-term abortionist, was found guilty of murdering babies by snipping their necks, and faced charges for racketeering and blatantly ignoring abortion laws. At least one patient died in his clinic due to his neglect. Townhall recently brought you an interview with the authors of Gosnell: The Untold Story of Americas Most Prolific Serial Killer, a bestselling book on Amazon. His crimes are also described in detail in the documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy. The documentary, directed...
  • Abortionist Says He Does Abortions Because of a Life-Altering Conversion to Christianity

    02/08/2017 5:39:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | KATIE YODER
    One abortionist is revealing his abortion religion and one New York Times writer couldnt get enough of it. In a piece published Wednesday, New York Times Magazine columnist Ana Marie Cox interviewed Willie J. Parker, a Mississippi abortionist and former Planned Parenthood medical director, on his upcoming Lifes Work memoir. During the interview, Parker pointed to his faith as the reason he performs abortions. And while abortion is life-ending, he added, it isnt killing a person just a human entity. From the very beginning, Cox hyped that Parkers book is rooted by his moral and spiritual argument in...
  • God-Breathed Scripture (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/08/2017 5:08:00 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/7/2017
    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. - 2 Timothy 3:16 Human beings speak with their mouths as their breath moves across their vocal cords, causing the cords to vibrate and produce sounds that are formed into letters and words by our lips, tongues, and teeth. There is a breathing out that has to take place for speech, and understanding this reality helps us to understand Pauls point in todays passage. Scripture, he tells us, results from Gods breathing out in speech. This is a rather clear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-17, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2017 9:11:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2017 Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavenswhile as yet there was no field shrub on earthand no grass of the field had sprouted,for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earthand there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earthand was watering all the surface of the groundthe LORD God formed man out of the clay of the groundand blew into his nostrils the breath of life,and...
  • The Joy of Sacrificial Giving

    02/07/2017 7:51:10 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Saints . . . who are in Philippi" (Phil. 1:1). As you give toward the needs of others, God will supply your needs. Perhaps more than any other New Testament church, the Philippian church was characterized by generous, sacrificial giving. Their support for Paul extended throughout his missionary travels and was a source of great joy to him. In addition to money, they also sent Epaphroditus, a godly man who ministered to Paul during his imprisonment (Phil. 2:25-30; 4:18). Paul was selective about accepting financial support from churches because he didn't want to be a burden or have his motives...
  • God's Holiness Revealed

    02/07/2017 7:50:37 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Lord is righteous in all His ways (Psalm 145:17). Gods holiness is evident in everything He does, particularly in creation, the law, judgment, and salvation. The whole purpose of the Old Testament is to reveal the holiness and righteousness of God, who is utterly perfect and pure. In fact, the Hebrew word for holy is used more than 600 times in the Old Testament to indicate moral perfection. What are some areas in which we see Gods holiness? First, we see it in the original perfection of His creation: God saw all that He had made, and behold, it...