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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Seeking God’s Statutes (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Caucus & Devotional)

    10/13/2015 5:43:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes” (v. 155). - Psalm 119:153–160 Repeatedly throughout Psalm 119, the author calls attention to the fact that he keeps the law of God while wicked men hate and trample upon our Lord’s statutes (for example, vv. 101–102, 139, 150). This faithfulness is even given by the author as one of the reasons why the Lord should rescue him (v. 153). And in today’s passage, the author even links God’s commandments to salvation, telling us that the wicked do not experience redemption because “they do not seek [God’s]...
  • Alive in Christ (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/13/2015 3:44:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Union with Christ means participation in His death, burial, and resurrection. Believers are united with Christ not only in His life, but also in His death. When believers come to faith in Christ, they symbolically share in His death, dying to sin in order to live to God (Rom. 6:10-11). That reality has profound implications. Having died to the old life of...
  • From the Mouth of God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/13/2015 3:42:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God’s Word is inspired. Second Timothy 3:16 speaks of the inspiration of Scripture. "Inspired" is the translation of a Greek word that literally means "God-breathed." Every word of Scripture is from the mouth of God. Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn't...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-15

    10/12/2015 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 10-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25 Brothers and sisters:I am not ashamed of the Gospel.It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:for Jew first, and then Greek.For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.” The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heavenagainst every impiety and wickednessof those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.For what can be known about God is evident to them,because God made...
  • United Methodist and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to “Bless” Abortion Clinic

    10/12/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 20 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have “misguided faith.”...In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have “misguided faith.”...Young also says religious groups are fueling the so-called war on women. She explained, “Women are being attacked at a moral level by the radical Religious Right. They’ve hijacked the political discussion. This event is an opportunity for progressive religious leaders to stop the silence. We need to be in the conversation.”...The abortion reverend heads up a group...
  • Stunning photos of baby Nathan, miscarried at 14 weeks, prove the humanity of the unborn

    10/12/2015 12:05:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Susan Michelle
    According to Texas law he wasn’t old enough or heavy enough to need a death certificate, but he got a proper burial anyway. Allison’s son was 13 weeks and 4 days when she lost him. Her husband Daniel, 2 ½ year old son Matthew, along with their family, laid Nathan Isaiah to rest on September 12. Nathan’s story is one of life and death—and ultimately life. Allison and Daniel, both 28, rejoiced in the news of their pregnancy and looked forward to February 28, 2014, their due date. After suffering a miscarriage about a year after Matthew’s first birthday, they...
  • The Nearness of God in His Word (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Caucus/Devotional)

    10/12/2015 5:07:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever” (v. 152). - Psalm 119:145–152 How do we experience the nearness of God? If we were to ask that question of several people, we would likely get a number of different answers. Some of the answers might border on the sappy; others would be more biblically and theologically robust. But how many would say that they experience the nearness of the Lord in His Word? To bring it a bit closer to home, how many of us would say that we sense that God is near when...
  • Baptized into Christ (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/12/2015 4:59:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3). Believers are united with Christ. A person who believes Christians are free to continue sinning betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of what a Christian is. Christians are not merely guilty sinners declared righteous by God because Christ has satisfied the demands of God’s righteousness on their behalf. That truth, which theologians call justification, is indeed an essential one. But there is much more to salvation than justification. Believers are also placed into union with Jesus Christ....
  • Modern-Day Revelations (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/12/2015 4:56:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3, emphasis added). Scripture contains everything you need to know for godly living. For many years I've watched with deep concern as a significant number of Christians have drifted from a thoughtful, biblical, God- centered theology to one that is increasingly mystical, non- biblical, and man-centered. One of the most disturbing indicators of this trend is the proliferation of extrabiblical revelations that certain people are claiming to receive directly from God. Such claims are alarming because they dilute the uniqueness and centrality of the Bible...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-15

    10/11/2015 9:12:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 10-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 12, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith,for the sake of his name, among...
  • Is the World Coming to an End?

    10/11/2015 7:05:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 73 replies
    Key Life ^ | October 5, 2015 | Steve Brown
    What is going on? What does the future hold? Is the world coming to an end—really?I don’t know about you, but I take great comfort in God’s sovereignty. We don’t get a vote (I don’t want to be in charge anyway) and all this is way above my pay grade (I can’t even fix me). The fact is, like it or not… God is God. Our King goes wherever he wants, and does whatever he wants, and whenever and however he wants.And rest assured. When all is said and done, God’s kingdom will not end. “But immediately after the tribulation...
  • The Justice of God – Chapter 17

    10/11/2015 6:45:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Our Father, we love Thee for Thy justice. We acknowledge that Thy judgments are true and righteous altogether. Thy justice upholds the order of the universe and guarantees the safety of all who put their trust in Thee. We live because Thou art just – and merciful. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, righteous in all Thy ways and holy in all Thy works. Amen. In the inspired Scriptures justice and righteousness are scarcely to be distinguished from each other. The same word in the original becomes in English justice or righteousness, almost, one would suspect, at the whim of...
  • Dead to Sin (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/11/2015 6:33:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:2). In Christ, believers are dead to sin. As a pastor, I frequently encounter people who profess to be believers, yet are living in all kinds of vile sins. The incongruity of people claiming to be believers while living in constant, unrepentant sin was not lost on the apostle Paul. In Romans 6:1 he asked the rhetorical question, “Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” In verse 2 he answered his own question by exclaiming “May it never be!”—the strongest, most emphatic negation in the...
  • God's Self-Disclosure (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/11/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). Scripture is the storehouse of divine revelation. For decades liberal theologians have misrepresented the Bible as merely a collection of man's religious thoughts and aspirations. But Scripture is much more than that. It is in fact divine revelation—God's self disclosure through His Spirit to the human authors. Man could never know God's identity, attributes, perspectives, or commands if God hadn't revealed them to him. Nor could man know...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-11-15, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/10/2015 9:11:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies'RNAB ^ | 10-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 11, 2015 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11 I prayed, and prudence was given me;I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.I preferred her to scepter and throne,and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,and I chose to have her rather than the light,because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.Yet all good things together came to me in her...
  • A Right View of Self (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/10/2015 8:03:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom” (Psalm 51:6). True confession involves a proper understanding of oneself. The supreme goal pursued by many in our narcissistic culture is a “healthy” self-esteem. Even Christians have jumped on the self-esteem bandwagon, misconstruing Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 19:19) as a mandate for self-love. But the Bible nowhere commands us to pursue self-esteem; instead, it commands us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16). In Psalm 51, David gives three reasons why holiness is imperative in the...
  • Searching for Truth (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/10/2015 8:00:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy law is truth. . . . And all Thy commandments are truth. . . . The sum of Thy word is truth" (Ps. 119:142, 151, 160). Scripture is the source of divine truth. It amazes me how people can spend so much time searching for truth but ignore the Bible. In his poem Miriam, John Greenleaf Whittier reflected on the same conundrum: We search the world for truth. We cull The good, the pure, the beautiful, From graven stone and written scroll, From all old flower-fields of the soul; And, weary seekers of the best, We come back laden...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-10-15

    10/09/2015 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 10, 2015 Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 4:12-21 Thus says the LORD:Let the nations bestir themselves and come upto the Valley of Jehoshaphat;For there will I sit in judgmentupon all the neighboring nations. Apply the sickle,for the harvest is ripe;Come and tread,for the wine press is full;The vats overflow,for great is their malice.Crowd upon crowdin the valley of decision;For near is the day of the LORDin the valley of decision.Sun and moon are darkened,and the stars withhold their brightness.The LORD roars from Zion,and from Jerusalem raises his voice;The heavens and the earth...
  • The Church Cannot Die - Chapter 31 (Ecumenical)

    10/09/2015 5:34:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    THERE IS A NOTION ABROAD that Christianity is on its last legs, or possibly already dead and just too weak to lie down. This is confidently believed in Communist countries, and while spokesmen for the West are too polite to say so, one can hardly escape the feeling that they too believe the demise of the church to be a certain if embarrassing fact, the chief proof of her death being her failure to provide leadership for the world just when it needs it most. Let me employ a pair of mixed and battered but still useful clichés and say...
  • A Right View of God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:28:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge” (Psalm 51:4). True confession involves a proper understanding of God. Today we will see a second element of true confession in David’s prayer in Psalm 51: true confession requires not only a proper view of sin, but also a proper view of God. David gives us an understanding of four essential truths about God. First, God is holy. Affirming God’s omniscience, David declared, “Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the...
  • Giving Godly Counsel (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:25:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another" (Rom. 15:14). Scripture is the source of godly counsel. In recent years the question of who is competent to counsel has become an important issue in the church. Many pastors and other church leaders have curtailed their counseling ministries or stopped them altogether. They've been made to feel inadequate for not having formal training in psychological counseling techniques. Behind this movement away from pastoral counseling is the subtle implication that the Holy Spirit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-09-15, OM, St. Denis/Companions, Martyrs, St. John Leonardi

    10/08/2015 10:32:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-0915 | Revised New American Bible
    October 9, 2015   Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!wail, O ministers of the altar!Come, spend the night in sackcloth,O ministers of my God!The house of your God is deprivedof offering and libation.Proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the elders,all who dwell in the land,Into the house of the LORD, your God,and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day!for near is the day of the LORD,and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion,sound the alarm on my holy mountain!Let all who dwell...
  • A Right View of Sin (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2). True confession involves a proper understanding of sin. King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). He was far from perfect, however. He was not an effective father (1 Kings 1:5-6), nor did he always trust God (1 Sam. 21:10—22:1). But by far his greatest failings were his horrible sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband (2 Sam. 11—12). After Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin, David poured out his heart in confession to God....
  • Experiencing Spiritual Victory (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:28:14 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. . . . Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee" (Ps. 119:9, 11). Scripture is the source of spiritual victory. Many Christians struggle with spiritual defeat or recurring sins because they haven't learned to apply biblical principles to specific situations. Perhaps they don't know God's will because they haven't matured in the Word. Or maybe they know what He expects of them but disregard His counsel. In either case, the result is the same. Jesus Himself...
  • The Raging Waters In South Carolina

    10/08/2015 1:14:54 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 8, 2015 | Chris Larson
    Dr. Derek Thomas is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. He wrote the following update on the effects of the floods in South Carolina _______________________________________________ Our church family has been at the center of the storm, with approximately a hundred homes having sustained damage of some kind, and half of these sustaining such serious damage that they may end up losing their homes entirely. There are families who have lost everything, leaving their homes in the darkness of a Sunday morning, in boats with only the clothes they were wearing. There are stories of heroism of the...
  • Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

    10/08/2015 12:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Over at CRUX I weigh in on the question raised by Archbishop Dubrocher that the Church ought to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. Therefore, the evidence from the New Testament and the early Church could provide arguments for women being ordained as deaconesses. As the order of permanent deacon was re-established in modern times, the order of deaconess could also be rejuvenated. Although canon law does not presently permit it, the law could be changed. Theoretically, the Catholic Church could re-establish a distinct order of deaconess, and advocates would not be shy in pointing out the undoubted practical benefits...
  • The Hope of Christ’s Resurrection (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional&Caucus)

    10/08/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). - 1 Corinthians 15:3–34 As we continue our look at the hope of life after death in relation to suffering, it is important to note that we can have hope in our suffering only if there is an afterlife—a place where all that is wrong with this world will be set right. Much of the suffering that we endure is unjust. People slander us, besmirching our good names without just cause. Others are jealous of us and thus act with...
  • Sikhs set up food distribution in IS territory to feed Yazidis

    10/07/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | 7 October 2015 | Vibhor Mohan
    Large-hearted Sikhs have taken their traditional community kitchen to one of the most dangerous places on earth today - Syria. Giving a twist to the concept of langar, a group of Punjabi NRIs has collaborated with locals to provide fresh bread to nearly 14,000 refugees daily in the strife-torn region for several months now. Langar Aid, an extension of UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid, is located in the Pesh Harbour area, about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border. Almost 70% of the members of Langar Aid are with Punjabi roots, besides some European...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Good Remedy

    10/07/2015 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity.”Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • The Prerequisite for Cleansing (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:36:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Continuous confession characterizes Christians. Yesterday we learned that the only condition for receiving God’s gracious forgiveness is to “walk in the light”—in other words, to be a true Christian (1 John 1:7). At first glance, today’s verse appears to contradict that truth by adding a condition—namely, confession of sin. Such is not the case, however. First John 1:9 could be translated, “If we are the ones confessing our sins, He is forgiving us.” This verse...
  • Enjoying God's Blessings (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Obeying Scripture brings spiritual blessing. When Scripture speaks of a person's being blessed, it usually refers to the reception of some temporal or spiritual benefit. It also includes the joy and sense of well-being that comes with knowing that God is at work on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of...
  • Our Heavenly Home (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/07/2015 8:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (vv. 2–3). - John 14:1–4 As we have seen, Scripture tells us that there are only two ways to die. If we die in our sins, that is, without faith, we will be sent to the eternal suffering of the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11–15). If,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-15, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2015 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2015   Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.And now, LORD, please take my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.”But the LORD asked, “Have you reason...
  • Children of Light (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:47:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). God is light, and His children share His nature. First John 1:5 aptly describes God’s nature as “light” (truth and holiness). Because they partake of His nature (2 Peter 1:4), His children also walk in the light. It must be understood that we don’t become God’s children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...
  • Preparing for Spiritual Service (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:45:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Scripture equips you for spiritual service. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way. That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the...
  • Vanity: Freeper Advice: Thoughts on 2nd Baptism

    10/06/2015 10:35:57 AM PDT · by envisio · 326 replies
    10/6/15 | DG
    I have read a little and did some research on baptism and if there is a need to get baptized as an adult after being baptized as a child. I looked for the Church’s standing on it and I looked for scripture written about it. My research left me with the half-baked conclusion, in the eyes of the Lord, one only needs baptized once. I was baptized as a small child without any realization of what was happening. In the 40 years to follow there were plenty of times I was lost, sinning, doing the devils deeds with the liquor...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-15, OM, St. Bruno, Priest

    10/06/2015 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fast...
  • Argument Over

    10/05/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/2/15
    New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade capitulates in a two-decade-long dispute with gay groups. One of New York City’s longest-running civic and political battles came to an end this week, not with a bang but a whimper. The organizers of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade announced that they would allow the Lavender and Green Alliance—a group composed of gay, lesbian, and transgender people of Irish descent— to participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue. The group’s application to join the parade had been denied every year since 1994 due, parade organizers said, to its advocacy of...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    10/05/2015 6:43:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Rorate-Caeli
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-04-15, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/03/2015 9:09:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 10-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 4, 2015   Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24 The 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 wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for the...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

    10/03/2015 3:52:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 10/3/15
    The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 Islamic State militants were killed Thursday in Russia’s first airstrikes carried out in the group's de facto capital in Syria. "Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists," Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP. He said residents were staying indoors, and IS "has started...
  • Cardinal Burke addresses truths of marriage, family

    10/03/2015 3:05:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | LAUREN RAMSEYER
    “We live at a time where the fundamental truth of marriage is under a ferocious and indeed a…diabolical attack, which seeks to obscure and sully the sublime truth of the married state as God intended it from the creation,” said His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Franciscan University’s Finnegan Fieldhouse. Burke’s nearly hour-long keynote address on the evening of Sept. 8 focused on the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the draft document for the XIV Ordinary General Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican in October to address the mission of the...
  • Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary - INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS

    10/03/2015 1:57:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary ^ | 1941 | Catholic Biblical Association
    INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS ABRAHAM:  Patriarch, Matt. 1, 2; 22, 32; Luke 19, 9; John 8, 33; Acts 3, 25; 7, 2; Rom. 4, 1-3; 9, 7; Gal. 3, 6-9; 4, 22; Heb. 7, 1-10; Abraham's faith, Rom. 4, 1-25; Gal. 3, 6; Heb. 11, 8; Jas. 2, 21-23; spiritual children of, Rom. 4, 11 ff; Gal. 3, 7. 29. ABSOLUTION:  power of promised, Matt. 16, 19; 18, 18; John 20, 23. ACCESS TO GOD:  John 14, 6; Rom. 5, 2; Eph. 2, 18; 3, 12; Heb. 10, 19 ff; Jas. 4, 8. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD:  Matt. 5, 12; Acts 5,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-15

    10/02/2015 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2015   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 Fear not, my people!Remember, Israel,You were sold to the nationsnot for your destruction;It was because you angered Godthat you were handed over to your foes.For you provoked your Makerwith sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.She indeed saw coming upon youthe anger of God; and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion!God has brought great mourning upon me,For I have seen the captivitythat the Eternal God has broughtupon my sons and...