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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-21-17, OM, St. Lawrence Brindisi, Priest and Doctor/Church

    07/20/2017 9:15:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 21, 2017 Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 11:10—12:14Although Moses and Aaron performed various wondersin Pharaoh's presence,the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,"This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this monthevery one of your families must procure for itself a lamb,one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for...
  • Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

    07/20/2017 9:39:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). You are an ambassador of the living God. The privilege of proclaiming the excellencies of God takes us back to 1 Peter 2:9, but we consider it here because it summarizes the purpose of all our Christian privileges. The Greek word translated "proclaim" is an unusual word used only here in the New Testament. It means "to advertise" or "publish," and refers to making something known that would otherwise be unknown. "Excellencies" speak of powerful and heroic deeds....
  • Rejection Because of Your Faith

    07/20/2017 9:39:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:12-13). Christians are rejected by the world but accepted by God. An ancient proverb states that you can judge a man’s character by who his enemies are. That is also true in the spiritual realm. The world loves its own, but since Christ chose believers out of the world, the world hates them (John 15:19). That this is...
  • Recognizing the Earth Is the Lord’s(Protestant & Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/20/2017 6:17:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    It was Bonaventure who offered the thought: “In order that we may be able to extol and glorify God, and in order that we may advance to the knowledge of God, we must transfer to the divine that which pertains to the creature … nearly all creatures possess certain noble characteristics which furnish a source for our understanding of God, e.g., the lion possesses fortitude; the lamb, meekness; the rock, solidity; the serpent, prudence—hence it is necessary that many names be transferred to God.” John Calvin agreed with these sentiments. “There is not an atom of the universe in which...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-20-17, OM, St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

    07/19/2017 8:54:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 20, 2017 Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 3:13-20Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,"When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"God replied, "I am who am."Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:I AM sent me to you." God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:The LORD, the...
  • Charlie Gard Hospital Slams ‘World Where Only Parents Decide for Children’

    07/19/2017 7:32:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/19/17 | Claire Chretien
    LONDON, England, July 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A July 13 document from the hospital refusing to release baby Charlie Gard reveals it doesn't think parents should be the only ones who have a say in what happens to their kids. Dominican Father Thomas Petri shared a portion of the document on Twitter. The paragraphs he highlighted are deeply troubling to those who think parents rather than hospital and government bureaucrats should decide the fate of their children. The full document can be accessed here. Charlie's case has captured the world's attention. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is arguing in court...
  • Whatever Happened to Sin and Grace?

    07/19/2017 6:39:17 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    CCC Discover ^ | Jul 12, 2017 | Silverio Gonzalez
    Talk of sin and grace is out of style. Now, before we attack the culture, secularism, or those other Christians who are not part of our tribe, it’s important to ask two questions: Do I believe in sin and grace as a reality? Do I recognize sinfulness in my own life, and do I see God’s ongoing, supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in my life as a work of God’s grace? Sin and grace are core doctrines of Christianity. Sin, rebellion against God, a state of defiance—this is not just something I do, but something I am. To be...
  • Reflecting on Our Episkopos (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/19/2017 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    In the New Testament, the Greek word for “bishop” is the term episkopos. The word episkopos has a rich and fascinating history. It is made up of a prefix epi and a root scopus. We get the English word scope from this root. A scope is an instrument we use to look at things. We have microscopes to look at little things and telescopes to look at things that are far away. The prefix epi serves simply to intensify a root. There is, for example, knowledge (gnosis) and profound knowledge (epignosis). There is desire (thumia) and passionate desire or lust...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-19-17

    07/18/2017 9:24:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 19, 2017 Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 3:1-6, 9-12Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,the mountain of God.There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fireflaming out of a bush.As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,though on fire, was not consumed.So Moses decided,"I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,and see why the bush is not burned." When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it...
  • Finding God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    07/18/2017 10:13:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/18/2017
    We have all heard evangelists quote from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). Usually the evangelist applies this text as an appeal to the unconverted, saying: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. If you open the door, then He will come in.” In the original saying, however, Jesus directed His remarks to the church. It was not an evangelistic appeal. So what? The point is that seeking is something...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-18-17, OM, St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest

    07/17/2017 9:28:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 18, 2017 Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15aA certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,who conceived and bore a son.Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,daubed it with bitumen and pitch,and putting the child in it,placed it among the reeds on the river bank.His sister stationed herself at a distanceto find out what would happen to him. Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe,while her maids walked along the...
  • Some Christians ‘massacre, misquote’ Bible for political points, this ex-pastor says

    07/17/2017 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 7/14/2017
    Rob Bell, who once enraged many evangelicals by questioning hell, is back with a new book that could re-ignite their fury. It’s called “What is the Bible?” And in it, Bell calls for the Bible to be read “literately, not literally.” In these polarized times, many Christians who claim to read the Bible are really more interested in cherry-picking verses to support their political or social points of view, Bell said in a phone interview with the Observer. “You can pull a verse out to justify almost anything,” he said. “When you read the Bible fuller and in-depth, suddenly you...
  • The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson — You Might Be Next

    07/17/2017 10:40:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    Al Mohler ^ | 7/17/2017 | Al Mohler
    Those who have fled for security to the house of evasion must know that the structure has crumbled. It always does.Was he against it, before he was for it? Is he really against it now? The ordeal experienced last week by popular author Eugene Peterson was agonizing to observe, largely self-inflicted, and virtually inevitable. You should pay close attention to it, for you might very well be next. The ordeal began with Peterson, one of the most influential authors among evangelical pastors, responding to two straightforward questions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service referenced homosexuality...
  • Should Christians Use Eugene Peterson's 'The Message' Bible?

    07/17/2017 9:16:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2017 | Michael Brown
    In the aftermath of Eugene Peterson's controversial remarks about homosexuality, followed by his retraction, many have asked me if they should still use The Message.My answer to the question remains the same today as it has always been: The Message is not a translation and should not be used as your primary Bible. However, as a very free paraphrase, it is sometimes powerful and brilliant while at other times it is seriously off target.We can get a glimpse of the strengths and weaknesses of The Message by looking at how Dr. Peterson treated a number of key verses dealing with homosexual practice. This...
  • Yearning for God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/17/2017 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    In a sense we are fortunate that we cannot see God. If for one second the veil were removed and we caught a brief glimpse of the face of God, we would perish instantly. His effulgence is so brilliant, His glory so dazzling, that in our present corrupted state we could not bear the sight of Him. He remains invisible both as a curse and as an act of protecting grace. As long as we remain infected by sin we are doomed to wander in His world sightless with respect to Him. We may be comforted by His Word and...
  • Possessed by God

    07/17/2017 5:23:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are . . . a people for God's own possession" (1 Pet. 2:9). Since God paid the price to redeem you, you belong to Him. When Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14), He stated a truth that has been especially dear to me since the early years of my theological education. One of the pleasant memories from my seminary days is sitting in chapel and singing the hymn by the nineteenth-century lyricist Wade Robinson "I Am His and He Is Mine." I may never fully comprehend...
  • Answered Prayer

    07/17/2017 5:23:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). The answers to believers’ prayers bring assurance of salvation. Another reliable way to know if you are a Christian is if God answers your prayers. The apostle John gives us the infallible reasoning for this statement. First, you can know your prayers will be answered if you keep His commandments (1 John 3:22). And second, John says the only way you can obey God’s commandments is if you belong to Him (v. 24). Therefore,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-17-17

    07/16/2017 9:04:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-17*17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 17, 2017 Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 1:8-14, 22A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.He said to his subjects, "Look how numerous and powerfulthe people of the children of Israel are growing, more so than we ourselves!Come, let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase;otherwise, in time of war they too may join our enemiesto fight against us, and so leave our country." Accordingly, taskmasters were set over the children of Israelto oppress them with forced labor.Thus they had to build for Pharaohthe supply...
  • Is it a Sin to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’?

    07/16/2017 8:24:11 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 50 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 16, 2017 | JP
    The sermon was titled “Fatal Attraction.” It was a cautionary message to those of us who were married members of the congregation to scrupulously observe the wedding vows we took according to God’s holy ordinance: To have and to hold each other from our wedding day forward. To forsake all others who might come between us. To love each other, comfort each other and keep each other, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, in health, until death do us part. But wait, said the junior pastor. He had an additional vow to suggest to Christ- following...
  • Set Apart for God

    07/16/2017 5:31:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are . . . a holy nation" (1 Pet. 2:9). Holiness involves the decreasing frequency of sin and the increasing frequency of righteousness. Christians are a holy nation—a people set apart from sin and hell to an intimate relationship with God. Originally Israel was God's holy nation, but by unbelief she forfeited that privilege. Now the church, which consists of both Jew and Gentile, is His unique people, and will remain so until the nation of Israel repents and receives her Messiah at His return (Zech. 12:10). Biblical holiness (sanctification) is often misunderstood, but it needn't be. When the...