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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Enjoying Fellowship with Christ

    07/30/2016 7:31:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Pet. 1:8). Fellowship with Christ is built on love, trust, and obedience. The recipients of 1 Peter, like us, had never seen Christ but they enjoyed fellowship with Him just the same. And their fellowship was genuine because it was marked by love, trust, and obedience. The love Peter speaks of in 1 Peter 1:8 isn't shallow emotionalism or sentimentality. It's the love of the will— the love...
  • Spiritual Growth and Rewards

    07/30/2016 7:25:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you” (2 Peter 1:10-11). The pursuit of virtue results in assurance now and eternal reward later. Assurance is a great blessing, as Peter tells us in verse 10 of today’s passage. However, it is not the only thing you will enjoy if you are pursuing godly virtues. Years ago a...
  • The Joy of Anticipated Reward

    07/29/2016 9:05:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:7). Your future reward is directly related to your present service. The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there's a future aspect as well: the joy of anticipating the reward you'll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and...
  • Spiritual Amnesia

    07/29/2016 9:04:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins” (2 Peter 1:9). If you don’t practice spiritual virtues now, you’ll forget their significance later. Physical nearsightedness and mental amnesia both are unwanted conditions. Nearsightedness (myopia) causes people’s eyes to focus the parallel rays of light in front of the retina. They can clearly see things right in front of them, but the farther out they look, the more out of focus objects become. Amnesia, of course, is memory loss. Sometimes it’s selective, but usually it’s total—everything prior to a certain time...
  • Receiving the Kingdom Like a Child (protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/29/2016 5:33:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/29/2016
    “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (vv. 14–15). - Mark 10:13–16 Returning to our study of Mark’s gospel today, we pick up our study in Mark 10:13–16. Since coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration (9:2–13), Jesus and His disciples have been on their way to Jerusalem for the final week of His life, and He has been teaching on various subjects on the way. In 10:13–16, Jesus...
  • Proving Your Faith

    07/28/2016 7:28:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • Fruitfulness

    07/28/2016 7:28:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Christ’s Law-Based Ethic (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/28/2016 5:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/28/2016
    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (vv. 21–22). - Matthew 5:21–26 The twenty-first-century church faces many challenges, not the least of which is widespread misunderstanding of the ethics of Jesus. Popular portrayals and understandings of Christ see Him in the mold of...
  • Situational Ethics (Protestant And Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    07/27/2016 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/27/2016
    “When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death” (vv. 28–29). - Exodus 21:28–32 Joseph Fletcher ranks among the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century. Fletcher, an Episcopalian priest...
  • Rejoicing in Your Inheritance

    07/27/2016 1:17:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 29 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice" (1 Pet. 1:6). Contemplating your eternal inheritance should give you joy that transcends any temporal circumstance. Joy is a major theme in Scripture. The psalmist said, "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright" (Ps. 33:1); "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed" (Ps. 71:23). Even creation itself is said to rejoice in the Lord: "Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and...
  • Agape Love

    07/27/2016 1:16:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-16

    07/26/2016 8:20:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?You have indeed become...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 6:26:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Don Snyder
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation. Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly...
  • God’s Law in Nature (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    07/26/2016 7:56:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/26/2016
    “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law” (v. 14). - Romans 2:14–15 If there is only one, true creator God, then only the law of our Creator can serve as the fixed, transcendent basis for human ethics. We find our Creator’s law in Scripture, particularly in the Mosaic law, which includes ceremonial and civil regulations designed for ancient Israel as well as moral commandments that apply in every time and place. In particular, as Christians from nearly every...
  • Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy

    07/26/2016 7:16:47 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2016 | Jeremy Weber
    Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, “graduated to heaven” early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90. His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page. On the eve of his death, ministry partners, fans, and friends urgently asked for prayer on social media this weekend, offering a wave of early tributes that spread through end-times prophecy circles and chapters of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the 600,000-member public policy organization founded by LaHaye’s wife, Beverly. Some circulated a statement by LaHaye’s daughter...
  • Your Secure Inheritance

    07/26/2016 4:48:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is . . . reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it. When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god, or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition,...
  • Brotherly Love

    07/26/2016 4:48:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness . . .” (2 Peter 1:7). Real Christian discipleship will include practical brotherly love. A genuine love for God will invariably lead to a love for others. That’s what Jesus said of the two great commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) that summarize the Ten Commandments. The apostle John also related love for God and love for others: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-26-16, M, Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents/Blessed Virgin Mary

    07/25/2016 10:30:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2016 Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Jer 14:17-22 Let my eyes stream with tearsday and night, without rest,Over the great destruction which overwhelmsthe virgin daughter of my people,over her incurable wound.If I walk out into the field,look! those slain by the sword;If I enter the city,look! those consumed by hunger.Even the prophet and the priestforage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely?Is Zion loathsome to you?Why have you struck us a blowthat cannot be healed?We wait for peace, to no avail;for a time...
  • Catholic bishop: Pro-abortion Tim Kaine’s faith is obviously not ‘central’ to his public life

    07/25/2016 8:59:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop has criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine for touting his self-proclaimed Catholic faith while publicly supporting abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and same-sex adoptions. “Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island wrote on Facebook. “It is also reported that he publicly supports ‘freedom of choice’ for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests. All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed...
  • Our Ethical Basis (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/25/2016 5:21:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/25/2016
    “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” - Judges 21:25 Twenty-first-century America is full of citizens who profess that there is but one absolute truth, and that is that there are no absolute moral standards. It is a self-refuting belief system to be sure, for if one denies that absolute truth exists, that rules out any absolute denial of absolute moral standards. Nevertheless, people hold to this denial most absolutely, and the social cost has been enormous. Modern America is not the first culture to have embraced moral relativism,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-16, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2016 10:35:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2016 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal...
  • Kundalini spirits in the church?

    07/24/2016 7:35:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 87 replies
    Christians Together ^ | Andrew Strom
    I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing. Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley)...
  • Inheriting Heaven or Hell

    07/24/2016 12:13:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 20 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Everyone receives an eternal inheritance—either Heaven or Hell. We have seen several aspects of the believer's inheritance, and will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matt. 25:41,...
  • Self-Control

    07/24/2016 12:13:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance . . .” (2 Peter 1:6). Personal self-control demonstrates the certainty of your salvation. In Peter’s day, the word translated “self-control” was used to describe athletes. The successful ones abstained from sexual activity and an unhealthy diet for the sake of disciplined training exercises. You practice personal self-control when you control your desires and don’t allow them to control you. Let me share some practical tips that have helped me with self-control. 1. Start small. For example, begin by cleaning your bedroom or office, then extend that discipline to the...
  • Events in Turkey! AntiChrist Origin? Giving Up Salvation? - "The Briefing Room" QA (video)

    07/23/2016 11:57:17 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Koinonia House ^ | Jul 20, 2016 | Chuck Missler
    full title : Events in Turkey! AntiChrist Origin? Giving Up Salvation? - "The Briefing Room" QA July 20th 2016 This week, Chuck and Ron discuss some more of your questions. If you would like to skip to a particular question, please use the times below: 00:50 - What is going on in Turkey? 15:49 - Will The AntiChrist come form Turkey? 20:30 - Did Enoch write the book of Enoch? 24:46 - What Rewards and Crowns can ewe earn? 29:01 - Are Angels outside of time, like God? 30:32 - Was Noah acting out prophesy, like the Rapture? 32:55 -...
  • God's Motive for Your Inheritance

    07/23/2016 11:37:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "According to His great mercy" (1 Pet. 1:3). Every dimension of life, whether physical or spiritual, is a testimony to God’s mercy. When God saved you and granted you an eternal inheritance, it wasn't because you were special or more deserving of His love and grace than others. It was because He sovereignly chose to love you and extend His great mercy to you. That's why Paul said, "God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you...
  • Knowledge

    07/23/2016 11:37:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 18 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . in your moral excellence, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). Moral excellence cannot develop in an intellectual vacuum. It’s a frightening thing to realize the extent to which our culture downplays knowledge in favor of emotions. These days people are more likely to ask, “How will it make me feel?” instead of, “Is it true?” Sadly, the church has bought into the spirit of the age. Many people go to church, not to learn the truths of God’s Word, but to get an emotional high. The focus of theological discussion also reflects the contemporary hostility to knowledge. To a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-24-16, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/23/2016 7:58:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2016 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,and their sin so grave,that I must go down and see whether or not their actionsfully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out." While Abraham's visitors walked on farther toward Sodom,the LORD remained standing before Abraham. Then Abraham drew nearer and said:"Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;would you wipe out the place, rather...
  • Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?

    07/23/2016 11:40:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://content.time.com ^ | September 2, 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    For suddenly departing politicians and CEOs, the standard line is to "spend time with family." Now the Catholic Church may have its own version of this unconvincing, stock answer. On Aug. 31, Joseph Martino, the controversial bishop from Scranton, Pa., stunned longtime church watchers by announcing that he was resigning his post because of problems with insomnia and fatigue. The Catholic leader, who has gained national prominence for his outspoken pro-life advocacy and aggressive criticism of pro-choice Democratic politicians, is still more than a decade away from reaching the church's automatic retirement age of 75. Martino's abrupt resignation, along with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-16, OM, St. Bridget, Religious

    07/22/2016 10:51:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2016 Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:“This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!”Only if...
  • Recognizing Our Enmity (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus and Devotional)

    07/22/2016 6:00:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/22/2016
    As children we played games drawn from the scenario of war. When a friend approached we pretended that we were sentries. The dialogue was simple: “Halt! Who goes there? Friend or foe?” Our categories left no room for indifferent neutrality. They were restricted to two options, friend or enemy. Those are the only options we have in our relationship with God. No one is neutral. We are either God’s friends or God’s enemies. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled, “Man, Naturally God’s Enemies.” In this sermon Edwards declared: “Men, in general, will own that they are sinners. There are...
  • Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

    07/22/2016 5:32:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:3). God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise. The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our blessed God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Greek word translated "blessed" in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter's praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son...
  • Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2016 5:31:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5). God’s provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, “Let go and let God!” If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-22-16, M, FEAST: St. Mary Magdalene

    07/21/2016 7:18:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2016 Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene Reading 1 SGS 3:1-4b The Bride says:On my bed at night I sought himwhom my heart loves–I sought him but I did not find him.I will rise then and go about the city;in the streets and crossings I will seekHim whom my heart loves.I sought him but I did not find him.The watchmen came upon me,as they made their rounds of the city:Have you seen him whom my heart loves?I had hardly left themwhen I found him whom my heart loves. OR 2 cor 5:14-17 Brothers and sisters:The love of Christ...
  • Remembering Your Inheritance

    07/21/2016 5:41:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Victory over present circumstances comes when you focus on your eternal inheritance and praise God for it. One amazing privilege you have as a Christian is to be the beneficiary of a rich and exciting spiritual inheritance. Jesus gave us a...
  • Reminders of Assurance

    07/21/2016 5:41:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you” (2 Peter 1:12). Remembering where you’ve been is the key to getting where you want to go. The summer of 1980 was a turning point in my ministry. After nearly a dozen years as pastor of Grace Community Church, I took a three-month sabbatical. In my heart I wasn’t sure if I would come back. I felt I had taught my congregation all I knew, and I feared boring them...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-21-16, OM, St. Lawrence Brindisi, Priest and Doctor/Church

    07/20/2016 10:49:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 21, 2016 Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear! I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD. When I brought you into the garden land to eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked...
  • Public revelation reveals some detail of life of St. Joseph

    07/20/2016 6:24:11 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 7 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | July 7, 2016 | Fr. John Mayo
    The life of St. Joseph is largely veiled to us by history. While there are some writings from the early centuries of the Church about St. Joseph, they are part of the apocryphal literature. Writings in this category are largely viewed with suspicion, as they were written more to convey hidden, secret knowledge that was believed to be needed to attain salvation, rather than to give an account of events that took place. We also have the writings of mystics such as Anne Catherine Emmerich and the Venerable Mother Mary of Jesus of Agreda, which pass along vivid details of...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 81 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. What’s more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

    07/20/2016 12:03:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 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

    07/20/2016 12:03:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 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...
  • Receiving Compassion

    07/19/2016 10:57:26 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:10). Because of God’s compassion, He withholds the just punishment of your sin. Hosea had a unique role among the prophets. God used him and his adulterous wife, Gomer, as living illustrations of His love for unfaithful Israel. When Gomer gave birth to a daughter, the Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah, which means "No mercy," because His mercy for Israel would soon come to an end. When Gomer later gave birth...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, OM, St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

    07/19/2016 7:45:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 20, 2016 Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 1:1, 4-10 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin. The word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you.“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,AI know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD answered me,Say not, “I am too young.”To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-19-16

    07/18/2016 8:20:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 19, 2016 Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mic 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-18-16, OM, St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest

    07/18/2016 12:33:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 18, 2016 Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mic 6:1-4, 6-8 Hear what the LORD says:Arise, present your plea before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice!Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD,pay attention, O foundations of the earth!For the LORD has a plea against his people,and he enters into trial with Israel. O my people, what have I done to you,or how have I wearied you? Answer me!For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,from the place of slavery I released you;and I sent before you Moses,Aaron, and Miriam....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-17-16, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/16/2016 8:05:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 17, 2016 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:1-10a The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre,as he sat in the entrance of his tent,while the day was growing hot. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them;and bowing to the ground, he said:“Sir, if I may ask you this favor,please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet,and then rest yourselves under the tree. Now that you have...
  • 7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law (Russia)

    07/16/2016 8:28:23 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 07/08/2016 | Jessilyn Justice
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country's many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of "mass unrest," according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes. Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails: Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a "work permit" from Russian authorities If a friend or...
  • What kind of tree?

    07/16/2016 7:54:14 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 113 replies
    Myself | July 16, 2016 | William Of Barsoom
    This may seem frivolous, but I assure you it is real. I'm on a small committee to select a tree for planting to honor a good man's memory who passed away 2 years ago. He was a moral man, a Christian, a father, and a good husband.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-16-16. OM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    07/15/2016 9:38:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-16-16 | catholic
    July 16, 2016 Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mic 2:1-5 Woe to those who plan iniquity,and work out evil on their couches;In the morning light they accomplish itwhen it lies within their power.They covet fields, and seize them;houses, and they take them;They cheat an owner of his house,a man of his inheritance.Therefore thus says the LORD:Behold, I am planning against this race an evilfrom which you shall not withdraw your necks;Nor shall you walk with head high,for it will be a time of evil. On that day a satire shall be sung over you,and...
  • On the Side of Jesus (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus&Devotional)

    07/15/2016 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/15/2016
    “Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us’ ” (vv. 39–40). - Mark 9:38–41 Arguments over who was the greatest, in which the disciples engaged on their way to Jerusalem (Mark 9:33–34), demonstrate that the disciples were focused on exclusivity in an unhealthy way during Jesus’ earthly ministry. Each of them wanted to be in the select category called “greatest,” which by definition excludes everyone except its one member. Each...