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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Loving those with Disabilities

    04/25/2018 5:07:29 PM PDT · by Coleus
    Pilot Media Group ^ | 08.10.12 | Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    Many of us have hidden fears and hesitations when it comes to dealing with persons with severe disabilities. Their unfamiliar gestures, behaviors, and limitations can challenge us and infringe on our comfort zones. We may be tempted to apply a different standard when we deal with them. Even very young children with disabilities may suffer discrimination through denial of care as newborns, or through abortion in utero. During his presidential campaign, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and his wife Karen were often asked by people on the campaign trail about their daughter Bella, who was born with Trisomy 18, a...
  • Messengers of Peace

    04/25/2018 2:55:31 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). You are a messenger of peace! When Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9), He was referring to a special group of people whom God called to restore the peace that was forfeited because of sin. They may not be politicians, statesmen, diplomats, kings, presidents, or Nobel Prize winners, but they hold the key to true and lasting peace. As a Christian, you are among that select group of peacemakers. As such you have two primary responsibilities....
  • The Resurrection: So What?

    04/25/2018 2:55:06 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). Without Christs resurrection, our individual Christian lives would be pathetic exercises in futility. In ancient times the strongest swimmer among the sailors on a ship was called the archegos, a Greek word that means front-runner or pioneer. If as the ship approached shore, it got caught in waves so strong that a safe landing was doubtful, the archegos would fasten one end of a long rope to the ship, tie the other end around himself, jump into the...
  • John 3:16 Again, Racialism, CBGM, Peterson/Shapiro Dialogue

    04/25/2018 10:09:45 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Alpha and Omega Ministries ^ | 4-24-18 | James White
    "Covered a TON of important material today. Started off responding to an Arminian attempt to spin the discussion of John 3:16 and the phrase πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων (every one believing). Then we moved on to some developments on the racialism front. From there we switched gears and addressed the claim that CGBM will cause all of the past three hundred years of textual critical work to be thrown in the trash bin. And then finally we played the entirety of the Jordan Peterson/Ben Shapiro dialogue on Christianity and Judaism, interacting with it and hopefully providing some important balance. A ton...
  • PopeWatch: Incomprehensible

    04/25/2018 7:45:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 24, 2018 | Donald McClarey
    One of the keys to understanding Pope Francis is to grasp that much of what he says and writes is incomprehensible. Case in point from a recent homily: Closeness, dear brothers, is crucial for an evangelizer because it is a key attitude in the Gospel (the Lord uses it to describe his Kingdom). We can be certain that closeness is the key to mercy, for mercy would not be mercy unless, like a Good Samaritan, it finds ways to shorten distances. But I also think we need to realize even more that closeness is also the key to truth; not...
  • Romans Ch. 3

    04/25/2018 7:06:02 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I...
  • Experiencing Transformation (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/25/2018 4:51:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    We are all born with the same malady. Love for God and affection for Christ are not natural to us. Before we can love God, something must happen to us. Our hearts of stone must be changed into hearts of flesh, hearts that pulsate with new life and new affection for God. When one speaks of being born again,he is speaking of his change of heart. When God quickens us from spiritual death, when He regenerates us by His Holy Spirit, He does radical surgery on our hearts. He turns the stone into living tissue. To be converted is to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-18, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2018 9:16:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2018 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Christ Is Our Peace

    04/24/2018 6:41:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Christs atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God. After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That's a sad commentary on man's inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C. has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war! It hasn't always been that way. Prior to the Fall of man peace reigned...
  • The Resurrection: A Belief That Matters

    04/24/2018 6:41:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    How do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? (1 Corinthians 15:12). Without the truth of bodily resurrection, the Christian faith would not make sense. Even though Paul and the other apostles made the resurrection of Christ and His followers from the dead a central part of the gospel message, some new Gentile converts (the Corinthians especially) had difficulty accepting the idea of bodily resurrection. That struggle resulted mainly from the effects of Greek dualism, which viewed the spiritual as inherently good and the physical as inherently bad. Under that belief, a physical resurrection was...
  • We want her Majesty the Queen, to urgently intervene in the Alfie Evans case. (Change.org petition)

    04/24/2018 4:25:01 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 39 replies
    Change.org ^ | 4/22/18
    To Her Majesty in Parliament: We the undersigned humbly petition Your Majesty for protection of life and liberty of your 23-months-old subject Alfie Evans. The judges in Your Majestys Courts have given orders: * to kill Alfie on an appointed hour at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool by withdrawing his life support; * for the day and hour of that killing to be kept secret from the public to avoid any protest or hinderance; and * for Alfie to be detained in Alder Hey until his death - any attempt to release him to be resisted by force, and punished...
  • Romans Ch. 2

    04/24/2018 8:24:29 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But...
  • Getting to the Root of the Problem (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/24/2018 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The Bible has much to say about the heart. In Scripture, the heart refers not so much to an organ that pumps blood throughout the body as it does to the core of the soul, the deepest seat of human affections. It is out of the heart that the issues of life flow. Jesus saw a close connection between the location of our treasures and the drive of our hearts. Find a mans treasure map and you have found the highway of his heart. In this fallen condition, the heart is seen as the root of our problem. We are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-18, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    04/23/2018 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2018 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • School bus driver taken off route after leading prayer with students

    04/23/2018 8:31:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | April 23, 2018 | WOWK
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. It is not the first time George Nathaniel, 54, has faced consequences for leading prayers. Nathaniel was fired from driving children to school in the town of Burnsville, Minnesota, four years ago for the same reason. Quality Care Transportation removed Nathaniel from his route last week, the Star Tribune reported . He began working for the company in January 2017 and drove...
  • Romans Ch. 1

    04/23/2018 6:27:02 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also...
  • Merging Activism and Quietism (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    04/23/2018 5:19:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The two great heresies that have plagued the church on the issue of sanctification for centuries are the heresies of activism and quietism. The twin distortions are guilty of eliminating one or the other pole of the paradox. In activism, Gods working is swallowed up by human self-righteousness. In quietism, the human struggle is swallowed up by an automatic divine process. Activism is the creed of the self-righteous person. He has no need of divine assistance to achieve perfection. Grace is held in contempt, a remedy needed only by weak people. The activist can lift himself up by his own...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-18, OM, St. Adalabert, Bishop, St. George, Martyrs

    04/22/2018 9:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2018 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,'You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them." Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,"I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me....
  • Risking True Peace

    04/22/2018 6:38:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). True peace exists only where truth reigns. People often define peace as the absence of conflict, but God sees it differently. The absence of conflict is merely a truce, which might end overt hostilities but doesn't resolve the underlying issues. A truce simply introduces a cold war, which often drives the conflict underground, where it smolders until erupting in physical or emotional disaster. James 3:17 says, "The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable." Godly wisdom, purity, and peace go hand- in-hand. Peace is wisdom...
  • The Church Testifies to the Resurrection

    04/22/2018 6:37:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand (1 Corinthians 15:1). The true church has consistently testified to the power of the Resurrection. Kenneth Scott Latourette observed in his History of the Expansion of Christianity: It was the conviction of the resurrection of Jesus which lifted his followers out of the despair into which his death had cast them and which led to the perpetuation of a movement begun by him. This statement was true for the church at Corinth, even with its many problems....