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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-18-18

    06/17/2018 9:35:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 18, 2018 Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:1-16 Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreelnext to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,since it is close by, next to my house.I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbidthat I should give you my ancestral heritage.”Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answerNaboth the Jezreelite had made to him:“I will not...
  • The Impartiality of God

    06/17/2018 5:11:51 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism" (James 2:1). Because God is impartial, we as Christians must be impartial too. People are prone to treat others differently based upon external criteria such as looks, possessions, or social status, but God is utterly impartial. He never shows favoritism and always judges righteously. Favoritism can be defined as a preferential attitude and treatment of a person or group over another having equal claims and rights. It is unjustified partiality. James 2:1-13 confronts it as sin and admonishes us to avoid...
  • Integrity Incurs the World's Wrath

    06/17/2018 5:11:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire” (Daniel 3:19-20). Persecution is the world’s futile attempt to silence the voice of godly integrity. King Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant and powerful man who had built an enormous empire by bringing entire nations under his control. Yet...
  • Ephesians Ch. 1

    06/17/2018 5:38:59 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-17-18, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/16/2018 7:10:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 17, 2018 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 17:22-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,and become a majestic cedar.Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.And all the trees of the field shall knowthat I, the LORD,bring low the high tree,lift high the lowly tree,wither up the green...
  • Taking Spiritual Inventory

    06/16/2018 5:04:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father . . . to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27). God doesn’t tolerate compromise with the world. Keeping yourself unstained by the world is an important test of your spiritual condition. The apostle John said, "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). At first glance that might sound contradictory since God Himself so loved the world that He gave His Son to die...
  • Integrity Trusts God Unconditionally

    06/16/2018 5:04:24 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up’” (Daniel 3:16-18). Unconditional obedience is the trademark of mature faith. In Matthew 13...
  • Galatians Ch. 6

    06/16/2018 6:54:35 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-16-18

    06/15/2018 8:25:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 16, 2018 Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:19-21 Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;he was following the twelfth.Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,"Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,and I will follow you."Elijah answered, "Go back! Have I done anything to you?"Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,and gave it...
  • Demonstrating Sacrificial Love

    06/15/2018 10:03:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27). Sacrificial love is the hallmark of true Christianity. Recently a local newspaper reported the story of a young woman who had been brutally beaten, sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed, then dumped down a hillside and left for dead. Miraculously she survived the attack and crawled up the hill to a spot along the road where several people were parked enjoying the panoramic view of the city. Covered with blood from head to foot, she went from car...
  • Integrity Walks in Humility

    06/15/2018 10:03:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, ‘Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you will not worship, you will immediately...
  • Longing for God’s Law (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    06/15/2018 5:59:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    A survey by George Gallup Jr. revealed a startling trend in our culture. According to Gallup, the evidence seems to indicate that there are no clear behavioral patterns that distinguish Christians from non-Christians in our society. We all seem to be marching to the same drummer, looking to the shifting standards of contemporary culture for the basis of what is acceptable conduct. What everybody else is doing seems to be our only ethical norm. This pattern can emerge only in a society or a church wherein the law of God is eclipsed. The very word law seems to have an...
  • Galatians Ch. 5

    06/15/2018 3:24:45 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-15-18

    06/14/2018 9:39:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 15, 2018 Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16 At the mountain of God, Horeb,Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter.But the word of the LORD came to him,"Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by."A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountainsand crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind.After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake.After the earthquake there was fire—but the LORD was not in the fire.After...
  • Defining True Religion

    06/14/2018 6:46:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27). True religion produces holiness and sacrificial love. In this verse James continues his practical and penetrating assessment of true faith. So far he has said in effect, "Don't just study the Bible—obey it! Don't just dabble in external religion—have pure speech!" Now he adds, "Don't just say you're religious—demonstrate sacrificial love! Don't just claim to love God—live a pure life!" Shallow claims to Christianity meant nothing to him....
  • Integrity Endures Criticism

    06/14/2018 6:46:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews. . . . ‘There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up’” (Daniel 3:8-12). Expect spiritual opposition. Have you noticed that whenever you take a public stand for righteousness you feel the reaction of the world more strongly? Even something as noble as doing your work with integrity and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-14-18

    06/13/2018 10:34:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 14, 2018 Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:41-46 Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink,for there is the sound of a heavy rain."So Ahab went up to eat and drink,while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,crouched down to the earth,and put his head between his knees."Climb up and look out to sea," he directed his servant,who went up and looked, but reported, "There is nothing."Seven times he said, "Go, look again!"And the seventh time the youth reported,"There is a cloud as small as a man's hand rising from...
  • Galatians Ch. 4

    06/13/2018 9:25:29 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye...
  • Speaking from a Pure Heart

    06/13/2018 3:14:02 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless" (James 1:26). Your speech reveals the condition of your heart. In verse 22 James talked about the delusion of hearing the Word without obeying it. Here he talks about the deception of external religious activity without internal purity of heart. That's a common deception. Many people confuse love of religious activity with love for God. They may go through the mechanics of reading the Bible, attending church, praying, giving money, or singing songs, but in reality...
  • Integrity Resists Intimidation

    06/13/2018 3:13:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the herald loudly proclaimed: ‘To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language, that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.’ Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds...