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  • The Religious Right is Dead

    11/07/2012 6:07:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/7/12 | Damian Thompson
    Guys – have a quick puff of your joint before heading down the aisle with your boyfriend. In addition to re-electing Obama, various American states voted to legalise dope and gay marriage. OK, so they weren't necessarily the same states, but you get the picture. Last night was a victory for secular liberal America – or, to put it another way, America's emerging secular liberal majority. The United States is still pious by European standards, but the gap is narrowing every year. You cannot visit American bookshops without being struck by the popularity of atheist cheerleaders or agnostic self-help gurus;...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 7, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/07/2012 4:36:25 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/7/12 | Joel Osteen
    Remember Your Victories Today's Scripture “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph...” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you think about your past, what events do you remember? What memories do you allow to play over and over in your mind? In the Old Testament, they had what they called memorial stones. These were used to remind the people about the good things God did in their lives — their victories. Today, we need to remind ourselves to focus on our victories, too. Sure, we’ve all had setbacks, but when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 7, 2012]

    11/07/2012 4:35:06 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Undetected Sacredness Of Circumstances ""All things work together for good to them that love God." " — Romans 8:28 The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you may take a particular line. Never put your hand in front of the circumstances...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-07-12

    11/06/2012 9:42:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 7, 2012   Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:12-18 My beloved, obedient as you have always been,not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent,work out your salvation with fear and trembling.For God is the one who, for his good purpose,works in you both to desire and to work.Do everything without grumbling or questioning,that you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemishin the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,among whom you shine like lights in the world,as you hold on to the word...
  • Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi

    11/06/2012 8:38:02 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Monday 5 Nov 2012
    Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi In this Friday, 2 November 2012 photo, Bishop Tawadros speaks with reporters in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP) In his first statements as Egypt's new Coptic Orthodox pope, Tawadros II – selected on Sunday – voiced hope that Egypt would witness a "genuine national revival" under Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. He also announced his intention to reform church regulations governing papal elections, which have not been altered for the past 55 years. "I received the news with tears," Tawadros declared from the Saint Pishoy Monastery in Egypt's northern Wadi Natroun district,...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

    11/06/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98 Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria was in charge of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for 41 years. Photo by Cross The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, has passed away at the age of 98. Patriarch Maxim died shortly before 4 am on Tuesday, the Bulgarian National Television reported. The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was hospitalized a month ago, and in the last few days he was on life support in the Governmental Hospital in Sofia. His All Holiness Maxim of Bulgaria turned 98 on October 29, 2012. Because of his...
  • VANITY: Where is your heart? Endtime implications for the election

    11/06/2012 4:31:22 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Vanity | 11/6/2012 | Dr. Thorne
    My personal belief is that this election will serve as notice from God Almighty regarding His blessing on America. If Obama wins, I will be resigned to the fact that God has turned His back on America for our manifold sins, especially for rejecting and ignoring Christ - the same sin that brought utter destruction on Jerusalem in 70 A.D.If Romney wins, I believe this will signal that God has not yet turned His back on America, and that we still have a chance to repent and retain His blessing.Either way, as I have posted before on FR, America does...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/06/2012 4:15:36 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 11/6/12 | Joel Osteen
    Yes and Amen Today's Scripture For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you thought about the fact that God has already said “yes” to His promises in your life? You don’t have to beg God to be good to you. You don’t have to plead with Him to help you. God wants to help you. He wants to pour out His abundant blessing on your life. Scripture says His promises are “yes and amen.”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 6, 2012]

    11/06/2012 4:14:11 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Programme Of Belief "Believest thou this?" —John 11:26 Martha believed in the power at the disposal of Jesus Christ, she believed that if He had been present He could have healed her brother; she also believed that Jesus had a peculiar intimacy with God and that whatever He asked of God, God would do; but she needed a closer personal intimacy with Jesus. Martha’s programme of belief had its fulfilment in the future; Jesus led her on until her belief became a personal possession, and then slowly emerged into a particular inheritance – “Yea, Lord, I believe that Thou...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-06-12

    11/05/2012 10:21:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 6, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:5-11 Brothers and sisters:Have among yourselves the same attitudethat is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God,did not regard equality with Godsomething to be grasped.Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,coming in human likeness;and, found human in appearance,he humbled himself,becoming obedient to death,even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted himand bestowed on him the namethat is above every name,that at the name of Jesusevery knee should bend,of those in heaven and on earth...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 4th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/05/2012 2:41:53 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 4, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 4th, 2012 Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance of this years elections and how it may very well be moving towards the final "New World Order."
  • Liberal Group Asks IRS to Investigate Catholic Church for Alleged Political Activity

    11/05/2012 11:21:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 11/4/12 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), late Friday, filed a formal complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its nonprofit tax status. The CREW complaint alleges that the nation’s Catholic bishops are “abusing their positions to advocate against the election of President Barack Obama,” and anticipated further actions during this weekend’s sermons. The complaint mentions several bishops -- including Nicholas Di Marzio in New York; David Ricken in Wisconsin; Edward J. Burns in Alaska and Paul Loverde in...
  • The Upcoming Psychologized Generation

    11/05/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 13 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | November 1, 2012 | T. A. McMahon
    When Dave Hunt and I wrote The Seduction of Christianity more than 25 years ago, the conservative evangelical church was more than pleased that we were addressing some of the erroneous teachings and practices of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, particularly those that promoted the unbiblical prosperity and healing doctrines. Yet that enthusiasm was short-lived when many such readers got to chapters 12 and 13. Why? Those chapters addressed the biblical problems with psychological counseling in the church, a phenomenon that had installed itself within evangelical Christianity in a major way. That was more than a quarter of a century...
  • Catholic Care Loses its Five-Year Legal Battle [Against Homosexual Adoption-UK]

    11/05/2012 8:24:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The adoption agency Catholic Care has lost its five year fight to reserve its services for heterosexual couples only, in a landmark court ruling. The adoption agency based in Leeds, had taken its case to the Upper Tribunal in order to win the right to maintain charitable status while being permitted to refuse to place children with same-sex couples, in accordance with the charity’s Catholic ethos. However, they were defeated today as the Charity Commission argued that the charity’s stance is “divisive, capricious and arbitrary” and undermined the dignity of homosexual couples whose parenting abilities are “beyond question”. The tribunal...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 5, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/05/2012 4:37:20 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    Trust His Timing Today's Scripture “My times are in Your hand...” (Psalm 31:15, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our time table. In fact, He rarely does. But, in a single moment, God can change your life! All throughout scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever which means if He did it for them, He can instantly turn things around for you, too!...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 5, 2012]

    11/05/2012 4:36:38 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Partakers of His Suffering ". . . but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings . . ." —1 Peter 4:13 If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, “Oh, I can’t deal with that person.” Why...
  • Arabs Burning First Temple Pillars

    11/04/2012 10:57:46 PM PST · by Dogbert41 · 46 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/04/2012 | David Lev
    A group of Jews that ascended the Temple Mount Sunday were shocked to see that ancient beams of wood that had apparently been used during the period of the Holy Temple were being used as firewood by Arabs on the Mount, and off it. Archaeologists have dated the wood as far back as the First Temple period, and appear to be among the celebrated “Cedars of Lebanon” mentioned in the Tanach.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-05-12

    11/04/2012 9:21:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 5, 2012   Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:1-4 Brothers and sisters:If there is any encouragement in Christ,any solace in love,any participation in the Spirit,any compassion and mercy,complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,united in heart, thinking one thing.Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,each looking out not for his own interests,but also everyone for those of others. Responsorial Psalm Ps 131:1bcde, 2, 3 R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.O LORD, my heart...
  • On Angels and Demons

    11/04/2012 6:35:36 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 4, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When actor and director Mel Gibson was asked some years ago about certain difficulties he had when making his film The Passion of the Christ, he registered a countenance of unease and said (I'm paraphrasing), "Something doesn't want this to happen." Being just a couple of seconds of his interview, it was perhaps hardly noticed by many. But it might have made the ears of people of faith, particularly Christians, perk up. And they would have known precisely to what he was alluding. Of course, any talk of spirits not confined to the local liquor store is now often considered...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 4, 2012]

    11/04/2012 4:04:58 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Authority of Truth "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" —James 4:8 It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves a person paralyzed, exactly where he was previously. But once he acts, he is never the same. It is the apparent folly of the truth that stands in the way of hundreds...