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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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-04-12, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/03/2012 8:34:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 4, 2012   Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Dt 6:2-6 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"Fear the LORD, your God,and keep, throughout the days of your lives,all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,and thus have long life.Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them,that you may grow and prosper the more,in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers,to give you a land flowing with milk and honey. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,with all your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 3, 2012]

    11/03/2012 4:52:59 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    A Bondservant of Jesus "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . ." —Galatians 2:20 These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three hundred and sixty-five times a year, but He cannot push me through it. It means breaking the hard outer layer of my...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-03-12, OM, St. Martin de Porres, Religious

    11/02/2012 9:31:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 3, 2012   Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 1:18b-26 Brothers and sisters:As long as in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,Christ is being proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Indeed I shall continue to rejoice,for I know that this will result in deliverance for methrough your prayers and support from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.My eager expectation and hopeis that I shall not be put to shame in any way,but that with all boldness, now as always,Christ will be magnified in my body,whether by life or by death.For to me...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 2, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/02/2012 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    In All Circumstances Today's Scripture Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you giving thanks in every circumstance? This might seem like a stretch at first, especially when you are going through a season of difficulty. But notice today’s verse doesn’t say to give thanks “for” everything, it says give thanks “in” everything. In other words, no matter what’s going on, find something to be thankful for. Don’t just focus on what’s wrong in your life; focus on what God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 2, 2012]

    11/02/2012 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Obedience or Independence? "If you love Me, keep My commandments" —John 14:15 Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning, “You do not need to do this unless you desire to do so.” “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .” (Luke 9:23). In other words, “To be My...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-12, Commemoration of Faithful Departed (All Souls)

    11/01/2012 8:35:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 2, 2012   The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed  (All Souls) Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found them worthy of himself.As gold in the furnace, he proved them,and as sacrificial offerings he...
  • Pope Marks 500th Anniversary of Sistine Chapel Ceiling Frescoes

    11/01/2012 6:36:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 10/31/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Standing in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo's famous ceiling frescoes, people are reminded that the world was created by God in a supreme act of love, Pope Benedict XVI said. "With a unique expressive intensity," the pope said, Michelangelo depicted the power and majesty of God the creator in a way that proclaimed "the world is not the product of darkness, chaos or absurdity, but derives from intelligence, freedom, a supreme act of love." Pope Benedict made his remarks Oct. 31 during an evening prayer service marking the 500th anniversary of the prayer service led by...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 1, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/01/2012 4:45:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Raise the Standard Today's Scripture Remind people to be submissive to [their] magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work. Titus 3:1, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What do you do to honor God? A lot of times people think, “Oh, I go to church to honor God. I read my Bible to honor God. I sing and clap in worship to honor God.” And yes, those are ways to honor God, but did you know that you also honor God when you get to work on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 1, 2012]

    11/01/2012 4:44:14 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “You Are Not Your Own” "Do you not know that . . . you are not your own?" —1 Corinthians 6:19 There is no such thing as a private life, or a place to hide in this world, for a man or woman who is intimately aware of and shares in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. God divides the private life of His saints and makes it a highway for the world on one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-01-12, Solemnity of All Saints

    10/31/2012 2:33:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 1, 2012   Solemnity of All Saints   Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angelswho were given power to damage the land and the sea,"Do not damage the land or the sea or the treesuntil we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,one hundred and forty-four thousand markedfrom every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I...
  • What drove Luther's Hammer

    10/31/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Rod Rosenbladt
    Luther sensed deeply the stare of Christ the Judge standing over him, demanding of him an impossible level of inner purity. Luther's Upbringing Luther was the second son in a family of eight children. His father and mother were sturdy German Bauern (peasants): coarse, credulous, and devout. Often in the beliefs of these untutored folk, elements of old German paganism blended with the Christian story: woods, winds, and water were peopled by elves, gnomes, fairies, mermen and mermaids, sprites and witches; and witchcraft was taken for granted throughout Europe. Young Luther had ample opportunity to witness the mischief and grief...
  • Religious Freedom: A View From Across the Pond

    10/31/2012 6:39:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/29/12 | Joanna Bogle
    Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom is just as timely today as it was fifty years ago.Religious freedom is the issue of the hour: in America, in Europe, in what we (used to?) think of as “the West”. But what is particularly interesting is that this comes just as we are marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – the Council in which the Church explored the whole question of religious freedom and gave the world a valuable document which established the Church’s approach to this subject for the new millennium. The Declaration on Religious...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 31, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/31/2012 4:35:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture “Do not give the devil an opportunity to work.” (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 31, 2012]

    10/31/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Trial of Faith "If you have faith as a mustard seed . . . nothing will be impossible for you" —Matthew 17:20 We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. But we do not earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work. Yet God frequently has to knock the bottom out of your experience as His saint to get you in direct contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a...
  • The treasure of Sacred Scripture: "If thou didst know the gift of God!!!"

    10/31/2012 3:47:21 AM PDT · by koinonia · 4 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ website ^ | October 31, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    An amazing story told by Fr. Dean: Reading “The Fire of the Word” reminded me [Fr. Dean] of a story, a true story… A woman was browsing through some used books for sale in an antique store, more for curiosity than anything else, and she spotted a title which grabbed her interest. The books were a quarter a piece, so she unceremoniously grabbed the book and went to the counter. She paid the twenty-five cents and the store owner asked, “You you like a bag for that?” “No thanks,” she said, “I’ll just put it in my purse.” With that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-31-12, Solemnity, Vigil-All Saints, All Hallows' Eve

    10/30/2012 9:42:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 31, 2012 Solemnity, Vigil of All Saints   Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angelswho were given power to damage the land and the sea,"Do not damage the land or the sea or the treesuntil we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,one hundred and forty-four thousand markedfrom every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-31-12, Mass during the Day

    10/30/2012 9:33:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-31-12 | New American Bible
    October 31, 2012   Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.Honor your father and mother.This is the first commandment with a promise,that it may go well with youand that you may have a long life on earth.Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,not only when being watched, as currying favor,but as slaves of Christ,...
  • Is Halloween Harmless?

    10/30/2012 8:00:20 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 113 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | 10/1/2010 | Jerold Aust
    Is Halloween Harmless?article by Jerold Aust Every year at Halloween, well-meaning parents dress their children in grotesque and ghoulish costumes. Is Halloween really harmless? Who and what's behind this bizarre holiday? It all looks like so much fun and seems so harmless: jack-o'-lanterns, grotesque grinning masks, long black witch attire with pointed black hats, costumes painted like skeletons, outfits that represent demons and goblins, and children going door to door, soliciting treats from compliant neighbors.But when Halloween comes around, do you find yourself yearning for the hours to pass until the whole trick-or-treat farce is over? If you don't, you should!Halloween's...
  • Are We Too "Negative"?

    10/30/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT · by fwdude · 9 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | October 1991 | Dave Hunt
    Critics have long leveled the charge of “divisive” and “negative” against those who would warn the church of unbiblical teachings and practices. I prayerfully consider such accusations, for my heart echoes the same concern. I long just to preach the gospel and to put behind me the controversy that has become such an unwelcome part of my life. Yet in preaching the pure gospel one must carefully distinguish it from the clever counterfeits all around. How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth. Yet...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 30, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/30/2012 6:00:19 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Different Spirit Today's Scripture “But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.” (Numbers 14:24, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in Scripture, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, “Moses, there are giants in the land,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 30, 2012]

    10/30/2012 5:59:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Faith "Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . ." —Hebrews 11:6 Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-30-12

    10/29/2012 9:22:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 30, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 5:21-33 Brothers and sisters:Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.For the husband is head of his wifejust as Christ is head of the Church,he himself the savior of the Body.As the Church is subordinate to Christ,so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.Husbands, love your wives,even as Christ loved the Churchand handed himself over for her to sanctify her,cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,that he might...
  • Victory in Federal Court for Monks Threatened with Prison for Selling Caskets

    10/29/2012 9:26:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has handed a legal victory to a Louisiana Benedictine abbey whose monks were threatened with imprisonment for selling caskets without a license. Citing a state law that threatens violators with major fines and imprisonment, the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors ordered the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in 2010 to stop selling caskets. The monks, whose caskets were $250 cheaper than average, refused to seek a license because the law would have required them to convert the abbey into a funeral home with embalming equipment. “We’re grateful for the court's...
  • “Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated”: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II

    10/29/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT · by MJVO5342 · 2 replies
    Obama and Communism ^ | 10/22/2012 | Mike
    “Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated”: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II Error #4: Obama, Marriage, and the Unnatural Vice “...such a [Communist] doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution...[Communism says that] there exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collectivity.”—Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 11 (Italics added) “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” (1)—Barack Obama, 2004 “I’ve...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 29, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/29/2012 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Time of Favor Today's Scripture “That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life...” (Joshua 4:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I love the promise that God gave to Joshua. He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase.” But notice, there was a specific time in his life that God began to release favor in a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 29, 2012]

    10/29/2012 4:53:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Substitution "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" —2 Corinthians 5:21 The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy for us. Yet the New Testament view is that He took our sin on Himself not because of sympathy, but because of His identification with us. He was “made. . . to be sin. . . .” Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the only explanation for His death is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-29-12

    10/28/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 29, 2012   Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 4:32-5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - October 28th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/28/2012 6:53:54 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 28, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - October 28th, 2012 Pastor J.D. talks about the Tsunami warning in Hawaii, and the super storm on the East Coast.
  • Have Darwinists Finally Found The Missing Link?

    10/28/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 28, 2012 | JP
    They never stop – the God-deniers who worship at the altar of evolution. Who pay homage to their high priest, Charles Darwin. Who continue to place their faith in theories they contend to be indisputable science. The latest example is a new fossil study, published in the journal Science, co-authored by David Green, an anatomy professor at Midwestern University in Illinois, and Zeresenay Alemseged, chair of the anthropology department at the California Academy of Sciences. The study claims that that the 3.3 million-year-old remains of a baby monkey, discovered in Ethiopia, somehow confirm that our early human ancestors swung from...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 28, 2012]

    10/28/2012 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Justification by Faith "If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" —Romans 5:10 I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It...