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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Joy in Spite of Death

    05/28/2016 4:34:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In addition to Scripture, God has given us more than adequate spiritual resources to meet suffering and death. Wall Street, the name synonymous with the American stock market and financial investing, is a place where confidence can rise and fall with great force and unpredictability, right along with the rising or sinking level of stock prices. Prices always seem to even out, but who can be certain about how they will behave in the future? The apostle Paul’s spiritual confidence was not based on the changeableness...
  • Jesus Purposely Selects a Traitor (Judas Iscariot)

    05/28/2016 4:33:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). God works all things together for His purposes. At one time the little town of Kerioth was a relatively obscure Judean town, but all that changed when it produced the most hated man who ever lived: Judas Iscariot. The first mention of Judas is here in Matthew's list of disciples. We have no record of his call, but we know Jesus did call him along with the others, and even gave him authority to minister in miraculous ways (Matt. 10:1). His first name, Judas, is despised today,...
  • Why Stephen Hawking Actually Believes In God

    05/27/2016 8:56:34 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 36 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/27/2016 | Gary
    Stephen Hawking, smarter and wiser than many of his colleagues, admits the obvious - that the probability of our universe supporting life is infinitesimally small.  His anything-but-God workaround is simply to propose a near infinite number of universes to solve the problem - if the probability of biological life coming into existence in our universe via purely natural mechanisms is next to nil (which it is) than throw a few septillion parallel universes into the mix and eventually one or two might generate life.  Out of those literally countless universes we just happen to be lucky enough to have been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-28-16

    05/27/2016 8:40:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 28, 2016 Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jude 17, 20b-25 Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehandby the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.Keep yourselves in the love of Godand wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christthat leads to eternal life.On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire;on others have mercy with fear,abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh. To the one who is able to keep you from stumblingand to...
  • Confidence in the Face of Death

    05/27/2016 1:04:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We can count on Scripture to give us confidence in the face of death. A few years ago my radio ministry heard from a listener who was exhibiting exactly the right attitude in the face of a terminal illness. A teenager from the Midwest sent a prayer request concerning her recently diagnosed Lou Gehrig’s disease. That Christian young woman, who by now is probably with the Lord, accepted her condition with grace and optimism. Here is part of what she wrote to us: “I love the...
  • From Terrorism to Discipleship (Simon the Zealot)

    05/27/2016 1:04:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Simon the Zealot" (Matt. 10:4). Even people of vastly different backgrounds can minister together for Christ. During the time between the Old and New Testaments, a fiery revolutionary named Judas Maccabaeus led the Jewish people in a revolt against Greek influences on their nation and religion. The spirit of that movement was captured in this statement from the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees: "Be ye zealous for the law and give your lives for the covenant" (1 Maccabees 2:50). That group of politically-oriented, self-appointed guardians of Judaism later became known as the Zealots. During the New...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-27-16, OM, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

    05/26/2016 9:02:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 27, 2016 Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 4:7-13 Beloved:The end of all things is at hand.Therefore be serious and sober-mindedso that you will be able to pray.Above all, let your love for one another be intense,because love covers a multitude of sins.Be hospitable to one another without complaining.As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one anotheras good stewards of God’s varied grace.Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God;whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies,so that in all things God may...
  • The Naked Cowboy Appears at Hillsong Women's Conference

    05/26/2016 9:15:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    piratechrisitan.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | staff
    Hillsong continues to astound by their complete and utter disregard for how scripture instructs Christians to conduct their lives in this present evil age. First they brought us Sleezy Silent Night. Then they had the sexual pervert Austin Powers appear at their women's conference in London and now they'e had The Naked Cowboy appear at their women's conference in New York. We fear to see what they have in store for their next conference.
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Detractors

    05/26/2016 4:28:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice” (Philippians 1:18). It is possible to maintain your joy even while dealing with criticisms and irritating distractions. The dictionary definition of detraction is “the uttering of material (as false or slanderous charges) that is likely to damage the reputation of another.” A detractor wants to undermine and destroy the good name and credibility of another. Great statesmen, such as President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, often have been the targets of contentious political opponents and stinging detractions by the...
  • Receiving Christ's Word (Thaddaeus)

    05/26/2016 4:27:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). If you love Christ, you will receive His Word and obey it. Radio signals are fascinating. At any given moment every room in your house is filled with voices, music, and numerous other sounds—yet you can't hear them unless your radio is tuned to their frequency. That's a modern parallel to a spiritual truth Jesus taught in John 14:21, where He says, "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-16, M, St. Philip Neri, Priest

    05/25/2016 9:32:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2016 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Reading 1 1 Pt 2:2-5, 9-12 Beloved:Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milkso that through it you may grow into salvation,for you have tasted that the Lord is good.Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beingsbut chosen and precious in the sight of God,and, like living stones,let yourselves be built into a spiritual houseto be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrificesacceptable to God through Jesus Christ. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own,so that you may announce...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2016 4:19:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to today’s verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2016 4:19:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 9:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 25, 2016 Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 1:18-25 Beloved:Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,handed on by your ancestors,not with perishable things like silver or goldbut with the precious Blood of Christas of a spotless unblemished Lamb.He was known before the foundation of the worldbut revealed in the final time for you,who through him believe in Godwho raised him from the dead and gave him glory,so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified yourselvesby obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love,love one another...
  • Saluting an Unknown Soldier (James, Son of Alphaeus)

    05/24/2016 5:01:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Alphaeus" (Matt. 10:3). God often uses ordinary people to accomplish great things. Like most Christians, James the son of Alphaeus is an unknown and unsung soldier of the cross. His distinguishing characteristic is obscurity. Nothing he did or said is recorded in Scripture—only his name. In Mark 15:40 he is called "James the Less," which literally means "Little James." That could refer to his stature (he might have been short), his age (he might have been younger than James the son of Zebedee), or his influence (he might have had relatively little...
  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering

    05/24/2016 5:01:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. The cliché “Garbage in, garbage out” provides a good clue to the essence of the Spirit-filled Christian life. Just as computers respond according to their programming, we respond to what fills our minds. If we allow the Holy Spirit to program our thought patterns, we’ll be controlled and renewed by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-16

    05/23/2016 9:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2016 Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 1:10-16 Beloved:Concerning the salvation of your soulsthe prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yourssearched and investigated itinvestigating the time and circumstancesthat the Spirit of Christ within them indicatedwhen it testified in advanceto the sufferings destined for Christand the glories to follow them.It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but youwith regard to the things that have now been announced to youby those who preached the Good News to youthrough the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,things into...
  • The absurdity of “safe zones” for the secularist and the saint.

    05/23/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal podbean.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Harrington
    This is not violence,” an angry abortion advocate screams while physically attacking a Created Equal team member. Last week a Columbus, OH resident roughed up one of our outreach team members even before he had an opportunity to dialogue with his intended audience. It seems increasingly common for abortion advocates not only to dissent to our message but also to resort to violence. In defending the violence of abortion, abortion advocates use violence to intimidate preborn defenders. But this call for protectionism isn’t just for abortion advocates or unbelievers anymore, but we now see it cropping up among Christians, especially...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-16

    05/22/2016 8:39:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2016 Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,kept in heaven for youwho by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.In this you rejoice, although now for a little whileyou may have to suffer through various trials,so that the...
  • Entrusting All to God

    05/22/2016 3:12:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to God’s will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • A Traitor Turns to Christ (Matthew)

    05/22/2016 3:12:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). God can use you despite your sinful past. I remember reading a notice in a local newspaper announcing the opening of a new evangelical church in our community. It gave the date and time of the first services, then added, "our special guest star will be . . ." and named a popular Christian celebrity. In its attempt to appeal to unbelievers or simply draw a large crowd, the church today commonly uses that kind of approach. Jesus, however, used a different approach. None of His disciples were famous at all....
  • Evaluating Our Suffering

    05/21/2016 4:33:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. “A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and...
  • Beyond Doubt to Hope (Thomas)

    05/21/2016 4:32:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thomas" (Matt. 10:3). Jesus can replace your doubts with hope. When Jesus was crucified, Thomas was shattered. He loved Jesus deeply and wanted always to be with Him. He was willing even to die with Him, but now his greatest fear had been realized: Jesus was gone. Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. John 20:25 says, "The other disciples therefore were saying to [Thomas], 'We have seen the Lord!' But he said to them, 'Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-16, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Martyrs

    05/20/2016 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2016 Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:13-20 Beloved:Is anyone among you suffering?He should pray.Is anyone in good spirits?He should sing a song of praise. Is anyone among you sick?He should summon the presbyters of the Church,and they should pray over himand anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.The prayer of faith will save the sick person,and the Lord will raise him up.If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one anotherand pray for one another, that you may be healed.The fervent...
  • Redemptorist Priest among Marylanders featured on Vietnam TV Series

    05/20/2016 6:43:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicreview.org ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul McMullen
    Forty-five years after he served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam, Redemptorist Father John Bauer continues to expand his admiration for the resourcefulness and resolve of the men and women who were under his pastoral care during wartime. Father Bauer, now on the staff of his childhood parish in Highlandtown, is among a half-dozen Catholics featured in "Maryland Vietnam War Stories," a 3-hour documentary airing over as many nights, May 24-26, on Maryland Public Television. Father Bauer was among the participants who attended a recent advance screening, where a fellow veteran noticed his clerical collar and approached him during...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-16, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2016 9:06:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2016 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:9-12 Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,that you may not be judged.Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered.You have heard of the perseverance of Job,and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,because the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear,either by heaven or by earth or...
  • Searching for Truth (Bartholomew)

    05/19/2016 3:47:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). God knows your heart and will honor your search for truth. Despite Nathanael's prejudice, Jesus knew he was an honest, sincere, Jewish believer in whom there was no religious hypocrisy or deceit (John 1:47). He truly sought after God and looked forward to the Messiah's coming. Most of the Jewish people of Jesus' day believed that every circumcised descendent of Abraham was a true Jew and a beneficiary of the Abrahamic covenant. But in Romans 2:28–29 Paul explains that salvation is an issue of the heart, not of national origin: "He is...
  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    05/19/2016 3:46:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13). We should rejoice in trials and persecutions, not for their own sake, but for the benefits that result. The late D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, made the following careful distinction on what it means to rejoice in persecution: “The Christian is, in a sense, one who must feel his heart breaking at the effect of sin in others that makes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-19-16

    05/18/2016 9:11:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 19, 2016 Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:1-6 Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,your gold and silver have corroded,and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;it will devour your flesh like a fire.You have stored up treasure for the last days.Behold, the wages you withheld from the workerswho harvested your fields are crying aloud;and the cries of the harvestershave reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;you have fattened...
  • Reassurance in the Midst of Trials

    05/18/2016 5:15:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). We can be certain of God’s love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be. Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In today’s verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (“beloved”) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love...
  • Avoiding Prejudice (Bartholomew)

    05/18/2016 5:14:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). Prejudice can destroy relationships and prevent people from coming to Christ. Prejudice is an uncalled-for generalization based on feelings of superiority. It is an ugly sin that has fueled hatred and conflicts for centuries, dividing entire nations and bringing untold misery. But prejudice is most damning when it blinds people to God's Word. The prophet Jonah was so prejudiced against the Assyrians, he refused to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Even after God convinced him to obey, he wanted to die because the people of Nineveh had repented and God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-18-16, OM, St. John I, Pope and Martyr

    05/17/2016 8:50:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 18, 2016 Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 4:13-17 Beloved:Come now, you who say,“Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”–you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.Instead you should say,“If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”But now you are boasting in your arrogance.All such boasting is evil.So for one who knows the right thing to doand does not do...
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • Satan's Role in Our Trials

    05/17/2016 8:05:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). All of Satan’s involvement in our sufferings and trials is under God’s control, which means our success against him is also in God’s sovereign hands. During the past twenty-five years, there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in the occult, Satan worship, and evil supernatural influences. Such unwise fascination has had an impact on the church and...
  • Overcoming Pessimism (Philip)

    05/17/2016 8:04:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Pessimism will blind you to the sufficiency of God’s resources. It's been said that an optimist sees a glass half full; a pessimist sees it half empty. An optimist sees opportunities; a pessimist sees obstacles. In one sense Philip was an optimist. He recognized Jesus as the Messiah and immediately saw an opportunity to share his discovery with Nathanael. In another sense, Philip was a pessimist because on occasions he failed to see what Christ could accomplish despite the apparent obstacles. On one such occasion Jesus had just finished teaching and healing a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-17-16

    05/16/2016 9:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 17, 2016 Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10 Beloved:Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?You covet but do not possess.You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;you fight and wage war.You do not possess because you do not ask.You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,to spend it on your passions.Adulterers!Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of...
  • Charlie Daniels: How Much Longer Will a Just God Allow America to Prosper?

    05/16/2016 7:23:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Charlie Daniels
    When I look at the unfathomable vastness of the universe, the intricate workings of the solar system, the constant, predictable journey of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun, it's incomprehensible to me that it just happened. It is inconceivable for me to believe that it was just a random occurrence, nothing more than the explosion of gases in space that luckily resulted in a nine planet solar system, with the third one from the center being the only known inhabited planet in existence. When I consider the process by which a child is conceived and...
  • Friendship Evangelism (Philip)

    05/16/2016 4:13:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Friendships can provide the most fertile soil for evangelism. Philip was probably a fisherman and acquainted with Peter, Andrew, James, John, Nathanael, and Thomas prior to their all becoming disciples. We first meet him in John 1:43-46, which says, "The next day [after Jesus encountered Peter and Andrew], He purposed to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip, and Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me.' Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found Him of whom Moses in...
  • Confidence in God's Providence

    05/16/2016 4:12:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We will be better prepared for what God teaches us through trials if we have a basic understanding of His providence. I believe it is vital that all Christians have an essential awareness of God’s providence if they want to be fully prepared to cope with life’s adversity. Providence is how He orchestrates, through natural means and processes, all things necessary to accomplish His purposes in the world. It is the most...
  • Years later,South Buffalo (Pa) officer honored for "unknowingly" saving man's life

    05/16/2016 12:41:01 AM PDT · by karatemom · 7 replies
    The Valley News Dispatch ^ | May 15 , 2016 | Chuck Biedka
    South Buffalo police Officer Jeff Kuntz vaguely remembers driving down a secluded lane to check on a site sometimes targeted for theft. He couldn't see it from the main road and didn't know until he got to the end of the lane that night in 2009 if anyone else was there. There was. His patrol car headlights soon shone on a down-on-his-luck young man sitting in a minivan. Kuntz had no way of knowing that his attention to duty and compassion that night would stop the man in his early 20s from committing suicide. “The man had a lot of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-16-16

    05/15/2016 9:18:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 16, 2016 Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 3:13-18 Beloved:Who among you is wise and understanding?Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom.But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,do not boast and be false to the truth.Wisdom of this kind does not come down from abovebut is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,there is disorder and every foul practice.But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,then peaceable, gentle, compliant,full of mercy and good fruits,without inconstancy...
  • A Young Priest Sets the Record Straight for the Catholic Left

    05/15/2016 9:16:57 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    This past week Sulpician Fr. Phillip J. Brown, rector of the Theological College, the national diocesan seminary of the Catholic University of America, thought it a good idea to grant an interview to the dissident media outlet the National Catholic Reporter. The topic? Is there a "Francis effect" noticeable to Fr. Brown among the current crop of seminarians, and if so, what does it look like? In the article, Fr. Brown and the NCR present the all too common false narrative of the Catholic Left: namely, that those already ordained to the priesthood in recent years are not really interested...
  • The Necessity of Grateful Prayer

    05/15/2016 5:54:35 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Genuine believers will react thankfully to trials and suffering. Preventive spiritual maintenance is very important. If we are disciplined believers, we’ll practice it and prepare ourselves for any kind of trials and hardships. Then when the unexpected happens, we’ll be able to respond in a godly manner and truly appreciate what the Lord is teaching us. The attitude expressed in today’s verse is basic and is one of the strongest antidotes to fear and lack of preparation...
  • Speaking the Truth in Love (John)

    05/15/2016 5:54:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "John" (Matt. 10:2). Seek to maintain a proper balance between truth and love. Some people picture John as overly sentimental and egotistical, lying with his head on Jesus' shoulder and constantly referring to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. But that's not an accurate characterization of one of the "Son of thunder"! He loved Jesus deeply and was amazed that Jesus loved him—especially after he wanted to burn up the Samaritans and then secure a prominent place for himself in Christ's kingdom. Calling himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (e.g., John 21:20) was simply his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-15-16, SOL, Pentecost Sunday

    05/14/2016 10:32:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 15, 2016 Pentecost SundayMass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heavenstaying in Jerusalem.At this sound, they...
  • Being Prepared for the Worst of Trials

    05/14/2016 8:50:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock’” (Matthew 7:25). Faithfulness in discipleship will mean we are prepared for the worst possible adversity and trial. People are often unprepared for life’s unexpected upheavals. This was vividly illustrated by the once-in-500-year floods that struck the Northern Plains of the United States in the spring of 1997. One community on the Red River in North Dakota was especially devastated by the surprising events. After working diligently for days to...
  • Tempering Zeal with Sensitivity (James, Son of Zebedee)

    05/14/2016 8:48:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 33 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Zebedee" (Matt. 10:2). Zeal without sensitivity can destroy your life and ministry. There's the story of a Norwegian pastor whose motto was "All or nothing!" His life and preaching were stern, strong, powerful, uncompromising, and utterly insensitive. Reportedly the people in his church didn't care much for him because he didn't care much for them. In his zeal and ambition to advance the kingdom and uphold God's standard, he neglected everything else—including his own family. One day his little daughter became so ill the doctor warned him that if he didn't move...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-14-16, M, FEAST, St. Matthias, Apostle

    05/13/2016 8:29:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 14, 2016 Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle Reading 1 Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty personsin the one place).He said, “My brothers and sisters,the Scripture had to be fulfilledwhich the Holy Spirit spoke beforehandthrough the mouth of David, concerning Judas,who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.Judas was numbered among usand was allotted a share in this ministry.For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his encampment become desolate,and may no one dwell in it.and:May another take his...
  • Church Sign in Mount Pocono Vandalized

    05/13/2016 3:17:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    wnep.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Carmella Mataloni,
    MOUNT POCONO -- Police in part of Monroe County are looking for the person who spray-painted "Trump" outside a church. The name of presidential hopeful Donald Trump was painted on a sign that sits outside St. Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono. The church closed last year, and neighbors say since then there have never been any problems until now. People who live nearby cannot believe someone would vandalize such a sacred place. "I think it's disgraceful. It has nothing to do with politically or what my party affiliation is but just to deface any property like that is...
  • Florida Church Defaced With Satanic Symbols

    05/13/2016 2:45:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Police are investigating acts of vandalism and subsequent threats levied against a Catholic church in Florida. According to reports, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Delray Beach, Florida was defaced Tuesday night by unknown vandals who spray painted satanic symbols and other imagery on multiple statues and the sides of church buildings. An office administrator, who first discovered the crimes Wednesday morning, asserts pentagrams and other "satanic" signs were painted on the walls. Additionally, three statues had black masks and capes spray painted on them. "It was awful to look at," the church employee,...