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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Church's Fear of 'Civil Rights' Prosecution Justified, Iowa Court Says

    10/21/2016 4:37:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 17, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A church’s lawsuit may go forward because it reasonably feared that Iowa’s strict anti-discrimination law would create legal penalties for its preaching and for having single-sex bathrooms and showers, an Iowa court has ruled. “The government acts outside of its authority when it attempts to control churches,” said Steve O’Ban, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “Neither the commission nor any state law has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning sexuality.” O’Ban represented Fort Des...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2016 6:44:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps. 19:8). Obedience to the Word is the hallmark of a true believer. It isn't popular these days to speak of God's Word as a book of commandments. Commands imply law and we're accustomed to grace. But the fact is, both the Old and New Testaments contain many commandments that all God's people are to obey. The apostle John said, "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep...
  • Paying Sin's Price

    10/21/2016 6:43:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we could not pay. In the scientific realm there are universal laws, such as the law of gravity. These laws are built into the creation by its all-wise Creator and keep it functioning normally. Just as God has made inexorable laws to govern the physical dimension, so also has He decreed universal spiritual principles. The most significant of those spiritual laws is that...
  • Fostering Fear of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/21/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/21/2016
    I recently heard a young Christian remark, “I have no fear of dying.” When I heard this comment I thought to myself, “I wish I could say that.” I am not afraid of death. I believe that death for the Christian is a glorious transition to heaven. I am not afraid of going to heaven. It’s the process that frightens me. I don’t know by what means I will die. It may be via a process of suffering, and that frightens me. I know that even this shouldn’t frighten me. There are lots of things that frighten me that I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-16

    10/20/2016 7:40:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab,...
  • Patriarch Kirill Urges All Countries to Unite in Sacred War on Terrorism

    10/20/2016 7:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/16
    London, October 18, Interfax - The war on terrorism is a sacred war, and must be a common cause of all countries, not just Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told a press conference at London's Luton Airport after his visit to the United Kingdom. "I regret that my words were misread. I never spoke about a sacred war in Syria, I spoke about a sacred war on terrorism. I think very many victims of terrorism in Europe could subscribe to these words. Suffice to recall all that happened comparatively recently in France, in Belgium," the patriarch said,...
  • Living a Joyous Life

    10/20/2016 4:48:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" (Ps. 19:8). Knowing your life is on the right track is a source of great joy. What brings you joy? Your answer will reveal much about your priorities and the direction your life is heading spiritually. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed [happy] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he...
  • Serving a New Master

    10/20/2016 4:48:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Romans 6:19). You must live consistent with your new nature. It is a truism that in the spiritual realm, no one stands still. Sin leads to more sin, while holy living leads to further righteousness. All unbelievers are slaves of sin and have no choice but to sin; yielding to sin comes naturally to them. They are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-16, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2016 9:12:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Gaining True Wisdom

    10/19/2016 2:56:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Ps. 19:7). God’s Word imparts wisdom and knowledge beyond the realm of mere human understanding. David's characterization of God's Word as "the testimony of the Lord" (Ps. 19:7) speaks of its role as God's witness to who He is and what He requires of us. In addition, it's a "sure" witness. That means it's unwavering, immovable, unmistakable, reliable, and trustworthy. Peter made the same point when, after recounting his incredible experience with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Pet. 1:16-18), he said, "but we have a testimony more...
  • Slaves of Righteousness

    10/19/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). True freedom comes from being a servant of Jesus Christ. I once knew a man who, though intellectually convinced that the gospel was true, balked at committing his life to Jesus Christ. When I asked him why, he replied, “Because I don’t want to give up my freedom.” He understood clearly that genuine saving faith requires submission to Christ’s...
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility – prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Anticipating the Day of the Lord (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/19/2016 5:04:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/19/2016
    In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the day of the “visitation of God.” It was seen sometimes as a day of great comfort and rejoicing, and at other times as a day of great distress and judgment. At the birth of Jesus, God visited the earth. This visitation is celebrated in the Spirit-inspired hymn of Zacharias, in which he twice makes mention of God’s divine visitation (Luke 1:68–69, 78). The New Testament calls Jesus the “Bishop of our souls.” He is the Bishop Incarnate. His visit to this world has changed the course of history. The initial visit...
  • God's Transforming Word

    10/18/2016 7:39:23 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul" (Ps. 19:7). God can transform you through His Word into the person He wants you to be. Many today doubt the power of Scripture in dealing with the deeper aspects of the human heart and mind. The Bible may be helpful for certain superficial or "spiritual" problems, they say, but it's too simplistic and inadequate for the more complex psychological issues of modern man. The truth is, however, the best psychology can do is modify external behavior. It cannot redeem and transform the soul. Only God can do that through...
  • Liberty or License?

    10/18/2016 7:38:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16). Freedom from sin does not mean freedom to sin. From Paul’s day until now, the gospel of grace has been accused of providing license to sin. If salvation is the gift of God’s grace, legalists argue, wholly apart from human works, what will motivate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-16, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Martyrs

    10/18/2016 7:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 10-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2016 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in...
  • Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics

    10/18/2016 3:08:25 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 228 replies
    The Federalist ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2016 | G. Shane Morris
    Evangelicals Didn’t Even Study for This Test ...this year, LifeWay used more stringent criteria for evangelical faith, as defined by some group called the National Association of Evangelicals. Only participants who called the Bible their highest authority, said personal evangelism is important, and indicated that trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way of salvation, were labeled “evangelical.” They totaled 586 survey-takers. Everyone expected them to perform better than most Americans. No one expected them to perform worse. Seven in ten evangelicals—more than the population at large—said that Jesus was the first being God created. Fifty-six percent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-16, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2016 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • Memorial Marking Where Moses Saw Promised Land Reopens in Jordan

    10/17/2016 5:44:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 10/17/16 | Dale Gavlak
    MOUNT NEBO, Jordan (CNS) -- The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened its doors to the public amid festivities, after nearly a decade of restoration. Believed by ancient tradition to be the site where Moses saw the Promised Land and died, a church and monastery are perched atop this 3,300-foot rugged mountain facing the northern end of the Dead Sea. It has drawn Christian pilgrims throughout the centuries and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage, tourist, and archaeological sites in Jordan and the Holy Land. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the special envoy of Pope Francis and prefect...
  • Perfect Minded

    10/17/2016 11:49:15 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    ICR "Days of Praise" ^ | October 14, 2016 | Henry M. Morris III
    Daily Meditation:"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." (Philippians 3:15-16) Earlier, Paul had noted that he was not "already perfect" (Philippians 3:12), using a form of the Greek verb teleioo. In today’s verse, Paul uses the adjective form teleios. Although the root of the word is the same, this particular usage is significant. In verse 12, the Holy Spirit inspires Paul...
  • Jesus’ Anointing in Bethany (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/17/2016 5:00:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 70/17/2016
    “Truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (v. 9). - Mark 14:3–9 Bethany, which was located just outside of Jerusalem, served as a home base of sorts for Jesus and the disciples during the final days of His earthly ministry (Mark 11:1; see Matt. 21:17). There in Bethany, not long before our Savior went to the cross, one of the most familiar episodes in the Gospels occurred when Jesus was anointed with perfume. We turn to this story in today’s passage. Mark...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-16, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2016 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 10-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-16-16, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/15/2016 9:09:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies ^ | 10-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2016 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13 In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,“Pick out certain men,and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hillwith the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him:he engaged Amalek in battleafter Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,Israel had the better of the fight,but when he let his hands rest,Amalek had the...
  • Trusting God's Word

    10/15/2016 5:56:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect. . . . The commandment of the Lord is pure. . . . The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:7-9). God’s Word is infallible. Infallibility refers to the truth of Scripture as a whole, whereas inerrancy focuses on the accuracy of every single word. Like inerrancy, infallibility is grounded in the character of God. God cannot lie and does not change (1 Sam. 15:29). He is thoroughly consistent in everything He does, and His Word reflects those characteristics. The psalmist wrote, "The sum of Thy word is...
  • Dead with Christ

    10/15/2016 5:56:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God” (Romans 6:8-10). God frees us from sin through the death of His Son. As a good teacher, the apostle Paul understood that important truths bear repeating. Thus in today’s passage he repeats and expands on the important truth he presented...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-15-16, M, St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor/Church

    10/14/2016 9:03:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 15, 2016 Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Eph 1:15-23 Brothers and sisters:Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesusand of your love for all the holy ones,I do not cease giving thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers,that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelationresulting in knowledge of him.May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,what are the riches of gloryin his inheritance among the...
  • Contemplating Our Destiny (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/14/2016 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/14/2016
    John the Revelator’s vision provides a glorious picture of what will be in heaven. There will be a high wall with twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates. The wall will have twelve foundations. The gates will be named for the twelve tribes of Israel and the foundations for the twelve apostles. The city will be foursquare, with walls of jasper. The walls’ foundations will be adorned with precious gemstones. The gates will be pearls. The city itself will be made of pure gold and the streets will be paved with transparent gold. These images of breathtaking beauty and...
  • Rallying Around the Word

    10/14/2016 3:45:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Every word of God is tested [pure, flawless]" (Prov. 30:5). God’s Word is without error. Inerrancy is a term that conveys the belief that the original writings of Scripture are wholly true in everything they teach— whether doctrine, history, science, geography, geology, or any other discipline or knowledge. It also applies to accurate copies of those original writings. Inerrancy is an unpopular concept with some people because they believe it isn't really important. But consider the implications. No Christian would deny that our relationship to Jesus Christ is of utmost importance. How can we know Him except as He is...
  • Free from Sin

    10/14/2016 3:44:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin” (Romans 6:6-7). Having died with Christ, believers are no longer under sin’s control. Years ago a book with the amusing title “It Ain’t Gonna Reign No More” appeared. Though humorous, that title aptly summarizes the believer’s relationship to sin. Christians still commit sins but are no longer under sin’s dominion. When we were united with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:5), “our...
  • Post your favorite KJV Bible verses.

    10/14/2016 12:48:33 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 113 replies
    KJV Bible
    You may have one you may have many, the more the merrier!If there was any a time in the history of these United States, where the preserved word of God, is sorely needed, it is in these days. This thread is not intended to be a place where all the KJV critics come to debate on why they don't believe Almighty God can preserve his word, (If you don't believe God can preserve His own word for all eternity, then how can you possible believe He can preserve your soul for all eternity?) instead this thread is intended to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-14-16, OM, St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

    10/13/2016 8:49:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 14, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory. Responsorial...
  • From the Mouth of God

    10/13/2016 6:51:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God’s Word is inspired. Second Timothy 3:16 speaks of the inspiration of Scripture. "Inspired" is the translation of a Greek word that literally means "God-breathed." Every word of Scripture is from the mouth of God. Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn't...
  • Alive in Christ

    10/13/2016 6:50:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Union with Christ means participation in His death, burial, and resurrection. Believers are united with Christ not only in His life, but also in His death. When believers come to faith in Christ, they symbolically share in His death, dying to sin in order to live to God (Rom. 6:10-11). That reality has profound implications. Having died to the old life of...
  • Examining the Clues (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/13/2016 5:54:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/13/2016
    John’s vision in Revelation gives us some clues about what heaven is like. Heaven is charged with the absence of things that are conspicuously present in our earthly environment. What is absent? Some of the missing things include tears, death, sorrow, and pain: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4, NIV). Certain types of people will also be absent. No unbelievers, abominable and sexually immoral people, murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, or liars will live in that place....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-16

    10/12/2016 10:02:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 1:1-10 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,to the holy ones who are in Ephesusand faithful in Christ Jesus:grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in Christwith every spiritual blessing in the heavens,as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,to be holy and without blemish before him.In love he destined us for adoption to himself through...
  • Modern-Day Revelations

    10/12/2016 7:42:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 77 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3, emphasis added). Scripture contains everything you need to know for godly living. For many years I've watched with deep concern as a significant number of Christians have drifted from a thoughtful, biblical, God- centered theology to one that is increasingly mystical, non- biblical, and man-centered. One of the most disturbing indicators of this trend is the proliferation of extrabiblical revelations that certain people are claiming to receive directly from God. Such claims are alarming because they dilute the uniqueness and centrality of the Bible...
  • Baptized into Christ

    10/12/2016 7:41:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3). Believers are united with Christ. A person who believes Christians are free to continue sinning betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of what a Christian is. Christians are not merely guilty sinners declared righteous by God because Christ has satisfied the demands of God’s righteousness on their behalf. That truth, which theologians call justification, is indeed an essential one. But there is much more to salvation than justification. Believers are also placed into union with Jesus Christ....
  • Unraveling the Mystery (Protestant and Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/12/2016 5:22:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/12/2016
    The place we will occupy in the future will be similar to places we occupy now, but there will also be differences. The heavenly place will be a place of manifest glory. Our bodies will have continuity with our present bodies. There will also be discontinuity. Our new bodies are shrouded in mystery—we see through the glass darkly. Yet we receive hints about our glorified bodies by comparisons with Jesus, as well as by His words that we will be “like the angels” (Matt. 22:30). Paul gives further hints: After discussing various kinds of bodies we experience on this planet,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-16

    10/11/2016 8:24:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 12, 2016 Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gal 5:18-25 Brothers and sisters:If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are obvious:immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.I warn you, as I warned you before,that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, generosity,faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.Against such there is no law.Now those who belong to...
  • Muslims converting to Christianity in Saudi Arabia, despite intense persecution

    10/11/2016 11:21:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 31 May 2016 | Carey Lodge
    Forced to live in secret, Christians in Saudi Arabia are being supported in their faith online. Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia, where the legal system is based on Sharia law. Courts regularly impose severe physical punishments, including the death penalty, for apostasy, and non-Muslim places of worship are prohibited. According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Saudi Arabia "remains uniquely repressive in the extent to which it restricts the public expression of any religion other than Islam". The government prosecutes, imprisons and flogs individuals for dissent, apostasy, blasphemy and sorcery, and imposes "systematic,...
  • 5 Ways Persecution in Iran Has Backfired

    10/11/2016 10:41:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 10/11/2016 | David Yeghnazar
    The Bible is full of stories reminding us that, whatever the opposition, God is always victorious. It’s the story of Joseph before Potiphar’s wife, of Moses before Pharaoh, of Daniel before the lions, of Esther before King Ahasuerus, of Peter and John before the Council. Supremely, it’s the story of the Lord Jesus, who was crucified and rose for our salvation. It’s also the story of the Iranian church in my lifetime. When I was a child, persecution threatened to wipe it out. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest-growing evangelical church in the world today—and it’s affecting...
  • God's Self-Disclosure

    10/11/2016 6:52:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). Scripture is the storehouse of divine revelation. For decades liberal theologians have misrepresented the Bible as merely a collection of man's religious thoughts and aspirations. But Scripture is much more than that. It is in fact divine revelation—God's self disclosure through His Spirit to the human authors. Man could never know God's identity, attributes, perspectives, or commands if God hadn't revealed them to him. Nor could man know...
  • Dead to Sin

    10/11/2016 6:51:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:2). In Christ, believers are dead to sin. As a pastor, I frequently encounter people who profess to be believers, yet are living in all kinds of vile sins. The incongruity of people claiming to be believers while living in constant, unrepentant sin was not lost on the apostle Paul. In Romans 6:1 he asked the rhetorical question, “Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” In verse 2 he answered his own question by exclaiming “May it never be!”—the strongest, most emphatic negation in the...
  • False Signs and Wonders (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/11/2016 5:59:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/11/2016
    “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.” - Mark 13:21–23 False prophets and teachers present the greatest threat to the church of Jesus Christ. External enemies who brazenly attack God’s people are easy to identify, and their threat is simpler to discern and resist. Internal enemies, however, are not dealt with so easily. Wolves can go...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-11-16, OM, St. John XXIII, Pope

    10/10/2016 10:29:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-11-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 11, 2016 Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gal 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters:For freedom Christ set us free;so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling youthat if you have yourselves circumcised,Christ will be of no benefit to you.Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcisedthat he is bound to observe the entire law.You are separated from Christ,you who are trying to be justified by law;you have fallen from grace.For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of...
  • My only Trump Column...(I hope)

    I have a lot of friends and readers who are baffled by what they consider to be the misguided “evangelical Christian support” for Donald Trump in America.It doesn’t make sense, especially in the light of the recent appalling locker room comments , revealed by Trump’s enemies(and by God, for there is nothing hidden that won’t be brought to light and nothing secret that won’t be shouted from the housetops!) . It just doesn’t make sense that although Trump is so manifestly immoral, Evangelicals would stick by him, even when the ‘brave’ leadership of the Republican party runs for the tall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-10-16

    10/09/2016 9:35:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 10, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1 Brothers and sisters:It is written that Abraham had two sons,one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman.The son of the slave woman was born naturally,the son of the freeborn through a promise.Now this is an allegory.These women represent two covenants.One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery;this is Hagar.But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother.For it is written:Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children;break forth and shout, you who were not in...

    10/09/2016 2:26:13 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 49 replies
    October 9, 2016 | Vanity
    Lord Jesus: I ask that You would uncover and reveal all lies, trickery and falsehood involved with the debate format tonight. One of the other names for the Holy Spirit and therefore You, is "the Revealer of Secrets"... O Lord, please reveal things that the American people ALL NEED TO KNOW tonight in order to vote with full wisdom and understanding! Please have mercy on us, Lord God, we are a sinful people undeserving of Your blessings in and of ourselves, but because of Your sacrifice on the Cross, we boldly come to You to ask You for help in...
  • Hillsong United Sows a Harvest With its Concert Film

    10/09/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 9, 2016 | JP
    A “flop.” That’s how Australian web site disparaged “Let Hope Rise,” the concert documentary featuring Hillsong United, which debuted three weeks ago here in the United States. As of this past Friday, the film has earned $2.3 million. That’s little more than a tenth the sum earned over the same span by, say, “Blair Witch,” as Hillsong’s detractors would no doubt point out. But the success of “Let Hope Rise” cannot be measured by the standards of Mammon, the god worshiped by the secular world, but by the Great Commission the risen Christ issued to his followers: “Go into...