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  • January 20 - Satan Tests Jesus’ Ultimate Allegiance

    01/20/2019 4:13:57 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain” (Matthew 4:8). Satan’s final temptation was a last-ditch effort to corrupt and derail Christ and His saving mission. The greatest of all adversaries sought to complete a sinister bargain in which extremely attractive and enticing possessions were offered to Jesus in exchange for His subservience to Satan. The location (“a very high mountain”) where Satan took Jesus no doubt allowed them to have a comprehensive view of the earth for hundreds of miles in every direction. But their vantage point was clearly spiritual and supernatural as well. They would have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-20-19, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/19/2019 9:20:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 01-20-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you "Forsaken, " or your land "Desolate,...
  • Jude Chapt. 1

    01/19/2019 7:41:49 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning...
  • January 19 - Why Jesus Rejected Sensationalism

    01/19/2019 4:46:06 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”’” (Matthew 4:7). The Lord Jesus had two good reasons for not participating in a worldly spectacle such as jumping from the temple roof. First, such sensationalism is captive to the laws of diminishing returns. To generate and hold people’s allegiance to Him merely by stunning signs, Jesus would have needed to produce greater and greater signs. People would never have been satisfied and would always have demanded just one more miracle, one additional showy event. Real faith would not have been certain;...
  • Just got back from Santiago de Compestela's Portico of Glory

    01/19/2019 2:53:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Myself ^ | Jan. 19, 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    We just returned from a visit to the city of Santiago de Compestela where we went to see the newly reopened Portico of Glory at the Cathedral. We stayed at the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, which is a treasure in its own right and steps away from the cathedral so we could easily take the first tour of the morning.There is good news and bad news about the Portico. The bad news is that you can no longer walk into it. It has been sealed off from the rest of the cathedral so other restoration work will not damage it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-19

    01/18/2019 11:11:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-19-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19 2019 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not...
  • January 18 - Don’t Count on Sensationalism

    01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command His angels concerning You”’” (Matthew 4:6). Throughout history, sensationalism has often appealed to average people who are looking for dramatic events that titillate the senses and pander to fleshly curiosity. Toward the end of His ministry Jesus warned, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). Even when signs are from God, they usually do not bring unbelievers to faith, but only confirm the faith of...
  • Is Saving the Earth More Important than Saving Souls? (10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity)

    01/18/2019 5:58:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | January 2, 2019 | Michael J. Kruger
    Here is the next thread in this series. I will be posing them in descending order, starting with #10. If you would like to be on or off of this ping list please let me know! ____________________________________________________________ _________________ Over the past year, I have slowly worked my way through my series on “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.” It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley. We finally come to the tenth and last “commandment” of progressive Christianity and this one is a...
  • The Hidden Messiah

    01/18/2019 5:42:04 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/18/2019
    “[Jesus] strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.” - Matthew 16:20 Judah fell to the Babylonians in 586 BC, and from that moment on, the Jewish people longed for the day when they would be returned to their land and have a son of David ruling as king over them once more. God encouraged them in this hope, revealing to the prophets that He would restore the monarchy and set His people over the nations (Amos 9:11–15; Micah 4). Although the Jews returned to their land in 538 BC as the result of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-19

    01/17/2019 9:05:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-18-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18 2019 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened. For we who believed enter into that rest, just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter into my rest,"...
  • 3 John Chapt. 1

    01/17/2019 7:42:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if...
  • The Death And Resurrection Of Lazarus

    01/17/2019 4:09:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Sermon Central ^ | March 27, 2006 | Rev. Jeff Simms
    Primary Purpose: To understand that Jesus has the power to raise us from the dead as he did Lazarus. We now come to one of the most amazing chapters in the gospel of John. It is one of the greatest miracles that Jesus ever did in his earthly ministry. It is also a foreshadowing of what he will do one day not only for Lazarus, but for all who believe in his name. Jesus reveals himself to the people as the “resurrection and the life”. We will divide this chapter into four sections. Then I want to go back and...
  • January 17 - Jesus Refuses to Test God

    01/17/2019 12:58:29 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple” (Matthew 4:5). In confronting our Lord Jesus Christ, Satan persisted in trying to undermine or destroy the Son’s relationship to His Father. This time he goaded Jesus with this statement: “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down.” To fortify his challenge and make it more plausible, the adversary— with a subtle and clever twist—quoted Scripture: “For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You...
  • James MacDonald on ‘indefinite sabbatical’ from Harvest amid renewed criticism

    01/17/2019 10:14:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    RNS ^ | 1/16/2019 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    CHICAGO (RNS) — Pastor James MacDonald will take an “indefinite sabbatical from all preaching and leadership” at Harvest Bible Chapel, the influential Chicago-area megachurch he founded more than 30 years ago, as the church seeks to address continued criticism alleging a culture of intimidation and little accountability for its leadership. The move comes a week after Harvest dropped a defamation lawsuit against two bloggers, their wives and a freelance reporter, following a court ruling that documents subpoenaed in the case could be made public. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), Harvest Bible Chapel’s governing elders announced on the Harvest website a “peacemaking...
  • Comprehending the Decretive Will of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    01/17/2019 6:09:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/17/2019
    God’s decretive will is sometimes described as the sovereign, efficacious will by which God brings to pass whatever He pleases by His divine decree. An example of this may be seen in God’s work of creation. When God said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), He issued a divine imperative. He exercised His sovereign, efficacious will. When He did so, it was impossible for the light not to appear. It appeared by the sheer necessity of consequence. The decretive will can have no other effect, no other consequence than what God sovereignly commands. He did not request the light to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-19, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2019 10:35:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-17-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17 2019 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says: Oh, that today you would hear his voice, "Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion in the day of testing in the desert, where your ancestors tested and tried me and saw my works for forty years. Because of this I was provoked with that generation and I said, 'They have always been of erring heart, and they do not know my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter into my rest.'" Take care, brothers and sisters, that none...
  • January 16 - Trust in God Transcends the Temporal

    01/16/2019 3:49:21 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). James, the Lord’s earthly half-brother, reminds us that this life is very temporary and uncertain—it is not even guaranteed that we will have an earthly future. James’s practical letter teaches us: “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also...
  • New Series: The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity

    01/16/2019 11:52:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    canon foder ^ | 4/9/2018 | Michael J. Kruger
    In 1923, J. Gresham Machen, then professor at Princeton Seminary, wrote the book, Christianity and Liberalism. The book was a response to the rise of liberalism in the mainline denominations of his own day. In short, Machen argued that the liberal understanding of Christianity was, in fact, not just a variant version of the faith, nor did it represent simply a different denominational perspective, but was an entirely different religion altogether. Put simply, liberal Christianity is not Christianity. So insightful is Machen’s volume, that it should be required reading certainly for all seminary students, pastors, and Christian leaders. What is...
  • Defining God’s Will (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    01/16/2019 5:03:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/16/2019
    “It is the will of God.” How easily these words fall from the lips or flow from the pen. How difficult it is to penetrate exactly what they mean. Few concepts in theology generate more confusion than the will of God. One problem we face is rooted in the multifaceted way in which the term will functions in biblical expressions. The Bible uses the expression “the will of God” in various ways. We encounter two different Greek words in the New Testament (boule and thelema), both of which are capable of several nuances. They encompass such ideas as the counsel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-19

    01/15/2019 10:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 01-16-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16 2019 Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and Flesh, Jesus likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to...