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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-21-18, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/20/2018 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2018 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 53:10-11 The LORD was pleasedto crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin,he shall see his descendants in a long life,and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his afflictionhe shall see the light in fullnessof days;through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,and their guilt he shall bear. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.Upright is the word of the...
  • Gospel of Luke, Chapt. 16

    10/20/2018 7:06:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-18, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2018 11:37:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2018 Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time 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 holy ones,and what is...
  • If Jesus is truly your Lord and Savior, don't worship Satan

    10/19/2018 8:33:25 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 97 replies
    10/19/2018 | Patriot777
    If the title looks plain idiotic, it's not. On October 31, many who identify as being believers in Christ Jesus will actually do just that. Their church may have a spooky "trunk or treat" or festival, or a costume contest and they'll take their kids to it. This year the costumes will be even more horrific than the last, but it's all in fun. No. If you or your church participate in the celebration of Satan's day, you are in league with the Evil One and are not truly a Child of the Living God--Jesus. Get yourself and your family...
  • Gospel of Luke, Chapt. 15

    10/19/2018 6:36:49 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his...
  • Abp. Vigano: Homosexuality Has Become a Plague in the Clergy

    10/19/2018 8:49:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://www.lepantoinstitute.org ^ | Octtober 19, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano released another communique regarding the ongoing homosexual scandal in the Church and the Vatican’s continued failure to combat it. Abp. Vigano properly identifies the current crisis in the Church as the “plague of homosexuality in the clergy.” Abp. Vigano said in his latest public address, “This is a crisis due to the plague of homosexuality, in those who practice it, in its motions, in its resistance to being corrected.” Abp. Vigano also addressed the criticisms he received from Cdl. Oulette after his last public statement indicated that Cdl. Oulette could confirm Abp. Vigano’s testimony that then...
  • Gaining True Wisdom

    10/19/2018 5:54:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 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

    10/19/2018 5:53:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 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...
  • Taking Your Faith to the Marketplace (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    10/19/2018 5:27:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/19/2018
    I have seen extraordinary examples of laypeople who have taken their faith to the marketplace in the form of ministry. Charles Colson went from the White House to prison. When he was released from prison, he was not released from ministry. Indeed, from his experience grew a vision to minister to prison inmates in the name of Christ, a ministry that now reaches tens of thousands of people in virtually every country. Wayne Alderson, a layman, put his faith to work in the violent arena of labor-management relations. He has taken that ministry around this nation ministering to people in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-18, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests

    10/18/2018 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2018 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs 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...
  • Gospel of Luke, Chapt. 14

    10/18/2018 6:28:35 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and...
  • Anthony Burgess and Free Will

    10/18/2018 1:02:14 PM PDT · by donaldo · 22 replies
    “The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” Malcolm Muggeridge
  • God's Transforming Word

    10/18/2018 7:16:43 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 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?

    10/18/2018 7:16:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | 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...
  • Being Christ to Your Neighbor (Protestant Evangelical Devotional)

    10/18/2018 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/18/2018
    Being Christ to Your Neighbor The book of Acts records a curious phenomenon: “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria… . Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (8:1, 4, NIV). It is clear that all of the believers, save the apostolic leaders, were scattered. Those who were scattered (the whole church) went about preaching the Word. Christians must participate in the ministry of the church, and every Christian must endeavor “to be Christ to his neighbor.” To be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-18, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2018 10:00:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2018 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...
  • A Psalm of Sufficiency

    10/17/2018 8:12:18 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. "They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Thy servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. "Who can discern his...
  • Yielding to God

    10/17/2018 8:11:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:12-14). Believers are to yield themselves to God, not to sin. Three key words in Romans 6 define the believer’s relationship to sin: “know” (vv. 3, 6, 9), “consider”...
  • Quenching Satan’s Darts (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    10/17/2018 5:21:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/17/2018
    Satan is powerful. He is more powerful than we are. That is why we desperately need the armor of God. But as powerful as he is, he is far less powerful than God. That is why the Bible declares that greater is He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) than he who is in the world (Satan) (1 John 4:4). Satan’s darts are quenchable; God’s are not. You can flee the presence of Satan; you cannot flee the presence of God. We must be wary of Satan’s right and left fists. He is a kick-boxer as well. Just when...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-18, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2018 10:46:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2018 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr 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...