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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/21/2014 2:02:14 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 11/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Press Through Today's Scripture Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Mark, chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through her town. Something deep on the inside said to her, This is your season. This is your time to get well. In the natural, when she saw all the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 21, 2014]

    11/21/2014 2:00:28 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “It is Finished!” " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4 " The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of...
  • The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

    11/21/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    What is it that solves the problem of our sins? A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the lawthrough faith in Jesus Christ (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as the center of the whole Bible. Martin Lloyd Jones called it the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture. Leon Morris said it is possibly the most important single paragraph ever written. As I mentioned in a prior post here, I have been teaching a weekly Bible study on the book of Romans to women in the Charlotte community. For the last several months,...
  • Why I Quit Devotionals

    11/21/2014 11:35:30 AM PST · by xzins · 27 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jessica LaGrone
    I have a confession to make. Im done doing devotionals. It started a few years ago. I showed up for an appointment and learned I would have to wait for about 45 minutes. I headed to my car to find something to do during the wait (this must have been before smart phones, because now none of us ever wonder what to do with 45 minutes). I found a Bible in my car, so I brought it inside. I thought: Great, Ill take this time to do my devotional for the day. Then I realized I couldnt. First of all,...
  • Pastor Joel Osteen to Oprah: "I Can't Be A Big Blessing To People If I'm Poor & Broke"

    11/21/2014 10:33:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 76 replies ^ | Jan 09, 2012 | Greg Hengler
    I don't know where or how to begin, so since Townhall is a secular website with many Christian viewers, I will simply post a couple pieces of scripture--one for each comment, although there are multiple choice Bible verses contrasting what Osteen personally believes: OSTEEN: "I don't know who would say that you're not supposed to, you know, leave your children better than they were before." GOD: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother'--which is the first commandment with a promise--'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy...
  • Liberal Christianity Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs

    11/21/2014 5:24:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Churchs conflict with non-Christian religions is to be expected. Israels monotheistic faith was in direct confrontation with the many gods of Babylon and Egypt. Christians were confronted with the many altars to the gods of the Greco-Roman Empire. Interfaith was not on the cards. This situation clearly reflected the fundamental differences between the many forms of Oneist paganism in which everything is God, and Twoist biblical faith, in which God is the separate Creator and everything else is creation. In one case everything is one and the same; in the other, God and creation are radically different. There is,...
  • Who Do You Say That I Am.....not every Jesus is the real Jesus.

    11/21/2014 5:21:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    Who Do You Say That I Am? The question is doubly crucial in our day because not every Jesus is the real Jesus. ______________________________________________ Theres Hippie Jesus who teaches everyone to give peace a chance, imagine a world without religion, and helps us remember all you need is love. Theres Yuppie Jesus who encourages us to reach our full potential, reach for the stars, and buy a boat. Theres Spirituality Jesus who hates religion, churches, pastors, priests, and doctrine; he wants us to find the god within and listening to ambiguously spiritual musical. The greatness of God is most clearly...
  • Heaven's Illegal Immigration Policy

    11/21/2014 5:04:26 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    On the eve of Obama's decree we stand at the threshold of entering a new day here in America where - with a swipe of the pen - millions of illegal aliens will be made legal and invade this nation with a heart that withstands our constitutional republic, English language, Judeo/Christian heritage and rule of moral laws. Does this sound harsh to you do-gooders of lawlessness out there? Think again my friends, this act has absolutely nothing to do with helping children or individuals but only seeks to further destroy America, divide Americans and to incite law abiding American citizens...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-14, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2014 9:39:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 11-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
     November 21, 2014Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/20/2014 5:06:34 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ignore the Critics Today's Scripture When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him. (Acts 11:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, Stretch forth your hand, and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didnt like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him for doing it on the Sabbath, the day of rest. No matter what you do, some people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2014]

    11/20/2014 5:02:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God " In Him we havethe forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7 " Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through...
  • Hugh Hewitt Argues Against the Afterlife and God's Reward

    11/20/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 64 replies
    Dennis Prager Radio Show | 11-20-14 | Self
    Hugh Hewitt Argues Against the Afterlife and God's Reward Hugh Hewitt, Salem Radio host and establishment GOP par exellance (famous for being a Romney acolyte and biographer) was just on the Dennis Prager show arguing that a person's morality is unaffected by their belief or non-belief in the after life or Heaven or Hell. Prager, Jewish and a fellow Salem host, argued the opposite. I didn't recognize Hugh's voice and at first thought it was a liberal caller sparring with Dennis, saying that whether or not one believes in the after life has no bearing in whether they act in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-14

    11/20/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies ^ | 11-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine...
  • Throw Back Thursday: Reactions to the 60 Minutes Joel Osteen Piece

    11/20/2014 6:27:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Internet Monk ^ | 14 October 2007
    The mentality that thinks in terms of marketing Jesus inevitably moves toward progressive distortion of him; the pursuit of the next emotional round of experience easily degenerates into an intoxicating substitute for the spirituality of the Word. There is non-negotiable, biblical, intellectual content to be proclaimed. By all means insist that this content be heralded with conviction and compassion; by all means seek the unction of the Spirit; by all means try to think through how to cast this content in ways that engage the modern secularist. But when all the footnotes are in place, my point remains the same:...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/19/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be Still and Know Today's Scripture He says, Be still, and know that I am God... (Psalm 46:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. Theres nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, its easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 19, 2014]

    11/19/2014 2:08:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “When He Has Come” " When He has come, He will convict the world of sin… —John 16:8 " Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every bit of his conscience that God would not dare to forgive him. If...
  • Marrying His Wife's Sister [Jewish/Noachide Caucus]

    11/19/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/13/'14 | Raphael Grunfeld
    Being married to two wives is biblically permitted but rabinically prohibited in Ashkenazi circles since the prohibition of Rabbeinu Gershom in the tenth century. Even under biblical law however, a man may not be married to two wives who are sisters. Neither may a man divorce his wife and marry her sister. Such a marriage belongs to the category of arayot, carries the punishment of karet, and is ineffective. The only situation in which a man may marry his wifes sister is after his wife is no longer alive. Yibum, levirate marriage, cannot be entered into with a woman whose...
  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 5:02:53 AM PST · by Gamecock · 156 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.18.14 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    VATICAN CITY Weve all received gifts we cant use or frankly just dont like. They get stuffed away in a back closet or sold. Some are eventually re-gifted to unsuspecting relatives or friends. But if you are the pope, getting rid of unwanted gifts is not as easy as that, what with the Spartan living conditions and protocol and all. So Pope Francis has found a way to turn the generosity of others into good luck for a few. Starting this week, the Vatican is raffling off tickets for a chance to win unwanted papal gifts that Francis doesnt...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-14

    11/18/2014 10:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | 11-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2014Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • Catholic Diocese Offers Plan to Settle Abuse Claim

    11/18/2014 4:05:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | AMY BETH HANSON
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/18/2014 3:57:05 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 11/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Like a Flood Today's Scripture ...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by life. You get a bad report, unexpected news, or someone you trusted wrongs you. What does God do? He doesnt sit back and think, Too bad. Sorry your life is so difficult. No, when the enemy comes in like a flood, God raises up a barrier. In other words, that injustice, that bad break, that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 18, 2014]

    11/18/2014 3:55:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Winning into Freedom " If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36 " If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I can’t”; it simply soaks up everything around it. Our spirit hungers for more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God, but sin, our own individuality, and wrong thinking keep us from getting to Him. God delivers us...
  • Pope Francis's defense of doctrine sends the Associated Press spinning

    11/18/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    A colleague offers the following capsule summary of Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield's latest report on Pope Francis, in which the pontiff's defense of traditional church teaching seems to baffle the Vatican correspondent: Francis is a RADICAL no, no, sorry about thathe is now a conservative who sounds just like Benedict -- NO, WAIT -- he really is a liberal at heart, but he is being FORCED by those evil, evil right-wing conservatives to cave--he is at WAR with his own CDF chief (you know, the one he re-confirmed -- but never mind) -- AT WAR, I TELL YOU!...
  • "A Shepherd Look at Psalm 23" (excerpts)

    11/18/2014 11:09:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    1970 | Phillip W. Keller
    1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely...
  • 11 Quotes that Explode the Spirit of Vatican II

    11/18/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by millegan · 16 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    [O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. [...] By the proclamation of the Gospel [the Church] gives [non-Christians] the dispositions necessary for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error and of idols and incorporates them in Christ Sound like something from the superstitious medieval Church? Actually, its a quote from the Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, 16-17; promulgated in 1964).
  • If the Bible was being put together today by the various churches, what would happen? (vanity)

    11/18/2014 8:58:57 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    There isn't much more to this thread than that question. I'll just add that the question came to mind while I was reading the comments on some of the threads about the differences between evangelical and Catholic beliefs, and the recent Catholic synod came to mind, as well as signs of rebellion on homosexuality that are cropping up more than ever.
  • From Jesuit to Jesus

    11/18/2014 5:19:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 83 replies
    I began my Catholic journey in a little country town in northern California in the U.S.A. The town was so small that we did not have Mass every Sunday, but a priest used to come once a month if he possibly could to hold Mass in a big public hall. I have both an older and a younger brother. My father had been trained at the University of Santa Clara. As a result, my parents thought it would be a good idea for us to attend a Catholic boarding school. The Jesuits ran the school and I was a student...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,11-18-14, OM,Ded. St.Peter& St.Paul Basilicas,St. Rose Duchesne

    11/17/2014 9:18:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 11-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 3:1-6, 14-22 I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: “‘The one who has the seven spirits of Godand the seven stars says this: “I know your works,that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.If you are not...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/17/2014 3:48:49 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Each Day is a Gift Today's Scripture Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. The little things try to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesnt go your way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause you to lose focus if you let it. We have to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 17, 2014]

    11/17/2014 3:46:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Eternal Goal " By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing…I will bless you… —Genesis 22:16-17 " Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.My goal is God Himself… At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.“At any cost…by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks to His own nature in me. Prompt obedience is the only result....
  • From Bondage to Freedom (From Rome to Christianity)

    11/17/2014 5:56:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 144 replies
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3). I never even considered salvation in Christ because I did not even know about it. Suicide, not salvation, was my way out. It was the Lords desire that I be saved before I was born! What a blessing! Ephesians 1:4 says that each believer was chosen before the foundation of the world, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame...
  • "Brokenness," from The Calvary Road (Roy Hession)

    11/16/2014 8:08:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    We want to be very simple in this matter of Revival. Revival is just the life of the Lord Jesus poured into human hearts. Jesus is always victorious. In heaven they are praising Him all the time for His victory. Whatever may be our experience of failure and barren-ness, He is never defeated. His power is boundless. And we, on our part, have only to get into a right relationship with Him, and we shall see His power being demonstrated in our hearts and lives and service, and victorious life will fill us and overflow through us to others. And...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-14, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2014 7:58:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 11-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2014Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious    Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,to show his servants what must happen soon.He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,who gives witness to the word of Godand to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.Blessed is the one who reads aloudand blessed are those who listen to this prophetic messageand heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 16, 2014]

    11/16/2014 1:42:02 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Still Human! " …whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It’s one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-16-14, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/15/2014 7:45:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies ^ | 11-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2014Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.She puts her hands to the distaff,and her fingers ply the spindle.She reaches out her hands to the poor,and extends her arms to the needy.Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Give her a reward for her labors,and let her...
  • John Harper's Last Convert

    11/15/2014 6:56:34 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    Moody Media ^ | 2012 | Erwin W. Lutzer
    When I became pastor of The Moody Church in 1980, I knew one of the church rooms was named Harper Hall in memory of the Scottish evangelist who was on a journey to The Moody Church but drowned when the Titanic sank in April 1912. Only recently, however, did I learn the full story of this remarkable man. Harpers reputation as an evangelist was so well known that he was invited to speak at The Moody Church in 1910. I have in my possession a photocopy of a letter, in his own handwriting, which reads, I have been in Chicago...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 15, 2014]

    11/15/2014 2:52:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “What Is That to You?” " Peter…said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "…what is that to you? You follow Me." —John 21:21-22 " One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your hand right in front of God’s...
  • Barack Obama's Mere Christianity (Osteen's too)

    11/15/2014 6:09:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 08, 2014 | John Nantz
    Is Barack Obama a Christian? Well, if you're inclined to agree with Joel Osteen the answer is, apparently, yes. However, if you feel that language has meaning apart from pop culture colloquialisms, you may arrive at a different conclusion. The word Christian was first coined by the pagans at Antioch (Acts 11:26; 26:28). At its inception, the word was a descriptor, a word that denoted an objective set of facts about a person. To call someone a Christian, until fairly recently, meant that the person possessed a firm conviction regarding a defined set of doctrines. A Christian is, fundamentally, one...
  • "The Joseph Company," from David Wilkerson's Revival on Broadway

    11/15/2014 12:01:05 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    Follows a Ruth Bell Graham poem and blog editor's note... Is Your Greatest Trial God's Word to You? I know of one Bible scholar who has discovered more than a hundred ways in which Joseph was a type of Jesus Christ. Yet, as much as I believe Joseph was a type of Christ, I also believe He was a type of last-day remnant--a people whom God is raising up right now to show His church how to break out of its spiritual famine. Let me show you the Joseph Company--a small body of last-day believers wholly given to the Lord....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-14, OM, St. Albert the Great, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    11/14/2014 8:56:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 11-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2014Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who...
  • Pope Francis selects Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 195 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Patti Smith is to play this year's Vatican Christmas Concert in Rome next month. The punk singer will perform live at the Italian city's Auditorium Conciliazione on December 13 following a personal invitation from Pope Francis, according to The International Business Times. The entire event is set to be broadcast live on TV. Smith's booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as "blasphemous", following the singer's 1975 song 'Gloria', which famously featured the lines: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine". The singer met Pope Francis at St. Peter's...
  • HRC: A formidable force for LGBT cause

    11/14/2014 5:49:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | November 14, 2014 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Human Rights Campaign brings a notable track record of helping change public opinion on homosexuality. Now it has set its sights on persuading Baptists and other Mississippians that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity. The country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization unveiled its "All God's Children" public relations campaign Nov. 10. The drive to increase public and legislative support for LGBT rights is focused on faith in a state Gallup pollsters found early this year to be the most religious in the country. "We want to successfully engage a majority of Mississippians...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/14/2014 3:34:56 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Fix Your Gaze Today's Scripture Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. (Proverbs 4:25, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past? In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and heart on,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 14, 2014]

    11/14/2014 3:32:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Discovering Divine Design " As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27 " We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in the...
  • Islamic State Leader Targets Rome

    11/14/2014 3:10:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    In an audio message released on November 13, a man identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, pledged that his group will continue its conquests and vowed to bring jihad to Rome. The crusaders missiles will not stop our advance on Rome, al-Baghdadi promised. He urged Muslims: Make the volcanoes of jihad erupt everywhere. The mention of crusaders missiles was evidently a reference to reports that al-Baghdadi had been killed or at least seriously wounded by an American cruise-missile strike. The message from the Islamic State appeared designed to belie those reports.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-14

    11/13/2014 8:56:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 11-14-14- | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2014Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9 [Chosen Lady:]I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truthjust as we were commanded by the Father.But now, Lady, I ask you,not as though I were writing a new commandmentbut the one we have had from the beginning:let us love one another.For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world,those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ...
  • Bible's Most Popular Verse Is 'Be Anxious For Nothing', Says Amazon

    11/13/2014 7:11:25 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/9/14 | Stephanie Samuel
    opular portion of the Bible is a verse urging readers not to be anxious, according to data released from online book seller Amazon. The online retailer recently released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books. Amazon's most popular books include The Hunger Games, The Harry Potter Series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Bible. It found that the commonly highlighted portion of the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7. In the verses, the apostle Paul admonished the church, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to...
  • Pope Francis to build showers for homeless in St. Peters Square

    11/13/2014 4:56:45 PM PST · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor and upend the expectations of the papacy Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peters Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along the marble columns leading into the historic basilica, which was completed in 1626. The Vaticans deputy spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said Thursday (Nov. 13) that the project was a joint initiative of the pope and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner who distributes...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/13/2014 4:10:46 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/13/14 | Joel Osteen
    Flourish Like a Palm Tree Today's Scripture The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree... (Psalm 92:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that its almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. Whats interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger. See, the reason God said wed flourish like a palm tree is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 13, 2014]

    11/13/2014 4:08:40 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Faith or Experience? " …the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. —Galatians 2:20 " We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before the...