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  • Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up?

    10/30/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-28-14 | Jesse Broadt
    Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up? October 28, 2014 Joel Osteen, Pastor of the biggest congregation in America, Lakewood Church, appears to be an Obama fan, despite the fact that Obama's agenda goes against everything true Christians believe. Those of us who are intelligent and observant were not really surprised, as we have known for a long time that Osteen's “I'm okay, you're okay” milk toast sermons are far from Bible-based and do not reflect in any way the beliefs of his father, John Osteen, who started Lakewood Church and preached the uncompromising message of Christ for multiple...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-30-14

    10/29/2014 8:30:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 30, 2014Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firmagainst the tactics of the Devil.For our struggle is not with flesh and bloodbut with the principalities, with the powers,with the world rulers of this present darkness,with the evil spirits in the heavens.Therefore, put on the armor of God,that you may be able to resist on the evil dayand, having done everything, to hold your ground.So stand fast...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/29/2014 3:47:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 14 replies
    Email ^ | 10/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Love Gives Today's Scripture “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever thought about how love affects giving? Someone once said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Love prompts us to give of ourselves, our time, abilities and resources. The Bible tells us that God is love, and the world will know that we are His followers by the love we show. Giving is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 29, 2014]

    10/29/2014 3:45:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Substitution " He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him —2 Corinthians 5:21 " The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy for us. Yet the New Testament view is that He took our sin on Himself not because of sympathy, but because of His identification with us. He was “made. . . to be sin. . . .” Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the only explanation for His...
  • Pope Francis: Judas was a sinner, but no worse than anyone elseelse

    10/29/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    The Washinton Post ^ | October 29 2014 | Josephine Mckenna
    Pope Francis says Judas Iscariot was not the only sinner among the Twelve Apostles but he was the one who “closed himself to love.” In a homily during his morning Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday (Oct. 28), the pope spoke of the universality of sin while encouraging the faithful to fully immerse themselves in the Catholic Church and not simply stand on the threshold of their faith. Francis has referred to the role of Judas several times since becoming pope in 2013. In May last year, he said that Judas had stood apart “in his solitude” and his selfishness...
  • Why Christians Should Love Halloween

    10/29/2014 8:59:37 AM PDT · by millegan · 44 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Frank Weathers says he’s done apologizing for Halloween. I’m way ahead of him. I never started. Halloween is a great holiday! I think it’s ridiculous that so many people think they’re pious for boycotting what should be a wonderful spiritual and evangelical opportunity. Plus, a lot of fun. Here’s what I love about Halloween:
  • 'Thank you, heavenly Father': Faith, Alzheimer's and my husband Glen Campbell

    10/29/2014 5:56:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Kim Campbell
    My husband, Glen Campbell, has stage 6 Alzheimer’s disease. Seven months ago, at the recommendation of his doctors, we placed him in a memory care facility close to our home in Nashville. It’s a community that’s designed specifically for the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They have all kinds of therapies and activities that stimulate parts of the brain affected by the illness. It’s a safe and secure environment where he receives around-the-clock care. It’s been good for him. He just seems more at peace there than he was at home, where he became increasingly agitated and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-29-14

    10/28/2014 9:03:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 29, 2014Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.Honor your father and mother.This is the first commandment with a promise,that it may go well with youand that you may have a long life on earth.Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,not only when being watched, as currying favor,but as slaves of Christ, doing...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/28/2014 5:16:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies
    Email ^ | 10/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Overcome with Good Today's Scripture “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you are going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t always easy; in fact, it’s almost never easy. It takes a lot of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 28, 2014]

    10/28/2014 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Justification by Faith " If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life —Romans 5:10 " I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with...
  • “God is not a magician, with a magic wand”: Pope Francis schools creationists (Salon)

    10/28/2014 3:19:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 191 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/28/14 | Sarah Gray
    In an exciting declaration, Pope Francis I stated that God should not seen as a “magician with a magic wand,” while unveiling a statue of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pope Francis also stated that evolution and the Big Bang theory are both true and not incompatible with the church’s views on the origins of the universe and life. “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said, according to the...
  • Duck Dynasty Father and Son Release ‘Faith and Family Bible’

    10/28/2014 2:44:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) -- Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his eldest son Alan Robertson, both of whom are Christian ministers, released The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible today, which is a New King James Version of the Bible complete with testimonials, selected indexes on Jesus’s life, weekly readings, and devotional commentary from both men throughout the book.While noting the joys of duck hunting, family, and Miss Kay’s cooking in the study Bible’s introduction, Phil and Al Robertson say that “what really gets us fired up – what’s the foundation of our daily lives and all that we do – is...
  • Winsome, Beautiful, Gracious … Rejected And Despised

    10/28/2014 2:16:38 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 21, 2014 | Joseph Franks
    Consider the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ and his disciples: Mark 5:1–15 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and...
  • Pope urges activists to struggle against 'structural causes' of poverty

    10/28/2014 1:34:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Pope Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the "structural causes" of poverty and inequality, with a "revolutionary" program drawn from the Gospels. "The poor no longer wait, they seek to be protagonists, they organize, study, work, demand and, above all, practice that special solidarity that exists among those who suffer, among the poor," the pope said Tuesday to a Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Popular Movements. The pope said solidarity entails struggling "against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and shelter, the denial of social and labor rights," and confronting...
  • Poehler to Create New Church-Centered Sit-Com for NBC

    10/28/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 28 replies
    mrc NewsBusters ^ | October 28, 2014 | Tianna DiMartino
    Oh good. A Hollywood liberal is doing a sitcom about a church. What could go wrong? With NBC’s popular comedic sit-com “Parks and Recreation” heading into its seventh and final season, lead actress Amy Poehler’s next project is one conservative Christians probably won’t welcome. Deadline Hollywood broke the news October 17 that Poehler and “Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar are re-teaming together to co-write a new series for NBC. The currently untitled new series will be centered around “a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community.”...
  • Want Something Creepy? Step Inside Europe’s “Bone Churches”

    10/28/2014 8:34:22 AM PDT · by millegan · 29 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic looks very normal on the outside... (see pics at the link)
  • The State of Theology

    10/28/2014 6:31:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/28/2014 | RC Sproul
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed “Pride and Faith” during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. “As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,”...
  • Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site

    10/27/2014 9:58:07 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/matthew-archbold/ ^ | October 26, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    A website opposing the candidacy of Mark Miloscia, a pro-life Catholic, may just be the most vehemently anti-Catholic political attack you've seen this election season. Thus far, it's uncertain who created the site, but it's certainly from those opposing the Republican state senate candidate Interestingly, Miloscia switched from Democrat to Republican precisely because he felt that religious people were no longer welcome in the Democrat party. It appears to be growing increasingly difficult to argue with that. We're getting to the point where this can hardly be called surprising. Radical Muslims are slaughtering Christians in many parts of the globe...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-28-14. FEAST, Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

    10/27/2014 8:50:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 28, 2014 Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles   Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held togetherand grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;in him you also are being built togetherinto a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 R. (5a) Their message goes out through all the earth.The heavens declare...
  • In my Place

    10/27/2014 4:43:21 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 8 replies
    Key Life ^ | October 27, 2014 | Steve Brown
    The truth that is built into the very nature of the universe is one of sacrifice. You will find it in every culture and in every nation and among every people. The principle is this: Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). The Bible takes this cultural understanding and applies it to the reality of Christ: “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). In other words, for some reason (and nobody knows why), God prepared the entire world for the understanding of the substitutionary atonement of Christ—on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/27/2014 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 10/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    Good Medicine Today's Scripture “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Throughout life, there will always be something that will try to take our joy. If it’s not a grumpy sales person, it’s a family member aggravating you, traffic is backed up, your flight is delayed, or your spouse is taking too long. Don’t go the next 20 years allowing the same people and the same circumstances to frustrate you. Change your approach. What’s upsetting you now doesn’t have to upset you anymore....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 27, 2014]

    10/27/2014 3:40:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Method of Missions " Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . —Matthew 28:19 " Jesus Christ did not say, “Go and save souls” (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but He said, “Go . . . make disciples of all the nations . . . .” Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples returned from their first mission, they were filled with joy because even the demons were subject to them. But Jesus said, in effect, “Don’t rejoice in successful service— the...
  • 5 (Secular) Reasons Not to Live Together Before Marriage

    10/27/2014 1:18:28 PM PDT · by millegan · 20 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    One interesting aspect of undergoing a dramatic conversion as an adult is that it’s given me the opportunity to be deeply immersed in two rather different cultures. Up until my mid-20s, I was very much a part of post-Christian secular culture. Then my husband and I changed our religious beliefs, and though we’re still in touch with many of our old friends, we’ve increasingly found ourselves in social circles where most people are religious. In general, there are plenty of similarities between our old and new groups of friends. Both consist of smart, nice folks who are curious about the...
  • Carol Costello's Envy and Hatred of Sarah Palin

    10/26/2014 7:16:05 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/26/14
    Friday, Rush Limbaugh, "America's REAL anchorman", commented on the nasty and godless Carol Costello's comments as she rejoiced with great glee over the abuse of Bristol Palin and the media coverage of late, which was a direct shot at the Palin family. Maybe Costello's envy and hatred for Mrs. Palin is because she sees in Sarah someone that she could NEVER be. When I heard Costello's comments about Sarah and her family I personally went through the roof! Sarah Palin and her family are beloved by conservatives and I took this attack very personal. Oh how these godless and lawless...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-27-14

    10/26/2014 6:59:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 27, 2014Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 4:32-5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 26, 2014]

    10/26/2014 1:50:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What is a Missionary? " Jesus said to them again, ’. . . As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’ —John 20:21 " A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition...
  • How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Choice Movement

    10/26/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    I was sitting on a bean bag in my dorm room when I got the call. It was a friend of mine — let’s call her “Sara” — and she was sobbing so hard it took me a moment to know who it was. Finally, she pulled herself together enough to speak. With a voice that sounded as weary as if she had aged 100 years since the last time we talked, she said, “I’m pregnant.” My heart sunk on her behalf. I was completely pro-choice and didn’t find the idea of abortion to be troubling, but I knew that...
  • Which Versus Did the NIV Delete

    Which Bible verses did the NIV delete? WHOLE Bible verses deleted in the NIV The following WHOLE verses have been removed in the NIV--whether in the text or footnotes.. here is but an example but there is over 40 IN ALL!!! The NIV also is a collaberator with the JWB or Jehovah's Witness "Bible". Matthew 12:47 -- removed in the footnotes Matthew 17:21 -- COMPLETELY removed [also deleted from the Jehovah's Witness "Bible"]. What are you NIV readers missing? KJV: "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 18:11 -- COMPLETELY removed [also deleted from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-26-14, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/25/2014 7:54:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 26, 2014Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ex 22:20-26 Thus says the LORD:"You shall not molest or oppress an alien,for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. "If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people,you shall not act like an extortioner...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 25, 2014]

    10/25/2014 3:34:43 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Submitting to God’s Purpose " I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some —1 Corinthians 9:22 " A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we...
  • Amazing Story: The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by millegan · 5 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead

    10/25/2014 9:19:13 AM PDT · by millegan · 424 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I’ll call him Fr. John. He was a charismatic Anglo Catholic priest. A friend of my brother Daryl’s we’ll call Henry died suddenly in a plane crash and he was upset because although Henry was a believer he was away from God when he died. So Fr. John said, “We have to have a requiem Mass for Henry.” They went into church and locked the door for privacy’s sake. Another priest we’ll call Fr. George celebrated the Mass. Henry was about twenty years old. He was just over five foot tall with a shock of blonde hair and a wide...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-14

    10/24/2014 8:20:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/24/2014 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    With Your Whole Heart Today's Scripture “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...” (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2014]

    10/24/2014 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 2:14 " The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • Ordinary: The New Radical

    10/24/2014 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 6 replies
    Key Life ^ | October 24, 2014 | Michael Horton
    Radical. Epic. Revolutionary. Transformative. Ultimate. Extreme. Emergent. Alternative. Next. Impactful. On The Edge. Beyond. Awesome. Legendary. Innovative. Breakthrough. Everything has to have an exclamation point to catch our attention these days. For many of us, the worst word in our vocabulary is “ordinary.” Who wants a bumper sticker that announces to the neighborhood, “My child is an ordinary student at Bubbling Brook Elementary”? Who wants to be an ordinary person in an ordinary town, a member of an ordinary church with ordinary friends and callings? Our life has to count. We have to leave our mark, a legacy, make a...
  • America’s Spiritual Founding Father

    10/24/2014 11:13:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Patheos - Evangelical ^ | October 23, 2014 | johnturner
    In time for the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Whitefield (pronounced Whit-field), my co-blogger Thomas Kidd has just published a biography of the man he terms America’s Spiritual Founding Father. [Yale University Press identifies October 28 as the book's release date, but it is already shipping].portrait-of-george-whitefield.jpg!Blog Kidd’s George Whitefield is an eminently readable and informative book. It begins with a simple yet critical argument: “George Whitefield was the key figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity.” Wesley started what became a major denomination. Edwards made far more serious and sustained theological contributions. Whitefield, though, tied...
  • Love Makes All the Difference

    10/24/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Approximately 92% of mothers who learn they are carrying children with Down’s Syndrome abort their child. The Daily Mail has an article by a deeply evil woman who bemoans the fact that she didn’t have that option: Questions I couldn’t answer raced through my mind: Had I caused his disability? How terrible would his life be? What impact would it have on his brother Andrew, then only two? How on earth would Roy and I cope? That was the day normal life ended for Roy, Andrew and me. Perhaps you’d expect me to say that, over time, I grew to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-14, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2014 8:13:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2014Friday 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, 5-6...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/23/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Greater Than the Past Today's Scripture "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the LORD Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace…" (Haggai 2:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! The scripture...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2014]

    10/23/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new —2 Corinthians 5:17 " Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of...
  • Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese

    10/23/2014 3:20:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 64 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/23/2015 | Nick Squires
    A Catholic church representative is to probe the 'black sheep' diocese of Albenga-Imperia for alleged sexual harassment of parishioners and involvement in pornography A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis. The bishop himself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but is reported to have been overly-charitable in recruiting “black sheep” priests with distinctly chequered pasts, including trainee priests expelled from seminaries for misconduct. They include a priest who was found guilty of organising...
  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    10/23/2014 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 170 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | Oct-23-2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. "It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor," the pope said Oct. 23 in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law. All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of...
  • Hillsong: We haven't shifted at all.

    10/23/2014 6:58:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/20/2014 | Andrew Walker
    In light of new comments from Hillsong’s head pastor, Brian Houston, I wanted to add some additional thoughts to the critical comments I made on Friday. On Saturday, the Christian Post reported the following statement from Brian Houston: I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference. Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-14, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2014 9:13:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2014Thursday 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...
  • California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

    10/22/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/14 | Cheryl Sullenger |
    To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. “Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/22/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Know Who You Are Today's Scripture "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12: 17-18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2014]

    10/22/2014 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit " The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . . —Romans 8:16 " We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot...
  • Swiss Guard’s Vatican cookbook promises feast fit for a pope

    10/22/2014 2:35:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 October 2014 | Lizzy Davies
    Pope Francis is known to enjoy a spot of cooking and used to make a mean paella when archbishop of Buenos Aires. Now some culinary inspiration has come from within the Vatican and, should the pontiff ever find himself yearning for a new dish, he could do worse than have a word with one of his Swiss Guards. “It is known that Cardinal Bergoglio liked cooking himself. Hopefully he would like our suggestions,” writes Geisser in Buon Appetito, which is currently only available in German. “A soldier can only fight and wage war when he has eaten well, and enough,”...