General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Evangelist Ray Comfort on Why He Never Leads People in "Sinners Prayer"

    09/30/2016 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 6, 2016 | JEANNIE LAW
    New Zealand-born evangelist Ray Comfort, who's best known for his street evangelism in which he asks people about God, the Bible, sin and salvation, explains why he never leads people in the "sinner's prayer." In Comfort's many taped evangelism videos he is rarely seen praying with those he encounters and has received many questions from believers who are curious about this particular omission. One commenter posed the question to Comfort on Facebook last Friday: "You often have them at the point of belief but then don't allow them, or encourage them, to confess. You do great work to get them...
  • Recognizing Satan’s Reality (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    09/30/2016 5:02:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Ligonier.Org | 9/30/2016
    I once asked a college philosophy class, “How many of you believe in God?” Out of thirty students, twenty-seven raised their hands in the affirmative; three abstained. Then I asked, “How many of you believe in Satan as a personal reality?” This time the vote was reversed. I pursued my inquiry. I asked, “Why do you believe in a supernatural being who has the capacity to influence us for good (God) and not in a supernatural personal being who has the capacity to influence us for evil (Satan)?” Their answers indicated that the Devil they were rejecting was what they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-16, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2016 9:17:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2016 Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked about in...
  • Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Catholics and Protestants Aiding Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda

    09/29/2016 9:03:18 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Shortened title. Full title: Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Progressive Catholics and Protestants Aiding George Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda An open letter signed by more than 75 of America’s evangelical and Catholic leaders calls upon politically progressive groups that claim to be members of a traditional “faith” to refuse financial assistance from leftwing billionaire political activist George Soros and his political allies. The group of leaders – which calls itself the American Association of Evangelicals – writes in its letter: After years of earnest but less public attempts, it is now with heavy hearts, and a hope for justice and restoration,...
  • Religious Men Who Prey on the Needy (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    09/29/2016 6:09:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” - Mark 12:38–40 Televangelist scandals have routinely made headlines for the past forty years or so. Many of these scandals have been sexual in nature, with preachers getting caught with prostitutes or found guilty of other kinds of sexual immorality. Other scandals, however, have been financial in nature. One televangelist...
  • Praying for Others

    09/29/2016 4:06:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). God wants you to look beyond your own problems and pray for the needs of others. The great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona, Madrid and other places, there were psychological clinics with large numbers of neurotics undergoing drug treatments and others attending regularly for psychoanalysis and such like. They had their personal problems, their worries, their anxieties, their...
  • Spiritual Gifts

    09/29/2016 4:06:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). God wants every Christian to understand spiritual gifts and use his or hers wisely. A spiritual gift is a channel through which the Holy Spirit ministers to the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:11). The day we were born again into God’s family, His Spirit distributed to us a spiritual gift. Therefore, having a spiritual gift does not mean a believer is “spiritual.” What we really must ask is, “Is the channel clear?” Hypothetically, someone could have all the recorded spiritual gifts...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-16, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2016 8:42:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2016 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • Knowing God

    09/28/2016 8:44:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). Your desire to know God should motivate you toward fervent prayer. Man's highest purpose is to know God. Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, "This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Of us He said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14). John...
  • A Healthy Church

    09/28/2016 8:44:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). God has given every believer certain gifts and functions to contribute to the health of the church and enable it to communicate the gospel to the world. God fervently desires to reach the whole world with the gospel’s truth (Acts 1:8). Therefore, the Holy Spirit has specially energized members of Christ’s Body, the church, to fulfill God’s great...
  • Confronting Satan’s Deception (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/28/2016 5:45:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/28/2016
    It is the nature of Satan to be deceptive. Scripture says he has been a liar from the beginning. His first appearance in Scripture comes under the guise of a serpent. The credentials of this malevolent creature are announced in his introduction: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Gen. 3:1). These words fall as a sudden intrusion into an otherwise glorious account of God’s majestic work of creation. With the words “Now the serpent,” the whole atmosphere of the biblical record changes dramatically. A sudden and ominous sense...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/27/2016 8:45:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2016 Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the sun, and it rises not;he seals...
  • Always Praying

    09/27/2016 11:57:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 85 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times" (Eph. 6:18). Make prayer an ongoing part of your day. As important as prayer is to your Christian life, you might expect Paul to list it as another piece of spiritual armor, but he doesn't. Instead, he makes it all-pervasive by instructing us to pray at all times. That's our spiritual lifeline—the air our spirits breathe. The effectiveness of each piece of armor is directly related to the quality of our prayers. We see the importance of prayer throughout the New Testament. Jesus instructed His disciples to be on the alert...
  • The Spirit Unveils the New Covenant

    09/27/2016 11:57:08 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:15-16). One of the most important truths the Holy Spirit unveils for us is the glory of the New Covenant. The Old Testament contains many veiled statements, types, prophecies, and parables. The Israelites didn’t understand most of those things because the Old Testament didn’t have plainness of speech. Its glory was veiled and was even described as fading away (2 Cor. 3:13-14). In contrast to the Old Covenant, the present New Covenant age is characterized...
  • "Understanding Gordon H. Clark", E Calvin Beisner

    09/27/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Branch of Hope Church ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | E Calvin Beisner
    E. Calvin Beisner, an interdisciplinary scholar specializing on the application of Biblical world view, theology, and ethics to economics, environmental stewardship, political philosophy, public policy, and apologetics, is founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. The Cornwall Alliance is a network of theologians, pastors, other ministry leaders, scientists, economists, other scholars, and policy experts committed to applying Biblical principles to the twin challenges of economic development for the very poor around the world and wise Earth stewardship.
  • Understanding the Nature of Corruption (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/27/2016 4:55:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/27/2016
    The technological explosion proliferates in geometric proportion. Yet the human spirit of corruption remains. We are still trying to be God. We still grasp for autonomy, refusing to have God rule over us. We now reach beyond the heights of an ancient ziggurat. We walk on the moon and call it a real step forward for mankind. We are indeed “enlightened.” No longer do students carry switchblades to school. They carry guns. Gangsters don’t use tommy guns. Machine-gun Kelly has become obsolete in the face of assault weapons and rocket launchers. The battering ram has yielded to the ICBM. Our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-16, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2016 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2016 Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had I slept,...
  • Going to the Root Cause (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/26/2016 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/26/2016
    The twentieth century was the start of the age of high technology. The technological advances of our age have eclipsed all previous generations. It was the nineteenth century that evoked an unprecedented spirit of human optimism. The Enlightenment concluded that man no longer needed the God-hypothesis to explain his origins and purpose. An optimistic humanism was born that promised a coming utopia. Education, science, and technology would produce the acme of evolutionary development. Peace would prevail and poverty, disease, crime, and war would be banished by the modern techniques of government, economics, and education. World War I temporarily burst the...
  • What's Missing from Mr. Trump's "Make America Great Again" Slogan

    09/26/2016 4:01:36 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 82 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/26/16
    What I find absolutely amazing today is how many Americans truly believe that one person can "make America great again" after years of our nation's war on and abandonment of moral absolutes. As many Americans know, "Make America Great Again" is Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan. This campaign slogan sounds great and has given a huge false hope to many Americans who want to return back to America's "less declining" pre-Obama years. However, I truly wonder how many of these Americans see the REALITY and three dimensional perspective of how impossible, unrecoverable and irreversible the fallout and damage inflicted on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-16, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2016 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said,“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”But Satan answered the LORD and said,“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have you not surrounded him...
  • Empty Cities Video - Moody Bible Institute

    09/25/2016 7:05:56 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    Moody Bible Institute ^ | 9/25/16 | Moody Institute of Science
    This is a great 30 min. video put out by Moody Bible Institute on the fallen cities and empires of the world. Could America be next?
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee?

    09/25/2016 6:37:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • The Need for Understanding

    09/25/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-25-16, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/24/2016 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2016 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the LORD the God of hosts:Woe to the complacent in Zion!Lying upon beds of ivory,stretched comfortably on their couches,they eat lambs taken from the flock,and calves from the stall!Improvising to the music of the harp,like David, they devise their own accompaniment.They drink wine from bowlsand anoint themselves with the best oils;yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph!Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile,and their wanton revelry shall be done away with. Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-16

    09/23/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 11:9—12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the...
  • The God of the Living (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/23/2016 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/23/2016
    “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong” (vv. 26–27). - Mark 12:25–27 Scripture affirms the afterlife and the resurrection of the dead (Dan. 12:2; Luke 16:19–31), but it does not give us many details about what resurrected life will be like. John says we will be like Christ, but...
  • Taking the Offensive

    09/23/2016 3:43:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory

    09/23/2016 3:43:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-16, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2016 7:59:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2016 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to be...
  • Dealing with Despair

    09/22/2016 3:56:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Your helmet of salvation protects you from discouragement and despair. We've seen how Satan attacks believers with his two-edged sword of doubt and discouragement. But he doesn't stop there. He tries to take you beyond discouragement to despair by robbing you of hope. Unless you're careful, his attacks will be successful when you're battle-weary. The prophet Elijah is an illustration of that truth. The highlight of his ministry came atop Mount Carmel, where he slew 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40). Yet immediately after that great victory, he fled for his life...
  • The Spirit and Adoption

    09/22/2016 3:55:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16). The Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts the reality of adoption into God’s family. In first-century Rome, people did not practice adoption exactly the same as they do today. A father sometimes adopted a young man outside the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-16

    09/21/2016 9:28:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What profit has man from all the laborwhich he toils at under the sun?One generation passes and another comes,but the world forever stays.The sun rises and the sun goes down;then it presses on to the place where it rises.Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.All rivers go to the sea,yet never does the sea become full.To the place where they go,the rivers keep on...
  • Conquering Doubt

    09/21/2016 6:54:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). The key to conquering doubt is to focus on the preserving power of God. Doubt comes to Christians in many ways. After you've sinned, your conscience might hiss at you, saying, "Surely you're not a Christian. Why would God save you anyway? You don't deserve His mercy. You're not good enough. How presumptuous to think God could ever use you!" Such doubts are common among Christians who focus on their performance rather than God's power. All too often we're quick to acknowledge God's power to save us but slow to understand His power...
  • The Spirit and Assurance

    09/21/2016 6:54:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us an assurance of salvation. Assurance of salvation is essential to our Christian lives, and I can’t imagine living without it. And we must have clarity about it from a truly biblical standpoint. This begins with realizing that a genuine believer is in the Spirit and has been given a new nature (see John 3:6). If the Holy...
  • Former Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, world's oldest Catholic bishop, dead at 104

    09/21/2016 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    nj.com ^ | 09.21.16 | Mark Mueller
    Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, considered one of the most progressive Roman Catholic bishops in America during his 12-year tenure as head of the Archdiocese of Newark, died Tuesday, the archdiocese confirmed. He was 104. Gerety, the world's oldest Catholic bishop, marked his 77th year as a priest and 50th year as a bishop in June. He spent his final years at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Totowa. "He made an enormous contribution because of his love of the poor and his deep interest in African American Catholics," said retired Cardinal...
  • When Disobedience Is Required (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/21/2016 5:00:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/21/2016
    “Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard’ ” (vv. 19–20). - Acts 4:1–22 From the earliest days of the church, Christians have stressed their duty to be good citizens and obedient to the state. Paul in Romans 13, for example, writes of the believer’s obligation to pay taxes and submit to the right exercise of governmental authority. The first-and second-century Christian apologists (defenders of the faith) such as Justin Martyr...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-21-16, FEAST, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    09/20/2016 7:58:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2016 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 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. But grace was given to each of...
  • What Your "Left" With

    09/20/2016 7:26:03 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/16
    My dear friends, when Americans outright reject Almighty God's Person, RIGHTEOUSNESS, people and moral absolutes for time and for a healthy society, we are "left" ONLY with Satan, the Left, tyrants, thugs, reprobates, immorality, tyranny and its horrific consequences, violence and their godless selves (Rom. 1:18-32). How much "peace" do you actually think that mindset and lawless drive will bring to our fallen and crumbling nation? The key to surviving today is to face the REALITY of our day and hour and to see things rightly from Almighty God's ETERNAL perspective! My dear friends, lose the optimistic delusion that we...
  • McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape

    09/20/2016 9:52:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    BreakingNewsFirstNY youtube ^ | Published on Aug 31, 2013 | BreakingNewsFirstNY
    McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape Associated Press: TOLEDO, Ohio — A security video from a McDonald's in Ohio shows a woman punching two restaurant employees and smashing a drive-thru window because she couldn't get Chicken McNuggets. The tantrum caught on tape in Toledo earlier this year shows the customer reaching through the drive-thru window, slugging one worker and then another. She then grabs a bottle out of her car and tosses it...
  • When the State Turns Beastly (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/20/2016 5:17:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/20/2016
    “It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them” (vv. 6–7). - Revelation 13 To understand our relationship as Christians to the state and our responsibilities to the governing authorities, we must take into account all of Scripture. Passages such as Romans 13 are essential, for they tell us our duties when the state is, for the most part, fulfilling its God-given vocation and not showing overt hostility to the church. Yet, as...
  • Repelling Discouragement and Doubt

    09/20/2016 3:47:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Discouragement and doubt are deflected when you know you’re secure in Christ. The Roman soldier's helmet was a crucial piece of armor designed to deflect blows to the head—especially the potentially lethal blow of a broadsword. Soldiers of that day carried a swift and precise dagger designed for close- quarter hand-to-hand combat. But they also carried a giant broadsword, which was a two-edged, three to four-foot long sword. It had a massive handle that, similar to a baseball bat, was held with both hands. With it they could take broad swipes from side...
  • Fulfilling God's Law

    09/20/2016 3:47:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we will be able to fulfill the demands of God’s law. Augustine once said, “Grace was given, in order that the law might be fulfilled.” When God saves us He, by His Spirit, creates within us the ability to obey His perfect law. Because we now live “according to the Spirit”—walking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit—we are able to do the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-20-16, M, Sts. Andres Kim Tae-gon & Paul Chong, Companions

    09/19/2016 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2016 Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste...
  • Another Kim Davis? Christian Government Worker Attempts to Skip LGBT Diversity Video

    09/19/2016 4:49:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 9/16/16 | Julia Duin
    Guess which topic posted on the Washington Post’s “Morning Mix” blog got 2,000 responses within 20 hours? Yep, it was about a government official who balked at having to watch an “LGBT diversity and inclusivity training” video at his workplace, who’s planning on losing his job over it and who has asked his fellow Christians to join him. Anyone who’s applied for any job recently –- particularly in academia – finds oneself having to check certain boxes. I’ve also had to include a statement pledging my troth to diversity, plus give examples the Muslim family I helped sponsor back in...
  • Experiencing Transformation (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/19/2016 6:13:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/19/2016
    We are all born with the same malady. Love for God and affection for Christ are not natural to us. Before we can love God, something must happen to us. Our hearts of stone must be changed into hearts of flesh, hearts that pulsate with new life and new affection for God. When one speaks of being “born again,”he is speaking of his change of heart. When God quickens us from spiritual death, when He regenerates us by His Holy Spirit, He does radical surgery on our hearts. He turns the stone into living tissue. To be converted is to...
  • Extinguishing Satan's Fiery Darts

    09/19/2016 3:45:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, [take] up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Don’t elevate Satan’s will above God’s will in your life. In Ephesians 6:13 Paul characterizes Satan as "the evil one" who attacks believers with flaming missiles. The Greek word translated "evil one" literally means "bad," "vile," or "wretched." All are apt descriptions of the archenemy of our souls, who seeks to maim and destroy us spiritually. The term "flaming missiles" pictures one of the Roman weapons of Paul's day: arrows that had...
  • Spirit-Filled Submission

    09/19/2016 3:45:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Spirit-filled believers will submit to one another. To the world, submission implies personal weakness or the coercive dominance of one person by another stronger, more intimidating individual. Such perspectives, however, are unbiblical. The noted expositor Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes submission’s original meaning in a military context, which helps us understand its scriptural definition: It is the picture of soldiers in a regiment, soldiers in a line under an officer . . . and if he [the soldier] begins to act on his own, and independently of the others, he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-16, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2016 9:19:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with the...
  • The Deeply Troubling Federal Report Targeting Religious Freedom

    09/18/2016 5:32:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/16/16 | Charles C. Haynes
    Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise” may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people. Appeals by religious individuals and groups for exemption from government laws and regulations that substantially burden religious practice are increasingly unpopular and controversial. So much so that many in the media have taken to using scare quotes, transforming religious freedom into “religious freedom.” Now the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appears to be recommending that we make it official:...
  • Trusting God

    09/18/2016 5:56:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Intense spiritual warfare calls for intense trust in God. An on-duty Roman soldier was always dressed for battle but didn't employ his shield, helmet, and sword until the fighting started. But we as Christians must be ready for battle at all times because our enemy is relentless. We can't afford to overlook a single piece of armor or slip into complacency or neglect. In that regard, Ephesians 6:16 says in effect, "Now...