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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • The Meaning of Matzo - Unleavened Bread in the Bible

    04/28/2016 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Lera · 10 replies
    One for Israel ^ | 27 April 2016
    PMThe Passover meal marks beginning of the week-long "Feast of Unleavened Bread". Israel was commanded to eat unleavened bread, matzo bread with no yeast (hametz) in it, for a whole week. So Jewish people in Israel have been crunching their way through multiple square sheets of matzo bread and looking wistfully at the closed bakery sections for a while now. But what does it mean? The most obvious answer is a reminder of the swift exodus from Egypt, when there was no time for the bread to rise. But there is one small problem with that explanation... Timely instructions God...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Sanctification

    04/28/2016 10:06:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    ďDo not be deceived: ĎBad company corrupts good morals.í Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shameĒ (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Trusting in the fact of Christís resurrection and looking forward to our own rising from the dead ought to stimulate us toward sanctification. Like any essential teaching of Scripture, the doctrine of the Resurrection can be studied and discussed from an academic standpoint only. When that happens, we usually acquire a factual understanding of the topic and perhaps some appreciation of how the doctrine supports our faithóbut...
  • Three Kinds of Persecution

    04/28/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander. Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. "Persecuted" (Matt. 5:10) and "persecute" (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root meaning "to pursue" or "chase away." Over time it came to mean...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant&Evangelical devotional/Caucus)

    04/28/2016 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/28/2016
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desireóto abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 [Daily Mass Readings,04-28-16]

    04/27/2016 9:51:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,ďMy brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • ELCA Leader Says Jesus was "Intersex"

    04/27/2016 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Clint Schnekloth is an ELCA pastor, author, writer and speaker who is well-known within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He controls at least two ELCA Facebook pages which reach thousands of people, and he wields a great deal of power and influence by dictating who is allowed to post and what kind of comments will be allowed on his ELCA pages. Not only does he have the respect of fellow ELCA leaders and members because of that power, but Pastor Schnekloth's influence reaches much farther. He ď...write(s) content for a worship resource published by Augsburg Fortress. It's called Sundays...
  • The Worship of Angels? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus&Devotional)

    04/27/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/27/2016
    ďWhen I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, ĎYou must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship Godí Ē (vv. 8bĖ9). - Revelation 22:8-9 Continuing our study of what the Bible says about angels, we need to look briefly at an interesting encounter between Joshua and ďthe commander of the army of the LORDĒ (Josh. 5:13Ė15). This commander visited Joshua just before...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Service

    04/27/2016 5:47:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    ďIf from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we dieĒ (1 Corinthians 15:32). The truth of the Resurrection is an incentive for believers to persevere in service for Jesus Christ. Certainly Paulís statement in todayís verse is an extraordinary one, but it reiterates that the truth of Christís resurrection and the hope of believersí resurrection are definite incentives for Christian service. It allows us to look more closely at what motivated Christians like Paul, and how we also should...
  • Are You Avoiding Persecution?

    04/27/2016 5:46:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). If you donít experience persecution, people probably donít know youíre a Christian. I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. "We got along just fine," he said. "They never found out I'm a Christian." Silence is one way to avoid persecution....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-16

    04/26/2016 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,ďUnless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.ĒBecause there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • The Big Bang Blows Atheism Sky High: Even Science May Eventually Catch Up to Godís Word

    04/26/2016 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 26, 2016 | J. Matt Barber
    They say there are no atheists in the foxhole. Even fewer when death is certain. None once the final curtain falls. Godís Word declares, ďThe fool hath said in his heart Ďthere is no God'Ē (Psalm 14). For three decades, until his death in 1953, Josef Stalin was the mass-murdering atheist dictator of Soviet Russia. He was also a fool. In his 1994 book, ďCan Man Live Without God,Ē famed Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recounts a story he heard firsthand from British Journalist Malcomb Muggeridge ďthat stirred [him] then and still does even yet.Ē Muggeridge had collaborated with Svetlana Stalin,...
  • Reflections on ďAmoris LaetitiaĒ {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    04/25/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | April 23, 2016 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The perennial discipline of the Catholic Church on the admissibility to Holy Communion of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living in adulterous, or irregular, second unions was succinctly spelled out by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: ď[T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-26-16

    04/25/2016 8:23:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2016 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Mother Sees Jesus on the Cross in her Unborn Babyís Ultrasound Photo

    04/25/2016 10:14:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Expecting moms are seeing amazing images of their unborn babies via sonogram these days. Sonogram images have captured unborn babies sucking their thumbs, waving their hands, smiling and much more. But when an Evansville, Indiana mom shared her babyís sonogram photo at her baby shower recently, a friend noticed something interesting Ė what looks like an image of Jesus on the cross. The Christian Post reports Aley Meyer did not notice the image on her babyís sonogram until a friend pointed it out to her. But when she did see it, the image gave her hope. ďIíve been on a...
  • Cosmic Treason (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    04/25/2016 5:10:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Cosmic Treason ^ | R.C. Sproul
    ďThe sinfulness of sinĒ sounds like a vacuous redundancy that adds no information to the subject under discussion. However, the necessity of speaking of the sinfulness of sin has been thrust upon us by a culture and even a church that has diminished the significance of sin itself. Sin is communicated in our day in terms of making mistakes or of making poor choices. When I take an examination or a spelling test, if I make a mistake, I miss a particular word. It is one thing to make a mistake. It is another to look at my neighborís paper...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-16, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2016 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2016 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • 2 Angels Visited This Dying Man And His Testimony Is Amazing!

    04/24/2016 4:21:12 PM PDT · by Baynative · 26 replies
    multiple ^ | 4/8/16 | Courtney Cash
    Courtney writes on Facebook: Meet Roger Barrett. This gentleman is a patient of mine who just started coming to our office this weekÖlittle did I know this man would change my life. Mr. Barrett was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2009 and was told that he could receive treatment but if the cancer spread outside the bladder there wasnít much the doctors could do. Well, as months went on and the doctor visits and follow ups continued, Mr. Barrettís cancer began to get worse. ~snip~ A few months later it was the month of December and every year Mr. Barrett...
  • The Resurrection: A Belief That Matters

    04/24/2016 10:04:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďHow do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?Ē (1 Corinthians 15:12). Without the truth of bodily resurrection, the Christian faith would not make sense. Even though Paul and the other apostles made the resurrection of Christ and His followers from the dead a central part of the gospel message, some new Gentile converts (the Corinthians especially) had difficulty accepting the idea of bodily resurrection. That struggle resulted mainly from the effects of Greek dualism, which viewed the spiritual as inherently good and the physical as inherently bad. Under that belief, a physical resurrection was...
  • Christ Is Our Peace

    04/24/2016 10:02:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Christís atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God. After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That's a sad commentary on man's inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C. has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war! It hasn't always been that way. Prior to the Fall of man peace reigned...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-24-16, Fifth Sunday of Easter

    04/23/2016 7:30:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2016 Fifth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good newsto that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,ďIt is necessary for us to undergo many hardshipsto enter the kingdom of God.ĒThey appointed elders for them in each church and,with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lordin whom they had put their faith.Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.After proclaiming the word at Perga they...
  • Civil Rights Commission Blasts 'So-Called Religious Libertyí Laws

    04/23/2016 5:51:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A federal government agency has blasted ďrecent state laws passed, and proposals being considered, under the guise of so-called Ďreligious libertyí which target members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (ĎLGBTí) community for discrimination.Ē ďReligious freedom is an important foundation of our nation,Ē said Martin Castro, chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights. ďHowever, in the past, Ďreligious libertyí has been used to block racial integration and anti-discrimination laws.Ē Castro added: The North Carolina and Mississippi laws, and similar legislation proposed in other states, perverts the meaning of religious liberty and perpetuates homophobia, transphobia, marginalizes the transgender and...
  • A Special Testimony

    04/23/2016 4:51:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďAnd last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me alsoĒ (1 Corinthians 15:8). The resurrection power of Christ transformed Paul into a preacher of the gospel. Throughout history, reliable eyewitness testimony about a person or event has been one of the most accepted forms of courtroom evidence. The apostle Paul appeals to the eyewitness record as an important confirmation of the Resurrectionís reality. He cites the examples of Peter, the apostles (twice), 500 believers, and James (1 Cor. 15:5-7). And with todayís verse, Paul presents himself as a special eyewitness to the fact of...
  • Hindrances to Peace

    04/23/2016 4:50:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Sin and falsehood hinder true peace. Just as righteousness and truth are the noble companions of peace, so sin and falsehood are its great hindrances. The prophet Jeremiah said, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately [evil]; who can understand it?" (Jer. 17:9). Jesus said, "Out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-16, OM, St. George, St. Adalbert, Bishop - Martyrs

    04/22/2016 9:07:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2016 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52 On the following sabbathalmost the whole citygathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,ďIt was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,but since you reject itand condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,I have made you a light to the Gentiles,that you...
  • Michael Voris reveals he was freed from homosexual lifestyle by Jesus Christ

    04/22/2016 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    - Catholic internet evangelist Michael Voris, the founder of Church Militant and known worldwide for his famous show The Vortex, ďwhere lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed,Ē has revealed for the first time that he was actively involved in homosexuality ďover a prolonged period of time.Ē The internet sensation who has been zealous in exposing error and falsehood even where bishops are concerned, has long admitted he was a revert from a sinful sexual lifestyle, but never before revealed its specific nature. ďI have said many times ó in public ó that I was in a state of mortal...
  • Baalism's Suicidal Nature Worship and Sexual Decadence (Earth Day)

    04/22/2016 9:14:17 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/22/16 | Mark Musser
    Much of ancient Israelís plight, well documented throughout the Old Testament, was its insatiable thirst for pagan nature worship. This of course was in direct violation of the first two commandments of the Mosaic Law which commanded Israel not to worship any other false god or idol (Exodus 20:3-4). The reason why Israel was forbidden to worship other gods, the natural created order, and idols, was given in Genesis. Genesis 1 presents to the reader an ultimate Creator who made the universe out of nothing through His omnipotent spoken word, and then climaxed the creation process with the making of...
  • Steveís Devotional - So What?

    04/22/2016 8:53:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Key Life ^ | March 22, 2016 | Steve Brown
    Do you ever wonder if the Christian faith is true? Perhaps itís late at night just before you fall asleep. Maybe youíre going through a tough time or an unbelieving friend questions your faith and you think (but of course, would never say) that all of this might just be some gigantic con game and Iíve believed a bunch of lies. God knew you would wonder. From the very beginning, God knew he would do something so astounding, so wonderful, so unbelievable and so incredible that nobody would believe it without some kind of space and time evidence. The resurrection...
  • The Church Testifies to the Resurrection

    04/22/2016 8:47:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 193 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďNow I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you standĒ (1 Corinthians 15:1). The true church has consistently testified to the power of the Resurrection. Kenneth Scott Latourette observed in his History of the Expansion of Christianity: ďIt was the conviction of the resurrection of Jesus which lifted his followers out of the despair into which his death had cast them and which led to the perpetuation of a movement begun by him.Ē This statement was true for the church at Corinth, even with its many problems....
  • Risking True Peace

    04/22/2016 8:44:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). True peace exists only where truth reigns. People often define peace as the absence of conflict, but God sees it differently. The absence of conflict is merely a truce, which might end overt hostilities but doesn't resolve the underlying issues. A truce simply introduces a cold war, which often drives the conflict underground, where it smolders until erupting in physical or emotional disaster. James 3:17 says, "The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable." Godly wisdom, purity, and peace go hand- in-hand. Peace is wisdom...
  • Angels in Godís Providence (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    04/22/2016 5:07:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/22/2016
    ďAt that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.Ē - Daniel 12:1 Godís people in every generation have had to be careful lest their views on spiritual matters conform to the culture around them and not the Word of God. Today, we are no less immune to the influence of nonbiblical thinking, particularly in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-16

    04/21/2016 7:39:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2016 Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:26-33 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:ďMy brothers, children of the family of Abraham,and those others among you who are God-fearing,to us this word of salvation has been sent. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophetsthat are read sabbath after sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,they asked Pilate to have him put to death,and when they had accomplished all that...
  • Grace: The Heart of God

    04/21/2016 3:07:18 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Key Life ^ | December 16, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Life simply wonít work without the safety net of Godís grace. If youíre like me, what defines you and your life includes your issues, your secrets, your need to achieve, your desire to please people and your ambition. It is therefore important to place grace at the very foundation of such a life to understand Godís unconditional acceptance and love. If you donít and then fail big time (and we all will), your life will end up meaningless and empty. Grace does more than that though. I hate religion (and Iím a religious professional) because Iíve seen what toxic religion...
  • The Centrality of the Resurrection

    04/21/2016 2:28:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďĎDo not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He saidíĒ (Matthew 28:5-6). The fact of Jesusí resurrection is the culmination of redemptive history and the essential basis of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, our Christian faith would just be a lot of wishful thinking, no better than human philosophies and speculative religions. In fact, the noted seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, some of whose ideas were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, wrote, ďOur Saviourís resurrection is truly of great importance...
  • The Cushion of Peace

    04/21/2016 2:27:26 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Godís peace cushions the soul during difficult times. I remember reading about what is called "the cushion of the sea." The ocean surface is often greatly agitated, but as you descend, the water becomes increasingly calm. At its greatest depths the ocean is virtually still. Oceanographers dredging ocean bottoms have found animal and plant remains that appear to have been undisturbed for hundreds of years. Similarly, Christians can experience a cushion of peace in their souls regardless of their troubled surroundings. That's because they belong to...
  • Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue

    04/21/2016 8:11:10 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Hip and Thigh ^ | 4-19-16 | Fred Butler
    Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue Posted on April 19, 2016 By Fred Butler I am becoming convinced more and more every day that continuationism/charismaticism is not just a non-essential doctrinal issue for Christians. My thinking about this started shortly after the Strange Fire conference as I engaged continuationist critics on social media. .... In fact, with what I was seeing, the TBN and Sid Roth style charismatic continuationists are the standard majority, whereas the Ďbalanced,Ē sober-minded continuationists were the true fringe.
  • The Angelic Host of Heaven (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus and Devotional)

    04/21/2016 6:28:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/21/2016
    ďOn each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second . . . like an ox, the third . . . with the face of a man, and the fourth . . . like an eagle in flight. . . . Each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and withinĒ (vv. 6bĖ8a). - Revelation 4 It would be hard to underestimate the interest that people in our day have in the book of Revelation. There exist countless prophecy seminars,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-16, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2016 9:24:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25 From Paphos, Paul and his companionsset sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. After the reading of the law and the prophets,the synagogue officials sent word to them,ďMy brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortationfor the people, please speak.Ē So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,ďFellow children of Israel...
  • I Will Raise Your Baby, Queline Ė Let Her Live

    04/20/2016 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2016 | Matt Barber
    This is like nothing Iíve ever written before. Itís an open plea for prayer, an open window into my heart and that of my wife, Sarah, and an open last-ditch effort to reach out to a cherished young Jewish woman in New York City who finds herself in a desperate situation. Most importantly, itís a frantic attempt to save a life Ė the precious life of a precious person whom, though weíve never met, we already love. Let me explain. I was thumbing through my Twitter feed the other night and came across a tweet that immediately caught my eye....
  • Compassionate Loyalty

    04/20/2016 12:11:34 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďAnd many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to HimĒ (Matthew 27:55). The women who supported Jesusí ministry all the way to the cross are fine examples of compassionate loyalty. Caring, consistent loyalty is a wonderful characteristic of godly women. This trait is probably more evident in them than it is in godly men. The women by the cross were the main group of believing eyewitnesses to Jesusí crucifixion. They also showed incredible loyalty in the face of ridicule and danger. This courage contrasted with the disciples who, except for John,...
  • Becoming Pure in Heart

    04/20/2016 12:09:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). You have a part to play in becoming pure in heart. Purifying a heart is the gracious and miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, but there are some things we must do in response to His prompting. First, we must admit we can't purify our own hearts. Proverbs 20:9 says, "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin?'" The implied answer: no one! Next, we must put our faith in Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross is the basis for...
  • Wendy Davis is Dedicated to Promoting Abortions With Godís Help: ďBy God, We Get Back UpĒ

    04/20/2016 6:41:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Since her humiliating defeat in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis has not backed down from her abortion-fueled fame. On the contrary, she has double downed on her commitment to promoting abortion, referring to advances in the pro-life movement as getting ďknocked down, but by God, we can get back up and we fight to see a new day.Ē Reading Jezebelís new interview with the pro-abortion Texan, it is clear that getting clobbered in an election does not make Davis any less of a progressive darling. Jezebel lovingly describes Davis during her filibuster of a Texas pro-life law as...
  • Confronting Satanís Deception (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    04/20/2016 5:54:03 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/20/2016
    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: ďNow the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had madeĒ (Gen. 3:1). These words fall as a sudden intrusion into an otherwise glorious account of Godís majestic work of creation. With the words ďNow the serpent,Ē the whole atmosphere of the biblical record changes dramatically. A sudden and ominous sense...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-16

    04/19/2016 9:06:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 12:24ó13:5a The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem,taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,ďSet apart for me Barnabas and Saulfor the work to which I have called them.Ē Then, completing...
  • Hollywood Announces Plans To Create Even More Inaccurate, Terrible Bible Movies

    04/19/2016 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | March 31, 2016
    SATIRE (Or is it?) HOLLYWOOD, CA¬óFresh off recent blockbusters such as Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, multiple Hollywood studios confirmed Thursday that they are looking forward to creating even more terrible Christian movies featuring wild inaccuracies and an offensive departure from the truth as presented in the Bible. ¬ďWe love what we do,¬Ē Warner Brothers Vice President Lance Metriculo told reporters. ¬ďTake the movie Noah. Originally, we tested a very ¬Ďblah¬í movie, without a misanthropic, baby‚Äźhating Noah, drug‚Äźaddled Methuselah, or stone golem Nephilim. Boy did we dodge a bullet there, we laughed, after we made all those changes! Then...
  • The Soldiers' Saving Response

    04/19/2016 7:04:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďNow the centurion, and those who were with him . . . became very frightened and said, ĎTruly this was the Son of God!íĒ (Matthew 27:54). The testimony of the soldiers after Jesusí crucifixion demonstrates the sufficiency of His death for all sinners. Most of the time our daily activities are dictated by the routine responsibilities of our jobs. Thatís how it was for the Roman soldiers who stood at the foot of the cross when Jesus gave up His life. They were there simply out of duty, to make sure the crucifixion was carried out properly and without interference....
  • Thinking Biblically

    04/19/2016 7:03:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 46 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). The way you think determines the way you behave. God is concerned about the way you think. That's why Paul said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom. 12:2). In Philippians 4:8 he instructs us to think about that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and praiseworthy. When Jesus spoke of a pure heart...
  • Jesus Sends out the Twelve (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    04/19/2016 6:38:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/19/2016
    ď[Jesus] said to them, ĎWhenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against themí Ē (vv. 10Ė11). - Mark 6:7-13 Though rejected by most of the people in the town of Nazareth (Mark 6:1Ė6), Jesus did not end His mission in Galilee. Instead, there is a real sense in which He extended it. As we see in todayís passage, after His time in Nazareth, Jesus sent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-16

    04/18/2016 7:53:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2016 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • ChristianMingle Partners With The Potter's House to Help Single Members Find Lifelong Partners

    04/18/2016 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    ChristianMingle Partners With Megachurch The Potter's House in Dallas to Help Single Members Find Lifelong Partners LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2016) - ChristianMingleģ announced today its newest partnership under its co-branded church initiative with one of the fastest growing churches in the nation, The Potter's House in Dallas, TX. Since launching this initiative in late February, ChristianMingle has been enabling single Christians within congregations to easily connect with one another on ChristianMingle through dedicated search capabilities, discounted membership fees and exclusive personalized customer service offerings. "With four large campuses and a growing swell of on-line members and weekly...
  • Going to the Root Cause (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional&Caucus)

    04/18/2016 6:53:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/18/2016
    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...