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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-17

    02/24/2017 8:33:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 02-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2017 Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15God from the earth created man,and in his own image he made him.He makes man return to earth again,and endows him with a strength of his own.Limited days of life he gives him,with power over all things else on earth.He puts the fear of him in all flesh,and gives him rule over beasts and birds.He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears, and an inventive heart,and filled them with the discipline of understanding.He created in them knowledge of the spirit;With wisdom...
  • FR Weekly Torah Discussion: Parashat Mishpatim

    02/24/2017 3:40:20 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | YIBONEH
    Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston YIBONEH Midrashiah in Baka, Jerusalem (Video Length: 42m) Ex 21:1 "And these are the judgments that you shall place before them." Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים Next read in the Diaspora on 25 February 2017. Parashat Mishpatim is the 18th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 21:1 - 24:18Next week: Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה Next read in the Diaspora on 04 March 2017. Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
  • Understanding God's Will

    02/24/2017 10:03:28 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). Godly living results from being controlled by the principles of Gods Word. Paul's prayer for the Philippians (Phil. 1:9-11) is closely paralleled by his prayer for the Colossians (Col. 1:9-12). Both epistles were written from the same Roman prison at about the same time in Paul's life. Both prayers focus on godly living, but each approaches it from a slightly different perspective. The Philippians were gracious people who needed to...
  • God Is Truth

    02/24/2017 10:02:58 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. Gods truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • Would Jesus Scold Trump on Refugees? Leftist commentators manipulate scripture

    02/24/2017 7:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/24/2017 | Peter Heck
    Who would have thought that just a month into the Trump presidency and the progressive left would be demanding our society ask itself what Jesus would do about foreign refugees? Apparently on some issues, that wall between church and state theyre always harping about is almost as porous as our southern border. But before we get caught up in appropriating Jesus to our side of a political issue, I think it is important to be wary of those who prefer selective application of Biblical principle when it comes to the great moral issues of our day. If Gods word should...
  • Reading the Bible Holistically (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/24/2017 5:41:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 2/24/2017
    Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate (vv.46). - Matthew 19:19 Having seen that we should be careful to let the explicit teaching or didactic portions of Scripture control how we understand passages in which the teaching is more implicit, we are now ready to apply...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-17

    02/23/2017 9:07:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2017 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.Let your acquaintances be many,but one in a thousand your confidant.When you gain a friend, first test him,and be not too ready to trust him.For one sort is a friend when it suits him,but he will not be with you in time of distress.Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,and tells of the quarrel to your shame.Another is a friend, a boon companion,who will not be with you when sorrow comes.When things...
  • Abortionist Willie Parker Aborts Up to 45 Babies a Day and Claims to be a Christian

    02/23/2017 1:09:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 | Dave Andrusko
    Were nearing the end of the day, and as promised earlier, I did want to talk about the interview the New York Times Magazine conducted with itinerant abortionist, Willie Parker. As you need to know about the magazines motivation is in the headline: Willie J. Parker Changed His Mind About Abortion. Of course, it goes without saying (since Ana Marie Cox is writing for the New York Times Magazine), Parkers conversion is from someone who, for religious reasons, didnt want to provide abortion to becoming a practicing abortionist who flies into a location and takes the lives of up to...
  • Explicit and Implicit Teaching Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/23/2017 11:21:07 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    These things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come (v. 11). - 1 Corinthians 10:111 Continuing our look at the basic principles for sound biblical interpretation, we will now consider one of the most important rules for identifying the meaning of a biblical text. Whenever we read the Scriptures, it is vital that we keep in mind the principle that the explicit, direct teaching passages of the Bible must control our interpretation of passages that convey their teaching less directly and more implicitly. As...
  • Realizing Our Ultimate Priority

    02/23/2017 5:42:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 closes with a reminder that love, excellence, integrity, and righteousness bring glory and praise to God. God's glory is a recurring theme in Paul's writings, and rightly so because that is the Christian's highest priority. But what is God's glory and what does it mean to bring Him glory? After all, He is infinitely glorious in nature, so we can't add anything to Him. His glory is never diminished, so it doesn't have...
  • God's Wrath

    02/23/2017 5:42:04 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-17, M, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2017 9:49:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2017 Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8Rely not on your wealth;say not: "I have the power."Rely not on your strengthin following the desires of your heart.Say not: "Who can prevail against me?"or, "Who will subdue me for my deeds?"for God will surely exact the punishment.Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?"for the Most High bides his time.Of forgiveness be not overconfident,adding sin upon sin.Say not: "Great is his mercy;my many sins he will forgive."For mercy and anger alike are with him;upon the wicked alights his wrath.Delay not your conversion...
  • The Difference between True Revival and False Fire

    02/22/2017 5:55:09 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    As believers, we are to discern truth from err, light from darkness, and right from wrongbut how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, They continually say to those who despise Me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, No evil shall come upon you. False teachers often dont warn, confront, or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they encourage very odd behavior. Many mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their...
  • Cultivating the Fruit of Righteousness

    02/22/2017 7:16:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11). Bearing spiritual fruit is the acid test of a true believer. After facing life-threatening situations, people often say, "I saw my entire life flash before my eyes." That's the picture we get in Philippians 1:11. "The fruit of righteousness" refers to what is produced in you as you operate in love, pursue excellence, and maintain your integrity. It includes every attitude and action consistent with God's standard of what is right. "Having been filled" speaks of something that happened in the past with continuing results....
  • Being Merciful

    02/22/2017 7:16:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David! . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazaruss death caused...
  • Why Papa of The Shack Is not Aslan of Narnia

    02/22/2017 7:00:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies ^ | February 22, 2017 | Tim Challis
    It’s hardly theological novelty or historical oddity to suggest we should be wary of presenting the immaterial God in physical form. This was the point of my recent article on The Shack movie in which I expressed my concern that its portrayal of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is a violation of the second commandment. I was surprised by the scope and tone of the response. Yet amid many retorts and accusations, I received one thoughtful question from at least a hundred people: What about Narnia? If it is wrong to portray God the Father as the...
  • Personification, Hyperbole, and Metaphor (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/22/2017 5:14:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The State ^ | 2/22/2017
    You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. - Isaiah 55:12 Second Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to make sure that we are rightly handling the word of truth, so it is vital that we understand the sound principles of biblical interpretation. The most basic of these is that we read the Bible literally, paying attention to its basic literary forms and genres so that we will not miss what the text conveys. Three...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • Trump to issue Magna Carta of religious liberty

    02/21/2017 9:56:07 AM PST · by V K Lee · 31 replies ^ | 2/3/17 | Bryan Fischer
    According to a left-wing website, The Nation, the president is circulating a draft of an executive order on religious liberty that will bring civil rights protections for Christians into the 21st century. Its stated purpose is "to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious freedom of persons and organizations in America." Christian organizations include even "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious." It is a perfectly appropriate executive order because it is a directive from the head of the executive branch, the president,...
  • The Language of Scripture (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/21/2017 5:02:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/21/2017
    The sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies (v. 13a). - Joshua 10:115 Literal interpretation of the Bible doesnt mean that we read the Scriptures in a wooden way. For example, we should read poetry as non-literal symbolic language. Instead, the purpose of literal interpretation is simply to read Scripture with an eye for understanding it according to its various literary forms and genres. As in other works of literature, a noun in the Bible is a noun, an adjective is an adjective, and so forth. God has revealed His Word in...
  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2017 4:53:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-17, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2017 10:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11My son, when you come to serve the LORD,stand in justice and fear,prepare yourself for trials.Be sincere of heart and steadfast,incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,undisturbed in time of adversity.Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;thus will you be wise in all your ways.Accept whatever befalls you,when sorrowful, be steadfast,and in crushing misfortune be patient;For in fire gold and silver are tested,and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.Trust God and God will help you;trust in him, and...
  • A Quantum Leap Into the Paranormal

    02/20/2017 10:36:48 AM PST · by truthxchange · 13 replies ^ | 2/21/2017 | Dr. Peter Jones
    A Quantum Leap into the Paranormal I just received an invitation to sign up for a teaching webinar offered by Jean Houston, a highly popular occult channeler and close friend of Hillary Clinton. Houstons series is entitled: Unlock your Quantum Powers. Her terminology is arcane and mystifying. What are our quantum powers? Her explanation doesnt help: You are an organism in the universe of totality. This is only a fancy, seductive way of describing what folks in the new spiritual circles call being one with nature. Houston gets even more spiritual when she invites participants into a Partnership with the...
  • Can I lose My Salvation?

    02/20/2017 5:31:52 AM PST · by metmom · 344 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    A common question for many is, Can I lose my salvation? Ive heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a persons heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away. There should be a healthy tension between Gods sovereignty and mans responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism, or theological superiority. One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in...
  • Pursuing Excellence

    02/20/2017 5:26:11 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may approve the things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10). In a world of mediocrity and confusion, God calls you to excellence and discernment. There's the story of a pilot who came on the loudspeaker mid flight and said, "I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is we've lost all our instrumentation and don't know where we are. The good news is we have a strong tail wind and are making great time." That's an accurate picture of how many people live: they have no direction in life but they're getting there fast! We...
  • The Measure of Grace

    02/20/2017 5:25:39 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more (Romans 5:20). God will lavish grace upon sinners who are truly repentant. Did you ever sin so terribly that you felt, I really blew it this time. Theres no way God would want to forgive me now? Its easy sometimes to let our past sins be a constant burden to us, even after weve confessed and repented. Paul has comfort for those who feel this way, and that comfort is founded on the power and measure of Gods grace to us. Before his conversion, Paul (then known as Saul) persecuted the church...
  • Interpreting the Bible Literally (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/20/2017 5:08:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/20/2017
    Who knows the interpretation of a thing? - Ecclesiastes 8:1 We have been considering the doctrine of sola Scriptura as part of our yearlong study of the doctrines of the Protestant Reformation. As we have noted, because Scripture alone is inspired, it is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the church (2 Tim. 3:1617). However, like all rules, Scripture must be interpreted in order for us to know what we must believe and how we must live. And, with the need for interpretation comes the solemn obligation to interpret Gods Word correctly. So that we will have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-17

    02/19/2017 7:55:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 02-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2017 Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10All wisdom comes from the LORDand with him it remains forever, and is before all timeThe sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,the days of eternity: who can number these?Heaven's height, earth's breadth,the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?Before all things else wisdom was created;and prudent understanding, from eternity.The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdomand her ways are everlasting.To whom has wisdom's root been revealed?Who knows her subtleties?To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?And who has...
  • How to Hear God's Voice to Know His Will

    02/19/2017 5:21:33 AM PST · by metmom · 19 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    Let me begin by applauding your desire to know God’s will; this is often a sign of spiritual health. God guides those who are willing to follow. When it comes to knowing God’s will, more often than not, unless it’s written in His word, there are no specific answers. For instance, the Bible doesn’t say who to marry or where to work, but it does offer important principles that lead you in the right direction. However, there are other areas that are clearly God’s will for our lives: to be saved and to worship Him, to be holy and set...
  • Avoiding Indiscriminate Love

    02/19/2017 5:01:49 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment" (Phil. 1:9). Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35). In addition to possessing God's love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That's a sacred trust. Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is...
  • The Meaning of Grace

    02/19/2017 5:01:22 AM PST · by metmom · 191 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Lord, the Lord God, [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (Exodus 34:6). Gods grace is His undeserved favor shown to sinners. Gods grace has always been a focus of praise for believers. Todays verse is quoted several times in the Psalms and elsewhere in Scripture (for example, Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Paul is grateful for Gods abundant grace in 1 Timothy 1:14, and John writes, For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace (John 1:16). Today some of our favorite hymns are Amazing Grace, Marvelous...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-19-17, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/18/2017 9:49:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 02-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD." Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the LORD, O...
  • A Prayer for Godliness

    02/18/2017 12:36:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray" (Phil. 1:9). Your prayers reveal the level of your spiritual maturity. As we come to our study of godliness in Philippians 1:9-11, we note that this passage is a prayer. Typically, Paul's prayers reflected his concern that his readers would mature spiritually. That is impossible without prayer because spiritual growth depends on the Holy Spirit's power, which is tapped through prayer. Prayer is so vital that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray at all times (Luke 18:1). Paul commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Peter said we should be "of sound judgment and sober...
  • God's Sacrificial Love

    02/18/2017 12:36:12 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Gods love is vicarious and sacrificial. Today we continue a short study of a topic that brings joy to every Christian: Gods love. Both Paul and John call His love great (Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1), because only great love would provide such a sacrifice as God did in Christ. We have already seen that Gods love is unconditional, unrequited, and righteous. Gods love is also vicarious; it bears the pain of others....
  • Why Are Christian Women Watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

    02/18/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by metmom · 135 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well-illustrated through a story I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor-sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-17

    02/17/2017 8:47:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped forand evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested.By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's.Through this, he was attested to be righteous,God bearing witness to his gifts,and through this, though dead, he still speaks.By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not...
  • Rejecting Refugees Is Like 'Closing the Door on Jesus,' Megachurch Pastor Warns

    02/17/2017 10:53:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/14/2017 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Evangelical megachurch pastor Jason Webb has spoken out against President Donald Trump's temporary suspension of refugee resettlement and argues that preventing refugees from entering the United States is like closing the door on Jesus. Webb, who pastors the 6,000-member Elmbrook Church just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a conservative area of the state, was one of the 100 evangelical leaders who signed onto an open letter published as a full-page advertisement in last Wednesday's Washington Post opposing Trump's Jan. 27 executive order. "When I was asked to sign this letter, there wasn't even really a thought that I wouldn't sign...
  • Rightly Handling Gods Word (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/17/2017 10:38:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The State ^ | 2/17/2017
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 Martin Luther is often identified as one who argued for the right of individual Christians to interpret the Bible for themselves. In large measure, this is correct. After all, Luther himself stood firm on the doctrine of justification by faith alone because he was convinced by his reading of Scripture that the doctrine was true even when much of the medieval church disagreed. Luther is also famous for translating the...
  • 6 False Teachings Bringing Deceptive Darkness Into the Church

    02/17/2017 7:01:56 AM PST · by metmom · 170 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 8,2017
    Since that very moment in the Garden of Eden when a single bite shattered the harmony of the world, man has tried to make his own way, be his own master, and set up his own kingdom. It's nothing new. Nevertheless, if we want to be faithful followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this day and age, we must be alert and ready to boldly stand against the spirit of the age that seeks to modify the message of Christ, undermine His power to set us free from sin, repaint Christ's picture to make Him more acceptable...
  • Beware: This Line of Thinking Will Move You Quickly Into Universalism

    02/17/2017 6:51:33 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 2/17/2017
    Have you taken a close look at your theology lately? Have you caught yourself thinking maybe everyone will be saved in the end? Maybe you've started to accept some of the hallmarks of our culture that the Bible defines as sinsome without even noticing, such as greed and materialism, and some out of fear since Christians are vilified for opposing them, such as homosexuality and abortion. Or you may be thinking, "If God is loving, surely He wouldn't send people to hell for their lifestyle choices. Right?" Perhaps you see people who do not follow God, yet they work tirelessly...
  • How to Lose Your Joy

    02/17/2017 6:24:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (Phil. 4:11). Discontent and ingratitude will steal your joy. True joy is God's gift to every believer, yet many Christians seem to lack it. How can that be? Did God fail them? No. As with peace, assurance, and other benefits of salvation, joy can be forfeited for many reasons: willful sin, prayerlessness, fear, self-centeredness, focusing on circumstances, and lack of forgiveness are the main culprits. Two of the most common joy-thieves are dissatisfaction and ingratitude. Both are by-products of the health, wealth, and prosperity mentality of our day. It...
  • God's Unfailing Love

    02/17/2017 6:23:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8). Gods love is unconditional and righteous. We hear a lot today about love from books, magazines, TV, and movies. If you didnt know any better, youd think that our society is the most loving on earth. Much of the love, though, is nothing more than lust masquerading as love, or selfishness disguised as kindness. But todays verse tells us that God is love; the character of God defines love. To clear up any confusion about love, we need only to look at who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-17, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2017 9:18:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2017 Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came...
  • The Joy of Pleasing God

    02/16/2017 3:10:42 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The blameless in their walk are [God's] delight" (Prov. 11:20). Your love for God brings Him joy. Our focus so far this month has been on the joy we experience in knowing and serving Christ. Before we turn our attention to the theme of godliness, I want you to consider two additional aspects of joy: the joy of pleasing God, and how to lose your joy. Pleasing God is our topic for today. Perhaps you haven't given much thought to how you can bring joy to God, but Scripture mentions several ways. Luke 15:7, for example, says, "There will be...
  • The Comfort of God's Omniscience

    02/16/2017 3:09:55 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    And [Peter] said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You (John 21:17). Since God knows all things, He knows our struggles and will help us through them. Its comforting to know that in the vastness of the universe, Im not lost in insignificance; God knows me personally. Have you ever wondered if He knows youre there? Some godly people in Malachis time wondered that. Malachi spoke words of judgment against the wicked, but the faithful believers feared that God might forget them and that they too would be consumed by Gods wrath. Then those...
  • The New Testament Canon (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/16/2017 5:30:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/16/2017
    Count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. - 2 Peter 3:1516 If Scripture is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the church, then it is vital that we know which books constitute Scripture. There are, after all, many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-17

    02/15/2017 8:30:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2017 Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 9:1-13God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:"Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earthand all the birds of the air,upon all the creatures that move about on the groundand all the fishes of the sea;into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you...
  • Do Babies And Children Go To Hell?

    02/15/2017 6:10:52 AM PST · by bogusname · 69 replies
    The Bible makes it very clear that babies and children do not go to hell...even if their parents are wicked.
  • The Old Testament Canon

    02/15/2017 5:19:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 132 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/15/2017
    [Jesus] said to them, These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. - Luke 24:44 Facing the prospect of losing Europe to Protestantism, Roman Catholics convened a council to respond to the Protestant Reformers and their ideas. This gathering, the Council of Trent, met on and off from 1545 to 1563. Trent is one of the most important councils Rome has ever held, as it codified Roman Catholic dogma regarding justification, the sacraments,...