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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-14

    12/19/2014 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2014Saturday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see...
  • My Boring Christian Testimony

    12/19/2014 5:21:08 PM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | November 25, 2014 | Megan Hill
    I have no memory of becoming a Christian. I didnt pray a prayer or walk an aisle or have a eureka moment. In fact, I dont remember a time when I didnt love the Lord Jesus. My Christian testimonythe story of how I came to faithis downright boring. In fifth grade, I began to attend a school where dramatic testimonies were a regular part of morning chapel. Week after week, speakersa drug addict, a party girl, an atheisttold of Gods rescue. I loved these stories, and today I am thankful for revivals of such testifying in places like this regular...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/19/2014 4:38:35 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Prospering in Everything Today's Scripture They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:3, NRSV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful. In the Bible, the Word of God is compared to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2014]

    12/19/2014 4:35:25 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Focus Of Our Message " I did not come to bring peace but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 " Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the citys...
  • 5 Big Problems with Exodus: Gods and Kings

    12/19/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by millegan · 32 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    When known unbeliever Ridley Scott was announced as the director, faithful film buffs feared the worst. Not only were many unsure whether he would treat the Biblical story with respect, but his film record since the smash hit Gladiator has been rather uneven (Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven, and Prometheus all failed to connect with wide audiences). As it turns out, Exodus is thankfully respectful of believers, if not a little ambiguous about the goodness of God. But sadly, a number of Scotts artistic decisions effectively rob the story of its potential to entertain and to uplift. Here are five...
  • The Power of the Words We Speak

    12/19/2014 6:36:12 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    For The Family ^ | 28 Nivermber 2014 | Christina Fox
    Mom!What! I called back.Could you please get me a drink? my son responded.I breathed out a heavy sigh. I just sat down, I grumbled in response.The Power of a SighYet even as I spoke those words, the Spirit gently prodded my heart, convicting me of my sigh and tone of voice. You see, a sigh speaks volumes. It can roar just as loud in the heart of a child as yelling. It says You are a burden. You arent worthy of my time. My tone of voice also said more than words could. It said, Leave me alone. You irritate...
  • What is the purpose of the Judgement Seat of Christ?

    12/19/2014 6:05:19 AM PST · by metmom · 31 replies
    Grace To You ^ | John MacArthur
    The Bible talks about the Judgment Seat of Christ--also referred to as the bema--in three places: Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:10--4:5; and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Only church-age saints will appear at that judgment, as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." The purpose of the bema is an exhaustive evaluation of our lives. First Corinthians 4:5 says the Lord will come and "bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God." That passage reveals Paul's emphasis on...
  • Can God Prevent Evil?

    12/19/2014 5:48:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 83 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | December 19, 2014 | Timothy J. Hammons
    I found this little ditty in the comments section of a theological liberal: OldEpicurean trilemma (although also attributed to Carneades the Skeptic):If God is unable to prevent evil, then he is not all-powerful. If God is not willing to prevent evil, then he is not all-good. If God is both willing and able to prevent evil, then why does evil exist? It sounds profound and deep, but the Bible has answered this question over and over again in its denunciation of our own goodness. When the man said to Jesus, good teacher Jesus replied that only God was good. He...
  • What Was Mary Thinking?

    12/19/2014 5:42:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | December 19, 2014 | Peter M. Dietsch
    Well, weve finally come to the end of our sermon series in the book of Genesis. This Sunday, December 21st, we will be looking at a passage from the first chapter of Luke as we consider the meaning of the incarnation and birth of the Son of God. At our Christmas Eve candlelight service, we will look at a couple of verses from Luke 3 and the significance of Jesus baptism (yes, you read that right just come, youll see).Marys SongAs Ive been preparing for the sermon this coming Sunday from Luke 1:39-55, Ive been thinking a lot about...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-14

    12/18/2014 9:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2014Friday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,“Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/18/2014 5:15:26 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Go to the Place of Blessing Today's Scripture Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. (1 Kings 17:3, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Heres the key....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2014]

    12/18/2014 5:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Test of Faithfulness " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God Romans 8:28 " It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring...
  • Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad

    12/18/2014 11:44:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 38 replies
    Answering Islam ^ | 12/18/14 | Sam Shamoun
    (I offer this for those who need information to refute the lies about Islam being just another religion born from Abraham. Muhammad is NOT a descendant of Ismael and thus it is not a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Hagar in Genesis 16:11 or Genesis 21:13-21.) Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad Sam Shamoun According to the Holy Bible Ishmael settled in Paran and married an Egyptian from whom he had twelve sons: "Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders...
  • Tell IWU: Do Not Tolerate Pro-Abortion Professors

    12/18/2014 10:59:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal ^ | none given | Created Equal
    Background: On Nov 5th, 2014, Dr. Gregory Fiebig, a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University (a Christian university), presented his pro-abortion views at the "Life vs Choice" public forum. His statements included, "Im very strongly supportive of pro-choice, and I have a very theological reason for that." Days later, Dr. Fiebig gave a more detailed defense of legal abortion in a letter to IWU's student newspaper, The Sojourn. In a letter to the IWU community, President Dr. David Wright offered no evidence to change the perception that Dr. Fiebig supports legal abortion. This is why we are calling for Dr. Fiebig...
  • What Being a Christian Writer Doesnt Mean

    12/18/2014 9:57:35 AM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Daniel McInerny
    The phrase has become slippery. Christian writer. What does it mean? For some the phrase plays like a favorite old song, an evocation of the glory days of Greene, Waugh, Percy, OConnor, et alia. Days long gone and sorely missed. For others Christian writer may spell an oxymoron, or at least refer to the kind of writer one would not like to meet at a Manhattan cocktail party. And for still others the phrase increasingly tends to serve as a signal that some exceptionally maudlin fiction is quivering like a bad cheese on the horizon. But even looking at the...
  • Rick Santorum: We Need to Wake Up the Church to Confront Abortion

    12/18/2014 9:34:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 72 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Josh Shepherd
    Many observers have called 2014 the Year of the Bible Movie and its easy to see why. A vast array of faith-based films have released this year, some to significant success including Heaven is for Real, Irreplaceable and Son of God. But Rick Santorum says we can do more than entertain with films. Yes, we make films for the church, he said recently at The Heritage Foundation. We need to wake up the church! As CEO of Echolight Studios, Santorum aims to do just that with the new documentary film One Generation Away. His group invites local churches to host...
  • College students tell story about abortion

    12/17/2014 9:08:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    One young woman, a college student at Texas Christian University, tells the following story: Several years ago, a 19-year-old mother found herself pregnant in Houston, Texas from a one night stand. She had a thriving acting and modeling career and was planning to move to LA to persue more in the performing arts as soon as she had enough money. Her parents were ex-pats in Indonesia, and she was living alone in the big city with no one to turn to. She had enough money to get an abortion, and she had the legal right to get an abortion since...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-14

    12/17/2014 8:17:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2014Thursday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Joel Osteen, Gosh . . .

    12/17/2014 4:32:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 201 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | David Mills
    Not a shock: megachurch celebrity tv star preacher Joel Osteen doesn’t know the Bible, reports the clever and energetic Tristyn Bloom of The Daily Caller. (The story’s several weeks old but I just saw it so pass it on for those of you who hadn’t.)In a Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/17/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Not Limited by Your Limitations Today's Scripture "Is anything too hard for the LORD? " Genesis 18:14, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people youre going to meet, the places youre going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. Its going to be the surpassing greatness of God's favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. Well, that sounds good, but I dont...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2014]

    12/17/2014 4:21:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him… —1 Corinthians 2:14 " The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have...
  • 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/17/2014 11:31:24 AM PST · by millegan · 58 replies
    churchpop.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    But this article isnt about the whole apparition story so much as it is about the tilma, Juan Diegos cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following the event, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered about it. Heres four (literally) awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
  • Moroni From the Realms of Glory

    12/17/2014 6:04:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 81 replies
    Challies.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Challies
    Youve got to be careful what you share online. Over the weekend Facebook and Twitter were suddenly inundated with links to a new recording of the Christmas hymn Angels From the Realms of Glory mashed up with Angels We Have Heard on High. It was recorded by The Piano Guys and features David Archuleta, a one-time runner up on American Idol. It is a creative recording that intersperses shots of the musicians with video taken to record the worlds largest nativity scene. The song is beautifully sung and the music is rich; it is no surprise that it quickly gained...
  • Stop pro-abortion internships at the University of St. Thomas

    12/16/2014 9:01:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    tfp student action ^ | December 9, 2014: | staff
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota a Catholic institution founded in 1885 are currently being offered "volunteer/internship opportunities" with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university's web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as "volunteer/internship opportunities," include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). Sign your petition to remove these pro-abortion listings. Your instant protest will go to the president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan, urging her to remove every pro-abortion group on the list of volunteer/internship opportunities. How...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-14

    12/16/2014 8:08:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2014Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • Very religious Christian woman comes in for abortion

    12/16/2014 5:53:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 75 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    A clinic worker described one of the women who came to her clinic for an abortion: Another [woman coming in for an abortion] who identified herself as Christian, was very active in her church. Before the abortion she said, Im in church six days a week, yet here I am. She said that her religion forbids abortion, but after a good conversation she said that maybe her church was too comfortable in its position against abortion. She thought maybe they needed to examine the aspects of the issue that they were comfortable with. Even though she was steeped in her...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/16/2014 4:21:10 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Favor is Looking for You Today's Scripture "Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don't worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord. There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2014]

    12/16/2014 4:14:27 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God…praying always… —Ephesians 6:13,18 " You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see...
  • Franklin Graham: Christians Should Never Deny Jesus Christ to Spare Their Own Lives

    12/16/2014 3:17:08 PM PST · by Garfunkel Oates · 50 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 16, 2014| | MELISSA BARNHART
    From the article: "The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution. "Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betraying every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turn our back on Jesus Christ. I think we take a stand for our faith,"...
  • Pope Francis Offers US Help in Closing Guantanamo

    12/16/2014 5:50:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    The Vatican on Monday offered to help the United States in its efforts to close Guantanamo prison, a goal fervently supported by Pope Francis. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the Holy See welcomed recent signs President Barack Obama appears to have accelerated efforts to close the controversial facility... He said the Vatican stood ready to "help find adequate humanitarian solutions through our international contacts...
  • United Church of Christ minister: Planned Parenthood Does Sacred Work of Love and Justice

    12/15/2014 9:40:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 50 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 23, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Tom Davis, who is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a chaplain and professor at Skidmore College: I contend that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a form of sacred work, the work, that is, of securing reproductive justice for women Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is thoroughly secular. But when it comes to the issue of sacred work, that doesnt matter. The scripture is clear about one thing: sacred work, the work of justice, is sacred no matter who does it. In the biblical view, sacred work is love, and in practical social realities, sacred...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-14

    12/15/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2014Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • When my church found out I worked for Planned Parenthood, they kicked me out. What if

    12/15/2014 5:29:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Abby Johnson
    I wrote in my book, unPlanned, about a church that kicked me out when they found out that I worked for Planned Parenthood. I often get questioned about that, whether I still think they made the wrong decision. My answer is a resounding YES. I try not to go down the what if road very often. It isnt fruitful and just makes you feel crummy. But, just for the sake of this article, lets go there. What if I had been ministered to instead of shunned by that church? How could my life be different? Well, maybe I would have...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/15/2014 5:11:27 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Good Land Today's Scripture For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills. (Deuteronomy 8:7, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has a place prepared for you just like He prepared a place for His people in scripture. Notice that in this place God has prepared, there is no shortage no shortage of resources, no shortage of opportunities, no shortage of creativity, of friendships, of joy and peace. In the good land, you will lack no...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2014]

    12/15/2014 5:09:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Approved to God” " Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15 " If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through...
  • Christmas According to Matthew, Luke, and Obama

    12/15/2014 8:55:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jan LaRue
    After expounding repeatedly about who or what is Islamic, President Obama continues to assume the role of Americas theologian in chief by giving us his twist on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Obama injected his private interpretation into the Christmas story to bolster support of his executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. As reported by Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com, Obama told an audience of amnesty advocates at a town hall meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Dec. 9: If were serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and...
  • Mormons hate polygamy thiiiiiiiiis much

    12/15/2014 8:18:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 92 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | | Jana Riess
    When asked whether they felt an issue was immoral, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue, heres a breakdown of how many Mormons declared that certain activities were morally wrong. Drinking alcohol: 54% Having an abortion: 74% Sex between unmarried adults: 79% Practicing polygamy: 86% Hold the phone. 86% of Mormons say that polygamy is morally wrong?* It seems that Mormons hate polygamy even more than abortion. Remember that abortion is discussed in the church handbook as a sin that requires serious repentance and sometimes disciplinary action on the part of the church. Abortion is permissible only in rare...
  • Not just gay issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with mainline denominations

    12/15/2014 5:25:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points. After a 2011 decision allowing gay ordinations, 270 congregations left in 2012 and 2013. And church analysts estimate upwards of another 100 churches may leave by the end of the year as presbyteries vote on a proposal to rewrite the churchs constitution to refer to marriage as being between two people instead of the union of a man and a woman. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-14

    12/14/2014 8:09:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2014Monday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,the spirit of God came upon him,and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,the utterance of a man whose eye is true,The utterance of one who hears what God says,and knows what the Most High knows,Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;your encampments, O Israel!They are like gardens beside a stream,like the cedars planted by the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2014]

    12/14/2014 1:45:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Great Life " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27 " Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to serve...
  • Sunday Word: The abolitionist history of O Holy Night

    12/14/2014 10:52:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Dec.14, 2014 | Jill Stanek
    Every year during December I have been posting the surprising abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. This Sunday, Wk 2 of 4, we examine O Holy Night In 1847, his parish priest asked French poet Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure to compose a Christmas poem. He wrote Cantique de Noel while contemplating what it would have been like to be present at Christs birth and asked his friend Adolphe-Charles Adam to set it to music. The song became an instant...
  • Vince Lombardi: How the Catholic Church Formed One of the Greatest Coaches of all Time

    12/13/2014 9:54:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://remnantnewspaper.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Derek Leaberry
    Vince Lombardis brilliance as a football coach was a direct result of his dedication to Catholicism In the middle of winter, between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, a secular ritual of nearly fifty years has become part of the American cultural scene. It is called the Super Bowl, the championship game of the interminably long National Football League season. Two weeks of incessant television extravaganza lead up to the game itself, which ends with the winner being awarded the Lombardi Trophy named for a man now 44 years dead but still considered by many to be the greatest football coach in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-14-14, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday

    12/13/2014 7:04:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2014Third Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,to announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD,in my God is the joy of my soul;for he has clothed me with a robe of salvationand wrapped me in a mantle of justice,like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,like...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2014]

    12/13/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer " …men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1 " You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up…[with] what is lacking...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, Kings Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-14, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2014 8:10:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2014Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/12/2014 5:18:51 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Change Your Mind Today's Scripture "Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 AMP Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you have behaviors in your life that you want to change? Maybe its a habit, a bad attitude, or even negative thoughts. No matter what you may want to change in your life, you have to start by changing your mind. You have to change your thinking so that your thoughts are in line with Gods thoughts. When you make the decision to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2014]

    12/12/2014 5:15:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Personality " …that they may be one just as We are one… —John 17:22 " Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us, and that is our...
  • School district caves after balking to offer Hobby Lobby Bible course

    12/12/2014 1:36:27 PM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    One News Now ^ | December 02, 2014 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Even though school officials postponed implementing the curriculum from its initial August launch date to January, the full rejection of the course that was spearheaded by the giant Christian retail chain came as a surprise to many, especially after the school district unanimously voted (4-0) to adopt the Bible history curriculum earlier this year. One of the chief opponents to implementing the Bible curriculum from the onset of the proposal has been the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group that has gained a reputation for striving to eliminate all vestiges of Americas Christian heritage in the public schools....