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  • Ray Vasser pat 2 "Unite and Conquer"

    01/18/2018 1:31:46 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    We are seeing, in the name of human rights, an all out assault on the unity of society as the exploitation of social distinctions are on rise. You see one might think the enemy of our souls would use the “old divide and conquer” motive. Not so fast! It is now to “unite and conquer.” One of the marks of the last days is division according to the Words of Jesus that is found in Matthew 10:34-39 He said “…I did not come to bring peace, but a sword…to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…a...
  • The Unbiblical Fight for Social Issues...Ray Vasser

    01/18/2018 1:23:51 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    01-18-18 | Ray Vasser
    Guest Column; The Unbiblical Fight for Issues by Ray Vasser Ray Vasser is a friend, brother and Elder in our Church,Believers in Grace Fellowship. He has written on the "Social Justice" trap that many have fallen into, departing from the gospel in the name of fighting for racial equality. I offer you this column for your interest and comments-Bill RandlesI have pondered for some time as I watch our society plummet further into the power of the wicked one (1 John 5:19). I ask that readers please bear with my thoughts on this subject and consider the ramifications I am...
  • Envy Illustrated

    01/18/2018 7:21:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Envy Illustrated Msgr. Charles Pope • January 17, 2018 • The Deadly Sin of Envy, Hieronymus Bosch (1480)In the reading at daily Mass for Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David:Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousand, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul...
  • Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

    01/17/2018 9:31:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Kindness Is Not the Same as Love Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2018 • Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love:We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness …. And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy …. What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened to be doing, “What does it matter as long as they are contented?” We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in Heaven—a senile...
  • 'Onward Christian Soldiers' Should Not Be Taken Out of Hymnals, Says Popular Pastor Blogger

    01/16/2018 12:01:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/16/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A Michigan pastor whose columns on the intersection of faith and everyday life has argued that hymns like "Onward, Christian Soldiers" should not be removed from hymnals.Shayne Looper, pastor of the nondenominational Lockwood Community Church of Coldwater, wrote in a syndicated column published Saturday that "there is still a place in our hymnody for hymns and gospel songs that make use of military metaphors, like 'Onward, Christian Soldiers' or 'Soldiers of Christ, Arise.'"Looper argued in part that hymns with military metaphors were acceptable because the New Testament itself is full of such metaphors."Take, for example, the Apostle Paul. He repeatedly...
  • Jesus and Bending the Law

    01/16/2018 9:05:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and Bending the Law Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2018 • In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus rebuffs them by saying, in effect, that rejoicing with the Lord (the very giver of the law) is a weightier matter than the observance of fasting traditions (Mk 2:18ff).In Tuesday’s reading...
  • The Graham Family Legacy in North Korea

    Franklin’s father, Billy, visited the DPRK in 1992 and 1994, and his mother Ruth returned in 1997 after attending high school in Pyongyang in the 1930s. “When I was growing up my mother spoke often about her experiences here, and one of the high points of her life was the opportunity she had to return in 1997,” Franklin said when he landed at Pyongyang airport in 2008. At the conclusion of her six-day visit in 1997, Mrs. Graham summarized her experience as one of the true highlights of her life. “Almost nothing remains from my school days here during the...
  • Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

    01/15/2018 7:38:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity Msgr. Charles Pope • January 14, 2018 • A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.”True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are from the loving will and heart of God. Before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you and thought about...
  • A Picture of a Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/14/2018 6:16:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of a Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2018 • The Calling of Samuel, by Joshua ReynoldsThe first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet.Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament and lived at a critical time, as Israel shifted from the time of the...
  • Identity of the Magi

    01/13/2018 7:46:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 01-03-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Identity of the Magi Question: Who were the Magi? What does the term mean? — Carol Clarke, Towson, Maryland Answer: Exactly what “Magi” are is debated. The Greeks of antiquity (c. 450 B.C.) used the term to refer to a priestly class of men among the Medes and later the Persians, but in later centuries it was used in a wider sense; it came to be applied to men skilled in hidden knowledge and magic. By 200 B.C., its meaning would include men skilled in astronomy and those given to visions and the interpretation of dreams. This expanded definition continued into...
  • In his own words – Billy Graham on Martin Luther King, Jr.

    01/12/2018 5:33:17 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Billy Graham Library ^ | 2015 | Billy Graham
    Civil rights were very much in the forefront in America during the 1960s and early 1970s. As the issue unfolded, I sometimes found myself under fire from both sides, extreme conservatives castigating me for doing too much and extreme liberals blaming me for not doing enough. In reality, both groups tended to stand aloof from our evangelistic Crusades, but those people who actively supported us understood very well our commitment to doing what we could through our evangelism to end the blight of racism. Early on, Dr. King and I spoke about his method of using non-violent demonstrations to bring...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

    01/12/2018 8:01:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2018 • Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not know me but my mother and grandparents go here; this is our family church.” “I see, but where do you go to Mass?”...
  • Strategies for Returning to the [Catholic] Church

    01/11/2018 6:54:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 644 replies ^ | 01-11-18 | James Day
    Strategies for Returning to the ChurchJames Day Our world is a fallen world. The effects of sin seem to be suffocating us. The diabolical is running rampant, unleashed, playing with immortal souls as if puppets on a string. Pride continues to dominate; repentance for anything is deemed archaic, of little use to today’s enlightened thinking.Certainly this is not the positive language one wants to hear at the outset of a new year, when expectations and resolutions are running high. But all is not really so dire: the diabolical and pervasive sin has not crushed the divine light. “My Immaculate Heart...
  • A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

    01/11/2018 7:54:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • January 10, 2018 • As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. In this, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. Scripture speaks of His renown as a preacher and the eagerness with which many heard Him.And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28).Sent to arrest him the temple guard returned empty handed saying: No one ever spoke like that man (Jn...
  • Islam Has Massacred Over 669+ Million Non-Muslims Since 622AD

    01/11/2018 7:02:57 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    In the total numbers we have updated over 80 million Christians killed by Muslims in 500 years in the Balkan states, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia. Then we have India. The official estimate number of Muslim slaughters of Hindus is 80 million. However, Muslim historian Firistha (b. 1570) wrote (in either Tarikh-i Firishta or the Gulshan-i Ibrahim) that Muslims slaughtered over 400 million Hindus up to the peak of Islamic rule of India, bringing the Hindu population down from 600 mil to 200 million at the time.With these new additions the Muslim genocide of non-Muslims since the birth of Mohammed would be...
  • Biblical History of "Oprah"

    01/10/2018 12:13:36 PM PST · by Jewbacca · 75 replies
    The TANUKAH and Talmud ^ | 1/10/2018 | Jewbacca
    I learned today "Oprah" Winfrey was born "Orpah" Winfrey. "Orpah" is a very interesting Biblical name, one up there with Hamen and Pharoah. It means, in this context "neck" and is a specific reference to turning away from G-d. Specifically, Orpah was the sister and sister-in-law of Ruth, married to Chillion. When the two brothers died, their mother-in-law (Naomi) urged the sisters to return to their people and to their "gods." Ruth refused. Orpah gladly recanted her adopted people and G-d, and went back to Moab. There she "gave" herself to so many men she was likened to a threshing...
  • If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

    01/10/2018 9:11:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 9, 2018 • As we begin the ordinary time of the Church year, we follow the Lord’s public ministry. The curtain lifts and we are in the synagogue at Capernaum:Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know...
  • Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings

    01/09/2018 8:00:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings Msgr. Charles Pope • January 8, 2018 • It’s one of the stranger dialogues that occurs in the Gospel, yet it is difficult not to rejoice in the aplomb of Jesus has he says it.Some Pharisees, likely disingenuous in their motives, approach Jesus to warn him that he needs to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Jesus, more likely speaking to them, rather than Herod, says the following:Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and...
  • A Meditation on Eternal Life

    01/08/2018 8:07:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on Eternal Life Msgr. Charles Pope • January 7, 2018 • We are concluding our reading of the First Letter of John during daily Mass. Many struggle to understand this letter because they miss the experiential aspects of the faith to which he refers. Consider just a few brief lines from the end of the letter:[God] has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself …. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. I write these things...
  • Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany

    01/07/2018 7:12:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-06-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany Msgr. Charles Pope • January 6, 2018 • There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ.In this meditation I would like to follow these Magi in their journey of faith to become “Wise Men.” As magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as wise men they follow Jesus, who is the...