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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Prayer request for a Friend severley injured in Train/Car Wreck

    07/20/2017 9:22:01 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 40 replies
    Phone call ^ | 07/20/2017 | Self
    I got a call from My old Boss at a Water Plant in Texas about one of the Plant Operators being involved in a train wreck the other night on the way to work. He was Airlifted by chopper to the Hospital in critical condition that required surgery to remove His Spleen, several feet of Intestine removed,bruised Lungs,Head lacerations and multiple broken Vertebra in His neck. Last I heard He made it through surgery and was in a Medically induced Coma. I'm requesting Prayers for Steve, His Wife and Family as well as the Medical Team treating Him. He is...
  • Cardinal Marx: Homosexuals Deserve an Apology from the Church

    07/19/2017 7:20:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/19/17 | Lisa Bourne
    AUGSBURG, Germany, July 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Reinhard Marx is more concerned about the Catholic Church apologizing for its inaction against previous German law prohibiting homosexuality than the country’s recent legalization of gay “marriage.” The Munich cardinal, who is head of the German bishops’ conference and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, was decisive in saying he firmly upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage in a recent interview with Augsberger Algemeine. But he criticized the Church for not being at the forefront on homosexual rights in Germany and said the Church must express regret for not acting...
  • The Church of England’s Nietzschean Proposal

    07/18/2017 7:59:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/17/17 | Carl R. Trueman
    In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is consistent with liberal Protestantism’s age-old calling, that of baptizing the moral norms du jour of the respectable chattering classes, presumably in hopes of enhancing the appeal of religion to its cultured despisers. Transgenderism was bound for liturgical acceptance. By now, experience should have taught even the moderately self-aware that, where religion is concerned, cultural relevance...
  • Vatican Spokesman Slams U.S. Archbishop for Defending Catholic Teaching on LGBT

    07/17/2017 7:32:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/17/17 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, July 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica has penned a strongly worded defense of Fr. James Martin’s new pro-gay book Building a Bridge. In it, he slams Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, without specifically mentioning him by name, for issuing a correction to Fr. Martin for his abandonment of Catholic teaching on homosexuality. Fr. Rosica, a Basilian priest and CEO of the Canadian-based Salt and Light Media, wrote July 15 that he was filled with “bewilderment” and “astounded” after reading “critical comments” of Fr. James Martin’s book. He specifically mentioned that he was referring to “some bishops’...
  • Cardinal Marx Says Anti-Gay Discrimination, not Same-Sex Marriage, is Defeat for Church

    07/17/2017 7:20:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    La Croix ^ | 6/17/17 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    He understands the fears of some conservative Catholics that same-sex marriage could open the floodgates for marriages “á trois” or for incest. But he says such fears are baseless. Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has distanced himself from the apocalyptic scenarios some Catholics have voiced over Germany’s new same-sex marriage law, saying the Church should be more concerned over its historic complicity in demonizing gay people. Marx, who is head of the German bishops’ conference and one of Pope Francis’ chief advisors and allies, stated clearly that he firmly upholds the Church’s view on marriage. But in a lengthy interview...
  • 5 Sobering Realities About Evangelism in Our Churches: Most Churches grow at the expense of others

    07/17/2017 9:25:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2017 | BY THOM S. RAINER
    My wife said she did not understand a word I said to her.Ouch.I was attempting to explain our research on 1,000 randomly chosen churches, and she had a blank look on her face. I knew what was taking place. A statistical nerd (me) was trying to share research with a normal person (my wife).Such is the conundrum where I find myself. This research is incredibly revealing, but I often speak in such statistical terms that I cloud its import.Allow me, then, to attempt to write with some clarity. Let me know if I have not succeeded. Here are some prefatory...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says Church is ‘on the Verge of Capsizing’

    07/15/2017 5:51:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/15/17 | Claire Chretien
    July 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal's ability to "live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing." The Church "stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination," Pope Benedict said in a message read by...
  • Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis’ Vatican is Backing a ‘Fake’ Church in China

    07/14/2017 6:06:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/14/17 | John-Henry Westen
    July 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Joseph Zen, the first Cardinal from China and a key adviser to Pope Benedict XVI regarding China-Vatican relations, has denounced a new Vatican agreement with the Chinese atheistic Communist government in an interview with the Polish outlet Polonia Christiana. The former Archbishop of Hong Kong compared the current situation of the Church in China with the times of brutal physical repression during the 1950s and 1960s, saying the situation is “worse” today. “Why? Because the church has been weakened,” he said. “I'm very sorry to say the government has not changed, but the Holy...
  • Vatican Archbishop: I ‘Don’t....Need to Defend’ Christian Values, ‘They Defend Themselves’

    07/14/2017 5:52:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/14/17 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, July 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A high ranking Vatican archbishop who heads a pro-life Academy as well as a theological institute for marriage and family said that Christian values do not need to be defended because “they defend themselves.” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia dismissed concerns that Pope Francis’ controversial reforms of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pope John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, which the Archbishop heads, signify any reluctance to fight for Christian values. “My view is the exact opposite: I am so certain of the power of Christian values that I don’t feel...
  • The Vatican Took Down the Bible From Their Web Site!

    07/14/2017 5:45:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 111 replies
    I was in the process of writing a blog post about parenthood on the occasion of my oldest son’s birthday and I wanted to finish by quoting St. Paul in scripture so I hit my bookmarks to the psalms as the quickest way to access the Bible on the Vatican and got this message My first thought was they finally fixed The Psalm section which was a pain in the neck so I went to my base link on the blog, clicked on the Bible which goes to the index page and got the same thing. I figured the Vatican...
  • Amir Tsarfati update, after his long tour (July 14, 2017)

    07/14/2017 2:21:14 PM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | July 14, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Very important update from Amir. If you are short of time, you can skip the rundown of the tour and other comments about his teaching in general, and skip to the update itself, which starts around minute 12. (You might want to go back and watch the earlier part later, if so.) But be sure to watch from 12 to the end. An update that the world needs to know.
  • Cardinals Clash Over Demand to Meet Pope

    07/13/2017 8:13:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RTE ^ | 7/13/17
    A year before Pope Francis' anticipated visit to Ireland to celebrate the Catholic family, one of his closest aides has sharply criticised four cardinals for publicly demanding that he meet them to clarify whether he still believes marriage is for life. Speaking in Limerick, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said the pontiff is encouraging pastors to help divorced people who have entered new civil marriages to follow their consciences on the question of whether they should receive the Eucharist. Speaking to journalists in advance of addressing third-level students in the city, the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna described the demoted Vatican official, Cardinal...
  • Priest Who Leads Largest Catholic Church in US: We Should Allow Married Priests

    07/13/2017 11:02:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/13/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    The man who leads the largest Roman Catholic Church in America is advocating that the church allow married men to become priests, and plans to spend his retirement ministering among the poorest of the poor.Monsignor John McSweeney, 75, who is originally from New York, is concluding 43 years of ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has most recently served as priest at St. Matthew in Ballantyne, an affluent suburb of the state's most populous city.St. Matthew Catholic Church is the largest Roman Catholic parish in the United States which boasts of over 10,000 families, according to The Charlotte Observer Sunday.Much...
  • 12 hours of prayer for Charlie Gard begin Thursday morning

    07/12/2017 9:57:15 PM PDT · by Robwin · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | 07/11/2017 | Claire Chretien
    July 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Twelve hours of prayer for Charlie Gard will begin at 5 a.m. London time on Thursday (12:00 a.m. EST). This "worldwide prayer vigil" for the 11-month-old whose parents are fighting to keep him on life support is being organized by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, one of the human rights activists who's assisting Charlie's parents. "Thursday's court hearing will determine if Charlie Gard lives or dies," Mahoney wrote on Facebook. "In response to this, we are inviting people from all across the world to pray with us for this critical hearing on Charlie all day Thursday." "We...
  • The A - Z List of Concerns with Pope Francis

    07/12/2017 12:33:13 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | July 11, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    July 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The confusion caused by Pope Francis in the Catholic Church is out of control. There have been so many incidents over the last four years that the specifics, despite their grave damage, are often forgotten. In an effort to encourage prayer for an end to the confusion and disorientation in the Church, LifeSite presents the following A-Z list of concerns with Pope Francis. Amoris Laetitia The document so long awaited to bring needed clarification from the Pope served rather to increase confusion the world over as the Pope himself approved interpretations (Malta, Germany) which...
  • Hope When You Face More Than You Can Bear

    07/11/2017 4:32:32 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    CCC ^ | 4/19/2017 | Scott Churnock
    Have you ever heard someone say, “God will never give you more than you can bear”? Really? Is this what the Bible teaches? Is this what your own experience confirms? Let’s be honest. In those seasons when we are walking through “the valley of the shadow of death,” this platitude not only provides little comfort, but it also piles a lot of guilt on us. The apostle Paul, who was no weakling in the faith, described his feelings of anguish to the Corinthian church: For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in...
  • 18 Questions on Assurance of Salvation

    07/11/2017 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 8 replies
    The following 18 questions have been blessed to helping folks come to a decision for Christ - or to give them assurance of their salvation. I have had them written in the flyleaf of my New Testament for many years - and they have born much fruit. My prayer is that you will think on these questions until God through Jesus Christ our Lord, which is our hope, will grant you comfort through faith. I post this not as fodder for argument, but for some material for quiet time meditation with God.
  • Source: Before Dismissal of Cardinal Müller, Pope Asked Five Pointed Questions [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2017 2:44:21 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 15 replies
    1P5 ^ | July 10, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    After Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, revealed that he had personally spoken by phone with the now-deceased Cardinal Joachim Meisner about his recent dismissal, and that this conversation had taken place the night before Meisner’s sudden death on the morning of 5 July, several well-informed sources in Europe in communication with me all used the same expression, namely, they speculated that perhaps Cardinal Meisner had “died of a broken heart.” In light of the following disclosures about the content of the 30 June meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller,...
  • Italian Philosopher Sharply Criticizes Pope Francis

    07/10/2017 7:55:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 7/10/17
    The Italian philosopher and politician Marcello Pera criticised today Pope Francis in an interview with the newspaper Il Mattino. Pera is an atheist who co-authored a book with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. About Francis' plea for an unlimited acceptance of migrants Pera says, "I don't understand this Pope, what he is saying is beyond any rational comprehension." And, "Why does he insist on a total acceptance? The Pope does so because he hates the Occident, he aims at destroying it and does everything to achieve this goal." For Pera, Francis' magisterium is "not Gospel but only politics." He adds, "Francis is...
  • U.S. Archbishop: Active Gays Must Repent and Change Lifestyle Before Receiving Communion

    07/10/2017 7:13:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/10/17 | Pete Baklinski
    PORTLAND, Oregon, July 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- An American archbishop has released guidelines upholding the Church's constant teaching that Catholics in "serious sin" – including active homosexuals and those in adulterous unions – must repent before receiving Communion. The new guidelines from Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon are intended to implement Pope Francis’s Exhortation Amoris Laetitia in a way that he said is “compatible with Church teaching.” The guidelines state that those in “serious sin,” including divorced and civilly-remarried persons living unchastely as well as persons in an active same-sex relationship, must “sacramentally confess all serious sins with a...