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  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/01/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Western American Diocese ^ | August 2015 | Bishop Maxim
    BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENTWith this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names of Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville, and Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church. Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two...
  • Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2015 5:14:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 8/31/15
    A Belgian priest, Fr. Gabriel Ringlet, has suggested that a “celebration” should mark the moment of death for Roman catholics who choose euthanasia. He also promotes the “spiritual accompaniment” of such Catholics in such glowing terms that they read like support for euthanasia itself. While Fr Ringlet says he does not aim to justify “mercy killing,” his approach is a boon to euthanasia proponents. His book, written in French, Vous me coucherez nu sur la terre nue (“Put me out naked on the naked ground”), is coming out on Thursday. Its publication by a major French publisher, Albin Michel, rather...
  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:33:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/31/2015 | Rorate Caeli
    [Translator's Note: Kath.ch, the official website of the Swiss Bishops' Conference, recently published on 21 August 2015 (http://www.kath.ch/newsd/zitat-sich-der-kirche-zuliebe-ueber-die-kirche-hinwegsetzen/) a short comment and summary of an objectively scandalous interview with Dr. Markus Arnold, a Swiss Catholic lay theologian and a professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Lucerne (https://www.unilu.ch/fakultaeten/tf/institute/religionspaedagogisches-institut-rpi/mitarbeitende/markus-arnold/) After this comment, the Swiss Bishops' Conference's website permissively gives the link to the entire original interview.] Excerpts below: Question: The Catechism [of the Catholic Church] says one should treat homosexuals with compassion. Dr. Arnold: The Roman moral teaching on sexuality was created in the 19th century because of an ideologized...
  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 1:55:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 1, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    In many ways, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput should be a darling of the media: He lives simply; he engages with the culture; he’s among the most supportive bishops of the laity in modern history, he communicates in a straight-forward manner, and he makes himself exceptionally accessible to the public.   None of that seems to be enough, however. Recently, Philadelphia magazine ran piece called "Archbishop Charles Chaput: The Hardliner." Even the photo they chose appears to be designed to portray the archbishop as uptight, stern, and removed from his people’s concerns. Less than a month before Pope Francis arrives...
  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 10:59:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/1/2015
    “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” - 1 John 2:19 Continuing our study of the eternal security of the believer, otherwise known as the perseverance of the saints, we will consider today the phenomenon of people who appear to be believers but then walk away from the faith. Since we believe Scripture teaches that all who truly believe in Christ are justified and will never fall...
  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject this idea. They argue that the non-Muslims who embraced Islam did so from sheer...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 7:13:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • August 31, 2015 • As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner. But absent...
  • Who Are the Evangelicals Supporting Donald Trump?

    09/01/2015 7:06:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    New polling shows Donald Trump continuing to surge among the Republican field. His strong showing among Evangelicals is a surprise to some and annoyance to others. As a matter of fact, he currently leads among conservative Christians. "I love the Evangelicals," said Trump, but there are doubters. A scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Trump and his Christian support concluded with this assessment: "I don't see someone interested in serving God, I see someone interested in being God." If the disconnect between Republican Party leaders and much of the base is evident, it may exist among Evangelical leaders...
  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 7:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | Leonard Blair
    R.C. Sproul Jr., son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of the international Christian organization, Ligonier Ministries, revealed Monday that he visited the controversial spouse-cheating Ashley Madison website in a "moment of weakness" last year and has been suspended by the board of Ligonier Ministries for it. "In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination," wrote the 50-year-old Sproul, a Calvinist Christian minister, theologian and widower in a...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/1/15)[Prayer]

    09/01/2015 6:43:02 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/1/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah 29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is...
  • 911: An Emergency Recall to Pray for Jerusalem

    09/01/2015 6:08:14 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 1 replies
    AnGeL Ministries ^ | 9/1/15 | Anne Graham Lotz
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” Psalm 122:6 NOTE: On September 1, 2014, I invited believers around the globe to join me in praying and fasting for all those living in His Land. Today, September 1, 2015, I invite each one of you to join me again in setting aside time to pray for Jerusalem. This prayer may be prayed in one hour, or it may be prayed section by section over a longer period of time. Although it is patterned after Daniel 9, it is my personal prayer that has been birthed...
  • Cultural Monuments in Syria, Iraq Need to be Protected from Islamists – Lavrov

    09/01/2015 4:14:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/1/15
    Moscow, September 1, Interfax - UNESCO needs to consider ways to protect cultural values amid ISIL attacks on cultural monuments in Syria's Palmyra, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has said. "Under these circumstances, the task of the protection of cultural values under a relevant UN convention is very topical. I think we should think about concrete steps at the UNESCO in order to provide this position of the international community," Lavrov said at MGIMO University on September 1. "The destruction of cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria's Palmyra demonstrates that these people [ISIL fighters] not only seek to grab power on...
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:38:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words ”In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Amen. The word present, of course, means here, close to, next to, and the prefix omni gives it universality. God...
  • What Men Live By - Chapter 28 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:27:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among all races throughout the world always. Life also has its marginal zones where lie the things that are relatively unimportant. These change from generation to generation and vary from people to people. It is at the central core that men are one, and it is on the marginal zones that they differ from each other. Yet the marginal things divide the peoples of the world radically and seriously. Most of the...
  • What About the Holy Spirit? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:21:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role. The church’s understanding of the Spirit’s Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth. At the...
  • The Reality of Spiritual Warfare (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:19:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12). Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him. Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign....
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    09/01/2015 1:23:08 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 8 replies
    September 1, 2015 | Jeanbl
    Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance . . . Matthew 3:3
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    08/31/2015 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, “Peace and security,”then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief.For all of you are children of the light...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/31/2015 8:54:11 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    8-31-15 | Kitty Mittens
    2 Samuel 22:2-4 Jehovah is my Rock, my Fortress and my Savior. I will Hide in God, Who is my Rock and my Refuge. He is my Shield and my Salvation, My Refuge and High Tower. Thank You, O my Savior, For Saving me from my Enemies. I will Call Upon the Lord, Who is Worthy to be Praised; He will Save me from All my Enemies.
  • Flashback: The Appendix, from Top 10 Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs)

    08/31/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | 2/9/05 | Brandon Miller
    In Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and in his later works, he referred to several "vestiges" in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent. (snip) The Human Appendix In plant-eating vertebrates, the appendix is much larger and its main function is to help digest a largely herbivorous diet. The human appendix is a small pouch attached to the large intestine where it joins the...
  • Hong Kong Cardinal Tong Says He Was Not Invited to Synod on Family

    08/31/2015 6:30:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    UCA News ^ | 8/31/15
    Largest Chinese diocese may not be represented at Vatican gatheringThe head of the largest Chinese Catholic diocese in the world will be absent from the World Synod of Bishops in October because he has been deemed to be too old. Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was not invited to participate in this year’s synod, which will focus on the family, because he is older than 75. “Now I know that I am not going to the synod," the 76-year-old cardinal told ucanews.com in a late August interview. The cardinal said he was told by a Vatican representative that...
  • Listening like Sheep (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 4:34:11 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/31/2015
    “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (vv. 6–7a). - Psalm 95 God comforts our souls throughout the pages of Scripture. His promise never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) assures us that no matter how difficult things seem, He is with us, carrying us through the fire of testing so that we might be purified and refined (Isa. 48:1–10). The Lord’s pledge to glorify everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:29–30)...
  • Steve’s Devotional - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    08/31/2015 3:57:13 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 19 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 31, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Are you worried? I am. On Steve Brown Etc. we have interviewed a whole lot of people about the economy, the war, the environment, world poverty, politics (and the list goes on) and the general impression is that we’re all going to die! It’s bad and it’s going to get a lot worse. There is a wonderful story in 2 Kings 6. The king of Syria was at war with Israel. Israel, though, had a powerful “secret weapon” in Elisha the prophet who kept warning Israel of the troop movements of Syria. The king of Syria was ticked and sent...
  • Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?

    08/31/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    (www.teenvogue.com) A common assumption in our society, especially among the educated classes, is that ignorance—of a religion, culture, or race—invariably begets hatred and prejudice. A corresponding assumption is that the more you understand the other, the less you will fear him. Of course, this notion can be easily debunked by pointing out that German Jews who understood what Nazism was all about had good reason to fear the Nazis. Likewise, Southern blacks who understood the true nature of the Ku Klux Klan were justifiably on their guard against the Klan. Ignorance can breed unwarranted fear, but sometimes ignorance can...
  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but that’s only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place. Thascius Cyprianus was the son of a rich pagan senator, and received a fine secular education becoming a splendid orator, and a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy in the school of Carthage. He often appeared in the courts to defend his fellow citizens. Cyprian afterwards recalled that for a long time “he remained in a deep dark mist.., far from the light of Truth.” His fortune, received from his parents and from...
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    08/31/2015 11:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 8/31/2015 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question. Many great bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that remarriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. Much of the controversy centers on Matthew 5:32 where Jesus says,...
  • War Room (vanity)A Must See Movie

    08/31/2015 8:52:34 AM PDT · by 2nd Amendment · 13 replies
    I saw a faith-based movie this weekend. The lines were long and many shows were sold out. It was by far the best Kendrick directed movie I have seen. The movie was "War Room" starring Tony Evan's daughter. The audience was alternately crying or clapping. Liberal critics have panned this movie but it is the 1st "feel-good" movie I've seen in a long time. I recommend it for all people who want to see the positive power of God.
  • Seeking God's Kingdom (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘. . . All these things shall be added to you’” (Matthew 6:33). God will provide for those who seek what is eternal. What did Jesus mean when He said we are to seek God’s kingdom first? It means our top priority in life should be to seek what is eternal. That was the priority for the apostle Paul. In Acts 20 he was ready to leave for Jerusalem to defend the faith, not knowing if he might be put in prison or lose his life. The prospect of persecution did not deter him, for he said, “I do not...
  • HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAS FORGED: AN EXERCISE IN COMMON SENSE

    08/31/2015 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world?   Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject...
  • Rejecting the World (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The world is opposed to everything God stands for. Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn't know what's best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God's warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, "When...
  • Real Spiritual: Decline

    08/31/2015 7:55:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    ItsReally Real,org ^ | August 30, 2015 | Rev. Brian Akers
    Over the past few years as a minister there has been a growing narrative that, for many reasons, I haven’t been able to escape. It would seem that the statistics and facts all say that “church” is in decline. Don’t take my word for it either… there are plenty of other Huffington Post authors chiming in about this apparent trend too. Some say that it’s all about the lack of religion in our schools, laws and culture as if the country is devolving. Some say that the “immediacy” of God, also described as an apocalyptic culture, has been lost. You...
  • Christian Film 'War Room' Makes $11 Million Debut

    08/31/2015 7:53:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/31/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Christian drama "War Room," by filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, earned $11 million in its box-office debut over the weekend despite playing in only 1,135 theaters. It was placed No. 2 behind "Straight Outta Compton," which earned $13.2 million, but after playing in 3,142 locations. The faith-based film on the power of prayer, which hit theaters Friday, marks the highest debut for the Kendrick brothers with $11 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The N.W.A saga "Straight Outta Compton" remained at the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive weekend. However, "War Room" averaged $9,360 in 1,135 theaters, as...
  • Healing Medicine for Strident Times – Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

    08/31/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2015 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/31/15)[Prayer]

    08/31/2015 5:30:19 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/31/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah 38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up...
  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    08/30/2015 11:58:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 56 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-29-2015 | Fr. Alexey Young
    On this day, the Church celebrates the icon of the Savior "Made Without Hands"—the prototype of which is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ's holy face, left on a cloth used to cover His face at burial after the crucifixion. An exhaustively researched and highly interesting article by Fr. Alexy Young, Nun Michaila, and Mary Mansur was published a number of years ago in the periodical, "Orthodox America" on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Napkin. We present it today in the spirit of the present feast.      The truth of God has to be comprehended...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-15

    08/30/2015 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with him those who have fallen asleep.Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself,...
  • Quebec’s Proposed Imposition of Blasphemy Laws Will Affect Us All

    08/30/2015 7:29:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/30/2015 | Kyle Shideler
    While Canada is currently in the throes of an early election, in the province of Quebec there’s growing debate over the future of free speech. The Quebec Parliament is currently debating whether to pass Bill 59, a bill that would grant the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) the authority to investigate so-called “hate speech”, even without a complaint being filed. The Head of the QHRC, Jacques Frémont has already openly said that he plans to use such powers, “to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or...
  • Convocation reflects on martyrdom

    08/30/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    North American Lutheran Church ^ | 29 August AD 2015 | Pr. David Baer, editor
    The 2015 NALC Convocation focused on the reality of Christians suffering for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel. Those at the Convocation heard stories that were both heartbreaking and inspiring about Christians being killed today because of their faith in Christ. The Convocation heard keynote addresses from Pastor Bassam Abdallah, Robert Spencer and Margaret Khamoo. They highlighted the struggles Christians are facing at the hands of Muslims and explained the nature of the Islamic faith and why it is a threat to Christians. About 600 people attended the Convocation held Aug. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the...
  • Beautiful Christian music link for new traditional God honoring music

    08/30/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies
    sound cloud ^ | 08/30/15 | UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN
    Friends, this is some of the best modern Christ honoring music you will hear.
  • Diocese of Portsmouth [UK] on ‘Environmental Alert’ in Response to Papal Encyclical

    08/30/2015 11:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/28/15 | Jo-Anne Rowney
    Bishop Philip Egan said the 'alert' is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action The Bishop of Portsmouth has placed his diocese on “environmental alert” as well as directing people to examine their lifestyles in confession, after reading Pope Francis’ encyclical. Bishop Egan called Laudato Si one of the most “challenging” papal encyclicals of our time, adding it prompted him to look at how his diocese should respond. In a pastoral letter Bishop Egan said the alert should impact the way the diocese, acts, pray and thinks “leading [it to a conversion of mind, will...
  • Living One Day at a Time (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’” (Matthew 6:34). The believer is not to worry about his future. British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Although it is very right to think about the future, it is very wrong to be controlled by it.” He was right, because worry is a tremendous force that will endeavor to defeat you. It will try to destroy you today by making you upset and anxious. But if it loses today, it will take you into the future until it finds something to...
  • The Love God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17). If you love the world, you’re engaging in a love God hates. Satan, from the very beginning...
  • This Pope Does Not “Do” Doctrine

    08/30/2015 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dr. William Oddie
    If you are puzzled, even disoriented by the Holy Father’s conduct of his pontificate (and I stress at the outset that what follows is not intended as an attack on it) you may be reassured by an article in this month’s National Geographic magazine, which contains some possibly indiscreet remarks by the Pope’s spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, which indicate that you are not alone. I say “possibly” indiscreet, since as he is the Pope’s director of communications, maybe what he says is something the Holy Father doesn’t mind us knowing. This is from an account of a conversation between the...
  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 10:04:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 103 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 30, 2015 | JP
    “Who do men say I am?” Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered. “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, “You are the Christ.” This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Catholic Org: Pope Visit Being Organized by Pro-Choice Politicians

    08/30/2015 6:58:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.phillymag.com ^ | August 25, 2015 | Joel Mathis
    From the Lepanto Institute’s report on ties between the World Meeting of Families and Planned Parenthood. A key leader for the World Meeting of Families has come under attack from a conservative Catholic “investigative group” that says he donated campaign funds to pro-abortion candidates. The Lepanto Institute said Robert J. Ciaruffoli, currently listed as chairman (but sometimes listed as president) of WMOF’s board of directors, has, in various years, given campaign donations to Allyson Schwartz, Chaka Fattah, Bob Brady, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson — all pro-choice Democrats. (The donations can be affirmed at the Federal Election Commission website.) The...
  • isis and gold dinar, Bible prophecy being fulfilled ? thoughts

    08/30/2015 6:56:54 AM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 7 replies
    As a Christian and watchman this new isis video release is quite creepy yet stunning.. would like to hear from my brothers and sisters in Christ who are interested in bible prophecy . Watch this video
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/30/15)[Prayer]

    08/30/2015 5:12:39 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/30/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jonah 5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the...