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  • January 17 - Jesus Refuses to Test God

    01/17/2019 12:58:29 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple” (Matthew 4:5). In confronting our Lord Jesus Christ, Satan persisted in trying to undermine or destroy the Son’s relationship to His Father. This time he goaded Jesus with this statement: “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down.” To fortify his challenge and make it more plausible, the adversary— with a subtle and clever twist—quoted Scripture: “For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You...
  • James MacDonald on ‘indefinite sabbatical’ from Harvest amid renewed criticism

    01/17/2019 10:14:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    RNS ^ | 1/16/2019 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    CHICAGO (RNS) — Pastor James MacDonald will take an “indefinite sabbatical from all preaching and leadership” at Harvest Bible Chapel, the influential Chicago-area megachurch he founded more than 30 years ago, as the church seeks to address continued criticism alleging a culture of intimidation and little accountability for its leadership. The move comes a week after Harvest dropped a defamation lawsuit against two bloggers, their wives and a freelance reporter, following a court ruling that documents subpoenaed in the case could be made public. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), Harvest Bible Chapel’s governing elders announced on the Harvest website a “peacemaking...
  • [Catholic Caucus] And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues

    01/17/2019 9:51:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | January 12, 2019 | Lin Yijiang
    And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues Never mind a nearly four-month-old provisional agreement with the Vatican – one that was supposed to ease decades-long tensions regarding the appointing of bishops – the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, is upping its suppression and persecution of underground Catholic churches and believers.Under the Vatican-China deal of 2018, Pope Francis recognized the legitimacy of seven Chinese-government-appointed bishops, who, not having been selected by the Vatican, had been excommunicated. In turn, Beijing finally, and formally, recognized the pope’s authority.“China and the Vatican will continue to maintain communications and push forward the process of improving relations...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics

    01/17/2019 9:08:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 16, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics Humanity encounters "serious difficulties", writes Pope Francis in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life (dated January 6). According to Francis, the cleavage between the "obsession for one's own wellbeing" and the "shared happiness of humanity" seems to become deeper to the point that one may think, "that between the individual and the human community a real schism is underway." The term "schism" has primarily a religious connotation, meaning a breakaway from the Church. By using it in a political context, Francis seems to...
  • Analyst: Pope’s Sagging Popularity Signals Fading Trust in Globalism

    01/17/2019 8:59:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16, 2019 | Thomas D. Williams
    Analyst: Pope’s Popularity Slump Marks Fading Trust in Globalism The approval rating of Pope Francis declined all over Europe during the course of 2018, a new analysis observed Wednesday, in large part because of his ever-less popular pro-immigration stance and other globalist positions. Among German Catholics, the pope’s popularity plummeted by a staggering 20 percentage points in one year, notes analyst Francesco Galietti, who runs the political risk consultancy Policy Sonar, and with Francis at its helm, the Catholic Church as a whole also suffered a drop of 9 percent in its approval rating among the same constituency.
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    01/17/2019 8:32:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2019 • At Mass for Wednesday of the first week of the year, we read a text from Hebrews that describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one that is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life

    01/17/2019 8:20:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 16, 2019 | Christine Rousselle
    Washington D.C., Jan 16, 2019 / 11:20 am (CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Jan. 18 Mass for Life, to be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life. Wuerl was until today scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the Mass.  In his stead will be Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the Archdiocese of Washington announced on Wednesday.  Pierre will be joined by Washington auxiliary bishops Mario Dorsonville and Roy Campbell, who will represent the archdiocese. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life takes place the morning of the annual March...
  • This country was removed from Christian persecution list; now a 'model' for religious tolerance

    01/17/2019 7:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/17/2019 | Samuel Smith
    Open Doors USA released on Wednesday its annual list of top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Two countries were taken off the list and two were put on this year. Bahrain, a tiny Muslim-majority nation in the Persian Gulf, earned its way off the 2019 World Watch List after being ranked in previous editions because of religious freedom and human rights concerns. In previous editions, the leading international Christian persecution watchdog called out the “relatively religiously tolerant” kingdom of Bahrain for placing inhibitions on the freedom to assembly, prohibitions against Christians proselytizing and restrictions to religious expression. In...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/17/19)[Prayer]

    01/17/2019 7:15:57 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/17/19 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Colossians 2 Spiritual Fullness in Christ 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 1/17/19

    01/17/2019 6:46:11 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
    1/17/19 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Two Christians Discussing LGBTQ: Activists are stealing the hearts and minds of our kids

    01/17/2019 6:30:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2019 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Brother in Christ, It was great talking with you. As per our conversation, I agree that we as Christians must love and pray for all people. However, there is an undeniable, extremely aggressive campaign by LGBTQ activists to force biblical principles, values, and Jesus underground. States and corporations are afraid to say no to anything LGBTQ activists demand. I've written numerous articles about LGBTQ bullying with links confirming the facts. Planned Parenthood successfully implemented mandatory sex ed in public schools teaching elementary school kids sex techniques. Students are encouraged to experiment with homosexuality and transgenderism. Teachers are being...
  • Comprehending the Decretive Will of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    01/17/2019 6:09:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/17/2019
    God’s decretive will is sometimes described as the sovereign, efficacious will by which God brings to pass whatever He pleases by His divine decree. An example of this may be seen in God’s work of creation. When God said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), He issued a divine imperative. He exercised His sovereign, efficacious will. When He did so, it was impossible for the light not to appear. It appeared by the sheer necessity of consequence. The decretive will can have no other effect, no other consequence than what God sovereignly commands. He did not request the light to...

    01/17/2019 4:51:56 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    SELF | 1/17/2019 | PilgrimsProgress
    "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding" (Proverbs 17:28 KJV).
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-19, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2019 10:35:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 01-17-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17 2019 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says: Oh, that today you would hear his voice, "Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion in the day of testing in the desert, where your ancestors tested and tried me and saw my works for forty years. Because of this I was provoked with that generation and I said, 'They have always been of erring heart, and they do not know my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter into my rest.'" Take care, brothers and sisters, that none...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Berard and Companions, 01-16-19

    01/16/2019 9:05:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 01-16-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions Saint of the Day for January 16 (d. January 16, 1220) Audio Player Saint Berard and Companions’ Story Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices. In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis to preach in Morocco. En route in Spain, Vitalis became sick and commanded the other friars to continue their mission without him. They tried preaching in Seville, then...
  • How a Populist Party Has Divided the Spanish Bishops

    01/16/2019 7:01:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/10/19 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    When a party widely seen as far-right entered one of Spain’s regional parliaments last month, it posed a dilemma for the Catholic Church during a time of tension over the Socialist government’s secularisation programme. “This result shows attacks on religious freedom don’t go unpunished – those seeking to divide Spain and create a world without God will have to pay a political price,” said Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of Córdoba. He was reacting to the success of Vox in regional elections in Andalusia in December, following disputes over immig­ration, education, abortion and other issues under premier Pedro Sánchez’s government. He...
  • Did She Lie? Ireland’s Former Female President Claims John Paul II Refused to Shake Her Hand

    01/16/2019 6:57:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/15/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual former Irish president Mary McAleese, who claims to be Catholic, may have been caught in a lie when she recently told an audience that Pope John Paul II refused to shake her hand. McAleese, 67, who was president of Ireland, a largely ceremonial position, from November 1997 to November 2011, made headlines last week by claiming that St. John Paul was rude to her because, she insinuated, she was a female leader. According to Irish Central and the Boston Globe, McAleese spoke at an event sponsored by the Irish American...
  • Putin Describes Establishment of New Church in Ukraine as 'Dangerous Politicking'

    01/16/2019 6:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/16/19
    Moscow, January 16, Interfax - The establishment of the "Orthodox Church of Ukraine" is a purely political project aimed at sowing not only ethnic but also religious discord between Russians and Ukrainians, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The new church entity is an entirely political, secular project. Its main aim is to divide the peoples of Russia and Ukraine, sowing seeds of ethnic as well as religious discord," Putin said in an interview with the Serbian newspapers Politika and Vecernje Novosti ahead of his visit to Serbia. The English-language version of the interview is available on the Kremlin's official website....
  • The Pope and the Homomafia [Michael Voris interview with Milo Yiannopoulos]

    01/16/2019 6:48:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/16/19 | Michael Voris
    Michael Voris talks to Milo Yiannopoulos about the homosexual crisis in the Church and what Pope Francis needs to do to fix the situation. Diabolical: How Pope Francis Has Betrayed Clerical Abuse Victims Like Me—and Why He Has To Go
  • Holy See Named in Latest Church Lawsuit [Guam]

    01/16/2019 6:47:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Kuam News ^ | 1/14/19 | Krystal Paco
    The Holy See, State of the Vatican City, is a named defendant in the latest clergy sexual abuse lawsuit. Though Mark Mafnas Apuron previously went public and filed a case against his uncle, former Archbishop Anthony Apuron, he's now filed a separate lawsuit in the local court. Other named defendants include the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana as a Corporation sole, Apuron himself, and the Capuchin Franciscans. The filing states the Holy See failed to institute the recommendations of a 1985 report on clergy sexual abuse entitled "The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in...