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  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/28/16

    09/27/2016 10:45:06 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 5 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9/28/2016 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/27/2016 8:45:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2016 Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the sun, and it rises not;he seals...
  • Feast of the Venerable Chariton the Confessor and Abbot of Palestine

    09/27/2016 8:43:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 28 September | OCA
    Venerable Chariton the Confessor the Abbot of Palestine Commemorated on September 28 Troparion & KontakionSaint Chariton the Confessor was born at Iconium in the province of Lycaonia, and suffered there during a persecution against Christians in the reign of Emperor Aurelian (270-275). The example of the holy Protomartyr Thekla (September 24), who was also a native of his city, encouraged him to confess Christ, since he had a great devotion to her. St Chariton bravely denounced the pagan gods and staunchly confessed faith in the one True God, Christ the Savior. The holy Confessor underwent fierce tortures but, by God's...
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 7:55:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    World Religion News ^ | 6/26/16 | Corey Barnett
    Hungary aims to aid and defend Christians persecuted by ISIS.Hungary has announced a new initiative to fight forces that discriminate against and persecute Christians. The government has decided that in the light of the recent attacks on Christians, a new department will be set up in Hungary to study these cases and fight radical forces that threaten the lives of innocent Christians. The authorities have indicated that this department will not only take into consideration the attacks that have been happening in the Middle East, but also the disguised forms of discrimination against Christians in Europe. Hungary's Minister for Human...
  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 7:48:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 9/25/16 | Jacqueline Tempera
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rev. Francesco Francese kept his Sunday homily at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Broadway short as he encouraged worshipers to “be gentle” with people who stray from the path of God. “It’s our Christian duty to, if we can, to make up for mistakes, and try to help those who are also victims in one way or another,” said Father Francese. “God wants us to give others their due, to never be unjust to them.” As he closed his Bible the sanctuary fell silent. The rousing blend of voices, piano harmonies, and bongo drums associated...
  • Jordan: Islamic Party Voters Reject Christian Candidates

    09/27/2016 7:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In Jordan's legislative elections, Islamic voters refused to support Christian candidates, reports Archbishop Maroun Lahham, the patriarchal vicar for the Jerusalem patriarchate. Under Jordan's complicated election rules, every party must submit a slate of candidates that includes representatives of various minorities, including Christians. The Islamic parties duly recruited Christian candidates. But the party's supporters did not vote for those candidates, so that none of the Islamic party's winning representatives is a Christian. The Islamic Action Front won 15 of the 130 seats in parliament. Christians won 9 seats. Elections, Archbishop Lahham: all Christian candidates in Islamist lists rejected (Fides)
  • Twenty Churches Destroyed in Aleppo During the War

    09/27/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/26/16
    Moscow, September 26, Interfax - 20 churches were destroyed in Syrian Aleppo, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for UNESCO of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Russian-Syrian cooperation Alexander Dzasokhov said. "It is a magnificent city in Syria that was famous not only for its renowned architecture and cultural sites, but it was a place where Christian aspect of this long-suffering nation has always been present. It suffers great destructions now. According to the recent data, 20 churches were destroyed there," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel. Dzasokhov believes the future...
  • Silence In Heaven...Revelation 8 pt 1

    09/27/2016 4:42:09 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 9 replies
    09-27-16 | Bill Randles
    And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.(Revelation 8 :1-3)The flow of the Revelation given to John goes as follows; Chap 1 – “Write the things you have seen…”– This...
  • The Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (old calendar)

    09/27/2016 2:50:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-27-2016 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the service for the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (Russian Orthodox)
  • Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Signs Appeal to Ban Abortion in Russia

    09/27/2016 12:31:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 09-27-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church signed on Tuesday an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia, Patriarch Kirill's spokesman said. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected. The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as "the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects." According to Russian pro-life activists, about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.
  • Always Praying

    09/27/2016 11:57:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 51 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times" (Eph. 6:18). Make prayer an ongoing part of your day. As important as prayer is to your Christian life, you might expect Paul to list it as another piece of spiritual armor, but he doesn't. Instead, he makes it all-pervasive by instructing us to pray at all times. That's our spiritual lifeline—the air our spirits breathe. The effectiveness of each piece of armor is directly related to the quality of our prayers. We see the importance of prayer throughout the New Testament. Jesus instructed His disciples to be on the alert...
  • The Spirit Unveils the New Covenant

    09/27/2016 11:57:08 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:15-16). One of the most important truths the Holy Spirit unveils for us is the glory of the New Covenant. The Old Testament contains many veiled statements, types, prophecies, and parables. The Israelites didn’t understand most of those things because the Old Testament didn’t have plainness of speech. Its glory was veiled and was even described as fading away (2 Cor. 3:13-14). In contrast to the Old Covenant, the present New Covenant age is characterized...
  • Renowned Philosopher and Friend of John Paul II: "Pope Must Act To Avoid Schism and Heresy"

    09/27/2016 11:24:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | September 26, 2016 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Catholic Church is being rocked to its foundations in the aftermath of the publication of Amoris laetitia and Pope Francis’ “confidential” (and promptly leaked) letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires affirming that the admission of public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion is the only correct interpretation of Amoris. Now we read that a friend of the late Pope John Paul II, the renowned Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert, has declared in a video interview that certain statements in Amoris are “objectively heretical” and that the Pope must act to correct them “to avoid schism and to avoid...
  • "Understanding Gordon H. Clark", E Calvin Beisner

    09/27/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Branch of Hope Church ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | E Calvin Beisner
    E. Calvin Beisner, an interdisciplinary scholar specializing on the application of Biblical world view, theology, and ethics to economics, environmental stewardship, political philosophy, public policy, and apologetics, is founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. The Cornwall Alliance is a network of theologians, pastors, other ministry leaders, scientists, economists, other scholars, and policy experts committed to applying Biblical principles to the twin challenges of economic development for the very poor around the world and wise Earth stewardship.
  • SAVING GRACE and the Evidence of it in our Lives for others[Charismatic Caucus]

    09/27/2016 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    My subject matter(DNA) is Life Everlasting but where in your life is this a "matter of "Evidence" for in your daily endeavors even in your prayer life I should be the main ingredient of your prayer for others and this is, their salvation first for without me no life truly exists it is just matter(dust). Now I AM the breath ~ ~ ~ of your beginning through salvation and the end of the means for you to OVERCOME as I did for you but now is your time of destiny for I AM The Fulcrum of Balance( Plumb Line )...
  • The ‘law of gradualness’ according to Francis: a path toward full union with God or...?

    09/27/2016 8:39:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | September 27,2016 | Dendinger-Bergoglio
    From Rome, for the Denzinger-Bergoglio One of the more important aspects of Francis’ Amoris laetitiae that has not attracted much attention yet in the ‘catholic’ media is his reference to the so-called ‘law of gradualness’, which he attributes to Pope John Paul II. But anyone who takes the trouble to analyze what Francis states comes up with a poorly veiled attempt to abolish the Law of God in relation the sixth and ninth Commandments of the Decalogue, as well as the teachings of Jesus regarding the sacraments of the Eucharist and of Matrimony. Let us have a better look at...
  • Saudi Arabia deports Christians [all Catholics] for celebrating Assumption of Our Lady

    09/27/2016 8:08:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 22, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donelly
    Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Lebanese Maronite Christians, including women and children, for celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in their home. Saudi Arabian authorities justified the deportation by claiming the Christians participated in "un-Islamic prayer" and that they possessed the "Gospel". The religious police raided a house in the Aziziyah neighborhood of Al Khafji, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and arrested 27 people, including children. The Christians claimed that as the Koran esteemed the Blessed Virgin Mary, their prayers caused no insult. In 2006 the Saudi government gave the undertaking to stop interfering with...
  • Job and Suffering

    09/27/2016 7:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Job and Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Job’s Tormentors’ by William BlakeWe are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, or when evil men hatch their plots? Why did God even conceive the evil ones and let them be born?The problem of evil cannot be answered...
  • Day 44 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/27/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 44 – MARY, QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS, PRAY FOR US “CAN’T QUIT – WON’T FALL – PUT ME IN THE FIGHT!” The Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army states: “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens said: “One of the things that makes a warrior into a warrior is that they are dedicated to developing their strength in service to others.” Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” —...
  • Understanding the Nature of Corruption (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/27/2016 4:55:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/27/2016
    The technological explosion proliferates in geometric proportion. Yet the human spirit of corruption remains. We are still trying to be God. We still grasp for autonomy, refusing to have God rule over us. We now reach beyond the heights of an ancient ziggurat. We walk on the moon and call it a real step forward for mankind. We are indeed “enlightened.” No longer do students carry switchblades to school. They carry guns. Gangsters don’t use tommy guns. Machine-gun Kelly has become obsolete in the face of assault weapons and rocket launchers. The battering ram has yielded to the ICBM. Our...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Our Nation

    09/27/2016 2:40:42 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 11 replies
    September 27, 2016 | Jeanbl
    Jesus prayed ~ "Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory!" John 17:24 ~
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/27/16

    09/26/2016 10:37:24 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 30 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9/27/2016 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. 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.
  • Feast of the Holy Martyr Callistratus

    09/26/2016 10:15:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 27 | OCA
    Martyr Callistratus Commemorated on September 27 Troparion & KontakionSaint Callistratus was a native of Carthage. An ancestor of St Callistratus, Neochorus, has served under the emperor Tiberius in Palestine, under the command of Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea, and was a witness to the suffering on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His voluntary death and glorious Resurrection. The saint’s father was a Christian, and he raised his son in faith and piety. Also like his father, St Callistratus became a soldier and excelled among his pagan military comrades by his good conduct and gentle disposition. At night...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-16, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2016 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2016 Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had I slept,...
  • What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines Really Mean [can it be interpreted as a Kasper loss?]

    09/26/2016 7:02:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    National Catholi Register ^ | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce [this]. Pope Francis clearly wanted to change the Church’s practice on the admission of the divorced and civilly remarried to holy Communion, but could not get the synod of bishops to agree. It was an example of the Holy Spirit guiding the magisterium...
  • Declaration of Fidelity to the Church's Unchangeable Doctrine ... and Discipline on Marriage

    09/26/2016 6:54:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 29, 2016 | multiple authors
    80 Catholic personalities reaffirm their loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church on the family and Catholic morals A Declaration of Fidelity to the ChurchÂ’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline was disclosed today by a group of 78 Catholic personalities, including cardinals, bishops, priests, eminent scholars, leaders of pro-family and pro-life organizations and influential figures of civil society. The statement was disclosed by the association Supplica Filiale [Filial Appeal], the same organization that collected, between the two Synods on the family, nearly 900,000 signatures of Catholic faithful (including 211 prelates) in support of a petition asking...
  • Dear Lord, Please Let Your Truth Be Revealed Tonight

    09/26/2016 5:45:54 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 37 replies
    Amen.
  • Chicoms again take 'underground' bishop into custody to prevent appearance at prelate's funeral

    09/26/2016 5:06:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 26, 2016
    For the 2nd time in less than a month, Chinese officials have taken an "underground" Catholic bishop on a trip to a remote part of the country, so that he cannot preside at the funeral of a deceased Catholic prelate. Bishop Anthony Xu Jiwel of Taizhou died on September 25, at the age of 81, after a long illness. He had spent years in prison before being ordained as a priest in 1985, then named Bishop of Taizhou in 2010. He was, however, recognized by the Chinese government as well as the Holy See. Shortly before Bishop Xu's death, Chinese...
  • The New Orthodox-Catholic Agreement is a Landmark – but There’s a Long Way to Go

    09/26/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/26/16 | Fr. Mark Drew
    The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of workAs of last Thursday, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church announced that it had reached substantial agreement on the questions of primacy and synodality in the Church. It was described as a “landmark agreement”, and one source asked excitedly whether Orthodox Churches might soon “recognise the Pope”. Has there really been a historic breakthrough in the process towards healing the thousand-year-old schism between East and West? That the issue is a thorny one...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/26/2016 11:47:30 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    9-26-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • Going to the Root Cause (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/26/2016 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/26/2016
    The twentieth century was the start of the age of high technology. The technological advances of our age have eclipsed all previous generations. It was the nineteenth century that evoked an unprecedented spirit of human optimism. The Enlightenment concluded that man no longer needed the God-hypothesis to explain his origins and purpose. An optimistic humanism was born that promised a coming utopia. Education, science, and technology would produce the acme of evolutionary development. Peace would prevail and poverty, disease, crime, and war would be banished by the modern techniques of government, economics, and education. World War I temporarily burst the...
  • The Consent to Reality

    09/26/2016 9:58:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-27-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Catholic philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue), has presented perhaps the most cogent account of our modern cultural landscape. It is not an account of how one set of ideas gave way to another set of ideas, but how a once-upon-a-time consensus gave way to our current collection of competing truth-claims and world-views. Indeed, he demonstrates (Whose Justice, Which Rationality) that our present confusion is not primarily represented by competing groups and sub-groups, but within most individuals. A person, in the course of a single argument, will likely cite any number of disparate and mutually-contradicting propositions. This is not simply the...
  • The Cross shows us the life of God

    09/26/2016 9:44:21 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer),
    On Sunday, September 25, 2016, Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Waymart, PA, visited and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the St. Nicholas chapel at Moscow's St. Catherine's church. He offered the following homily on the place of the Cross in our lives: Photo: http://wesharepics.info/imagebgkl-bear-your-cross.asp     Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14:22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not...
  • 315,000 people venerate relics of Venerable Silouan the Athonite [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    09/26/2016 9:38:15 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Moscow, September 24, 2016      On September 24 the relics of St. Silouan accompanied by representatives of the St. Basil the Great Foundation and clergy left Moscow's Danilov Monastery – their final destination – and departed for the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos where they have been kept permanently for many years, reports the St. Basil the Great Foundation’s website. It should be noted that one more great Orthodox relic was brought together with the saint’s venerable head from Mt. Athos – the wonderworking icon of our Lord Jesus Christ before which Venerable Silouan had experienced a vision...
  • Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church to appear before court for sharp remarks concerning sodomy

    09/26/2016 9:25:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | agionoros.ru
    Source: agionoros.ruSeptember 25, 2016      Metropolitan Alexandros of Mantineia and Kynouria has reported that he received an official summons and will soon appear in court for his statements regarding representatives of sexual minorities. Vladyka reported that he is obliged to give testimony before Tuesday September 27. In April 2016 the metropolitan of Mantineia spoke out sharply against Greek Parliament’s adopting of the law on free cohabitation: “Worst of all is that Parliament voted for laws which call perversion and depraved couplings of people of the same sex marriage.” Speaking of sodomites, Vladyka said in particular: “They are an anomaly which...
  • A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age

    09/26/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Today I would like to discuss the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass (25th Week of the Year). For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss, fading eyesight, difficulty walking, digestive issues, and even gray hair.Remember your Creator in the days...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/26/16)[Prayer]

    09/26/2016 6:27:38 AM PDT · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/26/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 20) 20 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;     whoever is led astray by them is not wise. 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;     those who anger him forfeit their lives. 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,     but every fool is quick to quarrel. 4 Sluggards do not plow in season;     so at harvest time they look but find nothing. 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,     but one who has insight draws them out. 6 Many claim to have unfailing...
  • What's Missing from Mr. Trump's "Make America Great Again" Slogan

    09/26/2016 4:01:36 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 82 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/26/16
    What I find absolutely amazing today is how many Americans truly believe that one person can "make America great again" after years of our nation's war on and abandonment of moral absolutes. As many Americans know, "Make America Great Again" is Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan. This campaign slogan sounds great and has given a huge false hope to many Americans who want to return back to America's "less declining" pre-Obama years. However, I truly wonder how many of these Americans see the REALITY and three dimensional perspective of how impossible, unrecoverable and irreversible the fallout and damage inflicted on...
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/26/16

    09/25/2016 10:31:46 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 59 replies
    9/26/2016 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. 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.
  • Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

    09/25/2016 9:03:01 PM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 26 | OCA
    The Holy, Glorious All-laudable Apostle and Evangelist, Virgin, and Beloved Friend of Christ, John the Theologian was the son of Zebedee and Salome, a daughter of St Joseph the Betrothed. He was called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of His Apostles at the same time as his elder brother James. This took place at Lake Gennesareth (i.e. the Sea of Galilee). Leaving behind their father, both brothers followed the Lord. The Apostle John was especially loved by the Savior for his sacrificial love and his virginal purity. After his calling, the Apostle John did not part from...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-16, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2016 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said,“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”But Satan answered the LORD and said,“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have you not surrounded him...
  • Empty Cities Video - Moody Bible Institute

    09/25/2016 7:05:56 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    Moody Bible Institute ^ | 9/25/16 | Moody Institute of Science
    This is a great 30 min. video put out by Moody Bible Institute on the fallen cities and empires of the world. Could America be next?
  • Ex-Catholic Michael Coren stripped of papal knighthood

    09/25/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 25, 2016 | Michael Coren
    Michael Coren, former Catholic apologist and journalist, has been stripped of his papal knighthood following his reception into the Anglican Church of Canada in 2013. Coren is known for his popular work of Catholic apologetics, Why Catholics Are Right, and for his schism from the Church over her doctrine on homosexuality. He is married with four children. Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic made Mr Coren a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in October 1992, for 'services to Catholic media'. According to an interview with the ultra-liberal Catholic journal, The Tablet, "Coren was stripped of his papal knighthood and asked to return the...
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee?

    09/25/2016 6:37:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • The Need for Understanding

    09/25/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • 2016 09 25 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Geopolitical Delusions" (video)

    09/25/2016 4:16:26 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 9/25/16 | John Haller
    The average, reasoning person needs to be added to the "endangered species" list. The world continues to go mad. And who are the most delusional, with few exceptions? The Geopolitical Leaders of the World. This week's update, entitled "Geopolitical Delusions" looks at some of the life-altering decisions that are occurring behind closed doors in the smoke-filled rooms of the United Nations. From condemning Israel for so called "Human Rights Violations" to the revival of the Oslo Accords and a demand that Israel return to her borders established in 1949, we are rushing to a flash point that could see Biblical...
  • Unlocking the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe [ CATHOLIC CAUCUS ]

    09/25/2016 4:09:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 15, 2016 | Jeff Mirus
    Earlier this year, Ignatius Press brought out an English edition of a remarkable coffee-table book entitled Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code. Authored by film director Grszegorz Górny and photographer Janusz Rosikoń, the 280-page oversize hardback book is printed in full color on high-gloss paper, complete with photographs, paintings, maps and charts to supplement the text on every page. Guadalupe Mysteries retells the history of Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico, the miraculous image she left on his tilma, the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the conversion of Mexico, and the extraordinary details of the...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – September 25th, 2016 (video)

    09/25/2016 4:04:59 PM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 9/25/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. shares the three main reasons Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38 are about to be fulfilled and why it’s important to understand their significance.
  • Francis to journalists: Belief in God isn't necessary, only honesty

    09/25/2016 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    Francis just told journalists: "The question here isn't to believe in God or not. The question is to be or not to be honest with oneself and with others. This is the journalist's job -we might say his mission too-: to get as close as possible to the truth and never to say or write anything that one knows, in his conscience, to be false.” This isn't the teaching of Vatican II's Inter Mirifica: 3. The Catholic Church, since it was founded by Christ our Lord to bear salvation to all men and thus is obliged to preach the Gospel,...
  • Feast of the Venerable Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh (Russian Orthodox)

    09/25/2016 2:34:04 PM PDT · by NRx
    Saint Sergius of Radonezh was born in the village of Varnitsa, near Rostov, on May 3, 1314. His parents were the pious and illustrious nobles Cyril and Maria (September 28). The Lord chose him while still in his mother’s womb. In the Life of St Sergius it is reported that even before the birth of her son, St Maria and those praying heard the thrice-repeated cry of the infant at the Divine Liturgy: before the reading of the Holy Gospel, during the Cherubic hymn, and when the priest pronounced: “Holy Things are for the Holy.” God gave Cyril and Maria...