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  • Our Response to God's Power (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/14/2016 1:09:41 PM PST · by metmom
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. . . . They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary" (Isaiah 40:31). Relying on God's power gives us confidence to live as Christians. What should be our response to God's power? First, we should worship Him. Our response should follow what God told Israel: "The Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice" (2...
  • The Joy of Glorification (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/14/2016 1:06:16 PM PST · by metmom
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    God will perfect His work in you "until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6). Someday God will glorify and reward every believer. For Christians there's an element of truth to the bumper sticker that reads, "Please be patient, God isn't finished with me yet." We aren't what we used to be, but there's much to be done to make us all He wants us to be. Yet God's work within us is so sure and so powerful, Scripture guarantees its completion. Pondering that guarantee led Bible expositor F.B. Meyer to write, "We go into the artist's studio and find...
  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:18:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope - February 13, 2016 - "Jesus Tempted in the Desert" by Jaci XIII is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0There's an old gospel song tradition that speaks of the Christian life as a ride on the "Gospel train." The Gospel train is not always an easy ride with perfect scenery, but you've gotta get your ticket and stay on board.Mysteriously, the train sometimes passes through difficult terrain. But just stay on board! On his way to...
  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen. St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of any era. A 13th-century Dominican friar, his works include the “Summa Theologica” and several groundbreaking commentaries on the works of Aristotle. Over 750 years ago, he also had some prescient words about the spread of Islam, shared via Breitbart. In his work “Summa Contra Gentiles” — in which he argued for the truth of Christianity against other religions — he blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures...
  • Italy's Renzi Rejects Church Interference in Gay Civil Unions Debate

    02/14/2016 6:01:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/16 | Steve Scherer and Massimiliano Di Giorgio
    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rejected on Friday the Roman Catholic Church's interference in a parliamentary debate on legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights. Renzi spoke a day after the head of the Italian bishops' conference, Angelo Bagnasco, urged the upper house Senate to allow secret balloting when it votes on the bill, arguing this would allow lawmakers to follow their conscience. Italy is the only major Western country that has not yet recognized gay civil unions. "Parliament decides whether or not to allow secret votes......not the head of the bishops' conference," Renzi said during...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 5:13:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/14/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's Second Letter to The Corinthians) 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

    02/13/2016 8:08:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2016 First Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying: "The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, 'My father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien.But there he became a nation great, strong, and numerous.When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and...
  • The World Has Designs Upon Jerusalem...miracle nation pt 45

    Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge. For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.(Psalm 48:1-5)We established in our last article that Jerusalem is...
  • Astonishing new church in Russia

    02/13/2016 3:51:33 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 13, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Church architecture reflects the faith of the people who build churches.These days many of the modern Catholic churches I have seen look more like municipal airport buildings than structures to house the most sacred thing humans can undertake, the place where heaven and earth meet.I was recently sent a link to a site about a new church in Moscow. The church was recently completed and consecrated by Patriarch Kirill in December 2015. A Miracle of Liturgical Art: The Church of the Protection of the Mother of God at Yasenevo[…]But most astonishing by far was the project to decorate the interior...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/13/2016 9:35:49 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    February 13, 2016 | Irish Rose
    I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you - the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD...
  • A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial

    02/13/2016 8:26:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope - February 12, 2016 - People oversimplify Original Sin in various ways. Some reduce it to the mere eating of a piece of fruit rather than the act of disobedience, mistrust, and ingratitude it really was.Others miss the subtle but important difference in the descriptions of Adam's sin compared to Eve's. Of Eve's sin, Eve herself is a witness. She said, The serpent tricked me and so I ate it (Gen 3:13). But of Adam's sin God said, Because you listened to your wife...
  • Roman Primacy and Cuba

    02/13/2016 6:42:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 2/13/16 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    There is so much that is better than good in the Declaration of Cuba that it seems churlish to carp. But ... Paragraph 27: It is our hope that the schism between the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine may be overcome through existing canonical norms, that all the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine may live in peace and harmony, and that the Catholic communities in the country may contribute to this, in such a way that our Christian brotherhood may become increasingly evident.I find this enormously strange. Unless the Russian Church is finally conceding that the Bishop of First Rome does have...
  • Evidences of God's Power (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/13/2016 5:49:41 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know . . . what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might" (Ephesians 1:18-19). God's power is seen in creation, preservation, redemption, and resurrection. Think of all the energy we get from the sun, and multiply that by the innumerable stars in space. But God by His great power created all the stars with no effort whatsoever: "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and...
  • The Joy of Anticipation (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/13/2016 5:44:05 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it" (Phil. 1:6). God always finishes what He starts. All who love Christ desire to be like Him in spiritual perfection and absolute holiness. We want to please Him in every respect. However, that noble pursuit is often met with frustration and discouragement as human frailties and sin block our pathway. Paul's cry in Romans 7 is ours as well: "That which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/13/16)[Prayer]

    02/13/2016 5:39:20 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/13/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's Second Letter to The Corinthians) 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved? 3 I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy. 4 For I wrote you out of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-16

    02/12/2016 9:38:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2016 Saturday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;"Repairer of...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part Two

    02/12/2016 7:22:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 12, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    We continue with a look at those subjects the treatment of which stand out as prime examples of a Concilium contra Papa Ratti [Part One (link below)]: Ecumensim "On the 6th day of January, on the Feast of the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the year 1928," Pope Pius XI promulgated his Encyclical on Religious Unity, Mortalium Animos; inarguably the most important piece of papal magisterium of the last century on the topic of ecumenism. The Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican II, Unitatis Redintegratio, footnotes this supremely important reaffirmation of immutable Catholic doctrine precisely zero times, and the...
  • God Has Unlimited Power (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/12/2016 7:08:32 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "'Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all'" (1 Chronicles 29:11). God has unlimited power and ultimate control over everything. There is no limit to God's power. Revelation 19:6 says, "The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns." In fact, one Hebrew name for God is El Shaddai (El means "God"; Shaddai means "almighty"). Another word for "almighty" is "omnipotent." God can do anything effortlessly. It...
  • The Joy of Participation (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/12/2016 7:04:00 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now" (Phil. 1:5). You share in a sacred partnership with Christ and your fellow-Christians for the advancement of the gospel. In recent years the Greek word koinonia has become familiar to many Christians as the New Testament word for fellowship. However, it is also translated "partnership" and "participation." In Philippians 1:5, Paul uses it to emphasize the participation of the Philippians in common ministry goals. Romans 12:13 gives one aspect of that partnership and participation: monetary contributions. That's one aspect of fellowship that the Philippian church eagerly...
  • What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis

    02/12/2016 5:53:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 9/12/16 | Nicolai N Petro
    This week's Havana summit is a historic opportunityAlthough the Patriarchate of Constantinople holds a place of honor among the fourteen canonical Orthodox Churches, it is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the world's largest, that has emerged as the leading spokesman for Orthodox Christians. Its influence was clearly on display during preparations for this summer's first-ever Pan-Orthodox Council, when it convinced the heads of fellow churches to abruptly shift the venue from Turkey to Crete by suggesting that difficulties might arise in Turkey because of that country’s current tensions with Russia. It was then able to ensure that the Ukrainian Orthodox...
  • The Missionaries of Mercy and China's Unlawful Bishops

    02/12/2016 5:47:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/9/16 | Bernardo Cervellera
    The mandate of the Missionaries of Mercy also covers China, where excommunicated bishops could be readmitted. Yet, this would be difficult to do because it would require a public statement that Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association would slam as "Vatican meddling in China's internal affairs". Likewise, "sinicisation" would bring the risk of dividing the Church even more.Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The 'Missionaries of Mercy' that Pope Francis will send into the world to be the "living signs of the Father's readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon" might also travel to China. Here, they might absolve and legitimise unlawfully...
  • The Promise of Jesus For Difficult Times

    02/12/2016 5:15:01 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 5 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 23, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Living our lives as dedicated Christians seems difficult in the 21st century, but Jesus promised that the necessary help will be provided through the Holy Spirit and that standing firm is necessary to win your life. Here is what the Lord Says in Luke 21-19 while speaking of difficulties and persecutions of true Christians: “not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.” Indeed. Stand firm, and you will win life. Stand firm and keep the commandments. Stand firm and do not follow the popular culture. Stand firm and do not be afraid to...
  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.(Ezekiel 5:5)The center of the world, is Israel, the center of Israel is Jerusalem and the center of Jerusalem is Mt Zion, the temple mount.Jerusalem also happens to be at the center of the most momentous events in History as well as in the End Times scenario. Consider the fact that in Jerusalem, God ordained that a Holy House be erected, that He might descend and inhabit it. When Solomon had ended his prayer, fire came...
  • ‘We are brothers,’ Pope Francis tells Patriarch Kirill

    02/12/2016 3:34:19 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 12, 2016 | Cindy Wooden
    Patriarch Kirill is overheard telling the Pope: 'Things are easier now' At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow have embraced, kissing each other three times.“Finally,” the Pope told the Patriarch as they met in a lounge at Havana’s José Martí International Airport . “We are brothers,” he told the Patriarch.Amid the clicking of cameras and multiple flashes, Patriarch Kirill was overheard telling the Pope, “Things are easier now.”“It is clearer that this is God’s will,” Pope Francis told him.A flight of almost 12 hours capped months of intense negotiations and more than two decades of...
  • Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

    02/12/2016 2:02:17 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 12, 2016
    Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba. - EPA Joint Declarationof Pope Francisand Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia   “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to...
  • As pope and Russian patriarch meet, Ukraine fears a 'shaky' Vatican

    02/12/2016 1:51:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux News ^ | February 11, 2016 | Rev. Andriy Chirovsky
    EDITOR'S NOTE: In much of the world, Friday's historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Havana, Cuba, will be hailed as a breakthrough. Attitudes are more mixed, however, in Ukraine, long the front line of tensions between Catholics and the Russian Orthodox. There, the 5-million-strong Greek Catholic Church has suffered terribly for its loyalty to Rome, constituting the world's largest underground religious body during the Soviet era, and it's also a leader in civil resistance to the current Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. In this essay commissioned by Crux, the Rev. Andriy Chirovsky,...
  • Over the Embrace Between Francis and Kirill Falls the Shadow of Putin

    02/12/2016 1:40:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 12, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In order to meet with the patriarch of Moscow, the pope has given support to Russia's policies in Ukraine and in the Middle East, disappointing the expectations of the Christians of those regions. As he did before in Cuba.
  • When People Heard This Young Man, They Said, We Want To Do Good Works Too

    02/12/2016 1:01:24 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 5 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    True love is a sacrifice. Sometimes you have to give up winning so others can win. Making a sacrifice allows your brother to get ahead. When you let others to get ahead, God will ensure there is someone there to help you get ahead. Doing good works unselfishly, is infectious and dispels unfounded fear. Today I was listening to a story by a Russian priest who told us how contagious good works are. How do you do good works? See how this young man not only changed the lives of several families by serving them, but also infecting others to...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/12/2016 7:59:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope - February 11, 2016 - Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required "fasting" (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small "snack-like" meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so.Yet even the mitigated fast is...
  • Silence in the Liturgy

    02/12/2016 7:47:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/10/16 | Cardinal Robert Sarah
    It is important to recall that silence is a necessary condition for deep, contemplative prayer, and an important component of the liturgy. In an essay published in Italian in L'Osservatore Romano on January 30, 2016, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, discusses the meaning of silence in the Roman liturgy. The following English translation was prepared from the original, unabridged French text. Many Catholics rightly complain about the absence of silence in some forms of the celebration of our Roman liturgy. It seemed to us important, therefore, in this short...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/12/16)[Prayer]

    02/12/2016 5:15:51 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/12/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's Second Letter to The Corinthians) 12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God's grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as...
  • Recognizing Our Enmity (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/12/2016 4:59:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/21/2016
    As children we played games drawn from the scenario of war. When a friend approached we pretended that we were sentries. The dialogue was simple: "Halt! Who goes there? Friend or foe?" Our categories left no room for indifferent neutrality. They were restricted to two options, friend or enemy. Those are the only options we have in our relationship with God. No one is neutral. We are either God's friends or God's enemies. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled, "Man, Naturally God's Enemies." In this sermon Edwards declared: "Men, in general, will own that they are sinners. There are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-12-16

    02/11/2016 9:51:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-12-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2016 Friday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast day...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/12/2016) [Prayer]

    02/11/2016 9:04:52 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 19 replies
    Collection of Presidents Prayer Blessed the people is whose God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15 (NIV) ----
  • Look What Happened To This Man When He Run Away From God

    02/11/2016 7:13:28 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 42 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    There was a man in the Old Testament whose name was Jonah. God told him to do something, but he run away and thought he could hide from the presence of God. Then God commanded a big fish to swallow him. Miraculously, he survived in the belly of the fish for three days. During these three days he did three things: He realized he was wrong.He repented for his disobedience to God.He believed that God can still help him and prayed to God with faith. The Scripture says “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry...
  • How Does One Walk By The Spirit?

    02/11/2016 7:02:10 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 11 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    If you from various kinds of bad thoughts and you lost your peace, this is a sign that "you live according to the flesh." Do you know that when you think of the Spirit of God there is neither ‪sadness nor ‪‎disappointments? Have you ever seen a disappointing saint? That's why the Apostle Paul taught to walk "by the spirit." (Romans 8: 5; Gal. 5:16). This is the only real way to overcome worldly difficulties and bad habits because when your mind is governed by the Spirit the result is peace and real life. If you want peace, walk by...
  • Do Not Waste Your Time Remaining In The Past Because Your Best Days Are Still Up Ahead

    02/11/2016 6:54:26 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 25 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    We need to live this life not looking through the rear-view mirror. If someone has hurt you, forgive and move on. Leave it for God and he will care for it. Every time you have been disappointed, God has already set a new beginning for you. This is why you are still in this world. Every morning, every instance is a new beginning and a new opportunity for your salvation, which is life with God in His Kingdom. Your best days are still up ahead. The Scripture says in Ecclesiastes... Continue Reading here.
  • The Francis / Orthodox Meeting in Cuba

    02/11/2016 4:57:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Vennarri
    Ecumenism is not really a union of religions. It is the union of non-doctrinal sentimentalists within various religions, whose principle of unity is A.B.T.D. (Anything But True Doctrine). Presently, the most visible case-in-point of A.B.T.D. activity is the highly publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The encounter is scheduled to take place at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on February 12, a brief stopover during the Pope's upcoming trip to Mexico. Francis, following the A.B.T.D. principle of unity that emanates from Vatican II, has no intention of calling the Orthodox to "formal corporate reunion"1 based...
  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?(Matthew 16:1-3)And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known,...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part One

    02/11/2016 1:07:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 11, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Second Vatican Council represents a departure from tradition so severe that Yves Congar, an influential figure among the architects of the revolt, once boastfully described it thus: "The Church has had, peacefully, its October Revolution." In addition to being an assault against tradition in the most general sense, however, Vatican II was also in many ways an offensive against the legacy of Pope Pius XI in particular, beginning with the events leading up to its calling. Writing in the inaugural encyclical of his pontificate, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Pope Pius XI touched briefly on the possibility of reconvening the...
  • N.Y. Bishops Won’t Oppose Gov. Cuomo’s Rule To Stop Health Coverage for Gay Conversion Therapy

    02/11/2016 12:58:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," constitute "grave depravity," and can never "be approved," the Catholic bishops of New York State "have not taken a position" on past bills and "do not foresee taking a position" on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new order banning private and public health insurers from covering gay conversion therapy for minors. Cuomo, a Catholic who supports homosexual marriage and abortion, made his announcement about prohibiting health care coverage for conversion (or reparative) therapy on Saturday, Feb. 6. In a press release, Cuomo's office said, "Multi-agency regulations announced today ban public and...
  • God Is Always with Us (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/11/2016 12:25:57 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth" (Psalm 145:18). Understanding God's omnipresence should encourage us in times of distress and keep us from sinning. It is a great comfort as a Christian to know that God is always present in me both essentially and relationally. No matter what the trial, He is there. Sometimes He might seem faraway, but He's really no further away than He's ever been. His promise to us is, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). God is always...
  • The Joy of Intercession (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    02/11/2016 12:21:41 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all" (Phil. 1:4). Intercessory prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a righteous person. There's the story of a special nurse who knew the importance of intercessory prayer. Each day she used her hands as instruments of God's love and mercy toward those in her care, so she found it natural to use her hand as a scheme of prayer. Each finger represented someone she wanted to pray for. Her thumb was nearest to her and reminded her to pray for those who were closest and dearest....
  • Did You Know? God Has Given You Enough Strength Sufficient for The Day. Here How

    02/11/2016 8:26:45 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 10 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Do not be upset when things don't happen in your timetable. It takes strong will to move forward and our Lord gives you the necessary strength for it daily. “My grace is sufficient for you,” he said to St. Paul in 2 Corinth. 12:9. If today you are weak, that's where His power works: in weakness. But in weakness do not lose your hope. Instead, increase your hope because the power of God is working in your if you put your hope only on Him. Yes in weakness. That's what St. Paul says in that very verse quoted above....
  • An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

    02/11/2016 7:54:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare Msgr. Charles Pope - February 10, 2016 - As we begin Lent, we do well to recall that we are engaged in a great and dramatic battle for our souls. The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass makes use of the image of a military "campaign" and mentions weapons and battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. The First Sunday of Lent lays out the...
  • Tares Among the Wheat (evangelical/protestant caucus)

    02/11/2016 6:49:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/11/2016
    "He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him" (vv. 9-10). - Mark 3:7-10 Pastors and church elders well understand the difficulty of knowing the hearts of the people in their congregations. Though there are signs of spiritual maturity that leaders can look for, they are not omniscient, so they cannot know with absolute certainty the states of the souls under their care. A church may have a large membership, but not everyone...
  • Pope Invites Divorced, Remarried Catholics to Vatican Audience

    02/11/2016 6:24:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/9/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME - As the countdown builds toward a major document in which Pope Francis is expected to address the controversial issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the pontiff has invited a group of divorced and remarried believers to a private audience. While the outreach certainly confirms Francis' interest in better pastoral care for divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the Church, it doesn't quite tip his hand in terms of which way he may be leaning on the Communion debate. Francis invited a diocesan group in Italy that started a program to reach out to those who...
  • Indigenous People of Mexico Demand Apology from Pope on Eve of Visit

    02/11/2016 6:17:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/9/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Pope Francis will officially authorise the use of indigenous languages in Catholic liturgies when he visits Mexico later this week. It is expected to be one of several such gestures he will make. The Vatican said the Pope will present the language decree when he celebrates a special service for indigenous people in Chiapas state next Monday. It is hoped this and other moves in Mexico will go some way to healing the hurt left by centuries of pain and conflict, some of which is certain to emerge during the visit. The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, has already...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/11/16)[Prayer]

    02/11/2016 5:52:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul (Paul's First Letter to The Corinthians) 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(2/11/16)[Prayer]

    02/11/2016 5:28:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/16 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.