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

    09/28/2016 5:21:45 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    V K Lee to stars & stripes forever

    With God, all things are possible.
    Amen!

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 5:14:37 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    reformedliberal to Pearls Before Swine

    Imagine how many students feel unsafe during a winter blizzard or ice storm.
    __________________
    So unsafe, they run to the Third Street bars, get hammered, walk home, fall in the river and drown.

    Not making this up. Several incidents per each semester are reported.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 5:11:29 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    Pearls Before Swine to detective
    "one student reported feeling unsafe"

    Imagine how many students feel unsafe during a winter blizzard or ice storm.

  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/28/2016 4:52:56 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    trebb to marshmallow
    While I don't think homosexuals should have leadership roles in a church, I also think it's stupid to chase them away from all forms of service - no telling who they might reach with the Word that others would not.

    We're all sinners and it is our sins that allow us to relate to and reach others.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:37:53 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    Dr. Sivana to Mark17
    Anyway, I would have thought that the fake incident percentage, would be a lot higher than 14%.

    They are probably assumed NOT to be fake until proven otherwise. Sometimes, that's a hard thing to prove. The real fake/frivolous percentage is higher.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/28/2016 4:29:57 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    annalex to annalex


    Christ in the Desert

    Viktor Chemso

    98 x 114 cm. 1994
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/28/2016 4:29:36 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    annalex to annalex
    57. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said to him, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go.
    58. And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.
    59. And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
    60. Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead, but go you and preach the kingdom of God.
    61. And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
    62. And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

    CYRIL; Although the Almighty Lord is bountiful, He does not grant to every one absolutely and indiscriminately heavenly and divine gifts, but to those only who are worthy to receive them, who free themselves and their souls from the stains of wickedness. And this we are taught by the force of the angelic words, And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said to him, Lord, I will follow you. First indeed there is much tardiness implied in the manner of his coming. It is next shown that he is filled with too great presumption. For he sought not to follow Christ simply as several others of the people, but rather caught at the honor of the Apostleship. Whereas Paul says, No one takes the honor to himself but he that is called of God.

    ATHAN. He dared also to match himself with the incomprehensible power of the Savior, saying, I will follow you wherever you go; for to follow the Savior simply to hear His teaching is possible to human nature, as it directs itself towards men, but it is not possible to go with Him wherever He is; for He is incomprehensible, and is not confined by place.

    CYRIL; In another respect also our Lord deservedly gives him a refusal, for He taught that to follow the Lord, a man must take up his cross, and renounce the affection of this present life. And our Lord finding this lacking in him does not blame him, but corrects him.

    It follows, And Jesus says to him, The foxes have holes, &c.

    THEOPHYL. For having seen our Lord drawing much people to Him, he thought that he received reward from them, and that if he followed our Lord, he might obtain money.

    THEOPHYL; Therefore it is said to him, Why do you seek to follow Me for the riches and gain of this world, when so great is My poverty that I have not even a place of rest, and take shelter under another man's roof.

    CHRYS See how our Lord sets forth by his works the poverty which he taught. For him was no table spread, no lights, no house, nor any such thing.

    CYRIL; Now under a mystical signification He applies the name of foxes and birds of the air to the wicked and crafty powers of evil spirits. As if He said, Since foxes and birds of the air have their abode in you, how shall Christ rest in you? What fellowship has light with darkness?

    ATHAN. Or herein our Lord teaches the greatness of His gift, as if He said, All created things may be confined by place, but the Word of God has incomprehensible power. Say not then, I will follow you wherever you go. But if you would be a disciple, cast off foolish things, for it is impossible for him who remains in foolishness to become a disciple of the Word.

    AMBROSE; Or, He compares foxes to heretics, because they are indeed a wily animal, and, ever intent upon fraud, commit their robberies by stealth. They let nothing be safe, nothing be at rest, nothing secure, for they hunt their prey into the very abodes of men. The fox again, an animal full of craft, makes no hole for itself, yet likes to lie always concealed in a hole. So the heretics, who know not how to construct a house for themselves, circumscribe and deceive others. This animal is never tamed, nor is it of use to man. Hence the Apostle, A heretic after the first and second admonition reject. But the birds of the air, which are frequently brought in to represent spiritual wickedness, build as it were their nests in the breasts of the wicked, and as long as deceit reigns over the affections, the divine principle has no opportunity to take possession.

    But when a man has proved his heart to be innocent, upon him Christ leans in some measure the weight of His greatness, for by a more abundant shedding of grace He is planted in the breasts of good men. So then it does not seem reasonable that we should think him faithful and simple, who is rejected by the judgment of the Lord, notwithstanding that he promised the service of unwearied attendance; but our Lord cares not for this kind of service, but only purity of affection, nor is his attendance accepted whose sense of duty is not proved. For the hospitality of faith should be given with circumspection, lest while opening the interior of our house to the unbelieving, through our imprudent credulity we fall a snare to the treachery of others. Therefore that you may be aware that God despises not attendance upon him but deceit, He who rejected the deceitful man chose the innocent.

    For it follows, And he said to another, Follow me. But He says this to him, whose father He knew to be dead. Hence it follows, But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

    THEOPHYL; He did not refuse the discipleship, but his wish was, having fulfilled the filial duty of burying his father, to follow Christ more freely.

    AMBROSE; But the Lord calls those upon whom He has compassion. Hence it follows, And Jesus said, Let the dead bury their dead. Since we have received as a religious duty the burial of the human body, how is it thus that the burial even of a father's dead body is forbidden, unless you are to understand that human things are to be postponed to divine? It is a good employment, but the hindrance is greater, for he who divides his pursuits, draws down his affections; he who divides his care, delays his advances. We must first set abort the things which are most important. For the Apostles also, that they might not be occupied in the office of distributing alms, ordained ministers for the poor.

    CHRYS. But what more necessary than the burial of his father, what more easy, seeing that there would not be much time given to it? We are then hereby taught that it becomes us not to spend even the slightest portion of our time in vain, although we have a thousand things to compel us, nay to prefer spiritual things to even our greatest necessities. For the devil watchfully presses close upon us, wishing to find any opening, and if he causes a slight negligence, he ends in producing a great weakness.

    AMBROSE; The performance of a father's burial is not then prohibited, but the observance of religious duty is preferred to the ties of relationship. The one is left to those in like condition, the other is commanded to those who are left. But how can the dead bury the dead? unless you here understand a twofold death, one a natural death, the other the death of sin. There is also a third death, by which we die to sin, live to God.

    CHRYS. By thus saying, their dead, he shows that this man's father was not his dead, for I suppose that the deceased was of the number of the unbelieving.

    AMBROSE; Or because the throat of the ungodly is an open sepulcher, their memory is ordered to be forgotten whose services die together with their bodies. Nor is the son recalled from his duty to his father, but the faithful is separated from the communion of the unbelieving; there is no prohibition of duty, but a mystery of religion, that is, that we should have no fellowship with the dead Gentiles.

    CYRIL; Or else, his father was borne down with years, and he thought he was doing an honorable act in proposing to pay the kind offices which were due to him, according to Exodus, Honor your father and your mother. Hence when calling him to the ministry of the Gospel, our Lord said, Follow me, he sought for a time of respite, which should suffice for the support of his decrepit father, saying, Permit me first to go and bury my father, not that he asked to bury his deceased father, for Christ would not have hindered the wish to do this, but he said, Bury, that is, support in old age even till death. But the Lord said to him, Let the dead bury their dead. For there were other attendants also bound by the same tie of relationship, but as I consider dead, because they had not yet believed Christ. Learn from this, that our duty to God is to be preferred to our love for our parents, to whom we show reverence, because through them have we been born. But the God of all, when hen as yet we e were not, brought us into being, our parents were made the ministers of our introduction.

    AUG. Our Lord spoke this to the man to whom He had said, Follow me. But another disciple put himself forward, to whom no one had spoken any thing, saying, I will follow you, O Lord; but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at home, lest perchance they look for me as they are wont.

    CYRIL; Now this promise is worthy of our admiration and full of all praise, but to bid farewell to those who are at home, to get leave from them, shows that he was still somehow divided from the Lord, in that he had not yet resolved to make this venture with his whole heart. For to wish to consult relations who would not agree to his proposal because one somewhat wavering. Wherefore our Lord condemns this, saying, No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. He puts his hand to the plough who is ambitious to follow, yet looks back again who seeks an excuse for delay in returning home, and consulting with his friends.

    AUG. As if he said to him, The East calls you, and you turn to the West.

    THEOPHYL: To put one's hand to the plough, is also, (as it were by a certain sharp instrument,) by the wood and iron of our Lord's passion, to wear away the hardness of our heart, and to open it to bring forth the fruits of good works. But if any one, having begun to exercise this, delights to look back with Lot's wife to the things which he had left, he is deprived of the gift of the kingdom to come.

    GREEK EX. For the frequent looking upon the things which we have forsaken, through the force of habit draws us back to our past way of life. For practice has great power to retain to itself. Is not habit generated of use, and nature of habit? But to get rid of or change nature is difficult; for although when compelled it for a while turns aside, it very rapidly returns to itself.

    THEOPHYL; But if the disciple about to follow our Lord is reproved for wishing even to bid farewell at home, what will be done to such as for no advantage-sake frequently visit the houses of those whom they have left in the world?

    Catena Aurea Luke 9
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/28/2016 4:28:56 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    annalex to Salvation
    Luke
      English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
      Luke 9
    57 And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee withersoever thou goest. Factum est autem : ambulantibus illis in via, dixit quidam ad illum : Sequar te quocumque ieris. εγενετο δε πορευομενων αυτων εν τη οδω ειπεν τις προς αυτον ακολουθησω σοι οπου αν απερχη κυριε
    58 Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Dixit illi Jesus : Vulpes foveas habent, et volucres cæli nidos : Filius autem hominis non habet ubi caput reclinet. και ειπεν αυτω ο ιησους αι αλωπεκες φωλεους εχουσιν και τα πετεινα του ουρανου κατασκηνωσεις ο δε υιος του ανθρωπου ουκ εχει που την κεφαλην κλινη
    59 But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father. Ait autem ad alterum : Sequere me : ille autem dixit : Domine, permitte mihi primum ire, et sepelire patrem meum. ειπεν δε προς ετερον ακολουθει μοι ο δε ειπεν κυριε επιτρεψον μοι απελθοντι πρωτον θαψαι τον πατερα μου
    60 And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God. Dixitque ei Jesus : Sine ut mortui sepeliant mortuos suos : tu autem vade, et annuntia regnum Dei. ειπεν δε αυτω ο ιησους αφες τους νεκρους θαψαι τους εαυτων νεκρους συ δε απελθων διαγγελλε την βασιλειαν του θεου
    61 And another said: I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house. Et ait alter : Sequar te Domine, sed permitte mihi primum renuntiare his quæ domi sunt. ειπεν δε και ετερος ακολουθησω σοι κυριε πρωτον δε επιτρεψον μοι αποταξασθαι τοις εις τον οικον μου
    62 Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Ait ad illum Jesus : Nemo mittens manum suam ad aratrum, et respiciens retro, aptus est regno Dei. ειπεν δε ο ιησους προς αυτον ουδεις επιβαλων την χειρα αυτου επ αροτρον και βλεπων εις τα οπισω ευθετος εστιν εις την βασιλειαν του θεου
  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:25:06 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    Mark17 to detective
    It is close to 100%

    Well, that's more like the figure I thought it was.

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 4:18:24 AM PDT · 59 of 59
    metmom to chuckles; ealgeone; boatbums; Gamecock; MamaB; MHGinTN
    You made your question generic. Not every prayer is equal. There are people that never go to church, have sin in their life,and certainly aren't baptized in the Spirit, asked to pray for people daily.

    What a bunch of nonsense. GOD never put the requirement to be what Pentecostals call *baptized in the Holy Spirit* on a person to receive answers to prayer.

    I'll tell you what. When it comes to people suffering and struggling, there's not more judgmental and condemning a group towards the afflicted as Pentecostals.

    They are absolutely brutal towards the suffering and lack so much compassion. They just sit there and without knowing the other person's circumstances, have the situation all figured out and have no reservation about giving their opinion of something they know NOTHING about.

    Pentecostals do NOT have a corner on the understanding God market.

    Far from it.

    And that is being demonstrated right here on this thread.

    Nor are there grades of prayer.

    Our prayer isn't effective because of the amount of faith we have, how big our faith is, but rather how big the God we have that faith in is.

    That's why Jesus tells us that if we had even really tiny faith, the size of a mustard seed, we could move mountains.

    Pentecostals have just about the most screwed up theology I have encountered.

    People forget why God lifted the hedge he had around Job to allow Satan to ravage him. If you go to the end of the book, you find that Job had a pride problem. He left God out of the equation and decided he was good. he paid his tithe, lived out the Word of God, was pious in his walk, but in the end, God asked where was he when God set the boundaries of the land and oceans, ect.

    And just where in Scripture does it tell us that the reason Job went through what he did was because of pride? Show us the chapter and verses.

    Or is that simply another assumption made by you without any Scriptural support?

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:18:05 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    Travis McGee to Ann Archy

    Social Justice Warrior

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:15:32 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    Ann Archy to detective

    Thanks......I just call them THUGS.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:09:56 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    dancusa to Ann Archy

    Jigglypuff.

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 4:05:45 AM PDT · 58 of 59
    metmom to MamaB

    I’m so sorry for all the loss you’ve endured especially packed into such a short time.

    Words are just not enough.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 4:00:54 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    detective to Ann Archy

    “What is SJW?”

    Social Justice Warrior. It is another name for a Stalinist thug.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:59:20 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    detective to Mark17

    “I would have thought that the fake incident percentage, would be a lot higher than 14%.”

    It is a lot higher.

    It is close to 100%

    It is simply an excuse to attack Christians and silence free speech.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:58:17 AM PDT · 5 of 14
    Ann Archy to Travis McGee

    What is SJW?

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:57:04 AM PDT · 4 of 14
    Political Junkie Too to detective
    Ping me when the GOP elephant is deemed a hate symbol.

    -PJ

  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/28/2016 3:49:03 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    Biggirl to CrimsonTidegirl

    THe leader of that country has endorsed Mr. Trump, which is a good sign. Do not be surprised if most of the world has endorsed Mr. Trump.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:45:51 AM PDT · 3 of 14
    Mark17 to detective
    "one student reported feeling unsafe

    What a wuss. Anyway, I would have thought that the fake incident percentage, would be a lot higher than 14%.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:43:46 AM PDT · 2 of 14
    Travis McGee to detective

    Hysterical SJW snowflakes are very dangerous in mobs.
    When they get in power, they authorize guillotines, gulags and gas chambers as the final solution to their irredeemable deplorables problem.

  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:38:45 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    detective
    "one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”"
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/28/2016 3:01:24 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    CopperTop to marshmallow

    Thank you, Hungary!! For doing what the majority of the rest of the world refuses to. d:^)

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

    09/28/2016 2:39:53 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    hoosiermama to stars & stripes forever; JustaCowgirl

    Amen

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

    09/28/2016 2:28:05 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    BlessedBeGod to stars & stripes forever
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/28/16

    09/28/2016 2:23:14 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    JustaCowgirl to stars & stripes forever

    Father, we pray that true patriots in America will rise up and throw off the shackles of those who are driven by greed and a lust for power.

    Be with Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their families and advisers as they fight the fight for this country. We pray that you will guide them and protect them. Help them defend our threatened religious freedom in this nation. May we find the will and the means to defend persecuted Christians all around the world, for they are in great danger for their faith.

    Amen

  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/28/2016 2:04:16 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    CrimsonTidegirl to marshmallow

    If the Hildabeast actually wins (steals) the election, I wonder if Hungary would accept American refugees.

    I never thought that I would see the day when Central and Eastern Europe would be superior to Western Europe. But, here we are.

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 1:15:00 AM PDT · 57 of 59
    chuckles to boatbums

    Yes, God heals in His time. The healing at the pool had a purpose for teaching. The blind man was healed for the Glory of God. Not many miracles in Jesus’ home town due to unbelief though.

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 1:11:17 AM PDT · 56 of 59
    chuckles to ealgeone
    ..."Three times God told him no."...

    It wasn't God's will to heal him and He told him so.

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 1:10:58 AM PDT · 55 of 59
    Iscool to Martin Tell
    Some Orthodox Christians, particularly monks and nuns, have traditionally tried to carry out this scriptural admonition by saying the Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.") almost constantly.

    That's odd...Don't these guys ever get to the point of saying, 'Thank you Lord Jesus for forgiving my sins'???

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 1:07:08 AM PDT · 54 of 59
    Iscool to 353FMG
    Prayer can be the most dangerous activity if one expects to receive an answer and it is not forthcoming. It may lead to a condition of despair and depression.
    I know, I know, we must have faith. Where is it available at Walmart or anywhere else? Personally I cannot remember a prayer that was answered and I don’t expect any answers any time soon.

    How sad...

  • Always Praying

    09/28/2016 12:54:44 AM PDT · 53 of 59
    Mark17 to boatbums

    Words of wisdom. Thanks BB.

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

    09/27/2016 11:20:26 PM PDT · 6 of 10
    laplata to stars & stripes forever

    Amen.

  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 11:18:20 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    unlearner to marshmallow

    That’s nothing.

    At Obama’s church, Donald Young, the gay music director, wasn’t just fired. He was fired UPON and murdered.

    I guess killing him and the two other gay associates of the Democrat nominee for President in the church was cheaper than buying their silence about Barry.

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

    09/27/2016 10:50:41 PM PDT · 5 of 10
    Albion Wilde to stars & stripes forever

    Amen to your beautiful prayer!

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

    09/27/2016 10:50:20 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut to stars & stripes forever

    Amen...Praise be to Jesus forever!

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

    09/27/2016 10:46:40 PM PDT · 3 of 10
    stars & stripes forever to 1217Chic; Albion Wilde; af_vet_1981; 2nd Amendment; alrea; bateau; bboop; Be Careful; ...

    “DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL ping!”
    “To be added or dropped from this ping list, post or freepmail to stars & stripes forever.”

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

    09/27/2016 10:45:35 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    stars & stripes forever to stars & stripes forever

    MAKE ME A SERVANT - Kelly Willard
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPZy5HKn9AY

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

    09/27/2016 10:45:07 PM PDT · 1 of 10
    stars & stripes forever
    PSALM 12

    Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!

    2 Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

    3 May the Lord cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues.

    4 They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content. Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

    5 The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”

    6 The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.

    7 Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation,

    8 even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

    FATHER GOD,

    SPIRIT OF TRUTH, DELIVERER, our SOURCE & STRENGTH. You see the violence done to the helpless and hear the groans of the poor. You see corrupt politicians, pundits, and businesses make empty promises to the needy, knowing they already have made crooked deals to prosper themselves.

    Your Promises are true. Thank You for Your promise to protect and rescue the oppressed.

    Thank You for instilling in DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE love and compassion for people. Help them to be servant leaders. Thank You they are exposing cronyism and back-door deals that benefit politicians, pundits, and businesses at the expense of American citizens.

    Protect DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE, their families, associates, and supporters. Thank You they have favor wherever they go. Give them wise counsel, and may they seek Your wisdom, and guidance.

    Open the eyes of hard to reach people groups. Let them see how they have been lied to and taken advantage of. Lift them from the miry clay. May they know that hope only comes from You.

    Forgive us, LORD. We have sinned against You and have profaned Your Holy Name. Revive us. Heal bigotry and hate among the races. Unite us, for You say united we stand, divided we fall. May the United States be known as the nation of brotherly love. LORD, give us courage to stand for righteousness and be shining lights of Truth in the deep darkness that has overtaken our land.

    In JESUS' Name we pray. Amen.

  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/27/2016 10:13:28 PM PDT · 358 of 358
    imardmd1 to af_vet_1981
    I appreciate that you took the time to review this paper on the various gospels. Yes, I am not only in agreement with it, but Dr. Wittman has been my discipler for about 25 years.

    While I do not always have exactly the same opinion as he does, his careful and detailed dissection of various key doctrines has helped me a great deal.

    Again, I compliment you in at least giving the determined and diligent work of others a fair shake, even though you may not agree with the conclusions.

    I am quite aware of your use of large portions of Scripture in the sense that you desire to help others to see a particular verse in a broader context of the narrative as originally inscripturated without verse divisions, so that some finer points of the general tone may be appreciated. However, I do believe your usual choice of the text color undermines the effect you desire to achieve. So does the tiny font size of the attribution, that brings a negative response from the reader.

    You might find it useful to follow the style sheet of published articles in the periodicals of theological societies, which have proven to be a better way to communicate passages from a particular translation.

    That's just a suggestion, but how you choose to present your thoughts is your privilege.

    Moving on, in considering what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is, its description is contained in a guide to its transmission in a one-on-one situation:

    "GOSPEL PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS from a Theocentric Approach" (click here)

    This gives a useful plan for helping to progress in awakening the interest of a person seeking to know of the new life that is victorious over sinning and death.

    Again, thank you for your patience. and thanks for making your "royalblue" passages readable!

  • Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend

    09/27/2016 9:44:27 PM PDT · 296 of 296
    Seven_0 to Mr. Douglas
    I don’t believe that after that point a soul will be saved.
    Matt 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
    Does this have to happen before the rapture?
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 9:36:07 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    xp38 to madison10

    basically the first line of their national anthem

    God, bless the Hungarians

  • Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend

    09/27/2016 9:24:57 PM PDT · 295 of 296
    editor-surveyor to Mr. Douglas

    The scriptures are the word of God, not the many divergent human opinions that you continually post in rebuttal of the word.

    “Wise” christians are fools. They reject the plain word of God.

    There are not two sides to this question. There is what the word says, and there is what fools wish the word said.

    Eternal punishment is the only thing presented in the word. The rest is touchey-feeley rejection of it.
    .

  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/27/2016 9:23:41 PM PDT · 357 of 358
    Mark17 to imardmd1
    Got the book of Martin’s m’self. Pretty interesting, that.

    I spoke with Dr Martin by phone,several times, on his Bible answer man program, on KFIA, Sacramento. I was at Travis AFB at the time. ✈️🛩🛬🛫

  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 9:23:25 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    madison10 to marshmallow

    Bless Hungary.

  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 9:15:54 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    onedoug to buffaloguy

    My first job, some 40 years ago, was as an organ builder.... I.e, making pipes; tuning; construction of cases, etc....

  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 8:56:28 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    dp0622 to txrefugee

    who said his voters didn’t believe him?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/27/2016 8:53:37 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Salvation to All
    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: Green.


    First reading
    Job 9:1-13,14-16 ©
    Job spoke to his friends:
    Indeed, I know it is as you say:
      how can man be in the right against God?
    If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons,
      one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
    His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
      who then can successfully defy him?
    He moves the mountains, though they do not know it;
      he throws them down when he is angry.
    He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place,
      making all its pillars tremble.
    The sun, at his command, forbears to rise,
      and on the stars he sets a seal.
    He and no other stretched out the skies,
      and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.
    The Bear, Orion too, are of his making,
      the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
    His works are great, beyond all reckoning,
      his marvels, past all counting.
    Were he to pass me, I should not see him,
      nor detect his stealthy movement.
    Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him,
      or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’
    God never goes back on his anger,
      Rahab’s minions still lie at his feet.
    How dare I plead my cause, then,
      or choose arguments against him?
    Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
      For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
    If he deigned to answer my citation,
      could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 87:10-15 ©
    Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
    I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
      to you I stretch out my hands.
    Will you work your wonders for the dead?
      Will the shades stand and praise you?
    Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
    Will your love be told in the grave
      or your faithfulness among the dead?
    Will your wonders be known in the dark
      or your justice in the land of oblivion?
    Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
    As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
      in the morning my prayer comes before you.
    Lord, why do you reject me?
      Why do you hide your face?
    Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

    Gospel Acclamation Ps118:105
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Your word is a lamp for my steps
    and a light for my path.
    Alleluia!
    Or Ph3:8-9
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    I have accepted the loss of everything
    and I look on everything as so much rubbish
    if only I can have Christ
    and be given a place in him.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Luke 9:57-62 ©
    As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
      Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
      Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/27/2016 8:53:13 PM PDT · 356 of 358
    MHGinTN to af_vet_1981

    Where are the sacraments? Doesn’t salvation require fidelity to the sacraments?

  • Jordan: Islamic Party Voters Reject Christian Candidates

    09/27/2016 8:51:54 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    onedoug to marshmallow

    Their King, trying to hold the islamists at bay, with a so-called palestinian wife, and kids who look like Jews.

    “Rots ‘o ruck.”