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  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    08/01/2015 1:01:46 AM PDT · 722 of 722
    Partisan Gunslinger to imardmd1
    No. The context is the literal use of cloud, which is the context of Mt. 24:30 and Mk. 13:26, and as understood by the Sanhedrin in His trial (Mt. 26:64, Mk. 14:62) and not in the figurative sense of Heb. 12:1. This is not a metaphor, and cannot be taken so in this context.

    Yes. Daniel 7:13 is the Old Testament example of the coming of Christ that Thessalonians refers to. Strong's H6050 refers back to H6049 a "very large army". Remember Elisha opening the veil of the clouds and showing his armor-bearer the very large army God assembled for that day they would prevail? When we meet, it it be the clouds of people all taken up at once, good, bad, whatever. 7 billion of us at once.

    Sorry, in this it is not "spirit" in Strong's Dictionary of his Concordance, nor is it "spirit" anywhere in the Authorized Version. It is never used in the figurative sense. In this, your claim is absolutely wrong:

    The Strong's word for "spirit" is H7307 which of course also means "air". For a human to meet anyone in the "air" they must be in the spirit. When Thessalonians says anyone is going to meet anyone else in the air, that means that they must have moved into the Strong's H7307, into the spirit.

    This is entirely presuming that the Seventh Trump of Rev. 11:15 has any connection with the trumpet of this context. Even the contexts are not the same. I just don't believe your hypothesis here can be given any serious recognition, because it is eisegesis, not exegesis, and even then forced. The correct frame of mind is given in the next chapter, verses 9 and 10: "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." Not His tribulational wrath, because of the imputation of Christ's righteousness, and certainly not of Satan's. Furthermore, I believe the salvation mentioned here is not only the cetification of it by entrance into His Kingdom through justification by faith, but the realization of it by the saving through joining Him in the clouds in the new spiritual body. Anything else than that is not much of a salvation, is it?

    Oh no! He wants the Tribulation to be a time of great glory for Him and for those that love Him. Remember what happened to the three Hebrews in Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace, a fire seven times hotter to instantly kill anyone, and Jesus stood with them and not a hair was singed and no smell of smoke accompanied the three Hebrews when they emerged. All the prophets wanted to live in our time. Why? To run away? No! To stand against Satan. God's people have nothing to fear from the Tribulation, it's a time of glory for them.

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    08/01/2015 12:38:11 AM PDT · 721 of 722
    Yosemitest to imardmd1
    The Latin word raptura "seizure, rape, kidnapping," from Latin raptus is NOT in the Bible !

    Also "notice", that do not stay "in the clouds", but we stay "with the Lord".
    And WHERE is the LORD going ?
      " And His feet shall stand IN THAT DAY upon the mount of Olives,
        which is before Jerusalem on the east,
      and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west,
        and there shall be a very great valley;
      and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. "

    You think you will be protected from the prophesies in Matthew 24, and Luke 21 ?
    What has Hebrews 11:33-40 and Hebrews 12:1-4 taught you ?

    Have you not learned ANYTHING ?

      " He that findeth his lifez
        shall LOSE IT:
            FOR MY SAKE
              SHALL FIND it ... "
    Go, while there is still time, ... and LEARN!
    Don't be like a dog, returning to his vomit, and worship the COMMANDMENTS OF MEN !
  • On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

    07/31/2015 11:46:16 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    Iscool to Rashputin
    And no where in Scripture does it say to rely on Scripture alone although it does clearly state to rely on both what is written and what is passed down by tradition.

    Nothing got passed down except that which turned into scripture...What did the apostles pass down to your religion??? Nothing...

    So, when someone wants to play, ". . . not a single place in Scripture . . ." games they without fail start by pretending that others should accept the lie of "Scripture Alone" and follow that up with deliberately ignoring what is in Scripture.

    Really??? Ignoring what is in scripture??? Show us then the scripture where God tells his church to build fancy buildings to worship him in...

    God certainly wouldn't tell his church to build a Jewish temple...And he didn't...There's no need for a Jewish temple...Just as there is no need of a priesthood...

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 11:43:55 PM PDT · 720 of 722
    Partisan Gunslinger to Elsie
    I posted the text. IF you choose not to read it; it ain't my fault.

    Are you saying the Nephilim were not fallen angels?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:17:04 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    Salvation to All

    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
    our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:15:39 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    Salvation to Salvation
    Never read books you aren't sure about . . . even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?

    St. John Bosco

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:12:52 PM PDT · 18 of 20
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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Saturday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Diadochus of Photike (c.400-?), Bishop
    Spiritual perfection, 12

    “Whoever hate his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (Jn 12,25)

           Whoever loves his own life (Jn 12,25) cannot be loving God, but whoever does not cling to himself as a result of divine love's overflowing gifts is the one who loves God. Such a one never seeks their own glory but God's, for whoever loves his own life is seeking his own glory. Whoever binds himself to God loves the glory of his Creator. And indeed, it is the characteristic of souls sensitive to God's love that they continually seek God's glory in carrying out the commandments and take pleasure in their own lowliness. For glory belongs to God because of his greatness, and lowliness belongs to man because it makes of him God's friend. If this is the way we behave then we will rejoice after Saint John the Baptist's example and will start saying over and over again: “He must increase; I must decrease” (Jn 3,30).

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:10:30 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    Salvation to Salvation

    August 2015

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: Volunteers

    That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.

    Evangelization: Outreach to the marginalized

    That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.

  • Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

    07/31/2015 11:05:39 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    NetAddicted to goldi

    No, according to the article, the transgender hasn’t had gender redo surgery. I love the part of the article where the transgender says the priest didn’t consider “him” male, even though all his documentation identify “him” as male. Well, “he” lives in California, state of the fruits, nuts, and flakes.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 11:03:58 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    johngrace to knarf
    Galatians 4:44 "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. He was born under the law from a woman. "

    He is Divinity even when he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb. So if he is under the law like the scriptures say he has to obey all commandments. He could not be sinless Messiah without keeping the ten commandments which especially has him to honor his Mother and Father. So God had a mother the minute he became man by a woman.

    Which is First John 4. The test for the antichrist spirit would be to deny his Divinity in the flesh/humanness.

    So yes She is the Mother of God when he entered her by conception by The Holy Spirit. If he has no mother you got no Saviour because it is the law he was born under.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:01:31 PM PDT · 16 of 20
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    August Devotion -- The Immaculate Heart [of Mary]

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person: and as the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

    This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses given to her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

    On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.


    O heart most pure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain for me from Jesus a pure and humble heart.

    Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

    Queen of the most holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace and timely aid in our present calamities, not through any merits of our own, on which we do not rely, but only through the immense goodness of thy mother's heart. In thee and in thy Immaculate Heart, at this grave hour of human history, do we put our trust; to thee we consecrate ourselves, not only with all of Holy Church, which is the mystical body of thy Son Jesus, and which is suffering in so many of her members, being subjected to manifold tribulations and persecutions, but also with the whole world, torn by discords, agitated with hatred, the victim of its own iniquities. Be thou moved by the sight of such material and moral degradation, such sorrows, such anguish, so many tormented souls in danger of eternal loss! Do thou, O Mother of mercy, obtain for us from God a Christ-like reconciliation of the nations, as well as those graces which can convert the souls of men in an instant, those graces which prepare the way and make certain the long desired coming of peace on earth. O Queen of peace, pray for us, and grant peace unto the world in the truth, the justice, and the charity of Christ.

    Above all, give us peace in our hearts, so that the kingdom of God may spread its borders in the tranquillity of order. Accord thy protection to unbelievers and to all those who lie within the shadow of death; cause the Sun of Truth to rise upon them; may they be enabled to join with us in repeating before the Savior of the world: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will."

    Give peace to the nations that are separated from us by error or discord, and in a special manner to those peoples who profess a singular devotion toward thee; bring them back to Christ's one fold, under the one true Shepherd. Obtain full freedom for the holy Church of God; defend her from her enemies; check the ever-increasing torrent of immorality; arouse in the faithful a love of purity, a practical Christian life, and an apostolic zeal, so that the multitude of those who serve God may increase in merit and in number.

    Finally, even as the Church and all mankind were once consecrated to the Heart of thy Son Jesus, because He was for all those who put their hope in Him an inexhaustible source of victory and salvation, so in like manner do we consecrate ourselves forever to thee also and to thy Immaculate Heart, O Mother of us and Queen of the world; may thy love and patronage hasten the day when the kingdom of God shall be victorious and all the nations, at peace with God .and with one another, shall call thee blessed and intone with thee, from the rising of the sun to its going down, the everlasting "Magnificat" of glory, of love, of gratitude to the Heart of Jesus, in which alone we can find truth, life, and peace. — Pope Pius XII

    O heart of Mary, mother of God, and our mother; heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well-pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; heart, full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Savior. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, enkindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all the graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially) at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against u its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment; that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. An,; then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thine intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy, whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus image

    Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Immaculate Heart of Mary image

    Blessed be the Most Loving Heart and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, in eternity and forever. Amen.

    ....Only the Heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way ----From the Catechism. P:1439

    From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power.
    Amen. - -
    St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior's steps.-- >From the Catechism. P: 2669

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) The Salutation to the Heart of Jesus and Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)   An Offering of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary


    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Novena Prayer to Sacred Heart  of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Prayer to the Wounded Heart of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Meditation & Novena Prayer on the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Beads to the Sacred Heart


    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

     WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  The Daily Offering to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Exaltation of the Immaculate  Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

    The Holy Heart of Mary Is, After the Heart of Jesus, the Most Exalted Throne of Divine Love
    Let us recollect that God has given us the feast of the most pure Heart of the Blessed Virgin so that we may render on that day all the respect, honor and praise that we possibly can. To enkindle this spirit within us let us consider our motivating obligations.

    The first is that we ought to love and honor whatever God loves and honors, and that by which He is loved and glorified. Now, after the adorable Heart of Jesus there has never been either in heaven or on earth, nor ever will be, a heart which has been so loved and honored by God, or which has given Him so much glory as that of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Never has there been, nor will there ever be a more exalted throne of divine love. In that Heart divine love possesses its fullest empire, for it ever reigns without hindrance or interruption, and with it reign likewise all the laws of God, all the Gospel maxims and every Christian virtue.

    This incomparable Heart of the Mother of our Redeemer is a glorious heaven, a Paradise of delights for the Most Holy Trinity. According to St. Paul, the hearts of the faithful are the dwelling place of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself assures us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost take up Their abode in the hearts of those who love God. Who, therefore, can doubt that the Most Holy Trinity has always made His home and established the reign of His glory in an admirable and ineffable manner in the virginal Heart of her who is the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, who herself loves God more than all other creatures together?

    How much then are we not obliged to love this exalted and most lovable Heart?

    St. John Eudes

    Today: Immaculate Heart of Mary [DEVOTIONAL]

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    Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    Saturdays and the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    The Brown Scapular (Catholic Caucus)
    The History of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Homilies preached by Father Robert Altier on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Marian Associations Unite to Celebrate Immaculate Heart
    Solemnity Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 11:00:24 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    Salvation to All
    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:
    "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"

    PLEASE JOIN US - Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?

    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:59:51 PM PDT · 14 of 20
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    St. Michael the Archangel

    ~ PRAYER ~

    St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
    Be our protection against the wickedness
    and snares of the devil;
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:59:07 PM PDT · 13 of 20
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    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

    3. The Lord's Prayer: OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

    5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    6. Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

    Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.

    End with the Hail Holy Queen:
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

    The Mysteries of the Rosary By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary. The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

    The Joyful Mysteries

    (Mondays and Saturdays)

    1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility] 2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
    3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
    4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
    5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

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    07/31/2015 10:58:09 PM PDT · 11 of 20
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    Jesus, High Priest

    We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

    Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

    Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

    Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

    O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

    Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

    This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

    The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

    The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

    Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

    St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

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    07/31/2015 10:51:27 PM PDT · 8 of 20
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    07/31/2015 10:50:43 PM PDT · 7 of 20
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:39:05 PM PDT · 5 of 20
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    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman &Todd

    Readings at Mass

    First reading
    Leviticus 25:1,8-17 ©
    The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. He said:
      ‘You are to count seven weeks of years – seven times seven years, that is to say a period of seven weeks of years, forty-nine years. And on the tenth day of the seventh month you shall sound the trumpet; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout the land. You will declare this fiftieth year sacred and proclaim the liberation of all the inhabitants of the land. This is to be a jubilee for you; each of you will return to his ancestral home, each to his own clan. This fiftieth year is to be a jubilee year for you: you will not sow, you will not harvest the ungathered corn, you will not gather from the untrimmed vine. The jubilee is to be a holy thing to you, you will eat what comes from the fields.
      ‘In this year of jubilee each of you is to return to his ancestral home. If you buy or sell with your neighbour, let no one wrong his brother. If you buy from your neighbour, this must take into account the number of years since the jubilee: according to the number of productive years he will fix the price. The greater the number of years, the higher shall be the price demanded; the less the number of years, the greater the reduction; for what he is selling you is a certain number of harvests. Let none of you wrong his neighbour, but fear your God; I am the Lord your God.’

    Psalm 66:2-3,5,7-8 ©
    Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.
    O God, be gracious and bless us
      and let your face shed its light upon us.
    So will your ways be known upon earth
      and all nations learn your saving help.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.
    Let the nations be glad and exult
      for you rule the world with justice.
    With fairness you rule the peoples,
      you guide the nations on earth.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.
    The earth has yielded its fruit
      for God, our God, has blessed us.
    May God still give us his blessing
      till the ends of the earth revere him.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.

    Gospel Acclamation cf.Lk8:15
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Blessed are those who,
    with a noble and generous heart,
    take the word of God to themselves
    and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
    Or Mt5:10
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Happy those who are persecuted
    in the cause of right,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Gospel Matthew 14:1-12 ©
    Herod the tetrarch heard about the reputation of Jesus, and said to his court, ‘This is John the Baptist himself; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.’
      Now it was Herod who had arrested John, chained him up and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. For John had told him, ‘It is against the Law for you to have her.’ He had wanted to kill him but was afraid of the people, who regarded John as a prophet. Then, during the celebrations for Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and so delighted Herod that he promised on oath to give her anything she asked. Prompted by her mother she said, ‘Give me John the Baptist’s head, here, on a dish.’ The king was distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he ordered it to be given her, and sent and had John beheaded in the prison. The head was brought in on a dish and given to the girl who took it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went off to tell Jesus.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · 4 of 20
    Salvation to All

    From: Matthew 14:1-12

    The Death of John the Baptist

    [1] At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; [2] and he
    said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead;
    that is why these powers are at work in him.” [3] For Herod had seized John and
    bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s
    wife; [4] because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” [5] And
    though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held
    him to be a prophet. [6] But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Hero-
    dias danced before the company, and pleased Herod, [7] so that he promised
    with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. [8] Prompted by her mother,
    she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” [9] And the
    king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be
    given; [10] he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, [11] and his head was
    brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. [12]
    And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told


    1. Herod the tetrarch, Herod Antipas (see the note on Mt 2:1), is the same He-
    rod as appears later in the account of the Passion (cf. Lk 23:7ff). A son of Herod
    the Great, Antipas governed Galilee and Perea in the name of the Roman empe-
    ror; according to Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian (”Jewish Antiquities”,
    XVIII, 5, 4), he was married to a daughter of an Arabian king, but in spite of this
    he lived in concubinage with Herodias, his brother’s wife. St. John the Baptist,
    and Jesus himself, often criticized the tetrarch’s immoral life, which was in con-
    flict with the sexual morality laid down in the Law (Lev 18:16;20:21) and was a
    cause of scandal.

    3-12. Towards the end of the first century Flavius Josephus wrote of these same
    events. He gives additional information—specifying that it was in the fortress of
    Makeronte that John was imprisoned (this fortress was on the eastern bank of
    the Dead Sea, and was the scene of the banquet in question) and that Herodias’
    daughter was called Salome.

    9. St Augustine comments: “Amid the excesses and sensuality of the guests,
    oaths are rashly made, which then are unjustly kept” (”Sermon 10”).

    It is a sin against the second commandment of God’s Law to make an oath to do
    something unjust; any such oath has no binding force. In fact, if one keeps it—as
    Herod did—one commits an additional sin. The Catechism also teaches that one
    offends against this precept if one swears something untrue, or swears needless-
    ly (cf. “St Pius V Catechism”, III, 3, 24). Cf. note on Mt 5:33-37.

    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

  • I’m Confused about God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/31/2015 10:34:52 PM PDT · 42 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to LearsFool; daniel1212; metmom; boatbums; redleghunter; aMorePerfectUnion; Gamecock
    I think what you are teaching here is a form of Campbellism.  Campbell was a man with many man-made opinions, often derived it seems from taking in too much of the strident rationalism of his era.  This doctrine that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is essentially nothing more than our own response of obedience to the Scriptures is just a man-made opinion that has no sound basis in Scripture.  Rather, it bows to human rationalism, almost it seems making our own obedience to the word a virtual substitute for the supernatural operation of the third Person of the Trinity in the life of the believer. It is utterly impossible to reconcile it with the teaching of many Scriptures. One example:
    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
    (Romans 5:5)
    Notice the passive voice. Our hearts do not create the love of God. The Holy Spirit is the actor.  The love of God comes to us through His work in us.  You can say this is all by us sitting around and hearing the word, and the word certainly plays an active role.  But Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, does not frame this as an entirely intellectual or even volitional process that produces obedience.  Paul knows the language of obedience, and often speaks of the operation of the word of God on the mind.  But in his inspired words here he doesn't use that language, but instead portrays the Holy Spirit as an active Person Who has been given to us, and is acting on our hearts to fill them with the love of God, which love human intellect can neither contain nor even faintly begin to describe.  

    As here:
    Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
    (1 Thessalonians 1:4-6)
    In which we see Paul making a clear distinction between a Gospel in word only versus a Gospel come in both words and in Holy Spirit power.  If the word and the Spirit were the functionally same thing, there'd be no point in making the distinction.

    And you see they follow Paul, and follow Jesus as well, in which it is clear we can follow good teachers who teach us how to follow Jesus, and when we do so, and suffer affliction for it, we still have that one-of-a-kind joy that comes only from the Holy Spirit.

    But what about obedience? Remember this?
    Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
    (Luke 17:9-10)
    Obedience without the life of the Spirit is nothing. Jesus is basically saying that even if you do everything your master tells you to do, so what?  That's what servants are supposed to do.  Nothing special.  But there is much more to being a believer:
    He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
    (John 7:38-39)
    This is a vital union, a walking with God, a real, personal communion with the Spirit of the living God.  This is much more than simple, mechanical obedience.  This love is the response of a transformed heart, truly full of the Holy Spirit.

    Perhaps we can explore this by looking at the other end of the spectrum.  A demon is a spiritual being.  Yet such beings in Scripture are said to possess their victim, and when they are confronted with divine power, they "go out" of their victim.  Here it is incontrovertible that spiritual beings can indeed cohabit a human dwelling, and not in the sense of learning and doing bad things because of some spoken or written word, but in terms of a dramatic level of direct spiritual control over the person who is the "host."

    My point is this.  In my previous post, the Scriptures recited persistently use language that speaks of the Spirit indwelling us in the sense of a living fellowship within our hearts and minds, such an intimate relationship that obedience by itself does not account for the whole thing. For example, if the word is, in effect, the only Holy Spirit one acknowledges, how in Heaven or earth can we do this to Him?:
    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
    (Ephesians 4:30)
    Words do not grieve. Persons grieve.  He says right there we have that seal of the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption, so He is not going anywhere, even when we grieve Him.  This is entirely the language of vital union, two people handcuffed to each other for life, and believe me when the Holy Spirit is grieved with some unresolved sin in a believer there is no peace for that person until there is repentance.

    In sum, Campbellism appears to me to be a kind of radical cessationism, the idea that the Holy Spirit has totally left off any involvement with believers other than leaving them with the text of Scripture. But that is simply not possible under any plain reading of Scripture. God does not change, and has not given us mere moral persuasion to keep us company in this life while we wait for His return, but this:
    For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
    (Romans 8:15)
    Amen that.



  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:34:43 PM PDT · 3 of 20
    Salvation to All

    From: Leviticus 25:1, 8-17

    [1] The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,

    Rules About the Jubilee Year

    [8] “And you shall count seven weeks’ of years, seven times seven years, so
    that the time of the seven weeks of years shall be to you forty-nine years. [9]
    Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh
    month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout
    all your land. [10] And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
    throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each
    of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family. [11]
    A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; in it you shall neither sow, nor reap
    what grows of itself, nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. [12] For it
    is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat what it yields out of the field.

    [13] “In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property. [14] And if
    you sell to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one
    another. [15] According to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy
    from your neighbor, and according to the number of years for crops he shall sell
    to you. [16] If the years are many you shall increase the price, and if the years
    are few you shall diminish the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is
    selling to you. [17] You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your
    God; for I am the LORD your God.”


    25:1-7. Here we can see concern for the conservation of land, trying to ensure
    that short-term productivity is not obtained at the cost of deterioration in the long
    term. It is always made clear that the earth is a gift from God: therefore, God’s
    sovereignty over the land has to be periodically acknowledged. This is the pri-
    mary reason for these rules about allowing the land to lie fallow.

    Exodus 23:10-11 also talks about the sabbatical year, but here there is reference
    to additional reasons for it, to do with the welfare of the under-privileged. These
    rules did not all have to be put into effect at the same time, because that might
    have created a huge problem of generalized idleness. In the book of Maccabees,
    for example, there are references to difficulties that arose at that time due to one
    sabbatical year (cf. 1 Mac 6:49).

    25:8-22. Here again the number seven, by being applied to the calendar, creates
    a special situation. Now we have seven weeks of years, that is a run of forty-nine
    years; and this leads to the following year, the fiftieth, being a jubilee year. The
    rules about letting the land lie fallow are applied to the jubilee year; special clau-
    ses are added, such as that to do with the redemption of property. So, in the ju-
    bilee year, land acquired had to be returned to its original owner. This custom
    meant that what in fact was sold was the usufruct of the land and its price would
    be a function of the number of years’ use the buyer was getting.

    Again, underlying this is the idea that the land is a divine gift which ought always
    to revert to those to whom the Lord originally granted it. Even so, these regula-
    tions were not obeyed very well. Thus, we find the prophets vigorously denoun-
    cing the way some people built up land holdings to the detriment of others. The
    basic reason for their complaint was not just a fine sense of social justice but
    the fact that God’s rules were being violated (cf. Is 5:8; Mic 2:2).

    Verses 14-15 here are [as in the Spanish edition, which is also in line with most
    modern vernacular translations] divided differently from the Nev Vulgate division.

    Verses 18-22 round off the previous passage and introduce what follows. They
    remind people about the promises God makes to those who are faithful to his
    commandments, and they are meant to encourage those who might be tempted
    to think that God will not look after them if they have to face three years without
    harvest (the sabbatical year, the jubilee year and the year after it, at the end of
    which a harvest would be reaped). A provident God will ensure that those who
    stay true to him will experience no want.

    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:30:29 PM PDT · 2 of 20
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
    Alleluia Ping

    Please FReepmail me to get on/off the Alleluia Ping List.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 10:21:05 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Rashputin to knarf
    God has a mother ?

    The answer to that depends on whether or not you believe Jesus Christ is God.

    I believe Jesus Christ is God, therefore God has a mother.

  • On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

    07/31/2015 10:18:43 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    Rashputin to Iscool
    And no where in Scripture does it say to rely on Scripture alone although it does clearly state to rely on both what is written and what is passed down by tradition.

    Scripture does clearly condemn the heresy of Korah (you know, the "the priesthood of all believers is all we need" trash), does clearly say that those who throw Scripture in the garbage can are condemned, and does clearly state that we are to obey our prelates.

    So, when someone wants to play, ". . . not a single place in Scripture . . ." games they without fail start by pretending that others should accept the lie of "Scripture Alone" and follow that up with deliberately ignoring what is in Scripture.

    People who throw Scripture they don't want to accept in the garbage can and ignore a great deal of what they pretend to accept are nothing but tired old jokers with nothing like a real faith in Christ or Scripture. After all, they've blasphemed the Holy Spirit by insisting the Holy Spirit could not and did not protect Scripture from the inclusion of error so it's impossible for them to be led by that same Holy Spirit.

    Christians reject the fundamental premise that "Scripture Alone" applies to the construction of churches or anything else. Therefore the balance of any argument based on that lie is worthless.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:18:40 PM PDT · 1 of 20
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.

  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 9:13:58 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    BlatherNaut to RBStealth
    After the Lord imparted these “revelations” to Fr. Kyle and I which, admittedly, left us startled, troubled, and forever changed, the Lord called me several months later to a local parish. He was about to personally invite me to take a position on “the watch.”


    Matthew 7:15 comes screamingly to mind: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." I see this guy sells his music cd's and other products online. Anyone who reads the news and is familiar with Catholic prophesy and apocalyptic writings could easily throw together the same "revelations" (for profit?) which he has published here.

  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 9:06:56 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    johngrace to RBStealth

    RBS -Thanks I follow his Facebook page.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:56:09 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Poison Pill to NRx
    If you believe that Jesus Christ was both human and divine, yes.

    Isn't Orthodox Christianity split on this matter? With Eastern going one way and Oriental the other?

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 8:53:15 PM PDT · 719 of 722
    imardmd1 to Iscool

    High-five on that!

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:52:12 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    The Final Harvest to freeonefrom

    Hmmmm ..?? Did you say Mary didn’t provide any human matter to Jesus ..??


    And .. maybe you should go to the library and read some of the books about conception .. and what takes place.

  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 8:49:46 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    RBStealth to johngrace

    make sure you get on his mailing list

  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 8:48:04 PM PDT · 7 of 10
    johngrace to RBStealth; All
  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 8:46:58 PM PDT · 718 of 722
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    I've gotten to about midway on this thread, and find very little answering the question posed by your title, although there has been a lot of second-guessinf on eschatology. I think I'll give up on this one.

    Thanks for the challenge. I'm just not going to be able to advise anyone "left behind."

  • Next in the Sexual Revolution news: movement to legalize polygamy and 'polyamory'

    07/31/2015 8:44:23 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    arthurus to markomalley

    The big one is the lowering of Age of Consent, especially for Homosexual Love. That is coming and now that the courts are mostly Left, it will happen.

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 8:41:16 PM PDT · 717 of 722
    imardmd1 to Yosemitest

    You keep picking the wrong words wich would translaye to “rapture”

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 8:37:09 PM PDT · 716 of 722
    imardmd1 to editor-surveyor
    There is no scripture to the contrary.

    Job_2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

    1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    So much for that hypothesis --

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/31/15)[Prayer]

    07/31/2015 8:32:53 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    Kitty Mittens to left that other site
    How We Long For That Great And Wonderful Day, When You Make All Things New!

    Amen to Every Powerful Word of your Anointed Prayer, Dear Servant of our King.
    Praying with you in 100% Agreement.

  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/31/2015 8:29:40 PM PDT · 715 of 722
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    Perhaps Jerome's use of 'carry off' or 'I snatch' (in the twinkling of an eye is quick!) is why the first several Bible translations translated 'apostasia' as departure, and departing, as seen in 2 Thess 2.

    My ear brother, I have checked this out, and nowhere in Strong's concordance, or Thayer's Lexicon, or Roget's Thesaurus, or in Sisson's Synonyms do I find anything that equates the Greek apostasia, our term "apostasy," with anything about the kind of "departure" your interpretation demands. Apostasy/aposrasia is always translated as having the sense of turning from that which is good and right towards that which is wrong and unmoral: deviation from rectitude, perfidy, heterodoxy, seceding from the true religion, divorcement. Its converse is repentance, of turning to God from idols, so to speak. The definition of apostasy carries with it moral terpitude.

    It is not just a movement of a person from here to there, for which the process of leaving would be interpreted as departure. So It is not very likely at all that the "falling away" of 2 Thess 2:3 would be interpreted in any sense as being anything but firm and permanent disloyalty and departure from God's ways. And it is always at the instigation of the apostate himself actively.

    It can have nothing to do with the passive yielding to the summons of Christ to pluck us up to meet Him in the air.

    So I think you'd better give up that line of reasoning as to the use of that verse to support the harpadzo. In any case, it is not needed for the spiritually mature discerning believer anyway, and arguing further about it is simply not profitable.

    In the end, it is always going to boil down to salvation by faith or salvation by works. So when we see the drift of someone being other than simple inquisitiveness and desire to learn, it is economical to just decline to bandy words about it, and get on to someone else who wishes to know more about Jesus. Eh?

  • Next in the Sexual Revolution news: movement to legalize polygamy and 'polyamory'

    07/31/2015 8:24:52 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Cats Pajamas to Vermont Lt

    LOL. Richard Pryor gave warnings about let monkeys

  • Next in the Sexual Revolution news: movement to legalize polygamy and 'polyamory'

    07/31/2015 8:23:00 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    Vermont Lt to markomalley

    Polygamy is like wanting a pet monkey. You think you want it. You think it would be cool to have a pet monkey. You dream about the fun you might have with your pet monkey.

    Trust me. You do NOT want a pet monkey.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:20:57 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    freeonefrom to NRx

    IMHO Mother Mary was a vessel for our lord and savior. She did provide any chromosomes to Jesus, God indwell ed in her.

  • Next in the Sexual Revolution news: movement to legalize polygamy and 'polyamory'

    07/31/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    ravenwolf to markomalley

    Might be just to get the Judges attention, hey Judge men are supposed to marry women, hey Judge come back here, wrong sex.

  • Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood for “Doing God’s Work”

    07/31/2015 8:16:33 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    Zuriel to Morgana

    The priests of Baal are still around. Jezebel too. Actually there are lots of Jezebels, just as there are lots of anti-christs.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:10:16 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    The Final Harvest to Mrs. Don-o; Kolokotronis

    In the Evangelical Church, we honor Mary because we understand that without her, Jesus would not have been able to walk on the earth as a human and deity. But, in order for Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for all mankind, Jesus had to be a human like us (the ones he was dying for).

    Mary was a precious, virgin girl. She believed in GOD and was willing to birth Jesus, even though she did not understand what GOD was really doing.

    Joseph, on the other hand, died before Jesus. That means Joseph was in Paradise (because his faith was accounted to him as Righteousness), and Joseph was able to greet Jesus when He entered into Paradise, and then Jesus led all the saints into Heaven with Him. I’ve always wondered if Joseph had any idea this event was going to happen?

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:07:43 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    Zuriel to NRx

    **If you believe that Jesus Christ was both human**

    ...the part that Mary had something to do with.....

    **and divine**

    ...the part that Mary had absolutely nothing to do with.

    The Son of God declared that EVERY single divine quality he displayed was his Father that dwells in him. God the Father is a Spirit (John 4:24,25), and not a man; but dwells in Christ reconciling the world unto himself (2Cor. 5:19).

    Further proof: Neither Jesus Christ, nor his apostles and writers of the NT, EVER used the phrase “God the Son”.

  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 8:06:52 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    Old Yeller to NRx
    If you believe that Jesus Christ was both human and divine, yes.

    If you believe God is self-existent (which he is), no.