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Theology (Religion)

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  • Repelling Discouragement and Doubt

    09/20/2017 5:48:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Discouragement and doubt are deflected when you know you’re secure in Christ. The Roman soldier's helmet was a crucial piece of armor designed to deflect blows to the head—especially the potentially lethal blow of a broadsword. Soldiers of that day carried a swift and precise dagger designed for close- quarter hand-to-hand combat. But they also carried a giant broadsword, which was a two-edged, three to four-foot long sword. It had a massive handle that, similar to a baseball bat, was held with both hands. With it they could take broad swipes from side...
  • Fulfilling God's Law

    09/20/2017 5:47:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we will be able to fulfill the demands of God’s law. Augustine once said, “Grace was given, in order that the law might be fulfilled.” When God saves us He, by His Spirit, creates within us the ability to obey His perfect law. Because we now live “according to the Spirit”—walking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit—we are able to do the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is Cardinal Sarah Francis' Next Victim?

    09/20/2017 1:09:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 20, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Pope Francis will fire Cardinal Robert Sarah, 72, the prefect of the Congregation for the Liturgy, in December. According to the blog Anonimi della Croce, one item on the agenda of the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals was Sarah's replacement, "Practically all cardinals agreed", the blog writes, "Also because the order came from above, from Santa Marta, and all those obedient decided to decapitate him." Anonimi della Croce comments, "This is the style of Francis, the style of a Latin American dictator. As a good friend of Fidel Castro, he has as well learned these methods."
  • Cath Cauc: MÜLLER CRITICISES FRANCIS PAPACY FOR LACKING THEOLOGICAL RIGOUR, AND HINTS AT COMEBACK

    09/20/2017 1:02:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Tablet ^ | September 20, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian Pope The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. During a book presentation in Germany last Friday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, dismissed from his job by the Pope in July, recalled how the Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) told Pope Clement VIII that he did not understand anything about theology. According to reports of the event in Mannheim the German cardinal then pointed out that Bellarmine was...
  • “Biblical” Film “Mother!” Depicts Mob Eating A Baby

    09/20/2017 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | September 19, 2017 | Corinne Weaver
    Note: If you plan on seeing the movie (heaven forbid), please note that there are SPOILERS in the following story Modern art has come to a bizarre stage: anything, literally anything, can be justified for the sake of it. When a film, that reviewers claim is based on biblical allegory, showcases graphic cannibalism and torture porn, you can bet the liberal media will cheer. Mother!, a film starring Jennifer Lawrence (yes, that one, the one that said Mother Nature’s rage was coming for Trump), is outraging normal audiences everywhere, and even triggering the feminists, with its gore and bizarre references...
  • Going to the Root Cause (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/20/2017 5:09:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The twentieth century was the start of the age of high technology. The technological advances of our age have eclipsed all previous generations. It was the nineteenth century that evoked an unprecedented spirit of human optimism. The Enlightenment concluded that man no longer needed the God-hypothesis to explain his origins and purpose. An optimistic humanism was born that promised a coming utopia. Education, science, and technology would produce the acme of evolutionary development. Peace would prevail and poverty, disease, crime, and war would be banished by the modern techniques of government, economics, and education. World War I temporarily burst the...
  • Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!

    09/19/2017 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 19, 2017 | Gary Zimak
    Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!Gary Zimak Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes weeks in advance. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide....
  • Should Church Worship Spaces Be Used for Yoga?

    09/19/2017 5:25:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 175 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/19/2017 | Mark D. Tooley
    Recently Duke Chapel at Duke University in North Carolina tweeted photos of yoga exercises on the floor of its majestic worship space as part of Healthy Duke Week of Wellness. Built in the 1930s as a Methodist sanctuary in the style of a Gothic cathedral for what was then a Methodist affiliated school, Duke Chapel is now nondenominational. There are Evangelicals and Catholics who critique yoga as wrong for Christians because its mantras originate in eastern religion. Setting aside that concern, should worship space be open to recreation and "profane" (i.e., secular) activities? Tai-chi? Kickboxing? Karate? Spinning? Ballroom dancing? Salsa?...
  • Why Didn’t God Heal Evangelist to the Muslim World, Nabeel Qureshi?

    09/19/2017 5:20:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/19/2017 | Frank Turek
    How does a man facing his own premature death exude an uplifting combination of grace, love, and truth? My friend Nabeel Qureshi, who has done that for more than a year, died at age 34 on Saturday. In case you don’t know, Nabeel was a former devout Muslim who became a powerful defender of Christianity after a seven-year process of evaluating the evidence for Christianity with his friend David Wood. His first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is an international bestseller.  Since being diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer last year, Nabeel has shared his thoughts, concerns, and prayers through...
  • CALL TO AWAKE - September 19, 2017

    09/19/2017 1:03:41 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 29 replies
    HEAVENLY SIGN 2017 ^ | September 19, 2017 | Steve Sewell
    This is a summary of nine date intervals all pointing to events around the Tribulation Period, or Daniel's 70th Week.
  • Extinguishing Satan's Fiery Darts

    09/19/2017 11:49:47 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, [take] up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Don’t elevate Satan’s will above God’s will in your life. In Ephesians 6:13 Paul characterizes Satan as "the evil one" who attacks believers with flaming missiles. The Greek word translated "evil one" literally means "bad," "vile," or "wretched." All are apt descriptions of the archenemy of our souls, who seeks to maim and destroy us spiritually. The term "flaming missiles" pictures one of the Roman weapons of Paul's day: arrows that had...
  • Spirit-Filled Submission

    09/19/2017 11:49:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Spirit-filled believers will submit to one another. To the world, submission implies personal weakness or the coercive dominance of one person by another stronger, more intimidating individual. Such perspectives, however, are unbiblical. The noted expositor Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes submission’s original meaning in a military context, which helps us understand its scriptural definition: It is the picture of soldiers in a regiment, soldiers in a line under an officer . . . and if he [the soldier] begins to act on his own, and independently of the others, he...
  • A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

    09/19/2017 7:29:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2017 • I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn.We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and quick responses are expected, even demanded.At the national level, there is hardly any reporting at all by the media before there is a rush to analyze, comment, and...
  • Comprehending the Pattern of Evil (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/19/2017 5:22:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    After the flood, Noah and his family began to repopulate the earth. Noah’s descendants became hunters and builders. A new technology emerged to provide more stable and suitable shelter. Brick and mortar became the means by which whole cities could be built: “They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves”” (Gen. 11:3b-4). Immediately after the flood, Noah erected an altar, a structure on which to offer the sacrifice of praise and...
  • Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

    09/18/2017 8:17:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2017 • The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at all, but correcting in a harsh or mean-spirited way falls short as well.As an extended meditation on yesterday’s Gospel let’s consider a kind of “mathematics”...
  • Trusting God

    09/18/2017 6:46:05 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Intense spiritual warfare calls for intense trust in God. An on-duty Roman soldier was always dressed for battle but didn't employ his shield, helmet, and sword until the fighting started. But we as Christians must be ready for battle at all times because our enemy is relentless. We can't afford to overlook a single piece of armor or slip into complacency or neglect. In that regard, Ephesians 6:16 says in effect, "Now...
  • Spirit-Filled Gratitude

    09/18/2017 6:45:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Ephesians 5:20). Sincere thanks to God will result at all times if we are truly filled with the Spirit. I’m convinced that gratitude is the single greatest act of personal worship we can render to God. And today’s verse plainly asserts that thankfulness should be a well-rounded, consistent response to whatever God allows to happen in our lives (see 1 Thess. 5:18). Such a thankful attitude is impossible in our own strength, but as the Holy Spirit indwells us, He graciously...
  • Tracing the Development of Sin (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/18/2017 5:30:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    “You will be like God” (Gen. 3:5). This was the original temptation, the archetypal seduction aimed at our first parents by the Serpent. Created as vice-regents with dominion over the earth, Adam and Eve wanted more. They reached for autonomy, stretching greedy arms toward the throne of God, only to fall headlong into the abyss of evil. Expulsion from Eden was their fate. They could not go back. Paradise was lost. An angel with a flaming sword stood guard at the gateway to the garden. This is the first reference in Scripture to a weapon of any sort. Before God...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Dear Pope Francis": A Letter to the Pope -- by Fr Richard Cipolla

    09/17/2017 5:35:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 15, 2017 | Fr. Richard
    "Dear Pope Francis": A Letter to the Pope -- by Fr Richard Cipolla Dear Pope Francis: I write this letter to you with a heavy heart full of concern for the Church and for you as the Successor of Peter.  We Catholics are called to love you and support you in your difficult ministry in the Church. And we do.  But there are many of us who are concerned that you do not have your pulse on the state of the Church as it is in today’s world.  You seem sometimes to act arbitrarily on important matters such as the...
  • Selecting the Proper Shoes

    09/17/2017 4:18:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm . . . having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace" (Eph. 6:14-15). Standing firm while in the conflict requires the right kind of spiritual footwear. I'll never forget a game that took place at the Rose Bowl during my college football days. Being winter time and late in the football season, the field was in bad shape from several days of rain and an entire season of wear and tear. However, the grounds crew painted the field green, so it looked much better than it actually was. I had two pairs of football...