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  • Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good A Meditation...from the Imitation of Christ

    09/02/2015 8:09:50 AM PDT · by Salvation
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation on a Teaching from the Imitation of Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • September 1, 2015 • How do you and I regard this world? How do we perceive its offerings, philosophies, and standards? I pray that we soberly assess the things of this world. Sadly, many Christians pass through their days in this world in a very unreflective manner, accepting without critique many ungodly and harmful notions. Almost anything can be spewed forth from the television, the radio, or some celebrity’s mouth and many people will accept it uncritically,...
  • Africa Will Save the Family' One Cardinal's Prediction on the Church's Future

    09/02/2015 6:39:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Cotonou, Benin, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The African cardinal who heads the Vaticans Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe. I have absolute confidence in African culture, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Catholic weekly La Croix du Benin. I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa will save the family. Africa saved the Holy Family (during the Flight to Egypt) and in these modern times Africa...
  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 5:50:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (vv. 3132). - Matthew 12:2232 In looking at the issue of the eternal security of the believer in Christ, one of the most difficult passages to understand is the text wherein Jesus refers to the unforgiveable sin. Todays passage gives us one of the accounts of our Lords teaching on this subject, and we see that one transgression...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/01/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Western American Diocese ^ | August 2015 | Bishop Maxim
    BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENTWith this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names ofBishop Mardarije(Uskokovic)of Libertyville, andArchimandrite Sebastian(Dabovich)of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church.Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two...
  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 10:59:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/1/2015
    They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. - 1 John 2:19 Continuing our study of the eternal security of the believer, otherwise known as the perseverance of the saints, we will consider today the phenomenon of people who appear to be believers but then walk away from the faith. Since we believe Scripture teaches that all who truly believe in Christ are justified and will never fall...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 7:13:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • August 31, 2015 • As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner. But absent...
  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:38:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words In thy presence is fulness of joy. Amen. The word present, of course, means here, close to, next to, and the prefix omni gives it universality. God...
  • What Men Live By - Chapter 28 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:27:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among all races throughout the world always. Life also has its marginal zones where lie the things that are relatively unimportant. These change from generation to generation and vary from people to people. It is at the central core that men are one, and it is on the marginal zones that they differ from each other. Yet the marginal things divide the peoples of the world radically and seriously. Most of the...
  • What About the Holy Spirit? (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:21:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us (1 John 3:24). Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role. The churchs understanding of the Spirits Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth. At the...
  • The Reality of Spiritual Warfare (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:19:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12). Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him. Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign....
  • Steves Devotional - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    08/31/2015 3:57:13 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 21 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 31, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Are you worried? I am. On Steve Brown Etc. we have interviewed a whole lot of people about the economy, the war, the environment, world poverty, politics (and the list goes on) and the general impression is that were all going to die! Its bad and its going to get a lot worse. There is a wonderful story in 2 Kings 6. The king of Syria was at war with Israel. Israel, though, had a powerful secret weapon in Elisha the prophet who kept warning Israel of the troop movements of Syria. The king of Syria was ticked and sent...
  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place. Thascius Cyprianus was the son of a rich pagan senator, and received a fine secular education becoming a splendid orator, and a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy in the school of Carthage. He often appeared in the courts to defend his fellow citizens. Cyprian afterwards recalled that for a long time he remained in a deep dark mist.., far from the light of Truth. His fortune, received from his parents and from...
  • Seeking God's Kingdom (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    . . . All these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33). God will provide for those who seek what is eternal. What did Jesus mean when He said we are to seek Gods kingdom first? It means our top priority in life should be to seek what is eternal. That was the priority for the apostle Paul. In Acts 20 he was ready to leave for Jerusalem to defend the faith, not knowing if he might be put in prison or lose his life. The prospect of persecution did not deter him, for he said, I do not...
  • Rejecting the World (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The world is opposed to everything God stands for. Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn't know what's best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God's warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, "When...
  • Real Spiritual: Decline

    08/31/2015 7:55:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    ItsReally Real,org ^ | August 30, 2015 | Rev. Brian Akers
    Over the past few years as a minister there has been a growing narrative that, for many reasons, I havent been able to escape. It would seem that the statistics and facts all say that church is in decline. Dont take my word for it either there are plenty of other Huffington Post authors chiming in about this apparent trend too. Some say that its all about the lack of religion in our schools, laws and culture as if the country is devolving. Some say that the immediacy of God, also described as an apocalyptic culture, has been lost. You...
  • Healing Medicine for Strident Times Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

    08/31/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2015 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times...
  • Diocese of Portsmouth [UK] on Environmental Alert in Response to Papal Encyclical

    08/30/2015 11:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/28/15 | Jo-Anne Rowney
    Bishop Philip Egan said the 'alert' is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action The Bishop of Portsmouth has placed his diocese on environmental alert as well as directing people to examine their lifestyles in confession, after reading Pope Francis encyclical. Bishop Egan called Laudato Si one of the most challenging papal encyclicals of our time, adding it prompted him to look at how his diocese should respond. In a pastoral letter Bishop Egan said the alert should impact the way the diocese, acts, pray and thinks leading [it to a conversion of mind, will...
  • Living One Day at a Time (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34). The believer is not to worry about his future. British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, Although it is very right to think about the future, it is very wrong to be controlled by it. He was right, because worry is a tremendous force that will endeavor to defeat you. It will try to destroy you today by making you upset and anxious. But if it loses today, it will take you into the future until it finds something to...
  • The Love God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17). If you love the world, youre engaging in a love God hates. Satan, from the very beginning...
  • This Pope Does Not Do Doctrine

    08/30/2015 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dr. William Oddie
    If you are puzzled, even disoriented by the Holy Fathers conduct of his pontificate (and I stress at the outset that what follows is not intended as an attack on it) you may be reassured by an article in this months National Geographic magazine, which contains some possibly indiscreet remarks by the Popes spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, which indicate that you are not alone. I say possibly indiscreet, since as he is the Popes director of communications, maybe what he says is something the Holy Father doesnt mind us knowing. This is from an account of a conversation between the...
  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 10:04:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 112 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 30, 2015 | JP
    Who do men say I am? Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered. But who do you say that I am? Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, You are the Christ. This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Our All-Knowing God (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 2:00:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be anxious then, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or With what shall we clothe ourselves? For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (Matthew 6:31-32). To worry is to be like an unbeliever. For us as believers, worry is needless because of Gods bounty, senseless because of Gods promise to provide, useless because of our inability to do anything, and faithless because by doing so we put ourselves in the same category as an unbeliever. In Matthew 6:32 the Greek term translated...
  • Seven Things God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 1:45:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19). God is clear about the things that displease Him. God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is haughty eyes (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and...
  • Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God A Meditation on a Moving Video

    08/29/2015 7:38:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2015 • When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying there, no longer able to talk much, I thought of all the memories stored up in his mind, all the...
  • Poll: 38% born-again Christians believe prayer boosts wealth, 24% think wealth sign of Gods favor

    08/28/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    A little comments food-fight starter for a slow Friday news cycle. Even your friendly neighborhood atheist blogger is surprised by this result: My memory of youthful Christian lessons is rusty but I do vaguely recall something about rich men and heaven and camels and the eye of a needle. Then again, there’s a difference between praying for a Lamborghini and praying for a pay raise to help make ends meet. Wanting more wealth doesn’t necessarily make you greedy.The question: Why are born-again Christians more likely than those who don’t describe themselves as born again to tie wealth to faith?...
  • Seminar Speakers Advocate Change on Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried

    08/28/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/28/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October. The lectures at these seminars were published June 2 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian as Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond), and feature a preface written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On the whole, the book suggests a penitential path that would...
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). Gods hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

    08/28/2015 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2015 • On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. This is why Satan hates priests and seeks to topple them. Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the...
  • Listening like Sheep (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional & Caucus)

    08/28/2015 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock
    Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand (vv. 67a). - Psalm 95 God comforts our souls throughout the pages of Scripture. His promise never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) assures us that no matter how difficult things seem, He is with us, carrying us through the fire of testing so that we might be purified and refined (Isa. 48:110). The Lords pledge to glorify everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:2930)...
  • Pope Francis' (mis)citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    08/27/2015 5:13:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The "Denziger-Bergoglio" ^ | August 27, 2015
    In this sense, the citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium have drawn our attention. So its a good idea to examine each one of the affirmations of Aquinas in their original context, with the objective of analyzing the fidelity and concordance of this application to his line of thought.
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his lifes span? (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry. We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. Thats a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine

    08/27/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-26-2015 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia and Herzegovina At exactly 6:40 p.m. one sultry day this month, the peal of church bells rang though the main square of this town, bringing countless pilgrims instantly to their knees. The ringing marked the moment, 34 years ago, when a group of six youths say the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Three of them say she has continued to do so, usually at the same time, every day since. Over that period, the scheduled apparitions have drawn millions of believers to this small town, and a good dose of suspicion from skeptics, including, perhaps, Pope Francis....
  • Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

    08/27/2015 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2015 • There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes.But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love—even for our enemies. Let’s look at some texts.Earlier this week we read from St....
  • Everybody Wants to Rule Their World

    08/27/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by DWW1990
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/26/15 | Trevor Thomas
    When one abandons eternal truth, there is virtually no limit to the extremeness and no end to the amount of folly that will follow. Modern liberalism again demonstrates this well. Because of his commitment to liberalism, which makes him unable to call the public display of womens breasts that is occurring in Times Square what it really is (offensive, absurd, gross, and yes, wicked and sinful), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to wield one of the favorite tools of modern liberals: the dreaded multiagency task force.
  • At Pallium Mass, Cupich Calls for Mercy Toward Nontraditional Families

    08/26/2015 6:27:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/23/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    CHICAGO Catholics must avoid being rigid, embrace change, and show mercy, not harsh judgment, toward nontraditional families. That was the message from Chicagos Archbishop Blase Cupich Sunday afternoon after receiving his pallium, a wool stole that is a piece of liturgical regalia symbolizing his connection to the pope, from the papal ambassador to the United States. In a 15-minute homily, Cupich said bishops and other Catholics should avoid absolutizing one particular era by remembering the richness and diversity of their faith. At the same time, the Church should be open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to...
  • Did God Send A Prophet to Rebuke John MacArthur?

    08/26/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 157 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/25/2015 | Michael Brown
    The video has now gone viral, providing embarrassment for the charismatic movement and fodder for those who deny that the prophetic gifts are for today. A self-proclaimed prophet from Scotland disrupted a Sunday morning service on August 16th as Pastor MacArthur stood behind the pulpit, rebuking him for teaching cessationism and for being divisive, announcing that he was a prophet sent by God. Pastor MacArthur listened quietly before security removed the man, who continued to call for repentance as he was escorted out the door. Pastor MacArthur then responded like a completely composed, totally unruffled, senior statesman, using humor and...
  • Receiving Joy and Strength (Evangelical/Protestant/Lutheran/NonDenom Caucus & Devotional)

    08/26/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    There is still another vital aspect to the why of Jesus departure. He said, If I do not go away, the Helper (Paraclete) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. Jesus departure was tied to Pentecost. There is no Pentecost without ascension. As the invested King of kings, Jesus had the authority together with the Father to send His Holy Spirit in a new and powerful way upon the church. Jesus spoke of a certain necessity of His leaving in order for the Spirit to come. Herein was another great advantage. He...
  • Can I Be Sure Im Saved? (Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    08/26/2015 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, How can I know I am saved? In response, I ask them three questions. First I ask, Do you love Jesus perfectly? Every person to whom I have asked that question has responded candidly, No, I dont. Thats why they are not sure of the state of their souls; they know there are deficiencies in their affection for Christ, because they know that if they loved Christ perfectly, they would obey Him perfectly. Jesus said, If you love me, you will keep...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    08/26/2015 7:09:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2015 • One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental Meaning – While the words “pure” and “clean,” are not inauthentic translations of the Greek word καθαρός (katharos), a more literal...
  • A Lesson from Nature (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:46:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Hoping in God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • Multiplying Freedom

    08/26/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Can we talk? You and I both know that so often the church is probably the last place in the world where people are really free. We talk about freedom, we preach it and offer it to those who have not found Christ. But if you take a long look around the average church you will find people who seem to be cut from the exact same mold. Most of us look, act and talk the same way.There is, of course, a cold, dead orthodoxy among us that we have called Christian. Paul warned Timothy to be careful about those...
  • On Court-Mandated Brainwashing

    08/26/2015 6:20:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    By now, most people are aware of the Colorado baker who refused to bake an elaborate wedding cake for a gay couples so-called marriage. The various commissions and courts have ruled that the gentlemans religious objections to an act that implicitly required him to approve gay marriage violated the law. The court said that any reasonable person would not say that selling a cake violates ones religion. The issue, of course, is whether the courts notion of what is reasonable is itself reasonable. And if that were not enough, the man has to implement sensitivity sessions for his employees evidently...
  • Hating CatholicsAmericas ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 488 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals, in which I answered with, do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe? Indeed, we say God loves everyone, including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • Led To Repentance

    08/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jessica Thompson
    Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O manyou who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourselfthat you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that Gods kindness is meant to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:1-4) Recently, I...
  • Half a million people sign petition urging Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage at synod

    08/25/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 24, 2015
    Pope Francis at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS) Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organised by Catholic student association TFP Student ActionMore than 500,000 people, including five cardinals, have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and the family at the synod of bishops in October.The petition, launched by Catholic student association TFP Student Action and backed by 25 pro-family groups around the world, was posted on the organisation’s site in late January. It has since been signed by five cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of civil leaders, in addition to...
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

    08/25/2015 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 13 replies
    Outer Places ^ | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of...