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  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/15/2018 8:27:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2018 • One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization.As we read a Gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons, but doing so ignores the fact that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/15/2018 6:55:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 15 (NKJV) A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath 01 A soft answer turns away wrath, 00 But a harsh word stirs up anger. 02 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, 00 But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 03 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, 00 Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 04 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, 00 But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 05 A fool despises his father's instruction, 00 But he who receives correction is prudent. 06 In the house of the...
  • Does Suffering in the World Disprove God's Existence?

    07/14/2018 3:34:56 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Does Suffering in the World Disprove Gods Existence? By Philip Cottraux War. Plagues. Starvation. Natural disasters. Children dying in the streets. Rapes. Massacres. The Bible says For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), yet why does He allow these things? If He is all-powerful, couldnt He intervene and stop all of it in an instant? This is perhaps the most common argument against His existence, at least from my experience. If an atheist sniffs out a tweet Ive made about Gods love, theyll respond with an image of a childs body blown to...
  • Belief In Truth As A Sign Of Eternal Life...themes first John pt 11

    I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me.(John 14:6)We have been studying the threefold sign of eternal life, as taught by the Apostle John in His First Epistle. We have stressed that Eternal Life is a gift of God, it cannot be merited, it can only received freely by faith. But how does one know whether or not he has received the gift of eternal Life? After all, in our day as well as in Johns there were many teachers, and prophets who were redefining the knowledge of God, and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/14/2018 6:42:33 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 14 (NKJV) The Ways of Life and Death 01 The wise woman builds her house, 00 But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 02 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, 00 But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 03 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 00 But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 04 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; 00 But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 05 A faithful witness does not lie, 00 But a...
  • Anticipation of Christ's Return?

    07/14/2018 4:37:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3). True Christians long for the return of their King. The words of the old hymn, This world is not my home, express the attitude of every true child of God. True Christians have a hope in their heart, a hope focused on the...
  • Elect in Christ

    07/14/2018 4:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are a chosen race" (1 Pet. 2:9). Election is the spiritual privilege from which all others flow. Unlike those who are destined to destruction because of their rejection of Christ (1 Pet. 2:8), Christians are an elect race of people, bound together by God's redeeming grace. That's cause for great celebration! First Peter 2:9 is an allusion to Deuteronomy 7:6-9, which says, "You are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the...
  • Rejecting Christ

    07/13/2018 5:17:22 PM PDT · by metmom · 54 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "For those who disbelieve, 'the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,' and, 'a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed" (1 Pet. 2:7-8). Rejecting Christ leads to spiritual damnation. Israel was a unique nation, chosen by God to be the guardian of His Word and proclaimer of His kingdom. The Old Testament records His miraculous and providential care for her throughout the centuries, and the prophets told of One who would come as her great Deliverer....
  • Rejection of the World

    07/13/2018 5:16:56 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | 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). Genuine believers love God and reject the world and all its philosophies. As the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), Satan has designed a system that the Bible simply calls the world. The Greek term (kosmos) refers to a system encompassing false religion, errant philosophy, crime, immorality, materialism, and the like. Of it the apostle John wrote, All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust...
  • Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

    07/13/2018 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2018 • A new study has been issued from Oxford University that casts doubt on the notion that there is “intelligent” life in abundance elsewhere in the universe. More on that study in a moment.Meanwhile, I have written from time to time on the question of whether there is other intelligent life in the universe. As a Catholic, I have no need for the answer to be yes or no; the Church does not teach on this one way or another. Neither do the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/13/2018 6:40:29 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 13 (NKJV) Wisdom Loves Righteousness 01 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, 00 But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 02 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, 00 But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, 00 But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 04 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; 00 But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 05 A righteous man hates lying, 00 But a wicked man is...
  • Pro-Marriage Prof Wins Suit Against Marquette University

    07/12/2018 6:11:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/9/18 | David Nussman
    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in favor of John McAdamsMADISON, Wisconsin (ChurchMilitant.com) - A professor won his lawsuit against a Jesuit university accused of censoring him for his Christian view of marriage. On July 6, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with political science professor John McAdams in his legal battle with Marquette University overturning a previous ruling in a lower court. The Jesuit college pushed McAdams out of his position in 2014 after he made a blog post defending a student who got chewed out by an instructor for speaking up in favor of traditional marriage, suspending McAdams without pay....
  • If We Walk in The Light...1 John themes pt 10

    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.( I John 1:5-7)In Johns epistle, which concerns itself with the true Knowledge of God as opposed to the false, there are...
  • German Dioceses Respond to Give Protestants Communion Guidelines. Its Not Good.

    07/12/2018 10:02:28 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 12, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    At an astonishing pace, one third of the 27 German dioceses have already now come out with statements concerning the recently published controversial intercommunion guide of the German Bishops Conference. Only one diocese has, so far, declared that it will hold back on implementing the new guide allowing, in individual cases, Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis, and without converting to the Catholic Faith, and even without a prior sacramental confession. The most troubling message came out just last week from the bishop of Wrzburg, Franz Jung, who invited, for the weekend of 5...
  • Loving Christ

    07/12/2018 9:31:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This precious value, then, is for you who believe" (1 Pet. 2:7). Love for Christ is the primary characteristic of a true believer. First Peter 2:7 speaks of the believer's affection for Christ as contrasted to an unbeliever's rejection of Him. The first part of that verse could be translated, "To you who believe, He is precious." "Precious" means "valuable," "costly," "without equal," or "irreplaceable." Christ is all that, but only believers recognize His supreme value and regard Him with affection. Affection for Christ is the bottom-line characteristic of true believers. Believing in Him and loving Him are inseparable. In...
  • Obedience to God's Word

    07/12/2018 9:30:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3). True believers obey Gods commandments. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection, He gave the following Great Commission to His disciples: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (Matt. 28:19-20). Notice that a true disciple was to observe, or obey, all of Christs commands. The apostle John understood well the Lords instruction. He knew...
  • Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building [Catholic Caucus]

    07/12/2018 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building Msgr. Charles Pope • July 11, 2018 • Many years ago, I saw the movie True Confessions (1981), which was about an ambitious priest who discovered the truer meaning of the priesthood. Although the film was seedy in places, the outcome for the main character, Monsignor Spellacy, was salutary.Robert DeNiro (who was more discreet and refined in those days) starred as Msgr. Spellacy. It was well acted, but it was the liturgical scenes that were especially noteworthy: they were beautiful, meticulous, and accurate. The movie was set in the 1940s...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 12 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/12/2018 6:35:51 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Key words: Proverb 12 (NKJV) The House of the Righteous Shall Stand 01 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, 00 But he who hates correction is stupid. 02 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, 00 But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 03 A man is not established by wickedness, 00 But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 04 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 00 But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 05 The thoughts of the righteous are right, 00 But the counsels of the wicked...
  • Eternal Life Is Evidenced by Righteous Living...themes 1 John pt 9

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he...
  • The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

    07/11/2018 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2018 • We are currently reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea at daily Mass. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our own tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also of God’s passionate love for us. We do well to recall the story, especially given the “great debate” among some in the Church today over the question of divorce and remarriage. And while there are many painful stories of...