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Theology (Religion)

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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 25 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/25/2017 9:04:22 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon - Copied by Hezekia's Men
    Proverb 25 (NKJV)Rule Your Spirit 01 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of 00 Judah copied: 02 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, 00 But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 03 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, 00 So the heart of kings is unsearchable. 04 Take away the dross from silver, 00 And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. 05 Take away the wicked from before the king, 00 And his throne will be established in righteousness....
  • Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell

    05/25/2017 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2017 • Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell.No “heresy” of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency....
  • Growing into Conformity (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    05/25/2017 6:05:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/25/2017
    Growing into Conformity The modern distinction between the carnal Christian and the Spirit-filled Christian is a dangerous one. If a carnal Christian is described as one whose fallen nature has not yet been changed by grace, it is a contradiction in terms. If a person is carnal in the sense that the Holy Spirit resides in him without affecting his constituent nature in any way, then he is simply not a Christian. To view regeneration as not effecting any real change in the person is a serious distortion of regeneration. Here the Holy Spirit indwells but does nothing to effect...
  • Can We Pray in Jesus' Name? Yes!

    05/25/2017 6:01:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 29,2011 | Shane Idleman
    This article has special significance for me. I was able to pray in Jesus name last Tuesday, Jan. 25th, at the City Council meeting in Lancaster. This is a priviledge that should not be taken lightly. In the last few decades, we have seen a calculated attempt to remove God from government. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be one nation under God, not above God. A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2017 5:54:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2017 5:54:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to todays verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • The Blessed Hope

    05/24/2017 10:26:09 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 5/24/17 | Gary
    "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to...
  • Becoming a New Creation (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    05/24/2017 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/24/2017
    As Christians, we are new creations. Our hearts of stone have been turned into hearts of flesh. In this metaphor, flesh is used as a positive figure, not a pejorative one. Where once my heart was cold and recalcitrant, dead and inert to the things of God, now it throbs and pulsates with spiritual life. Once I was biologically alive but spiritually dead. Now I am biologically alive and spiritually alive as well. I am a new person. There is radical discontinuity between my new self and my old self. This radical discontinuity, however, is not total discontinuity. A link...
  • Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

    05/24/2017 8:44:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2017 • Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God (who loves us) is both appropriate and holy. Sadly, more people lack this holy fear rooted in the possible loss of what...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/24/2017 7:19:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 6 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Christians Tapping Into New-Age Lies as Great Falling-Away Continues

    Is Sister Christian sitting next to you in Sunday service a closet New Ager? Is your pastor tapping into new spirituality? Are you believing a new thought lie? I was simply shocked to read the results of a new Barna study that shows only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview. But I was decidedly dismayed by the subsequent revelations in the report. In a nutshell, Barna found many Christians strongly agree with worldviews that compete with biblical teachings. In other words, many believers are believing flat out lies....
  • Marveling at God's Forgiveness (Matthew)

    05/23/2017 2:13:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). Never lose your sense of awe over Christs forgiveness. Matthew describes himself as "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). He is the only apostle whose name is associated with an occupation. Apparently Matthew never forgot what he had been saved from, and never lost his sense of awe and unworthiness over Christ's forgiveness. This is how he set the scene of his own conversion: Matthew 9:1-8 tells us Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic man and then healed him of his paralysis. When the Jewish scribes accused Him of blasphemy for...
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering

    05/23/2017 2:12:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5). Stephens excellent character teaches us much about responding to suffering and death. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is one of the most inspiring biblical examples of faithfulness in life and ministry. But his personal excellence shines forth most through the familiar account of his death by stoning. As one of the first deacons in the church, Stephen was recognized early on as a man of great faith and spirituality (Acts 6:5). And a few verses later Luke describes him as full of grace and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/23/2017 8:27:27 AM PDT · by OneVike · 13 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

    05/23/2017 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2017 • At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling to a world that literally and figuratively “banks on” sin. Let’s consider this lesser- known story and see what it ought to mean for us if we take...
  • Understanding the Basic Conflict (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    05/23/2017 5:59:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/23/2017
    The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could be an allegory for the Christian life. There is a war in our members, a constant conflict between the old and the new, between vice and virtue, sin and obedience. We seem to be moral schizoids. It is a struggle between what the Bible calls the old man and the new man. Whenever I hear an evangelist declare, Come to Jesus and all your problems will be over, I cringe because I am hearing false advertising. I cringe because this promise conflicts with my experience and my spiritual pilgrimage. In one...
  • Burying Benedict

    05/22/2017 7:21:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | May 22, 2017 | Matthew Schmitz
    Though Benedict is still living, Francis is trying to bury him. Upon his election in 2013, Francis began to pursue an agenda that Joseph Ratzinger had opposed throughout his career. A stress on the pastoral over against the doctrinal, a promotion of diverse disciplinary and doctrinal approaches in local churches, the opening of communion to the divorced and remarriedall these proposals were weighed and rejected by Ratzinger more than ten years ago in a heated debate with Walter Kasper. For better or worse, Francis now seeks to reverse Ratzinger. The conflict began with a1992 letterconcerning the fundamental elements that are...
  • Pope Francis, "progressive, progressive, progressive" [Catholic Caucus]

    05/22/2017 9:16:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | May 22, 2017 | Gloria.TV
    Today the Italian bishops have started their plenary meeting whose main task is to establish a list of three candidates from which Pope Francis will choose their new president. The Italian journalist Marco Tosatti writes that Francis, sometime ago, when he was asked how the new president should be, replied in Italian "avanzato, avanzato, avanzato" (progressive, progressive, progressive). Tosatti comments, "Not a holy man; a progressive man."
  • The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful (during Catholic Masses)

    05/22/2017 8:03:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2017 • One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. Peter Kwasniewski, in an article at New Liturgical Movement.org (here), summarizes the problem very well.It is surely no exaggeration to say that throughout the...
  • It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

    05/22/2017 7:51:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 209 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2017 • The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect on evangelization in...