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Theology (Religion)

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  • What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Feast?

    02/25/2018 3:08:56 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    Got Questions ^ | 25 Feb 18 | James Montgomery Boice
    Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Feast?" Answer: Jesus told the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14. This parable is similar in some ways to the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24), but the occasion is different, and it has some important distinctions. To better understand the context of this story, it is important to know some basic facts about weddings in Jesus’ day. In Jewish society, the parents of the betrothed generally drew up the marriage contract. The bride and groom would meet, perhaps for the first time, when this contract...
  • Archbishop Chaput: Catholics Need Faith and Reason, not a New Paradigm

    02/24/2018 6:05:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/22/18 | Kevin J. Jones
    Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 22, 2018 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et ratio will mark its 20th anniversary this year, on Sept. 14. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reflected on the encyclical in his essay “Believe that you may Understand” in the March 2018 issue of First Things. Making the case that the 1998 encyclical on the relationship between faith and reason was a “prophetic” document which “confronts the crisis of truth within the Catholic Church herself,” the archbishop warned against “faddish” theology. Vigorous philosophy and good theology are, rather, mutually enriching. “Knowledge of the...
  • Understanding God's Will

    02/24/2018 2:48:55 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). Godly living results from being controlled by the principles of God’s Word. Paul's prayer for the Philippians (Phil. 1:9-11) is closely paralleled by his prayer for the Colossians (Col. 1:9-12). Both epistles were written from the same Roman prison at about the same time in Paul's life. Both prayers focus on godly living, but each approaches it from a slightly different perspective. The Philippians were gracious people who needed to...
  • God Is Truth

    02/24/2018 2:48:20 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true’” (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. God’s truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God “will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • Controversial pastor Freeman resigns from Menifee church

    02/24/2018 8:56:49 AM PST · by Hebrews 11:6 · 10 replies
    Menifee 24/7 ^ | 2/23/2018 | Doug Spoon
    Rev. Bill Freeman, whose liberal doctrine at Menifee United Church of Christ resulted in backlash from the conservative Sun City community the last 3 1/2 years, will deliver his final sermon for the church on Sunday. Freeman announced recently that he is resigning his position, saying in a news release, "I feel I've taken the church about as far as I can." He told Menifee 24/7 on Thursday that he and his wife plan to move back to Michigan, where they have family and where Freeman served as a pastor before moving to California in 2014. The United Church of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/24/2018 6:10:21 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 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...
  • Realizing Our Ultimate Priority

    02/23/2018 6:07:28 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 closes with a reminder that love, excellence, integrity, and righteousness bring glory and praise to God. God's glory is a recurring theme in Paul's writings, and rightly so because that is the Christian's highest priority. But what is God's glory and what does it mean to bring Him glory? After all, He is infinitely glorious in nature, so we can't add anything to Him. His glory is never diminished, so it doesn't have...
  • God's Wrath

    02/23/2018 6:07:01 PM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

    02/23/2018 7:36:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2018 • One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not.Honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say, “I earn more than enough money. I’ll just give the rest away”? Not on your life!Almost never would such...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/23/2018 6:18:21 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 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...
  • Overcome The Darkness By Turning On The Light

    02/23/2018 4:57:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowship ^ | Jan 15, 2018 | Shane Idleman
    The word pivotal is often used to describe an important event that led to a monumental turn of events. For example, on D-Day the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. That pivotal moment turned the tides of history. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of a church in Germany calling the Roman Catholic church back to God. It was a pivotal turning point. The word “Protestant” comes from it – meaning protest. But all of history, from Adam to the Old Testament Prophets, were waiting for the ultimatum pivotal moment when hell, death, sin,...
  • All Hell Breaks Loose - German Bishops officially open up Holy Communion to Non-Catholics

    02/22/2018 8:33:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 125 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2018 | New Catholic
    The Francis Effect meeting the German Heresiarchy leads to an explosive decision of cataclysmic consequences. Naturally, this Rome will not reject this aberration. This Vatican will welcome it. This pontificate will rejoice in it. Report and translations from CNA/EWTN:
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Four Marks of the Church: The Contemporary Crisis in Ecclesiology

    02/22/2018 7:48:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2018 | Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM., Cap.
    The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed (381 AD) professes that we believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  Each mark, in its fullness, must be properly conceived and articulated, and yet only together, in their perichoretic relationship, do they form the theological foundation of the Church’s authentic self-understanding.  Without them the Church’s own self-identity would become opaque, possessing no discernable defining character, and so would be exposed to any and every imposed guise – either by herself or from without.  Moreover, these four ecclesial marks are most fully expressed and most abundantly nurtured within the Eucharist liturgy.In this talk I will...
  • Cultivating the Fruit of Righteousness

    02/22/2018 4:34:23 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11). Bearing spiritual fruit is the acid test of a true believer. After facing life-threatening situations, people often say, "I saw my entire life flash before my eyes." That's the picture we get in Philippians 1:11. "The fruit of righteousness" refers to what is produced in you as you operate in love, pursue excellence, and maintain your integrity. It includes every attitude and action consistent with God's standard of what is right. "Having been filled" speaks of something that happened in the past with continuing results....
  • Being Merciful

    02/22/2018 4:33:55 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, “‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him” (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazarus’s death caused...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Hosts ‘Miraculously’ Preserved 16 Months After Devastating Earthquake

    02/22/2018 3:14:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Forty ‘miraculously’ preserved, consecrated hosts have been discovered in a church that was destroyed by a large earthquake in central Italy in 2016. The hosts, recovered from a tabernacle recently retrieved from the ruins of the parish church of Arquata del Tronto, have no bacteria or mold, as usually happens to hosts after a few weeks, according to the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire.
  • Cardinal Sarah: Widespread Communion in the hand is part of Satan’s attack on the Eucharist

    02/22/2018 10:20:20 AM PST · by Petrosius · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 22, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The head of the Vatican department overseeing liturgy is summoning the Catholic faithful to return to receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling. In the preface to a new book on the subject, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, writes: “The most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, by sowing errors and fostering an unsuitable way of receiving it. Truly the war between Michael and his Angels on one side, and Lucifer on the other, continues in the hearts of the faithful.” “Satan’s target is the Sacrifice...
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

    02/22/2018 8:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2018 • Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, runs so deep within us, that we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. Pride is the sin we most share with Satan and the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan; these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy well as he tempted Eve. You...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/22/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • [Catholic Caucus] How Bergoglio Is Rewriting His Life. The Years of the "Great Desolation"

    02/21/2018 7:54:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 21, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    n the closed-door meeting that he held at the beginning of Lent, on February 15, with the priests of the Rome diocese of which he is bishop, Francis sketched out in an unexpected way the trajectory of his life, describing it as a series of “passages,” some of them bright, others dark. Let’s review word by word this autobiography of his, very instructive on the personality of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in the official transcription that has been released and that respects the disorder of his speech in Italian.The first phase is one of rapid and dazzling ascent toward what further...