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  • The Critical Danger of Unbelief

    08/30/2016 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Critical Danger of Unbelief Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2016 • Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law (1659) by RembrandtI had an interesting discussion with Matt Hadro on EWTN’s “Morning Glory” radio show about the rising number of “nones” in our country. When asked for their religious affiliation, “nones” do not identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but rather check the “none” box. They tend to be dismissive of “organized” religion and generally believe that it is acceptable to construct a purely personal religious view and understanding of God.Indeed, we live in times when many people...
  • Confronting Paganism (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    08/30/2016 5:30:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/30/2016
    Nehemiah served in a pagan government as a believer in God. He was humble and respectful to the king, but proper fear of his king did not stop him from acting to save his people. He prayed to God and made a request of the king, asking for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild it. He also asked for letters that he might present to various governors for safe conduct, and even a grant for building materials. Not all the pagan governors were sanguine toward Nehemiah and his plans. Indeed, some were fiercely resistant to them. When Sanballat the...
  • Jahweh Your Average Pagan Divinity

    08/30/2016 5:21:53 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 8-29-2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Those in the newspaper business do what it takes to sell papers, even if that means claiming that the God of the Bible is transgender, like the pagan gods of old. Such is the theory of a New York Times article by Rabbi Mark Sameth, Is God Transgender? (Aug 12, 2016). Sameth claims that the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.In Genesis 3:12, Eve is referred to as he. In Genesis 9:21, after the flood, Noah repairs to her tent. Genesis 1:27 refers to Adam as them. These minor textual oddities...
  • The Love God Hates

    08/30/2016 2:25:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 30 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...
  • Living One Day at a Time

    08/30/2016 2:25:11 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 Significance Of Erdogan...Turkey's significance pt 5

    Ever since 1918, at the end of the First World War, the Western world has been in a period of respite, whether we recognize it or not, from the predations of a ravenous Empire which menaced the West for 400 years. We who have been born and raised in this post Ottoman period for the most part dont even know that a little more than a hundred years ago, all of the West had to deal with a powerful and avaricious Sunni menace, which altered world trade routes, controlled the entire Middle East including the Holy Land, and encroached deep...
  • Deaconesses: This is Not That

    08/29/2016 8:11:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 08-26-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    It seems to me that self-described Christian Feminism is becoming increasingly shrill (I was struck by this when reading recently some feminist commentaries on the Song of Solomon). Orthodox Feminists, however, seems to offer a kinder, gentler feminism (the works of Eva Topping being a famous exception), perhaps because of being anchored in Scripture and the Fathers. Bluntly put, Orthodox feminists cannot easily say, To hell with St. Paul and the Fathers and dismiss them as a bunch of misogynistic wretches in the same way as other feminists can who feel themselves unencumbered by the weight of Holy Tradition. An...
  • Church of England Parishes Consider First Step to Break Away Over Sexuality

    08/29/2016 5:19:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | John Bingham
    A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new shadow synod vowing to uphold traditional teaching. Representatives of almost a dozen congregations in the Home Counties are due to gather in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, later this week for the first session of what they say could eventually develop into an alternative Anglican church in England. Organisers, drawn from the conservative evangelical wing of Anglicanism, say they have no immediate plans to break away...
  • The Red Horse Is Riding...Revelation 4-7 pt 13

    And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.(Revelation 6:3-4)In Johns vision of the throne room of God, a drama unfolds which is of universal significance. The One who sits upon the throne holds a book in his hand. The book is the Word of the consummation of the plan of God to...
  • Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here's What St. Thomas Says

    08/29/2016 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says. Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2016 • We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness? St. Thomas Aquinas and others say that there is not.On one level, this is because...
  • Seven Things God Hates

    08/29/2016 12:50:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 26 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...
  • Our All-Knowing God

    08/29/2016 12:50:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 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...
  • The Secularization of Turkey...Turkey's Significance pt 4

    By the time the guns of World War 1 had been silenced and the armistice had been enacted, Turkey had been stripped of her vast Empire, the 400 years long Ottoman rule was broken and Turkey was reduced to the borders we now recognize, a shell of what she once controlled. Exactly one hundred years ago, in the midst of the War, Ottoman Turkeys leaders undertook a genocide eradicating as many Assyrians, Greeks and an entire population of Armenians from Turkish soil. Three million Armenians, lived in Turkey, it was the first Christian Kingdom , the Armenian King having been...
  • Firing of Gay Dean Perpetuates Hate, Catholic High School Alumni Write

    08/28/2016 6:09:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 8/25/16 | Anthony G. Attrino
    PARAMUS Thousands of alumni of Paramus Catholic High School and their friends and family have signed an impassioned open letter to school officials chastising the school for firing a female dean who married a woman. The letter, written to President James P. Vail and school administrators, was issued days after a judge refused to throw out the suit brought against the school by former Dean Kate Drumgoole, who was terminated because she is in a same-sex marriage. It demands the school apologize and enact policies against sex and gender discrimination following the firing of a gay woman who has...
  • Holy Hatred

    08/28/2016 6:09:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 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...
  • Observing the Flowers

    08/28/2016 6:08:49 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 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...
  • You Have to Serve Before You Sit A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/28/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2016 • In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world considers great and honorable is rather different from what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three parts and discover its paradoxical vision. I. THE PERSON who HONORS – The Lord is at a banquet and notices...
  • Opening Seals...Revelation 4-7 pt 12

    And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(Revelation 6:1-2)In Johns vision, we have been escorted into the very throne room of God himself, and we have beheld wonderful, and mysterious things. God has granted this vision to his servants,that we may know the things which must...
  • The 600 Year Caliphate...Turkey's significance to prophecy pt 3

    From the years 1299AD to 1922 AD,the Holy Land of the Bible, Egypt, Libya,Tunisia, the entire Arab world, and the former Christian Middle East as well as the former Byzantine Christian Empire was ruled by the Turkish Pashas of the Ottoman Empire. Constantinople became Istanbul, Hagia Sophia Church became the great Mosque and The city of Constantine and the Christian emperors of Byzantium became the seat of the Caliphate. The Caliphate is the central ruling authority of Sunni Islam, led by a combination political and religious leader, the Caliph, which means the successor to Mohammed. The Caliph is also called...
  • The Triumph of Love

    08/27/2016 7:17:22 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...
  • Living Life to the Fullest

    08/27/2016 7:16:53 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...
  • Interview With an Exorcist

    08/27/2016 7:02:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies
    beliefnet ^ | Wesley Baines
    We take a lot for granted, we humans. Gravity keeps us comfortably in our seats. Light comes in the morning, only to wane in the night, fading into pale starlight. The Earth spins on its axis in the darkness of space, making its way around the sun in a solar system that sits on a safe and quiet arm of the Milky Way galaxy. We know how all these things work. We do not fret, because we can comfortably explain, quantify, and catalog every phenomenon to ourselves, and those natural systems we have yet to understand will no doubt...
  • Asia Minor(Turkey) in The New Testament...Turkey's Significance pt 2

    John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.(Revelation...
  • The New Song...Rev 4-7 pt 11

    And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:8-9)In...
  • Obligation to vote?

    08/27/2016 9:36:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Obligation to vote? The Catechism states we must exercise the right to vote, but there are valid reasons to excuse this duty Msgr. Charles Pope 8/24/2016 Question: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote. But this seems false since for most of history there have been no systems of voting and, even today, there are many who cannot vote. How can the Catechism claim that voting is a moral obligation?— Jenna O’Neil, via email Answer: The Catechism reads as follows: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good...
  • Turkey and The Old Testament...Turkey's significance pt 1

    08/26/2016 5:03:15 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    Billrandles.wordpress ^ | 08-23-16 | Bill Randles
    I have come to the conclusion that the earnest Bible believer would do well to incorporate a new discipline to his study of the Word of God; Biblical Geography. My study of end times prophecy has drawn me into this aspect of Bible prophecy, particularly in my work on the book A Sword On The Land;The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy. Reading the Sacred text with a map and realizing the updated names of commonly cited places and peoples such as Moab,Ammon, Persia, Edom, Kedar and Dedan *has revolutionized my understanding of the stunning relevance of familiar prophecies throughout the...
  • Man in Creation: The Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor

    08/26/2016 11:29:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-26-2016 | Jesse Dominick
         The theology of creation and salvation in Orthodox Christianity upholds the centrality and kingship of mankind while simultaneously embracing a cosmological vision that is largely absent in western Christendom. A common characteristic of all creation is corruption and death, and yet we are told that God is not the author of death (Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14), and that all of creation awaits its redemption through the revealing of the saints (Romans 8:19-22), when all of heaven and earth will be united to God (Ephesians 1:9-10). Within this framework, St. Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662) is recognized as a...
  • Hoping in God

    08/26/2016 8:00:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 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...
  • A Lesson from Nature

    08/26/2016 8:00:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 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...
  • The Lion Who Is A Lamb...Revelation 4-7 pt 10

    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is not ready for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission to promote and protect faithful...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • The Lion Of Judah...Rev4-7 pt 9

    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon...
  • Expecting the Best

    08/25/2016 7:50:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • The Giver of Life

    08/25/2016 7:50:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. Thats because there were times when the snows didnt come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didnt run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didnt always produce either. They were subject to...
  • If Youre Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • The Sealed Book...Revelation 4-7 pt 8

    And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:1-4)Revelation chapter Five is the continuation of...
  • Covering Sin

    08/24/2016 7:09:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] bears all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love confronts sin but protects the sinner. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but "all things" in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6), but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God's Word. "Love bears all things" speaks of love's...
  • The Sin of Worry

    08/24/2016 7:09:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on (Matthew 6:25). To worry about the future is to sin against God. Someone has said, You cant change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future. Worry does ruin the present, but even more important for the believer is to recognize that worry is sin. Lets look at why that is so. Worry means you are striking out at God. Someone might say, Worry...
  • Praying for Gods Holy Kingdom (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    08/24/2016 5:12:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/24/2016
    [Jesus] said to them, When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. - Luke 11:2 Misplaced priorities plague all of us at different points in our lives. After all, while it can be relatively easy for us to identify good things that we should do, we sometimes miss the most important things we should do. We are finite and cannot do every good deed that it is possible to do. Thus, we need a way to rank our priorities, to make sure we focus on the most important deeds out of all the good things that...
  • The Old Song...Revelation 4-7 pt 7

    08/23/2016 2:53:23 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.(Revelation 4:9-11)The Apostle John has been ushered into the very center of reality, the throne room of Almighty God. God is there,...
  • The Service for the Burial of the Theotokos [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    08/23/2016 10:26:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church ^ | 08-21-2016 | Eparchy of Newton
    AN INCREASING NUMBER of Byzantine churches are observing the Feast of the Dormition by conducting the Burial Service of the Theotokos. This observance comes to us from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the traditional site of her death and burial.On the morning of August 14 a procession sets out from the Patriarchate, bearing the icon of the Dormition. They leave the Old City and cross the Kedron Valley, arriving at Gethsemane and the tomb of the Theotokos. There the people, passing beneath the icon, enter the church where the burial shroud of the Theotokos has been displayed for veneration. On the...
  • Maintaining Doctrinal Purity

    08/23/2016 9:09:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never compromises Gods Word. Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (v. 6). The contrast in verse 6 is between love's inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. "Truth" refers to God's Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said,...
  • Letting the Fog Lift

    08/23/2016 9:09:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on (Matthew 6:25). Gods Word commands us not to worry. A story I once read reminded me that worry is like fog. According to the article, dense fog covering seven city blocks a hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of waterdivided into sixty billion droplets. In the right form, a few gallons of water can cripple a large city. Similarly, the object of a persons worry is usually...
  • Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

    08/23/2016 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2016 • We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology.The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that in certain (but not all) Protestant circles, especially the Evangelicals, who have a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions...
  • Praying to Our Father in Heaven (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    08/23/2016 5:15:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/23/2016
    Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. And he said to them, When you pray, say: Father. - Luke 11:12a When Jesus saw merchants and money changers preventing Gentiles from praying in the temple, He got righteously angry and cleansed the Gentile court of commerce that got in the way of true worship (Mark 11:1517). Indeed, God is looking for people from every nation who will pray to and worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24), and...
  • The Cherubim and The Gospels...Rev 4-7 pt 6

    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:7-8)John saw four Living Beings, called beasts in the King James Version, worshipping the Holy and Sovereign God in antiphon. The description of the...
  • Rejoicing in Righteousness

    08/22/2016 11:39:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never justifies sin. To most Christians, the idea of rejoicing over unrighteousness is repulsive because it suggests enjoying deliberate, wanton sin. We've seen sin's tragic effects on mankind and know how it offends God, so how could we ever rejoice in such a thing? But rejoicing in unrighteousness includes any attempt to justify sin in your own life or the lives of others, so it can be a very subtle thing. There are many ways to rejoice in unrighteousness. One is to exchange right for wrong. That's what the prophet...