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  • A Psalm of Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 7:31:20 AM PST · by ealgeone · 5 replies
    biblehub.com ^ | unknown | God
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.... 1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 100:1-5 NASB
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/23/2017 7:28:18 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 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...
  • How to Thank God as He Has Instructed - A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/23/2017 6:50:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Thank God as He Has Instructed - A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2017 • 1 Comment Your grace and mercy, brought me through. I’m living this moment, Because of you. I want to thank you, And praise you too. Your grace and mercy, Brought me through!On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and...
  • Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

    11/22/2017 9:12:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2017 • This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy. As a closing reflection on Hell and on the Four Last Things, let us ponder a series of questions.1. Does God love the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/22/2017 6:29:30 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...
  • Images of Hell

    11/21/2017 7:29:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2017 • This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Hell, Fra Angelico, Museo di San Marco, Florence Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing and grinding of teeth. Rather than lingering on philosophical descriptions or on the more subtle aspects of suffering, Jesus goes to the deepest aspects of the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/21/2017 6:49:08 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Growing in Wisdom

    11/21/2017 4:09:14 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Growing in wisdom means growing in Christlikeness. Perhaps youre asking, Shouldnt believers acquire more wisdom? Yes, we should. No matter how much of Gods wisdom we have, we should always hunger for more. The Bible tells us that we have all the principles we need to walk in wisdom, and yet theres much more available to us. We should grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), and we should be more and more conformed to...
  • Defeating Death

    11/21/2017 4:08:44 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones" (Heb. 11:20-22). Faith triumphs over death. Commentator Matthew Henry said, "Though the grace of faith is of universal use throughout the Christian's life, yet it is especially so when we come to die. Faith has its great work to do at the...
  • Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J.

    11/20/2017 4:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 176 replies
    Church Militant blogspot ^ | unknown | John Andrew Dorsey
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); churchmilitantblog.wordpress.com “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J. 18-23 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix IIIThe decline of belief and faith among Catholics has been spiraling downward ever since the introduction of Communion in the hand in 1969. What started out as disobedience among a few select bishops in Belgium in the 1960’s, has now been spread like wildfire among the average Catholic worldwide, in...
  • Passing the Test

    11/20/2017 2:57:26 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, 'In Isaac your descendants shall be called.' He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead" (Heb. 11:17-19). A willingness to sacrifice something precious to you is proof of genuine faith. John Bunyan had a little blind daughter, for whom he had a special love. When he was imprisoned for preaching the gospel, he was deeply concerned about his family, especially that little girl....
  • Acting Responsibly

    11/20/2017 2:56:56 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise (Ephesians 5:15). Every believer is responsible to walk wisely. I believe the moment an individual becomes saved, God deposits enough wisdom in him to make him absolutely responsible for his behavior. Someone may say, Wait a minute! How can a brand-new believer walk in wisdom? Doesnt he grow into that? Havent wise Christians been saved for many years? Such questions miss the point of Ephesians 5:15. The first word in this verse takes us back to Pauls invitation to become saved in verse 14: Awake, sleeper, and...
  • Hell Has to Be

    11/20/2017 7:50:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hell Has to Be Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2017 • This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In contradiction to Scripture, many presume that Hell is an unlikely destination for most. Never mind that Jesus taught just the opposite (e.g., Matt 7:13-14). In my own small way, I have tried to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/20/2017 6:44:05 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Swiss Planned Parenthood President Invited to Speak at Vatican

    11/19/2017 4:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/18/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews.com) The Vaticans Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Churchs teachings on the right to life, including the president of the board of Switzerlands Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the WMA European Region Meeting on End-of-Life Questions, was jointly organized by the World Medical Association, which officially opposes euthanasia, the German Medical Association, and the Pontifical Academy for Life. It was held in the Aula vecchia del Sinodo...
  • Being Different from the World

    11/19/2017 4:41:47 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise (Ephesians 5:15). Living wisely will set you apart from the world. Walking in wisdom is an element of the worthy walk that Paul has been describing since the beginning of Ephesians 4. He says in verse 1, Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called and then proceeds to describe this worthy walk with the following characteristics: Its a humble walk (4:1-3), a united walk (4:4-16), a unique walk (4:17-32), a loving walk (5:1-7), an illuminated walk (5:8-14), and a wise...
  • Living a Satisfied Life

    11/19/2017 4:41:08 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. "And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/19/2017 8:54:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2017 • The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us.But today’s readings do more than that; they also set forth a virtue that helps us to use God’s gifts well. That virtue is the fear of the Lord....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/19/2017 6:41:46 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Meaning of 'gospel'

    11/18/2017 8:55:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Meaning of 'gospel' As first books of the New Testament hadn’t been written, how did apostles ‘believe in the gospel’? Msgr. Charles Pope 11/15/2017 Question: In Mark 1:15, Jesus is calling for all to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Clearly, the Gospels were not yet written when Jesus was saying this. What exactly was he talking about?— Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: Your question is rooted in the tendency we have to equate the word “gospel” with a written text — more specifically, four written texts in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the “Gospel” should be...