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Theology (Religion)

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  • God's Motive for Your Inheritance

    07/23/2017 9:53:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "According to His great mercy" (1 Pet. 1:3). Every dimension of life, whether physical or spiritual, is a testimony to God’s mercy. When God saved you and granted you an eternal inheritance, it wasn't because you were special or more deserving of His love and grace than others. It was because He sovereignly chose to love you and extend His great mercy to you. That's why Paul said, "God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you...
  • Knowledge

    07/23/2017 9:52:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . in your moral excellence, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). Moral excellence cannot develop in an intellectual vacuum. It’s a frightening thing to realize the extent to which our culture downplays knowledge in favor of emotions. These days people are more likely to ask, “How will it make me feel?” instead of, “Is it true?” Sadly, the church has bought into the spirit of the age. Many people go to church, not to learn the truths of God’s Word, but to get an emotional high. The focus of theological discussion also reflects the contemporary hostility to knowledge. To a...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/23/2017 9:52:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Here is some good advice I found years ago and saved in a file. Not sure where I gathered it from, but it's good advice on finances on how to survive during good, bad, and especially uncertain times by preparing for the future. It is never too late to change one's ways, since you know not when God will bring you home. So if you are nearing retirement with the understanding that none of your ancestors lived past 85, beware, you could be the one who lives to be 110. that would be 25 years longer than you believe...
  • Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/23/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 22, 2017 • We live in difficult times for the Church; from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of self-discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of those Catholics (lay and clergy) who cause scandal. The list of concerns is long, and in general I...
  • Islam's Bizarre Philosophical Problem (An amazing contradictory statement: the Koran is eternal)

    07/22/2017 7:39:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/21/2017 | Michael Konrad
    When attacking an epistemological structure, it is a often a waste of time to attack the consequences of a belief system when one can cut it down at the root. Islam has such a bizarre problem. And Muslims avoid it, for fear it would cause the whole religion to collapse. Islam, like Judaism, is monadic. It only admits of a hard absolutely unitary deity. However, Islam makes an amazing contradictory statement: the Koran is eternal. This introduces a real problem.  Anything which is eternal is, by definition, deity. And that strikes at the very core of Islam's claim to...
  • Ladaria: ‘I Am in a Deep and Spontaneous Harmony with the Pope’

    07/22/2017 6:18:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/22/17 | Nicolas Mirabet
    Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the new Jesuit prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). said he is "in a deep and spontaneous harmony" with Pope Francis. The archbishop was speaking during a recent visit to the pope's homeland, Argentina.BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina’s Catholic University’s Theology Faculty hosted the first International Symposium of Catechesis in Buenos Aires and Latin America on July 11-14. Organized by the Superior Institute of Catechesis in Argentina, which belongs to the Commission of Biblical Catechesis and Pastoral Care of the Argentinian bishops’ conference, the symposium had among its participants...
  • The Times Of The Gentiles?

    …Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:24 b)In my last article I observed that the events of the past week may well lead to the complete fulfillment of several end time prophecies. I refer to the shoot out on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s holiest site. *Three ‘Palestinian’ terrorists murdered two Druze policemen on the platform [,which is the former site of both Jewish temples. The Jerusalem police department , no longer willing to allow the Holy Temple site to be a refuge for terrorists, took control of the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2017 8:51:12 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 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...
  • Inner Vision: Having connection with God is more satisfying than physically seeing God

    07/22/2017 7:32:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Inner vision Having a deep understanding and connection with God is more satisfying than physically seeing God 7/12/2017 Monsignor Charles Pope Question: You said in a previous answer, “We need not presume that we will see God with our physical eyes.” This confuses me, because St. Paul says of heaven that we shall see God “face to face” (1 Cor 13:12). Can you elaborate? — Name, location withheld Answer: My use of the word “presume” does not exclude physical seeing altogether but seeks to avoid reducing the beatific vision to natural seeing (light hitting our retina). But while not...
  • Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

    07/22/2017 5:18:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:3). God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise. The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our blessed God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Greek word translated "blessed" in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter's praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son...
  • Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2017 5:17:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5). God’s provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, “Let go and let God!” If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...
  • The Temple Mount; Why it took so Long....?

    But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall...
  • Remembering Your Inheritance

    07/21/2017 6:54:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "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, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Victory over present circumstances comes when you focus on your eternal inheritance and praise God for it. One amazing privilege you have as a Christian is to be the beneficiary of a rich and exciting spiritual inheritance. Jesus gave us a...
  • Reminders of Assurance

    07/21/2017 6:53:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you” (2 Peter 1:12). Remembering where you’ve been is the key to getting where you want to go. The summer of 1980 was a turning point in my ministry. After nearly a dozen years as pastor of Grace Community Church, I took a three-month sabbatical. In my heart I wasn’t sure if I would come back. I felt I had taught my congregation all I knew, and I feared boring them...
  • Conservative Anglicans Are Close to Despair. Is the C of E About to Split?

    07/21/2017 6:38:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/20/17 | Andrew Sabisky
    As an Anglican, I used to think theological liberalism was on the wane. Not any moreAnyone with a lick of sense can see that the Church of England is in serious trouble. Congregational decline, child abuse scandals, and financially desperate cathedrals are just the most obvious symptoms of a very broad disease. As an Anglican, I have been confident that the Church would manage to turn things around in a few decades. After the most recent meeting of General Synod, however, I am no longer so confident. On the face it, the Synod’s changes were all fairly minor. For all...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2017 7:54:31 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 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,...
  • Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

    07/21/2017 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2017 • 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.But 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...
  • The interpretation of Vatican II and its connection with the current crisis of the Church

    07/21/2017 6:51:21 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 21, 2017 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The current situation of the unprecedented crisis of the Church is comparable with the general crisis in the 4th century, when the Arianism had contaminated the overwhelming majority of the episcopacy, taking a dominant position in the life of the Church. We must seek to address this current situation on the one hand with realism and, on the other hand, with a supernatural spirit – with a profound love for the Church, our mother, who is suffering the Passion of Christ because of this tremendous and general doctrinal, liturgical and pastoral confusion. We must renew our faith in...
  • Apostate Church of England has mutated into a Gnostic "Sex" Sect

    07/20/2017 8:20:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-20-17 | Jules Gomes
    A queer thing happened to the Church of England. In the 500th year of the Reformation it crossed the thin red line from apostolic to apostate. Future seminary students will be grateful for this mnemonic device when mugging up important dates for a Church History exam. Easy peasy! How can one forget? In 1517, the Reformers decided to yank a recalcitrant Church of Rome back to the Bible. In 2017, the Reformers booed the Bible and booted it out of the Church of England. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 1517 was indulgences. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 2017...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2017 6:50:56 PM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    A Sordid Affair & The Levirate Law Of Proverbs 20:16 There are many sordid story's with many shocking facts shared in the Scriptures about God's people. One such story is the twisted account of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar? (Genesis 38:7-26) The story of Judah and Tamar is certainly not the most pleasant story in the Bible. In fact, most commentaries on the book of Genesis don’t spend much time on this chapter. After all, the story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37-38), has a lot more preaching material and great spiritual lessons! Customs at the time of the Patriarchs...