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  • God's Servant Tempted to Despair...Servant songs pt 7

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • I Know What the Bible Says, But!

    03/29/2017 3:10:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | March 17, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    A parable is a simple story conveying a moral or spiritual lesson. We often don’t like direct confrontation, thus God uses parables to open our eyes. Self examination is very healthy. I recently heard a contemporary parable that is also a true story. A young girl, devastated by the choice her father made to leave her family for a younger woman, had a nightmare following his announcement. She dreamt that she, her mother and sister all died in a horrific car accident. When she told her dad about the dream, he simply replied, “I’m sorry to hear that. I’m glad...
  • Seeking God's Protection

    03/29/2017 2:28:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (Matt. 6:13). Have a healthy sense of self-distrust. At the moment of your salvation, judicial forgiveness covered all of your sins—past, present, and future. Parental forgiveness restores the joy and sweet fellowship broken by any subsequent sins. But concurrent with the joy of being forgiven is the desire to be protected from any future sins. That's the desire expressed in Matthew 6:13: "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil." That petition seems simple enough at first glance, but it raises some important questions. According to...
  • Servanthood: Humility in Action

    03/29/2017 2:28:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave’” (Matthew 20:26-27). In God’s sight, greatness is marked by a humble, servant’s heart. Bible commentator R.C.H. Lenski once wrote that God’s “great men are not sitting on top of lesser men, but bearing lesser men on their backs.” Jesus would have agreed with Lenski’s observation, but He did not see it as wrong to desire greater usefulness to God. Those standards of usefulness, however, are much more demanding than any worldly ideals for self-serving, domineering leadership. For...
  • Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time

    03/29/2017 7:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time Msgr. Charles Pope • March 28, 2017 • By Ian Macilwain (Peter Currie, Springbank Distillery) [GFDL, via Wikimedia CommonsFarmers – Early each morning (except the Sabbath) farmers walked to reach their vineyards, wheat and barley fields, and olive groves. They might work as many as twelve acres. Unfortunately, it was not uncommon for these parcels of land to be in different areas, making the tending much more time-consuming. During periods of more intense cultivation or fieldwork, they might live in rudimentary tents or shacks out in the fields, especially if the fields were...
  • The Things that Matter Most (Part 2): The Truth and What it Attests To -- PODCAST

    03/28/2017 7:03:14 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | February 26, 2017 | Rob W. Case
    In this episode, my guest John Beechy and I will continue with our discussion on "The Things that Matter Most" by addressing truth and its transformative power as it is associated with Jesus Christ who claimed to be "the way, the truth, and the life." We will also shed some light on how organized religions have deviated from this concept, distinguish relative truth from absolute truth, and explore how science has reacted to, and/or compliments biblical truth. There are many thought provoking points to consider, and we want you to join us for this episode of "Making Sense with Rob...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Annunciation of the Lord, 03-25-17

    03/28/2017 5:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-25-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Annunciation | Leonardo da Vinci Annunciation of the Lord Saint of the Day for March 25  The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. Now, as Luke 1:26-38 tells us, the decision is being realized. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring...
  • The Trinity What Trinity?

    03/28/2017 4:58:54 PM PDT · by Jeremiah Jr · 19 replies
    Mordechai ben Avram
    The Trinity What Trinity? The Trinity is not the correct model of The Godhead. Yes there are three beings, The Father, Son and the Ruach Hakodesh but itÂ’s missing one. Isaiah 16:19 O YHVH, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 16:21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 03-24-17

    03/28/2017 4:21:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-24-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Blessed Oscar Romero at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, 1977 | Archdiocese of San Salvador Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero Saint of the Day for March 24 (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980)  Blessed Oscar Romero’s Story The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio: “I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police, and the garrisons. Brothers, you belong to our own people. You...
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 2 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:13:28 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    A spiritu fornicationis libera nos, Domine (invocation from the Litany of the Saints) II RECENT CHURCH MARITAL DOCTRINE UNTIL POPE FRANCIS From the beginning of Her history, the Church had taught and practiced the ascetic life. In fact this is one of the features which distinguished Her from the World, and which indeed corroborates the very authenticity of Her Faith[1]. For how could She live, and convert such multitudes to, a mortified and chaste life so at variance with Fallen Nature, if the Faith which She preached were untrue? Until the XXth century, this spirit of asceticism had prevailed in...
  • 5 Christian Clichés that Need to Die

    03/28/2017 12:29:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 03/28/2017 | Matt Smethurst
    “Books don’t change people,” John Piper observes. “Paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.” A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrinkwrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It’s why Charles Spurgeon and C. S. Lewis are dominating a newsfeed near you. Even God likes pithy statements—at least enough to breathe out a whole book of them. But one-liners aren’t always helpful. Sometimes, in our desire to simplify truth, we can trivialize and even obscure it. And to obscure the truth is to tell a lie. Here are five popular Christian clichés that are not biblical, and therefore need a memorial service....
  • The Servant; The Embodiment of Israel...servant songs pt 7

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day?

    03/28/2017 8:09:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-27-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 27, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The Jews of Galilee, where Jesus grew up, were essentially a rural people. The great majority lived in the many small towns and villages scattered throughout the countryside. They worked the land, tended their flocks, and plied their trades, seldom venturing more than a day’s...
  • Enemies of Humility: Partisanship

    03/28/2017 6:45:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . That no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Genuine humility among Christians will leave no room for arrogant partisanship. The Corinthian church was a notorious illustration of the sin of partisanship among believers. Its partisanship—some members claimed allegiance to Paul, some to Apollos, and some to Cephas (Peter)—was essentially caused by pride. Paul, as author of 1 Corinthians, vigorously opposed such pride of divisions, as Apollos and Peter would have. The Corinthian believers did have reason to be thankful to God for sending them such quality leaders....
  • Forgiving As You Are Forgiven

    03/28/2017 6:45:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. . . . For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions" (Matt. 6:12, 14-15). An unforgiving Christian is a contradiction in terms. It's possible to confess your sins and still not know the joy of forgiveness. How? Failure to forgive others! Christian educator J. Oswald Sanders observed that Jesus measures us by the yardstick we use on others. He didn't say, "Forgive us because we forgive others,"...
  • Pope Francis Is Playing with Fire. Hell Fire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:59:31 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 27, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this...
  • Solving Man's Greatest Problem

    03/27/2017 7:40:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Forgive us our debts" (Matt. 6:12). Forgiveness removes the guilt and penalty of sin and restores intimacy with God. Man's greatest problem is sin. It renders him spiritually dead, alienates him from God and his fellow man, plagues him with guilt and fear, and can eventually damn him to eternal hell. The only solution is forgiveness—and the only source of forgiveness is Jesus Christ. All sin is punishable by death (Rom. 6:23) but Christ bore the sins of the world, thereby making it possible to be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him (John 3:16). What a glorious...
  • Enemies of Humility: Selfish Ambition

    03/27/2017 7:40:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But Jesus answered and said, ‘You do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to Him, ‘We are able’” (Matthew 20:22). Selfish ambition in spiritual things shows that we are ignorant of the real path to God’s glory. Yesterday we saw that James and John, with their mother, posed a bold power-play question to the Lord Jesus. Now, as He answers them, they display another attitude at odds with the humble spirit: selfish ambition. If the brothers’ power-play request was brazen, it was also very...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, 03-23-17

    03/27/2017 6:24:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-23-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Santo Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Arzobispo de Lima | photo by MNBAArgentina Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo Saint of the Day for March 23 (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)  Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years.Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at...
  • Intro To Servant Songs of Isaiah

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel climaxing in the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • Two Dangers to Avoid...

    03/27/2017 8:51:13 AM PDT · by truthxchange
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 3/27/2017 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Worship and Service of Creation It is easy to read what Paul says in Romans 1:25—“they exchanged the truth about God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen,” in a purely negative light as describing the very basis of paganism and the worst form of idolatrous narcissism. However, we cannot deny the seductive beauty and power of such a creation. A new study has found that merely watching nature documentaries boosts people’s emotions of awe, contentedness, joy and amusement. By the same token, such activity reduces “feelings of nervousness,...
  • Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

    03/27/2017 8:13:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • March 26, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The word family had a wider meaning both in Aramaic and in Hebrew than it does in English. The Hebrew, ah, and the Aramaic, aha, could be used to refer to brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, cousins, and even other near relations. Extended family networks...
  • Passing the Torch: Ministry Transfer from the Church to the Two Witnesses

    03/27/2017 7:16:20 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 3/26/17 | Jeff E.
    To my brother or sister in Christ who is gearing up to go into the Tribulation, guns blazing, ready to light up the night with your biblical insight and off-the-grid survival skills...let's reason together, please. While I appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment to spreading the gospel as the wrath of the Lamb rains down on the earth through the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments, you need to get all your work in for Christ now, before the start of Daniel's 70th week. Is that all right with you? Am I now just one of those escapist Pre-tribbers who doesn't have...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Nicholas Owen, 03-22-17

    03/26/2017 8:36:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Edward Oldcorne; Nicholas Owen | Gaspar Bouttats Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22 (? – 1606)  Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits.Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a series of statutes punished Catholics for the practice of their faith. Over a period of about 20 years, Nicholas used his skills to build secret hiding places for priests...
  • Things I’ve Heard Pastors Say about Eschatology

    03/26/2017 6:05:10 PM PDT · by grumpa · 43 replies
    Facebook ^ | March 26, 2017 | Charles Meek
    I have heard smart pastors say some pretty dumb things about Bible prophecy. It is amazing to me how blinded otherwise intelligent men can be about this subject. Here are just three examples. 1. I remember being in a Bible class with a very bright young pastor as he began a study of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews clearly declared that HE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES were living in the “last days” (Hebrews 1:2). But this pastor just could not accept it. I shook my head listening to the violence he did to this text and the hoops he went through...
  • Trusting in God

    03/26/2017 3:52:39 PM PDT · by WillOTerry · 14 replies
    FishEaters ^ | FishEaters
    A must-read article about really trusting in God. I can't post a good excerpt from it because it relies on a few pictures to make its point, but it's well worth reading. Click on the URL to check it out. I think you'll be glad you did!
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John of Parma, 03-21-17

    03/26/2017 2:52:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order | Francisco de Herrera the Elder Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)  Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi.He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was...
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 1 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2017 10:57:41 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote to Cardinal Caffara that the final clash between the Devil and the Church would be in the area of the family and marriage. A dispassionate survey of recent Church history serves to assure us that the clash has already begun, that is to say with the entry into the Church of the Demon Asmodeus: the spirit of fornication. The question that we wish to address in this essay is how Holy Mother Church, Who has for 2,000 years resisted, been able to overcome, and indeed been purged and exalted by, all the cruel and...
  • I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/26/2017 8:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 25, 2017 • In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism and the faith it gave that rendered us able to see and to come gradually more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of...
  • The Servant's Discipleship...servant song pt

    “The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.“For the Lord God will help Me;Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore...
  • FR Weekly Torah: Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

    03/26/2017 2:57:40 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Rabbi Joshua Bittan
    Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei / פרשת ויקהל־פקודי Next read in the Diaspora on 25 March 2017. Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1 - 40:38 This concludes our Shemos (Exodus) -- The Book of Redemption -- readings for the year 5777.
  • VIDEO: Card. Burke about the Future of the Five Dubia about ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    03/25/2017 1:57:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 25, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Virginia (which if I am not mistaken was built by my my friend Fr. James Gould), another Raymond, Card. Burke, answered a question about the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals about the infamous objectively murky bits of Amoris laetitia.The Dubia That Won’t Die.So far, Pope Francis has not given any clear answer to the Five Dubia, though surrogates (e.g., Card. Schoenborn, Card. Coccopalmerio, et al.) have thrown up smoke screens and misdirections which we were supposed to accept as adequate explanations of the objectively murky bits.  Others have flat out denied that there...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2017 5:57:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation Msgr. Charles Pope • March 24, 2017 • In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner.I must say that I have always been moved—and intrigued—by the faith of the Blessed Mother. She is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that...
  • Practical Humility

    03/25/2017 3:16:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    March 25 Practical Humility “Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men” (Philippians 4:5). Real humility will have a forbearance that is gracious toward others and content with its own circumstances. Some Greek words have various meanings that are hard to translate into just one English word. This is true of “forbearing” in today’s verse. It can refer to contentment, gentleness, generosity, or goodwill toward others. Some commentators say it means having leniency toward the faults and failures of others. Other scholars say it denotes someone who is patient and submissive toward injustice and mistreatment—one who doesn’t lash back...
  • Appreciating God's Gifts

    03/25/2017 3:12:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11). God is the source of every good gift. God has given us everything good to enjoy, including rain to make things grow, minerals to make the soil fertile, animals for food and clothing, and energy for industry and transportation. Everything we have is from Him, and we are to be thankful for it all. Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!" (Matt. 7:11)....
  • How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day?

    03/24/2017 10:13:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 23, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. We watch the clock, which is in itself a mechanical device without intrinsic meaning. For shorter periods of time we look at the clock rather than the sun. For...
  • What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/24/2017 7:09:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 22, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The climate in Palestine, both today and at the time of Jesus, has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season runs from the mid-October to the mid-April while the dry season lasts from the mid-June to mid-September. During the dry season...
  • Who Will Be Raptured?

    03/24/2017 6:17:19 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 75 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 3/24/17 | Gary
    It's a hotly debated topic that scares Christians more than non-Christians and causes great fear and confusion all around: who will be counted worthy to escape before the Tribulation (Rev. 3:10, Luke 21:36)?  Who will be raptured?  I've been scared myself by this question because I know that I'm not perfect.  I strive to be perfect, but I, like Paul, still battle against this body of sin and death (Romans 7:21-25). If the level of worthiness that God requires for us to be raptured is our own perfection and sinlessness then neither you nor I have any hope of...
  • The Fruits of Radical Catholic Modernism?

    03/24/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper via Abyssus Abyssum Invocat ^ | January 4, 2017 | John J. Arechiga
    How do we know that Pope Paul VI consulted with Saul Alinsky? In The Rite of Sodomy Randy Engel wrote that Saul Alinsky met Pope Paul VI while Pope Paul VI was still Archbishop of Milan: “It was said of the new Archbishop of Milan that he didn’t hear church bells, he heard factory whistles. “It is not surprising therefore that on one of his visits to the Archbishop’s residence, Jacques Maritain, the once great Thomastic philosopher, brought with him, Saul David Alinsky, the “Apostle of the Permanent Revolution.” Montini [then Archbishop of Milan, later Pope Paul VI] was so...
  • Clarity from Vancouver about Communion for the Divorced and Civilly Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    03/24/2017 12:56:59 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Fr. Pablo Santa Maria
    It’s great to have some clarity for a change. Of course each dose of clarity makes the general confusion which some are fomenting more exasperating. Nevertheless, it’s great to have some clarity for a change. At the page of the Cathedral of the Holy Rosary in Vancouver we find some clarity from Fr. Pablo Santa Maria.  Of course this would not have been published without the knowledge and consent of Archbishop Miller, who is very solid. Communion, Marriage and DivorceMar 16, 2017[QUAERITUR: …] Who can receive Holy Communion at Mass? None of us are truly worthy of such a great...
  • The Loveliest Trick

    If you read Essay 2 titled Prove It you might be thinking that I have nothing left to write about. Is there much left to say once you go the “is there a God” route? Actually, I believe the question of the existence of a higher power is the starting point in solving all problems. It is the most debated yet simplest question man has ever asked. You see, if you can not come to an answer to the question of God you have no foundation to balance any subsequent beliefs upon. Literally, every answer to every question in our...
  • He Will Open The Blinded Eyes...servant songs pt 4

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • We are not Living in the Last Days

    03/24/2017 7:07:06 AM PDT · by searchinsany · 43 replies
    HubPages ^ | 24. 3.17 | searchinsany
    Introduction Mat 24:3 YLT And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, `Tell us, when shall these be? and what is the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?' Christ's return was to take place at the culmination of the last days of the age. It is therefore important not only to identify the timeline of 'the last days', but also 'the age' in question. The last days neither referred to the end of time, nor to the end of the world. The...
  • The Servant's Task...servant songs 3

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Praying Aggressively

    03/23/2017 4:29:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Praying for God’s will to be done on earth is an aggressive prayer. Many people assume that somehow everything that happens is God's will. But that's not true. Lives destroyed by murderous aggressors and families broken by adultery aren't God's will. Children and adults ravaged by abuse or crippled by disease aren't God's will. He uses sin and illness to accomplish His own purposes (Rom. 8:28), but they aren't His desire. Eventually God will destroy all evil and fulfill His will perfectly (Rev. 20:10-14), but that hasn't...
  • Jesus' Humble Identification with Sinners

    03/23/2017 4:28:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). Except for sin, Jesus experienced the everyday things of a normal man; but He was often not appreciated as the God-man. Jesus could understand what people around Him were dealing with because He lived under the same conditions. He can also identify with us today. It is true that He never married, never went to...
  • Here's How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel

    03/23/2017 4:26:14 AM PDT · by metmom · 36 replies
    CharismaMagazine ^ | 3/15/2017 | CHELSEN VICARI
    Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good. It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving...
  • Revival Begins At Home

    03/22/2017 4:57:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    CharismaMagazine ^ | 3/21/2017 | Peter Aiello
    We tend to think revival is something God drops on us without our participation and then we just enjoy the feeling. Instead, it follows the same principle as individual repentance. It is individual repentance. God draws us to His Son, but we have to make the first conscious move toward God before He will draw close to us. Revival on any scale requires individuals who will draw close to God. James chapter 4 describes the process. In verses 1 through 4 he says: "Where do wars and fights among you come from? Do they not come from your lusts that...
  • Praying with Commitment

    03/22/2017 4:39:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Your prayers make a difference! Matthew 6:10 literally says, "Whatever you wish to have happen, let it happen immediately. As your will is done in heaven, so let it be done on earth." That's a prayer of active commitment to God's will. Many people don't pray like that because they don't understand God's character. They think their prayers don't matter and that God will impose His will on them no matter what they do. They tend to pray with passive resignation, indifference, or resentment. I remember praying...
  • The Humility of Jesus' Servanthood

    03/22/2017 4:39:06 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus is the role model of the suffering servant. Jesus not only gave up His divine privileges when He emptied Himself, but He also became a servant. For us, this is the next phase in His supreme example of humility. Paul’s phrase “the form of a bond-servant” can also be translated “the essence of a slave.” Christ’s servanthood was not just...