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Worship (Religion)

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  • Passing on a Godly Heritage

    10/26/2016 9:01:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "From childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15). Planting and nurturing the seed of Godís Word in a childís mind can produce an abundant spiritual harvest. Not long ago I met with a group of Christian leaders to consider several candidates for a significant ministry position. During our meeting it dawned on me that each candidate's father was a prominent pastor. Each candidate had grown up in a family that daily taught and exemplified biblical truth. That illustrates...
  • The Law Reveals Sin

    10/26/2016 9:00:43 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďWhat shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ĎYou shall not covetíĒ (Romans 7:7). Godís holy standard exposes manís rebellious heart. So far in Romans, Paul has told us what the law canít do: it canít save us (3ó5) or sanctify us (6). At this point the apostle anticipates and answers a question that naturally arises: What, then, was the purpose of the law? Was it...
  • Archdiocese of Zagreb forbids Cardinal Burke the Old Latin Mass [Catholic Caucus]

    10/25/2016 7:14:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 23, 2016
    Cardinal Raymond Burke will be in Croatia until Wednesday to present his book on the Eucharist, that has just appeared in Croatian. Tomorrow evening he will give a keynote speech at the conference "Tradfest" in Zagreb. His topic is ĄThe Gospel of Life and a New Evangelizationď. "Tradfest" describes itself as ďan unapologetic festival of traditional and conservative ideas in contrast to so called Ďprogressiveí and militant secularist ideas and policiesď. Tomorrow at 5 pm Cardinal Burke was supposed to celebrate the Old Latin Mass in the small church St. Martin near the Cathedral of Zagreb. The Low Mass has...
  • Heeding God's Warnings

    10/25/2016 7:35:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By [Thy judgments] Thy servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward" (Ps. 19:11). Heeding Godís warnings brings spiritual protection and great joy. Psalm 19:11 concludes David's hymn on the sufficiency of Scripture. How appropriate that it ends noting the value of God's warning, because guarding His people against temptation, sin, error, foolishness, false teachers, and every other threat to their spiritual well-being is a major concern to God. For example, God said to the prophet Ezekiel, "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will...
  • The Heart of the Gospel

    10/25/2016 7:35:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďFor we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the LawĒ (Romans 3:28). Being dead in sin, man is unable to save himself. As weíve seen this month, the most serious problem facing the human race is not the destruction of the environment, crime, or the threat of nuclear war; it is sin. The former threaten us with physical death, the latter with spiritual death. Thus it follows that the greatest news ever known is that ďChrist Jesus came into the world to save sinnersĒ (1 Tim. 1:15). Hell may be the destiny of man,...
  • Saved by God From God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/24/2016 5:21:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/24/2016
    ďThe blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of EgyptĒ (v. 13). - Exodus 12 The Synoptic GospelsóMatthew, Mark, and Lukeóeach record the institution of the Lordís Supper, the sacrament Christ ordained to remember His death on behalf of His people (Matt. 26:26Ė29; Mark 14:22Ė25; Luke 22:14Ė20). Since that event two thousand years ago, Christians have regularly celebrated the Lordís Supper, which is known in some traditions as the...
  • Desiring God's Word

    10/24/2016 4:13:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb" (Ps. 19:10). You should value Scripture more than all earthly treasures. I have a friend who has a beautiful collection of rare Bibles. My favorite is one of the earliest printed copies, dating back to sixteenth-century England. The first time I held it in my hands I noticed that the top third of every page was covered with a dark stain. Tears filled my eyes when I realized it was from the blood of its...
  • The Fearsome Foursome

    10/24/2016 4:13:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďFor while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for deathĒ (Romans 7:5). Four key terms characterize those who are not in Christ. In our fallen, cursed world, disasters are commonplace. Fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters happen somewhere every day. Added to those natural disasters are the man-made ones, such as war, acts of terrorism, plane crashes, train wrecks, etc. But far greater than any of those disasters, and the one from which they all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-16, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2016 8:49:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 10-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2016 Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:32Ė5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure...
  • The Source of Righteousness

    10/23/2016 2:12:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). Godís Word is true and produces righteousness in the believerís life. The inability of human wisdom to produce right living was reaffirmed in my thinking as I read a contemporary psychiatrist's book on how to overcome depression. The doctor's first suggestion was to shout "Cancel!" every time you have a negative thought. She also recommended playing a tape recording of positive messages while you sleep at night, and listening to positive music during the day. Cultivating a meaningful spiritual philosophy was another of her suggestions. She said...
  • Joined to Christ

    10/23/2016 2:11:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ď. . . That you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for GodĒ (Romans 7:4). No longer married to the law, the believer is now married to Jesus Christ. Of the many New Testament metaphors used to describe the church, the most intimate is that of the bride of Christ. Paul describes that relationship in Ephesians 5:24-27: ďBut as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-23-16, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/22/2016 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 10-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2016 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice,who knows no favorites.Though not unduly partial toward the weak,yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.The one who serves God willingly is heard;his petition reaches the heavens.The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;it does not rest till it reaches its goal,nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,judges justly and affirms the right,and the Lord will not delay....
  • Fearing God

    10/22/2016 12:22:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever" (Ps. 19:9). Fearing God leads to reverential attitudes and actions. In the Old Testament, to fear God was to view Him with reverential awe and bow to His sovereign authority. In Psalm 34 David wrote, "Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it" (vv. 11-...
  • Dead to the Law

    10/22/2016 12:22:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 31 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďTherefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of ChristĒ (Romans 7:4). The law can no longer punish those who have died with Christ. Itís an axiomatic truth that laws donít apply to dead people. No policeman would issue a ticket to a drunk driver who was killed in an accident. Nor was Lee Harvey Oswald tried for killing President Kennedy, since he himself was killed by Jack Ruby. In Romans 7:2-3 Paul uses marriage to illustrate that truth: ďFor the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-16, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2016 8:50:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christís gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does ďhe ascendedĒ mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes Ďsmaller churchí of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that ¬ďa smaller, lighter church¬Ē of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • The Father's Plumb Line "Jesus Christ in us"[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/21/2016 7:06:32 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My Plumb Line is a constant in your life it will never leave you or forsake you but can you even see it or is it masked by Your own desires or distorted by those around you that are blind to my True Will for My Word is Eternal and so it is with The Plumb Line of My Heart for it is when you align your life with My Heart by becoming servant of The Living God that your Heart on earth Becomes aligned with My Heart Your Heavenly Father so as you surrender all to Me My Son...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2016 6:44:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps. 19:8). Obedience to the Word is the hallmark of a true believer. It isn't popular these days to speak of God's Word as a book of commandments. Commands imply law and we're accustomed to grace. But the fact is, both the Old and New Testaments contain many commandments that all God's people are to obey. The apostle John said, "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep...
  • Paying Sin's Price

    10/21/2016 6:43:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďFor the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LordĒ (Romans 6:23). Christ paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we could not pay. In the scientific realm there are universal laws, such as the law of gravity. These laws are built into the creation by its all-wise Creator and keep it functioning normally. Just as God has made inexorable laws to govern the physical dimension, so also has He decreed universal spiritual principles. The most significant of those spiritual laws is that...
  • Fostering Fear of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/21/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/21/2016
    I recently heard a young Christian remark, ďI have no fear of dying.Ē When I heard this comment I thought to myself, ďI wish I could say that.Ē I am not afraid of death. I believe that death for the Christian is a glorious transition to heaven. I am not afraid of going to heaven. Itís the process that frightens me. I donít know by what means I will die. It may be via a process of suffering, and that frightens me. I know that even this shouldnít frighten me. There are lots of things that frighten me that I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-16

    10/20/2016 7:40:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab,...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • Regarding the Present in Light of the Future (Protestant and Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/20/2016 5:49:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/20/2016
    An analysis of socioeconomic classes in America focused on the observable differences evident in value systems, behavioral patterns, and customs that exist between the classes. One of the most interesting dimensions of the findings was with respect to the question of how people regard the present in light of the future. People in the upper levels of the class register tend to be much more future-oriented than those in the lower range. The trend in the lower classes is in the direction of immediacy. Consumption of goods, spending money, and other decisions are made with a view to short-range gratification....
  • Living a Joyous Life

    10/20/2016 4:48:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" (Ps. 19:8). Knowing your life is on the right track is a source of great joy. What brings you joy? Your answer will reveal much about your priorities and the direction your life is heading spiritually. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed [happy] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he...
  • Serving a New Master

    10/20/2016 4:48:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďI am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctificationĒ (Romans 6:19). You must live consistent with your new nature. It is a truism that in the spiritual realm, no one stands still. Sin leads to more sin, while holy living leads to further righteousness. All unbelievers are slaves of sin and have no choice but to sin; yielding to sin comes naturally to them. They are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-16, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2016 9:12:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Gaining True Wisdom

    10/19/2016 2:56:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Ps. 19:7). Godís Word imparts wisdom and knowledge beyond the realm of mere human understanding. David's characterization of God's Word as "the testimony of the Lord" (Ps. 19:7) speaks of its role as God's witness to who He is and what He requires of us. In addition, it's a "sure" witness. That means it's unwavering, immovable, unmistakable, reliable, and trustworthy. Peter made the same point when, after recounting his incredible experience with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Pet. 1:16-18), he said, "but we have a testimony more...
  • Slaves of Righteousness

    10/19/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďBut thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousnessĒ (Romans 6:17-18). True freedom comes from being a servant of Jesus Christ. I once knew a man who, though intellectually convinced that the gospel was true, balked at committing his life to Jesus Christ. When I asked him why, he replied, ďBecause I donít want to give up my freedom.Ē He understood clearly that genuine saving faith requires submission to Christís...
  • A World In Revolt...Psalm 1 and 2 pt 4

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)The first two Psalms go together. Perhaps it isnít immediately apparent, because in some ways they are completely different, but I believe the Holy Spirit led those who placed them side by side as the opening of the Psalter. Psalm one examines a lone individual, a God worshipping , scripture meditating disciple who has made...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to Ďremarriedí

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope‚Äôs, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Sch√∂nborn. ‚ÄúMy position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‚ÄėAmoris Laetitia‚Äô was given by Cardinal Christoph Sch√∂nborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‚Äėno further interpretation is needed,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Cupich said. ‚ÄúSo if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Anticipating the Day of the Lord (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/19/2016 5:04:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/19/2016
    In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the day of the ďvisitation of God.Ē It was seen sometimes as a day of great comfort and rejoicing, and at other times as a day of great distress and judgment. At the birth of Jesus, God visited the earth. This visitation is celebrated in the Spirit-inspired hymn of Zacharias, in which he twice makes mention of Godís divine visitation (Luke 1:68Ė69, 78). The New Testament calls Jesus the ďBishop of our souls.Ē He is the Bishop Incarnate. His visit to this world has changed the course of history. The initial visit...
  • God's Transforming Word

    10/18/2016 7:39:23 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul" (Ps. 19:7). God can transform you through His Word into the person He wants you to be. Many today doubt the power of Scripture in dealing with the deeper aspects of the human heart and mind. The Bible may be helpful for certain superficial or "spiritual" problems, they say, but it's too simplistic and inadequate for the more complex psychological issues of modern man. The truth is, however, the best psychology can do is modify external behavior. It cannot redeem and transform the soul. Only God can do that through...
  • Liberty or License?

    10/18/2016 7:38:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďWhat then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?Ē (Romans 6:15-16). Freedom from sin does not mean freedom to sin. From Paulís day until now, the gospel of grace has been accused of providing license to sin. If salvation is the gift of Godís grace, legalists argue, wholly apart from human works, what will motivate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-16, M, Sts. John de Brťbeuf and Isaac Jogues, Martyrs

    10/18/2016 7:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 10-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2016 Memorial of Saints John de Brťbeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of Godís gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in...
  • He Shall Be Like a TREE...Psalm 1 and 2 pt 3

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.(Psalm 1:1-3)In the first Psalm, God reveals the marks of the truly blessed man. His blessedness comes not from outward...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-16, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2016 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • The Ungodly Are Not So...Psalm 1 and 2 pt 2

    The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.(Psalm 1:4-6)Psalm One is a wisdom psalm. The Spirit shows us by contrast the difference between the truly happy man, and his antithesis, the ungodly. In the sparest of language, two ways of life are shown side by side, the essence of the truly happy and of the miserable. The ungodly are...
  • Psalm 1 and 2 1

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-16, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2016 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 10-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-16-16, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/15/2016 9:09:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies ^ | 10-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2016 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13 In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,ďPick out certain men,and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hillwith the staff of God in my hand.Ē So Joshua did as Moses told him:he engaged Amalek in battleafter Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,Israel had the better of the fight,but when he let his hands rest,Amalek had the...
  • Trusting God's Word

    10/15/2016 5:56:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The law of the Lord is perfect. . . . The commandment of the Lord is pure. . . . The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:7-9). Godís Word is infallible. Infallibility refers to the truth of Scripture as a whole, whereas inerrancy focuses on the accuracy of every single word. Like inerrancy, infallibility is grounded in the character of God. God cannot lie and does not change (1 Sam. 15:29). He is thoroughly consistent in everything He does, and His Word reflects those characteristics. The psalmist wrote, "The sum of Thy word is...
  • Dead with Christ

    10/15/2016 5:56:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďNow if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to GodĒ (Romans 6:8-10). God frees us from sin through the death of His Son. As a good teacher, the apostle Paul understood that important truths bear repeating. Thus in todayís passage he repeats and expands on the important truth he presented...
  • The Feast of Tabernacles - The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven!

    10/14/2016 9:19:57 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/15/16
    The Feast of Tabernacles prophetic fulfillment is the Kingdom Age under the reign of the Messiah of Israel (Isa. 2: 1-5, 11:1-10; Micah 4:1-4; Zech. 8:21-23; 14:9, 16-21 etc...). This establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven will commence after an EXPONENTIALLY HORRIFIC seven-year worldwide tribulation climaxing with the Battle of Armageddon, ( i.e., at the return of Messiah to earth) (Matt 24; Rev. 19:11-21). First, there will be a great global, spiritual apostasy and lawlessness (godlessness) in which global war, genocide, and pestilence shall super-exceedingly abound (Rev. 6; 9:17-19). There will be great and awesome signs in the heavens (Joel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-15-16, M, St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor/Church

    10/14/2016 9:03:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 15, 2016 Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Eph 1:15-23 Brothers and sisters:Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesusand of your love for all the holy ones,I do not cease giving thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers,that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelationresulting in knowledge of him.May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,what are the riches of gloryin his inheritance among the...
  • Rallying Around the Word

    10/14/2016 3:45:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Every word of God is tested [pure, flawless]" (Prov. 30:5). Godís Word is without error. Inerrancy is a term that conveys the belief that the original writings of Scripture are wholly true in everything they teachó whether doctrine, history, science, geography, geology, or any other discipline or knowledge. It also applies to accurate copies of those original writings. Inerrancy is an unpopular concept with some people because they believe it isn't really important. But consider the implications. No Christian would deny that our relationship to Jesus Christ is of utmost importance. How can we know Him except as He is...
  • Free from Sin

    10/14/2016 3:44:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďKnowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sinĒ (Romans 6:6-7). Having died with Christ, believers are no longer under sinís control. Years ago a book with the amusing title ďIt Ainít Gonna Reign No MoreĒ appeared. Though humorous, that title aptly summarizes the believerís relationship to sin. Christians still commit sins but are no longer under sinís dominion. When we were united with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:5), ďour...
  • Post your favorite KJV Bible verses.

    10/14/2016 12:48:33 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 123 replies
    KJV Bible
    You may have one you may have many, the more the merrier!If there was any a time in the history of these United States, where the preserved word of God, is sorely needed, it is in these days. This thread is not intended to be a place where all the KJV critics come to debate on why they don't believe Almighty God can preserve his word, (If you don't believe God can preserve His own word for all eternity, then how can you possible believe He can preserve your soul for all eternity?) instead this thread is intended to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-14-16, OM, St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr

    10/13/2016 8:49:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 14, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as Godís possession, to the praise of his glory. Responsorial...
  • The Cup Of Trembling...

    The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.(Zechariah 12:1-3)A stunning...
  • From the Mouth of God

    10/13/2016 6:51:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Godís Word is inspired. Second Timothy 3:16 speaks of the inspiration of Scripture. "Inspired" is the translation of a Greek word that literally means "God-breathed." Every word of Scripture is from the mouth of God. Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn't...