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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-16

    12/09/2016 8:54:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2016 Saturday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lordís word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God

    12/09/2016 2:27:35 PM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-09-2016 | OCA
    Saint Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married Saint Joachim (September 9), who was a native of Galilee. For a long time Saint Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them that they would be the parents of a daughter, Who would bring blessings to the whole human race. The Orthodox Church does not accept the teaching that the Mother of God was exempted from the consequences of...
  • The Love Of The Truth...I John pt 16

    For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ( 3 John 3-4)Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That...
  • Witnessing His Glory (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/09/2016 5:20:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/9/2016
    The book of James has an unusual sentence construction that links the word glory with the name of Jesus: ďMy brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partialityĒ (James 2:1). In this verse the words ďLord of gloryĒ have alternate renditions. Some translations read, ďOur glorious Lord.Ē Still another possible translation reads, ďJesus Christ, who is the glory.Ē B. B. Warfield, in his book The Lord of Glory, says, that Jesus was the glory of God, the shekinah. According to the Old Testament, the shekinah was the visible manifestation of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-16, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2016 Friday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who...
  • Belief In Truth is a Sign of Eternal Life...I John pt 15

    I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me.(John 14:6)We have been studying the threefold sign of eternal life, as taught by the Apostle John in His First Epistle. We have stressed that Eternal Life is a gift of God, it cannot be merited, it can only received freely by faith. But how does one know whether or not he has received the gift of eternal Life? After all, in our day as well as in Johnís there were many teachers, and prophets who were redefining the knowledge of God, and...
  • St. Patapius of Thebes

    12/08/2016 5:48:25 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-08-2016 | OCA
    Saint Patapius was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice. He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy. After...
  • Christ's Radiance and Representation

    12/08/2016 4:09:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature" (Heb. 1:3). Jesus is both God manifest and God in substance. Just as the rays of the sun give light, warmth, life, and growth to the earth, so Jesus Christ is the glorious light of God shining into the hearts of men and women. As "the radiance of God's glory," Jesus expresses God to us. No one can see God in HIs full glory; no one ever will. The radiance of that glory that reaches us from God appears in the Person of Jesus Christ. Just...
  • Christ's Identification with Sinners

    12/08/2016 4:09:16 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ď. . . Made in the likeness of menĒ (Philippians 2:7). Christ was fully God and fully man. In his Systematic Theology theologian Charles Hodge wrote, ďThe Scriptures teach that Christ had a complete human nature. That is, He had a true body and a rational soul. By a true body is meant a material body which in everything essential was like the bodies of ordinary men. . . . It is no less plain that Christ had a rational soul. He thought, reasoned, and felt.Ē Hodgeís assessment is correct, for Christ was given all the essential attributes of humanity....
  • The History of Communion in the Hand

    12/08/2016 3:48:32 AM PST · by JosephJames · 32 replies
    SpiritualFood Blogspot ^ | September 7, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When I paste this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document. It is interesting that when I past in the comments, the embedded links remain.) - - - The first two (printed) pages of the following was a letter to my parishioners of Antria, and a copy to Don Idilio: - - - Antria (Magione Ė PG), Date: December 2016 Dear brothers and sisters, After spending more...
  • The Creator of the World

    12/07/2016 11:20:12 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son . . . through whom also He made the world" (Heb. 1:2). Christ is the agent through whom God created the world. John 1:3 testifies, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." Jesus has the ability to create something out of nothing (cf. Rom. 4:17), and that sets Him apart from mere creatures. Only God can create like that; we can't. If you could create, you'd live in a different house, drive a different car,...
  • Christ as a Servant

    12/07/2016 11:19:38 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďTaking the form of a bond-servantĒ (Philippians 2:7). Christ submitted Himself to the Fatherís will. When Christ emptied Himself, He not only gave up His privileges but also became a servant. First, He was a servant by nature. Paul used the Greek word morphe (ďformĒ) again to indicate that Christís servanthood was not merely external but His essence. It was not like a cloak that could be put on and taken off. Christ was truly a servant. The only other New Testament use of morphe is in Mark 16:12. There Jesus appears in a resurrection morpheóa form fully expressing the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-16, SOL, Immaculate Conception - Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2016 8:32:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2016 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, ďWhere are you?ĒHe answered, ďI heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself.ĒThen he asked, ďWho told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!ĒThe man replied, ďThe woman whom you put here with meóshe gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.ĒThe...
  • Syria's Agony Foretold By Prophets of God...

    The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.(Isaiah 17:2)To get an idea of just how apocalyptic our times actually are, consider recent events of heartbreaking and shattering significance , in the Middle East , just since the 2011 Arab Sring , which I wrote about in my book A Sword On The Land: The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy ,Egypt went from being a relatively stable nation...
  • Christ Or Cain...I John pt 14

    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brotherís righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)Love...
  • Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan

    12/07/2016 8:30:57 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-07-2016 | OCA
    Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was born in the year 340 into the family of the Roman prefect of Gaul (now France). Even in the saintís childhood there appeared presentiments of his great future. Once, bees covered the face of the sleeping infant. They flew in and out of his mouth, leaving honey on his tongue. Soon they flew away so high that they could no longer be seen. Ambroseís father said that the child would become something great when he reached manhood. After the death of the father of the family, Ambrose journeyed to Rome, where the future saint...
  • Plumbing the Depths of His Person (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/07/2016 8:11:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/7/2016
    When we consider Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Logos who became incarnate, we note instantly that in any attempt to plumb the depths of His person we are stepping into the deep waters of the nature of God Himself. In Hebrews 1:3, the author describes Christ as ďthe brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.Ē Imagine someone who not only reflects the glory of God as Moses did after his encounter with God on Mount Sinai, but who actually is the very brightness of the divine glory. The biblical concept of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-16, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,ďMy way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my GodĒ? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator...
  • The Heir of All Things

    12/06/2016 2:21:47 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2). Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is the heir of all that God possesses. When Christ first came to earth He became poor for our sakes, that we, through His poverty, might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9). He had nothing for HimselfóHe had "nowhere to lay His head" (Luke 9:58). Even His clothes were taken from Him when He died, and He was buried in a tomb that belonged to someone else. It is beyond our...
  • The Emptying of Christ

    12/06/2016 2:21:17 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ď[Christ] emptied HimselfĒ (Philippians 2:7). Christ renounced His divine privileges. Although Christ never surrendered His deity, He did empty Himself in certain ways. One such way was to give up His heavenly glory. Thatís why in John 17:5 Jesus prays, ďGlorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was.Ē Christ gave up the glory of a face-to-face relationship with God for the muck of this earth. He gave up the adoring presence of angels for the spittle of men. Christ also emptied Himself of His independent authority. He completely...
  • Eternal Life Evidenced By Love...I John pt 13

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.( I John 3:14)We have been discussing the theme of First John , which is the threefold test of eternal life, based on three simple theological propositions. Firstly, because God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all, those who share in the gift of the life of God, hate evil and sin. Eternal Life is opposed to all that is false and evil, unceasingly exposing and repudiating it . Those who have eternal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-16, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2016 10:57:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

    12/05/2016 10:40:14 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-06-2016 | OCA
    Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God. As the fruit of the prayer of his childless parents, the infant Nicholas from the very day of his birth revealed to people the light of his future glory as a wonderworker. His mother, Nonna, after giving birth was immediately healed...
  • If We Walk In The Light...I John pt 12

    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.( I John 1:5-7)In Johnís epistle, which concerns itself with the true Knowledge of God as opposed to the false, there are...
  • Russian Patriarch consecrates Orthodox cathedral just yards from Eiffel Tower in Paris

    12/05/2016 10:34:50 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    RT ^ | 12-05-2016 | RT
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has consecrated a new cathedral in central Paris, just yards away from the Eiffel Tower, with hundreds of worshippers attending the service he led there on Sunday. Trinity Cathedral was opened as part of a Russian cultural and spiritual center on the banks of the Seine River in the French capital. Around 500 Orthodox believers from the Russian community in Paris, including the offspring of Russiaís former princely houses, packed the church for the event. Renowned French singer, Mireille Mathieu, and Russian super-model, Natalia Vodianova, were also attending. The Patriarch called...
  • Feast of St. Sava the Sanctified

    12/05/2016 8:25:27 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-05-2017 | OCA
    Saint Sava the Sanctified was born in the fifth century at Cappadocia of pious Christian parents, John and Sophia. His father was a military commander. Journeying to Alexandria on military matters, his wife went with him, but they left their five-year-old son in the care of an uncle. When the boy reached eight years of age, he entered the monastery of Saint Flavian located nearby. The gifted child quickly learned to read and became an expert on the Holy Scriptures. In vain did his parents urge Saint Sava to return to the world and enter into marriage. When he was...
  • Dutch Catholics Raise Alarm after Bishops ĎUpdateí Words of the Our Father

    12/05/2016 12:13:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 30, 2016 | Steve Weatherbe
    November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď Dutch Catholics are raising alarm bells after the bishops of the Netherlands and Belgium changed the words to the Our Father in a way that they believe amounts to an "ideological reinterpretation of the text." Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God the Father, as Jesus taught, ‚Äúto lead us not into temptation‚ÄĚ but, instead, ‚Äúnot into trial.‚ÄĚ Vox Populi, an orthodox Catholic lay group, is organizing a petition advocating the traditional translation. ‚ÄúWhy would this ‚Äėreform‚Äô be necessary now? There is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-16

    12/04/2016 10:21:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2016 Monday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness...I John pt 11

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he...
  • Progressive Revelation

    12/04/2016 4:58:49 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). The Old Testament is but a sample of what is revealed in the New Testament. When Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets [the Old Testament]; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill" (Matt. 5:17), He was affirming that Scripture progressed from promise to fulfillment, from partial to complete. We call that progressive revelation. For example, the Old...
  • Christ's Equality with God

    12/04/2016 4:58:22 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ď[Christ] did not regard equality with God a thing to be graspedĒ (Philippians 2:6). Christ is equal with God but willingly yielded His divine privileges for our sake. At the time Christ lived, even His worst enemies, the apostate religious leaders, knew what Jesus claimed about Himself. John 5:18 says, ďThe Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.Ē In Philippians 2:6 Paul affirms Christís claim of equality with God. The Greek word translated ďequalityĒ (isos) describes things...
  • Feast of the Holy New Martyr Fr. Alexander Hotovitzky (killed by the Communists)

    12/03/2016 8:42:32 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-04-2016 | OCA
    The New Martyr of Russia Alexander Hotovitzky was born on February 11, 1872 in the city of Kremenetz, into the pious family of Archpriest Alexander, who was Rector of the Volhynia Theological Seminary and would later be long remembered in the hearts of the Orthodox inhabitants of Volhynia as a good shepherd. Young Alexander received a good Christian upbringing from his parents, who instilled in him love for the Orthodox Church and for the people of God. The future pastor was educated at the Volhynia Seminary and the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, from which he graduated with a Masterís degree...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-04-16, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/03/2016 6:58:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,a spirit of counsel and of strength,a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,but he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the landís afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of...
  • The Threefold Tests of Eternal Life...I John pt 10

    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ( I John 5:13)The apostle Johnís ministry is one of restoration. The true knowledge of God had been supplanted in the minds of many believers by mystics and gnostics, whose visions, dreams and exotic spiritual experiences undermined confidence , in their own simple faith in Jesus Christ. The issue is the knowledge of God; Who truly knows God? Who is truly...
  • Penetrating the Box

    12/03/2016 3:46:32 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). Man canít discover God on his own; God must reveal Himself to man. Since the beginning of time, man has deceived himself by thinking he can discover God through various religions. But in reality, man lives in a box enclosed within the walls of time and space. God is outside the box, and man senses He's there but can't get to Him. Each new religion is but another...
  • Christ's Deity Defended

    12/03/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by metmom · 67 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ď[Christ] existed in the form of GodĒ (Philippians 2:6). Scripture makes clear that Christ is God. The deity of Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. Inevitably when people attack the Christian faith, they attack the deity of Christ. Scripture makes clear, however, that such attacks are unfounded. The apostle John said, ďIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodĒ (John 1:1). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he began his Gospel by affirming the deity of Christ. John further declared Christís deity when he wrote, ďAll things came...
  • Feast of St. John the Silent of St. Sabbas Monastery

    12/03/2016 12:41:36 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-03-2016 | OCA
    Saint John the Silent was born around 454 in the city of Nicopolis, Armenia into the family of a military commander named Enkratius and his wife Euphemia. The boy began to study Holy Scripture, and he loved solitude and prayer with all his heart. With the inheritance his parents left him, John built a church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos. At eighteen years of age John became a monk, living an ascetic life of fasting, prayer and temperance with ten other monks at the church he had founded. At the request of the citizens of Colonia, the Metropolitan of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-16, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2016 9:50:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2016 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:ďThis is the way; walk in it,Ēwhen you would turn to...
  • Feast of St. Stephen Urosh, King of Serbia

    12/02/2016 9:02:39 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-02-2016 | OCA
    Saint Stephen Urosh, King of Serbia, was son of King Dushan Nemany, and was born in the year 1337. In 1346 he was crowned king. Dushan sought the daughter of the French king for his son, but the Roman Pope insisted that the princess not change from the Latin confession. Dushan did not want to see a Catholic in his family, and because of this Saint Stephen Urosh entered into marriage with the daughter of Vlad, Prince of Walachia. Upon the death of his father (+ 1355), Saint Stephen Urosh became the independent and actual ruler of Serbia. He was...
  • On the Necessity of Prayer

    12/02/2016 7:31:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope ‚ÄĘ December 1, 2016 ‚ÄĘ To say that something is ¬ďnecessary¬Ē is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne- (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something from which there is no withdrawal, something we cannot evade. There is an expression in Latin, sine qua non, which literally means ¬ďwithout which not.¬Ē Its fuller meaning expresses something so...
  • On Eternal Life...I John pt 9

    And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.(I John 5:11-13)The letter of the apostle John is all about clarity.His burden is to let christians know what is what and who...
  • Indiana Priest under Fire for Barring Advocate of LGBT Cause from Singing at Funeral

    12/02/2016 2:41:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    DECATUR, Indiana, December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď An Indiana Catholic priest is facing criticism after barring an open advocate of the LGBT agenda from singing at his grandmother‚Äôs funeral. Connor Hakes said it was a picture of him attending a gay pride rally shared on his Facebook page last year that prompted Father Bob Lengerich, the pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur, to deny his request to sing at the funeral. The Bloomington man‚Äôs grandmother passed away November 21. He made the request to the Decatur parish to sing the following day. Father Lengerich...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-02-16

    12/01/2016 9:00:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2016 Friday of the First Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those whose mere word...
  • Diaper Manís Connection to Bethel Redding

    12/01/2016 7:03:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    repentbethelredding.wordpress.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Tony Miano
    Please watch this video, before you continue reading. I apologize. I realize you can never get back the 53 seconds you just lost. But Iím certain filling your mind with the Word of God, a good YouTube sermon, or Christ-centered worship music will go far to erase the grotesque visual from your mind. And what was it, exactly? What was it that you just saw. What you just saw was the warm-up entertainment (called ďevening gymnasticsĒ) before the evening session of a ďchurchĒ conference. The ďchurchĒ: Imi KirkenĖthe most influential church in the Stavanger area of Norway, if not in...
  • The Preeminence of Christ

    12/01/2016 5:24:22 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God . . . has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Heb. 1:1-3). Christ is superior to everyone and everything. The book of Hebrews was addressed to an audience composed of Jewish Christians, Jewish non-Christians who were intellectually convinced about Jesus but...
  • The Incarnation of Christ

    12/01/2016 5:23:50 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďAlthough [Christ] existed in the form of God, [He] 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. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a crossĒ (Philippians 2:6-8). Christ is the perfect example of humility. In his book Miracles, English scholar C.S. Lewis used this analogy to describe the incarnation of Christ: One may think of a diver, first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing...
  • The Doctrine Of Christ...I John pt 8

    Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.( 2 John 9)The Apostle Johnís ministry is a ministry of restoration. There were (and are) many whose faith in Jesus, understanding of God, prayer life, interpretation of scripture, ministry and ethics, have been corrupted and distorted by false christian teachers who have redefined what it means to know God. This is still the case today, and the need for Johnís epistles is yet vital to the church. To John, the Lordís...
  • Feast of the Holy Prophet Nahum

    11/30/2016 9:13:56 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-01-2016 | OCA
    The Holy Prophet Nahum, whose name means ďGod consoles,Ē was from the village of Elkosh (Galilee). He lived during the seventh century B.C. The Prophet Naum prophesies the ruin of the Assyrian city of Nineveh because of its iniquity, the destruction of the Israelite kingdom, and the blasphemy of King Sennacherib against God. The Assyrian king Ashurbanipal died in 632 B.C., and over the next two decades, his empire began to crumble. Nineveh fell in 612 B.C. Nahum differs from most of the prophets in as much as he does not issue any call to repentance, nor does he denounce...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-16

    11/30/2016 8:59:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2016 Thursday of the First Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: ďA strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you.Ē Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • The Fastest-Growing Churches Have Modern Worship, Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible: Study

    11/30/2016 2:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 530 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadian†study†has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster. (Photo: Reuters/John Gress)A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.The Canadian researchers who authored...