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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-26-17, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/25/2017 8:37:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 02-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2017 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 49:14-15Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;my LORD has forgotten me."Can a mother forget her infant,be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget,I will never forget you. Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9R. (6a) Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God is my soul at rest;from him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.R. Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God be at rest, my soul,for from him comes my hope.He...
  • Living in a Worthy Manner

    02/25/2017 7:46:48 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects" (Col. 1:10). Your manner of life should be consistent with Christ’s. In Colossians 1:9 Paul speaks of being controlled by the knowledge of God's will. In verse 10 he speaks of walking in a manner worthy of the Lord. There is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between those verses. When you are controlled by the knowledge of God's will, you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. The Greek word translated "walk" means "to order one's behavior." It's a common New...
  • God Is Faithful to Care for Us

    02/25/2017 7:46:10 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). God is completely faithful to do what He has promised. We live in a day of unfaithfulness, don’t we? Some husbands and wives are unfaithful to their marriage vows. Children are often unfaithful to the principles taught by their parents. Parents are often unfaithful to meet the needs of their children. And all too frequently we are unfaithful to God. Only God is always faithful, a fact often celebrated in Scripture: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is...
  • Feed The Flock Of Slaughter...Zechariah pt 14

    Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;(Zechariah 11:1-4)We have seen Zechariah’s prophetic preview of the coming centuries, in which Jahweh would fulfill the “good and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-17

    02/24/2017 8:33:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2017 Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15God from the earth created man,and in his own image he made him.He makes man return to earth again,and endows him with a strength of his own.Limited days of life he gives him,with power over all things else on earth.He puts the fear of him in all flesh,and gives him rule over beasts and birds.He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears, and an inventive heart,and filled them with the discipline of understanding.He created in them knowledge of the spirit;With wisdom...
  • The Shepherd King of Israel...Zechariah pt 14

    Zechariah 9-11 are of one section, as are Zechariah 12-14, the first speaks of the first coming of the Messiah, the lowly King riding on a foal as a contrast to Pagan conquerors which the God of Israel had used, as his scourge, to chastise the nations which had afflicted Israel in her lowliness, and even to deliver Jerusalem itself, as a token of her final deliverance.The second section takes us to the end of time, long after the coming of Messiah to the nation, as a Shepherd to a poor flock. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the...
  • Understanding God's Will

    02/24/2017 10:03:28 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). Godly living results from being controlled by the principles of God’s Word. Paul's prayer for the Philippians (Phil. 1:9-11) is closely paralleled by his prayer for the Colossians (Col. 1:9-12). Both epistles were written from the same Roman prison at about the same time in Paul's life. Both prayers focus on godly living, but each approaches it from a slightly different perspective. The Philippians were gracious people who needed to...
  • God Is Truth

    02/24/2017 10:02:58 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true’” (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. God’s truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God “will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-17

    02/23/2017 9:07:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2017 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.Let your acquaintances be many,but one in a thousand your confidant.When you gain a friend, first test him,and be not too ready to trust him.For one sort is a friend when it suits him,but he will not be with you in time of distress.Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,and tells of the quarrel to your shame.Another is a friend, a boon companion,who will not be with you when sorrow comes.When things...
  • Let's Talk About Maslenitsa (Cheesefare Week- the last week before Lent)

    02/23/2017 6:35:14 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-21-2012 | various
    Boris Kustodiev. Maslenitsa      It is the last week before the beginning of Great Lent—the week the Russians call "maslenitsa." In the West it is called "carnival," which had a similar meaning originally, but is now understood quite differently. On the one hand, spring is in the air—it is a great time to visit friends and family, and have a good time. Of course, this often leads to gastronomical excesses, and perhaps too much to drink. In some places, the festivities can even take on a pagan aspect. But on the other hand, this is the week in which...
  • The Lowly King of Israel...Zechariah pt 13

    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I...
  • Realizing Our Ultimate Priority

    02/23/2017 5:42:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 closes with a reminder that love, excellence, integrity, and righteousness bring glory and praise to God. God's glory is a recurring theme in Paul's writings, and rightly so because that is the Christian's highest priority. But what is God's glory and what does it mean to bring Him glory? After all, He is infinitely glorious in nature, so we can't add anything to Him. His glory is never diminished, so it doesn't have...
  • God's Wrath

    02/23/2017 5:42:04 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, February 23, 2017 [prayer]

    02/22/2017 9:55:59 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 78 replies
    APV prayer team ^ | 2/23/2017 | Albion Wilde
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-17, M, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2017 9:49:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2017 Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8Rely not on your wealth;say not: "I have the power."Rely not on your strengthin following the desires of your heart.Say not: "Who can prevail against me?"or, "Who will subdue me for my deeds?"for God will surely exact the punishment.Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?"for the Most High bides his time.Of forgiveness be not overconfident,adding sin upon sin.Say not: "Great is his mercy;my many sins he will forgive."For mercy and anger alike are with him;upon the wicked alights his wrath.Delay not your conversion...
  • The Difference between True Revival and False Fire

    02/22/2017 5:55:09 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    As believers, we are to discern truth from err, light from darkness, and right from wrong…but how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, “They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, You shall have peace;’ And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” False teachers often don’t warn, confront, or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they encourage very odd behavior. Many mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3—“speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their...
  • Gentile Powers Will Be Overthrown...Zechariah pt 12

    02/22/2017 4:12:56 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    02-18-17 | Bill Randles
    The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord. And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire. Ashkelon shall...
  • Cultivating the Fruit of Righteousness

    02/22/2017 7:16:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11). Bearing spiritual fruit is the acid test of a true believer. After facing life-threatening situations, people often say, "I saw my entire life flash before my eyes." That's the picture we get in Philippians 1:11. "The fruit of righteousness" refers to what is produced in you as you operate in love, pursue excellence, and maintain your integrity. It includes every attitude and action consistent with God's standard of what is right. "Having been filled" speaks of something that happened in the past with continuing results....
  • Being Merciful

    02/22/2017 7:16:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, “‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him” (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazarus’s death caused...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • Gloria.TV News for the 21st of February

    02/21/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | February 21, | Gloria TV
    Secrecy: Referring to its source in Santa Marta, the blog Anonimi della Croce reports of secret meetings of Pope Francis with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and other Anglican and Lutheran dignitaries. Protestant representatives participate also in the secret group that works on changing the New Rite into a new ritual that can be used by Catholics and Protestants alike.
  • I Will Purpose To Do Good Unto Jerusalem...Zechariah pt 12

    But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let...
  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2017 4:53:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-17, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2017 10:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11My son, when you come to serve the LORD,stand in justice and fear,prepare yourself for trials.Be sincere of heart and steadfast,incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,undisturbed in time of adversity.Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;thus will you be wise in all your ways.Accept whatever befalls you,when sorrowful, be steadfast,and in crushing misfortune be patient;For in fire gold and silver are tested,and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.Trust God and God will help you;trust in him, and...
  • Card. Kasper on Anglican, Catholic parishes 'twinning' for papal visit [Catholic/Anglican Caucus]

    02/20/2017 7:38:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 20, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city. The Pope’s visit comes as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the first Church of England Eucharist, which took place in the so-called ‘English ghetto’ near the Spanish steps on October 27th 1816. He will be the first pope to visit an Anglican Church in his own Diocese of Rome. Members of All Saints and Ognissanti have...
  • Tish Ba'Av, or True Repentence? ...Zechariah pt 10

    In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat the Lord by asking the priests of the house of the Lord Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”(Zechariah 7:1-3)Notice that Zechariah carefully dates this prophecy, rooting it in a historical incident, two years after the night of visions of Zechariah 1-6. A delegation...
  • Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)

    02/20/2017 3:07:50 PM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 03-06-2016 | Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
    Last Judgment. The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy      In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, on our preparation journey towards Lent, we have come to the ultimate stage: we are confronted with judgment. If we pay attention to it, next week our spiritual destiny will be in our own hands, because next week is the Sunday of Forgiveness. The link between these two days is too obvious. If we only could become aware that each and everyone of us stand before the judgment of God and the judgment of...
  • The River of Life flows from Grace not works[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 2:28:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 2-17-17 | Jedediah
    My River flows for you my children and not by any works of your hands but it is by my Grace , if nothing else was done by you " Behold I AM complete in my sacrifice for all " ,therefore die to self and just allow Me to be your first fruit in and through all for I AM your very breath and spirit ! Now just abide in Me " The Vine" and allow Me to love on you where you are right now by just releasing your yoke of works to Me for I AM your Glory...
  • Chicago Cardinal to Sell Off Historic Church for Millions to Secular Music Group (St. Adalbert)

    02/20/2017 12:41:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.
    If Cdl. Blase Cupich gets his way, the 102-year-old landmark will be sold to the Chicago Academy of Music, its convent converted into dormitories, its rectory turned into a living space for musicians, and its Italian marble sanctuary renovated into a stage... In July, parishioners formed the nonprofit St. Adalbert Preservation Society, and filed appeals to the archdiocese against selling off the church. A canon lawyer also filed an appeal to Rome asking that Cupich's decision be reversed.  Multiple requests by the group to meet with Cdl. Cupich have gone unanswered. Emily Nielson, co-founder of the Coalition to Save the...
  • Catholics Are Not Faithful to Doctrine, We Will Face Anglican-style Divisions

    02/20/2017 12:06:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 30 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Those proposing change have not shown how it can be reconciled with Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. The Church is in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, as Dan Hitchens observed earlier this week in a carefully argued and fully evidenced article. Coincidentally, the Church of England’s doctrinal civil war has taken a new turn at the latest sitting of the General Synod, with heated debates over same-sex relationships. Michael Fabricant MP suggests in the Telegraph that Anglicans should jettison their “conservative” wing. In the same newspaper, the devout and passionate Andrea Minichiello Williams makes a convincing case for Christian tradition.The Williams article makes one...
  • Pursuing Excellence

    02/20/2017 5:26:11 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may approve the things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10). In a world of mediocrity and confusion, God calls you to excellence and discernment. There's the story of a pilot who came on the loudspeaker mid flight and said, "I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is we've lost all our instrumentation and don't know where we are. The good news is we have a strong tail wind and are making great time." That's an accurate picture of how many people live: they have no direction in life but they're getting there fast! We...
  • The Measure of Grace

    02/20/2017 5:25:39 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). God will lavish grace upon sinners who are truly repentant. Did you ever sin so terribly that you felt, I really blew it this time. There’s no way God would want to forgive me now? It’s easy sometimes to let our past sins be a constant burden to us, even after we’ve confessed and repented. Paul has comfort for those who feel this way, and that comfort is founded on the power and measure of God’s grace to us. Before his conversion, Paul (then known as Saul) persecuted the church...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/20/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 11:14:00 PM PST · by · 43 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | February 20, 2017 |
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and our nation to return to serve the Lord: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-17

    02/19/2017 7:55:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 02-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2017 Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10All wisdom comes from the LORDand with him it remains forever, and is before all timeThe sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,the days of eternity: who can number these?Heaven's height, earth's breadth,the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?Before all things else wisdom was created;and prudent understanding, from eternity.The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdomand her ways are everlasting.To whom has wisdom's root been revealed?Who knows her subtleties?To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?And who has...
  • Avoiding Indiscriminate Love

    02/19/2017 5:01:49 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment" (Phil. 1:9). Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35). In addition to possessing God's love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That's a sacred trust. Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is...
  • The Meaning of Grace

    02/19/2017 5:01:22 AM PST · by metmom · 200 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘The Lord, the Lord God, [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth’” (Exodus 34:6). God’s grace is His undeserved favor shown to sinners. God’s grace has always been a focus of praise for believers. Today’s verse is quoted several times in the Psalms and elsewhere in Scripture (for example, Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Paul is grateful for God’s abundant grace in 1 Timothy 1:14, and John writes, “For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Today some of our favorite hymns are “Amazing Grace,” “Marvelous...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-19-17, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/18/2017 9:49:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 02-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD." Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the LORD, O...
  • Behold The Man Whose Name Is The Branch...Zechariah pt 9

    And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he...
  • A Prayer for Godliness

    02/18/2017 12:36:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray" (Phil. 1:9). Your prayers reveal the level of your spiritual maturity. As we come to our study of godliness in Philippians 1:9-11, we note that this passage is a prayer. Typically, Paul's prayers reflected his concern that his readers would mature spiritually. That is impossible without prayer because spiritual growth depends on the Holy Spirit's power, which is tapped through prayer. Prayer is so vital that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray at all times (Luke 18:1). Paul commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Peter said we should be "of sound judgment and sober...
  • God's Sacrificial Love

    02/18/2017 12:36:12 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life’” (John 3:16). God’s love is vicarious and sacrificial. Today we continue a short study of a topic that brings joy to every Christian: God’s love. Both Paul and John call His love “great” (Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1), because only great love would provide such a sacrifice as God did in Christ. We have already seen that God’s love is unconditional, unrequited, and righteous. God’s love is also vicarious; it bears the pain of others....
  • On the Commemoration of the Dead (Meatfare Saturday) [Orthodox Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 7:04:11 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-18-2017 | Hieromonk Job (Gumerov)
    How can we help our loved ones who have departed this life? Hieromonk Job (Gumerov) talks about the commemoration of the dead.      According to Orthodox teaching, through the prayers of the Church the dead can receive relief or freedom from their punishments beyond the grave. “Anyone who wishes to show his love for those who have died and give them real help can do this in the best way by praying for them, and especially by commemoration at the Liturgy, when a particle removed [from the prosphora, or communion bread] for the living and the dead is immersed in...
  • Till We Meet Again, Victory In Jesus

    02/18/2017 6:26:51 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/18/2017 | Revski
    Short mandolin solo, chorus only, Till We Met Again and Victory In Jesus. The pictorials at end are of, Greg Olson's art work and I cover mandolin.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-17

    02/17/2017 8:47:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped forand evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested.By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's.Through this, he was attested to be righteous,God bearing witness to his gifts,and through this, though dead, he still speaks.By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not...
  • Armeggedon...Zechariah pt 8

    And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of...
  • Why are the Dead Commemorated on Saturdays? [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 6:41:15 AM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 03-10-2012 | Hieromonk Job (Gumerov)
    The Saturdays of commemorations of the dead are called ancestral Saturdays (the first universal commemoration on Meat Fare Saturday, the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of Great Lent, Trinity Saturday, and St. Demetrius Saturday). Why do these take place specifically on Saturdays? What are the historical roots of this tradition? They were not all instituted at the same time. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it he ceased from all His works which God began to do (Gen. 2:3). Saturday (Sabbath) for the Jews was a day of festive rest. Christ’s resurrection placed the beginning of...
  • How to Lose Your Joy

    02/17/2017 6:24:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (Phil. 4:11). Discontent and ingratitude will steal your joy. True joy is God's gift to every believer, yet many Christians seem to lack it. How can that be? Did God fail them? No. As with peace, assurance, and other benefits of salvation, joy can be forfeited for many reasons: willful sin, prayerlessness, fear, self-centeredness, focusing on circumstances, and lack of forgiveness are the main culprits. Two of the most common joy-thieves are dissatisfaction and ingratitude. Both are by-products of the health, wealth, and prosperity mentality of our day. It...
  • God's Unfailing Love

    02/17/2017 6:23:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). God’s love is unconditional and righteous. We hear a lot today about love from books, magazines, TV, and movies. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that our society is the most loving on earth. Much of the “love,” though, is nothing more than lust masquerading as love, or selfishness disguised as kindness. But today’s verse tells us that “God is love”; the character of God defines love. To clear up any confusion about love, we need only to look at who...
  • Catholics, Orthodox, & The Benedict Option

    02/17/2017 2:25:42 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 13, 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Last week, I had a fascinating conversation with Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a podcast that has just been released today. In it, he asked me if I thought that Evangelicals had what it takes to do the Benedict Option. I told him I didn’t know. He said the answer is no, they don’t — but that historical Reformation Protestantism does. He goes on to say why Evangelicals need to draw much closer to their roots in the thought and practices of Reformation Christians.Well, what about Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians? Do they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-17, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2017 9:18:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2017 Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came...