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  • Day 23: The Spoils Of Spiritual Warfare - Devotional

    10/23/2020 5:39:38 AM PDT · by metmom
    The Return ^ | July 10, 2020
    “Some of the spoils won in battle they dedicated to maintain the house of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 26:27). This verse opens us to a profound, life-changing truth. It speaks of spoils that can only be won in battle, and once these spoils are won, they’re dedicated to the building up of God’s house. Grasping the powerful truth behind this verse will enable us to understand why the Lord allows intense spiritual warfare throughout our lives. God not only allows our battles but he has a glorious purpose for them. So, what are the “spoils won in battle”? The first...
  • The Source of Righteousness - Devotinoal

    10/23/2020 5:35:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). God’s Word is true and produces righteousness in the believer’s 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...
  • Judge Denies Brooklyn Diocese Injunction Against NY Coronavirus Restrictions

    10/23/2020 3:48:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    CNA Staff, Oct 19, 2020 / 09:00 am MT (CNA).- A federal court ruled against the Diocese of Brooklyn on Friday in its case against new coronavirus restrictions which impose local limits on Mass attendance. The diocese had sued the state of New York on Oct. 8 over new public health restrictions that limited the size of gatherings in certain “hot spots” around the state, or localities where the new coronavirus has been spreading. Certain churches in Brooklyn and Queens were effectively limited to holding 10 or 25 people for indoor Masses, under the new rules. On Friday, a federal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-2020, Memorial of Saint John of Capistrano, priest

    10/23/2020 12:28:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    USCCB/RNAB ^ | 23-October-2020 | USCCB/RNAB
    October 23 2020 Memorial of Saint John of Capistrano, priest Twenty-ninth Friday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 477 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 spirit through 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...
  • Day 22: Pursuing Unity In Christ - Devotional

    10/22/2020 8:22:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    The Return ^ | July 9, 2020
    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). This familiar verse is often used as a benediction in church services, but it is more than a benediction. It is Paul’s summary of everything he has been teaching the Corinthians about God’s love. 1. The grace of Jesus Christ Paul says grace will “[teach] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12). In order to live holy and pure lives, we...
  • Day 99: A Christlike Life - Devotional

    10/22/2020 8:18:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    The Return ^ | Oct 20, 2020
    “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:9-10). Right now, the world is in frightening disorder. God warns his faithful ones so that when sudden disaster strikes, they are not swept away with fear. God’s people must know that whatever happens, it is not an accident or a random act. They are to have the peace of Christ in their hearts,...
  • Fearing God - Devotional

    10/22/2020 8:16:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 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-...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-2020, Memorial of Saint John Paul II, pope

    10/22/2020 3:30:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    USCCB/RNAB ^ | 22 October 2020 | USCCB/RNAB
    October 22 2020 Memorial of Saint John Paul II, pope Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 476 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 glory to 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 ones what is the breadth and length and height...
  • Pope’s Interfaith Prayer Omits China

    10/21/2020 10:22:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 21, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Pope’s Interfaith Prayer Omits China Francis' misinterpretation of gospels sidelines sin and atonement ROME ( - Pope Francis' interfaith prayer meeting for world peace, held two days before the Vatican is expected to renew its secret concordat with China, excluded prayers for Christians and Uyghur Muslims persecuted by the communist regime. Tuesday's prayer service, led by the pontiff with leaders of other Christian denominations in Rome's Basilica of Saint Mary in Aracoeli, named and prayed for 26 countries in alphabetical order — beginning with Afghanistan and ending with Yemen. There were specific prayers for persecuted Christians in Burkina Faso, dialogue in...
  • Brazil Catholics Drawn to Worship Despite Downsized Services

    10/21/2020 7:16:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 10/12/20 | Tatiana Polastri and Mauricio Savarese
    APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Inside, there was nothing massive about the Mass: Just 1,000 people were spaced carefully across the pews of a vast basilica that normally holds 35,000 as the Roman Catholic Church tried to protect parishioners from the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet such caution wasn’t apparent outside the doors. Thousands of people found themselves unable to stay away from Aparecida on one of the most important weekends of the Brazilian church’s calendar, the celebration of the country’s patron saint. A similar scene played out far to the north in Belem, near the mouth of the Amazon River, where even...
  • Day 21: Our Need For Godly Fellowship - Devotional

    10/21/2020 5:49:30 AM PDT · by metmom
    The Return ^ | July 8, 2020
    Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life … I am the living bread which came down from heaven … he who feeds on Me will live because of Me’ (John 6:35, 51, 57). The image of bread here is important. Our Lord is telling us, “If you come to me, you’ll be nourished. You’ll be attached to me, as a member of my body. Therefore, you’ll receive strength from the life-force that is in me.” Indeed, every member of his body draws strength from a single source: Christ, the head. Everything we need to lead an overcoming life flows...
  • Obeying God's Commands - Devotional

    10/21/2020 5:45:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-2020

    10/21/2020 1:59:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    USCCB/RNAB ^ | 21 October 2020 | USCCB/RNAB
    October 21 2020 Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Twenty-ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 475 Reading 1 EPH 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that 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 this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that...
  • Liturgy expert: Worldwide spread of Novus Ordo has diminished belief in Real Presence

    10/20/2020 4:44:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 20, 2020 | Peter Kwasniewski
    Liturgy expert: Worldwide spread of Novus Ordo has diminished belief in Real Presence 'I'm afraid it's impossible to deny the connection.' Would you say there is a connection between the postconciliar liturgy and the dwindling belief in transubstantiation? Yes, I’m afraid it’s impossible to deny the connection. The classical Roman rite as it developed over so many centuries acquired numerous and very expressive gestures of adoration and care toward the Holy Sacrament, precisely because it is not a mere “thing,” but under the signs of bread and wine a divine Person is really present. How we treat Him is how...
  • German priest says new papal encyclical has ‘Masonic’ tone, links it to St. Gallen group

    10/20/2020 4:28:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Maike Hickson
    German priest says new papal encyclical has ‘Masonic’ tone, links it to St. Gallen group 'In this apocalyptic time of the False Prophecy,' he writes, 'in which the diabolical lie is limping around, the Church of the Lord has the duty to proclaim Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the only Savior and true Redeemer.' October 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Father Frank Unterhalt, a diocesan priest of Paderborn, Germany has written an analysis of the new papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti, whose tone of religious indifferentism and the call to universal fraternity reminds him of the language and program of...
  • Cardinals Deplore German Bishops’ Slide, as Schism Fears Arise

    10/20/2020 11:59:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 20, 2020 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinals Deplore German Bishops’ Slide, as Schism Fears Arise Despite Pope Francis’ warnings, the leaders of the Church in Germany have refused to back down on their promotion of intercommunion or to change the course on their much-criticized ‘synodal path.’ VATICAN CITY — As reports emerged recently of Pope Francis’ “dramatic concern” about the state of the Catholic Church in Germany and news that he received Germany’s apostolic nuncio for private talks on Monday, the country’s bishops pressed ahead on their goal of shared Communion with Protestants despite strong objections from the Vatican. The leaders of both churches said...
  • Day 97: God’s Commitment To Your Victory - Devotional

    10/20/2020 9:48:48 AM PDT · by metmom
    The Return ^ | Oct 17, 2020
    Peter preached a powerful message to the people in Jerusalem and their hearts were stirred when they heard God’s Word and recognized their sin. Peter instructed them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). What does it mean to repent? True repentance results in sorrow, remorse, and regret over sin. Only the sacrifice of Christ’s blood can forgive. But repentance is the only way to know true healing and rejoicing. There is no other way...
  • Day 20: Christ Shining Through Our Sufferings - Devotional

    10/20/2020 7:24:24 AM PDT · by metmom
    The Return ^ | July 7, 2020 |
    No one on earth can place you in ministry. You may be given a diploma by a seminary, ordained by a bishop, or commissioned by a denomination. But Paul reveals the only source of any true call to ministry: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). What does Paul mean here when he says Jesus enabled him and counted him faithful? Three days after the apostle’s conversion, Christ placed Paul in the ministry — specifically, the ministry of suffering: “For I will show him...
  • Living a Joyous Life - Devotional

    10/20/2020 7:19:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-2020, Memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest

    10/20/2020 2:20:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    USCCB/RNAB ^ | 20 October 2020 | USCCB/RNAB
    October 20 2020 Memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 474 Reading 1 EPH 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters: You were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal...