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  • Catholic Cqucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-19, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2019 9:30:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 12-07-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7 2019 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 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:"This is the way; walk in it,"when...
  • December 6 - Parables Conceal

    12/06/2019 7:59:28 AM PST · by metmom · 10 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, “You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them”’” (Matthew...
  • The Anti-Gospel Message of Joel Osteen

    12/06/2019 6:29:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Anchored In Christ ^ | 11/4/2019 | Kevin Halloran
    [T]here will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1–3I’m surprised when I hear people say that we shouldn’t judge preachers. “That’s not loving” or “The Bible says not to judge” are often responses.My gut reaction is, “Have you...
  • Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional for 12/6/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/06/2019 5:44:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 12/6/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly." 1 Corinthians 15:48 The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay. Christ's mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, "Because I live,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-19, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2019 8:01:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | 12-06-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6 2019 Friday of the First Week of 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...
  • December 5 - Measuring Progress: Revealing and Concealing

    12/05/2019 8:56:05 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him’” (Matthew 13:12). Just prior to this statement, Jesus told the disciples the twofold reason for His using parables: “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted” (Matt. 13:11). To believers, parables reveal kingdom truth; to unbelievers, they conceal it. Those to whom God has sovereignly given eternal life through Christ are the true citizens of...
  • Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional for 12/5/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/05/2019 5:00:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 12/5/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "Ask, and it shall be given you." Matthew 7:7 We know of a place in England still existing, where a dole of bread is served to every passerby who chooses to ask for it. Whoever the traveller may be, he has but to knock at the door of St. Cross Hospital, and there is the dole of bread for him. Jesus Christ so loveth sinners that he has built a St. Cross Hospital, so that whenever a sinner is hungry, he has but to knock and have his wants supplied. Nay, he has done better; he has attached to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-19

    12/04/2019 7:56:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 12-05-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5 2019 Thursday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A 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." 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...
  • Simeon Was Waiting for Messiah! How About You?

    12/04/2019 2:31:21 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/4/19
    Dear friends, two thousand years ago, Simeon was "waiting" for His Savior's first advent (Luke 2:25)! This same word "waiting" is used in (Titus 2:13), “Looking" for the blessed hope! Simeon was "waiting" with all eager anticipation and expectancy, "looking" for the Messiah to come, longing for the Messiah to come, eagerly expecting His first coming! Oh dear friends, how many believers in this same Jesus today look with all eager anticipation and expectancy like Simeon did 2000 years ago, not for Messiah's first coming but for His return for His Body in the clouds? Tragically, not too many. Simeon...
  • Justification: Paul vs. James?

    12/04/2019 6:11:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    Tabletalk ^ | Nov 2019 | Robert J. Cara
    ristians throughout the ages have noticed that Paul and James, at the word level, use the verb “to justify” (dikaio ) differently relative to “faith” and “works.” Paul writes, “One is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Rom. 3:28). James writes, “A person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Since God is the ultimate Author of both Romans and James, this cannot be a concept-level contradiction. But how do we put these two verses together? In the 1500s, portions of the Roman Catholic Church were insisting that the verb “to justify”...
  • Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional for 12/4/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/04/2019 5:31:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 12/4/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "I have much people in this city." Acts 18:10 This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ's property, and...
  • December 4 - The Kingdom of Heaven

    12/04/2019 4:17:45 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 13:11). In the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:10) we see two aspects of the kingdom of heaven. “On earth” refers to the present kingdom, mediated through God’s servants, and “in heaven” refers to God’s universal, direct reign. Through the centuries the present kingdom has attracted both true and false citizens. Only God can infallibly distinguish true citizens (the redeemed) from false ones. Jesus shows that many branches that seem to belong to the vine actually do not. The spurious ones will be pruned away and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-04-19, OM, St. John Damascene, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/03/2019 8:10:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 12-04-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4 2019 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • Book Allowing Kids to Contact ‘Demons’ to Be Sold at Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble

    12/03/2019 5:40:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | Dec, 3, 2019 | Gabriel Hays
    Well, this is disturbing. Major book retailers are encouraging kids to summon their own personal devils this Christmas. All they have to do is convince their loving parents to gift them the next best kids' book, A Children’s Book of Demons, sure to be a hit in kindergarten classrooms nationwide. LifeSiteNews reported that the book, written by Aaron Leighton, will instruct kids on how to “conjure gentle demons by writing their sigils, which serve as ‘a phone number’ straight to the spirit.” Heck, yeah. Remove the uncertainty that comes with old school Ouija boards and direct dial Satan and his...
  • The golden calf idolatry of denying our Creator (Exodus 32:21-24)

    12/03/2019 2:28:13 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    Faith Presses On
    It's pretty amazing how what the Israelites did under Aaron's leadership (while Moses was up on the mountain with God receiving His commandments) closely resembles the idolatrous idea that God didn't create the universe, but instead all this physical and non-physical (spiritual) order and meaning simply produced itself by chance, without any intelligent direction and for no purpose. It sounds a lot like Aaron's defense to Moses that he merely put the gold the people had brought him into the fire, and out came the golden calf. "And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou...
  • Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional for 12/3/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/03/2019 7:14:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 12/3/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "There is no spot in thee." Song of Solomon 4:7 Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, "There is no spot in thee." As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but...
  • December 3 - To Speak in Parables

    12/03/2019 6:08:36 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He spoke many things to them in parables” (Matthew 13:3). The parable was one of the staple teaching tools the Lord Jesus used to convey spiritual truth in an understandable way. The word parable contains the idea of placing something alongside something else to make a comparison. In this way, Jesus would place a moral truth alongside a physical example that people could more easily grasp. By this common form of Jewish teaching, He used a common object or practice to elucidate an intangible truth or principle. From His earliest teaching sessions, Christ used graphic analogies to instruct on divine...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-19, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2019 9:49:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 12-03-19 | Revisd New American Bible
    December 3 2019 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest 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 land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the rod...
  • December 2 - Meekness from Jesus, Comfort for the Weak

    12/02/2019 6:21:12 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out’” (Matthew 12:19–20). The Lord Jesus did not cajole or browbeat people with the gospel like some inflammatory demagogue who stirs up his listeners by pandering to their emotions and prejudices. Christ always spoke plainly, with dignity and control—His only persuasive technique was the truth. He never resorted to the lies and scheming of His enemies. As the Son of God and Messiah, He never attempted to gain...
  • Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional for 12/2/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/02/2019 6:11:23 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 12/2/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "Thou art all fair, my love." Song of Solomon 4:7 The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but "all fair." He views her in himself, washed in his sin-atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious righteousness, and he considers her to be full of comeliness and beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but his own perfect excellency that he admires; for the holiness, glory, and perfection of his Church are his own glorious garments on the back of...