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Theology (Religion)

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  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/24/2024 4:28:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. The cliché “Garbage in, garbage out” provides a good clue to the essence of the Spirit-filled Christian life. Just as computers respond according to their programming, we respond to what fills our minds. If we allow the Holy Spirit to program our thought patterns, we’ll be controlled and renewed by...
  • Antichrist will make Peace Treaty with Israel (Bible Prophecy) (VIDEO)

    05/23/2024 10:58:45 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 18 replies
    100Huntley YouTube Channel ^ | Oct 16, 2023 | 100Huntley
    Short video - just under 10 minutes Mostly pretty good - a few images from Israel in the video Not for everyone of couse, so YMMV
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke warns Synod threatens to spread ‘devastation’ of German Church to ‘universal Church’

    05/23/2024 9:46:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 21, 2024 | Stephen Kokx
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke warns Synod threatens to spread ‘devastation’ of German Church to ‘universal Church’ Speaking at the Thomas Aquinas College commencement, His Eminence told the graduates that the world is facing troubled times and 'What is more, the rebellion and revolution is sustained by some from within the Church, even by some who are called and ordained to shepherd the flock.' On Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke warned graduates of Thomas Aquinas College about the potential “devastating” impact the upcoming October meeting of the Synod of Bishops may have on “the universal Church.” “We...
  • What Antichrist will do in Israel is shocking (Bible Prophecy) - Dr David Jeremiah (VIDEO)

    05/23/2024 4:39:52 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 14 replies
    100Huntley YouTube Channel ^ | Oct 9, 2023 (2 days after 10/7 Hamas Terrorist Attack on Israel) | 100Huntley
    Video length 12:41
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 12:49:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). Stephen’s excellent character teaches us much about responding to suffering and death. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is one of the most inspiring biblical examples of faithfulness in life and ministry. But his personal excellence shines forth most through the familiar account of his death by stoning. As one of the first deacons in the church, Stephen was recognized early on as a man of great faith and spirituality (Acts 6:5). And a few verses later Luke describes him as “full of grace and...
  • False Ecumenism Operates as a Blasphemous Anti-Pentecost in the Catholic Church

    05/22/2024 1:30:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 22, 2024 | Robert Morrison
    False Ecumenism Operates as a Blasphemous Anti-Pentecost in the Catholic ChurchIn his The Liturgical Year, Dom Guéranger described the great transformation that took place on the first Pentecost:“These hundred and twenty disciples need but to speak of the Son of God, made Man, and our Redeemer; of the Holy Ghost, who renews our souls; of the heavenly Father, who loves and adopts us as His children: their word will find thousands to believe and welcome it. Those that receive it shall be called the Catholic Church, that is, universal, existing in all places and times. Jesus had said: ‘Go, teach...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Handbook for Confused Catholics

    05/22/2024 1:11:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2024 | Raymond Kowalski
    [Catholic Caucus] The Handbook for Confused CatholicsEditor’s note: adults can sign up for the summer adult Credo Catechism course at the Avila Institute. The high school program starts again next spring semester. -TSFCatholics of a certain age know things about their religion that many — if not most — Catholics today have never been taught. We now have a resource, however, that points today’s Catholics toward a more rich and fulfilling experience of their religion.This is Bishop Athanasius Schneider latest book, Credo: Compendium of the Catholic Faith.Since it’s release late last year, most reviews that I have read regard the...
  • Entrusting All to God - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/22/2024 12:14:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to God’s will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German priests do not support Synodal Way, new study finds

    05/21/2024 4:41:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | May 21, 2024 | AC Wimmer
    [Catholic Caucus] German priests do not support Synodal Way, new study findsPriests in Germany are not supportive of the controversial German Synodal Way, according to a new study commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference.The study, officially titled “Who Becomes a Priest?”, found that priests are “alienated from the concerns of Church reform,” lead author Matthias Sellmann said on May 17.“Priests are also clearly not supporters of the German Synodal Way,” Sellmann emphasized. According to a statement by the bishops’ conference, the study aimed to investigate “the socio-religious background and motivations of newly ordained priests in order to make strategic personnel...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Pope Francis gives prisoners silent blessing ‘so everyone receives it from God in the way they believe’

    05/21/2024 3:33:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 20, 2024 | Raymond Wolfe
    [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Pope Francis gives prisoners silent blessing ‘so everyone receives it from God in the way they believe’‘All religions, all cultures, look at the one God in different ways,’ the pontiff told a group of prisoners in Verona from various religions.“God is one: our cultures have taught us to call him by one name, by another, and to find him in different ways, but he is the same father of all of us,” Pope Francis said. “He is one.” “And all religions, all cultures, look at the one God in different ways.”“Please do not forget, please pray for me...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/21/2024 5:57:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. “A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis’ 60 Minutes interview is a classic exercise in Modernist deception

    05/20/2024 4:43:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 20, 2024 | Michael Haynes
    [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis’ 60 Minutes interview is a classic exercise in Modernist deceptionIn issuing Fiducia Supplicans, Pope Francis has intentionally confused the faithful by attempting to draw a distinction between blessing an ‘official’ homosexual union and a homosexual couple.VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ recent interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes is notable for a variety of statements made by the Pontiff, among the most prominent being his seemingly contradictory and misleading claims on Fiducia Supplicans.In a now fully released CBS 60 Minutes interview, conducted by Norah O’Donnell, Pope Francis was questioned once more on the December 2023 text Fiducia...
  • Rejoicing Through the Spirit - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/20/2024 4:50:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14). The indwelling Holy Spirit allows us to rejoice, no matter how greatly we suffer or are persecuted. One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the past half century has been the discovery of the DNA molecule, which carries unique and essential genetic information about all living beings. The most well-known practical application of DNA has been the “fingerprinting” technique in which genetic information from one DNA sample is compared with that of another. If...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Strickland: Catholics will never attain true unity if it’s not grounded in Christ

    05/19/2024 1:52:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News Staff ^ | May 19, 2024 | LifeSite News
    [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Strickland: Catholics will never attain true unity if it’s not grounded in ChristOn this week's two-part episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland discusses abiding in God's love, his pastoral letter on obedience, and unity in Christ. Bishop Joseph Strickland returns for this week’s episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, in which he discusses abiding in God’s love, respect for authority, and unity in Christ.Strickland begins the first part of the show with a commentary on part of the Last Supper Discourse from St. John’s Gospel. The bishop says Christ’s statement that if we keep...
  • Rejoicing in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/19/2024 4:06:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13). We should rejoice in trials and persecutions, not for their own sake, but for the benefits that result. The late D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, made the following careful distinction on what it means to rejoice in persecution: “The Christian is, in a sense, one who must feel his heart breaking at the effect of sin in others that makes...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sacred Page 2: Gathering the Human Family: The Readings for the Vigil of Pentecost

    05/18/2024 4:46:35 PM PDT · by fidelis · 6 replies
    The Sacred Page Blog ^ | May 21, 2015 | Dr. John Bergsma
    Pentecost is a very important feast in the liturgical life of the Church, and it has its own vigil. Not only so, but the Readings for the Vigil are particularly rich. I cannot think of another that has such a wide variety of options, for example, for the First Reading. Even though only one First Reading will be proclaimed in any given Mass, it is well worth pondering them all, in order to come to understand the significance of Pentecost more deeply: The First Reading Options for the Vigil: 1. Genesis 11:1-9, the Tower of Babel: The whole world spoke...
  • Reassurance in the Midst of Trials - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    05/18/2024 4:14:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). We can be certain of God’s love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be. Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In today’s verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (“beloved”) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love...
  • Pentecost: A Time of Renewal

    05/18/2024 2:40:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Norwich Diocese ^ | May 15, 2024 | Andrea DePaola
    Pentecost, a radiant jewel in the liturgical crown of the Catholic Church, illuminates our faith with the fiery descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and disciples gathered in Jerusalem. Celebrated fifty days after Easter, Pentecost ignites our hearts with the timeless message of Divine empowerment, unity, and evangelization. The Acts of the Apostles transports us to that momentous day when the apostles, previously cloistered in fear, were filled with heavenly courage as tongues of fire settled upon them. The Holy Spirit, in His boundless wisdom and grace, bestowed upon them the gift of tongues, enabling them to proclaim...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sacred Page: The Feast of Pentecost! (Mass Readings during the Day)

    05/18/2024 12:02:05 PM PDT · by fidelis · 10 replies
    The Sacred Page Blog ^ | May 16, 2018 | Dr. John Bergsma
    Let's discuss the Readings for Pentecost Sunday Mass during the Day.First Reading: Acts 2:1-111When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 2And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 3Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. 5Now there were devout Jews from...
  • What is pure and undefiled religion?

    05/18/2024 9:52:08 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    In James 1:27, the apostle James gives us insight into what pleases God: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (NASB). The word for “undefiled” is translated “faultless” in the NIV. When interpreting any verse in the Bible, including James 1:27, we should always look at its context to get an idea of what the verse means within the surrounding verses. In this case, we can look at what comes immediately before James 1:27 and get some...