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  • Joy in Spite of Death - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/28/2024 1:50:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In addition to Scripture, God has given us more than adequate spiritual resources to meet suffering and death. Wall Street, the name synonymous with the American stock market and financial investing, is a place where confidence can rise and fall with great force and unpredictability, right along with the rising or sinking level of stock prices. Prices always seem to even out, but who can be certain about how they will behave in the future? The apostle Paul’s spiritual confidence was not based on the changeableness...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! The Path to Perfection - Monday, May 27, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/27/2024 8:25:46 AM PDT · by fidelis · 6 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 27, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBAs Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments…” Mark 10:17–19Jesus addresses different people in different ways. He chastised the proud and arrogant who came to trap Him. He was exceptionally gentle and kind to the repentant sinner who came in tears. He spoke in parables and figures of speech to those who were curious but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 27-May-2024

    05/27/2024 7:18:59 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    27 May 2024 Monday of week 8 in Ordinary Time St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Toronto Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First reading1 Peter 1:3-9 ©You did not see Christ, yet you love himBlessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens....
  • Confidence in the Face of Death - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/27/2024 4:36:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We can count on Scripture to give us confidence in the face of death. A few years ago my radio ministry heard from a listener who was exhibiting exactly the right attitude in the face of a terminal illness. A teenager from the Midwest sent a prayer request concerning her recently diagnosed Lou Gehrig’s disease. That Christian young woman, who by now is probably with the Lord, accepted her condition with grace and optimism. Here is part of what she wrote to us: “I love the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 26-May-2024

    05/26/2024 10:51:45 AM PDT · by annalex · 16 replies
    Sunday 26 May 2024 The Most Holy Trinity Solemnity An altar dedicated to St Philip Neri at Brompton Oratory in London, containing a wax effigy of the saintReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: White. Year: B(II).First readingDeuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40 ©The Lord is God indeed: he and no otherMoses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living...
  • BIBLE art ✝️ “JACOB STEALS ESAU'S BLESSING” ✝️ Link to New Video, GENESIS Series

    05/26/2024 9:30:12 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 5 replies
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  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! The Essence of the Most Holy Trinity - Sunday, May 26, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/26/2024 8:38:13 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 26, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCB“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19–20 (Year B Gospel)Of all the great feasts we celebrate within the Church throughout the year, today’s Solemnity presents us with a Mystery that is so deep and transcendent that our eternity will be spent...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Detractors - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/26/2024 4:24:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice” (Philippians 1:18). It is possible to maintain your joy even while dealing with criticisms and irritating distractions. The dictionary definition of detraction is “the uttering of material (as false or slanderous charges) that is likely to damage the reputation of another.” A detractor wants to undermine and destroy the good name and credibility of another. Great statesmen, such as President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, often have been the targets of contentious political opponents and stinging detractions by the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Italy faces catastrophic collapse of Catholic faith as Mass attendance falls to 10% or below

    05/25/2024 3:20:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    LIfeSite News ^ | April 15, 2024 | Louis Knuffke
    [Catholic Caucus] Italy faces catastrophic collapse of Catholic faith as Mass attendance falls to 10% or belowThe steady, even accelerating, decline in the practice of the Catholic faith among Italians is detailed in a new study published by Professor Luca Diotallevi of the University of Rome.Traditionally Catholic Italy is facing a catastrophic collapse of the faith as Mass attendance falls precipitously to 10 percent of the population and even less in some areas. The steady, even accelerating, decline in the practice of the Catholic faith among Italians is detailed in a new study published by Professor Luca Diotallevi of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 25-May-2024

    05/25/2024 11:30:50 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    25 May 2024 Saturday of week 7 in Ordinary Time St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, Montgomery, ALReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 5:13-20 ©A good man's heartfelt prayer has great powerIf any one of you is in trouble, he should pray; if anyone is feeling happy, he should sing a psalm. If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sacred Page: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

    05/25/2024 10:39:48 AM PDT · by fidelis · 4 replies
    The Sacred Page Blog ^ | May 24, 2018 | Dr. John Bergsma
    This coming Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. While the Trinity might evoke a “Ho-hum, don’t we know that already …” response from many Catholics, the doctrine of the Trinity is essential to—and distinctive of—the Christian faith and is vital to our daily prayer and walk with God. The doctrine of the Trinity touches on who God is; if one has this doctrine wrong, one has the wrong idea of God and may in fact be worshiping a god who does not exist. The Trinity is by no means a dead theological issue, either. Most obviously, Jews...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Dependence Upon God - Saturday, May 25, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/25/2024 6:26:43 AM PDT · by fidelis · 4 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 25, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBPeople were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:13–14Simplicity, trust, purity of intent, transparency, and resiliency are all qualities that children often have by nature. They are not yet capable of evil intent. They are quick to forgive and reconcile when conflicts arise. And they have an unwavering confidence in the care of their parents. These...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/25/2024 5:35:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to today’s verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why doesn’t Pope Francis Celebrate Mass? Part II

    05/24/2024 10:08:56 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 23, 2024 | Phil Lawler
    [Catholic Caucus] Why doesn’t Pope Francis Celebrate Mass? Part IIForgive me for returning to a question that I have asked once before—and only a few weeks ago, at that. But frankly I am dumbfounded, and wonder why the same question is not on the lips of all believing Catholics.Why has Pope Francis not celebrated Mass in public for well over a year? He will frequently “preside” at a Mass—which means he sits enthroned at the side of the altar in liturgical vestments, often delivering the homily—but he has not been the principal celebrant since sometime in mid-2022.When I asked this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Resolving Conflict - Friday, May 24, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/24/2024 7:50:41 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 24, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. Mark 10:1–2 Notice the contrast above. The crowds gathered around Jesus to listen to Him. Clearly, they were coming to faith. But the Pharisees came to Jesus to test Him. They did not come in faith; they came with jealousy and envy and were already seeking to trap Him. The question...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 24-May-2024

    05/24/2024 4:35:46 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    24 May 2024 Friday of week 7 in Ordinary TimeSts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, ChicagoReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 5:9-12 ©Do not ask for judgement, or you may receive itDo not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord; remember it is those who had endurance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of...
  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/24/2024 4:28:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 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...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Mercy for the Weak - Thursday, May 23, 2024- Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 8:45:53 AM PDT · by fidelis · 5 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | May 23, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCB“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42St. Bede, an early Church Father, states that “he who is great, whatever he may suffer, departs not from the faith; but he who is little and weak in mind looks out for occasions of stumbling.” In other words, the “little ones” here could be understood to be those who are weak in faith and are constantly looking for reasons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 23-May-2024

    05/23/2024 3:44:22 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    23 May 2024 Thursday of week 7 in Ordinary Time Shrine of Saint William of Perth — Rochester CathedralReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: B(II).First readingJames 5:1-6 ©The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheatedAn answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your...
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 12:49:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 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...