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Worship (Religion)

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  • Turning Plowshares into Swords... Joel pt 13

    Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. ( Joel 3:9-12)Joel’s final vision is a high definition picture...
  • The Bond of Peace - Devotional

    01/26/2021 6:20:35 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). The key to peace in the church is selfless love. People often delude themselves that there is peace when there is no real peace (Jer. 8:11). However, we can show the world that Jesus is the true peacemaker if we have a community of peaceful, loving, united believers. Others will realize then that Christ must be sent from God, because only God can make true, lasting peace. “The bond of peace” is what holds our unity together. The Greek word translated “bond” refers to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-2021, Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

    01/26/2021 3:42:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Universalis ^ | 26 Jan 2021 | God
    January 26 2021 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops Church of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Airoli, Mumbai, India Lectionary 520/318Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White.Readings for the feriaReadings for the memorialThese are the readings for the feriaThe following reading is proper to the memorial, and must be used even if you have otherwise chosen to use the ferial readings.First reading2 Timothy 1:1-8 ©Fan into a flame the gift God gave youFrom Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of mine, wishing...
  • Biden attends Sunday Mass at ultra-liberal Jesuit-run church

    01/25/2021 5:25:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 25, 2021 | Dough Mainwariing
    Biden attends Sunday Mass at ultra-liberal Jesuit-run churchHoly Trinity Parish, located near Georgetown University, displays a Black Lives Matter banner near its entrance.Jesuit-run, ultra-liberal Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Joe Biden, the man who now occupies the White House, chose to attend Sunday Mass at Jesuit-run Holy Trinity Church, arguably the most effete liberal Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Washington.Mainstream media – normally appalled at the least hint of Christianity in the life of Washington politicians – were thrilled at the Biden clan’s Holy Trinity Mass attendance, ostensibly because the new President...
  • Diligently Preserving Unity - Devotional

    01/25/2021 8:24:19 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). The unity of the Spirit must be earnestly maintained by humble, gentle, patient, loving Christians. Today’s Scripture spells out the goal of the worthy walk: the unity of the Spirit. Jesus prayed for Christians “that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:21). Our witness to the world depends on our unity as believers. The world is...

    01/25/2021 8:22:53 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 25, 2021
    “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). There is a supernatural element to times of corporate worship and fellowship. When we join a local body of believers and fellowship with them, we are not only obeying Scripture but we are allowing God to work in us through the encouragement and admonition of other Christians. When a group of Christians gather together, God speaks...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-25-2021, The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

    01/25/2021 2:45:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Universalis ^ | 25 January 2021 | God
    January 25 2021 The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls, Rome, Italy Lectionary 519Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White.First readingActs 22:3-16 ©'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well as...
  • Forbearing Love - Devotional

    01/24/2021 8:15:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Showing forbearance to one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). In order to walk worthy, we must forgive our enemies and love them. The term forbearance is not often used today and is therefore unfamiliar to many of us. The Greek word translated “showing forbearance” means “suppressing with silence.” It carries the idea of throwing a blanket over sin. First Peter 4:8 says, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” and Proverbs 10:12 declares, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” A forbearing person doesn’t trumpet other people’s sins but rather forgives them. Forbearance has room for...

    01/24/2021 6:36:20 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    SHTFPlan ^ | Mac Slavo
    A new magazine cover of the Jacobin is striking a nerve after it appears that the magazine is saying the government is now god and our religion, to be worshipped. It sure begs the age-old question: who do you serve?If we are ever to be free, we have to remove our consent. That goes for those who worshipped Trump as the messiah as well (and there were plenty.) We should have never allowed ourselves to see each other as slaves to the ruling class, submitting to democracy (which is mob rule) and letting others have power over anyone else for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-2021, Memorial of St. Francis de Sales

    01/24/2021 3:18:50 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Universalis ^ | 24 January 2021 | God
    January 24 2021 Memorial of St. Francis de Sales Parish of St. Francis De Sales, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Lectionary 68Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingJonah 3:1-5,10 ©The people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviourThe word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey....
  • Portugal’s Catholic Bishops Suspend Public Masses Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

    01/23/2021 6:08:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CNA Staff, Jan 22, 2021 / 01:00 pm MT (CNA).- Public Masses will be suspended in Portugal from Saturday, the country’s bishops have announced. The Portuguese Episcopal Conference said on Jan. 21 that it was taking the step due to the “extreme gravity” of the coronavirus crisis, reported ACI Digital, CNA’s Portuguese-language news partner. “Being aware of the extreme gravity of the pandemic situation that we are living in our country, we consider that it is a moral imperative for all citizens, and particularly for Christians, to have the maximum sanitary precautions to avoid contagion, contributing to overcoming this situation,”...
  • God and Southern Lebanon... Joel pt 12

    Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;(Joel 3:4)An interesting exercise for Bible readers is to take the geographical predictions of the Hebrew prophets and transpose the ancient place names with modern place names, for example, Amman, would be Jordan, so would Moab and Edom, Elam would be Iran, Persia also is Iran, Assyria would be part of Turkey, Iran and part of Iraq, Babylon proper...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-2021

    January 23 2021 Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Iglesia de Santa María Magdalena – Mondéjar, SpainLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 9:2-3,11-14 ©He has entered the sanctuary once and for all through his own bloodThere was a tent which comprised two compartments: the first, in which the lamp stand, the table and the presentation loaves were kept, was called the Holy Place; then beyond the second veil, an innermost part which was called the Holy of Holies. But now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the...

    01/23/2021 8:51:09 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 22,2021
    It is always good to take a step of faith when we have placed our trust in Christ. This kind of faith is to be applauded. Yet the Bible shows us there is great danger if we don’t follow up on that first step with increased faith. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). When we are in a deep struggle, things can come at us “fast and furious” and at such times we may...
  • The Effect of Patience - Devotional

    01/23/2021 8:48:33 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Patience is crucial to our testimony. The virtues of Ephesians 4:2-3 enable the church of Jesus Christ to have a powerful witness. Many think the key to evangelism is following a specific course or method, but according to Jesus, the greatest way to get people to believe the gospel is through our love and unity (John 17:21). Though evangelistic methods are important, often they aren’t as effective as they could be because of the church’s poor reputation among unbelievers. If the church were full of people who had genuine humility, gentleness, and...
  • Selling The Innocent For Oil and Wine...Joel pt 11

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:1-3)The final count of the four count indictment against the nations of the world by...
  • DAY 157: PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES - Devotional

    01/22/2021 7:21:46 AM PST · by metmom
    The Return ^ | Jan 22, 2021
    “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:16-19). In this psalm, David was looking back after a great deliverance. He was rejoicing because the Lord had rescued him from his enemies. King Saul had put a bounty on his head and chased...
  • Christ's Patient Example - Devotional

    01/22/2021 7:19:34 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Jesus is our greatest example of patience in all that He endured to purchase our redemption. Paul tells us here that the worthy walk is one of patience, and once again we see that Jesus modeled it for us. Throughout the Gospels, He repeatedly demonstrated the three aspects of patience we explored in the last lesson. First, He endured negative circumstances. Before He came into the world, He was with the Father in the glory of Heaven, where the angels praised and worshiped Him continually. He left a place of total perfection...
  • There is Hope for the Daughters of American Moloch?

    01/22/2021 6:45:14 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/22/21
    Today, we live in a ravished society in which there is at least one individual that we might personally know who has had at least one abortion. May it be our sincere desire as ambassadors of Almighty God (2 Cor. 5:17-21) to share with that individual the loving forgiveness and kindness that is found ONLY in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; Rev.1:5). Turn... to the Savior of the world who LOVED you and gave Himself for you that you might be with Him FOREVERMORE! Oh my dear friend, if you have been one who has been alone and who has had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-2021, Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

    01/21/2021 11:30:06 PM PST · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Universalis ^ | 22 January 2021 | God
    January 22 2021 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy Lectionary 315Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 8:6-13 ©The first covenant is already oldWe have seen that Christ has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises. If that first covenant had been without a fault, there would have been no need for a second one to replace it. And in fact God does find fault with them;...